Arts & Sciences

Electrons pair up after applying pressure

Applying pressure to twisted bilayer graphene transforms the material from a metal to a superconductor.

Image: Ella Maru Studio

A Columbia-led team has discovered a new method to manipulate the electrical conductivity of this game-changing material, the strongest substance ever, with applications ranging from nano-electronic devices to clean energy.
Farah Jasmine Griffin sits smiling in front of a book case in her office

Photo by Eileen Barroso

On December 1, when Columbia’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to create the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, the cry heard around the University was, “It’s about time!”

Sevil Sabancı, a board member of Sabancı University, Güler Sabancı, chairperson of Sabancı Holding, and Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger at the launch of the Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies.

The center, which will be based on the Morningside Heights campus, is named for the late Sakıp Sabancı, a philanthropist and businessman
Columbia Science Dean Peter de Menocal

Columbia oceanographer and paleoclimatologist Peter B. de Menocal, was appointed Dean of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

From left, David Madigan, executive vice president of Arts and Sciences and dean of the faculty; Alondra Nelson, dean of social science; Güler Sabancı; Lee C. Bollinger, president of the University. 

Columbia University has created the Sakıp Sabancı Chair and Center for Turkish Studies, the first such center in the United States.

They supervise academic departments and research centers. They oversee faculty searches and hires. They help set budget priorities and research funding. They manage allegations of conflicts of interest. They even get involved in renovations and space requests.

Sharon Marcus, a scholar of 19th century French and English literature whose current research focuses on theatrical celebrity, sees her new role as dean of humanities in the Faculty of Arts and

Sharon Marcus, (left) Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Alondra Nelson and Sharon Marcus become divisional deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. Nelson, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, was named Dean of Social Sciences.

University President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed Professor David Madigan as Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Nicholas B. Dirks Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger today issued the following statement to the University community: