Awards & Milestones

Arthur Ashkin, May 27, 1947. Photo courtesy Columbia University Archives

Ashkin, 96, is the oldest person ever named a Nobel laureate in any category. His achievement allowed scientists to use pressure from light to manipulate tiny organisms without damaging them, “an old dream of science fiction.”
a diverse group of 12 people part of the Obama Scholars program
An accomplished group of 12 rising social change-makers from around the world begin the Obama Foundation Scholars program at Columbia University.
Ehsan Yarshater

Photo by Eileen Barroso

Columbia University has received a $10 million gift from the Persian Heritage Foundation to endow the Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies.

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Two Columbia professors — a neuroscientist whose work on the visual system could lead to a cure for blindness and a theoretical computer scientist who has helped define the limits of efficient computation — are among the 84 new members elected this week to the National Academy of Sciences. 

Two Columbia professors — a neuroscientist whose work on the visual system could lead to a cure for blindness and a theoretical computer scientist who has helped define the limits of computation — are among the 84 new members elected this week to the National Academy of Sciences.

Columbia University has received nearly three million dollars in grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through its program in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.

Saidiya Hartman, a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, and Branden Joseph, the Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemp

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Photo by Martin Godwin for The Guardian

The Kennedy prize is given annually to a new play or musical that explores U.S. history and meaningfully participates in the great issues of our day.
The Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Branka Arsić was awarded MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize for her book 'Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau.'
Herbert and Florence Irving stand in front of Columbia's Irving Cancer Research Center

Florence Irving and the late Herbert Irving in 2005. Photo by Charles E. Manley

The Irvings’ philanthropy will be felt across a wide range of disciplines, including cancer genomics, immunology, computational biology, pathology, and biomedical engineering.

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