Research and Discovery

Meet the Columbia Lecturer Who Led NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Gregory Robinson, who has taught at Columbia since 2020, served as program director of the telescope from 2018 to 2022, overseeing its build and launch.

Health, Medicine, and Wellness

A man in silhouette behind bottles of alcohol.
Alcohol Use Disorder: A Growing Public Health Crisis

For National Recovery Month, professor Nasir Naqvi discusses alcohol use disorder and how to treat it.

Children and a teacher in a classroom.
Are Schools the Key to Mental Health Support for Our Kids?

A New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University program has been at the forefront of embedding mental health clinics in public schools

 

The Brain and Psychology

Professor Rafael Yuste and Werner Herzog.
Professor Rafael Yuste and Werner Herzog's New Film Collaboration Premieres in Toronto’s Film Festival

The movie, “Theater of Thought,” examines the mystery of the brain and the potential uses and misuses of neurotechnologies that bridge the divide between humans and computers.

Vagal neurons that carry signals from the gut to the brain.
Credit: Mengtong Li / Zuker lab / Columbia's Zuckerman Institute.
Cravings for Fatty Foods Traced to Gut-Brain Connection

Columbia scientists studying mice found that fat entering the intestines triggers a signal that travels to the brain, driving a desire for fatty foods. The study raises the possibility of interfering with this gut-brain connection to help prevent unhealthy eating choices.

A Modular Neuronal Network (MoNNet).
Emulating Schizophrenia in a Dish

A chance observation spawns a versatile new strategy for taking on some of humanity’s most vexing psychiatric disorders.

Earth, Climate, and Environmental Science

The U.S. research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer, photographed from a drone at the Thwaites ice front, February 2019.
The The U.S. research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer (Credit: Alexandra Mazur/University of Gothenburg)
Fast-Wasting Antarctic Glacier Lost Ice Even Faster in Past, Raising Concerns for Future

The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is in a state of collapse, when viewed on geological timescales. A new study in Nature Geoscience adds cause for concern.

Lisa Dale's research on environmental policy includes a focus on climate change adaptation governance.
How Can the World Adapt to a Changing Climate?

In her new book, Columbia Climate School Lecturer Lisa Dale provides key strategies at local and global scales.

The Columbia University campus.
Columbia Climate School Named University Partner for Climate Week NYC 2022

The Climate Group has selected the Climate School as its university partner for this year’s event, the biggest global climate event of its kind.

Science, Technology, and Engineering

Illustration of dinosaur in snow.
(Courtesy of Beasts of the Mesozoic: Dromaeosaurus / illustration by Jonathan Kuo)
Jurassic Parka: How Dinosaurs Survived the Cold

A new study by Columbia researchers suggests that some of the earliest dinosaurs could tolerate cold weather, which may have given them an evolutionary advantage.

Caleb Scharf
Caleb Scharf Wins Carl Sagan Medal for Public Science Communication

The prize, given by the American Astronomical Society, honors astronomers for their work communicating with the public.

Illustration of a person with sound bars.
Bringing People Together by Training Machines to Better Understand Our Differences

Influential computer scientist Kathy McKeown heads up two multi-million dollar grants—one to analyze cross-cultural norms and another to better understand grief in the Black community

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