Research and Discovery

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Columbia to Build Upgrades for Large Hadron Collider, the World’s Largest Atom Smasher

The National Science Foundation has awarded $75 million to a Columbia-led team to support major improvements necessary to advance high-energy physics.
Image: Courtesy of CERN

Health, Medicine and Wellness

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School of Public Health at Forefront of Global Efforts to Combat Coronavirus

The Center for Infection and Immunity will use live virus samples to develop rapid diagnostic test and track transmissions.

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Columbia Launches Center to Combat Substance Abuse Disorders

A multidisciplinary team of researchers and scientists will combine forces to address the opioid and substance use crisis. 

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Could AI Help Doctors Predict and Prevent Preterm Birth?

A machine learning approach promises to help solve the problem.


Neuroscience and Psychology

Toxic Protein, Linked to Alzheimer’s, Exposed in New Detail

A Columbia-led team has identified promising targets for diagnosing and treating neurodegenerative diseases.

Artist Sarah Sze on Working With Neuroscientists

The artist-in-residence program at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute gives visual artists time to forge interactions with scientists working on the brain, the senses, perception, learning and memory. 

Columbia Scientists Reverse Core Symptoms of Schizophrenia in Mice

Findings reveal potential new strategy for treating people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Earth, Climate and Environmental Science

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Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria

Surprising study signals a hidden threat to forests in future hurricanes.

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Fancy a Cabernet or Are You More of a Pinot Drinker?

 Wine regions could shrink dramatically with climate change unless growers swap varieties. 

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Lamont Scientist Honored With Antarctic Namesake

Ducklow Inlet is named for Hugh Ducklow, who advanced marine biology in a region where few scientists had set foot.

Science, Technology and Engineering

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Quantum Leap

Columbia has launched the Max Planck-New York City Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena in partnership with the Flatiron Institute and the Max Planck Society.

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New Theory for How Black Holes and Neutron Stars Shine

Researchers suggest radiation is powered by turbulence and reconnection of magnetic strong fields.

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An Unlikely Match: Bacteria + Immunotherapy

When it comes to having a successful research collaboration, human chemistry is equally as important as the science itself.

Columbia in the News

Human Impact on the Environment May Make Pandemics More Likely

CBS News
April 2, 2020

Famed AIDS Researcher is Racing to Find a Coronavirus Treatment

Bloomberg Businessweek
March 19, 2020



Coronavirus is Hiding in Plain Sight

The New York Times
March 16, 2020


New Weather Patterns Are Turning Water Into a Weapon

Bloomberg Green
March 11, 2020