Arthur Danto (1924-2013) taught at Columbia for 40 years. A public philosopher in the realm of the arts, his last book, "What Art Is," was published in March by Yale University Press.

In two places where Arthur worked for many decades – Columbia’s Philosophy Department and the Journal of Philosophy – there had always been a general feeling among us that much as he loved and laboured here, he found us too confining. This was a source of pride rather than hurt.

The year since Hurricane Sandy blew ashore in the New York area has been one of rebuilding and searching for how best to prevent the level of destruction and death it brought with it.

A recent slowdown in global warming has led some skeptics to renew their claims that industrial carbon emissions are not causing a century-long rise in Earth’s surface temperatures. But rather than letting humans off the hook, a new study in the leading journal Science adds support to the idea that the oceans are taking up some of the excess heat, at least for the moment.

Sonya Dyhrman’s interest in marine biology began when she was a child, exploring tidal pools with her grandfather on the coast near her Tacoma, Washington home. For a science project in high school she studied toxin-producing microbes in Puget Sound that accumulate in shellfish during parts of the year and can cause paralysis and even death in humans if those shellfish are consumed.

Three Columbia professors were among the 78 recipients of awards in the National Institutes of Health High Risk-High Reward program. Recognized for proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research, they are Rafael Yuste, Ozgur Sahin, and Christine Ann Denny.

Paleoclimatologist Peter B. deMenocal was on one of the last research vessels to ply the waters off the Horn of Africa before the region was declared off limits to scientists due to the threat posed by Somali pirates—a peril vividly illustrated in this fall’s hit movie, Captain Phillips.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the collection of Russian composer Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953). The Serge Prokofiev Foundation has chosen the RBML as the repository for the archival material under its control from Prokofiev’s 18 years in the West.

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NEW YORK, August 13, 2013 — The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University presents Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s “Selves,” curated by Emily Liebert. The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday, September 4 to Saturday, December 7, 2013.


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