Year in Review 2016-17

June 21, 2017
Seven women who make up Columbia's archery team jumping up in the air with targets lined up behind them.

The woman’s archery team captured two gold medals at the 2017 National Outdoor Collegiate Archery Championships.

One female and two male veterans in full uniform holding glasses for a toast and standing behind a table with a white cake.

Midshipman Kelsey Lynch (BC’17), Gunnery Sergeant James Ward (GS’17), and Air Force Cadet Christofer Ahn (ENG’17) were commissioned in a ceremony in Low Library.

Lynn Nottage and Hilton Alls smiling, posing for a photo after winning Pulitzer prizes.

School of the Arts professors Lynn Nottage and Hilton Als won 2017 Pulitzer Prizes.

Alfred Lerner Hall building has a facade of glass lit up in green.

Lerner Hall glowed green in honor of the University’s new sustainability plan, which pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent in the next three years.

Illustration of a beach shore with a seal on rocks and kayakers in the background.

Architecture Professor Kate Orff’s “oyster-tecture” filters water and buffers against storm surges.

Men's Soccer 10th Ivy League Championship

The men’s soccer team won its 10th Ivy League title with a 4-0 victory over Cornell.

Aerial image of Aleppo in Syria

Associate Architecture Professor Laura Kurgan created an interactive, open-source map of Aleppo, Syria.

Henry Moore Sculpture of a woman reclining

Henry Moore’s sculpture, Reclining Figure, joined the public art collection on the Morningside Heights campus.

green spider robot created by Hod Lipson

Engineering Professor Hod Lipson, who specializes in artificial intelligence, built a robot that learned it has legs.

An ice shelf melting off in Antartica

New York Times reporters followed researchers from Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as they studied melting Antarctic ice sheets that threaten to redraw coastlines worldwide as sea levels rise.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett sitting on chairs answering questions by a moderator.

Warren Buffett (BUS’51) and Bill Gates were on campus for a wide-ranging Q&A.

National African American Museum lit up at night

Architecture Professor Mabel O. Wilson wrote the official Smithsonian Institution history of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Tree-lined sidewalk and plaza in front of the Lenfest Center for the Arts building and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center building during sunset.

Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus just north of 125th St. was dedicated and the first two buildings—the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for the Arts—opened, beginning the University’s biggest transformation since it moved to Morningside Heights in 1896.

Taylor Mac standing in the middle aisle of an audience-filled room singing on a microphone.

Multi-talented artist Taylor Mac performed at Casa Italiana after receiving the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

The Vagelos Nursing School Building lit up at night.

The new Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center on the Medical Center campus was praised for its transformative presence.

A wooden bowl decorated with feathers and coins at the Natural Museum of History anthropology section.

Museum anthropology students researched and designed a permanent exhibition case for the American Museum of Natural History.

A blue and white mural by Sarah Sze at subway station behind an escalator

Sarah Sze, professor of visual arts, designed murals for New York’s new Second Avenue subway.

Artistic images of the brain displayed on a wall and five vertical, moving TV screens.

Brain Index, a public digital art installation, highlights the research at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.

Portrait shot of Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic with a short bob hairstyle, a pear necklace, blue shirt, and black blazer.

Biomedical Engineer Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic was named a University Professor.

The columns that hold up the front facade of the Low Library building are lit up in rainbow colors.

Low Library was illuminated with the LGBTQ+ rainbow in remembrance and solidarity after the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

A portrait photo of Jameel Jaffer wearing a light blue button-down shirt and a navy blue tie.

Jameel Jaffer was named director of the new Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia.

Congressman Adam Schiff in a pin-striped black suit, a light blue button-down shirt, and a red tie speaking at a wooden podium in front of a classroom chalkboard.

Congressman Adam Schiff spoke at the Law School about cyber threats to national security and privacy.

A commemorative plaque fixed in the ground surrounded by grass. The plaque states "in honor of the Lenape people."

A plaque honoring the Lenape people, who lived in the New York area before colonization, was installed near John Jay Hall.

A male scientist in a white lab coat holds and shows an actual brain to school children.

Columbia neuroscientists teach local students about the brain in the community Education Lab on the Manhattanville campus.

Herbert and Florence Irving, an elderly couple, standing in front of a dining hall with decorated tables.

The University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital renamed their shared medical campus for generous donors Florence and the late Herbert Irving.