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Society of Women Engineers: The Future of Science

Society of Women Engineers: The Future of Science by Columbia Alumni Association


Julia Bacha ‘03CC: Behind the Scenes of Non-violent Resistance

Julia Bacha ‘03CC: Behind the Scenes of Non-violent Resistance by Columbia Alumni Association


Ayushi Roy ‘14CC: We Need Human Rights at Home in the U.S.

Ayushi Roy ‘14CC: We Need Human Rights at Home in the U.S. by Columbia Alumni Association


Nicole Crescimanno ‘11GSAS: The Art of Climate Activism

Nicole Crescimanno ‘11GSAS: The Art of Climate Activism by Columbia Alumni Association


A’Lelia Bundles ‘76JRN: Writing History Herself

A’Lelia Bundles ‘76JRN: Writing History Herself by Columbia Alumni Association


Talking Science with Brian Greene

You may have noticed that we’ve been digging into our archives a lot. To be fair, there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on at Columbia and we want to revisit some talks that haven’t gotten a lot of attention lately. One of those talks was with Columbia physicist Brian Greene. In 2014 he sat down with the writer, and award-winning TV correspondent, Gideon Yago '00CC to talk about World Science U, Columbia's Science Initiative, and some of his out-of-this-world ideas. This episode...


Can Engineers Help Deliver Babies?

Last year, Kristin Myers gave a lecture to Columbia alumni returning to campus for reunion. Myers is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and her talk offered an engineering perspective on why women give birth preterm. Specifically, she explored the biomechanics of pregnancy and how engineers work with clinicians to try to understand why some women give birth before term and how we can stop it. You’re about to hear...


Jazz, Mind, Brain

If you haven’t heard of the Columbia Center for Jazz Studies, that’s a shame, but we can’t be too disappointed in you. After all, the center is still relatively new. It was founded in 1999 and, since then, it has been integrated into the Core Curriculum at Columbia College. That means a lot of College students are getting exposed to music that isn’t exactly topping the charts nowadays. But the Center for Jazz Studies takes a more broad view of the genre than one might initially think....


Pomp & Circumstance (Rebroadcast)

THIS IS A REBROADCAST OF AN EPISODE ABOUT THE 2016 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. Columbia's Commencement week ended two weeks ago. New graduates moved out of University housing to start their lives off-campus and the streets of Morningside Heights have emptied out for the summer. In September, new and returning students will move in and the streets will vibrate with excitement and energy again. But, in this episode, we're not going to look ahead. Instead, we're going to look back at the height of...


Our Brains, Ourselves

For this episode, we’re diving into the archives to play you excerpts from a discussion that took place in 2012. The discussion was called “Understanding Our Brains, Understanding Ourselves” and it brought together an expert panel of Columbia alumni and professors to talk about the brain. So, if you’ve ever wondered what smell New Yorkers like the most and what smell they hate, that is an odd thing to wonder but you’ve definitely come to the right place. --- To watch the full talk, check...


BONUS: Looking for Thinkspiration

We enjoyed talking to the Design Studio so much last week that we wanted to share more of the candid conversations we had about Design Thinking (and much more). We wanted to get a better idea of who Adam and Alice are, not just as Design Studio representatives, but as design thinkers in general. What we got was a look into how they look at the world around them and what they see in the future of design thinking. Spoiler alert: there’s a blooper reel at the end!


Think Human

For this episode, we visited one of the forward-thinking initiatives taking place at Columbia. Tucked away on a side street near the Morningside campus, we found a place where thinkers, doers and general challengers of the status quo come together to design a better future. It’s called the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio and it’s a project that developed through the Columbia Entrepreneurship program. The Studio brings innovators and entrepreneurs from across campus to pitch...


BONUS: Here's Looking at You, Casablanca

Last week, we heard from Professor Robert Young, an eminent humanities scholar, who gave a lecture last year at the Columbia Global Center in Amman. Professor Young recounted the story of Walter Benjamin, a German Jew who fled Nazi Germany but was caught at the border of France and Spain, where he resorted suicide rather than be sent back. During the lecture, Professor Young played a clip from Casablanca, drawing parallels between the Hollywood story and the truth behind it. We did not...


The Lucky Few

We went into the vault for today’s episode, all the way back to a lecture that Professor Robert Young gave last year at the Columbia Global Center in Amman. We chose this particular lecture because Professor Young offers a historical perspective on an issue facing today’s society: migration. Young is the Dean of Arts and Humanities at New York University. As a distinguished humanities scholar and prolific author, he specializes in the history and literature of post-colonialism. In the...


The Power of the Sun

In sub-Saharan Africa, 650 million people lack access to electricity. In Sierra Leone in particular, only 5% of the population is on the grid. That means that six and a half million people can’t study, cook, eat or work after the sun goes down except by dim candlelight or expensive kerosene lamps. To charge their mobile phones, most Sierra Leoneans have to go to public charging kiosks. Three Columbia alumni from the School of International and Public Affairs found a solar solution to this...


Astro Tim Returns to Earth

We often like to talk about how our alumni reach grand heights in their successes and go far in their contributions to society. And not many have gone quite as far as Business School alum Timothy Kopra. That far as outer space. Timothy Kopra is a NASA astronaut with not one but two space trips on his resume. Kopra has lived on the International Space Station for a total of 244 days, doing three spacewalks and instagramming with captions like #citiesfromspace and good night from...


StorySpace (Part 3: Perseverance)

This week is the third and final installment of StorySpace @ Columbia from the Office of University Life. If you haven’t heard Part I or II, go listen to them! Today, we wrap up the theme of identity with stories about perseverance, confronting challenges to keep moving forward, and finding inspiration in unusual places.


StorySpace (Part 2: Learning & Becoming)

This week is the second installment of StorySpace@Columbia from the Office of University Life. If you haven’t heard Part I, go back to last week’s episode and listen to it. But here’s a quick refresher: StorySpace@Columbia is a new storytelling project that presents personal and inspiring stories from students across Columbia. So, today, we continue with our theme of “identity” with three stories about learning. Not the academic kind of learning that we find in the classrooms across campus...


Primary Special: Politics in the Media

If you've been following the 2016 presidential election, it should come as no surprise that income inequality has become a (if not the) leading issue in the race. The increased attention to this disparity and the threat it poses to the middle class, is due - at least in part - to the media. An example of the kind of light that journalists have shone on the issue is the 2014 New York Times opinion series, The Great Divide, which was entirely devoted to discussing income inequality. The...