Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, associate professor of psychology, and Brent Stockwell, associate professor of chemistry, have been named National Academies Education Fellows in the Sciences for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new study abroad program in Istanbul, Turkey, focused on the city as a cross-roads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The University has taken many steps in recent months to help prevent sexual assault and other gender-based misconduct on campus, to make it easier for survivors to report such incidents and to educate students about the subject and the resources available to them. The actions include opening a second Sexual Violence Response and Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, establishing a new Gender Based Misconduct Policy, significantly expanding student orientation sessions aimed at prevention, expanding faculty and staff training, and hiring case managers to support students through this process.
Constantine “Costa” Dimas CC’96 has been elected chair of the Board of Friends of the Double Discovery Center (DDC), a Columbia College program that works to enhance the higher education opportunities for low-income and first-generation youth in the surrounding community.
This summer, Columbia College welcomed 26 faculty members from 13 institutions from across the United States, Europe, and China to participate in a two-week intensive workshop on designing and teaching Core courses.
Wm. Theodore de Bary CC’41, GSAS’53, the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus, has been named by President Barack Obama CC’83 as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 National Humanities Medal for his pioneering work in East Asian studies.
Attorney Jonathan D. Schiller CC ’69, LAW ’73 has become chair of the board of the Columbia University Trustees, succeeding William V. Campbell CC ’62, TC ’64, with whom he served as co-chair for the past six months. Schiller is a managing partner and co-founder of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and one of the country’s most well-known and respected lawyers.
Nine recently graduated seniors and alumni/ae have been awarded 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student grants.
On May 20, the Class of 2014 celebrated Class Day with a ceremony held on South Lawn. The keynote speaker was screenwriter and actor Dan Futterman CC ’89. University Commencement was celebrated on May 21.
Gene Finn has been appointed Vice President of Development, Arts and Sciences, and Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for Columbia College.