Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
Posted in alumni
The Lions will face off against Dartmouth at the 2012 Homecoming game this Saturday. The event will feature a pregame picnic lunch under the Big Tent and the Columbia Homecoming Carnival. An extra highlight this year will be the dedication of The Campbell Sports Center.
Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz CC’62, P&S’66, a professor at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors. He shares the prize with Dr. Brian K. Kobilka, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
Columbia College’s Rabi Scholars will present their research at the Seventh Annual Rabi Scholars Program Science Research Symposium on Friday, October 12, from noon to 2 p.m., in Schermerhorn Hall, Room 603.
Terry A. Plank, a professor of earth and environmental sciences with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and lecturer in the College’s Frontiers of Science course, and Maria Chudnovsky, an associate professor of industrial engineering and operations research at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, are among the 23 MacArthur Foundation fellows named for 2012. Each will receive a $500,000 grant to continue to create and explore their extraordinary work.
Columbia College mourns the loss of Arthur Ochs ‘Punch’ Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times and chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company, a dedicated College alumnus and University Trustee.
The Center for Career Education’s inaugural open house featured an employer relations station for students to set up job agents and learn about LionSHARE, power half-hours on the “Job/Internship Search” and “On Campus Recruiting,” an internship station, quick meetings with career counselors, representatives of student professional groups and Columbia Student Enterprizes, and a photograhper shooting headshots for students’ LinkedIn profiles.
Columbia has been ranked fourth place in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of National Universities for the third year in a row. Harvard and Princeton are tied for first place this year, followed by Yale. U.S. News’ “Best Colleges 2013” rankings were released on September 12.
Members of the Class of 2016 arrived on campus for Convocation on Monday, August 27, and were welcomed by President Lee C. Bollinger and Dean James J. Valentini, among other speakers. They came from 48 states and nearly 60 countries and represent almost 90 prospective majors, according to the dean. This year’s program also featured the first Alumni Procession at Convocation, with approximately 75 alumni grouped by decades marching behind banners to rousing applause from the students, parents and guests.
Jonathan Schiller ’69, ’73L will be presented the 2012 Alexander Hamilton Medal on Thursday, November 15, at the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, an annual black-tie event in Low Rotunda. The medal, the highest honor paid to a member of the Columbia College community, is awarded by the Columbia College Alumni Association to an alumnus/a or faculty member for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger announced today that James J. Valentini will be the new Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education effective July 1, 2012. Dean Valentini, known better as “Deantini” to the students of the College, has been acting as Interim Dean since September 2011.