Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
Four accomplished alumni will be presented with 2013 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 6, at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The honorees are Thomas Cornacchia CC ’85; Katori Hall CC ’03; Mike Schmidtberger CC ’82, LW ’85; and George Yancopoulos M.D., Ph.D. CC ’80, GSAS ’86, P&S ’87.
Cornacchia is a managing director and head of sales for Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities in the Americas at Goldman Sachs and a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors. He was a four-year letter winner for Columbia’s heavyweight rowing program.
Hall is an award-winning playwright and performer. She has received acclaim for her works in London and New York and her play, The Mountaintop, an account of the night before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, won “Best New Play” at the Oliver Awards, Britain’s equivalent to Broadway’s Tony Award. Hall is an artist in residence at The Pershing Square Signature Theatre in New York. At Columbia, she majored in African-American Studies and studied creative writing.
Schmidtberger is a partner at Sidley Austin and the global co-head of the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives group at the firm. While in law school, he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He is a former member of the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Yancopoulos is president of Research Laboratories and chief scientific officer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. He has a distinguished record of scientific achievement and is an author of a substantial number of publications, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.