AitN: June 4, 2018

Two College alumni are quoted in a May 24 Teen Vogue article on Latinx college enrollment, titled “3 Latinx Columbia University Graduates Shared Their Stories.” In the article, Karen Lopez ’18 says, “… I’m going to keep pushing the barriers that have been set before me and keep breaking them.” Ricardo Suniga Barajas ’18 says, “Working thousands of miles away from my family in East L.A. is no longer a daunting prospect because I have a great support network in New York — the Latinx community on campus is an integral part of that.” GS alumnus Luis Cruz GS’18 rounds out the group of three.

Benjamin Greenbaum

Benjamin Greenbaum '97, GSAS'06

Courtesy Pershing Square Foundation

Benjamin Greenbaum ’97, GSAS’06 is one of seven winners of a 2018 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer; each receives $200,000 per year for up to three years to enable them “to pursue bold research at a stage when traditional funding often is lacking.” As assistant professor of medicine, oncological sciences and pathology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Greenbaum uses math and physics to analyze highly complex data and better understand responses to immunotherapy.

The American Repertory Theater announced its 2018–19 season on May 21; included in the lineup is the world premiere of the musical We Live in Cairo, co-written by brothers Patrick Lazour and Daniel Lazour ’16. The show will run May 14–June 16, 2019.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama '83

Marc Nozell

On May 21, Netflix announced that it had signed a multiyear deal with President Barack Obama ’83 and Michelle Obama. Netflix reports that the Obamas’ agreement will “potentially includ[e] scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.”