LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
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At The End Of Its Second Year, How Can The Sustainable Leaders Network Better Engage Undergraduates?
May 6th, 2019
Take a look at that syllabus your teacher handed out at the start of this year. If your professor teaches at one of the 12 schools, departments, or locations that have been certified through the Sustainable Leaders Network’s Workplace Certification, that syllabus is most likely printed on 100 percent recycled paper. And that business card you got from a professor in the School of Nursing? It’s probably made up of at least 30 percent postconsumer waste content...
In Certain Science and Engineering Fields, Sex Diversity Among Graduate Students Is Stagnating. In Others, It’s Getting Worse.
May 4th, 2019
The percentage of female graduate students in science and engineering fields at Columbia has remained virtually unchanged since 1998. However, this stagnation shrouds a more complicated picture underneath...
The Wonderful Physician of Oz
May 3rd, 2019
The players are the same. A medical man sells miracle fixes, mysterious elixirs to an ignorant and desperate audience. He works with spiritualists, herbalists, and a sensational media. He is almost the stereotypical American grifter, selling nonsense and reaping millions. But this grifter is a tenured professor at Columbia. ..
Remembering Wallace Broecker, the Prophet of Climate Change
May 3rd, 2019
Dr. Wallace Broecker—lovingly called “Wally” by his coworkers, friends, and family—never wanted to be known as the prophet of climate change. He was the prank-playing, puzzle-loving, New Balance-wearing, colorblind, dented-Toyota-owning, dyslexic, opinionated rock of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Broecker saw the big picture...
The Uptown Arts Stroll Paints a Portrait of Upper Manhattan
May 3rd, 2019
In Upper Manhattan, artists and art lovers are neighbors. If you were living in an uptown neighborhood like Harlem, Washington Heights, or Inwood before 2003, though, you may have been completely unaware. Franck de las Mercedes, an abstract artist living and working in Washington Heights, often feels the anonymity of Manhattan. “New York can be like a small city, but it can be like a big city at times. And you know, sometimes it’s just like a whole universe.” Mercedes was shocked to find out, through his participation in the Uptown Arts Stroll, that two fellow artists lived just around the corner from him...
A Parachute’s Home
April 30th, 2019
I knew as early as third grade that I would be sent abroad to the States for higher education. Like other “parachute kids” in Asia, my acceptance at an elite Western college became the project of my parents’ entire lives. It would eventually pave the way for my family to immigrate to join me. As soon as middle school started, I stopped following the regular track of my English classes and began studying for the TOEFL, an English proficiency exam for aspiring international students. I read English literature while my peers studied the present perfect tense. I missed school frequently to take extracurricular English classes and to meet with my education counselor...