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Two Barnard alumnae named among 2013 PEN Literary Award Winners

writingPEN America has announced the winners and runners-up of the 2013 PEN Literary Awards, the most comprehensive literary awards program in the country. This year’s recipients include two Barnard alumnae: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo '88 has received the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The award is in recognition of her first book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, which also received the National Book Award in 2012. The Galbraith Award recognizes the author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues. Read more from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. Annie Tucker '02 received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for her translation of Beauty Is A Wound, a novel by Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan.

Two Barnard alumnae named among 2013 PEN Literary Award Winners2013-08-15T15:35:00-05:00

For Neuroscientist Charles Zuker, Brain Science is a Matter of Taste

Charles Zuker has devoted his career to unraveling the neurobiology of the senses—especially taste, but he is quick to tell you that it’s not because of some inherent fascination with bitter, sweet, and salty truths. “The fact is that we don’t study the senses simply to understand the senses,” he explains. “We study the senses as an entry point—a tractable problem—in dissecting the mysteries of the brain.” And taste, he notes, is a particularly elegant system for plumbing those mysteries.

For Neuroscientist Charles Zuker, Brain Science is a Matter of Taste2013-08-26T14:30:00-05:00

The Daily Beast features book by Estelle Freedman '69, who will speak on campus this fall

alumnaeBCRWOn September 12, the Barnard Center for Research on Women will welcome alumna Estelle Freedman ’69, professor of history at Stanford University, for a lecture on her new book, Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation, which was recently highlighted by The Daily Beast. An excerpt from the article: "For much of American history, white men could own others’ bodies—not only black men and women in slavery, but also white women in marriage. Until quite recently, for instance, it was not illegal for a husband to rape his wife. In the 19th century, if a young woman was raped and impregnated, her father could even sue the assailant for the lost income from his daughter’s incapacitation. Slave owners could buy black women specifically to serve their sexual urges. With emancipation and other reforms, the laws evolved, but the practice did not. “Legal change,” Freedman said in an interview with The Daily Beast, [...]

The Daily Beast features book by Estelle Freedman '69, who will speak on campus this fall2013-08-26T17:48:00-05:00

Bon Centenaire! Maison Française Turns 100

Columbia’s Maison Française was established in 1913 to extend the University’s global reach. Today this academic and cultural center, which is celebrating its centennial with an array of programs, focuses on the entire French-speaking world, not just France. “Historically, the Maison Française was largely focused on the French language and literature,” said its director Shanny Peer. “In recent decades, the perspective has broadened to include not just France but the Francophone world and to embrace other disciplines such as art, philosophy, sociology, economics and history.”

Bon Centenaire! Maison Française Turns 1002013-08-26T19:27:00-05:00

A Columbia Scholar at the Center of New York's Landmark Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

In the decision by the federal judge who found New York City’s stop-and-frisk policies unconstitutional, one name appears more than any other: that of Jeffrey Fagan, a professor at Columbia Law School and the Mailman School of Public Health. Fagan, an expert witness for the plaintiffs, analyzed nine years of New York Police Department data that the plaintiffs used to demonstrate that the stop-and-frisk program was riddled with constitutional violations.

A Columbia Scholar at the Center of New York's Landmark Stop-and-Frisk Ruling2013-08-27T16:53:00-05:00

Columbia's “Brightest Star” in Philosophy, Seen in New Light

Few philosophers can boast of having their picture on a U.S. postage stamp. Or on the cover of Time magazine. Or merit a 3,349-word obituary in The New York Times. Such was the fame and influence of John Dewey, the Columbia philosophy professor of whom Columbia historian Henry Steele Commager wrote in 1950 that “for a generation, no major issue was clarified until Dewey had spoken.” Once considered America’s leading liberal thinker, Dewey’s reputation has dimmed since his 1952 death, but one professor on campus is seeking to change that.

Columbia's “Brightest Star” in Philosophy, Seen in New Light2013-08-27T18:36:00-05:00

Cracking Journalism's Digital Code

Columbia Journalism School, founded a century ago to train generations of reporters, was only 7 years old when Pittsburgh’s KDKA made the first broadcast by a licensed radio station. Now the digital revolution is upending the practice of journalism. Newspapers and magazines are vanishing amid deep cutbacks and an inexorable march onto virtual platforms. Broadcast media struggle as cable networks and the Web aim at ever narrower audiences. And with social media, anyone can set up a media enterprise and join the fray.

Cracking Journalism's Digital Code2013-08-28T16:43:00-05:00

Magic Grants Merge Technology and Storytelling

When the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation was established at Columbia and Stanford in 2012, part of its $30 million endowment was earmarked for what founder Helen Gurley Brown called “Magic Grants.” These competitively-awarded grants of up to $150,000 combine disciplines that until recently were rarely found together: for instance, data science and narrative journalism.

Magic Grants Merge Technology and Storytelling2013-08-28T17:29:00-05:00

Faculty Q&A: Mark Hansen

Statistician. Technologist. Artistic collaborator. And now, journalism professor. As East Coast Director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the Journalism School, Mark Hansen works with Emily Bell of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and J-school colleague Susan McGregor to integrate data science into the curriculum and, ultimately, the profession.

Faculty Q&A: Mark Hansen2013-08-28T18:14:00-05:00

Barry Bergdoll Returns to Columbia Full-Time After 6 Years as MoMA’s Architecture Curator

Bergdoll, who has been the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) since 2007, will assume the Meyer Schapiro Chair in the Department of Art History and Archaeology on Sept. 1. While at MoMA, he taught part-time at Columbia, where he has been a professor since 1985. He also helped create an ongoing partnership between the two institutions, which has resulted in such joint projects as the acquisition of the Frank Lloyd Wright archives in 2012. 

Barry Bergdoll Returns to Columbia Full-Time After 6 Years as MoMA’s Architecture Curator2013-08-29T17:36:00-05:00

Brownfield Action course prepares students for environmental science careers

liberal artsscienceenvironmental scienceFor the past decade, Barnard’s environmental science department has offered a course that allows students to experience firsthand the complex task of cleaning up a hazardous waste site, or brownfield, and returning the land and buildings to productive use. Created by Senior Lecturer Peter Bower, Brownfield Action (BA) is a web-based interactive simulation where, over the course of a semester, students use maps, documents, videos, and scientific data to conduct environmental site assessment investigations and solve problems in environmental forensics. For many Barnard students, a semester with BA sets a tone for their academic careers. And for some alumnae, the course has shaped their professional paths. Read about their experiences below. Ten other colleges, universities, and high schools around the country also use the Brownfield Action curriculum and software. In May, educators from those schools gathered at Barnard for a seminar on new developments with the simulation, which has evolved into a collaborative network. [...]

Brownfield Action course prepares students for environmental science careers2013-08-29T19:00:00-05:00

A Nurse Finds a Simple Answer to a Vexing Question and a New Career

You probably think you know how to wash your hands, but Elaine Larson could tell you for sure. An infectious disease expert who has published more than 200 papers on hand hygiene, Larson is the go-to source for commonly asked questions such as whether anti-bacterial soaps work better than regular soaps (no), whether alcohol hand sanitizer is more effective than hand-washing (yes) and whether you should really wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. (Not necessarily, just be sure to scrub between the fingers and under fingernails.)

A Nurse Finds a Simple Answer to a Vexing Question and a New Career2013-08-29T20:47:00-05:00

On Al Jazeera America, Prof. Kimberly Marten discusses Putin's Syria offer

globalgovernmentforeign policyKimberly Marten Watch political science professor Kimberly Marten on Al Jazeera America, where she comments on Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to remove chemical weapons from Syria. Prof. Marten specializes in international relations and international security. Her research focuses on warlords and militias and their relationship to sovereign states and state

On Al Jazeera America, Prof. Kimberly Marten discusses Putin's Syria offer2013-09-10T21:32:00-05:00

The Los Angeles Times highlights research by Prof. Homa Zarghamee

economicsgenderparentingHoma ZarghameeThe Los Angeles Times highlights economics professor Homa Zarghamee’s research on why single mothers are happier today than decades ago. An excerpt: "The report, published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies, tracks how women answered questions on a nationally representative survey between 1972 and 2008. When the researchers tried

The Los Angeles Times highlights research by Prof. Homa Zarghamee2013-09-13T19:06:00-05:00
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