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Berghahn Describes U.S. Cold War Efforts to Bolster Image of American Culture
(Oct. 24, 2001)
Volker Berghahn, author of America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe (Princeton 2001), notes that during the 1950s, Europeans continued to be reluctant to see the U.S. as an equal with regard to culture. He argues that to counter this perception of American cultural power, American foundations and philanthropic organizations worked to create a positive image of American culture.
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Stephen Morse Discusses Public Health Implications of Anthrax Threat and Bioterrorism
(Oct. 19, 2001)
Stephen Morse, discusses the public health implications of the anthrax threat and bioterorrism. The Center for Public Health Preparedness has been working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health to develop and test curricula for public health practice, using "emergency preparedness" as a framework. The Center recently completed a basic emergency preparedness training with over 800 NYC Department of Health nurses. -- Stephen Morse, Director, Center for Public Health Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

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Earth Institute's Stuart Pimm Audits the Earth
(Oct. 19, 2001)
Self appointed "investment banker of the global and biological accounts," conservation biologist Stuart Pimm crunches the numbers on the state of the planet. Despite some pretty alarming trends, Pimm says, "our world is not doomed, it is not fatally wounded, but neither is it healthy. It needs attention." - Stuart Pimm, professor of ecology, evolution and environmental biology

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NBC's Today Show Features Chat about Islam with GS Dean Peter Awn
(Oct. 19, 2001)
NBC's Today Show featured Peter Awn in the special series "Islam Today" on October 8. Awn spoke of common origins in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. He also argued that in modern times, Islamic law and theology has not legitimized modern-day extremists' calls for violence. - Peter Awn, dean of the School of General Studies and religion professor
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Brian Greene Discusses Einstein's Unfulfilled Dream: a Unified Theory
(Oct. 17, 2001)
"It was a dream of formulating a unified theory of physics, a theory that would describe everything in the universe, from the smallest speck of matter to the farthest reach of the most distant galaxy using one idea, one master principle that could govern everything." -- Brian Greene, professor of Mathematics, Physics
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Columbia Named a National Nanoscale Research Center; Receives $10.8 M to Support Research
(Sept. 19, 2001)
After biomedical research and defense, nanotechnology has become one of the most dynamic disciplines in science and technology. With its new designation as a national center for research at the nanoscale, Columbia University is pioneering research that could lead to better diagnostic tools and drug delivery in medicine and faster computers - Professor James Yardley explains the emerging field and its promise
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New Lighting Sensitive Display Technology Enhances Photorealism
(Sept. 10, 2001)
A team of researchers led by a Columbia computer scientist has developed a lighting sensitive computer display that achieves a high degree of photorealism by sensing the illumination of the display's surroundings and accordingly adjusting the appearance of the content to be displayed. - Shree Nayar, professor of computer science and director of the Computer Vision Laboratory at Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Time Magazine Names Columbia's Delbanco America's Best Social Critic
(Sept. 10, 2001)
Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, has been named America's Best Social Critic by Time magazine Here, Delbanco discusses the concept of "The End of History" and its impact on American society. - Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities
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Neurons Pathway in Brain Wired Alike Researchers Show
(Aug. 14, 2001)
Columbia research team, tracking neuron paths in the visual cortex of the brain, discovers the connections are identical from one animal to the next, concluding that the cortex is made up of very specific circuits and that those circuits must be determined genetically. -- Rafael Yuste, associate professor of biological sciences
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Free Columbia Jazz Concert, Symposium on Jazz Sources and Photo Exhibition of Jazz Cities
(July 31, 2001)
Symposium on jazz sources, one of three free public jazz events to be held at Columbia in August, to explore the great geographic complexity of what many consider to be the quintessential American music. -- Robert O'Meally, founder and director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University
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Columbia Launches International Collaborative Research on Earthquake Risk in Northern Aegean
(July 11, 2001)
At a press conference on Tuesday, July 10, Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory announced a collaborative research effort with Greek, Turkish, and Italian scientists to investigate making the Northern Aegean region, along the North Anatolian fault, more resilient against earthquake destruction. -- Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory press briefing
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Seminar to Explore Democracy and Economic Inequality
(July 10, 2001)

Why is it that democracy, which has been expanding to more and more countries, has not brought greater economic equality? "We want to understand the counterintuitive and unexpected outcome that inequality has increased amidst democracy. How is it that democracy has spread power to those with an interest in lessening inequality, and how might democracy be reformed to allow for more redress?" -- Tony Marx, professor of political science
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