Columbia News  
  February 2015 Highlights  
 
 
The Brain Science of Stereotypes
 
 
  Psychologist Valerie Purdie-Vaughns Studies the Impact of Society’s Expectations  
  “Stereotyping can undermine motivation and performance, it can make you sick,” says Prof. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, whose has worked with neuroscientists using today’s advanced imaging technology to show the impact of cultural expectations on the brain. Her latest research examines the impact of psychological stress on health. read more »  
 
   
 
  Unraveling the Complex Puzzle of Alzheimer's Disease
Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a Columbia linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, an extremely rare version of the disease. Scott Small, director of Columbia’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center & the Boris and Rose Katz Professor of Neurology, uses the coincidence to discuss what is known and what’s yet to be discovered about the disease.
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  Arts and Sciences: Couple Illustrates the Big Questions
Over a 53-year marriage, Amy and Robert Pollack have collaborated often. Most recently the professor of biological sciences and his artist wife worked together on The Course of Nature, an eclectic volume that takes a creative approach to tackling big scientific and societal questions including the space-time continuum, global warming, DNA and more. 
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  Envisioning the Moon as a Launchpad to Explore the Outer Solar System
Astronomy Professor Arlin Crotts says fellow scientists once considered his lunar hypotheses sheer lunacy, but that changed when recent discoveries suggested he was on the right track. His book The New Moon: Water, Exploration, and Future Habitation explains how the moon could one day function as an interplanetary gas station.
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  Pitch Perfect: Embracing Microtonal Music of Georg Friedrich Haas
Georg Friedrich Haas discusses his music, his critics and his willingness to express himself politically when composing. From a studio in Dodge Hall with three upright Yamaha pianos, Haas creates microtonal works that generate uncommon reactions from audiences. “New music always has to do that. If my music would be 100 percent accepted, I would be sure that I did something wrong,” he said.
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  Columbia in the News  
   
  President Lee Bollinger: How to free speech  
  The Washington Post, February 12  
 
  Craig Spencer: Having and fighting Ebola – Public health lessons from a clinician turned patient  
  The New England Journal of Medicine, February 25  
 
  Prof. Tim Wu: Net neutrality – How the government finally got it right  
  The New Yorker, February 5  
 
  Prof. John McWhorter: Obama is right not to talk About ‘Islamic’ terrorism  
  Time, February 20  
 
  Prof. Katherine Keyes: This is what’s keeping teens from getting enough sleep  
  Time, February 16  
 
  Prof. Sam Sia: STD tests on a smartphone?  
  CBS News, February 4  
 
  Prof. Robert Klitzman: Doctor, have you had your DNA tested?  
  The New York Times, February 5  
 
 
 
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