Columbia News  
  May 2014 Highlights  
 
 
Cheering graduating students
 
 
  Class of 2014  
  When King’s College held its first graduation in 1758, seven men received their bachelor’s degrees. At commencement this year more than 14,000 graduates of Columbia’s 18 schools and affiliates were awarded their degrees. They included some 2,000 international students from over 100 countries, a record 145 military veterans, and the first NROTC graduate since 1973. read more »  
 
  Dr. Anne Taylor on the Key Role of Faculty Development in Medical Education
When Anne L. Taylor went to medical school in the early 1970s, she was one of a very small number of women in her class. Now, the vice dean for academic affairs at Columbia University Medical Center is responsible for programs that not only support the recruitment and promotion of women and underrepresented minorities, but also foster inclusiveness and success across the Medical Center community.
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  What Kind of Bird is That? Snap a Picture and Find Out
Digital technology has added big data to the birder’s traditional tools of binoculars and a field guide. Computer science professor Peter Belhumeur has created Birdsnap, an interactive birding guide that uses computer technology that can recognize human faces to identify 500 common birds in North America. 
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  President Bollinger Reflects on Brown v. Board of Education at 60
May 17 marked the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education striking down the doctrine of “separate but equal” public education. President Lee C. Bollinger, who has been deeply engaged in the recent civil rights cases involving diversity in higher education, sees contemporary social, political and legal trends that threaten Brown’s moral and legal legacy in a more just and integrated American society. 
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  Captain Robinson hugging his daughterA Surprise Graduation Guest
Columbia Engineering School graduating senior Ruby Robinson had an unexpected surprise at her school’s class day ceremony – her father, U.S. Army Reserve Captain Keith Robinson, who has been deployed on active duty in northern Afghanistan. A last-minute leave and long days of travel allowed Capt. Robinson to be there waiting for Ruby as she came across the stage in a moment that became big news beyond campus. 
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  Columbia in the News  
   
  Prof. James Shapiro: Our Shakespeare  
  The New York Times Sunday Book Review, May 29  
 
  Columbia Baseball Has Repeating Theme: Team  
  The New York Times, May 28  
 
  President Lee C. Bollinger: Sixty Years Later, We Need a New Brown  
  The New Yorker, May 16  
 
  Prof. Kara Walker: Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet  
  NPR All Things Considered, May 16  
 
  Econ, Chemistry and Columbia Tennis  
  The Wall Street Journal, May 13  
 
  Prof. Tim Wu: Defending the Open Internet  
  The New York Times, May 11  
 
   
 
 
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