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September 2011 Highlights
The Record
Sylvia NasarNasar Explores "Grand Pursuit" of Economic Ideas


Sylvia Nasar embarked on a history cum biography of 19th- and 20th-century thinkers whose interests helped create modern economics.

Columbia in the Headlines
Ian Lipkin
Mailman School Virus Hunter Ian Lipkin Puts Science on Screenvideo
Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns turned to Columbia professor Ian Lipkin to help create a film firmly grounded in scientific fact. Forward
Rachel Adams (Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University)
Professor Rachel Adams Makes a Place for Disability Studiesvideo
Rachel Adams' interest in marginalized populations grew into a broader concern with disability studies, which examines the social, cultural and political dimensions of disability. Forward
A scanning tunneling microscope in Abhay Pasupathy's lab used to measure the chemical properties of graphene. The tall cylindrical component on the right is a cryogenic chamber used to keep the ultra-strong carbon material at a temperature of minus-450 degrees Fahrenheit. Top left inset: A color-coded image of electrons around a nitrogen atom (red) embedded in the honeycomb-like surface of graphene (blue).
Exploring the Properties of World's Strongest Known Material
Physicist Abhay Pasupathy is studying the properties of graphene, an ultra-thin, super-strong material with potential applications such as touchscreens and solar cells. Forward
A Decade Later: The University Reflects on 9/11
A Decade Later: The University Reflects on 9/11
Columbia commemorated the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 with a range of programs rooted in its mission as a place of learning, research and reflection. Forward
The Marcus G. Langseth
Students Aboard for Lamont Earthquake Research on Alaska Coast
Over the summer, a group of Columbia research scientists and undergraduates spent time aboard a National Science Foundation ship mapping the ocean floor off the Aleutian Islands. Forward

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