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Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center donned pink lab coats Oct. 29 in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center donned pink lab coats on Oct. 29 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Peter A. Muennig, assistant professor of health policy and management, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Early Career in Public Health Award. The award, presented by the Association of Schools of Public Health and Pfizer, is given for service and achievements in cultivating the public health leaders of the future.

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, assistant professor of social work, has been awarded a $430,000 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for development of an alcohol and HIV-prevention intervention for adults in the Dominican Republic.

The Mailman School of Public Health has been awarded $2.5 million from to accelerate the discovery of new pathogens and develop rapid response to outbreaks. The International Research Institute for Climate and Society will receive $900,000 from to improve the use climate data in Ethiopia.

In Memoriam
Lewis Cole, professor and former chair of the Film Program at the School of the Arts, was a 1968 graduate of Columbia College and author of thirteen screenplays, including State of the Union and Durley, and four published books, including This Side of Glory.
Alumni News

Read the October 2008 Columbia Alumni
Association Newsletter

This month's edition includes information about a happy hour with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Homecoming on Oct 4 and a panel discussion on globalization.

The Columbia community mourns the loss of three of its faculty.

From Friday, Oct. 3 to Sunday, Oct. 5, Columbia will honor the life of Charles Tilly, the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, who passed away on April 29, with a conference, A Celebration of the Life and Works of Charles Tilly.

Tilly, who held a joint appointment with the University's Departments of Sociology and Political Science, is widely considered the leading scholar of his generation on contentious politics and its relationship with military, economic, urban and demographic social change.

During the course of his 50-year career, Tilly's academic expertise covered urbanization, industrialization, collective action and state-making, and his most recent work explored social relations, identity and culture. His primary interest concerned Europe from 1500 to the present, but his work extended to North America and other parts of the world as well.

Marc Raeff, the Bakhmeteff Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies, a specialist in imperial Russia, died on Saturday, Sept. 20. His work dealt largely with Russian culture that leaned toward Europe. He taught at Columbia from 1961 to 1988.

His books included Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia (Harvest Books, 1966), Understanding Imperial Russia (Columbia University Press, 1985) and Russia Abroad: A Cultural History of the Russian Emigration, 1919-1939 (Oxford University Press, 1990).

Former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Osborn Elliott died on Sunday, Sept. 28. He retired in 1986, but continued as the School's George T. Delacorte Professor of Journalism until 1994. (Read the Graduate School of Journalism's tribute to Elliott here.)

In 1955, he began a 21-year career at Newsweek as senior editor in charge of the business section. In 1959, he was appointed managing editor, and two years later he became editor.

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