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 VOL. 23, NO. 24JUNE 12, 1998 



  • Two Columbia faculty have been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the country’s oldest learned society: Richard N. Gardner, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, and John N. Loeb, professor of medicine and associate chairman for research, department of medicine.

  • Alex Sachare, CC‘71, has been named director of communications and editor of Columbia College Today, the College’s magazine. Sachare, most recently a freelance writer and editor, was with the National Basketball Association from 1981 to 1996, as director of information, executive editor and, most recently, vice president for editorial/publishing ventures. He began his career as a sports writer for the Associated Press, and holds an M.A. from the New School in media studies. He also is the author of five books on basketball, most recently Hoop Facts and Stats.

  • Law Professor Harvey J. Goldschmid has been named general counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In this top role he will advise the commission on the legality of its policies and practices. He has been on the faculty since 1970.


  • Larry Dais, assistant vice president and director of community relations, has received the Arturo A. Schomburg Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education at the organization’s annual conference, held May 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He will also receive the United Hospital Fund’s Distinguished Trustee Award at a June 17 luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

  • The Columbia Human Rights Law Review has given its annual award for outstanding achievement to Law Professor Charles Black in a small ceremony May 13 in his home. He was chosen for his “tireless scholarship on behalf on those denied equal treatment before the law in the United States and around the world.”


  • Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard associate professor and chair of the Environmental Sciences Department, has been selected head of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs’ Office of Advisory Committee. She joined Barnard in 1993; she has been an adjunct associate research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory since 1989, and is a member of the Earth Learning Center Committee at Biosphere 2.

  • Rafael Chu recently joined Dining Services as an overnight production manager organizing early morning catering events and preparing the day’s specials. Rafael speaks Chinese, English and Spanish and is an expert in Italian, Japanese, Chinese and American dishes. Originally from Lima, Peru, he holds two bachelor degrees, in nutrition and business administration.

      Also, David Rogers has been hired as manager of the board plan in John Jay. Formerly of SUNY–New Paltz, he specializes in developing promotional and fun events for students on the meal plan.

  • Steve van Leeuwen, Columbia’s first Webmaster, has announced his pending departure to join the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International. Van Leeuwen developed the University’s pre-Web information system (ColumbiaNet), began the digital library project Bartleby and co-founded Go Ask Alice!, the on-line health service. In 1994, he also was the first to publish a book on the World Wide Web: Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

  • Two undergraduates have received 1998 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies: Sonia Sabnis, Columbia College, classics, and Rachelhope Sinnreich, Barnard, history.

  • Rosa Battista, BC‘98, has been awarded a USIA-funded Fulbright grant for the next academic year. An Italian major from Waltham, Mass., she will work in Rome on a cultural history project tentatively titled “Where Were the Women of the Italian Resistance Movement?”

  • Ann K. Cooper, National Public Radio reporter and adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Journalism, has been named executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York–based press freedom organization.