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 VOL. 23, NO. 15FEBRUARY 20, 1998 

People: Shapiro, Insdorf, Helfand, Dais

  • Barnard President Judith Shapiro has been named chair of the Board of Directors of the Consortium on Higher Education (COHFE). The organization of 31 private colleges and universities collects, researches, analyzes and shares data with its members on admissions, financial aid, costs and other comparative indicators to measure the academic effectiveness of its membership.

  • Annette Insdorf, director of undergraduate film studies, has been named to the International Jury of the 48th Berlin International Film Festival, running through Feb. 22 in Berlin. Actor Ben Kingsley serves as president of the 11 member jury, which will award prestigious Golden and Silver Bears to the best of the 25 films entered in the Berlinale Competition.

  • Supermassive black holes, invader galaxies, background radiation and microquasars: If it’s in the sky, it’s on David Helfand’s astronomy segment on the Discovery Channel. Helfand, professor of astronomy, meets once a month with Jonathan Schreiber, a producer for ABC News, which reports news for the Discovery Channel. The two bring press releases, videotapes and science magazines to the session in Helfand’s office to decide what will air, then go up to the 14th floor of Pupin to tape a month’s worth of two-minute shows. The programs are broadcast as “Skycast,” a segment on the cable channel’s weekend news program.

  • Larry Dais, assistant vice president and director of community affairs, has been elected chair of the board of directors of St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center for Children in Ossining, N.Y. Dais is also a board member of the rehab center’s parent organization, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, N.Y. Working with Dais at the rehab center are Columbia pediatricians Burton Grebin and William J. Davis. Both the center and the hospital are run by the Community of St. Mary’s, an order of Episcopalian nuns in Peekskill, N.Y.