Your Weekly Low Down | July 15, 2016

Pokemon, polo, and precision medicine at Columbia this week: 

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Who You Gonna Call?


ghostbusters2311.jpgThe Ghostbusters reboot just opened in theaters across the country. So, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit the movie that not only started it all, but also arguably gave Columbia its biggest movie cameo yet.

Don't believe us? Just check out the still (on the left) of the movie's opening title sequence with Columbia's Alma Mater and Butler Library featured prominently. Of course, Columbia looks less gloomy these days.

Keep reading for even more photographic evidence.

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Your Weekly Low Down | July 8, 2016

Get the Low Down on the latest from your Columbia alumni community:

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The New York Times and Columbia

When The New York Times and Columbia University meet, there are a number of interesting things to discover. Two of the most notable institutions residing in the heart of New York City, The Times and Columbia are linked together through the movement of people and the incredible ideas that they carry.

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Your Weekly Low Down | July 1, 2016

 

Use jazz to better your skills in the workplace and network with Columbians at a rooftop happy hour—our weekly Low Down to kick off July: 

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Hamilton and Jay: Get the Low Down on Columbia's Founding Fathers

Did you know that Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, two of America's Founding Fathers—and half of the "Quartet" behind the adoption of the Constitution—are Columbia alumni? In his book, The Quartet, released last year, Joseph Ellis says the men were responsible for "the most creative and consequential act of political leadership in American history."  

In honor of upcoming Independence Day, here are a few facts about Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

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All That Jazz

For most Columbia students and alumni, when you hear the words "jazz at Columbia" it's almost impossible not to think of Christopher Washburne '92GSAS, '94GSAS, '99GSAS. Washburne is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance program at Columbia. In addition to being a jazz scholar, he's a jazz musician in his own right. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tito Puente, Justin Timberlake, Marc Anthony, Celine Dion, and the list goes on. His most common instrument of choice is the trombone, though he also plays the tube, the didjeridu, and percussion.

In this episode, we play you a mashup of two talks that Washburne gave at Columbia. One he gave as part of the School of Professional Studies (SPS) T@lks Columbia series. The other was delivered to Columbia staff members. In both talks, Washburne explores the creative process of jazz, paying particular attention to the role that collaboration and improvisation plays. And in this exploration, he delves into how this process can inform your everyday decisions in the workplace, from leadership and adaptability to innovation and risk management.

Who knew jazz was so useful? Well...Washburne did.

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Columbia's King of the Jungle and the Columbia Alumni Who Crowned Him

You may know that Columbia's lion—a ubiquitous theme seen around campus and the universal emblem of the entire Columbia athletics community, including Barnard—has long been a part of who we are, but you may not know that Columbia alumni played pivotal roles in its history, evolution, and adoption as part of our school identity.  

Here are six facts you may not know about Columbia's king of the jungle, and the Columbia alumni who crowned him. 

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Sree Sreenivasan '93JRN Provides Perfect Model for a Job Transition: Read What He Did

Sree Sreenivasan '93JRN, stepped down from his post as chief digital officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 17, amid the museum's efforts to scale back costs due to a $10 million deficit. 

Sreenivasan has worked at the Met for three years and led the Met’s recent website redesign and the development of a smartphone app, The New York Times reported. 

According to the Times, he will stay on temporarily as a consultant.

Some may vent, others may feel like hiding—what Sreenivasan did, though, made news.

Read on for some highlights from Quartz of what the former Columbia Journalism School professor and Columbia chief digital officer did exactly right.

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Out of This World: Tim Kopra '13BUS Returns to Earth After Space Mission

Columbia Business School alumnus Tim Kopra '13BUS landed on Earth this weekend after six months on the International Space Station (ISS).

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