I Feel the Earth Move: Walter Pitman and the Smoking Gun of Plate Tectonics

By Stacy Morford, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Fifty years ago, a graduate student named Walter Pitman ‚Äô67GSAS¬†made a discovery that would change the way we see our planet. It was late at night, and Pitman was reviewing charts of ship data that had just come off the computer at what was then Columbia University‚Äôs Lamont Geological Observatory. The ship, the¬†Eltanin, had crossed a mid-ocean ridge‚ÄĒpart of a 40,000-mile undersea volcanic mountain chain that encircles the Earth‚ÄĒwhile recording the magnetic alignment of the rocks in the seafloor below.

Pitman suddenly saw symmetry in those recorded lines, with the mid-ocean ridge as the center point. ‚ÄúIt was like being struck by lightning,‚ÄĚ he said.

That symmetry was the smoking gun that confirmed the theory of seafloor spreading and set the stage for our understanding today of plate tectonics.

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How You Can Beat the Odds in the New Executive Job Search Game

By Debra Feldman '74PH of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

If you want to switch roles, change industries, relocate, or keep your search confidential, it's near impossible to get an employer to pay attention. Here are some guaranteed ways to beat the odds.

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Meet the 2016 Alumni Medalists

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Every year, the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA)¬†recognizes alumni for distinguished service of 10 years or more to the University‚ÄĒincluding its schools, alumni associations, regional Columbia Clubs, and University-wide initiatives.¬†The Medal was first awarded in 1933 and is the highest honor bestowed to alumni by the University.

The medals will be formally awarded at Columbia Commencement. Tune in to watch the live broadcast on May 18. 

 

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Your Weekly Low Down | May 13, 2016

Get key career tips and a fascinating global report from Columbia alumni‚ÄĒcheck out this week's Low Down.¬†

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How To Manage Your Online Profile While Job Searching

Posted on Behalf of Julia Harris Wexler '83TC, '14BUS, Columbia University Certified Executive Career Coach

Searching for a job is usually associated with as much joy as . . . dental work. The truth is that it doesn't have to be anxiety-provoking or painful if you are smart in your plan of attack. Here are some basic tips on how to use the tools available to you to cut down on time and wasted effort and actually target your ideal role with maximum effectiveness:

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Your Weekly Low Down | May 6, 2016

This week, we had a listening party at the Columbia Alumni Association‚ÄĒwe heard some of the best Columbia Commencement speeches ever and some incredible books written by alumni.¬†

Here is this week's Columbia Alumni Weekly Low Down:

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Columbia Global Reports

Nicholas Lemann served as the Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism for two terms. After deciding not to serve a third, Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger challenged Lemann to start a project that was entirely new. What resulted was Columbia Global Reports.

Global Reports are in-depth studies of globalization. Each report covers a different aspect of our expanding global economy and is released in an incredibly readable, attractively bound form. In this episode, you'll get a special look at two of those reports: Outpatients: the Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism by Sasha Issenberg and The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian '08CC, '11JRN.

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Columbia Story Time

When it comes to writing, Columbia boasts some pretty impressive alumni. Notable Columbia authors include Paul Auster '69CC, '70GSAS, Allen Ginsberg '48CC, Joseph Heller '50GSAS, Zora Neale Hurston '28BC, and Jhumpa Lahiri '89BC - just to name a few.

To celebrate this contribution to the written word and to introduce you to some Columbia writers, we’ve recorded readings of excerpts from three alumni-authored books with a little help from some Columbia staff members. 

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 29, 2016

An out-of-the-ordinary tour of the Met and some amazing alumni achievements are on our radar this week. Here is your Columbia alumni weekly Low Down:

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The Best Columbia Graduation Speeches

Graduation is just around the corner, and soon we will be welcoming a new class of Columbians to the alumni community. 

Columbia's Commencement program dates back 258 years, and the iconic Morningside campus outdoor ceremony began in 1926. By tradition, the commencement speaker is the university president, while many of the schools within Columbia have keynote speakers at their individual ceremonies -- and most give that distinction only to alumni.

From President Barack Obama to Caroline Kennedy, check out our hand-picked selection of the best quotes from recent Columbia graduation addresses below, and leave your words of wisdom for the next class of graduates by sharing a Grad Gram here. 

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