Summer Reads from the Columbia Alumni Bookshelf

Kick off the summer with a great read from the Columbia Alumni Bookshelf.

From informative books to help you study ahead of the 2016 presidential election, to guides on cooking and history, we compiled on The Low Down a list of can't-miss reads from this special all-Columbia bookshelf.

Happy reading!

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Your Weekly Low Down | May 20, 2016

We welcomed the newest members of the Columbia alumni community this week. 

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Dear New Grads‚ÄĒWords of Wisdom from the Columbia Career Coaches Network

Welcome to the Columbia alumni community, Class of 2016!

Officially turning the tassel from "students" to "alumni" is one of the most exciting moments for new grads. But it can also be a time of uncertainty, especially for those still considering the next career move in their post-schooling lives.

You're not alone. And so we asked your fellow alumni from the Columbia Career Coaches Network to share their best post-graduation career advice to new alumni.

 

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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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