How Can You Overcome a Career Slump?

By Lynn Berger '84TC, '90TC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

From time to time, all of us experience a career slump; however, it can be a meaningful experience. It allows us to identify the gaps in our work and career. Let's explore how you can identify your interests, motivated skills, personality style, and values to allow you to achieve greater career satisfaction.

So, the question is posed‚ÄĒ‚ÄúHow can you overcome a career slump?‚ÄĚ The best way to answer this question is to imagine you are creating and putting together the pieces of an intriguing, challenging, and rewarding puzzle. Each piece needs to be closely examined, shifted, and viewed from a variety of perspectives. Once you are able to fit the pieces of your puzzle together, you will have created the complete image, which in effect, will become your fulfilling career.

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Your Weekly Low Down | Jan. 29, 2016

Catch up on the latest news from your Columbia alumni community this week.

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The Problem in Youth Sports: Columbia Experts Speak Out

Injuries in youth sports have become all too common. And the injuries aren't minor. Torn ACLs and concussions make regular appearances on high school fields and courts. So, what exactly is the problem that we’re facing? And when did it become apparent to coaches that there was this huge problem with sports injury on a youth level in this country? An expert panel offers answers.

Panelists include: Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad '90SEAS (Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees), Diana Caskey (Head Women's Swimming and Diving Coach at Columbia University), Jim Gossett (Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine and Head Athletics Trainer for the Columbia Lions), Glenn Meyers '84CC, '85SEAS, '01SEAS (Former Columbia Baseball Team Captain, former Professional Baseball Player for the California Angels and Minnesota Twins), Dr. Beth Shubin Stein '91CC, '96PS (Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College), Dr. Brent Walker (Associate Athletics Director of Championship Performance at Columbia University).

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Columbia Alumni Love Stories

Did you know that over 7,400 Columbia couples met and fell in love through Columbia?

Some were hit by Cupid's arrow on the first day of classes, while others connected years later through the Columbia alumni network. 

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we've compiled a few of our favorite Columbia love stories‚ÄĒwritten and shared by our alumni‚ÄĒthat would give Nicholas Sparks a run for his money. ¬†

Do you have your own Columbia love story to share?  E-mail us your story and photo(s) to: love-columbia@columbia.edu.

 

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Black History Month: Celebrating Black Alumni at Columbia

In honor of Black History Month, we look back at some of our trailblazing and accomplished black alumni.

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Things You Didn't Know About the Pulitzer Prizes

Did you know the Pulitzer Prizes, established and endowed by the Graduate School of Journalism founder Joseph Pulitzer, are administered by Columbia each year?

Pulitzer's will established Columbia as the seat of the administration of the prizes. In his will, Pulitzer bestowed an endowment of $2,000,000 for the establishment of a Journalism school, one-fourth of which was to be "applied to prizes or scholarships for the encouragement of public service, public morals, American literature, and the advancement of education."

Check out these other facts you may not know about the highest national honor in print journalism.

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Your Weekly Low Down | Jan. 22, 2016

Catch up on the latest news from your Columbia alumni community this week.

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Columbia Case Study Analyzed Reporting Featured in "Spotlight" Movie

Before the story about The Boston Globe's Spotlight team revealing a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was depicted in the new movie Spotlight, the reporting was studied by the Knight Case Studies Initiative at Columbia Journalism School. 

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Who Is the Columbia Alumni Association in 2016?

Columbia is the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, founded 22 years before the founding fathers (including Columbia alum Alexander Hamilton) signed the Constitution. The Columbia Alumni Association, in contrast, is the youngest among the Ivies, having celebrated its first decade in 2015.

This duality brings together something that is uniquely and utterly Columbian in nature‚ÄĒa sense of tradition, gravitas, and history paired with an innovative and contemporary spirit.

Take a look at today's Columbia alumni community by the numbers:

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Columbia Alum Unearths 'Biggest Dinosaur Ever'

If you thought that the fictional 'Indominus‚Äć Rex'¬†in the sci-fi adventure film Jurassic World was big, just wait until you get a glimpse of the real-life remains of the¬†enormous titanosaur that has recently invaded NYC's American Museum of Natural History¬†(AMNH).

This 122-foot-long beast (about the length of three school buses - or twenty-two Alma Maters placed side-by-side) is a species so new that it has not yet been formally named by the team of paleontologists who discovered it - a team led by Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Columbia alumnus, Dr. Diego Pol '04GSAS.

In 2012, a local rancher in southern Argentina reported that he found fossils on his land to the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio in Argentina. 

By 2014, Dr. Pol and his team of paleontologists excavated 223 fossil bones belonging to six titanosaur dinosaurs at the site, including an 8-foot-tall femur bone now on exhibit at AMNH.  These giant herbivores roamed the earth some 100 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period. 

By measuring the length and circumference of the femur, Dr. Pol and his team estimate that the behemoth dino may have tipped the scale at 70 tons - more than 10 African elephants. 

 

Photo: Pol next to the femur of the behemoth titanosaur via BBC News. 

How does one go about measuring the size of a prehistoric daunting dino? In this video, Dr. Pol explains how the measuring process works. 

Today, you too can marvel at this prehistoric wonder at AMNH, where the titanosaur has invaded not one, but two rooms at the museum. It dwarfs AMNH's famous blue whale by nearly 30 feet (although the blue whale still takes the crown in mass, weighing as much as 200 tons, or 3x as much as the titanosaur).

Photo: PBS NewsHour via AMNH

 

Congratulations, Dr. Pol, for the incredible discovery. And for the record, we think "Columbia-osaur" has a nice ring to it, if you're brainstorming names.  

 

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