A Generous Helping of Alumni App-etizers


It's hard to remember a time before apps. And yet, that time was...only 8 years ago!

Ever since they first emerged in 2008, app popularity hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. As of June 2015, over 100 billion apps have been downloaded from the Apple App Store. It's not that surprising, considering all that apps can do. Nowadays, you can use apps to do something as challenging as learning a new language, something as mindless as popping virtual bubble wrap, and everything in between.

Columbians have been contributing the app store catalog since it began. But, ever since the Columbia Startup Lab opened in 2014, it seems as though app development by Columbians had really taken off. Whether you're looking to train your palate, help children in need, give your dog an online presence, or all of the above, there’s an app for that. Here are our favorite apps from Columbia alumni (in no particular order): 


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Columbia Resolutions: Strengthen your Relationship with the University in 2016

In the spirit of the new year, deepen your involvement with the Columbia alumni network. 

Join a Regional Alumni Club to find Columbians in your area and connect with people who share your passions in a Shared Interest Group. January highlights include:

You can also become an alumni leader by giving back to the University with your expertise, time, or thoughts as a volunteer

Many of our talented Columbia alumni leaders already have put these into practice. Read on for advice from CAA Board members on how to make the most of your relationship with the University. 

Happy New Year!

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This Holiday Season...A Toast

Alumni Clubs' Year in Review: How Columbians Around the Globe Spent 2015

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) includes over 100 communities around the world connecting thousands each year -- a web of professional development and exclusive access to local culture -- creating Columbia in your backyard. Here are some of this year's highlights:

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4 Data Science Podcasts You Should Listen To Right Now

Columbia.pngIn case you haven't heard, data science is huge right now. Not only did Columbia make headlines when it first offered a masters degree in data science in 2013, but Columbia is also launching a new data science open online course

Now, if you're scratching your head because you don't know what data science is, you basically think of it as being the process of extracting insights and new understanding from data. Or (as I like to think of it) data science is the process of translating the story that data is telling. And, arguably, one of the fastest growing mediums for storytelling is podcasts. So, podcasts about data science? Well, that's a marriage made in digital heaven.

If you're curious about the stories that the world's data is telling, have we got some podcasts for you. Here are four of the best data science podcasts to listen to, whether you're a science nerd, math geek, machine-obsessed, or just like a good story:


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Columbia University Dedicates Susan K. Feagin Welcome Center



[November 16, 2015] -- Today, Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger formally dedicated the Susan K. Feagin Welcome Center at the Columbia Alumni Center “in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments and exemplary service to the University,” according to a special Trustee resolution.

“The defining characteristic of Susan’s extraordinary accomplishments lies in her deep capacity to draw people in and to work together to achieve seemingly unattainable goals.  Columbia, and higher education generally, have been the grateful beneficiaries of this remarkable ability,” said President Lee C. Bollinger.  “It is most appropriate that we celebrate her achievements here, in the house that Susan built.”

Susan Feagin ’74GS has had a distinguished career at Columbia, most recently as special advisor to President Bollinger. From 2003 to 2010, she served as the executive vice president for University development and alumni relations, during which time she brought together alumni, donors, and friends to achieve the largest fundraising effort in Ivy League history, the $6.1 billion Columbia Campaign. 

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Sweet Investments: Columbia Alumni and Ice Cream Entrepreneurship


(Photo: Ample Hills Creamery)

Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Tom Potter '83BUS is among several investors, including the founders of Seamless, to raise $4 million in funding for Ample Hills Creamery, a popular ice cream shop chain in Brooklyn. 

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GSAS Alumna Turns Love for Animals into $40M Startup

Isabel Lerer '10GSAS, '12GSAS, '15GSAS found a way to turn her passion for animals into a successful $40 million startup.  

 (Photo: The Dodo via Business Insider)

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One Year Later: Reflections on the Ebola Crisis


It has been a year since Dr. Craig Spencer '13PH became New York City’s first and only Ebola patient. Shortly after returning from his time with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea in October 2014, he entered Bellevue Hospital with a 100.3 degree temperature and was admitted to the infectious-disease unit until he received a clean bill of health 19 days later.

Spencer's diagnosis brought more attention to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and raised questions about exposure, treatment, prevention, and resources with regards to the disease. In the year since his hospital stay, progress has been made in the battle against Ebola. But, in West Africa, the fight is far from over.

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For Columbia Is a Moveable Feast

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, we delight in serving up Columbia's own moveable feast - an intellectual compilation of history, recipes, chefs, and even food startups coming out of Columbia University.


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