Your Weekly Low Down | March 2, 2018

Read on for the latest from your Columbia alumni community.



  • Did you know the average person keeps 13 secrets? Columbia Prof. Michael Slepian researches secrecy and trust, and surveyed more than 1,000 people on the subject recently. Check out his fascinating research about the consequences and effects of hiding something.  

  • Hammaad Chaudry '14SOA, the playwright of An Ordinary Muslim, recently made The New York Times' list of "3 Young People to Watch in Theater this Spring." 

  • Columbia College student Dylan Geick was also featured in the Times. The Columbia wrestling team star writes poetry and is also out, which is uncommon in the wrestling world, according to Geick. Read how he is a rising star in more ways than just on the mat.

  • An international team of astronomers has discovered that some stars located in the Galactic halo surrounding the Milky Way are in fact former residents of the Galactic disk, kicked out by those invading dwarf galaxies.


  • Ahead of this weekend's Academy Awards, we're celebrating the alumni filmmakers who have been nominated for an Oscar. Five Columbians were nominated in several categories including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Lady Bird written and directed by Greta Gerwig '06BC was nominated for five awards. Check out the full list and cheer on your fellow alumni this Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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