Columbia Alumni Inducted into Crain's Hall of Fame: Read Their Secrets of Success

Way to go, Columbia alumni!

Two Columbia Business School alumni and a Columbia College graduate recently were inducted into the prestigious Crain's Hall of Fame 2015. 

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Simple Rules for a Successful Job Search

A recent webinar hosted by Columbia’s Center for Career Education (CCE) focused on the importance of research in the job search process.

Alicia Schiller, associate director of Undergraduate Career Development at CCE, says research allows job-seekers to make informed decisions, understand an audience, and stand out in a pool of applicants.

Check out these tips from CCE:

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Columbians in Boston Have It Figured Out

The Columbia Alumni Association of Boston is masterful at “dedicated leadership” and is committed to "bringing University initiatives and opportunities to the local community,” according to the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), which honored the club with its Regional Club Award of Excellence last year.

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And the Award Goes To...

What do the City of Brotherly Love and the Pearl of the Orient have in common?  They are the winners of the 2015 Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) Regional Club Award of Excellence!

Created in 2012, the CAA Regional Club Award of Excellence recognizes the leadership and dedication of Columbia's alumni leaders worldwide in fostering vibrant Columbia communities across the globe through programs, events, conferences, and opportunities in their local communities.  With over 320,000+ alumni (and counting!), the CAA's 100+ clubs and alumni leadership in cities across the globe play critical roles in building upon our shared Columbia connections, long after we leave campus. 

This year, the international award goes to the Columbia University Alumni Association of Hong Kong (CUAAHK) and the domestic (U.S.) award goes to the Columbia University Club of Philadelphia.  

 

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We hear you, Columbia!

 

We know that Columbia alumni are smart, opinionated, and care about their Alma Mater.  In August 2015 we asked alumni to be all of those these as a volunteer for the CAA, and take a survey once a month.  With 3,000 members, the Alumni Voices survey panel was launched.

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Using hip-hop to make better teachers

From TED:

What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? Associate professor at Columbia's Teacher's College Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. A longtime teacher himself, now a science advocate and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Emdin offers a vision to make the classroom come alive. 

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Streams and Echoes: The long musical journey of Chou Wen-chung.

by Tim Page '79CC
Published in the Fall 2014 Columbia Magazine 

Chou Wen-chung vividly recalls the first time he felt the transformative power of music. It was the 1920s. He was a boy in Qingdao, which was not yet the gigantic metropolitan area of 8.5 million people that it is today, though it was already one of China’s busiest cities.

“I must have been about four years old,” says Chou ’54GSAS, who turned ninety-one this past June. “I had just begun to be aware of things, walking around freely, on my own, in our big garden. I heard sounds coming from the small house where the servants were — they’d left the door open and I was awfully little and they didn’t seem to mind that I came in. There they were, a handful of people, male and female, laughing and drinking a very cheap form of alcohol called kaoliang. They were playing instruments and singing, and I saw that they were happy and relaxed. I understood right away that these sounds were something through which you could express your happiness.”



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In The New Yorker: School of the Arts writing student Courtney Gaughan Bowman

Courtney Gaughan Bowman, a student in the writing program at Columbia's School of the Arts, pens the Shouts & Murmurs satire spot of the November 10, 2014 New Yorker magazine. "To the Cockroach in My Apartment" is wonderfully absurd, but rings true for anyone who's ever had a roommate, or a cockroach, in her own life.

 

 

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For a Student of the City, It’s Always New

Andrew Dolkart '77GSAPP and director of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation program, is profiled in The New York Times in advance of receiving the Historic Districts Council’s Landmarks Lion award on Nov. 19.

 

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Q&A with Jeffrey Shaman: The Spread of Ebola

Published in Columbia News, October 29, 2014

Since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in New York City on Oct. 23, there has been a daily barrage of news reports about the deadly disease. Public officials including Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, as well as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, have weighed in on a range of issues, from mandatory quarantines to how the disease is transmitted.

At Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers have developed a computer model that tracks and forecasts the growth of Ebola cases in West Africa, the epicenter of the disease. For Jeffrey Shaman, an associate professor of environmental health sciences who led the development of the model, that means that much of his day is devoted to sometimes arcane epidemiological measures such as the “basic reproduction number,” or R0, the projected number of cases generated by a single infected person in a fully susceptible population. If R0 is less than 1, the disease will extinguish itself. If it is greater than 1, it will spread—and the larger the number, the harder it will be to control. Right now the R0 in the U.S. is close to zero.

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