Your Weekly Low Down | March 10, 2017

Inspiring alumnae, Legends of the Ivy League, and trailblazing Law graduates in this week's Low Down roundup: 



  • The Ivy League selected Columbia Hall of Famers Jonathan Schiller '69CC, '73LAW and Judie Lomax '10BC as Legends of Ivy League Basketball. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to—and left a lasting impact on—their respective basketball programs and universities. 

  • Teachers College alumna Imbolo Mbue is a 2017 PEN/Faulkner Finalist

  • This week on The Low Down, we visited the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio. The Studio, developed through Columbia Entrepreneurship, brings innovators from across campus to pitch human-centered design ideas, identifying problems and dreaming up solutions for everything from micro-gardening to a dream team of surgeons in East Africa. The Low Down sat down with the directors of the Design Studio to talk about how to think like an entrepreneur and the first step to conceiving a great idea.


  • Aboard the USS Intrepid, Columbia engineering students are inspiring the next generation.


  • Law alumni are offering advocacy and legal assistance after the recent immigration executive order, including an assistant state attorney general working on a lawsuit challenging the order, a solo practitioner who answered the call for volunteers at airports, and an Amnesty International attorney organizing briefings on Capitol Hill.


  • "This work was a defining moment for me. Going to the OEM office every week, though stressed by schoolwork, and trying to squeeze in time with friends, gave me purpose. I felt like I was actively involved in saving lives, using my science background to plan for emergencies that we were uncertain would ever happen. I knew that this was what I wanted to do, and it is the path I am still on: forecasting unforeseen climate-driven emergencies, and creating plans to protect lives and ecosystems."—Kimberley Miner '13SIPA (Read more of Miner's story on ColumbiaYou, and share your story, too.)