David J. Craig

Craig edits the News, Newsmakers, and Explorations sections of Columbia and writes mainly about social science and the natural sciences. Recently, he wrote articles for Columbia about H1N1 influenza, celiac disease, and population control. He received degrees from the University of Connecticut in sociology and English and has worked as a journalist for 15 years.

Articles by this author

From Code to Cure
Spring 2018 From Code to Cure

Armed with enormous amounts of clinical data, teams of computer scientists, statisticians, and physicians are rewriting the rules of medical research.

Spring 2018 Using Data For Good
The Big Idea: Farsighted Forecasts
Winter 2017 The Big Idea: Farsighted Forecasts

A Q&A with Lisa Goddard on predicting and managing the impacts of climate change.

The Big Idea: A Voice For Women And Girls
Fall 2017 The Big Idea: A Voice For Women And Girls

A Q&A with Lindsay Stark ’10PH on gender-based violence among refugee populations.

Meet The Girl with Gene NUP214-ABL1
Summer 2016 Meet the Girl with Gene NUP214-ABL1

When Myrrah Shapoo arrived at Columbia University Medical Center last year with a form of cancer that wouldn’t respond to chemotherapy, a team of physicians and scientists working on a new precision-medicine initiative faced their ultimate test.

Seeds of Hope
Spring 2015 Seeds of Hope

In Uruguay, Columbia scientists are working on a forecasting system to help farmers cope with climate change.

The Professor’s Last Stand
Fall 2014 The Professor’s Last Stand

US historian Eric Foner is trying something new before he retires: he’s filming a massive open online course, or MOOC. Call it a Lincoln login.

Columbia Libraries acquire archives of “artist book” publisher Granary
Summer 2014 Columbia Libraries acquire archives of “artist book” publisher Granary

By deconstructing and reimagining the book form, artist books may provide a window to its future.

The Ghost Files
Winter 2013-14 The Ghost Files

To make sense of the gaps in our public record, historian Matthew Connelly had to read between the lines.

Heady Collisions
Summer 2013 Heady Collisions

What were conditions like .000000001 seconds after the Big Bang? Columbia scientists think the answer could hold a great secret of the universe.

Protecting the grid from the bomb
Spring 2013 Protecting the grid from the bomb

Columbia engineers work to protect the US electric grid from catastrophic attack.

The Brain Trust
Fall 2012 The Brain Trust

Columbia’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative is probing the final frontier: the space between our ears.

The Dot Matrix
Summer 2012 The Dot Matrix

At Columbia’s Spatial Information Design Lab, researchers are creating urban maps that make a point about how we live.

Fall 2011 New Crop City

Can Dickson Despommier’s radical vision for urban agriculture take root in the United States?

Angkor, Cambodia
Spring 2011 What Happened to Angkor?

Evergreen trees on a remote Cambodian mountain range could hold secrets of a lost civilization.

Making decisions / Illustration by James Steinberg
Winter 2010-11 Grave Decisions

Social psychologist Sheena Iyengar takes her study of decision making to the ultimate limit.

Kazakhstan interview illustration
Fall 2010 Surveyors on the New Silk Road

Confronting Kazakhstan's AIDS crisis, one interview at a time

Illustration by Gerard DuBois
Summer 2010 Autism, Unmasked

How can doctors detect autism? What is its biological profile? What causes it? Columbia researchers are getting to the heart of a little-understood condition.

X-ray optic device
Spring 2010 X-Ray Specs

Some celestial bodies are so hot they're invisible. Scientists have invented a telescope that will bring them to light.

When Principles Pay by Geoffrey Heal
Fall 2009 Clean Money

A review of When Principles Pay: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line by Geoffrey Heal

Young Columbia scientists / Photo: Beth Perkins
Fall 2009 Flu Fighters

A team of young Columbia scientists discovered the genetic origins of H1N1 swine flu this spring. Now they’re racing to determine its deadly potential.

Photo: Levi Stolove
Winter 2009-10 Against the Grain

Peter H. R. Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia, separates the wheat from the chaff of a misunderstood disease.

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