In brief: Glied confirmed to federal post; Our man in Beijing; Cranston takes reins at CJR

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Glied confirmed to federal post

Sherry Glied, a professor of health policy and management at the Mailman School of Public Health, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A health-care economist, Glied studies how the U.S. health-care system affects poor Americans. In her new role, she’ll serve as the secretary’s principal policy advisor.

New rule makers

Columbia Law School recently created the Center on Global Legal Transformation, where academics will study new forms of international governance in the era of globalization. The center will be led by Katharina Pistor, the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law and an expert on comparative law and governance.

Pistor says the center will serve as a think tank for examining how governments, firms, and NGOs are asserting new types of authority by, for example, establishing standards on food safety for transnational production chains, developing model contracts for financial products that are traded globally,
and creating codes of conduct for multinational firms.

Our man in Beijing

Geng Xiao has been named director of the Columbia Global Center in East Asia, which is based in Beijing. Xiao, a Chinese economist who earned his PhD from UCLA, most recently served as the founding director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy at Tsinghua University.

At the Columbia Global Center, Xiao succeeds outgoing director Xiaobo Lu, a Barnard political science professor who had agreed to lead the center until a permanent director could be found.

Columbia gets new digital home

Columbia Magazine has launched a newly redesigned Web site. At, readers now can view Web exclusives such as slide shows, post comments to stories, recommend articles to friends via e-mail links, join discussions on Facebook and Twitter, and get updates via RSS and the University’s news feeds.

Cranston takes reins at CJR

Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) has named Cathryn Cronin Cranston as its publisher. Cranston is the immediate past chair of the online magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Previously, she was publisher of the Harvard Business Review from 2002 to 2006.

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