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Columbia’s historic Reid Hall, located in Paris’ Montparnasse neighborhood, now serves as the home for the University’s new Global Center in Europe.

Global Centers open in Paris, Mumbai

In March, two Columbia Global Centers were launched. The centers in Paris and Mumbai will enable Columbia faculty and students to more easily undertake research, teaching, and service projects not just in these cities, but throughout Europe and South Asia. The centers are part of a network of overseas academic outposts that President Lee C. Bollinger has initiated. Last year, Columbia established its first two global centers, in Beijing and Amman; more centers are planned for Central Asia and South America.

The global centers are located in cities where Columbia already has a research presence. For instance, the Mailman School of Public Health has strong ties to l’Ecole des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris and the Earth Institute does extensive work in Mumbai. The new centers will encourage faculty from across the University to build off the momentum of the Mailman School’s and the Earth Institute’s partnerships and to launch their own programs in the regions.

Seven for science

Seven Columbia science professors were inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science in February. The new fellows are psychiatrist Jeffrey A. Lieberman; epidemiologist W. Ian Lipkin; ecologist Don J. Melnick; epidemiologist Stephen S. Morse; political scientist Robert Y. Shapiro; geneticist Lorraine S. Symington; and biophysicist Liang Tong.

Senior wins Cambridge scholarship

Shlomo Bolts, a Columbia College senior, has been awarded a 2010 Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at Cambridge University. This prestigious prize, created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2002, provides full support for students to attend Cambridge.

Bolts co-founded the campus group Common Ground, which promotes Jewish-Muslim dialogue. He plans to conduct research on conflict resolution at Cambridge.

CAREER advancements

Three Columbia engineering professors have won the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award for junior faculty. Biomedical engineer Elizabeth Hillman develops imaging techniques that enable her to study living brain cells; Mark Borden has created a method of injecting tiny capsules of oxygen into tissue, which has implications for treating cancer; and civil engineer Huiming Yin has invented cost-efficient solar panels (see story here).

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