After finding that older blood releases potentially harmful amounts of iron into the bloodstream, Columbia scientists recommend a shorter shelf life for blood donations.

Transfusions of “Old” Blood May Harm Some Patients - Columbia University Medical Center
A new Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) study has identified the cause of wandering among people who live with Alzheimer's disease.

In Alzheimer’s, Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain’s GPS - Columbia University Medical Center
Architecture Professor Vishaan Chakrabarti has a new vision for Penn Station. More in Columbia Magazine:

Penn Station in a brand-new light | Columbia Magazine
Treasury Secretary Jacob "Jack" Lew will join Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs as a visiting professor starting next month.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to be Visiting Professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs
As Congress considers a new EPA administrator, Jason Bordoff, former energy advisor to President Barack Obama and founding director of the University's Center on Global Energy Policy, asks readers to remember the EPA's role in how far the country has come to clean up its air and water.

Policymakers: Don't Take Clean Air For Granted
Writing in The New Yorker, Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi provides a good example of how a number of freely elected populist-nationalist leaders around the globe govern with a mix of intimidation and a "curated arbitrariness" that could be read as deliberate surprise.

The Strongman Problem, from Modi to Trump
Professor Todd Gitlin, an expert on protest movements, joins NPR's Scott Simon to describe the difference between mass demonstrations and grassroots political clout ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Ahead Of Inauguration Protests, Looking At The Transition 'From Protest To Power'
Columbia researchers have created a user-friendly program that rapidly predicts the genes driving an individual’s cancer and recommends treatments.

New Precision Medicine Tool Helps Optimize Cancer Treatment
Columbia Law School Professor Patricia Williams writes on Coretta Scott King's posthumous memoir in The New York Times.

Mrs. King and Coretta: A Posthumous Memoir Explores Public and Private Selves
Halfway through its mission to map the occurrence of earthquakes and tsunamis in the Chilean seismographic zone, Columbia’s research vessel Marcus G. Langseth welcomed Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on board for a tour and briefing on the research partnership between Chile's scientists and the University.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Visits Columbia Research Ship
If you’re angling for a Presidential Early Career Award — the highest honor the U.S. government gives to young scientists and engineers — take a look at how Columbia Engineering's Christine Hendon works.
Hendon, an assistant professor, was recognized January 9 for tackling medical problems with electrical engineering.

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Healthcare law and policy expert Kristen Underhill, Columbia Law School’s newest faculty member, had her first spring semester class—Health Law—all planned out before President-elect Trump's surprise victory in November. Underhill discusses some of the changes she had to make, and what we can expect for the Affordable Care Act moving forward.

The Future—and Fate—of Obamacare
Professor of Pediatrics Melissa Stockwell debunks seven common myths about vaccination.
"I aspire to foster a school where everyone is in a kind of passionate state. Otherwise, what's the point?"

Amale Andraos, Dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is on the cover of Metropolis Magazine's "Game Changers" issue.
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President Barack Obama (CC ’83) makes us proud to be fellow Columbians.
What was it like to room with President Barack Obama? Phil Boerner '84 reflects on their shared time at Columbia.

Barack Obama ’83, My Columbia College Roommate
"Four years in close quarter combat is a long time."
In the Columbia Journalism Review, two former spokesmen for two very different presidents offer their advice on how to improve the relationship between the press and The White House ahead of Donald J. Trump's inauguration.

Advice for media and Trump from two former presidential press secretaries
Fostering creativity is vital to the modern economy, but to reach your personal best, sometimes you have to go through the worst.
The concept of vertical farming started in Professor Dickson Despommier's Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) classroom. Now, it could change the future of food -- all without using soil or natural light.

Read more in The New Yorker.

The Vertical Farm