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Jerry’s Pick Single 15.18

Here is a special summer event worth noting. Not free, but invaluable. 

June 9
8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Columbia University | United States Department of Commerce
Entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, government officials, and other innovation thought leaders will discuss how universities and city, state, and federal government entities are promoting new initiatives to boost startups in NYC and other major cities. Introduction by President Lee Bollinger and keynote speech by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny PritzkerSpeakers also include Vikram Pandit (University Trustee and chair, TGG Group); Tom Maniatis (director, University-wide Precision Medicine Initiative and chair, biochemistry and molecular biophysics); Sam Sia (founder,Harlem Biospace, vice dean for entrepreneurship, associate professor of biomedical engineering); Chris Wiggins (engineering faculty, co-founder of hackNY, chief data scientist for The New York Times)Marc Tessier-Lavigne (president, The Rockefeller University); Congressman Charles Rangel (U.S. representative for New York’s 13th congressional district); Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic (Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and co-founder of Epibone). Tickets: $175. Purchase tickets here. Alfred J. Lerner Hall.
Picks are campus or NYC events of high general interest to alumni, donors, and prospects. I always appreciate hearing from you about future events! 



Jerry’s Picks 15.17 School’s Out!

We’re taking Picks offline for a bit of early summer break. Pick your own using the University events calendar, including the Other Calendars list, and our Jerry’s Picks DIY Sources. In the meantime, here are a few highlights ahead, from breakthrough journalism to methane abatement to ballet.

Commencement is May 20, Class Days before and after. Check out the complete schedule here and our Class Day speaker highlights here. Also, remember, undergraduate reunion is May 28-31. Enjoy! 

May 12
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tow Center for Digital Journalism
The Columbia Journalism Showcase
An open house for students and researchers to share their work with professional journalists, industry partners, entrepreneurs, technologists, academics, and the public. The showcase will feature data visualization, computational journalism, video and audio storytelling, and research. Register here. Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway.

May 13
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Center on Global Energy Policy
Reducing Global Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector
Kate Larsen, director at Rhodium Group, will present a report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund on the scope of methane leakage and potential for abatement. Mark Brownstein, AVP and chief counsel, US Climate and Energy Program at the Environmental Defense Fund will discuss the policy implications. Followed by a panel moderated by Center Founding Director Jason Bordoff on domestic and international opportunities to address methane emissions in the oil and gas sector, including in the Paris climate negotiations. Brownstein and Larsen will be joined by Keith Benes, program director for international climate policy at the Center on Global Energy Policy. Faculty House, Presidential Ballroom.

May 15
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mailman School of Public Health
And Access for All? Lessons Learned from the Global HIV Response
Join the Mailman School of Public Health for an in-depth discussion of the struggle to make life-saving HIV treatment available to millions around the world and how the lessons learned can shape the way forward in confronting other global health threats. Dr. Yusef K. Hamied, pharmaceutical chemist and chairman of Indian generics maker Cipla Ltd., will describe how his efforts made this dream a reality. Reception to follow. RSVP to [email protected]. Allan Rosenfield Building, 8th floor.

June 3
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Earth Institute
Geoengineering the Earth’s Climate: Risks, Opportunities, and Governance Challenges
In this seminar, Scott Barrett, professor of natural resource economics; Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law; Alan Robock, director of the meteorology undergraduate program at Rutgers University; and Richard Seager, Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research professor will discuss the climate impacts of solar geoengineering, the opportunities and risks it entails, and the international cooperation and conflict issues raised. RSVP here. Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Satow Room.

June 4
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
CAA Arts Access
New York City Ballet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A New York City Ballet dancer will guide a pre-performance tour, providing insights into the life of a dancer, discussing the performance, and sharing moments from the history of the New York City Ballet and the David H. Koch Theater. Includes a breathtaking view of the auditorium from the stage. Purchase tickets here.

Picks are campus or NYC events of high general interest to alumni, donors, and prospects. By design, regrettably, much more is omitted than featured. For RSVP, ticket availability, and other details, follow the links. I always appreciate hearing from you about future events!

Jerry’s Picks #11: DIY

Along with a few events, this week’s picks are links to Columbia hubs regularly providing great programming and news. Many of these have Facebooks, newsletters, or RSS feeds as well. Follow your bliss, sign up, pick your own, DIY!

December 6
10 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Tell Me a Story: Family Day
Center for Jazz Studies | Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Readings of Bearden-themed children books, interactive jazz musical performances, and family gallery tours of the Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey exhibition every 30 minutes. Readers are the award-winning poet Mervyn Taylor, Broadway actress Sheria Irving, and movie actress Devyn Tyler! Free. Schermerhorn Hall, 8th Floor.

December 6
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
CUMC Symphony Orchestra presents: Messiah Sing!
Columbia University Medical Center, Bard Hall Student Lounge.

CAA Arts Access
Center for Jazz Studies
Columbia Entrepreneurship
Columbia Global Calendar (University-wide)
Columbia University Libraries
CU168/CUMC Events Calendar
Earth Institute Events Calendar
Heyman Center for the Humanities
Mailman School of Public Health (Grand Rounds, Deans’ Series, and Special Seminars)
Miller Theatre
School of the Arts Public Programs
Tow Center for Digital Journalism
The University Lectures (University Programs and Events)
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
World Leaders Forum (including featured events)

Columbia University News
CU168: News for and About CUMC (CUMC Office of Communications)Subscribe.

Jerry’s Picks #8: Nov. 14 – 21

From visual art to equine therapy, fighting corruption to re-engineering healthcare, a Columbia week for every interest…

November 14 (busy Friday!)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Columbia Law School | Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity
Corruption in the 21st Century
This day-long conference brings together leaders on the front lines of the fight against corruption. Panels will address such emerging topics as how to enlist new technologies to enhance integrity and methods for understanding corruption in an increasingly globalized world. Includes former U.S. Attorneys Michael Garcia and Patrick Fitzgerald, who made the exposure and prosecution of public corruption their signature initiatives, as well as New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., NYC Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters, and officials from the FBI and the Department of Justice, among others. Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 103.

2 p.m.
Engineering 150
Columbia’s Engineering Renaissance: Foundation for the Future
In this sesquicentennial celebration of the School’s past and future, faculty will address 15 topics in TED-style talks highlighting research “then” and “now.” For more program information, see the full story on the Engineering website. Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall. A dessert reception will follow from 4-5 p.m. in the Lerner lobby. (Reminder)

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Riding My Way Back, A Story About a Veteran, a Horse, and Hope
Screening of a new documentary by Academy Award nominee Robin Fryday and Peter Rosenbaum chronicling one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide after multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Discussion of the film and equine therapy follows, with NYSPI experts Drs. Prudence Fisher, Yuval Neria and David Shaffer, as well as Aaron Heliker, Sgt. U.S. Air Force, Ret., Mindy Fisher, certified PATH therapeutic riding instructor, and Peter Rosenbaum, co-director. For more on the film, visit Riding My Way Back. Miller Theatre, no RSVP required.

November 16
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
School of the Arts
Columbia Harlem Art Sunday
MFA visual artists open their studios to the public. The studios are in Prentis Hallat 632 West 125th between Broadway and Riverside Drive. The day also invites visitors to view the Romare Bearden exhibition at the Wallach Gallery, the Neiman Gallery, and Studio Museum of Harlem.

November 20
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Center for Jazz Studies
Acting Homer: A Staged Reading of the Odyssey
Part of this fall’s Romare Bearden-related events known as “Columbia Explores A Black Odyssey,” “Acting Homer” features prominent actors readings key passages from the Odyssey. With Devyn Tyler ’13CCTy JonesRichard Habersham, and Sean Patrick Thomas. Earl Hall Auditorium.

November 21
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Columbia Business School | Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program and the Healthcare Industry Association (HCIA)
Columbia Business School 11th Annual Healthcare Conference: Using Data and Technology to Innovate, Value, and Reengineer Healthcare
This event attracts more than 500 professionals and students. More than 30 prominent speakers and panelists cover a broad array of subjects, including biopharmaceuticals, medical technologies, payers, providers, HCIT, venture capital/private equity, M&A/financing, and healthcare entrepreneurship. The conference offers networking opportunities throughout the day, including a lunchtime career fair with healthcare employers and a closing reception. New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway.

Highlighted above are general interest campus or NYC events across a range of topics of possible interest to alumni, donors, and prospects. This listing is highly selective by design – regrettably, much more is omitted than featured. For ticket availability and other details, follow the links.

As always, I appreciate hearing from you about future events! Best, Jerry

Jerry’s Picks #7: Engineering 150 and much more

Retrospection, introspection, and a Nobelist to boot! Please remember to check links for RSVP information…

November 5
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Committee on Global Thought
Critics and Analytics: Presentation of the Past in the 9/11 Museum
This widely interdisciplinary program, moderated by historian Carol Gluck, includes Jeffrey Alexander, sociologist, author of Narrating TraumaCharles Strozier, historian, psychoanalyst, author of Until the Fires Stop BurningThomas Lutz, author of Topography of TerrorHenry Rousso, historian of French public memory of World War II; Daphna Shohamy, cognitive neuroscientist on learning, memory, and the brain. 918 International Affairs Building.

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Narrative Medicine Rounds
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Filmmaker Kathy Leichter discusses her  film about mental illness, suicide, and family in Here One Day:  Using Film to Reduce Stigma and Raise Awareness About Mental Illness and Suicide Hammer Health Sciences Library / Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, Room 401.

November 7
12 p.m.
World Leaders Forum
Mo Yan and Chinese Literature
This World Leaders Forum program features an address by Mo Yan, Nobel Laureate in literature, 2012. Introduced by Provost John Coatsworth and moderated by Lydia Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Rotunda, Low Memorial Library.

November 13
7 p.m.
School of the Arts
Richard Howard: A Retrospective Reading
On the occasion of the publication of his new collection, A Progressive Education, Howard, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet and longtime Columbia writing professor, will be reading from his body of work, including poems from his new book about the ideal class of endlessly curious and delightfully observant progressive school sixth graders. The Italian Academy. 1161 Amsterdam Ave (between 116th and 118th Streets).

November 14
2 p.m.
Columbia Engineering
Columbia’s Engineering Renaissance: Foundation for the Future
Marking the School’s sesquicentennial, faculty will address 15 topics in TED-style talks highlighting research “then” and “now.” Includes Venkat Venkatasubramanian on Elmer Gaden in Global Health: Mass Production of Antibiotics (then) and Jingyue Ju, Rubin-Viele on Precision Medicine: Pioneering Genome Technology (now); Upmanu Lall on Herbert Kellog’s championing of environmentally cognizant mining (then), and Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park on carbon sequestration (now); Patricia Culligan will describe Charles Chandler’s 19th century translational innovation in making New York more livable (think indoor plumbing and vaccination) while Sam Sia highlights global health now, including diagnostic systems to detect HIV in low-resource settings in Precision Medicine: Universally Accessible Diagnostics. Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall. A dessert reception will follow from 4-5 p.m. in the Lerner lobby.

November 20
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Columbia Spectator and University Archives
Celebrating the Columbia Spectator’s History
A presentation and reception to celebrate the recent launch of the Columbia Spectator Archive, an online archive of the second-oldest college daily paper in the country. When completed, the archive will include the complete run of the newspaper from 1877 through 2012. Room 522/523 Butler Library.

Highlighted above are general interest campus events across a range of topics of possible interest to alumni, donors, and prospects. This listing is highly selective by design – regrettably, much more is omitted than featured. For ticket availability and other details, follow the links.

As always, I appreciate hearing from you about future events! Best, Jerry