June 27, 2017

Frances Champagne Studies How a Mother’s Care Affects the Brain

“It’s the interaction between genes and the environment that makes us who we are,” said Frances Champagne, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia and a leader in the growing field of behavioral epigenetics.
June 23, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Center for Climate and Life Senior Fellows

Columbia's Center for Climate and Life has awarded nearly $1 million to four scientists from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Their research projects will improve understanding of how climate change impacts the essentials of human sustainability.
June 12, 2017

Event Kicks Off New Era of Science in Space

A wide range of people gathered at Columbia University recently for the first conference on a burgeoning approach to science in space: conducting that research in collaboration with the private space industry.
June 7, 2017

Oyster Shells Inspire New Method to Make Superstrong, Flexible Polymers

Columbia Engineering researchers have demonstrated a new technique that takes its inspiration from the nacre of oyster shells — a composite material that has extraordinary mechanical properties, including great strength and resilience.
May 30, 2017

Hotspots Show that Vegetation Alters Climate by Up to 30%

Columbia Engineers find strong feedbacks between the atmosphere and vegetation that explain up to 30% of precipitation and surface radiation variance; study reveals large potential for improving seasonal weather predictions.
May 22, 2017

Reduced U.S. Air Pollution Will Boost Rainfall in Africa’s Sahel, Says Study

New research led by scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory shows that the health and environmental benefits of U.S. clean air policies extend to global climate.
May 22, 2017

How the Brain Turns Down the Volume on Your Noisy Body

The brain’s ability to recognize and tune out sensory stimuli produced by the body’s own actions — to distinguish ‘self’ from ‘other’ — is a long recognized, yet poorly understood, biological phenomenon. Nathanial Sawtell, a principal investigator at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, focuses his research on uncovering how it works.