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Filmmaker Ric Burns Keeps Columbia University In Focus

Born in 1955, Ric Burns is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer best known for his eight-part, 17-hour public television program “New York: A Documentary Film.” Since founding Steeplechase Films in 1989, Burns has gone on to direct some of the most distinguished historical documentary programs for PBS…

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Columbia University Honors Broad Medical Legacy Of Nobel Laureate Baruj Benacerraf (’42, Hon. ’85)

Baruj Benacerraf (1920-2011) was a Venezuelan-American immunologist who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Benacerraf’s most significant contribution to his field is the identification of gene groups called ‘major histocompatibility complexes’ that determine a person’s susceptibility to certain diseases…

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Marie Maynard Daly Paves Trail At Alma Mater Columbia

In 1947, Marie Maynard Daly made history by becoming the first African American woman to receive a doctorate in chemistry in the U.S. Her groundbreaking research disclosed the relationship between high cholesterol and clogged arteries and increased our understanding of how foods and diet affect the health of the heart and the circulatory system…

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Self-Made Billionaire John Kluge Pays It Forward At Columbia University

From modest roots as a German immigrant, media mogul John Kluge rose to become one of the wealthiest men in the United States. Beginning with his creation of a single radio station in Maryland in 1946, Kluge built the Metromedia broadcasting empire, which owned numerous radio and television stations and later syndicated rights to TV shows and movies…

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The Top 100 Columbia Alumni In Technology Of 2021 (Complete)

Alumni Spotlight is pleased to announce The Top 100 Columbia Alumni in Technology of 2021. As the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and whose alumni, faculty, and staff have included seven founding fathers of the United States and four U.S. presidents, Columbia has produced some of the most revered and accomplished leaders across the globe…

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