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Careers in Intellectual Property
New York Academy of SciencesThis Science Alliance conference, presented by Columbia University and the New York Academy of Sciences, provides valuable information for graduate students in the sciences who are considering careers in the field of intellectual property. The conference featured Donna Rounds from Columbia's Science and Technology Ventures.
Enrico Fermi and the Beginnings of Nuclear FissionItalian Academy for Advanced Studies in America and Department of PhysicsItalian and American physicists participated in a conference November 15-16, 2001 to highlight Enrico Fermi's breakthrough nuclear experiments and his impact on science and culture. See or hear an archived webcast of David Freedberg, Director of the Italian Academy, and speakers Ferdinando Salleo, Ambassador of Italy; Henry Pinkham, Dean of Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Steven Kahn, chair of the Department of Physics at Columbia.
Ethics and DemocracyOffice of Public AffairsThis symposium, held on October 3, 2002, raised ethical questions about democratic societies and how they resolve dilmmas, advance scientific inquiry and protect society. The panel also addressed the process of framing ethical issues and whether the process should be transparent. Vincent Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, facilitated the discussion.
Genes and Genomes: Impact on Medicine and Society
Columbia 250thIn celebration of its 250th anniversary, Columbia University brought together an international group of scholars and researchers for a two-day conference that explored the remarkable birth, astounding impact, and puzzling future of genetics.
Illicit Drug Use and HIV Risk Among Older AdultsOffice of Public AffairsOver the past ten years the population of adults over fifty with HIV/AIDS has doubled and currently 10% of AIDS cases reported to the CDC are among this population. In light of this, on March 7, 2003, the School of Social Work and the Center for Intervention and Prevention Research on HIV and Drug Abuse brought together prominent researchers in drug abuse, HIV and aging to identify best practices for HIV prevention and intervention among older adults who use illicit drugs.
Leading Experts Discuss the Future of New York City's WaterwaysOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of leading experts and environmentalists assessing the health and vitality of New York City's harbor and chief waterway, the Hudson River. The panel discussion was cosponsored by the New York Conservation Education Fund and the Columbia Earth Institute.
Protecting Migratory Species Must Be a Cooperative Effort among NationsOffice of Public AffairsNot only do birds provide tremendous enjoyment to millions, but they are also an excellent indicator of the overall health of our ecosystems. This panel presented discussions on the implications of habitat loss and land development for migratory animals and the issues that conservationists and policymakers face in trying to protect wide-ranging species. View the archived webcast here.
Quebec and Columbia Conference on NanotechnologyOffice of Public AffairsLeading scientists from Columbia and research universities in Quebec came together for the Quebec-Columbia Nanotechnology Symposium on April 11, 2002, with the intention of forming collaborations on the frontier of nanoscale research in many disciplines and to learn about initiatives and funding in New York and Quebec.
Robotic Soccer Competition Demonstrates that Robots Can Collaborate and LearnOffice of Public AffairsAt an event sponsored by Columbia's Center for the Study of Science & Religion on April 3, 2002, Manuela Veloso, computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon Universtiy, offers the example of a robotics soccer competition to demonstrate that robots can collaborate and learn.
SARS in the Context of Emerging Infectious ThreatsNew York Academy of Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesIn February 2003, the SARS virus appeared out of nowhere, catching the international medical and scientific community by surprise. In response, the New York Academy of Sciences, in partnership with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, convened a meeting where scientists and health experts attempted to assess the epidemic, its impacts, and where it might lead.
Scientific Advances Must Be Used to Benefit Underdeveloped WorldOffice of Public AffairsJohn Mutter, Associate Vice Provost of the Earth Institute at Columbia, says scientific advances must be used to benefit the underdeveloped world. Mutter was part of the six-member delegation from the Earth Institute attending the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, through September 3, 2002.
State of the Planet 2002: Science and SustainabilityColumbia Earth InstituteColumbia University, in collaboration with London School of Economics and Political Science, Harvard University, and UNESCO, convened the State of the Planet 2002 Conference on May 13 and 14, 2002. The conference brought together leading international scientists, opinion-makers, and policy experts to explore the theme of science and sustainability. Participants brought scientifically informed perspectives to bear on the major social, economic, and political challenges to sustainable development, focusing on three pressing issues: global food security, conservation of biological resources, and urban sustainability.
State of the Planet 2004: Mobilizing the Sciences to Fight Global Poverty
The third biennial "State of the Planet" conference was hosted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Global decision makers and leading scientists offered a roadmap to sustainable development in the twenty-first century.
Technology Can Be Used to Improve Energy Efficiency; Compliance Is the IssueOffice of Public AffairsAshok Gupta, program director at the Air and Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Mirka Della Cava, project manager at International Energy Studies Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, were part of a recent forum on "Energy Efficiency Programs and Policies: Benefits at Home and Abroad." View archived webcasts of their remarks here.
University Lecture 2001, Nicholas J. Turro, William P. Schweitzer Professor of ChemistryColumbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningArchived Webcast of Nicholas Turro's lecture on "Paradigms Lost and Paradigms Found: Examples of Science Revolutionary and Science Pathological (and How to Tell the Difference)."

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