Columbia High School Program Alumnus Nominated for Two Oscars

Columbia University High School Program in Creative Writing alumnus and director Benh Zeitlin was nominated by the Motion Picture Academy for his work on the Oscar-nominated film "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Zeitlin received nominations for directing and writing for the film's adapted screenplay, which he wrote with longtime friend Lucy Alibar. "Beasts" was also nominated for best film.

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Insights vs. Myths About the Brain

Robert Klitzman, Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, urges us to reconsider left brain/right brain assumptions recently brought up by Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk and book My Stroke of Insight. Klitzman discusses neuromythology and the dangers of attributing openness, spirituality, and creativity to the right side of the brain, when scientists are still discovering the interrelated complexity of the brain and human existence.

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How Do We Define Death?

In a Christian Science Monitor article on Jahi McMath, a brain-dead 13-year-old girl at the center of a tense legal battle, Robert Klitzman, Director of the M.S. in Bioethics program, discusses what constitutes death.

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Big East basketball-only presidents release statement following Friday meeting

Sports Management professor Neal Pilson will be the television consultant and advisor for the seven basketball schools who have recently announced they will be leaving the Big East to launch their own conference. Pilson is the former president of CBS sports and has negotiated TV deals for the International Olympic Committee, NASCAR, and the Rose Bowl. When the seven schools left the Big East conference last month, many television partners expressed interest in working with the new league; Pilson’s experience will certainly be utilized in this exciting new venture.

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IKNS student featured in Information Today

Benjamin Royce, current Information and Knowledge Strategy student and manager of ecommerce at Alacra, is featured in an executive profile in Information Today Magazine. Bridging the gap between information science and computer science, Royce has been working to innovate search engine technology, information usability, and data accessibility. He expects his new master’s degree will help him to “build a next generation organizational knowledge management department that could span the large gap between data and the cultivation, distribution and management of knowledge.”

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Am I My Genes? Medical Privacy For Royalty and the Rest of Us

Robert Klitzman, Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, discusses ethical dilemmas brought up by the tragic death of Jacintha Saldanha, the British nurse who revealed the health status of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Although patients’ privacy has improved since the United States implemented the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 2003, we still deal with privacy issues related to both basic human nature and a new digital landscape. Klitzman says, “We are not all royalty, but we do deserve medical privacy. I have seen both sides, and continue to be amazed how much more careful we need to be.”

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We Need a Federal Disaster Superfund

Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen champions a federal disaster superfund in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in his most recent article on The Huffington Post. With the extreme damage caused by the storm and the time it is taking New York and New Jersey residents to recover from it, having a plan in place to keep families in their homes and help them return to normal life quickly is paramount.

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The right stuff: Dana Deasy, CIO, BP

BP CIO and founding mentor to the Technology Management program Dana Deasy has been profiled by I-CIO: Global Intelligence for the CIO. Deasy’s story of mentorship and education during his early career forms the backbone for a portrait of entrepreneurial attitude and determination. This article details many of the necessary qualities for success in the ever-evolving technology management industry. You can read the full story here.

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Designing in the Prairie Spirit

This Library of American Landscape History film features landscape design program faculty member, Darrel Morrison. "Designing in the Prairie Spirit" includes interviews, photos and coverage of the prairies where Morrison grew up, and the designers and conservationists who influenced his career.

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Brookdale Park Gets Nearly 140 New Trees

Landscape Design alum Yuliya Bellinger was interviewed for a recent feature on Bloomfield Patch covering the replanting of trees in Brookdale Park post-Hurricane Sandy. Bellinger is a member of the Brookdale Park Conservancy.

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