Columbia University

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Dr. Cornelia Class, Columbia University - Rare Earth Elements and Cell Phones

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Cornelia Class of Columbia University explains the importance of rare earth elements in the manufacture of electronics.

Cornelia Class is an associate research professor of geochemistry at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory where her research interests include solid Earth geochemistry and dynamics. Her work attempts to understand the past and present geology of the Earth’s mantle. She earned her Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Geochemistry in Mainz, Germany.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Dr. Einat Lev, Columbia University – Understanding Lava

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Einat Lev of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University describes her research into the properties of flowing lava. 


Einat Lev is a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s  Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  She works on the Lava Project in conjunction with Bob Wysocki and Jeff Karson at Syracuse University. She earned her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
8:10 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Dr. Maria Uriarte, Columbia University – Assessing Slash and Burn Agriculture

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Maria Uriarte of Columbia University’s Earth Institute examines the use of fire as an agricultural tool in South America.


Maria Uriarte is a forest ecologist in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. Her lab examines forest ecological dynamics in response to natural disturbances and human land use.  Her current projects include an examination of the use of fire as an agricultural tool in the Amazon basin. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Dr. Andrew Juhl, Columbia University – What Does Average Mean?

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Juhl of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory explains why when it comes to pollution, the extremes are more important than the mean. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Dr. Dorothy Peteet, Columbia University – Hudson River and Climate Records

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dorothy Peteet of Columbia University reveals what the Hudson River has to say about the climate of the past. 

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Hudson Valley News
8:34 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Rockland legislator calls for firing of convicted Brink's robber

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NEW CITY – Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin teaches at Columbia University and Columbia School of Social Work. Rockland County Legislator Edward Day, a former police officer, called for her termination.

Boudin was a member of the gang that ambushed a Brink's armored truck in Nyack in 1981, killing two police officers and a Brink's guard.

Day, who is a parent of a Columbia student, and a candidate for Rockland County executive, said Boudin, now 69, should not have been paroled in 2003 and should not be educating students. She is an adjunct professor.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Dr. Stephanie Pfirman, Columbia University – An Iceless Arctic

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In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephanie Pfirman of Columbia University explains the importance of the geographic area destined to be the last refuge for year-round Arctic sea ice.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Dr. Bärbel Hönisch, Columbia University – Ocean Acidification

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Bärbel Hönisch of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reveals how rising levels of CO2 are not only warming the atmosphere, but accelerating the acidification of the oceans as well.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Dr. Nancy Kiang, Columbia University – The Color of Extraterrestrial Plants

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nancy Kiang of Columbia University’s Earth Institute explains a recent discovery that hints at the potential color of extraterrestrial plant life.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Dr. Ruth DeFries, Columbia University – The Earth From Above

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ruth DeFries of Columbia University reveals what we can learn about how humans have altered the landscape when we view the Earth from above.

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