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Online Registration for Summer 2014

Date:  From Monday, March 3 through Monday, June 2, All Day Event
   
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Online Course Registration for Summer 2014

Date:  From Monday, March 3 through Monday, June 2, All Day Event
   
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Online course registration for Summer 2014.

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Advising Period for Early Registration for Summer and Fall 2014 Semesters

Date:  From Monday, March 3 through Monday, June 2, All Day Event
   
Location: Morningside Campus
   
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Beijing: Dim Sum on Easter Sunday

Date:April 20, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Location:Beijing, China
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Columbia Alumni Association by sending email to alumni-events@columbia.edu .
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The Columbia Alumni Association of Beijing invites Columbians and friends to gather on Easter Sunday for a casual dim sum luncheon at the Yihexuan Restaurant located on the third floor of Beijing Boyue Hotel (北京中航泊悦酒店) (64689999). This event is open to everyone. For this Columbia Community Outreach event, alums have voted to support Bridging Education and Mobility (BEAM), which facilitates educational programs at underserved classrooms in China. BEAM will receive a donation from CAABJ and individuals can contribute through Yoopay or on the BEAM website. Details The venue is located at here (Chinese), near the corner of the Third Ring and Xiaoyunlu in Chaoyang District. Unlimited dim sum and a non-alcoholic beverage are included (regular price is RMB159). Children under 1.2 meters free when accompanied by adult. Overseas credit cards not accepted for Yoopay payment. We acknowledge the generous support of Due West Education for this CCO event. Look forward to seeing you there! Questions? Karl Metzner (metzner.karl@gmail.com, 13501384022).

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Pathology & Cell Biology Seminar Series

Date:April 21, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Location:Humphreys Auditorium (VC 14-240)
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Salome Henderson by sending email to smh2169@cumc.columbia.edu or by calling 212-305-3300.

"Cell Biology Of Alzheimer's Disease Beta-Amyloid Production" Gopal Thinakaran, PhD Professor of Neurobiology, Neurology and Pathology, The University of Chicago

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NECR Brown Bag: Professor Aldo Civico in Conversation with Catalina Duque

Date:April 21, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Hamilton Hall, Room 303
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Office of Admissions by sending email to sce-negotiation@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-9666.
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Professor Civico will be joined by guest Catalina Duque, who will speak on her work in social entrepreneurship and the role that civil society and artists can have in supporting peace efforts. Duque is Director of Mi Sangre Foundation, an organization doing cutting edge work on peace-building, reconciliation, and youth leadership in some of the toughest areas of Colombia.

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Russian Energy Politics: From Europe to Asia

Date:April 21, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Alissa Severioukova by sending email to as4301@columbia.edu .

Please join the Harriman Institute for a discussion with Louis Skyner, Head of Oil & Gas, Clifford Chance, Moscow.
 
Co-sponsored by Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy.
 
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE--FORMERLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 28, 2014

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Columbia University Superfund Research Program

Date:
Monday, April 21, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location:
Columbia University Medical Center Mailman School of Public Health EHS Conference Room (room 1101) Allan Rosenfield Building

Contact:
Meredith Golden, mg587@columbia.edu or call 845-365-8968

Event Description:
Pinar Keskin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Wellesley College, will give a talk on, “Water Quality Awareness and Infant Health: The Role of Breastfeeding”. Benjamin Bostick, Lamont Associate Research Professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will present, “Potential Alternative Water Sources in Arsenic-Impacted Areas of Cambodia”.

Welcome to the Columbia University Superfund Research Program Spring 2014 Seminar/Webinar Series

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to our next seminar on Monday, 21st April 2014, from 3pm to 5 pm.

Pinar Keskin,, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Wellesley College, will give a talk on, “Water Quality Awareness and Infant Health: The Role of Breastfeeding”.
Benjamin Bostick,
Lamont Associate Research Professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will present, “Potential Alternative Water Sources in Arsenic-Impacted Areas of Cambodia”.

The seminar will take place at Columbia University's Environmental Health Sciences Conference Room (eleventh floor, room 1101), Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 West 168 Street, New York, NY.

If you are planning on attending in person, please bring a photo id and mention that you are attending the Superfund seminar when you arrive at the front desk. The conference room (1101) is one flight up.
If you are interested in participating remotely, please send an email with "CU SRP April 2014 Webinar" in the subject line to <mgolden at ciesin dot columbia dot edu>. Please indicate your affiliation in the email. An invitation to participate in the webinar will be sent to you if you send your request by Friday, April 18th.

The Seminar/Webinar Series is open to everyone interested in the topic.

Here is the more detailed agenda of the seminar/webinar:


3:00pm-4:00pm
“Water Quality Awareness and Infant Health: The Role of Breastfeeding”
Pinar Keskin
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Wellesley College

4:00pm-4:05pm Break

4:05pm-5:00pm

“Potential Alternative Water Sources in Arsenic-Impacted Areas of Cambodia”
Benjamin Bostick
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University

5:00pm Adjourn

If you would like more details on these presentation, you may contact the speakers directly via email:
Dr. Keskin, <pinar dot keskin at wellesley dot edu>
Dr. Bostick, <bostick at ldeo dot columbia dot edu>
 
For more information about Columbia's SRP projects please see our website at http://superfund.ciesin.columbia.edu.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Nancy LoIacono (212-305-1623212-305-1623) at Division of Environmental Health Sciences of the Mailman School of Public Health or Jessica Levinson at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (845-365-8301845-365-8301).

Sponsors:
Earth Institute

Web Site:
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Questions from inside: A critical view of global mental health

Date:April 21, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Medical School
New York Psychiatric Institute (Herbert Pardes Building)
6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601)
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Patricia Kelly by sending email to trishkelly315@gmail.com .
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The University Seminars & the Columbia Global Mental Health Program invite you to:

The Columbia University Seminar on Global Mental Health:

'Questions from inside: A critical view of global mental health' -- A seminar with Dr. Alex Cohen

On Monday, April 21st, 2014 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at the NY State Psychiatric Institute.

About the Speaker: Alex Cohen, PhD

Dr. Cohen is an anthropologist who is interested in models of community mental health services and sociocultural and environmental influences on the mental health of populations. He is the Course Director of the MSc in Global Mental Health Program, an initiative launched in 2012 and jointly run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the King's College London Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. Cohen is also a Senior Lecturer on the Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has conducted ethnographic research examining how social worlds shaped the emotions and behaviors of homeless mentally ill persons living in the Skid Row district of Los Angeles (CA) and has developed a qualitative case study method to monitor and evaluate community mental health programs in low-income countries.

From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Cohen was the academic director of the Training Program in International Mental Health (funded by the Fogarty International Center of the US NIH), which offered Chinese and Indonesian psychiatrists the opportunity to spend an academic year in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. During those years, he also helped to establish and taught in the International Mental Health Leadership Program in the Centre for International Mental Health, at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Cohen is co-author on three of the papers in the 2007 Lancet series on Global Mental Health. Furthermore, he has edited two case books of mental health programs and published literature reviews on a range of topics including the mental health of indigenous people, mental health services in primary care and the course and outcome of schizophrenia in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Currently, his research includes two two pilot studies: 1) development of a set of methods to investigate the epidemiology, phenomenology, and course and outcome of psychosis in diverse settings; 2) background research to establish comprehensive services for people with psychosis in Ibadan, Nigeria. In addition, he is also continuing with secondary data analyses that examine social inequalities in response to treatment for late-life depression.

Faculty Page: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/Cohen.Alex

Seminar Location:

New York State Psychiatric Institute, Board Room 6601

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Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations: "Vulnerability" featuring Walter Bockting, Katherine Ewing, Marianne Hirsch, Richard Park, and Alondra Nelson

Date:April 21, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Laura Ciolkowski by sending email to lec30@columbia.edu .
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"Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations: Vulnerability"

1512 International Affairs Building, Columbia University

Featured participants:

WALTER BOCKTING
Interim Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology and Co-Director, Initiative for LGBT Health
Columbia University

KATHERING EWING
Professor of Religion and Coordinator of the Master of Arts Program, South Asia Institute
Columbia University

MARIANNE HIRSCH
William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies and Director, Center for the Study of Social Difference
Columbia University

RICHARD PARKER
Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Anthropology, and Director, Center for the Study of Culture, Politics, and Health
Columbia University

Moderator:

ALONDRA NELSON
Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, and Director, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Columbia University

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations is a series inspired by the innovative interdisciplinary scholarship promoted by the Center for the Study of Social Difference. The series draws participants together from a wide range of disciplinary homes in order to explore the various ways we think about fundamental critical/theoretical ideas and to generate new vocabularies and new methodologies.

Go to socialdifference.columbia.edu to learn more about the Center and our work. Visit irwgs.columbia.edu/wgsscu for information about the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council.

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SIPA MIA/MPA Information Session

Date:April 21, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA)
Room 408
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact SIPA Admissions by sending email to sipa_admission@columbia.edu or by calling 2128546216.
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We invite you to learn more about SIPA's two year full time MIA and MPA degree programs as well as our application process and procedures at our on-campus information session.  Seats are limited.

For questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 212-854-6216 or at sipa_admission@columbia.edu

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Financial Engineering Practitioners Seminar: Professor Steve Ross

Date:April 21, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
Location:Davis Auditorium, CEPSR Building
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact IEOR Department by sending email to info@ieor.columbia.edu .
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Title: The Recovery Theorem

Abstract:
We can only estimate the distribution of stock returns, but from option prices we observe the distribution of state prices. State prices are the product of risk aversion - the pricing kernel - and the natural probability distribution. The Recovery Theorem enables us to separate these to determine the market's forecast of returns and risk aversion from state prices alone. Among other things, this allows us to recover the pricing kernel, market risk premium, probability of a catastrophe, and to construct model-free tests of the efficient market hypothesis.

To read the full paper please click here.

Bio:
Stephen A. Ross is the Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He was previously the Sterling Professor of Economics and Finance at Yale University and, prior to that, a Professor of Economics and Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Ross is the Managing Partner of Ross, Jeffrey & Antle (RJA), a registered investment advisor specializing in providing options overlays and is also the chairman of Compensation Valuation, Inc. (CVI) which advises on option valuations for corporations that issue employee stock options. 

Ross is the author of more than 100 articles in economics and finance and is the coauthor of an introductory textbook in finance. He is probably best known for having invented the Arbitrage Pricing Theory and the Theory of Agency, and as the co-discoverer of risk neutral pricing and of the binomial model for pricing derivatives. Models developed by Ross and his colleagues, including term structure models and option pricing models, are now standards for pricing in major securities trading firms. 

He has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Graham and Dodd Award for financial writing, the Pomerance Prize for excellence in the area of options research, the University of Chicago's Leo Melamed Prize for the best research by a business school professor, and the 1996 IAFE Financial Engineer of the Year Award. In 2006, he was the first recipient of the CME-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Application, in 2007 he won the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize given by the Toulouse School of Economics, in 2012 he won the Onassis Prize in Finance and in 2014 he won the Morgan Stanley Prize and AFA Award. A Fellow of the Econometric Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he currently serves as an associate editor of several economics and finance journals and in 1988 was president of the American Finance Association.

Ross has been a consultant to a number of investment banks as well as many major corporations. In addition, he has served as an advisor to government departments such as the U.S. Treasury, the Commerce Department, the Internal Revenue Service, and the EXIM Bank. He co-founded and was the co-chairman of Roll and Ross Asset Management Corp., an equity money manager; chairman of the American Express Advisory Panel; and a former director of General Re and of CREF, a former member of the board of directors of Freddie Mac; and a trustee of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he chaired the investment committee and is a current director of Dataminr.  He holds a BS in physics from Caltech and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

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Greenwich Roundtable Lecture Series: Understanding Fixed Income & Credit Strategies

Date:April 21, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Corina Copp by sending email to cc3662@columbia.edu .

Greenwich Roundtable Lecture Series: Understanding Fixed Income & Credit Strategies

Brian R. Feurtado, Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc.

In the third installation of the Greenwich Roundtable’s series on Best Practices, a broad and diverse group of investors examined the due diligence requirements of Fixed Income and Credit strategies.  With the purpose of uncovering “soft” aspects of performing hedge fund due diligence, we put an emphasis on developing an interpretative discussion whenever a flag is raised. There have been many generic investor questionnaires circulated. Most were focused on collecting quantitative data. Quantitative analysis is backward looking while Qualitative analysis is more useful as a forward looking tool.

 

This event is for IFEP students only.

Brian R. Feurtado, Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc., is a member of the US and Canada Institutional management team within BlackRock's Institutional Client Business. He leads a team focused on BlackRock's family office, HNW, foundation and endowment channels.


Prior to joining BlackRock in 2005, Mr. Feurtado was a Client Advisor at Offit Hall Capital Management LLC (a multi family office), where he designed and implemented traditional and alternative investment programs for ultra high net worth families. Previous to that, Mr. Feurtado was a private client product manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) and a client advisor in the firm's Private Client Services group. Mr. Feurtado began his career with J.P. Morgan Investment Management in 1992 where he had responsibilities for developing and maintaining institutional client relationships in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.


Mr. Feurtado is a trustee of the Greenwich Roundtable, a non-profit research and educational organization for investors allocating to alternative investments. He earned a BBS degree from the University of Technology, Sydney in 1992 and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales in 1996.

 

The Greenwich Roundtable Lecture Series is co-sponsored by IFEP, Professor Richard Robb, and the Greenwich Roundtable. All IFEP students are welcome and encouraged to come. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Business attire recommended.

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Panel Discussion: How to be an Effective Board Member

Date:April 21, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EDT
Location:Lerner Hall, 5th Floor
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Oraia by sending email to or2202@columbia.edu .

Are you interested in leveraging your skills to serve on a nonprofit Board of Directors? Passionate about causes in your community, but uncertain what Board Members actually do? Want to help your favorite NGO, while gaining leadership experience, but not sure where to start?

Please join us for a dynamic panel discussion on the important role of the Board of Directors, with strategies for how you can become an effective Board Member, advisor or supporter.

This informative panel discussion will highlight the work of prominent local and international leaders in philanthropy, LGBTQ advocacy, community organizing, social media and the arts. The panel will be followed by Q+A and networking. Panelists include:

Jarrett Lucas, Executive Director of Stonewall Community Foundation
and Astraea Foundation Board Member

N. Jerin Arifa
, Board Member of National Organization for Women and Board Member of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute


Todd Lester, founding Executive Director of freeDimensional; lead instigator of Lanchonete.org

Tracy Hobson, Executive Director of The Center for Anti-Violence Education

Opening remarks will be made by Oraia Reid, GS '16 and founder of several grassroots organizations
. The panel will be moderated by Shelley Fischel, '77 and Board Member at Point Foundation.

Sponsored by Center for Career Education, General Studies Student Council and Cluster Q

If you have any questions about the event, or to add the names of non-CU affiliates to the guest list (as requested by Lerner security), please email Oraia at or2202@columbia.edu

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Columbia Global Centers | Middle East: A Talk by Christine Tohme, Founder of Ashkal Alwan

Date:April 21, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EDT
Location:Amman, Jordan
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Columbia Alumni Association by sending email to alumni-events@columbia.edu .
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Join Columbia alumni in Jordan and Columbia Global Centers | Middle East for a talk by Christine Tohme, founder of Ashkal Alwan. Christine Tohme is a Beirut-based cultural organizer, art activist and curator. She founded Ashkal Alwan in 1994, a non-profit organization committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors across a range of disciplines and media. TohmeÂ’s work has continued to offer a stage for free expression in Lebanon for the past 19 years. In 2001, Tohme introduced Home Works; a forum on cultural practices. In 2006, she received the Prince Claus Award for her achievements in inspiring local multi-disciplinary art production and art criticism.

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Shattering the Silence of Sexual Violence with Angela Rose, 9th Annual Jeanne Clery Lecture Series

Date:April 21, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Barnard Hall, Room 304
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Edith Lerner by sending email to eel2144@barnard.edu or by calling 212-854-4366.

Angela Rose is a survivor, activist, and the founder of the national non-profit organization, PAVE. She is a leader in the movement to end the silence and stigma surrounding sexual violence. Her speech is sure to create space for open dialogue in the Barnard/Columbia sphere.

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Columbia Health makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities at campus events. We will include a disability accommodations notice on all events held by Columbia Health and posted to event calendars. This information will include how visitors may inquire about disability accommodations to attend an event.

 

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Conversations around public health, architecture, and cities

Date:April 22, 2014 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EDT
Location:Studio X
180 Varick Street
New York, NY
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Gerald Govia by sending email to gg2431@columbia.edu or by calling 212-342-4542.
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This symposium, entitled Conversations around Public Health, Architecture, and Cities, is being co-sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation  (GSAPP), at Columbia University.   It will take place on April 22, 2014 from 8:30 – 3:45, in GSAPP’s Studio X located at 180 Varick Street.  The event is informed by an appreciation of the ever-growing role of the urban environment in shaping the health of populations, both in the US and globally.  Urban environments, including physical, social, and service spaces shape the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. Emerging evidence suggests that the urban environment shapes how we feel, think, and behave.  This understanding animates scholarship that must, definitionally, exist at the interstices of public health and urban planning/architecture. It is the intent of this meeting to explore these interstices.

 

The symposium will feature talks and panel discussions addressing our understanding of cities and their role in shaping public health, how we can learn from case studies, and how we can set an agenda for building healthy cities in the future.

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Name: Enter the LOTTERY for Dine with Deantini by 4/22 at 9:00 a.m. (CC Juniors)
Date: April 22, 2014 from 9:00 am to 9:01 am EDT
Location: TBA
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Beth Nakamura by sending email to bn2235@columbia.edu .
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Columbia College Juniors are welcome to enter into this lottery to be selected, at random, to dine with Dean Valentini in an intimate, group setting, on Friday, April 25. By entering the lottery, you are confirming your availability for the entire duration of the event. Note: This registration is ONLY to be entered into the lottery. Students who are selected to attend will be notified via email by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

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Performance Management

Date:April 22, 2014 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Manhattanville
622 West 132nd Street
Studebaker 469
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Sasha Goluskin by sending email to sng2125@columbia.edu or by calling 212-851-2816.
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By the end of the workshop participants will:

 

·         Learn to create and communicate clear and achievable performance goals for their staff

·         Provide appropriate context and required information when assigning work

·         Understand individual staff member coaching, support and developmental needs  

·         Recognize essential components of successful performance reviews

·         Provide feedback in the context of previously defined performance standards

 $70.00,  cancellation fee ONLY if notice not received within 5 business days of course.

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Finance Overview

Date:April 22, 2014 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Location:Finance Training Center - 367 Studebaker - 622 West 132nd Street, 3rd Floor (between Broadway and 12th Ave)
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Katie Germana by sending email to kg2520@columbia.edu .
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This hands-on session, is designed to provide new and recent administrative staff with a basic introduction to key financial lifecycle processes at Columbia.

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Converged Infrastructure Q & A Sessions

Date:April 22, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am EDT
Location:Studebaker Conference Room 531
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Daniella Satterfield by sending email to ds2722@columbia.edu .

Converged Infrastructure Q & A Session

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Electrical Engineering Distinguished Lecture

Date:April 22, 2014 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Davis Auditorium
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Jessica Rodriguez by sending email to jr3056@columbia.edu .
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Resilience and Risk in Networked Systems April 22, 2014 11:00am-12:00pm Location: Davis Auditorium Speaker: Prof. Munther A. Dahleh, Associate Head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT Abstract We will present recent work on the resilience and risk of failure emerging in cyber-physical infrastructures such as smart transportation systems and the smart grid.

In the first part of the talk, we present results on the volatility and risk of failure associated with real-time response in the future smart grid. Real-time demand response has been postulated as the solution to the intermittency problem created by renewable generation. The proposed market architecture is simple, namely, consumers react directly to spot market prices in order to fulfill their demands. This mechanism creates a closed loop system between price and demand that has implications on efficiency, demand and price volatility, and risk of demand spikes.

In this talk, we first present an analysis of this closed loop system for homogeneous consumers and highlight the tradeoffs between market efficiency and demand and price volatility. Then, we present an abstracted framework to analyze the tradeoffs between efficiency and risk for heterogeneous consumers in the presence of shiftable demands. In this context, we expand the market mechanism to study the impact of coordination on such a tradeoff. We show that although the non-cooperative load-shifting scheme leads to an efficiency loss (otherwise known as the price of anarchy), the scheme has a smaller tail probability of the aggregate unshiftable demand distribution than cooperative schemes.

This tail distribution is important as it corresponds to rare and undesirable demand spikes. Such instances highlight the role of the market mechanisms in striking a balance between efficiency and risk in real-time markets. In the second part of the talk, we present results on the robustness (resilience) properties of transportation networks for various agents' route-choice behavior. We perform the analysis within a dynamical system framework over a directed acyclic graph between a single origin-destination pair. We give a precise characterization of various margins of resilience of the network with respect to the topology, "pre-disturbance" equilibrium, and agents' local route-choice behavior. We show that the cooperative route choice behavior is maximally resilient in this setting. We also setup a simple convex optimization problem to find the most resilient "pre-disturbance" equilibrium for the network and determine link-wise tolls that yield such an equilibrium. Finally, we extend the analysis to link-wise outflow functions that accommodate the possibility of cascaded failures and study the effect of such phenomena on the margins of resilience of the network.

Speaker Bio Munther A. DahlehMunther A. Dahleh received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1983 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 1987. He has been a professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department since 1998 and the associate department head since 2011. Prof. Dahleh has also served as the associate head of MIT's Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) between 2007 and 2010. His work has been recognized by numerous awards, including a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991. Prof. Dahleh is interested in problems at the interface of robust control, filtering, information theory, and computation, which include control problems with communication constraints and distributed mobile agents with local decision capabilities. His interests include problems in network science, such as distributed computation over noisy networks and information propagation over complex social networks. He also studies model reduction problems for discrete-alphabet hidden Markov models and universal learning approaches for systems with both continuous and discrete alphabets. His research includes the interface between systems theory and neurobiology, and in particular, providing an anatomically consistent model of the motor control system.

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Research Data Management Planning Workshop

Date:April 22, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
523 Butler Library
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Katherine France-Prouvoste by sending email to kfrance@ei.columbia.edu or by calling 212-851-5821.
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Given the success of our Research Data Management Planning Workshops last semester, we’re excited to announce we’ll be holding repeat workshops for researchers based at Columbia’s Earth Institute as part of the Earth Institute Grants Management Roundtable, an initiative hosted by the Earth Institute Office of Grants & Contracts. Together with the Earth Institute, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship is collaborating with our colleagues in Columbia Libraries/Information Services and Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA) to work with you in these sessions to start planning your data management for your next projects.

Data management plans can help you to successfully manage your data from your project’s inception, through its publication, and to its next instantiation, paving your way to success in meeting funder requirements, enabling future data sharing, and making you a more effective and efficient researcher or scholar.

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April Quarterly Club Calls

Date:April 22, 2014 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Location:Conference Call
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Dear Alumni Leaders, Please save the date for our next round of quarterly club calls. Since the call initiation last year, alumni leaders have been connecting with each other and discussing best practices on topics such as governance, membership structure, and other themes. We ask that at least one club representative participate in each round of calls. Please feel free to forward this to any other board members. Please select the date and time that best works for you. To join any one of the calls, please use the number and pin below: Domestic Participants: 1-877-228-3600, Pin 839904# International Participants: 1-719-457-0862, Pin 839904#

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Institute for Cancer Genetics

Date:April 22, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm EDT
Location:Medical Center Campus
1130 St. Nicholas Ave. at 166th St.
Irving Cancer Research Center
Auditorium - Ground Floor
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Kimberly Labor by sending email to kjl2006@columbia.edu or by calling 2128515283.
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Jon C. Aster, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  Notch Signaling in Cancer.  Hosted by Adolfo Ferrando, MD, PhD.

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Using Data Visualization to Influence the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Date:April 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Location:International Affairs Building, Room 418
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Ilona Vinklerova by sending email to iv2105@columbia.edu .

Speaker: Ravi Karkara is a global advocate on human rights and human capabilities ap-proaches to development, advocating social development, social inclusion and social justice for over 17 years. He has gained extensive experience in working at global, regional and national levels with multiple UN entities, governments, civil society organizations, private sector, academia and media addressing human rights of children, youth and women. Currently, Mr. Karkara is serving as the Glob-al Expert Advisor on Children and Youth with UN HABITAT and advising the UN Millennium Campaign on child and youth engagement. He is the lead author of ground breaking report, “Youth 21: Building the Architecture of Youth Engagement in the UN System”. He has also been appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka as the Honorary Global Advisor to the proposed World Conference on Youth in 2014 on youth perspectives in developing the post-2015 development agenda.

This event is sponsored by the Economic and Political Development concentration at SIPA.

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Book Talk with Christine Bader, Author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil

Date:April 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Warren Hall, Room 311
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Jillian Carson by sending email to jec2206@columbia.edu .

Please join us for a talk with Christine Bader, author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, and visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, where she co-teaches a course on Human Rights and Business. Bader’s book is based on her experience working with BP and then the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on business and human rights. Using her story as its skeleton, Bader weaves in the stories of other Corporate Idealists working inside some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies.

If the book doesn’t leave one convinced that every multinational has suddenly developed a guiding conscience, it does offer some encouragement that many are on the way.”– The New York Times

Joanne Bauer, Co-director of Columbia Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum and Adjunct Professor, will moderate.

Refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be for sale at the talk.

Co-sponsors: ISHR Education Program, The Government & Business Club and the Sanford Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board at Columbia Business School

 

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Professional Communication Skills

Date:April 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Location:Hammer Health Science Building - 701 West 168th Street - Room LL-107
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Evan Tsun by sending email to ekt2118@cumc.columbia.edu or by calling 212-305-5279.

This course is designed to help build professional communication skills to manage interactions with internal and external customers. It will also enable you to apply communication and emotional intelligence skills to identify and anticipate difficult situations and to be proactive in handling them before they arise.

Learning Objectives:

  • To develop professional communication skills to manage interactions with internal and external customers
  • To enhance verbal and non-verbal communication and listening skills
  • To strengthen Emotional Intelligence skills and understand the role of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in handling difficult situations
  • To apply communication and EI skills to identify and anticipate difficult situations and be proactive in handling them before they arise


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IEOR-DRO SEMINAR: Georgia Perakis (MIT)

Date:April 22, 2014 from 1:10 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Location:Mudd 303
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Title: The Impact of Linear Optimization on Promotion Planning

Abstract:
Joint work with Maxime Cohen, Zachary Leung (PhD students at MIT ORC) and Kiran Panchamgam and Anthony Smith (Oracle RGBU) In many important settings, promotions are a key instrument for driving sales and profits. Examples include promotions in supermarkets among others. The Promotion Optimization Problem (POP) is a challenging problem as the retailer needs to decide which products to promote, what is the depth of price discount to use and finally, when to schedule the promotions. In this talk we introduce and discuss an optimization formulation for this problem that captures several important business requirements as constraints. We propose two general classes of demand functions depending on whether past prices have a multiplicative or an additive effect on current demand. These functions capture the promotion fatigue effect emerging from the stock-piling behavior of consumers and can be easily estimated from data. The objective is nonlinear (neither convex nor concave) and the feasible region has linear constraints with integer variables. Since the exact formulation is "hard", we propose a linear approximation that allows us to solve the problem efficiently as a linear program by showing the integrality of the integer programming formulation. We develop analytical results on the accuracy of the approximation relative to the optimal (but intractable) POP solution by showing guarantees relative to the optimal profits. Together with our industry collaborators from Oracle Retail, our framework allows us to develop a tool which can help supermarket managers to better understand promotions by testing various strategies and business constraints. We show that the formulation we propose solves fast in practice using actual data from a grocery retailer and that the accuracy is high. We calibrate our models using actual data and determine that they can improve profits by 3% just by optimizing the promotion schedule and up to 5% by slightly modifying some business requirements.

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Discrete Math Seminar: David P. Moulton (Center for Communications Research, Princeton, NJ)

Date:April 22, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Location:303 Mudd
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SPEAKER: David P. Moulton (Center for Communications Research, Princeton, NJ)

TITLE: Are Maximal Non-Hamiltonian Graphs Spanned by Thetas?

 

ABSTRACT:

One way to study Hamiltonicity of graphs is to consider (edge- )maximal non-Hamiltonian graphs. For instance, Ore's sucient condition for a graph to be Hamiltonian can be rephrased as saying that in any (max- imal) non-Hamiltonian graph of order n, there are two nonadjacent vertices whose degrees sum to less than n. In fact, the Bondy{Chvatal Theorem says that this property holds for every pair of nonadjacent vertices.

It is easy to show that every maximal non-Hamiltonian graph of order at least 3 is spanned by a gure-eight graph (the union of two cycles sharing a point, where we allow each cycle to degenerate to an edge). I conjecture that every 2-connected maximal non-Hamiltonian graph is spanned by a theta graph (the union of three internally disjoint paths between two vertices) and have shown that this holds for all graphs of order up to 20. I'll sketch this, proving a number of properties of a potential counterexample along the way.

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Toleration of Tolerations

Date:April 22, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Heyman Center for the Humanities by sending email to heymancenter@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-8443.
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Toleration involves many paradoxes. One we might call the paradox of uniformity: while the point of toleration is diversity, every particular theory of toleration--and the institutional regime of toleration that embodies or expresses it--likely rests on a vision of political life or human existence that is more consistent with some belief systems than with others. On the other hand, efforts to complicate toleration so as to combat these biases often run up against the claim that we are tolerating too much: that unlimited respect for diversity, including in the sources of toleration ! itself, renders impossible the achievement of valid public purposes.

This workshop will explore these tensions by examining perspectives on toleration that the dominant rationalist (and arguably post-Protestant) theories neglect: sectarian arguments that "evangelical liberty" and the competition for converts were essential to free exercise; the skeptical or antirationalist claim that apparently intolerant beliefs pose no real harm because people’s actions rarely follow from their opinions; and the overlapping experiences of toleration and exclusion present in the Anglo-Jewish and Jewish-American experiences.

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CPS Workshop Series: Enhancing Your Relationship (1 of 4)

Date:April 22, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm EDT
Location:Lerner Hall, 8th Floor, CPS Conference Room
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Dr. Yaniv Phillips by sending email to py2120@columbia.edu .

This hands-on sequential 4-session workshop will provide practical tools for couples who wish to strengthen their relationship. Topics include: understanding relational expectations and beliefs, how to nurture the positives in a relationship, and how to improve problem solving ability and communication skills. For couples only (one member must be a Columbia student who has paid the health services fee).

Tuesdays 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 & 5/13/14.

To reserve a spot or for more information, please email Dr. Yaniv Phillips at py2120@columbia.edu or Dr. Aoife Villafranca-West at saw19@columbia.edu.

Columbia Health makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to attend an event sponsored by Columbia Health, or by the University, please contact Disability Services at (212) 854-2388 at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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Music at St. Paul's;Juilliard Chamber Music

Date:April 22, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
St. Paul's Chapel
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Denis Dobbins by sending email to dd2675@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-0480.
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Music at St. Paul's
Juilliard Chamber Music
Students from one of the world's leading music conservatories.

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Maristella Lorch: "Beyond Gibraltar" book presentation

Date:April 22, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Italian Academy
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Rick Whitaker by sending email to rw2115@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-1623.

Columbia University's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies Presents:

"Beyond Gibraltar"
a new book by Maristella de Panizza Lorch

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6 PM

IN THE TEATRO OF THE ITALIAN ACADEMY

New York, NY— The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University will host a public event featuring our Founding Director Maristella de Panizza Lorch, who will present her new book Beyond Gibraltar. The second installation of a planned trilogy (the first, Mamma in Her Village, was published in 2005), Beyond Gibraltar interweaves memory and history as it traces the life of its protagonist through a fascinating period of modern history. Born in the Alps in the first part of the 20th century, struggling and fighting her way for survival in war-torn Rome, boarding a military ship in 1947 to travel to her new home in the U.S., and building her own version of the American Dream in New York—these are the basic elements of her story. It is a tale of resilience, courage, and transformation by one of America’s beloved scholars, teachers, and founders. The presentation will include introductory remarks by Rick Whitaker and Lavinia Lorch.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at www.italianacademy.columbia.edu.

website, www.italianacademy.columbia.edu.

Maristella de Panizza Lorch was educated first in a classical school in the Alto Adige –Sudtirol between the two world wars. She earned a doctorate in classical philology in 1942 at the University of Rome with the Accademico d’Italia Professor Vincenzo Ussani, Sr. After fifty years of teaching, she is now Professor Emerita of Italian and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Barnard and Columbia. Among her books: the critical edition of Lorenzo Valla’s De Voluptate (1431-44), its English translation On Pleasure, the edition of Ziliolo Zilioli’s Michaelida (1431), A Defense of Life (a study of Renaissance Epicureanism) and, with the philosopher Ernesto Grassi, Folly and Insanity in Renaissance Literature, an interpretation of humanistic literature and chivalric poetry. Albert Rabil’s four-volume collection of essays on Renaissance Humanism was dedicated to her in recognition of her promotion of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in America.

Maristella Lorch is known at Columbia for her courses (given throughout fifty years in English) on Dante, Petrarca, Renaissance Humanism, Renaissance Theatre, Machiavelli and Ariosto; in Europe, particularly Italy and France, as an active promoter of international exchange. She founded and directed the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for Italian Studies, the Center for International Scholarly Exchange, and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America (1991). She founded La Scuola New York Guglielmo Marconi, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Lycee Francais de New York, Vice-President of EPIC (the fellowship of Emeriti Professors in Columbia), and was until recently a teaching faculty member in the M.A. in Liberal Arts Program at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Since 1996, as Founding Director Emerita of the Academy for Advanced Studies, she has been writing a fictionalized memoir or recit d’initiation, based on her Euro-American identity, while at the same time offering courses for adults on Dante, Homer, Virgil, and Ovid. She is currently working on the third volume, The Other Shore.

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Rebalancing Eagle or Eclipsing Dragon? The U.S., China, and the future of East Asian Political and Economic Dynamics

Date:April 22, 2014 from 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm EDT
Location:Faculty House, Garden Room 2

Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Paul Holland by sending email to psh2114@columbia.edu .

China's re-emergence as an Asian regional hegemon with aspirations for global leadership has introduced tremendous challenges for the international system. Trade with China is a top economic priority for virtually every country and region, but China is pushing the existing rules which it had no role in shaping.  Moreover, China's military modernization is challenging a regional security order underwritten by long-standing U.S. security posture and alliances.  Close to home, China's role remains essential for managing North Korea, among other regional hotspots. This event will examine the nexus of economics and security in Northeast Asia through discussion with three regional and functional experts.

moderated by Roy D. Kamphausen, Senior Advisor for Political and Military Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research and Adjunct Professor, SIPA

Mark Christopher joined the Arkin Group in 2008 and has focused on hedge fund due diligence, fraud investigations, and international political risk. Christopher’s previous work experience includes two years at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he specialized in Chinese infrastructure investments in the developing world, as well as time at the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Nigeria, the U.S.-China Business Council, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and the Beijing office of the Energy Foundation. Christopher holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He studied for one year in China at Nanjing University and Peking University and participated in a one-year graduate fellowship at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University. He is a Truman National Security Fellow and a member of the Milken Institute's Young Leaders Circle.

Daniel Hartnett is an Asia analyst in CNA's China Strategic Issues Group. His research interests include China’s security affairs, U.S.-China relations, and Chinese military strategy and doctrine. Before joining CNA, Hartnett was the senior policy analyst for security affairs at the congressionally mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He also worked in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, where he assisted in nuclear nonproliferation negotiations with Beijing. He began his career as a linguist in the U.S. Army, where he employed his language abilities during the civil war in Bosnia. Hartnett is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at George Mason University. He holds an M.A. in Asian studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and a B.A. in Chinese from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Sue Mi Terry spent seven years from 2001 to 2008 working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as Senior Analyst for the Directorate of Intelligence. In that role, she regularly monitored and assessed political and economic developments in North Korea and East Asia. In 2008, Terry held the position of Director of Korea, Japan, and Oceanic Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the NSC, she played an integral role in the formulation and implementation of US policy towards Northeast Asia, while bridging the gap between two U.S. Presidents during the critical transition period of 2008-2009. Subsequently, Terry served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) during 2009-2010. In that role, she advised senior US policymakers on issues of strategic importance in East Asia. In September 2010, Terry joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as the National Intelligence Fellow. Her research at the CFR included pressing issues in the Northeast Asian region, particularly Korean Peninsula affairs such as security policy, nuclear strategy, and domestic stability issues. Terry switched careers into the private sector in late 2011 and currently works as Managing Director at Gerson Global Advisors, a strategic investment and advisory firm based in New York. In this role, she co-heads the Sovereign Advisory business, and she is primarily responsible for developing and managing the firm's strategy, activities, and client relations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Terry is also a frequent lecturer and commentator at numerous think tanks, senior U.S. military colleges and leading American universities. Terry holds an M.A. degree in International Relations and a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Georges Ugeux is the founder of Galileo Global Advisors LLC to offer CEOs, Boards of Directors and Governments independent advice on international business development, Mergers and Acquisitions and capital raising. Galileo specializes in cross border transactions to and from emerging markets. Prior to founding Galileo, Ugeux was Group Executive Vice President, International & Research at the New York Stock Exchange where he built and managed the Exchange’s International Group.  Ugeux, a dual American and Belgian national, began his career at Société Générale de Banque (now BNP Paribas Fortis), the leading Belgian bank, where he became General Manager of the investment banking and trust division. He was the Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisitions department in London and the Group Finance Director at Société Générale de Belgique, the leading Belgian diversified industrial and financial conglomerate. He is also a director of AXA Tian Ping Property & Casualty, A joint venture company in Shanghai, the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce and the Catholic University of Louvain Foundation. In addition, he was the president of Kidder, Peabody Europe as well as Managing Director while serving as a member of the Management Committee and the Board of Directors of Kidder, Peabody, Inc. He was put in charge of the firm’s global origination efforts and was also a member of the European Corporate Executive Council of General Electric Inc. Ugeux holds a Doctorate in Law and is Licentiate in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain. He has lectured at that University, as well as at the College of Europe in Bruges. He also served as a Special Advisor of the Program on International Financial Systems of Harvard Law School. Ugeux is a US FINRA Registered Representative with Series 24 and Series 62 licenses.

Roy D. Kamphausen is Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs at NBR. He advises and contributes to NBR research programs on political and security issues in Asia.  Kamphausen previously served as Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs and Director of NBR’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining NBR, Kamphausen served as a U.S. Army officer. As a China Foreign Area Officer, his career included assignments as China policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, China strategist for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and serving as a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Kamphausen’s areas of professional expertise include China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), U.S.-China defense relations, U.S. defense and security policy toward Asia, and East Asian security issues Kamphausen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is a regular lecturer at leading U.S. military institutions, including the United States Military Academy (West Point), the National Defense University, and Army War College. Kamphausen holds

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Dallas: All-Ivy League Wine and Cheese Reception

Date:April 22, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EDT
Location:Dallas, TX
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Columbia Alumni Association by sending email to alumni-events@columbia.edu .
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Join other Ivy League alums for wine and cheese at the world renowned Nasher Sculpture Center. Significant Others are encouraged to attend. Free valet parking at the main entrance. Attendance is limited to 200 and tickets will not be available at the door. Schools Invited: Harvard Club of Dallas Harvard Business School Club of Dallas Harvard Business School Club of Fort Worth Yale Club of Dallas Princeton Alumni Association of Dallas/Fort Worth University of Pennsylvania Club of Dallas Wharton Club of Dallas/Fort Worth Columbia University Club of North Texas Cornell Alumni Association of North Texas Brown Club of Dallas Dartmouth Club of Dallas Stanford Club of Dallas/Fort Worth Wellesley Club of Dallas If your company would be interested in sponsoring this event, please contact John Willding at john.willding@strasburger.com

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A Reading and Conversation With László Krasznahorkai

Date:April 22, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Alissa Severioukova by sending email to as4301@columbia.edu .

 Please join the Harriman Institute, the East Central European Center, the Slavic Department, and the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society for an evening with the celebrated Hungarian writer, László Krasznahorkai. The author will read from his recent work Animalinside (2010), an animated dialogue between text and image created in collaboration with the painter Max Neumann. 

László Krasznahorkai has won the America Award in Literature (2014), the Best Translated Book Award (2013), the Brücke-Berlin Prize (2010), and numerous other international awards. His work has been translated into English and many other languages. Krasznahorkai was invited to Columbia as part of the Harriman Institute’s Contemporary Writers Series, inaugurated last year by the Russian novelist Mikhail Shishkin. During his residency, Krasznahorkai is teaching a seminar on artistic collaboration across media in East Central Europe. His month-long course focuses on his work with the Hungarian film director, Béla Tarr, and the German painter, Max Neumann. 

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A Reading and Conversation with Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Date:April 22, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EDT
Location:International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Violeta Tutunik by sending email to vt2237@columbia.edu .

Please join the Harriman Institute, the East Central European Center, the Slavic Department, and the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society for an evening with the celebrated Hungarian writer, László Krasznahorkai. The author will read from his recent work Animalinside (2010), an animated dialogue between text and image created in collaboration with the painter Max Neumann.

László Krasznahorkai has won the America Award in Literature (2014), the Best Translated Book Award (2013), the Brücke-Berlin Prize (2010), and numerous other international awards. His work has been translated into English and many other languages. Krasznahorkai was invited to Columbia as part of the Harriman Institute’s Contemporary Writers Series, inaugurated last year by the Russian novelist Mikhail Shishkin. During his residency, Krasznahorkai is teaching a seminar on artistic collaboration across media in East Central Europe. His month-long course focuses on his work with the Hungarian film director, Béla Tarr, and the German painter, Max Neumann.

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Spring Session 2 (copy)

Date:April 22, 2014 from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University Morningside Campus (116th and Broadway). Building Location to be determined and emailed.
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Natallia Savitskaya by sending email to cbamanager@columbiabartending.com or by calling 9172155588.
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Interested in becoming a bartender or want to learn how to make hundreds of drinks? Impress your friends or potential employers through our School of Mixology, learning the skills and knowledge it takes to be a great bartender. The Columbia Bartending Agency is one of the few Schools that teach using real alcohol, so you can drink your own creations (provided you are 21+). And with an unbeatable price, why learn anywhere else?

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Spring Session 2

Date:April 22, 2014 from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University Morningside Campus (116th and Broadway). Building Location to be determined and emailed.
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Natallia Savitskaya by sending email to cbamanager@columbiabartending.com or by calling 9172155588.
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Interested in becoming a bartender or want to learn how to make hundreds of drinks? Impress your friends or potential employers through our School of Mixology, learning the skills and knowledge it takes to be a great bartender. The Columbia Bartending Agency is one of the few Schools that teach using real alcohol, so you can drink your own creations (provided you are 21+). And with an unbeatable price, why learn anywhere else?

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Glide Year Planning

Date: Wednesday, April 23 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am EDT
   
Location: 408 Lewisohn Hall, Baer Room
   
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Glenn Novarr by sending email to gn2206@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-3672.
 

Students are invited to attend an information session to learn about a number of exceptional clinical and research opportunities, academic programs and medical policy initiatives to consider for the Glide Year.  Also discussed will be ways in which students can develop their own opportunities for the year.

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DEES Thesis Proposal: Seismicity and Seismic Imaging of the Alaska Megathrust Fault

Date:
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Location:
Columbia University Lamont Campus Marine Biology/Seismology Building Seismology Seminar Room

Contact:
Missy Pinckert, missy@ldeo.columbia.edu

Event Description:
Speaker: Jiyao Li, Graduate Student, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

The Columbia University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) presents "Seismicity and Seismic Imaging of the Alaska Megathrust Fault," a thesis proposal with Jiyao Li, Graduate Student, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University.  Open to the public.

For more information on DEES visit eesc.columbia.edu

Sponsors:
Lamont-Doherty
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Special Materials Science & Engineering Seminar

Date:April 23, 2014 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University, Morningside Heights,
210 Mudd (APAM Conference Room)
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact APAM Department by sending email to seasinfo.apam@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-4457.



Lisa Chen (Materials Science, Columbia University, B.S. '08)
University of Pennsylvania

"Investigating Thermally Activated Incipient Plasticity in Pd Nanowhiskers"

While plastic deformation in bulk FCC metals is primarily mediated by dislocation motion and interactions, single-crystal nanostructures lacking pre-existing dislocations or dislocation sources must rely on other mechanisms such as dislocation nucleation. Several experiments have demonstrated this phenomenon at room temperature, but challenges remain in quantitatively evaluating the barriers for nucleation as well as the associated scatter in the measured yield strengths. In particular, dislocation nucleation is predicted to be thermally activated and thereby much more sensitive to parameters such as temperature than incipient plastic flow in bulk systems. To investigate the presence of thermally activated processes, tensile tests on nominally defect-free single-crystal Pd nanowhiskers have been performed over a range of strain rates (10-5 to 10-3/s) and temperatures (100K to 475K).  The resulting mechanical response during in situ SEM and TEM testing and temperature testing in a controlled cryostat environment are coupled with a theoretical framework to enable the quantification of relevant thermal activation parameters.

Joint work with Jungho Shin a, Soraya Terrab a, b, Gunther Richter c, John P. Sullivan d, Daniel S. Gianola a 

a Department of Materials Science, University of Pennsylvania
b Department of Physics, Bryn Mawr College
c Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
d Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies

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Ergonomic Workshop

Date:April 23, 2014 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Location:Studebaker Building, 615 West 131 Street, 3rd Floor, Room 367
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Dr. Muhammad Akram by sending email to ma102@columbia.edu or by calling 212-305-6780.
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Environmental Health & Safety offers regularly scheduled ergonomic workshops designed to offer tips and techniques for avoiding Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) and receiving advise on making your workplace more ergonomically fit.  Employees are encouraged to register for the workshop below.  If you have any questions, please contact us at erg-ehrs@columbia.edu.

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The new edge of rocket science: “mohawk guy” Bobak Ferdowsi

Date:April 23, 2014 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Davis Auditorium (412 CEPSR/Schapiro Building)
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Becca Chambers by sending email to rc2421@columbia.edu or by calling 854-3874.

Emerging as one of NASA’s most popular Systems Engineers, Bobak Ferdowsi served on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission.  Dubbed by President Obama as “Mohawk Guy”, he popularized the landing by refreshing the public perception of NASA Engineers and Scientists. Come listen to him speak on his professional journey and the future of Science and Engineering

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My Fight for a New Taiwan: One Woman's Journey from Prison to Power

Date:April 23, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
East Gallery, Buell Hall
515 West 116th Street
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Tina Yin by sending email to tty2104@columbia.edu .

Brown Bag Lecture with Lu Hsiu-lien (Annette Lu), Former Vice President, Republic of China. Moderated by Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University. No registration required. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the APEC Study Center.

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Microbiology & Immunology Seminar - Christopher Goodnow

Date:April 23, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Location:HHSC 301
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Carla Horne by sending email to ch3042@columbia.edu or by calling 212-342-5424.

Christopher Goodnow, Ph.D., F.R.S. NHMRC Australia Fellow, Distinguished Professor of Immunology and Chief Scientific Officer of the Australian Phenomics Facility, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University "Self-nonself Discrimination by Antibodies: Clonal Selection for Somatic Mutations in V-regions and in Oncogenic Signalling Molecules" Hosted by Riccardo Dalla-Favera

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Islands for Life: Artistic Responses to Remote Social Polarization and Decline in 'Post-Growth' Japan

Date:April 23, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Kent Hall, Room 403
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Tina Yin by sending email to tty2104@columbia.edu .

Contemporary Japan, nearly 25 years into its long, slow post-Bubble decline, is emerging as the world's leading laboratory of the "post-growth" society: in at once its economic, demographic, political and cultural dimensions. While any growth and dynamism is located in Tokyo and a short list of other cities, its peripheral regions are suffering extraordinary shrinkage through ageing populations and disappearing industrial production. Among the most dramatic versions of this story can be found in the symbolic heartland of Japan's inland sea, where numerous industrially despoiled volcanic islands, house extremely old and isolated populations in genkai shuuraku type settlements with little or no hope of sustainability by conventional political or social intervention.

It is here that a number of ambitious, ostensibly utopian, artistic projects are engaging in interventions based on a creative economy logic to revitalize, sustain or at least soothe places which seem doomed to die out. Through the particular example of of artist Yanagi Yukinori on the islands of Inujima and Momoshima, I will reflect upon how such art projects are way of imagining the future of post-growth societies, with comparative relevance far beyond Japan: offering welfare and community to isolated ageing residents; practical engagement for the "lost generation" young artists who join these projects; and proposing radical ideas for low energy lifestyles, which recycle abandoned public and private building, and reconnect locals with outsiders.

These projects provide a quiet space for both backward looking memory of the boom years and reflection about alternative futures: a "small good thing" emerging from the avant garde, in a Japan still ruled by mainstream politics and business oblivious to the disaster towards which they are leading the country. 

A specialist on migration, multiculturalism and globalization, Adrian Favell is the author of Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011 (Blue Kingfisher / DAP 2012). For more information and links to his writings see: http://www.adrianfavell.com 

Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Alliance Program.

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Bicycle Commuting 101 - Morningside

Date:April 23, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University - Morningside, Low Library Trustees Room 212
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Office of Work/Life by sending email to worklife@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-8019.
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Bicycling is a great way to get to and from work. It is fun, great for your health, and is frequently the fastest way to commute. Bike Commuting 101 is an inspiring one-hour presentation covering the many benefits of bike commuting. While no riding is involved, the class provides information on how to get started as a bike commuter and on ways you can make your bike commute more comfortable, more efficient, and safer.

•    Presenter: Certified League Cycling Instructor, Bike New York

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