Webcast Tonight: Focus on Extreme Weather

by | 2.23.2015 at 3:19pm
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The Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate brings together experts across the university to integrate research into the physical science of these events with research on their impacts on human society and engineering solutions. The initiative kicks off this evening with a panel discussion, “Preparing for Extreme Weather: Global Lessons from Sandy,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Watch the live webcast.

MPA Faculty Member Selected as Sloan Research Fellow

by | 2.23.2015 at 1:21pm
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SIPA professor Suresh Naidu has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Economics, an honor that recognizes young scholars for “distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.” The prize includes $50,000 to support Naidu’s research over the next two years.

Mysterious Demise of an Australian Thunder Bird

by | 2.20.2015 at 9:00am
Genyornis newtoni, one of the great "thunder birds" of Australia, went extinct about 50 thousand years ago, for reasons that are still not clear. Image: Ann Musser @ Australian Museum.

Here, mankind and death coincide,
But everyone’s still mystified …

MPA Alum Focuses on Solar Energy

by | 2.19.2015 at 1:11pm
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In her role as a New York State Solar Ombudsman for the City University of New York at Sustainable CUNY , Erica Helson (MPA-ESP ’14) is applying skills she learned in the program to further her career in advancing solar energy in the city of New York. Prior to joining the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, Erica served as an Americorps Volunteer as well as a Preparedness Education Manager for the American Red Cross. Erica hopes to apply her degree toward a future in environmental policy implementation, working alongside her MPA-ESP colleagues.

Bonjour de Nouméa!

by | 2.18.2015 at 11:46am
The research vessel L'Atalante in port in New Caledonia.

Scientists from research institutions around the world are participating in a research expedition aboard the R/V L ‘Atalante to study how microorganisms in the South Pacific Ocean influence the carbon cycle. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory graduate student Kyle Frischkorn is among them; this is the first in a series of posts in which Kyle shares what it’s like to do research at sea.

Report Forecasts Worsening Climate Hazards for Region

by | 2.17.2015 at 2:54pm
NPCC's updated flood risk map

A new report gives a worrisome picture of climate-related problems the New York region will likely face this century. Temperatures are projected to rise, extreme precipitation and heat waves will be more frequent, and sea level could rise as much as 6 feet.

Mobile Health Tools Help Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

by | 2.17.2015 at 2:21pm
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Vertical transmission of HIV remains a significant challenge in resource-limited settings today. The number of children living with HIV currently exceeds 3 million, most of them living in Sub-Saharan Africa, with less than a tenth of them being reached with basic health services. This is particularly true in Kenya, where the estimated antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) was only 53% in 2012 and where ART coverage among eligible children was estimated at only 38% in 2012 for those aged 14 and under.