Daily Archive: January 26, 2018

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no, it’s not a mondrian painting. this is a microbiome bacterial heat map, one of the techniques used to determine the most significant types of bacteria

Bwog Science Editor, Alex Tang, attended the Bio Department’s Horwitz Prize Lecture, and introduces us to the role of the gut bacteria in childhood nutrition. Among his gathered insights: glycobiologists are a valuable, endangered species, and poop can tell us a lot about ourselves. More seriously, a viable solution to childhood undernutrition could be simpler than we think.

There’s a fascinating city within each of us, located specifically within our stomach, and inhabited by a population of bacteria many orders of magnitude greater than New York’s. These bacteria aren’t made by us – they’re foreign guests of our gut, who engage in a symbiotic relationship with us. We give them the safe home and resources they need to survive, and they produce invaluable nutrients that we wouldn’t be able to produce on our own. We call this city the gut microbiota.

Yesterday, Columbia’s Department of Biological Sciences invited Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in Missouri, to give the Horwitz Prize Lecture, an honor bestowed on researchers who’ve done amazing work in the life sciences. Gordon’s talk, entitled “The Gut Microbiota and Childhood Undernutrition: Looking at Human Developmental Biology from a Microbial Perspective,” provided a fascinating glimpse into the complex ecosystem that our guts contain, and suggested a tantalizingly efficient solution to undernutrition, a condition that’s plagued humanity its entire history.

Gordon began his lecture with a deceptively simple hypothesis: impaired development of the microbiota is related to childhood undernutrition. Sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gordon’s team identified specific types of bacteria that seemed to be instrumental in the development of a healthy child’s gut, and produced therapeutic foods that, when fed to young children, aided in healthy development and reduced long-term risks of malnutrition.

CLick here to read about the methods of Gordon’s research

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The sadboi himself

Lucy Danger (who loves Call Me By Your Name and Timotheé Chalamet, mostly unironically) and Idris O’Neill (who hasn’t seen it, doesn’t care to, and just wants to make fun of him) contributed to this post.

If you loved Call Me By Your Name (or Lady Bird) as much as I did, you probably know that Timothee Chalamet was once a student at Columbia. He grew up in New York, and after filming Interstellar – in which he played Matthew McConaughey’s character’s son – he spent a year here before dropping out because, according to him, “Columbia takes a wholehearted academic commitment that I think I have in me, but it was just not where my mind was at the time.” (If he had stayed longer, he might have learned that most of us are just BSing that whole “academic commitment” thing, but that’s besides the point.) He went on to play a part in a Jason Reitman movie, and is now in two of the biggest movies of 2017. But what would have happened if he had stayed at Columbia? What dorms would he have lived in? What clubs would he have joined? What parties would he have frequented? And most importantly, would he have been the first person that Bwog peoplehopped a second time?

Freshman year:

  • Lives in a single in John Jay because he’s an artsy antisocial sadboy
  • Has no friends for all of first semester because he missed NSOP for movie-related activities (actually happened)
  • Actually reads every book assigned in LitHum (and actually enjoys them)
  • Goes to 1020 alone every Thursday night and stands in the corner of EC parties reading a book on his phone
  • Rushes ADP first semester and doesn’t get in because nobody knows who he is
  • Stars in every theater production possible but still nobody knows who he is
  • Gets featured on Columbia Sadboys; all the comments read “whats his @ lol”

What would he do next?

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This is how happy rushing Bwog will make you.

Although our regular meetings on Sundays at 9 pm in Lerner 515 are always open, tonight is your last chance to apply to be Arts Editor, a Daily Editor, or a Staff Writer. Applications for all open positions are due tonight at 11:59 pm. 

Applications should be sent to editor@bwog.com in the form of a Google doc or .PDF document titled “*First Name* App.

  • Application for Arts Editor: Want to help Bwog clean up its arts coverage? Know all about student theater and cool arts events around New York? Apply to be Arts Editor!
  • Application for Daily Editor: Dailies are the backbone of our site. Each Daily runs the website for one day a week and is responsible for posting all content for that day. Bwog loves its Dailies.
  • Application for Staff Writer: But the Dailies would have no content to post without Staff Writers, who generate the vast majority of our articles. Whether you’re a first-year looking to try some journalism or a senior who wants to cross joining off your bucket list, apply!

Any questions can be directed to editor@bwog.com.

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I’m pretty sure this is an altoid, so I don’t think it’s gonna help her get over her sophomore slump.

A week into the semester, Bwog received a tip from a concerned reader asking a very topical and important question: how many antidepressant prescriptions are filled at the Duane Reade by campus? Wanting to get to the bottom of the scoop, Staff Writer Megan Wylie decided to put her humanities major to good use and determine the definitive, statistical answer. 

As a History and Political Science major, I have not done any form of math in years (unless you count calculating tip at Serafina). Knowing the importance of this question, I sacrificed my well-being for the good of the Columbia dependent and our very helpful antidepressants. Let us start with the basics before we get into the technicalities.

Assumptions:

  • First, let’s clarify our antidepressant variables. Unlike Barnumbia students, not all antidepressants are made alike. There are four core groups of meds that we will incorporate into our method.
  • Although there are SNRI’s, SSRIs, MAOIs and Tricyclic antidepressants, let us assume that the majority of students are prescribed SNRI’s and SSRI’s by their very well paid psychiatrists.
  • As for population, Columbia University has 15,798 undergraduate students. We need to add Barnard students to this – I know, I too was irked to find out we weren’t included in the headcount – and there are approximately 2,576 students at Barnard. Thus, if we add up all the university’s students, there are approximately 35,005 students enrolled in Morningside Heights. For this study, we will not include other Morningside schools, the sole reason being that I hate numbers and I don’t want to deal with more.

Methods, conclusions, and more after the jump

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She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’ll kick you in the face.

Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you the athletics events to keep your eye on this weekend.

Track and Field: Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at the NYC Armory this weekend–the only meet all season on the island of Manhattan. Student tickets are $10, but this might be your only chance to cheer on these teams this year. (Unless you want to schlep out to Staten Island.) More information here.

Men’s Swimming and Diving: The Lions will take on Navy in an away meet today at 2:00 in their last non-conference meet of the season. Currently ranked at number four thanks to a 3-2 Ivy record and a 6-2 record overall, Columbia is coming off a three win streak and beat Navy by 36 points last year, so the Lions’ prospects are good.

Men’s Squash: Currently ranked nationally at number two, men’s squash will take on number 10 George Washington Sunday at 11:00 am in New Haven. The Lions are 9-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play, with their only loss coming against 9-0 Trinity. While this match-up isn’t a conference game, a win here could cement their national ranking and prevent 8-2 Penn from stealing their spot at the top.

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Actual footage of you leaping to freedom when you drop your 6th class

Dear Columbia students taking more than twenty credits:

It’s not worth it. All six of those classes may seem interesting now, but just think of how exhausted you’ll be in a few weeks when midterms season hits and you have three exams, two papers, and a presentation all within five days of each other.

Today is the last day to add or drop a class without being charged a withdrawal fee. In other words, it’s the last day of shopping period. Or in other words, whether your version of being overburdened is three upper-level seminars, more than one STEM class in the same semester, or even just more than four classes, this is your last chance to save yourself.

So, what are you waiting for? Get on SSOL or MyBarnard, select that one class causing you grief, and drop that shit. You’ll thank us in a couple of months.

Update, 5:30 pm: An earlier version of this post stated that today is simply the last day to add or drop a class; actually, today is the last day to add classes, the last day to drop core classes, and the last day to drop any other class without being charged a withdrawal fee. We apologize for any confusion.

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Overseen in LeFrak

Happening in the World: In Russia, Vladimir Putin is basically running for president against himself, and seems poised for reelection on March 15. The Kremlin is struggling to make the campaign interesting, however; current organizations attempting to “generate buzz” include “I Really Like Putin!”, “For Putin!”, and “Putin Team.” (NYT)

Happening in the US: An Amtrak engineer in Washington state made a fatal mistake yesterday when he failed to sufficiently slow down before going around a curve. The train derailed at a bridge in DuPont, killing three people and injuring 62. (USA Today)

Happening in NYC: In October, 2017, Taylor Swift purchased a townhouse in Tribeca for $18 million. Now, Douglas Elliman, the brokerage firm that facilitated the sale, is suing her for skipping out on its $1 million commission. (Curbed NY)

Happening on Campus: The Black Theater Ensemble is holding auditions tonight and tomorrow night for its spring one act festival! This semester’s theme is “Black to the Future” (or, Afro-futurism). Find more information in their Facebook event.

Overseen: See right. We are all either entirely chill or not chill at all.

Plant of the day: Welwitschia mirabilis is a unique plant that is endemic to (i.e. is only native to) the Namib Desert. It consists of only two leaves, a stem base, and roots, yet can grow to over five feet tall and live up to 2,000 years, and draws all of its water from the desert’s fog. Two samples of this incredible plant currently live in the Barnard Greenhouse!

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