Gray Lady: “I am Light Blue”
Written by Bwog Staff
Two Columbia-related articles of interest in the New York Times recently: First up, an op-ed from physics professor/Colbert Report interviewee Brian Greene sent to Bwog from tipster Lucy Tang. In a piece currently #1 on the Times‘ Most Emailed list, Greene recounts receiving from a letter from a soldier stationed overseas from whom Greene’s book (the immensely readable and enjoyable The Elegant Universe) was “something of a lifeline. […] It speaks to the powerful role science can play in giving life context and meaning. At the same time, the soldier’s letter emphasized something I’ve increasingly come to believe: our educational system fails to teach science in a way that allows students to integrate it into their lives.” Greene goes on to lucidly and convincingly argue for a “cultural shift” that would emphasize the philosophic importance of science.
Next up, via tipster Ian Corey-Boulet, a piece which focuses the on Sisters Colleges’ (your strong, beautiful Barnard College among them) initiative to recruit more students hailing from the Middle East. According to the article, admissions deans from the Sisters believe that their schools’ emphasis on encouraging women to engage in science and math-related fields, in addition to providing a less-jarring transition from single-sex high schools, would make them an especially appealing option for prospective students from places like Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait.