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AltSpec: Awards, Nominations, and Firsts!

The architecture firm behind the new geochemistry building at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has won three design awards at the 2009 Sustainable Design Awards (building pictured at right). 

Xerox’s new CEO, the first African American women CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is also a Columbia graduate. Her degree? Master’s in engineering.

Three more Columbia faculty members have been named to the National Academy of Sciences.

Obama nominates a Mailman School professor to a Health and Human Services post.

Perhaps this will help him get an award: a Columbia pre-med student is featured in a Times article about web sites for cramming.

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  • Alum says:

    @Alum Ursula Burns, the new Xerox CEO, received a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from SEAS. Saying she received a “master’s in engineering” is like saying an English major graduates from CC with a “bachelor’s in arts and sciences”.

    1. Kind Of... says:

      @Kind Of... She may have received a Master of Science in Engineering, a Master of Science, or a Master of Engineering. They are each technically different, but in practice the difference is nominal.

      1. Alum says:

        @Alum Columbia does not award “Master of Engineering” or “Master of Science in Engineering” degrees, though some other universities do. All of the master’s degrees SEAS offers are M.S. degrees.

        Anyone who earns an M.S. from SEAS earns it in a particular discipline (which is true at most engineering schools, but not all); Ms. Burns’s degree is in mechanical engineering.

  • affirmative action says:

    @affirmative action say it with me now… AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    1. you are says:

      @you are completely ridiculous.
      have a lovely day.

  • HA! HA! says:

    @HA! HA! Bwog said “Mailman” and “post” in the same sentence. Coincidence?

  • Tip says:

    @Tip Hey bwog…Barnard senior on front page of Sunday times for working with sheep on an organic farm

    1. once again says:

      @once again once again… no one cares about barnard stop posting about it on a columbia blog

      1. once again says:

        @once again only you keep saying this. It is not a consensus by any means. The Blue & White is funded by Barnard, its EIC is a Barnard student, the same Barnard student was also head of the Bwog last year. As an affiliate school to Columbia University, Barnard news is relevant, just as TC’s would be.

        1. Yay! says:

          @Yay! That LDEO building is AWESOME. If’s free to go gawk at, just take the shuttle up and wander in.

      2. Alum says:

        @Alum I care about Barnard.

    2. hmm says:

      @hmm probably would be a better tip for stuff white people like?

  • I also says:

    @I also do not care about Barnard

  • Shouldn't it says:

    @Shouldn't it be “woman CEO”

    1. i think says:

      @i think they prefer “CEO-ette”

  • cc alum says:

    @cc alum I don’t care about Barnard, but I really don’t care for reading about others not caring about Barnard.

  • Nice picture says:

    @Nice picture Pupin physics library! Overheard a prof telling a TA he could tell who used Cramster, because their midterms and finals were abysmal. They both chuckled and nodded. No wonder the US is falling behind in the sciences and math. I’m thinking the US is law-school-city, and NY is the mayor.

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