Apr

24

CC Val and Sal Announced

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Columbia College—your valedictorian is Lia Friedman. Your salutatorian is Yoshiaki Ko.

Press release:

The Columbia College Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes has announced the names of the Class of 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian. The valedictorian is Leah Friedman, a Russian Literature and Cultures major from New York. The salutatorian is Yoshiaki Ko, a Neuroscience and Behavior major from California.

Friedman “is precisely the kind of student Columbia should be proudest of,” according to a faculty member in the Slavic Languages Department. She is “profoundly gifted and naturally inclined to use those daunting intellectual gifts to inquire, refine, disentangle, rethink, pursue, conceptualize, articulate, enliven interlocutors, make them laugh, make them think, make them wonder, make them uncertain, and make them care about the truth,” the faculty member said. She has lived in Vermont, where she learned to milk cows, and in New Zealand, where she learned to shear sheep.

Ko, who was born in Japan and moved to California at age 8, in 2000, is an accomplished pianist and an extraordinary scientist. He has worked in the laboratory of Psychology Professor Hakwan Lau since his first year, and has already made a significant impact in his field. “Yoshi has already published a paper with himself as first author in which he conducted a sophisticated signal detection theoretic analysis to explain a classic clinical condition regarding visual consciousness – blindsight,” Professor Lau said. “He came up with original computer stimulations to demonstrate that his model can quantitatively account for the psychophysical behavior of the subject. This work has been considered by many of my colleagues in the field to be highly important and has already generated citations in print.”

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42 Comments

  1. Anonymous  

    awk should fix "Rusian"

  2. Congrats!  

    I don't know either of these people, even in passing.
    Cool tho, yay them

  3. Anonymous  

    The Dark Hand for SEAS valedictorian!

  4. Anonymous

    I thought her name was Lia

  5. Anonymous  

    Lia Friedman?

  6. Anonymous  

    val's not a pre-med this year--good to see some variety!

  7. Russian Faculty Interviewee  

    VERBS VERBS VERBS

  8. surprise!

    lol a jew and an azn

  9. Anonymous  

    Yoshi's a great person! Good for him!

  10. RAKland

    Congratulations Lia! I am so proud of you! :D

  11. Anonymous

    I should think that Ko would have come up with original computer SIMULATIONS, not "stimulations" ...

    An additional "[sic]" suggested...

  12. Never heard of them  

    Glad you made the most of your undergraduate career!!!

  13. cc 2016  

    i hear his girlfriend is hot

  14. Heisenberg

    One is already being cited in medical papers by other doctors. One can work on a farm. Interesting skill set required

  15. From now on, every time

    I introduce one of my friends to someone, I will end the description with "She has lived in Vermont, where she learned to milk cows, and in New Zealand, where she learned to shear sheep."

    Awesome, tho! Go Humanities!

  16. Anonymous  

    Yeahhh Lia!! Doing JJ7 proud!

  17. Anonymous  

    yoshi also did this in 3 years and is in the julliard joint program. gotta love columbia, making me feel more inferior every day

  18. Yay Lia!  

    Congratulations to both!!

  19. Anonymous

    Congratulations!

  20. Anonymous  

    Is this the same Yoshi that is TAing my psych class right now? That accomplished bastard.

  21. silliness  

    why is the salutatorian so much more obviously qualified than than the valedictorian? what a joke

  22. Anonymous

    yoshi seems much more impressive than the girl

  23. just sayin...  

    K Shaw got robbed...just sayin

    Anyway, how did Yoshiaki Ko get Sal without getting early PBK? Aren't Val/Sal supposed to have some of the highest GPAs? Early PBK should be a necessary but insufficient condition.

  24. Anonymous  

    the val's description is so random.

    Friedman “is precisely the kind of student Columbia should be proudest of,” .... [fluff] .... She has lived in Vermont, where she learned to milk cows, and in New Zealand, where she learned to shear sheep.

    that's great!

  25. Anonymous  

    Just wondering is her name Lia or Leah?

  26. Anonymous  

    I'm sure Lia is a very intelligent individual, but whoever wrote that blurb for her did her no favors, especially in comparison to sal's. I mean, weed does all of those things written for certain people.

  27. fred  

    congrats lia! very well-deserved

    haters--get out! can you shear sheep?

  28. Anonymous  

    sad that she doesn't actually shear sheep.

  29. TK  

    Лия Фридман.

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