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Climate scientist warns of rapid rise in sea level, more intense storms

Former NASA scientist James Hansen, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, has worked with 16 other researchers to author  a lengthy study outlining a scenario of potentially rapid sea-level rise combined with more intense storm systems.

A snippet of that study?

“If the ocean continues to accumulate heat and increase melting of marine-terminating ice shelves of Antarctica and Greenland, a point will be reached at which it is impossible to avoid large scale ice sheet disintegration with sea level rise of at least several meters.”

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On Wednesday, the board of trustees of Barnard College, the all-women’s college affiliated with Columbia University, voted to admit transgender women beginning in the fall of 2016. The policy now states that those who “consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth” may attend the school. If a student decides to transition to male while enrolled, that person will be able to successfully graduate.

“I think once you understand the human dimension of this, you want to do the right thing”

U.S. Son of Mexican Immigrants Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

U.S. Son of Mexican Immigrants Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

In this May 28, 2015 photo, Fernando Rojas, a senior at Fullerton High School, stands with his parents, Raul Rojas and Maria in Fullerton, Calif. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Palmisano/The Orange County Register via AP) It would have been a success story if Fullerton High School senior Fernando Rojas, the son of Mexican immigrants whose schooling stopped in the eighth grade, was accepted to college. But…

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As someone who has been sexually abused, and gone to court for it, I can't see why anyone would want to relive that kind of experience everyday like the girl with the mattress. I don't know what really happened, but from what I've seen I lean towards her lying. I'm an art student too, and have made art expressing my past, but she's living it. Everyday, reminding herself of what happened to her. That doesn't make sense to me, at least.

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Today, Columbia University became the first college in the United States to divest from private prison companies. Since early 2014, students have been campaigning to get the university to sell off its roughly $10 million worth of shares in two companies that run prisons and immigration detention centers.

Prisons are “fundamentally racist,” said student organizer Dunni Oduyemi in a statement after the vote by the school’s Board of Trustees to divest from G4S, the world’s largest private security firm, and Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in the United states. “We hope that private prison divestment campaigns, with the abolitionist vision of a larger anti­prison movement, can help us start working towards divesting from the idea that prisons equal justice.”

Keep reading about the students’ activism at Bitchmedia.org. Photos courtesy the  Columbia Prison Divest campaign. 

Researchers Find Link Between Birth Month and Health 

Columbia University scientists have developed a computational method to investigate the relationship between birth month and disease risk. The researchers used this algorithm to examine New York City medical databases and found 55 diseases that correlated with the season of birth. Overall, the study indicated people born in May had the lowest disease risk, and those born in October the highest. The study was published June 3rd in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.

“This data could help scientists uncover new disease risk factors,” said study senior author Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, an assistant professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and Columbia’s Data Science Institute. The researchers plan to replicate their study with data from several other locations in the U.S. and abroad to see how results vary with the change of seasons and environmental factors in those places. By identifying what’s causing disease disparities by birth month, the researchers hope to figure out how they might close the gap.

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