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Week of May 8, 2017

Caroline Park in ice hockey gear
From the medical school classroom to the ice hockey arena, P&S student Caroline Park is preparing for a career as a doctor while training to compete in the 2018 Olympics.
Only a third of U.S. states require schools to have an automated external defibrillator on hand, according to a Mailman School study.
Pregnant woman with tablet (Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock/Getty Images)
Electronic health records can help target the delivery of customized educational messages to patients at the greatest risk of health disparities, a Columbia Nursing study shows.
Closeup of smoker (Getty Images)
CUMC researchers have found that smoking counteracts the effect of a gene that normally protects against coronary heart disease.
Dog with newspaper

CUMC in the News

Video Feature

Diabetes App Forecasts Blood Sugar Levels
Glucoracle is a new app for people with type 2 diabetes that uses a personalized algorithm to predict the impact of particular foods on blood sugar levels. Read more

The Facilities 411 
Sustainable Columbia

Columbia University celebrated Earth Day by launching its first sustainability plan, a roadmap to creating a more sustainable campus. Sustainable Columbia logoMembers of CUMC Facilities Management & Campus Services, led by Harris Schaer, associate director of energy management & sustainability, weighed in on goals and strategies for the medical center. Read the plan. Then consider joining the Green Team, a forum for discussing sustainability projects; email for more information.


CUMC Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

The CUMC Symphony Orchestra is holding a free concert on Saturday, May 13, at 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium. The concert will feature Beethoven’s Third Symphony (“Eroica”) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

Concert flyer
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For further updates on musical activities on the medical center campus—or to get involved yourself—please visit or email

Columbia Commencement Week 

Graduation is just around the corner: Events will take place over the course of next week. Click through the links on the Commencement Week 2017 website for details on ceremonies across the University and other helpful information about Commencement Week.

Photo of the Week

Photo collage from Yankees Game
The College of Physicians & Surgeons partnered with the New York Yankees for a special evening on April 28 at Yankee Stadium. P&S was recognized in honor of its 250th anniversary with an on-field ceremony before the game.

Submit a photo of the week by email and find more community photos on our Instagram feed @ColumbiaMed.

Featured Events

“Up for Air” documentary screening and Q&A
5/9/17, 6-8 p.m., Alumni Auditorium in the Black Building, 650 W. 168th St., first floor  
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“Thou Shall not Kill—to Obtain Organs for Transplant: Violations of Human Rights in China” with Arthur L. Caplan, PhD
5/10/17, 4 p.m., Amphitheater 1 in the P&S Building, 630 W. 168th St., first floor 

Data Science Institute Colloquium: “Improving Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities for Reinforcement Learning” with Joelle Pineau, PhD
5/11/17, 6-7 p.m.,
Davis Auditorium (Room 412) in the Schapiro Center, 530 W. 120th St.  More »

“Are You a Caregiver?”: a lecture on caregiver resources with Dante Tipiani

5/15/17, 5:30-7 p.m., Columbia Community Partnership for Health, 390 Fort Washington Ave., ground floor  More »

For more events, please visit the CUMC calendar.
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