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Week of February 21, 2017

Tearing eye and camo (wildpixel/iStock/Getty Images)
Research in mice shows that a small dose of ketamine, given one week before a psychologically traumatic event, can protect against a heightened fear response.
Four babies
More than 40 percent of American children live in low-income families, according to a report from Mailman’s National Center for Children in Poverty.
CDM group photos from 1920s
Learn how the College of Dental Medicine has evolved from its early days with just two students in 1916 to its current role as a world-renowned institution.
Dr. Kellie Bryant with simulation mannequin
Columbia Nursing’s executive director of simulation, Kellie Bryant, DNP, explains the use of simulation in health education and offers a preview of the school’s forthcoming facilities.
Dog with newspaper

CUMC in the News

Video Feature

Charles Drew, blood bank pioneer
Charles R. Drew, MD, MSD (1904-1950), was an American surgeon whose expertise in blood preservation helped shape blood banking in the United States. His doctoral work was completed at Columbia, and in 1940 he became the first African-American to receive a doctor of medical science degree from P&S. 

Public Safety Pointers 
Take a self-defense class

The Shotokan Karate Club and Columbia University Public Safety periodically team up to offer free self-defense classes on campus. Catch the next class this Thursday, Feb. 23, at Bard Hall; more information and an RSVP link are available here.


Knowledge Center Carnival 🎈

The Knowledge Center is hosting an open house carnival on Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the lobby level of the Hammer building. The CUMC community is invited to stop by from noon to 2 p.m. for food, fun, games, and prizes!

Carnival flyer

Velocity Photoshoot: Models Wanted

Velocity, Columbia’s ride to end cancer, needs cycling enthusiasts 18+ to appear in a series of ads inspired by vintage cycling posters. You’ll be seen on billboards, on posters, and in print around NYC promoting a great ride for a great cause: accelerating cancer research and treatments at CUMC.

Those interested should send a photo and contact info to


Photo of the Week

PT-CAN volunteers with Rescue van
PT-CAN, the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy Community Action Network, recently organized a clothing drive at the CUMC bookstore. The donated items will be distributed by the NYC Rescue Mission to individuals who are currently homeless. Pictured alongside an NYC Rescue Mission volunteer (far left) are Kyle Zreibe’19, Kayla Coutts’19, Tiffany Maye’19, and Jane Oh’19.

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

Featured Events

Dean’s Grand Rounds (Mailman): “Precision Public Health” with Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, and Andrea Baccarelli, PhD, MD
2/22/17, 4-5:30 p.m., Alumni Auditorium in the Black Building, 650 W. 168th St., first floor  More » 

Celebration of Diversity Day, hosted by the Department of Pediatrics
2/24/17, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wintergarden in Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, 3959 Broadway, first floor (Note: locations vary by event; see event page for details)  More »

Genetics and development seminar series: “Evolution and Development: Insights from Emerging Model Systems” with Nipam Patel, PhD
2/28/17, 4-5 p.m., Hammer Health Sciences Center, 701 W. 168th St., Room 301  More » 

For more events, please visit the CUMC calendar.
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