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Week of March 6, 2017

Kidneys (palau83/iStock/Getty Images)
CUMC scientists who found that a current method of assessing kidney function may be misleading have identified biomarkers that may more reliably detect kidney damage.
Woman holding child
Infection with the herpes virus in early pregnancy doubles the chance that a fetus will develop autism spectrum disorder later in life, Mailman researchers found.
School of Nursing instructor Florence Vanderbilt teaching students, 1930s
“The Health of Humanity,” a new exhibit by CUMC Archives & Special Collections, traces the school’s history through original documents, photographs, and artifacts.
Deans Christian S. Stohler and Ana N. López Fuentes holding a memorandum of understanding
Furthering their long-standing relationship, the two dental schools will pool resources to provide new academic and research opportunities for students and faculty.
Dog with newspaper

CUMC in the News

Video Feature

Among College Athletes, Concussion Risk May Be Higher in Women
In a study of athletes at Columbia University, researchers found that women may be more susceptible to concussions than men. Read more about the study on the CUMC Newsroom.

Lunch Break with Government & Community Affairs
Ideas for neighborhood excursions

Word Up Books is a Word Up storefrontvolunteer-run bookshop and community space at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165th Street). The store sells used and new books, including books in Spanish and those by local authors, and hosts arts and activist events. The hours are a bit tricky for lunch breaks (closed Monday; open other weekdays at 3 p.m.), but it’s worth checking out. So many people who work here have no idea the shop has been in this location for almost four years!” –Jennifer Leach, Department of Medicine

Have an interesting local spot you want to share? Submit it via email.


MTA Fare Changes and Transit Program Contributions

New MTA fares will take effect on March 19, 2017. Employees who are enrolled in the transit/parking reimbursement program may make changes to their contribution amounts through the MyColumbia portal. Changes made now through March 20 will be effective April 1. More information is available online for officers and support staff.

Black/P&S Building Temporary Electrical Shutdown, March 10-11

Con Edison will be performing a temporary electrical shutdown that will affect lighting and normal power to research spaces and laboratories throughout the Black Building and P&S Building from 10 p.m. on Friday, March 10, until 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 11. Read more.

2016 FSA and Transit/Parking Claims Due March 31

Employees who participated last year in a health care flexible spending account (FSA), a dependent care FSA, or the transit/parking reimbursement program must submit claims for 2016 expenses no later than March 31, 2017. Claim forms are available on the human resources website and should be submitted to UnitedHealthcare (FSA claims) or EBPA (transit/parking claims).

Photo of the Week

Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar at the book launch (credit: Jeff Weiner)
Mailman adjunct assistant professor Chelsea Clinton, DPhil, and University of Edinburgh professor Devi Sridhar, DPhil, spoke to a packed auditorium on campus last week for the launch of their new book, “Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?” From left: Dean Linda Fried, MD, MPH, Chelsea Clinton, Devi Sridhar, and Michael S. Sparer, JD, PhD.

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

Featured Events

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day: What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer
3/10/17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Riverview Terrace in the Milstein Family Heart Center, 173 Fort Washington Ave., first floor  More »

Seminar Series on Infectious Disease Modeling: “The Finest Tuned Clocks: Biological Rhythms & Epidemics” with Micaela E. Martinez, PhD

3/10/17, 3-4:30 p.m., Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 W. 168th St., Room 1101  More »

Listen Up! A Public Forum on Hearing and the Treatment of Hearing Loss
3/11/17, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Myrna Daniels Auditorium in the Milstein Family Heart Center, 173 Fort Washington Ave., first floor  More » 

For more events, please visit the CUMC calendar.
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