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Week of January 9, 2017

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Columbia University offices and laboratories will be closed Jan. 16, 2017.
Gastric cancer histology
Researchers have found that blocking nerve growth factor inhibits the formation of stomach cancers, according to a study in mice.
Dental professional and child
The oral health of children who receive dental care through Medicaid lags behind that of their privately insured peers, even if they receive the same amount of dental care.
Chromosomes with telomeres marked
A study finds that women who give birth in their 30s tend to have longer telomeres, DNA “caps” that protect the ends of chromosomes and that shorten as people age.
Summit attendees (courtesy CGC Amman)
At the meeting co-hosted by Columbia Nursing, nurse and midwife scientists and leaders networked, solidified priorities, and developed a plan to implement clinical research.
Dog with newspaper

CUMC in the News

Video Feature

HGP-write: A Grand Challenge for Genome Engineering
Columbia bioengineer Harris Wang, PhD, explains the goals of HGP-write, an international initiative to develop new technologies for synthesizing very large genomes from scratch. 

Quick Tips Quick Tipsfrom Human Resources
2017 University holidays

The Columbia University holiday schedule is available online, with options to add dates individually or collectively to your calendar. Offices and laboratories will be closed on these days. Please note that the Morningside and medical center holiday schedules differ slightly.


Influenza Mask-On Requirement

As of Dec. 29, the New York State Department of Health has declared that influenza is prevalent in New York State. All Columbia employees who enter or work in NYP space and most FPO practice sites and who have not been vaccinated against the influenza virus must wear a surgical mask.
Workforce Health and Safety will administer the flu vaccine weekdays in Harkness Pavilion, Room 112, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the Milstein lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t Let Winter Get You Down!

Prevent injuries, illnesses, and/or damaged property by taking the proper safety precautions. Check out these winter safety tips.

Facilities Work, January 2017 

Because of ongoing campus improvements, the following Facilities-related work is scheduled for the coming weeks: 

  • Elevator service disruption to P&S 10th floor until June 30
  • Chiller plant maintenance until March 1
More information is available here.

Photo of the Week

Perri Peltz speaks to students and faculty
Mailman alumnus Perri Peltz, whose HBO documentary premiered in NYC last month, led a discussion with students and faculty about how public health science can reach new audiences through the powerful medium of film. Her documentary, “Risky Drinking,” takes an incisive look at four people struggling with various stops on the spectrum of alcohol use disorders. 

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

Featured Events

🍰  CUMC “Cake-Off” anniversary celebration kickoff
1/10/17, 3-5:30 p.m., The Armory, 216 Fort Washington Ave., third floor  More »

COMMiT For Your New Year’s Resolution: Weight and Metabolism Awareness Day

1/13/17, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Riverview Terrace at the Milstein Family Heart Center, 173 Fort Washington Ave., first floor  More »

Department of Systems Biology Distinguished Seminar Series: Eugene Koonin, PhD
1/18/17, 3 p.m., Irving Cancer Research Center, 1130 St. Nicholas Ave., Room 816  More »

For more events, please visit the CUMC calendar.
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