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Tessier-Lavigne’s postdoctoral advisor removed from Columbia position due to “serious violations”

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s postdoctoral advisor, Thomas Jessell, has been removed from his positions at Columbia University due to “serious violations of University policies and values governing the behavior of faculty members,” according to a statement released by Columbia’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs. The statement did not specify the nature of the behavior.

Brown Institute showcase features tour guide drones, defense contract database

From drones acting as tour guides to mass-analyzed cookie recipes, the projects on display at the Brown Institute’s first ever media innovation showcase were anything but conventional. Funded by Brown’s year-long Magic Grants, interdisciplinary teams from Stanford and Columbia pioneered new techniques for every step of the storytelling process — from research tools for journalists to new ways of telling a story.

The boon of GE food

Before pundits and politicians reduce the questions and solutions posed by GE crops and GE agribusiness down to sound bytes and slogans, we must realize just how powerfully positive the effects of genetically engineering our food can be if handled correctly.

The media’s role in climate change action

This false balance of two sides to every issue is detrimental to climate change action because it increases a dangerous ambiguity surrounding the issue. At the end of the day, a balanced portrayal of climate change means two sides debating what to do about the problem, not whether or not the problem exists.