Spring 2020 APAM Newsletter

Jun 29 2020

Spring 2020 - APAM Department Newsletter, Columbia Engineering

Message from the Chair:

Dear APAM Family,

It has become usual to say that these are unusual times.

They are unusual because our campus life was disrupted in an unprecedented manner by the Covid-19 situation, as we brought in-person classes to the remote format and stopped on-campus research in a matter of a week or so. Due to the amazing efforts of our staff, faculty, students and administration, we did a superb job in making this transition. Particularly heartwarming to us in APAM, were our remote celebrations of our seniors and senior award winners, the winner of our Simon Prize for the top doctoral thesis (and of the life of the late Dr. Jane Faggen who helped establish this prize), and of all our graduates this past year! They are unusual because we were again reminded that we must be inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and open to all types of people, and to help and nurture them all. This has been at the heart and soul of our great country. Though, of course, it has not been practiced perfectly and often not very well, these precepts and goals have been our great strengths, and hopefully these ideals and aspirations will continue to be our strengths, and be practiced better and better in our department, school, university, country, and world.

On a more upbeat note, the times are unusual because we just launched a new department website!

We now face the daunting task of beginning anew in a new academic year. We are resilient! We will survive and prosper!

Stay well,

Irving P. Herman
Chair, APAM


Student News

Schechter ‘20 Named Valedictorian

Undergraduate Award Winners

Mandal wins 2020 Simon Prize for Outstanding Dissertation

Student Spotlight: Jyotirmoy Mandal

Martin Wins Best Student Oral Presentation AMS Award

Martin Co-Authors Paper Chosen as EOS Editor Highlight

Congratulations Graduates!

Faculty News

Billinge Wins EPDIC Distinguished Powder Diffractionist Prize

Lipson Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Mauel Named National Associate of the Academies

Spiegelman Wins CEAA Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award

Applied Mathematics Program Awarded RTG Grant by the National Science Foundation

Coming Home to Math, a New Book by Herman

Beating the Heat in the Living Wings of Butterflies

First Study to Relate Antarctic Sea Ice Melt to Weather Change in the Tropics

Successful Ozone Treaty Stops Jet Stream Drift in the Southern Hemisphere

Engineering the Future of Cultural Preservation

Columbia Team Discovers New Way to Control the Phase of Light Using 2D Materials

Enabling New DNA-Based Therapy forAnti-Cancer Drug Delivery

Nano-objects of Desire: Assembling Ordered Nanostructures in 3-D

Gold in Limbo Between Solid and Melted States

Sobel on Climate & Coronavirus

A Rainbow of layered paints could help buildings keep their cool

APAM Faculty Featured in Columbia Engineering Magazine

Multimodal transcriptional control of pattern formation in embryonic development

Faculty, Alumni, & Department News

Tian ‘17 and Du Receive SIAM Review SIGEST Award

Deep Convection

Career Events Featuring APAM Alumni

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