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Vol. 6, Issue 17

Loneliness, Global Health, and History

Students and working people across the world are facing a continued reality of online classes and meetings, remote work, and physical distancing. Following a summer of isolation and reduced employment and volunteer opportunities, many undergraduate students, including those at Columbia, are preparing for a virtual fall semester. On the other side of the spectrum, older adults are also experiencing isolation from friends and family, as the risk of contracting a deadly case of the virus has cancelled travel and leisure activities and visits from the grandkids. These major changes to our daily social lives, and in societies as a whole, beg the question of how COVID-19 has impacted feelings of loneliness.

Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (co-leader of our Global Histories of Science Research Cluster) is an expert on global health and aging and sat down with our work-study student Ariana Novo to talk about her newest efforts to understand and address social isolation for older people, immigrants, those in poverty and other marginalized communities. Read the full article and learn how you can contribute to research on loneliness on our website. 

Featured Events:

Our online calendar of events includes virtual events.

Black Lives Matter and Neuroscience: Continuing the Conversation

September 4 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Join the Society for Neuroscience for a live chat on Black Lives Matter and Neuroscience. Learn more about the challenges that diverse neuroscientists face within the field and provided guidance on how the neuroscience community can leverage this moment to influence change. Free and open to the public.

Black Faces, White Spaces: Christian Cooper, John Muir, & (Re)Claiming a Green World

September 11 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ET

What does the environment have to do with systemic racism? Carolyn Finney will explore the complexities and contradictions of our past as it relates to green space, race, and the power to shape the places we live in our own image. Hosted by the New York Botanical Gardens. Free and open to the public; RSVP required. 

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Center & Institute Initiative to Enhance Remote Learning and Teaching, Columbia University

Rolling Deadline. With a challenging academic year ahead, a consortium of Centers and Institutes will offer funding for proposals that cultivate student engagement and enhance the online learning experience for Columbia students and instructors. Open to Columbia/Barnard faculty, instructors, and students. 

Center for Science and Society Course Development Grants for Co-teaching

Rolling Deadline. Lecturers and tenured/tenure-track faculty at Columbia University are encouraged to submit proposals for co-taught courses in “science and society” for undergraduates and graduate students. Courses must be led by one instructor from a STEM field and one instructor from a non-STEM discipline. The Center will provide financial and administrative support. 

Earth Institute Internship, Columbia University

Sept 14, 2020. Full-time Columbia University and Barnard College students are eligible for 12-week internships with the Earth Institute. Positions are available in various departments and research centers in a variety of administration, communications, and research roles. 

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