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Vol. 6, Issue 18

Enhancing the Online Classroom

After a quiet summer, the first week of classes at Columbia University is typically a jolt of energy. Students fill the halls again, faculty stop by to share stories of their summer research and travel, and the line for coffee at the cafe downstairs gets a lot longer. We put away our summer projects and dive headfirst into the busy semester.

This fall will be different, but it is also a chance to innovate and experiment. The Center for Science and Society has been catching up with faculty and researchers over virtual coffee hours and we've been brainstorming new ways to connect with returning students, welcome new members, and support distanced efforts to build our community. With these goals in mind, we have partnered with our fellow interdisciplinary centers and institutes in an Initiative to Enhance Remote Learning and Teaching at Columbia University.   

Visit our website to learn more about the inspiration behind this Initiative, see which courses have received funding, and apply for support.

Featured Events:

Our online calendar of events includes virtual events.

Book Launch for Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography

September 15 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET
image of book cover that says "testosterone."
Testosterone is not what you think it is, and it is decidedly not a “male sex hormone.” Join authors Rebecca Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis to debunk the life story of a molecule we thought we knew. Free and open to the public; RSVP required. 
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What has COVID-19 taught us? “Build Back Better” in the Era of Sustainable Development

September 16 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET

What are sustainability practices at schools and at homes that continue to be neglected? Guests will leave the discussion with clear ideas and objectives on how they can recover from this pandemic with a concrete vision for a sustainable future. Free and open to the public; RSVP required. 

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Featured Deadline: 

For a complete listing of upcoming deadlines, please visit our website.

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. 

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