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More colleges offering MicroMasters programs


Many colleges and universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University, are offering blended programs called MicroMasters in areas such as supply chain management and entrepreneurship. The degrees cost less than other graduate programs but still require students to complete some courses on campus.

Love theme enhances Shakespearean unit


Teachers at a New York public school for incarcerated students are deepening lessons on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" by focusing on the theme of love. Based on training by Teachers College, Columbia University, teachers had students, who are often several grade levels behind in reading, spend two weeks discussing and defining love before tackling the text.

Columbia University details its links to slavery


Columbia University has released to the public a report detailing its history with American slavery. "From the outset, slavery was intertwined with the life of the college," says the preliminary report by Eric Foner, a university professor and historian.

Greenland glacier earthquakes indicate ice loss


More glaciers in Greenland are breaking apart and triggering earthquakes, providing evidence of ice loss that may be caused by global warming, says study leader Kira Olsen, a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University. Earthquakes registering around magnitude 5 caused by the calving of glaciers increased from about 10 per year to about 40 per year from 1993 to 2011, and almost half occurred from 2011 to 2013.

Tiny hydrogel machines could serve biocompatibly in the body


Researchers at Columbia University are stacking hydrogels into discrete layers to create microscale machines with movable parts that are biocompatible. The machines exploit certain mechanical properties of microgels to potentially serve a number of functions as implants, such as valves, manifolds, pumps and drug delivery systems.

Equipment enables scientists to analyze Earth in real time


Scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University use drones, satellites and undersea cables to observe the Earth in real time. They are using data collected by high-tech equipment from remote locations such as volcanoes, the sea floor and coastal areas to analyze changes as they occur.

Columbia U. alleges potential coercion in union vote


Union agents possibly coerced graduate students in a union election at Columbia University in New York, the school alleges in an action filed with the National Labor Relations Board. Research and teaching assistants at the Ivy League institution recently voted to join the United Auto Workers union.

Chemical changes in rocks help target origin of earthquakes, experts say


Scientists say they've discovered how to trace the origin of an earthquake by studying chemical changes in rocks within a fault, helping experts determine whether a fault system follows predictable patterns. Friction from a fault slip creates dramatic increases in heat, altering the compounds in rocks, geoscientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory say.

Columbia's grad students vote to organize


Research and teaching assistants at Columbia University have voted 1,602 to 623 to join the United Auto Workers. The graduate students are only the second such group to organize at a private university, a move made possible by a National Labor Relations Board decision earlier this year.