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  Of Professional Interest  
  Creating an E-PortfolioApplicants are using creatively the limitless space provided by the internet to create a multi-layered and multi-media online presence to advance their candidacies.   Using the Academic Jobs Wiki WiselyThe jobs wiki has become an essential and ambivalent addition to the job search, one that provides information that alternately relieves and exacerbates anxiety.  
  Office Staff   Wiki  
  The Burden of Student DebtA significant dependence on loans to finance graduate education is becoming a difficult proposition to entertain by students, faculty, and administration.   Grammatical Error  
  Those Fifty Eskimo Words for Snow The creation of this academic and urban myth reveals plenty about our intellectual habits and very little about the Eskimo.   The Phenomenology of ErrorA classic article probes why otherwise sensible individuals become aggressive when identifying grammatical errors in others.  

Are We In the Throes of a New Biologism?The resurgence of a cultural paradigm.

  New Scholarly Books by Field(requires Columbia connection or subscription to CHE)  
Abbassi, Zeinab. Area of specialization: Networks and software systems.
Nelson, Shanelle. Exploring the organizational climate as perceived by infection preventionists: A national study.

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED (Congratulations!) Biostatistics
Spivack, John Henry. The limb-leaf design: A new way to explore the dose response curve in adaptive seamless phase I/II trials. Advisor: Bin Cheng.
Wang, Min. Supply chain management: Supplier financing schemes and inventory strategies. Advisor: Fangruo Chen.
Computer Science
Poshni, Mehvish Irfan. Genus distributions of graphs constructed through amalgamations. Advisor: Jonathan L. Gross.
Genetics and Development
Berkovits, Binyamin David. The role of BRDT, a double bromodomain testis-specific protein, in spermatogenesis: Chromatin organization and mRNA splicing. Advisor: Debra J. Wolgemuth.
Karl, Brian Bernard. Across a divide: Mediations of contemporary music in Morocco and Spain. Advisor: Ana María Ochoa.
Nutritional and Metabolic Biology
Abdillahi, Marianne Lul. Mechanisms by which aldose reductase mediates cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury. Advisor: Ramasamy Ravichandran.
Operations Research
Wang, Ruxian. Multiproduct pricing management and design of new service products. Advisor: Guillermo M. Gallego.
Sociomedical Sciences
Alkon, Ava Elyse. Late twentieth-century consumer advocacy, pharmaceuticals, and public health: Public Citizen's Health Research Group in historical perspective. Advisor: David Rosner.
Teachers College:
Clinical Psychology

McGowan, Joseph Connor. Religious affiliation and gender: Differences in the association between religiousness and psychological distress. Advisor: Elizabeth Midlarsky.
Cognitive Studies in Education
Rosenfeld, Deborah E. Fostering confidence and competence in early childhood mathematics teachers. Advisor: Herbert P. Ginsburg.

  Deadlines and Events  
  Teaching Center WorkshopsScience Friday: Teaching Science Successfully to Non-Scientists. Friday, December 2, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Schermerhorn 200C. Bridging the chasm between the two cultures requires intelligence, ingenuity, and a great deal of pedagogical forethought. Professor of Physics Amber Miller, Dean of Sciences, will lead a discussion of this important topic.Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation. Wednesday, December 7, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Buell Hall, East Gallery. Letters of recommendation determine career outcomes and their rhetoric is highly codified by discipline and even by field. This workshop will address the drafting of effective letters, a skill that you will need for your future career within or outside the academy.Lunch will be provided at all workshops. For more information, please contact Steven Mintz. Sponsored by GSAS.  
Student Essay Contests. The Journal of International Affairs at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is seeking student submissions for two academic essay contests. If you are a current Columbia student and have written a paper that is relevant to the topic of our next issue, "The Future of Cities," please submit it for consideration to our Cordier and GPPN essay contests. Each winner will receive a $500 prize and publication alongside esteemed scholars in our Spring/Summer 2012 issue. The JIA is one of the oldest foreign affairs periodicals and has been in print since 1947. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 19, 2012.   SIPA Journal
Weekly Writing Group for International Graduate Students. Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 and 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Workshops are full through early December. Check back in the coming weeks for opportunities to sign-up for mid-December dates.) Do you want to develop an effective writing process, engage your readers, and understand your discipline’s discourse community? Join a weekly writing community of your peers — international students earning graduate degrees at Columbia — who share your goal to produce excellent research papers, journal articles, theses, and dissertations. This workshop is a chance to get feedback on drafts, talk to others about how they write, and ask questions about anything related to writing. Come discuss your writing process, the transition to a new academic world from other cultures, and the conventions of your discipline’s discourse community. Bring your own projects; no extra work involved. Please contact Sue Mendelsohn, director of the Writing Center, for more information. Sign up here.   Writing
Register with ISOS Before You Travel. The recent political turmoil and natural catastrophes all over the globe underscore the need for graduate students to ensure their preparedness to deal with emergencies during travels abroad. Students who expect to travel outside the U.S. for degree-related study or research must register with International SOS, an agency that provides help and support in case of emergencies of all kinds. Registering with ISOS can save time, trouble, and distress in unexpected situations. Graduate students who travel outside the United States with funds disbursed by GSAS are required to register with ISOS. All others are strongly encouraged to do so as well. To register with ISOS, please go here. Click here for more information about ISOS.   ISOS
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