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  Of Professional Interest  
  Who Does the Professional Training of Graduate Students?"To see graduate students as people in a workforce requires you to abandon the self-delusion that scholarly work is 'above' anything as gauche as money."   Graduate Education: Plan B Is Not To Execute Plan ATwo prominent scholars argue for a radical change in graduate education in History, with far-reaching implications for all disciplines.  
  MentorshipThe Science of AffectsThe challenges presented by motivation and affect to evolutionary biology and to the cognitive revolution that has altered our concept of mind.   TeachingYour Statement of Teaching PhilosophyYou may be required to write one when applying for a job. How to reflect on your pedagogical performance.  
  Teaching the Brain to Collaborate"[The] current practices of our educational institutions —and workplaces— are a mismatch between the age we live in and the institutions we have built over the last 100-plus years."   Brain on Internet  
  AcceptanceThe wisdom to know the difference is a hard apprenticeship.   New Scholarly Books by Field(requires Columbia connection or subscription to CHE)  
   
  DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED WITH GSAS Business
Cohen Mohliver, Aharon. Essays on corporate deviance across ownership structure.
Luo, Jiao. Air trade: Environmental values, norms, and firm participation in illegitimate markets.
González, Juanita. Knowledge transfer in venture capital networks.
Chemical Engineering
Stratton, Benjamin. Mechanisms of SNARE-mediated membrane fusion.
Computer Science
Srinivasan, Suman. Improving service discovery and content delivery in wireless and core networks.
Zavon, Angeliki. Toward building a privacy-preserving infrastructure in the Cloud.
French and Romance Philology
Sopchik, Rebecca. Deadly speech: The literature of denunciation during the French Revolution.
History
Reynolds, Justin. God and the problem of history in mid-twentieth-century thought.
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Johnson, Benjamin. Figures of conflict: Cultural politics and the state in Colombia, 1920-1970.
Rodríguez, Olga. Campo cultural y violencia política en el Perú.
Mechanical Engineering
Shan, Yuyao. Aligned carbon nanotube array synthesis and molecular junction devices fabrication process scale up.
Philosophy
Berger, Mark. Democratic citizenship, pluralism, and shared reasons.
McIntyre, Katharine. Agency as a source of resistance.
Sociology
Ozgode, Onur. Systemic risk and financial catastrophes: Government in the age of neo-liberalism.
 
   
  Deadlines and Events  
  Teaching Center Workshop: How to Write a Compelling Fellowship Application
Thursday, October 20, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Buell Hall, East Gallery
Writing a proposal is skill that you will need throughout your academic career. Many strong applications are turned down. Fellowships are indeed highly competitive, but you may improve your odds by using the strategies that will be discussed in this workshop. Graduate students of all levels welcome. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Steven Mintz.
 
  Astronomy Department Public Outreach: Public Lecture and Stargazing
Friday, October 21, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Pupin Hall Lobby
Every other Friday, the Department of Astronomy sponsors a free special event for the public. After a thirty-minute lecture aimed at a general audience, participants are able to ascend to the roof of Pupin Hall to observe stars, planets, and other astronomical phenomena through the enormous telescopes of the Rutherford Observatory. If weather does not permit stargazing, the public is invited to a slide show and discussion with a Columbia astronomer. For further information about this event, please e-mail sa2656@columbia.edu or call (212) 854-4608. Click here for more information.
 
  Radical Philosophy Conference 2011
Friday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., School of Social Work, Room 301 (1255 Amsterdam Avenue & 121st Street)
Radical Philosophy is a UK-based journal of socialist and feminist philosophy, the first issue of which appeared in January 1972. The journal was founded in response to the widely felt discontent with the sterility of academic philosophy at the time, and with the purpose of providing a forum for the theoretical work which was emerging in the wake of the radical movements of the 1960s in philosophy and other fields. The program for the conference is here.
 
  Lecture by Taylor Krauss, Founder of Voices of Rwanda
Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., IAB, Room 801
The Master's in Oral History, the Center for Oral History, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy will host Taylor Krauss, founder of Voices of Rwanda, as part of the Oral History Seminar Series. Krauss will discuss his work recording and preserving testimonies of Rwandans, ensuring that their stories inform the world about genocide and inspire a global sense of responsibility to prevent human rights atrocities. There will also be a presentation from faculty and alumni about the M.A. in Oral History, a multi-disciplinary program that utilizes theoretical approaches across the social sciences and the humanities. For more information please click here.
 
  Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing
Wednesday, October 26, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Lerner Hall, Room 555
GSAS students must now file their dissertations electronically, and a copy will be deposited in Columbia's online repository, the Academic Commons. This new requirement will change the way students prepare the dissertation for filing. Come learn important information about copyright, using copyrighted materials in the dissertation, and depositing work in Academic Commons. For further information please contact Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu or call (212) 851-2856. Click here to visit website. Sponsored by the Scholarly Communication Program. This event is part of Open Access Week 2011.
 
  Conscious and Unconscious Narrative: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience
Thursday, October 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Buell Hall, East Gallery
We spend our time constructing fictions, telling stories to ourselves and to others. Narration is deeply rooted in the human mind, at a conscious and an unconscious level. Producing a narrative is a way of giving meaning to factual experience. Are the fictions created by the human brain and those imagined by novelists of the same nature? American writer Siri Hustvedt and French neurobiologist Lionel Naccache express their original and incisive views on these questions in conversation with French journalist Natalie Levisalles (Libération) and Leah Kelly, an American neuroscientist. For further information regarding this event, please send e-mail to maisondirector@columbia.edu.
 
  Announcements  
 
The Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal publishes original undergraduate research articles in any discipline of science or engineering. CUSJ is currently looking for graduate students to join its Editorial Review Board. The board is responsible for reviewing submitted articles, providing feedback to authors, and making recommendations for publication. For graduate students this is an excellent opportunity to mentor aspiring undergraduate scientists on research, writing formal papers, and the publication process. Please contact ceo.cusj@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the board.   CUSJ
Graduate Student Fellowship Program. During the academic year 2011-2012, the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (Earth Institute) expects to provide funding of up to $3,000 to as many as ten Columbia University graduate students conducting research in areas addressing conflict, violence, development, and peace. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be graduate students enrolled in a degree program and be conducting research/practice-based projects relating to conflict, violence, development, peace, and/or sustainability. Deadline: November 1st, 2011.   Research
 
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