Hello all! It was great to see so many of you at Dr. Oliver Sacks’ lecture. Now, the CSSR would like you to join us for:

Center for the Study of Science and Religion presents

Marwa Elshakry
Associate Professor, Department of History
Columbia University
Thursday October 6th, 6:00-7:30PM
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro CEPSR Building
Morningside Campus, Columbia University
530 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027
Over the last century and a half, discussions of Darwin in Arabic have involved a complex intertwining of sources of authority. This paper reads one of the earliest Muslim responses to modern evolution against those in more recent times to show how questions of epistemology and exegesis have been critically revisited in the process. This involved, on the one hand, the resuscitation of long-standing debates over claims regarding the nature of evidence, certainty and doubt, and, on the other, arguments about the use (and limits) of reason in relation to scripture. Categories of knowledge and belief, alongside methods of scriptural hermeneutics, were critically repositioned, transforming the meaning and discursive reach of the former as much as the latter. All CSSR Seminars are free and open to the public.
Pre-registration for this event at http://cssr-admin.ei.columbia.edu/?id=rsvp
 is optional but recommended.
The CSSR Spring 2011 Seminar Series is offered with the support of the Earth Institute.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Market Makers: Developing & Deploying Energy Efficiency Technology in NYC


New York City is emerging as a global leader in clean technology.  The growing community is leveraging the State’s assets in the built environment, information technology, industrial density, finance and academic communities to create innovative solutions in energy efficiency.  Join the New York Academy of Sciences, NYU POLY ACRE, and the Sallan Foundation for a Climate Week 2011 panel that explores the current and future trends in energy efficiency and presents the path to success experienced by start-ups founded in New York City.  

Speaker(s) to include –

Mei Shibata, co-Founder – Think Eco

Colin Smart, Section Manager – Demand Response, Con Edison

Audrey Zibelman, CEO – Viridity

(Click here to download the PDF event flyer)


Save the Date


December 7, 2011

Energy Storage for Cities: Making Renewable Electric Power Efficient, Reliable, and Smart

The Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership & Ethics Board and the Military in Business Association (MIBA) will host:

General Raymond E. Johns, U.S. Air Force Commander, Air Mobility Command

Ethical Leadership in the 21st Century

 Gen Johns will discuss values based leadership and the difficulties of ethical decision making in crucial situations, given the current foreign policy environment.  The General will also share his thoughts on the role of ethics in making difficult decisions with limited information.

Monday, Sept 26, 2011
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Building

Columbia University Morningside Campus

RSVP online: https://columbia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cISR7GOMMNffwRS

 Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr. is Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Air Mobility Command’s mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces. The command also plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian support at home and around the world. The men and women of AMC – active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians – provide airlift, aerial refueling, and special air mission and aeromedical evacuation. Johns is a command pilot and experimental test pilot with 4,500 flying hours in a variety of aircraft.

The mission of the Student Leadership and Ethics Board is to foster a culture and safeguard a tradition of principled leadership throughout the Columbia Business School community. The Board fulfills its purpose by developing, implementing and monitoring programs that cultivate leadership, build character and promote ethical decision-making, which, in turn, enable Columbia Business School students to become productive, moral and caring participants in their companies and communities.


a lecture by Dr. Oliver Sacks

Tuesday, September 27th, 6:00-7:30 PM

Davis Auditorium, Schapiro CEPSR Building
Morningside Campus, Columbia University
530 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027
(enter from campus level)

Oliver Sacks, M.D., is a physician and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University, as well as the first Columbia University Artist. His collections of case histories from the far borderlands of neurological experience, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, have been translated into many languages, and his book Awakenings inspired the Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

July 26, 2011


Calvary Hospital (Eastchester, Bronx)

Calvary Hospital is the affiliated hospice care center that TCC is closely in contact with. We were well fed and greeted by the attending physician at Calvary Hospital, Dr. GC. Along with ten SUNY Downstate fourth year medical school students, we were given a lecture on the common conflicts that spring up in nursing homes such as Calvary. In addition, Dr. GC herself graciously took us on a tour of the third floor. There, we were able to visit four different residents, with four different background stories.

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July 13, 2011


Mr. S was discharged today. At the sub-acute morning report meeting, this news brought a round of applause and cheering. This 70-year-old Korean man was born and raised in Japan. He attended a University in Korea and obtained his Chemical Engineering degree there. He later immigrated to the United States to pursue his dreams. Aside from fluency in Japanese, Korean, and English, Mr. S is also a master of the German language. From his Tae Kwon Do black belt to his time in the U.S. army, this man seems to have an endless abundance of stories to tell. Currently, Mr. S resides in a 10-floored senior citizen apartment. His family members are all scattered across the globe and have difficulty in coming to his aid. Instead, he relies much the help of his two best friends, whom we have fortunately met once. They live in the adjacent floors of their senior housing.

Subsequent to a cranial surgery, Mr. S recovered gradually and successfully. He is fully ambulatory, and his mental status is significantly better compared to the days immediately post his surgery. It became a daily sight to see Mr. S hovering about the fourth floor nurse’s station. He loves caffeine. When we visit, if he were not already drinking a cup of coffee, he would kindly ask us to get him some. We are glad that he is finally going back to his home.

I’m a Baby

July 7, 2011

9:45 AM

Knock. Knock. Knock.

We find, sitting inside a small single room, Mr. F resting on his chair, with neck bent and head completely down. His left hand clutched tightly to the walker. This 68-year-old man used to work as a housekeeper in this institution, before it became a nursing home, for some thirty years. He has recently been placed on hospice care and is eating very poorly. Upon our entrance, Mr. F attempts to tilt his head upward to glance at us. He nodded appreciatively when we introduced ourselves as summer interns for TCC. After a bit of small talk, we can sense his great independence and dexterous thinking through his clear, loud voice and careful word choice. At the same time, he emanated lament and disappointment through his unsatisfied looks at the breakfast plate.

“I’m a baby.” Mr. F joked when we asked about his age.

Mr. F had made several complaints of excruciating pain in his chest area. Dr. L entered. They conversed about a possible tour of the building, providing Mr. F a chance to see what changes have been done to the facility. His spirits lightened, and we were glad to leave on a cheerful note.

Follow-up note: On August 4, Mr. F’s situation worsened and he was transferred to Calvary Hospital. Over the past month, his mental state deteriorated. He had hallucinated that his wife was being beaten up. After all, he no longer sees her on a daily basis. His appetite grew poorer still. He became violent with the nurse’s aides because he is doubtful of their intentions. On August 1, Dr. L gathered together all the physicians, social workers, and directors and conducted a case study conference on Mr. F. Dr. L pinpointed where TCC staff could have performed better and which areas we did not touch upon. For now, we hope the transfer and relocation to Calvary was smooth and comfortable and that he is becoming adjusted to life there.