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July 2016
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Columbia Global Centers | Santiago
GSAAP's Felicity Scott Lecture and Book Launch
Felicity Scott, director of the PhD program in Architecture.
Felicity Scott, Director of the PhD program in Architecture as well as Do-Director of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices Program (CCCP) at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAAP) visited Chile to participate in several activities related to the project “Contemporary Architecture Criticism."

In Santiago, she taught a master-class for students and gave a public lecture at Universidad Católica to present her recent book entitled What Went Wrong?, published by Ediciones ARQ.

For more pictures, click here.
Director of Columbia’s Center for the Core Curriculum in Chile
Rosevelt Montás, Director fo Columbia's Core Curriculum Center
Roosvelt Montás, Director of Columbia's Center for the Core Curriculum and professor of Literature, Humanities, and Contemporary Civilization, visited Chile in May to support Universidad Adolfo Ibañez’s (UAI) efforts to implement its own core curriculum in line with the model Columbia has taught since 1919. He also met with UAI staff and faculty to discuss the content of core courses, and to share experiences on the set-up and methodologies used in developing these types of processes. In addition, professor Montás gave two lectures on Contemporary Civilization in the UAI’s Santiago and Viña del Mar venues.
 
Read professor Montás' interview with El Mercurio (the Chilean newspaper) here.
Productivity Agenda: The Role of the Private Sector
Joseph Ramos, Marcelo Larraguibel, Karen Poniachik and Andrés Velasco.
 
Three panelists discussed the role of Chile's private sector in promoting productivity growth in an event jointly organized by Columbia Global Centers | Santiago, MIT Club de Chile, MIT Sloan Management Latin America Office, Harvard Club de Chile, and Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Regional Office. The panelists were Andrés Velasco, Visiting Professor at SIPA; Joseph Ramos, President of the National Productivity Commission; and Marcelo Larraguibel, Founder and Member of the board at Virtus Partners. This was the first of a series of events on local and current events jointly organized by Columbia, Harvard, and MIT.
Chilean Economist named in Key Position at the Columbia Business School
Mauricio Larraín, Roger F. Murray Associate Professor of Finance.
Mauricio Larraín, who joined Columbia’s Business School in 2012, has just been appointed Roger F. Murray Associate Professor of Finance. His research focuses on the boundaries of corporate finance, financial intermediation, and development economics. Specifically, he studies corporate finance with a focus on the financial systems and intermediation in emerging market economies.

Larraín has three publications in top finance journals, including the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2015 Rising Scholar Award from the Review of Financial Studies. At the Business School, he teaches the PhD course on empirical corporate finance and the core Corporate Finance course in the MBA and EMBA Programs.
Research Director of Chile’s Universidad Católica visits Campus
María Elena Boisier, Research Director of Chile’s Universidad Católica (UC), visits Columbia.
 
María Elena Boisier, Research Director of Chile’s Universidad Católica (UC), visited Campus to hold a series of meetings with Columbia experts in the field, including Mike Purdy, Executive Vice President for Research; Deborah Stiles, Vice President of Research Operations; and Victoria Hamilton, Director of the Office of Research Initiatives. Their discussion on policies and procedures included research compliance and training, clinical trials, animal care and use, human research protection, institutional review boards, environmental health and safety, and post-doctoral affairs.
 
The conversations focused primarily on operational and legal aspects and how Columbia and UC’s practices compare. In addition, the group discussed activities performed under the MOU (memorandum of understanding) on Global Change both institutions signed in 2012 and the possibility of negotiating an additional cooperation agreement in Astronomy.
José Cánovas

Chilean Neuroscientist Assigned to Columbia's Zuker Lab
 
The Pew Charitable Trusts announced the newest class of Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences, a list which includes Chile’s José Cánovas, a Neuroscientist PhD who works in the Zuker Lab at Columbia’s Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Ten postdoctoral scientists from Latin America will receive two years of funding to pursue research at laboratories and academic institutions in the United States They will conduct their work under the mentorship and guidance of some of the country’s most distinguished researchers in biomedical science.
 

Read an interview published by La Tercera (in Spanish), here.
 
Chilean ex-President Ricardo Lagos

Chilean Ex-President in New York

 
Former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos was the keynote speaker at the 50th Conference of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) that took place in New York at the end of May.

He was introduced by Columbia's Provost John H. Coatsworth, who also chaired the discussion that followed Lagos’ presentation. In his speech, the former Chilean President discussed Latin America’s recent history, politics, regional economics, and the challenges posed by immigration and environmental damage.
 
 
Xavier Sala-i-Martin

World Renown Economist
from Columbia visited Santiago

 
Xavier Sala-i-Marin, Professor of Development Economics at Columbia, visited Santiago to participate as a keynote speaker at a major infrastructure event and also to launch his new book entitled "Economía en Colores" ("Economy in Colors").

He visited the Santiago Center to lead a round table discussion with alumni and local opinion leaders on current economic and financial affairs.


Read his interview with Pulso (in Spanish), here, and watch another conversation with him on CNN here.

 
Alumni Reunion in Santiago.

First Alumni Gathering of 2016
 
A group of Columbia alumni got together in Santiago during the evening of June 8 at the Hotel Cumbres. Organized by Graciela Ibáñez (MA Journalism ’08) and Brena Sena (MPH '14), the gathering brought together former students from several schools and generations.

Every year, the Columbia Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Santiago Center, organizes at least two social events targeting the 400 Columbia alumni that live in Chile.

See more pictures of the event here.
UPCOMING EVENTS
JUL 6: Pre-Departure Orientation Session for Future U.S. University Students
AUG 1: MBA Information Session 2016
AUG 2: Seminar on Productivity: The Digital Challenge
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