Perspectives

Social, Cultural, and Personal Factors Impacting Women in STEM

Published May 12, 2018

Nowadays, there is an ever increasing interest in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Multiple factors such as career prospects and educational environments affect each gender’s decision to pursue STEM. Despite increased participation of women in STEM, there is still a large gender disparity in higher-level STEM education and STEM careers. In this… Read more

The Paradox of Romantic Music Through the Eyes of Chinese Women Pianists

Published Dec 22, 2017

Romantic music, although beautiful, demands much from its performers. Performance artists are required to completely give into the conveyance of pure music, an act considered by many to be patriarchal in nature and perpetuates submission for women performers. By achieving pure interpretation of Romantic music, the performer must completely disappear behind the music and distance… Read more

A Taste of MSG in American History

Published May 2, 2017

Have you ever wondered where the little voice in the back of your head that tells you “MSG is bad” comes from? In recent memory, Monosodium glutamate has carried with it the negative reputation of artificiality. However, the real issues underlying the common perception of MSG are complex and deeply rooted in our history. This… Read more

Take a Ride on the Glass Escalator

Published May 2, 2017

In 1992, sociologist Christine Williams developed the theory of the glass escalator: that while token women in predominantly male professions tend to experience a “glass ceiling” of invisible barriers to entry and promotion, token men in predominantly female professions experience a “glass escalator” of invisible assistance helping them move up in their field. Colette Kelly… Read more

A Deeper Look into RNA Splicing

Published Dec 4, 2014

  At the forefront of current virology research lies an uncannily evasive virus called human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Since its late discovery in the 1980’s, the virus has been found to cause Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, a disease of the immune system that can lead to a number of unusual malignancies such as… Read more

A Look Inside the Circuitry

Published Dec 4, 2014

  According to a survey last year, 56 percent of adults in the United States own a smartphone—making the chances pretty high that you are currently neglecting your fancy new Apple or Android phone in favor of this latest issue of the Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal [1]. Buzzing bundles of portable social media aside, in… Read more

Degeneration: The Pandora’s Box of Medicine

Published Oct 9, 2014

  The collective history of the medicine man, from Imhotep to Hippocrates and Paul Farmer, has pointed toward several broad classes of disease. Acute and transient diseases such as the flu or infections are rarely life threatening in the antibiotic era, and, these days, hardly noticeable with the cocktail of symptomatic relief drugs that are… Read more

US and HK: Intricacies of Monetary Policy and Portfolio Flows

Published Oct 9, 2014

  A devastating recession, the collapse of large financial institutions, downturns in stock markets around the world—the 2008 financial crisis was a time of panic and uncertainty, the worst of which the U.S. has overcome. Nevertheless, residual effects of the crisis still burden the U.S., along with other members of the international community. Monetary policies implemented… Read more