University Senate

Proposed: September 24, 1999

Adopted as amended: September 24, 1999

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A NEW DEPARTMENT

OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

 

WHEREAS the Education Committee has favorably reviewed a proposal (following) from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science to create a new Department of Biomedical Engineering, and

 

WHEREAS the Committee is satisfied that the proposal has been approved by the Dean of the Fu Foundation School, with the endorsement of key faculty and the Vice President in the Health Sciences, the Executive Vice Provost, and the Provost;

 

WHEREAS biomedical engineering has become a significant field of research and teaching at several universities, and

 

WHEREAS biomedical engineering is expected to undergo further growth in the next century and to attract talented and energetic students who are interested in a career in this field, and

 

WHEREAS biomedical engineering research and teaching already have a distinguished history at Columbia University, spanning nearly four decades, and

 

WHEREAS Columbia University has significant strengths in all relevant scientific disciplines that are required in support of the establishment of a more formal departmental structure;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a new Department of Biomedical Engineering be established in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, with strong interdisciplinary connections with relevant individuals and departments in the Health Sciences, and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate forward this resolution to the Trustees for appropriate action.

 

Proponent:

Committee on Education

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University Senate

Proposed: September 24, 1999

Adopted as amended: September 24, 1999

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH AN INSTITUTE FOR CANCER GENETICS

 

WHEREAS the Education Committee has favorably reviewed a proposal (following) from the Health Sciences to establish an Institute for Cancer Genetics, and

 

WHEREAS the Committee is satisfied that the proposal has been authorized by the President, and approved by the Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, as well as by the Faculty Council of that Faculty, with the support of the Provost; and

 

WHEREAS advances in molecular genetic technology have brought about major new insights in the molecular and cellular biology of cancer, and

 

WHEREAS a program of instructional and research activities has been initiated that is of interest to faculty in several Departments of the Health Sciences, and

 

WHEREAS the establishment of an Institute would benefit interdepartmental activities in this field as well as external relationships pertaining to funding and recruitment of students and faculty,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that an Institute for Cancer Genetics be established under the administrative supervision of the Vice President for the Health Sciences.

 

Proponent:

Committee on Education

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University Senate

Proposed: September 24, 1999

Adopted as amended: September 24, 1999

 

RESOLUTION TO REORGANIZE THE FACULTIES OF

MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY

 

WHEREAS the Education and Faculty Affairs committees have favorably reviewed a proposal to reorganize the faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, and

 

WHEREAS the Committee is satisfied that both the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dental and Oral Surgery have approved the plans for the proposed reorganization;

 

WHEREAS the Schools of Public Health and of Nursing presently are Departments in the Faculty of Medicine, and

 

WHEREAS both Schools control their own curriculum, admission process, and budget, in the manner of separate Faculties, and

 

WHEREAS the establishment of both Schools as separate Faculties would benefit their external relationships pertaining to fund-raising and recruitment of students and faculty, while in no way changing present cooperative relationships with the other academic units in the Health Sciences;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the two Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry be reorganized into four Faculties: Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, and Dental and Oral Surgery, and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Dental and Oral Surgery be organized as the Faculty of the Health Sciences, headed by the Dean and Vice President for Health Sciences, and

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Senate forward this resolution to the Trustees for appropriate action.

 

Proponents:

Committee on Education;

Committee on Faculty Affairs

 

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University Senate

Proposed: October 22, 1999

Adopted: October 22, 1999

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE TAUB INSTITUTE

ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND THE AGING BRAIN

 

WHEREAS the Education Committee has favorably reviewed a proposal (summarized in the attached report) from the Health Sciences to establish the Taub Institute on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain, and

 

WHEREAS the Committee is satisfied that the proposal has been authorized by the President and approved by the Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, as well as the Faculty Council of that Faculty, with the support of the Provost, and

 

WHEREAS the proposed Institute will materially advance research and educational programs devoted to the study and treatment of degenerative brain diseases, and

 

WHEREAS the establishment of this Institute would further benefit already established interdepartmental activities in this field as well as external relationships pertaining to funding and recruitment of students and faculty, and

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Taub Institute on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain be established under the administrative supervision of the Vice President for the Health Sciences.

 

Proponent:

Committee on Education

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University Senate

Proposed: December 17, 1999

Adopted: December 17, 1999

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE

IN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

 

WHEREAS there is a need for a graduate-level program focusing on social science approaches to the literature and research of African American studies for students, teachers, and professionals for whom intensive scholarly engagement serves their career or professional needs.

 

WHEREAS the Education Committee has favorably reviewed a proposal (summarized in the attached report) from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to establish the Master of Arts Degree in African American Studies, and

WHEREAS the Committee is satisfied that the proposal has been approved by the Provost, the University Librarian, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Executive Committee of the Graduate School, and affirmed by the departments of Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology, and

 

WHEREAS the establishment of this Program would further benefit already established interdepartmental activities in this field as well as external relationships pertaining to funding and recruitment of students and faculty,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Master of Arts Degree Program in African American Studies be established under the administrative supervision of the Institute for Research in African American Studies.

 

Proponent:

Committee on Education

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University Senate

Proposed: February 25, 2000

Adopted: February 25, 2000

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM

IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

 

WHEREAS there is a need for a graduate-level program focusing on modern aspects of molecular biology with a particular emphasis on approaches used in biotechnology,

 

WHEREAS the Education Committee has favorably reviewed a proposal (summarized in the attached report) from the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to establish the Master of Arts program in biotechnology, and

 

WHEREAS the Committee is satisfied that the proposal has been approved by the Provost, the Registrar, the University Librarian, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Executive Committee of the Graduate School, and

 

WHEREAS the establishment of this program would provide advanced scientific technological education and preparation for diverse careers in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a Master of Arts program in biotechnology be established under the administrative supervision of the Department of Biological Sciences.

 

Proponent:

Committee on Education

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University Senate

Proposed: March 31, 2000

Adopted: March 31, 2000

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM

IN MUSEUM ANTHROPOLOGY

 

WHEREAS there is a need for a graduate-level program focusing on the interpretation of ethnographic and archaeological collections for the general public with a particular emphasis on the analysis of material culture and its representation through visual display,

 

WHEREAS the Education Committee has favorably reviewed a proposal (summarized in the attached report) from the Department of Anthropology and the American Museum of Natural History,

 

WHEREAS the Committee is satisfied that the proposal has been approved by the Provost, the Registrar, the University Librarian, the Dean of the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences and the Executive Committee of the Graduate School, and

 

WHEREAS the establishment of this program would provide the theoretical perspective and practical skills to work effectively in a museum environment,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a Master of Arts in program in Museum Anthropology be established under the administrative supervision of the Department of Anthropology, with the proviso that the Committee of Education review the program in five years.

 

Proponent:

Committee on Education