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    Joshua Fisher, Ph.D.

    AC4 Director

    Josh Fisher received his PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, where he studied the ecological drivers of armed conflict. His work coupled geospatial statistics, remote sensing, and econometric modeling to develop spatially explicit forecast models of the likelihood of armed conflict. He received his MS from Utah State University in Political Science and his BS in International Law and Envi [ ... ]

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    Won-Young Kim, Ph.D.

    Lamont Research Professor

    My research interests, to date, have focused on regional seismology -- a broad field where one typically analyzes seismic signals recorded at a few tens of kilometers to a couple thousand kilometers to infer geologic structure of the Earth's upper layers, including the crust, to quantify the seismic sources and their implications on regional tectonics, and to characterize the nature of the seismic sources. The results of [ ... ]

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    Larry Liebovitch, Ph.D.

    Professor of Physics and Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York

    Dr. Larry S. Liebovitch is Professor of Physics and Psychology at Queens College of the City University of New York, and serves as Adjunct Senior Research Scientist for AC4. Dr. Liebovitch earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the City College of New York and a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York and an Assistant Professo [ ... ]

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    John C. Mutter, Ph.D.

    Professor

    The face of the Earth is figured by continents and oceans whose present shape and positions are transients in the history of the planet. Earth is a dynamic engine of change. It is capable of tearing itself apart and has done so repeatedly throughout its history. The outer layers of the Earth are the solid thermal boundary layer of deep convective motions in the mantle and are primarily responsive to the deeper forces. Jus [ ... ]

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    Paul G. Richards, Ph.D.

    Special Research Scientist

    I have worked at Columbia since 1971, with a couple of years on leave in Washington working on nuclear arms control (in the U.S. Department of State), and four sabbaticals taken in New Zealand, in California (at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), in New Mexico (Los Alamos National Laboratory), and as a Phi Beta Kappa lecturer (on eleven different U.S. campuses). Since the mid-1980s my work has focused on th [ ... ]

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    Philippe Vandenbroeck,

    Co-founder and Partner at shiftN

    Philippe Vandenbroeck co-founded the Belgium-based futures consultancy shiftN, a network of professionals that works with leading organizations using systems thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and design to better understand complex systems. With a background in bio-engineering, philosophy, and urban planning, for the last 20 years he has used systems thinking approaches to study complex business and societal issues su [ ... ]

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    Development Practice - Master of Public Administration

    The MPA degree in Development Practice (MPA-DP) trains aspiring practitioners to understand, develop and implement integrated approaches to sustainable development. Drawing on the extraordinary educational and research facilities of Columbia University, the MPA-DP emphasizes practical knowledge and skills in food systems, public health, education, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, business enterprise, economic [ ... ]