Latest Columbia Center Stories

2014-03-26 16:08:03

Decreased exposure to air pollution associated with increases in key protein in brain development Decreased exposure to air pollution in utero is linked with improved childhood developmental scores and higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key protein for brain development, according to a study looking at the closure of a coal-burning power plant in China led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public...

2011-02-10 14:57:37

Effects on IQ appear to be similar to lead exposure When the EPA phased out the widespread residential use of chlorpyrifos and other organophosphorus (OP) insecticides in 2000-2001 because of risks to child neurodevelopment, these compounds were largely replaced with pyrethroid insecticides. But the safety of these replacement insecticides remained unclear, as they had never been evaluated for long-term neurotoxic effects after low-level exposure. In the first study to examine the effects of...

2009-03-09 12:44:14

A Montana firefighter defeated 1,555 of his colleagues and set a new record in a stair-climbing race to the top of Seattle's Columbia Center. Kory Burgess, 27, climbed 69 floors worth of stairs Sunday at the 18th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in 10 minutes and 55 seconds, beating the previous record of 11:08, The Seattle Times reported Monday. Georgia Sanz Daniels, of Graham Fire and Rescue in Pierce County, Wash., was the top female competitor for the 11th time in 12 years, finishing...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.