Columbia University announces the naming of its distinguished Institute of War and Peace Studies in honor of industrialist and diplomat Arnold A. Saltzman, renewing its focus on programs devoted to the study of conflict and resolution. The new Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies recognizes the Saltzman family’s longstanding leadership and generous support of Columbia as well as Mr. Saltzman’s personal achievements in the international sphere. Two new Saltzman professorships reflect the Institute’s expanding role in bridging scholarship and practice.
Bernard Spitzer, a civil engineer and real estate developer, will give Columbia $8 million to support a stem cell research program to develop new treatments and therapies for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. The gift will establish the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Fund for Cell and Genetic Therapy at Columbia. More.
The Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain and the Department of Neurology have received a pledge of $1.5 million from New York-based lawyer Gilbert Kerlin to establish the Institute’s first-ever named chair, for Alzheimer’s research. Established in honor of Kerlin’s late wife and the excellent care she received at Columbia, the Sally Kerlin Professorship of Neurology will support one full-time faculty member affiliated with both the Institute and the Department of Neurology at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.