Columbia Graduate Programs in Top 10 for Scholarly Productivity

Article ID: 532113

Released: 1-Aug-2007 5:50 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Columbia University Medical Center

Newswise — Columbia University Medical Center graduate program faculty in 10 research specialties are ranked among the top 10 nationally for scholarly productivity, with anatomy and nutrition receiving the highest marks.

Other academic specialties also rated among the most productive in the country: biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and public administration and policy. The rankings are based on the new Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

"The fact that we are so well-represented across the board testifies to the breadth of exceptional expertise among our faculty " many of them at the forefront of their areas of study," said Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president of Columbia University and dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. "We all should be proud that their contributions to the body of knowledge in the health sciences are so recognized by this new measure."

The following chart details the respective CUMC specialties ranked among the top 10, as well as the affiliated CUMC department or program. Additional Columbia faculty also contribute to these specialties.

Specialty Area Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education Affiliated CUMC Department/ProgramAnatomy #1 Cell Biology & Pathobiology Graduate Program, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S)Nutrition #1 Institute of Human Nutrition (P&S)Pharmacology #2 Department of Pharmacology, (P&S)Pathology #3 Cell Biology & Pathobiology Graduate Program (P&S)Molecular biology #5 Cellular, Molecular & Biophysical Studies Graduate Program (P&S)Biochemistry #6 Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics (P&S)Developmental biology #8 Department of Genetics and Development (P&S)Physiology #8 Department of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics (P&S)Public administration and policy #8 Department of Health Policy & Management (Mailman School of Public Health)Cell Biology #10 Cell Biology & Pathobiology Graduate Program; Cellular, Molecular & Biophysical Studies Graduate Program (P&S)

"These rankings recognize the diversity of superb research training opportunities available to Columbia graduate students, and the advantage of our coordinated doctoral program in allowing students to conduct research with any graduate faculty, regardless of program affiliation," said Richard B. Robinson, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate affairs and professor of pharmacology at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. "This encourages collaborative, cross-disciplinary research that enhances both student training and faculty productivity."

The honored specialty areas represent a majority of the faculty of the CUMC coordinated doctoral program, which encompasses ten programs of study for the Ph.D. degree within the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University: biochemistry and molecular biophysics; biomedical informatics; cell biology and pathobiology; genetics and development; human nutrition; integrated program in cellular, molecular, and biophysical studies; microbiology; neurobiology and behavior; pharmacology, and; physiology and cellular biophysics.

The Index is an objective ranking of 7,294 individual doctoral programs in 104 specialty areas at 354 institutions, based on data from 2005. The productivity of each institution's faculty members is judged on as many as three factors, depending on the most important variables in the given specialty: publications, which can include the number of books and journal articles published as well as citations of journal articles; federal-grant dollars received; and honors and awards. The rankings are compiled by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company.

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