A Conversation with Columbia University Provost Mary Boyce and Pulitzer Prize-Winner Natalie Angier ’78
As the kickoff event for the Spring 2022 Barnard Year of Science, Pulitzer Prize-Winner Natalie Angier ʼ78 will sit down with Columbia University Provost Mary Boyce for what will be a lively conversation about Provost Boyce’s research and her professional journey, women in engineering, and the importance of diversifying the STEM workforce.
Appointed in 2021, Mary C. Boyce is the current Provost of Columbia University. Prior to her tenure as provost, she was dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor from 2013 to 2021. A strong advocate for interdisciplinary research and innovation, Boyce significantly increased the faculty in cross-cutting fields, expanded funding for faculty and student research together with design and entrepreneurship programming, and strengthened outreach efforts to attract diverse talent to Engineering. In 2016, she launched an inspiring new vision for the school, Columbia Engineering for Humanity. Boyce’s own research focuses on nonlinear mechanics of soft materials, and has been widely recognized for her scholarly achievements. Most recently, Boyce was recognized with the ASME 2020 Timoshenko Medal, considered the highest scholarly recognition in the field of applied mechanics.
Natalie Angier ʼ78 is a New York Times science columnist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting and a winner of the Barnard College Distinguished Alumna Award. She is the author of Woman: An Intimate Geography, a National Book Award finalist that has been translated into 24 languages. Her other books, which have won numerous awards, are Natural Obsessions, The Beauty of the Beastly, and The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science.