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Friday, August 14, 2020

Neuroscience and Behavior Department Meeting with Faculty

The Department of Neuroscience and Behavior will hold a zoom meeting with NSB majors and students interested in neuroscience on Thursday, August 20 at 12-1pm (ET). The meeting will have the same Q & A format of the meetings held earlier in the summer and will be an opportunity for students to ask the NBS faculty questions about courses and learning opportunities related to neuroscience that will be in the upcoming semesters. 

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Language Placement Exams

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A quick explanation of when language placement exams are/aren't necessary:


If you are starting a foreign language that is new to you, you should start with Elementary I. No placement exam is necessary to enroll in an Elementary I language course.


If you have a background in a foreign language and do not need to start from the basics, you may determine your placement via a placement test during NSOP (or before). The placement test schedule is listed at the end of the post. Most language placement tests are written and test your reading comprehension, grammar skills, and writing skills in the language.

If you are starting a foreign language that is new to you, you should start with Elementary I. No placement exam is necessary to enroll in an Elementary I language course.


If you have a background in a foreign language and do not need to start from the basics, you may determine your placement via a placement test during NSOP (or before). The placement test schedule is listed at the end of the post. Most language placement tests are written and test your reading comprehension, grammar skills, and writing skills in the language.


Arabic: Online placement test will be Friday, September 4, 9:00am1:00pm. Contact Taoufik Ben-Amor at tb46@columbia.edu to register. Students should allow themselves two hours to take the exam.


Armenian: Contact Charry Karamanoukian at ck2444@columbia.edu to determine Armenian placement. 


Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian: To schedule a test, contact Aleksandar Bošković ab3865@columbia.edu


Chinese: Placement test is online. Test will be open August 20th to 30th and advance registration is required.

French: Placement test is online. Test will be open from August 1st to September 2nd at 11:59 PM ET. If you cannot take the test before September 2nd, please contact french@barnard.edu.

German: Placement test is online. Please send an e-mail to sign up for the exam between Monday, August 31 and Friday, September 4th to Professor Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj: imotyl@barnard.edu.

Greek: Contact Professor Nancy Worman to determine Greek placement.

Hebrew: Placement test will be written and conducted via Zoom on Thursday, September 3, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET. Contact Naama Harel at nh2508@columbia.edu to register. Students should allow themselves two hours to take the exam.

Hindi and Urdu: Written placement tests will take place on Friday, September 4, 10:00am–2:00 pm and will be proctored via Zoom or by appointment in case of any conflict. Contact Rakesh Ranjan at rr2574@columbia.edu to register. Students should allow themselves two hours to take the exam.

Italian: Placement test is online. To schedule a test, please email italian@columbia.edu and lcm36@columbia.edu
Japanese: Placement test is online. Registration for the exam is open until August 19th at 5:00 PM ET. The exam will be open 9:00 a.m. (EST) on August 20th – 5:00 p.m. (EST) on August 31st.

Korean: Korean has both written and oral components of the placement exam. The written portion will be available on CourseWorks from August 15 (Sat) until August 29 (Sat). Upon completion of the multiple-choice and writing test, you will then be guided to sign-up for the speaking test, which takes about 15-20 minutes. You can sign up for one time slot scheduled on August 31 (Mon) through September 2 (Wed). Refer to the website for info on how to sign up and complete the exam. 

Latin: Contact Professor Kristina Milnor to determine Latin placement.

Persian: Placement test will be on Wednesday, September 2, 12:00pm–3:00pm conducted through email. Students should contact Prof. Honarmand at sh3468@columbia.edu to register.

Portuguese: The Protuguese placement test is offered in the fall and spring semesters during the first week of classes (Fall 2020: September 8th / 15th). Please make an appointment with Ana Paula Huback (aph2129@columbia.edu) to take this exam.

Russian: To schedule a test, contact Alla Smyslova as2157@columbia.edu

Sanskrit: Contact Shiv Subramaniam at sks2184@columbia.edu to determine Sanskrit placement.

Spanish: Placement test is online. The Spanish Language Program at Barnard requires all students to take the Placement Exam before registering for a Spanish course, regardless of the previous level of instruction. You may take this exam online at myBarnard anytime. The test is located under the Academic tab on myBarnard. You can only take this exam once.

How to view your position on course waitlists

To view your position on a waitlist for a course, you’ll need to log into SSOL (Student Services Online) using your Columbia UNI and password.


Once you log into SSOL, click on the “Registration” link on the home screen under the Academic Records section of the Your Data tab.



From there, click the “Continue with Fall 2019 Registration” button on the following screen.


How to get involved with the Athena Center for Leadership?

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Dear class of 2023, hello! I’m an alumna and the Director of the Athena Center for Leadership and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome you back to Barnard. If you’ve been wondering how you could get involved with Athena, good news: We’ve got an incredible new offering this year — designed just for this moment: ThirdSpace@

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have illuminated the need for deep change and a complete reimagining of our approaches to community safety, economic security and the access gaps in education. 

This fall, through ThirdSpace@, brought to you by Athena, the Office of the VP for DEI, and the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, you can take part in this important work.

This two-part program invites you to engage with the inspiring work of changemakers and then consider how you want to make change — and how you can do so in collaboration with each other and your local communities.

Part 1: SPARK. (open to all) a virtual experience that invites members of the Barnard community to be inspired and ignited by changemakers who have integrated their thinking and action to alter our world for the better in the context of the three structuring themes. (Sign up here to receive updates.)

Part 2: BUILD. (by application) a year long commitment, in the form of monthly participation in facilitated, virtual BUILD Circles made up of 8-10 students dedicated to addressing one of the structuring themes in their own local communities. In Build Circles, selected students will come together to ask questions; incubate ideas and projects to address one of the themes in their local community; to support each other as they implement their ideas; and to reflect together on the process. Selected students will also receive $500. (Application deadline: September 4.)

Importantly, you do not need to be physically on campus to participate in either.

You can see our Insta for this initiative here and see some of what’s grabbing our attention here. Answers to FAQs are here, including an example of what participation could actually look like. Questions? Email thirdspace@barnard.edu or attend one of our open houses (flyer attached). 

Warmly,
Umbreen Bhatti ‘00
Director, Athena Center for Leadership

Friday, August 7, 2020

Textbook Access for Barnard First Generation and/or Low Income Students

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As advertised in the latest Barnard 411 email:

The Barnard FLI Partnership Library builds a collection of textbooks used in core courses for Barnard majors and makes them available for free to self-identifying first-generation and/or low-income undergraduate students to check out for a whole semester. This semester, we are doing limited mailing (if you’re off campus) or hold and pickup (if you’ll be on campus) for our FLI students. We are also partnering with Barnard Course Reserves to make textbooks available through the Library as ebooks where possible.

Please complete the Barnard FLI Partnership Library Textbook Request Form by August 14 (at noon EDT) to let us know what textbooks you would like to request for mailing or pickup. We look forward to hearing from you!

All students can learn more about how to use the Barnard and CU Libraries to access course materials, even during this hybrid semester, on our Course Materials page.

Visit the Barnard FLI Partnership Library page to learn more about this collection. The Barnard FLI Partnership Library is a partnership between the Barnard Library, Columbia FLI Partnership Student Organization, and Barnard SGA.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Can I take two classes that overlap?

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Short answer: NO
Even if both classes are online and may be recorded, you my not take two classes that overlap, as the expectation is that students will attend classes synchronously as much as possible, as there is no substitute for the learning experience of interacting with faculty and fellow students in real time.

Longer answerVery occasionally, in very specific circumstances, and by petition only

Okay; how do I petition?
Contact your class dean for information about how to petition the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing to take overlapping classes. Petitions are due by Sept 8 for consideration at the first CPAS meeting of the year on Sept 10.

How likely is it that my petition will be approved?
We cannot guarantee petitions will be approved. Petitions with a greater chance of success will include:
  • Both classes are required (major or general education req)
  • Both must be taken this semester due to compelling reason like impending graduation
  • Both faculty members are aware of the conflict and support the petition
  • Course overlap is minimal, e.g. 10-15 minutes once a week, only during A or B term, etc.
What should I do while I'm waiting to know if my petition is approved?
  • Add a "Plan B" course to keep your options open
  • If you're currently registered for both conflicting classes, stay in them. If your petition is not approved, you will ultimately need to drop one.
  • If you're not registered for both classes, the system will not let you register for conflicting courses, though you may plan or waitlist for a course that conflicts with a registered course. We recommend that you strategically register for whichever course is more important and//or more likely to fill up if you wait.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Fun Chemistry Course to Satisfy Science Requirement

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CHEM BC 1050, Jazz of Chemistry, will fulfill the Foundations science requirement. It will be offered remotely this fall. 


Course Registration Problem--FIXED!

Registration is currently down for all students (Barnard and Columbia) and we are working to fix the issue as soon as possible. Please check back periodically, as this message will be updated once registration is back up and running. 

Thank you for your patience.