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Robert Pollack, Director & Founder ||  CV || Earth Institute Profile

Robert E. Pollack, is professor of biological sciences, member of the faculty of the Earth Institute, lecturer in psychiatry at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, adjunct professor of science and religion at Union Theological Seminary, Director of University Seminars (2011), and Director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Columbia University. Dr. Pollack graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in physics, and received a Ph.D. in biology from Brandeis University. He has been a professor of biological sciences at Columbia since 1978, and was dean of Columbia College from 1982–89. He received the Alexander Hamilton Medal from Columbia University, and has held a Guggenheim Fellowship.

He currently is on the advisory boards of Columbia/Barnard Hillel, has been a Senior Consultant for the Director, Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is the author of Signs of Life: The Languages and Meanings of DNA (Houghton Mifflin/Viking Penguin, 1994), The Missing Moment: How the Unconscious Shapes Modern Science (Houghton Mifflin, 1999); and The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith: Meaning, Order and Free Will in Modern Medical Science (Columbia University Press, 2000). Signs of Life received the Lionel Trilling Award and has been translated into six languages.

Operational Staff & Students

Rachel Chung, Administration and Finances

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Danting Liu, Volunteer Coordinator

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Kevin Mo, Web Content Manager

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Kevin Mo, is the CSSR web content manager under Dr. Robert Pollack, graduate student in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, researcher under Dr. Aladar Kogler, Ph.D and 3-weapon fencing maestro, at the Sports Psychology Research Laboratory established by the US Olympic Committee at Columbia University, aspiring Olympic Epee fencer, and recently intern at Terence Cardinal Cooke as a part of the CSSR.  He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2013.