December 7, 2023

EPIC Winter Party | December 12, 2023

Share the spirit of the season with holiday toasts and a delicious buffet!

EPIC Conversation with Ginny Papaioannou

& Winter Party

Tuesday, December 12 at 12 pm

Faculty House, Presidential Room 1

As the year draws to a close, we are delighted to invite you to an EPIC Conversation featuring Virginia Papaioannou, professor emerita from the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center and EPIC’s beloved yoga teacher. Join us for an engaging discussion on her career and groundbreaking research.


Ginny Papaioannou was active in teaching and research at Columbia for 24 years. Her research laboratory had a long-standing interest in the genetic control of early mammalian development and organogenesis. She took advantage of both naturally occurring and experimentally induced mutations and was a pioneer in applying gene targeting technology to the mouse to produce models for human congenital abnormalities such as the DiGeorge syndrome and the ulnar-mammary syndrome. A major strength of the laboratory was the combination of classic experimental embryology with molecular biology and targeted mutagenesis. Ginny will also be discussing her late-life conversion to the practice of yoga and how she unexpectedly found a rewarding retirement activity through EPIC.


Join us for this enlightening EPIC Conversation, followed by an end-of-year Winter Party to celebrate the achievements of the past year and usher in the holiday season.

RSVP to Attend at Faculty House

Please note that the EPIC Conversation is in-person only.

EPIC Drama Society

Join us on Friday, December 15 at 12pm

Unleash your inner thespian with the EPIC Drama Society! Whether you’re a theater enthusiast, a storytelling lover, or simply enjoy great company, our Drama Society is your stage. We’ll gather EPICureans to read plays aloud, taking on character roles for an intimate theatrical experience. Professor Connie Nathanson guides our journey. Thinking about joining? Newcomers always welcome. Contact [email protected] for more information. (Read More)


If you have any suggestions for speakers or events during the Spring semester, please forward them to [email protected]. Presentations in January and February 2024 will take place virtually through Zoom.

Online EPIC Yoga Every Thursday

10–11 am and 11:15 am–12:15 pm

10–11 am Class practices breathing techniques and moves through some basic yoga poses, concentrating on alignment, balance, and flexibility.

11:15 am–12:15 pm Gentle/chair yoga, ideal for those of more limited mobility or flexibility.

Professor Emerita Ginny Papaioannou, a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, leads EPIC Yoga. No prior experience is required to join.

Interested in joining a class or need more info? Email Lalla Grimes.

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Douglas Chalmers Graduate Scholars Lectureship.

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Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC)

202A Philosophy Hall, 1150 Amsterdam Avenue

Mail Code 9215

New York, NY 10027

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Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC) brings Columbia academic retirees together in professional and social fellowship with regular talks, fall and spring receptions, music performance, yoga and wellness sessions, and collaborative Columbia community initiatives,

such as the Douglas Chalmers Graduate Scholars Lectureship for young doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. EPIC is your powerful advocate for the retiree community.

Do you have questions about EPIC? Email us at [email protected].

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