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PhD student D. Gilson

Turning Shakespeare Inside-Out

November 13, 2014

Shakespeare's Sonnets are historic, revered and, to some, a bit long in the tooth. How do you rescue the classic poems from textbook obscurity? For his new book, PhD student D. Gilson asked friends, writers and his professors to remix the sonnets in a multimedia free-for-all.

Impressive Additions Bolster National Councils’ Roster

Impressive Additions Bolster National Councils’ Roster

November 13, 2014

"Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd and distinguished political scientist Stephen Haber, BA ’79, lead an impressive roster of new dean’s advisory board members. The luminaries and alumni joining the national councils are leaders in journalism, finance, PR and more.


The Mollusk Mystery: Forensic Scientist Cracking Clues on Why These Ancient Sea Creatures Are Dying

November 13, 2014

For 500 million years, the nautilus has roamed the ocean depths. It has survived asteroids and earthquakes, and outlasted the dinosaur. So why is this ancient sea creature now on “the knife-edge” of extinction? Forensic Scientist Mehdi Moini is uncovering clues to discover what is killing this living fossil—before it's too late.

The Power of Creative Expression

November 13, 2014

As an educator, choreographer and cultural ambassador, Dana Tai Soon Burgess has a unique perspective on the global impact of art. In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Burgess shares his vision of art-as-diplomacy, his new performance plans and his thoughts on the future of the arts at Columbian College.

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National Geographic to Collaborate with Planet Forward for ‘Campus Voices’ on Food Blog

October 09, 2014

Students from GW's Planet Forward Campus Consortium, a digital storytelling collaborative housed within theSchool of Media and Public Affairs, now have the opportunity to have their writing and videos published on National Geographic’s blog, "The Plate."

The Digital Media Revolution: Global Political Impact

October 08, 2014

Digital media has transformed the way we communicate and share information. And now it's profoundly altering the global political spectrum. In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Catie Bailard explores how new media can spur ordinary citizens to reevaluate and even change their governments.

Biology major Reem Al Shabeeb

Growing Up in a War Zone

October 08, 2014

Biology major Reem Al Shabeeb spent her Iraqi childhood in the midst of bomb blasts and gunfire. Today, as a student research assistant in Mollie Manier’s biological sciences class, she’s working toward becoming a brain surgeon—and putting her dangerous past behind her.

Destino Book Cover


October 01, 2014

Michelle Frankfurter, adjunct professor of new media and photojournalism, seeks to capture the experience of people who struggle to control their own destiny when faced with extreme circumstances. Her book is both a social commentary on one of the biggest global issues of our time and an epic adventure that conveys the experience of a generation of exiles, driven by poverty and the dysfunction of failed states.

Left: Crematogaster ampla, Right: Cephalotes specularis

Nature Collides with James Bond: Newly Discovered Ant Species Hides in Plain Sight

October 01, 2014

Researchers plan and plot every considerable aspect of their work, but sometimes it's something unexpected and seemingly insignificant that leads to the real discovery. That was the case for Scott Powell, assistant professor of biology at GW.

Picture of book cover Making Law and Court count

Making Law and Courts Research Relevant

September 25, 2014

Brandon Bartels, associate professor of political science, argues that research can be more directly relevant to broader audiences outside of academia. A significant part of this issue, he states, goes back to a seeming disconnect between empirical and normative scholars of law and courts that has increased in recent years.

Picture of book cover Presenting at Work

Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts

September 17, 2014

Christine Clapp, lecturer of communication, created this how-to guide for all levels of results-oriented professionals. Her book provides potent and practical tools, methods, and insights to master any workplace presentation scenario.

Corcoran alumna Katie Schuler

Corcoran Alumna Exposes Natural Beauty of the Philippines

September 17, 2014

Globe-trotting conservation filmmaker and Corcoran alumna Katie Schuler took her camera into the jungles of the Philippines for an environmental storytelling project, part of a fellowship secured through GW. She photographed exotic creatures in an extraordinary locale.

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Welcome, New Faculty!

September 10, 2014

Columbian College welcomed 12 new full-time faculty members this year, bringing the total number of full-time scholars to 496—and strengthening disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Graduate student Jordan Sender guides clients through voice training exercises at the GW Speech and Hearing Center.

At Speech & Hearing, Students are Clinic Caretakers

September 10, 2014

As they prepare to join the growing field of speech pathology, graduate students gain invaluable training at the GW Speech and Hearing Center. From treating clients with communicative impairments to managing insurance payments, the experience is "intense, demanding and endlessly rewarding."

Elisabeth Anker, assistant professor of American studies and political science

Lights, Camera, Action: The Politics of Melodrama

September 10, 2014

Think "Mission Accomplished." Why does our political discourse often sound like a movie script? Elisabeth Anker discusses how melodrama jumped from Hollywood potboilers to a powerful political force.