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Page Turners: A Sampling of New Books by Columbian College Faculty

August 12, 2015

What do digital media, a pioneering African American TV show and the ecological history of stone have in common? There are all among the prolific and varied topics addressed in books by Columbian College faculty this year. From historical dramas to religious reconstruction, this scholarly library is stacked with thought-provoking titles.

Sanjit Sethi

GW Names Inaugural Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

August 12, 2015

Longtime arts advocate and educator Sanjit Sethi will head the GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Mr. Sethi brings extensive experience in the past decade as an artist and educator, having served for the last two years as director of the Santa Fe Art Institute. Mr. Sethi will begin his post on Oct. 1.

Elizabeth Chacko

Elizabeth Chacko: The Thrill of Discovery

August 12, 2015

As a geography professor and department chair, Elizabeth Chacko approaches academia as a scientific adventure—replete with inquiry, discovery and excitement. Now she’s bringing her commitment to research and her passion for education to her new role as associate dean for undergraduate studies.

Figure of estimated body mass vs. true body mass

New Analysis Suggests Body Size Increase Did Not Play A Role in the Origins of Homo Genus

August 03, 2015

A new analysis of early hominin body size evolution led by Mark Grabowski, assistant research professor in the GW Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, suggests that the earliest members of the Homo genus may not have been larger than earlier hominin species.

Daniel E. Martínez

Daniel E. Martínez Named Director of the GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute

July 08, 2015

Sociology’s Daniel E. Martínez has been named director of the new GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. The Mexican American scholar will guide the institute through its inaugural year.

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New Grants Pave Way for Columbian College Research and Discoveries

July 08, 2015

It has been a banner year for research grants at Columbian College. New awards are funding everything from scientific examinations of turtle ant colonies and orb-weaving spiders, to investigations delving deep into the cells of developing embryos and the brains of people with schizophrenia to research projects from Africa to outer space.

Akos Vertes holds a REDIchip

Detecting the Undetectable: Vertes Chip Identifies Invisible Chemicals Threats

July 08, 2015

REDIchip, a palm-sized chip technology invented by chemistry’s Akos Vertes, can analyze previously undetectable minute traces of contaminants and diseases. Rapidly identifying these biological and chemical threats has widespread implications for drug development and early disease detection.

Professor Bernard Wood working with students

SEH: The Science of Teamwork

July 08, 2015

With so much brainpower under one roof, unique collaborations and new discoveries are just one experiment—and one elevator ride--away at the new Science and Engineering Hall. The state-of-the-art building represents a giant leap forward in core lab facilities, resource capacity and teaching space, and its impact is already being felt.

Sketching for Architecture + Interior Design book cover

Sketching for Architecture + Interior Design

July 01, 2015

Stephanie Travis, director of the Interior Architecture and Design Program, authored and illustrated this practical guide for students in the increasingly computer-based fields of interior design and architecture who wish to develop the fundamental art of freehand sketching.

The choir performs at Church of St. Casimir in Vilnius, Lithuania.

On Baltic Tour, Choir Hits all the Right Notes

June 10, 2015

From churches and castles in Lithuania to villages, town squares and an orphanage in Estonia, the GW Music Department’s Tour Choir brought their mix of spirituals, standards and sing-alongs to the Baltics.

Collage of students

Student Reflections

June 10, 2015

Columbian College students share a wealth of special experiences on campus, in the classroom and throughout the community. As the academic year drew to a close, they paused to share what they like best about GW.

Making History: The Campaign for GW

Alumnus’ $7 Million Gift to GW Opens the Door for High-Achieving Students Committed to Leadership and Service Within the Hispanic Community

June 10, 2015

Alumnus Gilbert Cisneros, BA ’94, and his wife, Jacki, have donated $7 million to create the GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, which will offer a pre-college program to high school juniors, with plus-factor consideration for students of Hispanic heritage who are committed to service and leadership in the Hispanic community.

The Biopolitics of Disability

The Biopolitics of Disability

June 02, 2015

David Mitchell, professor of English, co-authored this book which explores how disability subjectivities create new forms of embodied knowledge and collective consciousness. The Biopolitics of Disability discusses the labor of living in "non-productive" bodies within late capitalism.

Rape Crisis - Cape Town Trust

Working in South Africa, Students Take Stand Against Rape

May 19, 2015

In the wake of apartheid, South African women have endured high sexual violence rates. Students in Dan Moshenberg's Women's Studies class traveled to Cape Town to work with rape crisis advocates and transform a nation's ideas of gender-equality and women's rights.

Adrienne Borges, MS '06

Alumnus Solves Forensics Mysteries, Touches Lives

May 19, 2015

Adrienne Borges, MS '06, is a real-life forensic science sleuth. She’s helped identify missing soldiers, catch serial killers and bring peace of mind to families searching for lost loved ones.