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Color Me Cautious: Don’t Mistake Adult Coloring Books for Art Therapy

February 10, 2016

Coloring books for adults may be a bestselling craze, but Donna Betts cautions the public to look between the lines and not mistake them for art therapy.

Students in Stephen Mitroff's class, at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Psychology and our Daily Lives

February 10, 2016

Cognitive psychology can be applied to real-world situations every day—as freshmen in the Science in the District Dean’s Seminar discovered when they visited D.C. institutions.

Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr.

Loeb Gift Creates Institute for Religious Freedom at GW

February 10, 2016

A $2.5 million gift from former U.S. Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr., will establish a religious freedom institute within Columbian College to foster dialogue on religious understanding.

Stuart Licht

Diamonds From the Sky

January 13, 2016

Chemistry’s Stuart Licht is extracting carbon dioxide from the air and converting it into earth-friendly industrial materials. Can his work help reverse the tide of global warming?

Student in a chemistry lab

New Graduate Degrees Match Marketplace Demand

January 13, 2016

To keep pace with the needs of a global marketplace, new graduate programs are preparing students for in-demand expertise in homeland security, green chemistry and communication management.

Max Ticktin

Ticktin’s ‘Legendary’ Legacy Spurs Israel Studies

January 13, 2016

Thanks to a professorship endowed by a student, Rabbi Max Ticktin, an iconic former professor of Hebrew, will be the face of Israel Studies at GW.

Aida Gomez-Robles

Nature and Nurture: Human Brain Evolved to Respond to Environment

December 09, 2015

What makes the human brain so different than the chimpanzee? Postdoctoral scientist Aida Gómez-Robles discovered that our brains exhibit more plasticity than our ape ancestors, and eased our evolution in response to environmental and other influences.

Alicia Bomba

A Dance of Their Own

December 09, 2015

For two dancers, the MFA dance program offered more than an opportunity to hone their skills and further their professional ambitions. It provided an artistic forum to explore their cultural identities through deeply personal performances.


Satellite Images Reach New Heights

December 09, 2015

Today’s satellite imagery is picture perfect—clear, accurate and readily available. But as Geography’s Ryan Engstrom devises new ways to map developing world slums, he's found that big data comes with big challenges.

Peace Sign

What Does Peace Mean?

December 09, 2015

Peace. Shalom. As-Salaam-Alaikum. In any language, peace is something we all want to attain. During this festive season, Columbian College faculty from a cross section of disciplines were asked to define what peace means to them.

Kate Birmingham

Digging Up D.C. History

November 11, 2015

Don’t tell archaeologist Kate Birmingham, MA ’10, that discoveries are only made in far off deserts. With the National Park Service, the Museum Studies alumna is bringing history home, uncovering the District’s history of Native American settlements and shocking slave plantations.

Pariera’s class on Sexual Communications

Let’s Talk About Sex

November 11, 2015

Embarrassed. Awkward. Uncomfortable. That’s how most of us feel when we talk about sex. But in Katrina Pariera’s new course on Sexual Communications, all topics are on the table, and what’s said in class, stays in class.

Danny Hayes

Are Female Candidates Still Running Against Gender Bias?

November 11, 2015

Female political candidates face daunting obstacles on the campaign trail. But they may not be the ones you think. In an historic election season, Political Science’s Danny Hayes discusses what’s really hindering a woman’s road to the White House.

The George Washington University's Corcoran Building Offers Public Hours for Photography Exhibit on Lives of Migrants

The George Washington University's Corcoran Building Offers Public Hours for Photography Exhibit on Lives of Migrants

November 02, 2015

The atrium of the historic Corcoran Building, home to the GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, will be open to the public three days a week beginning Oct. 29 for the “Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration” exhibition.

Extinct Ape Species Reset the Scale on Humans' Ancestors

Extinct Ape Species Reset the Scale on Humans' Ancestors

October 29, 2015

A team of researchers from GW and the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) identified a new genus and species of small ape that existed before the evolutionary split of humans/great apes (hominids) and gibbons (the ‘lesser apes’ or hylobatids).