News Archive



Luther Rice fellow Connor Delaney and Economics Professor Irene Foster

Economics for Dummies

January 14, 2015

Basic economic concepts can baffle even the brightest students and the most seasoned-scholars. But with the aid of easy-to-understand concept maps, a Luther Rice fellow may have cracked the comprehension conundrum.

Victoria Gonçalves

Political Science Sophomore Earns MSNBC's College ‘Women-in-Politics’ Honor

January 14, 2015

Victoria Gonçalves is a campus crusader, student government leader and proud advocate for Latino Americans. Now she’s one of MSNBC’s top women in college politics. From bridging gender gaps to championing immigration reform, her passions may lead her to Capitol Hill.

J. Houston Miller and graduate student Michelle Bailey

A Race to the North

January 14, 2015

Scientists call Alaska the ground zero of global warming. As the region’s permafrost rapidly melts and toxic gases stream into the air, Chemistry Professor J. Houston Miller and his students are racing the clock, building new technology to help defuse this climate time bomb.

Liberty, Equality, and Power: A History of the American People

Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People

January 01, 2015

Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history, co-authors this text which explores many forms of popular culture that help to show how the United States has transformed from its original primitive form to now of the most powerful industrial nations on Earth.

Sociology alumna Priya Dhanani, MA ’14

Alumna Shines Light on Dark Truths of Human Trafficking

December 10, 2014

Each year, 100,000 young women in the U.S. are ensnared by the sex trafficking trade. Sociology alumna Priya Dhanani, MA ’14, teaches teens and adults to overcome myths about human trafficking—and challenges them to take a hard look at their own biases.

On the Cutting Edge of Innovation

December 10, 2014

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Akos Vertes discusses his pioneering research on everything from cancer treatments to autism, and his most ambitious challenge to date: developing a way to combat biological and chemical threats.

Shannon McFarlin and doctoral student Kate McGrath

Gorilla Graveyard Yields Science Secrets

December 10, 2014

The massive bones of mountain gorillas hold hints to human evolution and clues to conservation. That’s why anthropologist Shannon McFarlin and her students traveled to Dian Fossey’s Rwandan field site and exhumed the apes’ remains.

Nicole Marie Capp

Alumna's Philadelphia Sandwich Shop Serves Italian Classics with Modern Twists

November 13, 2014

The restaurant business is tough, but Nicole Marie Capp, BS '09, has taken on the challenge and opened a sandwich shop called Matt and Marie's. The menu features Italian classics with a twist of non-traditional ingredients such as broccoli rabe on the Verdura Double sandwich.

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.

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.

Nautilus

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.

Portraits of the Queen Mother

Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters

October 31, 2014

Leah Chang, associate professor of French, and co-author Katherine Kong study and translate various forms of documents from letters to diplomatic reports related to Catherine de Medicis.

On the Very Edge Cover

On the Very Edge

October 23, 2014

Lilien Robinson, professor of art history, contributes to this work, which compiles fourteen empirical and comparative essays about modernism in the architecture, visual arts, and literature of interwar Serbia (1918-1941).

Lauren Epstein

Alumna on the Front Line of Ebola Fight

October 22, 2014

“Disease detective” Lauren Epstein, BS ’03, MD ’07, is playing a central role in combatting the Ebola crisis. An infectious disease specialist with the CDC, she’s applying her biology training to monitor U.S. health care workers exposed to the deadly virus. She traveled to Dallas to investigate the first case of Ebola in the U.S.