News Archive

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.


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.

Harden McConnell

Distinguished Chemistry Alum Leaves Legacy of Leadership, Generosity

October 15, 2014

We note with regret the passing of Harden McConnell, BS ’47, a renowned chemistry professor at Stanford University and a beloved member of the GW family. An esteemed scientist, McConnell's accolades included a GW honorary degree and election to the National Academy of Science. His 1999 endowment to GW Chemistry epitomized his generosity and commitment.

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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.