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Human Brains Evolved to be More responsive to Environmental, Social and Cultural Influences

Human Brains Evolved to be More Responsive to Environmental, Social and Cultural Influences

November 16, 2015

Researchers at GW discovered that human brains exhibit more plasticity, propensity to be modeled by the environment, than chimpanzee brains and that this may have accounted for part of human evolution.

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).

Hunters, Architects, and Super Sleuths: 13 Surprising Facts About Spiders

Hunters, Architects, and Super Sleuths: 13 Surprising Facts About Spiders

October 29, 2015

With more than 45,000 known species and a scientific term for the fear they induce (arachnophobia), there is a lot more to the invertebrates. Gustavo Hormiga, the Ruth Weintraub Professor of Biology at GW, shares 13 surprising facts about spiders.

Senior Maz Obuz and Elliot School graduate Evan Young, BA ’15

From Cross-Disciplinary Study to the Slums of India, Students’ Business Plan is Changing Lives

October 14, 2015

Maz Obuz and Evan Young transformed a classroom assignment into a business blueprint for solving the world’s sanitation crisis. After winning the GW Upstart D-Prize and a GW New Venture Competition award, they traveled to India with a plan to restore health and dignity to the slums of Dharavi.

Stephanie Travis

Can Stephanie Travis Save Sketching?

October 14, 2015

Today’s architects spend more time at their computer screens than their sketchbooks. But don’t tell Stephanie Travis that drawing is dead. With a new sketching instruction book, she’s on a mission to revive pen and paper in the digital age.

Guangying Wu works with genetically engineered mice to understand the link between schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations.

Silencing Schizophrenia

October 14, 2015

Many of the world’s 55 million schizophrenia sufferers are plagued by auditory hallucinations—and science isn’t sure why. Psychology's Guangying Wu is using lasers, ultrasound and mice to finally bring them peace of mind.

Machu Picchu

Using Ancient DNA, Researchers Unravel the Mystery of Machu Picchu

September 30, 2015

Dramatically perched on an Andes mountain ridge some 8,000 feet above sea level in Peru, Machu Picchu is a visual wonder and a technical masterpiece. “It is breathtaking,” said Brenda Bradley, an associate professor of anthropology at the George Washington University.

Rabbi Max Ticktin

GW to Bolster Israel Studies

September 22, 2015

A grant from The Morningstar Foundation, the family foundation of Susie and Michael Gelman, will help develop an Israel Studies component of GW’s Judaic Studies Program. The grant will establish and endow the Max Ticktin Professorship of Israel Studies in recognition of Rabbi Ticktin’s contributions to GW.

Open Tree of Life

Researchers Publish First Draft of Tree of Life That Will Map All Known Species

September 21, 2015

A first draft of the “tree of life” for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes has been released. The tree is a collaborative effort among 11 institutions, including researchers from the GW.

Human Paleobiology’s Mark Grabowski

For Human Ancestors, Bigger Wasn’t Better

September 09, 2015

Scientists have long believed that a body mass growth spurt kick started human development. But Human Paleobiology’s Mark Grabowski rocked the evolutionary studies world by revealing that, when it comes to the origins of our species, size didn’t really matter.

GW Professors Gate

Welcome, New Faculty!

September 09, 2015

From Art Therapy to Physics, Columbian College welcomed 12 new full-time faculty members this year, bringing the total to 494—and strengthening disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.