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A landmark award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will fund Akos Vertes’ team of researchers as they race the clock to head-off biological and chemical attacks.» Read more
Senior Mac Kibum Lee’s gift to Peace Studies caps a soul-searching journey—from his native South Korea to his volunteerism in Africa to the inspiration he found in a Columbian College classroom.» Read more
Solar power has long held the potential to solve our fossil fuel dilemma. Is the technology ready to shine? In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, GW Solar Institute Director Amit Ronen discusses the past, present, and future of solar power as a clean energy alternative.
Around the country, math major numbers are plummeting. But GW is bucking the national trend. With an almost 10-fold explosion in math majors over the last decade and a new NSF-funded initiative, Columbian College's Math Department is plugging the leaky STEM pipeline.
Time dubbed Faye Moskowitz a "teaching star" and her Jewish Literature Live as among "the hottest seats in class." With a cast of visiting writers that includes E.L. Doctorow, Erica Jong, and Pulitzer winners Tony Kushner and Michael Chabon, it’s easy to understand why.
As the nation faces shifting economic realities, how can we best prepare the next generation to enter the workforce? A research study co-led by Tara Behrend is taking a closer look at “Inclusive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” high schools for possible solutions.
What guides the decisions we make? Past research indicates that our choices, both voluntary and involuntary, are separate processes in the brain. But, according to a study by Sarah Shomstein and recently published in Psychological Science, the processes are linked and decisions are ultimately made based on the perception of a reward.
When Columbian College senior Laura Kaye witnessed a bike crash on campus recently, she sprinted to action while others stood paralyzed. Kaye instinctively ran over to help injured GW postdoctoral scientist and program director Andrea Heckert, not only assisting her to the GW Hospital but also stayed with Heckert while she was treated for wrist and hand sprains.
This past year, raging wildfires have burned thousands of acres of land, ravaged homes, and claimed lives. The staggering toll of destruction underscores the importance of predicting when and how the next wildfire might occur—a feat Assistant Professor of Geography Michael Mann is helping to tackle.
Stroll through the new “Dancing the Dream” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and you’ll notice among the performance legends featured is Columbian College’s very own Dana Tai Soon Burgess. And, as the gallery’s first artists-in-residence, the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company is playing a prominent role in the exhibit’s innovative public rehearsals and performances of Homage.
What can the world’s first democracy teach us about tackling today’s political polarization? In an essay written for Professor Diane Clines’ History of Ancient Greece class, undergraduate Magdalena Stuehrmann—a junior majoring in archaeology and English,—discusses the importance of moderation, compromise, and consensus.