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Is Solar the Solution to Alternative Energy Search?

March 2014

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.

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Understanding the Price of Freedom

April 2014

In his Dean’s Scholars in Globalization history seminar on the Normandy campaign, Tom Long transports students into the lives of D-Day’s fallen soldiers. The class culminates in an emotional pilgrimage to their French gravesites. Long's students are calling the experience ‘life-changing.’

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Silenced By the Sea

April 2014

For centuries, the legacy of sunken slave ships has been lost at the bottom of the ocean. Now, Stephen Lubkemann is part of an historic collaboration between African and American cultural institutions, and a team of international maritime archeologists trying to raise these stories from the deep.

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Other Headlines


99 Problems and No Time to Worry About AIDS

March 2014

Are HIV prevention-efforts failing minority communities? Lisa Bowleg and Maria Cecilia Zea argue it’s time to look at a bigger AIDS intervention picture—one that requires a broader societal lens.


In Memoriam: William B. Griffith and Bill Chambliss

March 2014

The Columbian College community notes with regret and great sorrow the passing of two revered colleagues: William B. Griffith, Elton Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, and Bill Chambliss, Professor of Sociology.


Student’s Tenacity Yields Diabetes Breakthrough

March 2014

Wrong turns. Botched experiments. Dead ends. It’s all part of life in the chem lab. But senior Emmeline Ha’s persistence has paid off—with a diabetes breakthrough and a Luther Rice Fellow award.


Museum Studies, Smithsonian Team Up for New Leadership Seminar

March 2014

From large art galleries to community venues, museum professionals are clamoring for leadership training. A joint seminar between the Museum Studies Program and Smithsonian Affiliates is coming to the rescue.


Childhood Obesity: Combating an Epidemic

February 2014

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Jody Ganiban discusses her NIH-funded efforts to predict and prevent childhood obesity. Are its roots in our young people’s genes—or their environment?


Vertes Scores $14.6 Million Grant to Study Bio-Chemical Threats

February 2014

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.


Giving Peace a Chance: Student’s Gift to Peace Studies Caps Amazing Journey

February 2014

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.


Sex, Lies & Videotape: ‘Pornoscholar’ Explodes Myths of Black Women and Adult Films

February 2014

In her new book, The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography, self-proclaimed ‘Pornoscholar’ Jennifer Nash explodes myths about black women and adult films.


Lunar New Year Celebrates "Year of the Horse"

February 2014

An enthusiastic and diverse crowd of faculty and students rang in the Lunar New Year to celebrate the "Year of the Horse" and GW’s commitment to global outreach and cultural exchange.


A Question of Faith

January 2014

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Professor of Religion Robert Eisen explores religion’s contrasting faces. How can faith instill caring and compassion towards others but also foment hatred and violence?


Into Africa

January 2014

So you want to be an archeologist? At the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya, Columbian College students get their hands dirty. They battle soaring heat and snapping scorpions as they dig through a fossil field of dreams.


Do the Math: A Hot Subject Adds Majors

January 2014

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.


'Teaching Star' Brings Jewish Lit to Life

January 2014

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. 


A Map of the World: GIS Certificate Offers Cutting-Edge Skills

January 2014

Geographic Information Systems have transformed the way we look at data and solve complex problems. Now, a new geography graduate certificate prepares students for the growing GIS job market.


Understanding and Cultivating STEM-Focused Education

December 2013

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.


Decision-making Debunked

December 2013

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.


Service with a Smile

December 2013

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.



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