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 A Guide to Arts and Sciences' News, Events and People

April 2012

New Research Pub Launched

Serenity Sentinel in Southeast DC

Sleuthing with Science

Big Bang Theory Revisited

Solar Symposium Features Student Research

TSPPPA Moves Ahead in Rankings

Summer Literacy Camp and Parent Workshop

Research Days Spotlights Innovation

"Action" Projects Featured at CGIU

Why Humans Walk Upright

Alumni Donor Challenge a Success

Exploring Issues of Race and Identity

Mastering the Metro

Trachtenberg Teaching Prizes Awarded

New Books

Awards and Recognition

Selected Published Works

Columbian College Video

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Upcoming Events
Visiting Artist Lecture and Graduate Seminar by David Lubin
April 11, 6:15 pm
Smith Hall of Art, Room A-114

Solar Institute Symposium 2012
April 12, 8:30 am
Media and Public Affairs Building

Runaway Slaves and the Origins of Emancipation in Washington, D.C.
April 12, 4:00 pm
Gelman Library, 7th Floor

Student Recital in Saxophone: Lauren Pacho
April 12, 4:00 pm
Post Hall, Mount Vernon Campus

GW Opera: Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land"
April 13, 14, 7:30 pm
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
April 14, 10:15 am
Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution

Student Recital in Flute: Meg Khosla & Danielle Barksy
April 14, 11:00 am
Post Hall, Mount Vernon Campus

GW Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble: Diamonds in the Rough
April 14, 3:00 pm
Lisner Auditorium

GW Orchestra Spring Concert
April 15, 3:00 pm
Lisner Auditorium

Career Advising
April 16, 23, 30, 10:00 am
Phillips Hall, Room 107

All Voice Recital
April 17, 7:30 pm
United Church, 1920 G Street NW

Chamber Musicale
April 18, 7:30 pm
Phillips Hall, Room B-120

Barry Berman Memorial Lecture: Darwin, Evolution, and Cancer
April 19, 4:00 pm
Corcoran Hall, Room 101

University Seminar on Food: The Unnatural History of Freshness
April 19, 4:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Room 411

On the Go: Town Hall with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
April 19, 7:00 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium

Chemistry Seminars
April 20, 27, May 4, 7, 3:00 pm
Corcoran Hall, Room 101

Thacher Lecture: The Evolution of Meaning
April 20, 4:00 pm
Media and Public Affairs Building, Room 309

Student Recital in Voice: Dominic Hawkins
April 21, 7:30 pm
Post Hall, Mount Vernon Campus

GW University Singers: Mozart
April 22, 3:00 pm
St. Stephen Martyr Church
2436 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Office Hours with Dean Peg Barratt
April 23, 3:00 pm; April 25, 1:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Suite 212

Jewish Literature Live: Reading by Bel Kaufman
April 24, 7:00 pm
Marvin Center Amphitheater

Chamber Music Soiree
April 25, 7:30 pm
Phillips Hall, Room B-120

Self-Talk: A Key to Learning Success
April 26, 4:30 pm
Media and Public Affairs Building, Room B07

Distinguished Designer Lecture: Architect Gisue Hariri
April 26, 6:30 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium

Spring DanceWorks
April 26, 27, 28, 7:30 pm; April 29, 2:00 pm
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre

GW Chamber Choir: Poetry & Music in the U.S. and the UK
April 29, 7:30 pm
Hand Chapel, Mount Vernon Campus

University Seminar on Food: An Appetite for Couscous
April 30, 4:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Room 411

All Piano Concert
April 30, 7:30 pm
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre

Speech and Hearing Research Day
May 4, 10:00 am
Hall of Government, Room 201

GW Electronic Music Concert
May 4, 7:30 pm
Phillips Hall, B-120

Student Recital in Piano: Richard Blumenfeld
May 4, 5:00 pm
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater

Student Recital in Classical Guitar: Jibby Malik
May 5, 7:30 pm
Post Hall, Mount Vernon Campus

Student Recital in Voice: John Gearheart, Michael Noel & Grace Srinivasan
May 6, 3:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Room B-120

Alumni Events
How Do I Become a White House Administrator?
April 11, 6:30 pm
Alumni House

Buenos Aires Dinner with Professor Weiss
April 16, 7:30 pm
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Planet Forward Symposium: Turning Innovation into Action
April 17, 1:00 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium

GW Culture Buffs at the African American Civil War Museum
April 21, 11:00 am
African American Civil War Museum

Fifth Annual Black Alumni Reunion
April 21, 7:00 pm
Spirit of Washington (dinner cruise)

Sholem Aleichem Fest
April 24 & 25
Marvin Center Amphitheater

Reception with President Knapp
April 25, 6:00 pm
Bethesda, MD

GW and Politics: On the 2012 Campaign Trail
April 26, 6:00 pm
New York City

GW I/O Psych Alumni Reception and Dinner at SIOP Conference
April 26, 6:30 pm
San Diego, CA

GW Museum Studies Alumni Reception
April 30, 5:30 pm
Minneapolis, MN

Financial Reform in the Age of Financial Crises
May 1, 6:30 pm
Marvin Center, Room 310

51st Annual Alumni Outstanding Service Awards
May 3, 6:30 pm
1957 E Street NW

Annual Capitol Hill Alumni Reception
May 8, 6:00 pm
U.S. Capitol, Dirksen 608

4th Annual Women and Philanthropy Forum
May 9, 8:30 am
Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Department News

Spotlight on Arts & Sciences Research
A new publication spotlighting research by Columbian College faculty and students is now available online. Read about the College's new research initiatives, latest discoveries, and awards and achievements in the arts and sciences by visiting http://columbian.gwu.edu/researchpub2012. To receive a print version of GW Arts & Sciences Research, please send an email to ccasnews@gwu.edu. Read more.

Serenity Sentinel in Southeast DC
In Washington, D.C., the phrase "East of the River" is a common reference to Anacostia, a historic neighborhood that has been associated with low-income housing, poverty, and the highest homicide rates in the city. But in recent years the community has seen a resurgence of businesses, restaurants, and-thanks to the efforts of alumna Sariane Leigh, MA '09-health and wellness initiatives.

"Anacostia gets a bad rap," said Leigh, who moved to Anacostia in 2005 when she enrolled in Columbian College's Women's Studies Master's Program. "Yes, we lack services, but residents truly care and look out for each other." Read more.

Sleuthing with Science: CSI Summer Institute
Police, science teachers, photographers, forensic science enthusiasts, and CSI "wannabes" take note: Registration is now open for a summer institute that places participants on a path to becoming a certified CSI sleuth. The Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Summer Institute is a nine-credit program that immerses students in photographic documentation, fingerprint processing, body fluid collection, analysis of blood splatter patterns, preservation and packaging physical evidence, and participation in a mock murder investigation. Read more.

Columbian College: Home of the Hot Big Bang Theory
Most defenses of physics dissertations attract less than a dozen in the audience. That was not the case 64 years ago this month when Ralph Alpher's defense attracted three hundred, including representatives of the press and members of the faculty in full academic regalia. Word had spread that a new theory of the origin of the universe would be described. The theory was developed under the guidance of GW Professor George Gamow, who was already renowned when he arrived at GW in 1934 for his innovative ideas in the new field of nuclear physics and, subsequently, for his animated public lectures. Read more.

Solar Symposium to Feature Student Analysis of China's Solar Policy
Clean, renewable, and infinite are just a few words that describe the topic bringing great minds to campus this week: solar energy. The GW Solar Institute, which is part of the Columbian College, is hosting the fourth annual Solar Symposium to discuss ways solar energy can be harnessed to meet global environmental challenges and energy needs. Among the items the Symposium presenters will discuss is an analysis by MPA candidates Alim Bayaliyev, Julia Kalloz, and Matt Robinson, who worked with Solar Institute Director Ken Zweibel to explore China's expanded use of solar photovoltaic systems-technology that uses solar panels to convert sunlight into energy. The student analysis was part of a capstone project within the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Read more.

TSPPPA Moves Ahead in National Ranking
U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbian College's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) 12th in the nation among its peers, moving the school ahead two slots from its previous ranking of 14. The ranking makes TSPPPA, along with American University, one of the top public affairs schools in the Washington, D.C., area. Four of the school's programs also received top billing: Public Administration/Management and Health Policy and Management each ranked 10th; Public Policy Analysis ranked 19th; and Public Finance and Budgeting ranked 21st.

"Our high overall ranking confirms the growing national stature of the Trachtenberg School in a highly competitive field of graduate public affairs programs," said Professor Joseph Cordes, the school's associate director. "It is a tribute to the quality and many accomplishments of the school's faculty, students, and alumni." Read more.

Announcing Summer Literacy Camp and Parent Workshop
The summer, the GW Speech and Hearing Center will offer a Summer Literacy Camp and Parent Workshop to increase the literacy skills of children ages 7 to 11 years, and encourage reading in the home. During the one-week literacy camp in July, graduate student clinicians will give children a multi-sensory approach to target literacy skills. Students will participate in small group instruction and one-on-one teaching to improve phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. At the June Parent Workshop, parents will learn how to create a literacy rich environment for their children and walk away with functional activities and resources that they can use at home to promote literacy skills. Registration is now open. Read more.

Research Days Spotlight Student Innovation
Senior math major Callie Freitag developed a mathematical model that investigated how cholera spread during the 2010 Haitian cholera epidemic, including the correlation between rainfall and instances of disease. Doctoral candidate in chemistry Hilary Melroy worked in conjunction with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on a project to validate measurements of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. And history undergraduate Kwasi Agyeman researched early history of African American students at GW. These students were among the more than 400 GW undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students who presented their research in poster format during GW's 2012 Research Days. Of the 15 prizes awarded for poster presentations, 13 went to Columbian College students. Read more.

"Action" Projects Featured at the Clinton Global Initiative University
Columbian College students joined the ranks of Bill Clinton, Usher, Madeleine Albright, Jon Stewart, and some of the world's foremost social entrepreneurs to present their innovative ideas at the Clinton Global Initiative University, hosted by GW in March. Ranging from education in Africa to feeding the homeless here in D.C., these projects highlight some of Columbian's brightest and most highly-motivated students in their "Commitment to Action" to help make a difference. Read more.

Researchers Discover Why Humans Began Walking Upright
Most of us walk and carry items in our hands every day. These are seemingly simple activities that the majority of us don't question. But an international team of researchers, including Associate Professor of Anthropology Brian Richmond, have discovered that human bipedalism, or walking upright, may have originated millions of years ago as an adaptation to carrying scarce, high-quality resources. This latest research was published in March's Current Biology.

"These chimpanzees provide a model of the ecological conditions under which our earliest ancestors might have begun walking on two legs," said Richmond. "Something as simple as carrying-an activity we engage in every day-may have, under the right conditions, led to upright walking and set our ancestors on a path apart from other apes that ultimately led to the origin of our kind." Read more.

Alumni Donor Challenge a Success!
Together with 3,744 fellow Columbian College graduates, alumni made a $100,000 difference for Columbian College students. Last month, an alumna volunteer leader issued a generous challenge: If 3,600 alumni gave to GW by March 31, she pledged to give $100,000 to Columbian College. Because of your support, the challenge was met and the College will receive an extra $100,000 for our students and faculty. Thank you alumni donors!

Exploring Issues of Race and Identity
Huddled in a circle, a close-knit group School Without Walls students gathered late one recent afternoon for one of their many complex discussions about race. They tackled tough questions-like what it means to have an inclusive, diversity-rich environment-with a level of maturity and ability to express feelings far beyond their years. The group is part of the Asian American Youth Program led by Dana Tai Soon Burgess, MFA '94, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. The initiative, funded through a community grant from the District's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and under the Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company, is in its third year. Read more.

Mastering the Metro
A way to make riding the Metro more efficient-maybe even bearable? There's an app for that. Columbian College graduates David Glidden, BA '11, and Andrew Thal, BA '11, recently rolled out their $2.99 Metro Master application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Like standard commuter apps, it includes arrival times and a map of D.C.'s Metrorail system. But theirs is anything but standard: It shaves a few minutes-and a lot of headaches-off users' commutes by telling them where to board the train, for the quickest getaway up the escalator and out of their destination station. The accompanying "Heat Map" even shows where the train is typically most crowded. Read more.

Cline, Deering, and Sherwood Receive Trachtenberg Teaching Prizes
Three Columbian College faculty members were awarded the prestigious Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prizes last month. The prize winners were Associate Professor of Classics and Anthropology Eric Cline for teaching, Professor of Political Science Christopher Deering for service to the university, and Associate Professor of Anthropology Chester Sherwood for scholarship. The awards, among the highest given at GW, are endowed by former GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in honor of his parents. Read more.

New Books
Dameon Alexander, assistant professorial lecturer in sociology authored The Imprint of Business Norms on American Education.

Erin D. Chapman, assistant professor of history, authored her first book, Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s.

Barry Chiswick, chair of the Department of Economics, edited Recent Developments in the Economics of International Migration, Volume One.

Charles Freericks, BA '83, authored the book My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out With Me.

Daniel Marschall, professorial lecturer in sociology, authored The Company We Keep: Occupational Community in the High-Tech Network Society

Graduate teaching assistant Wesley J. Reisser, MA '07, authored his first book The Black Book: Woodrow Wilson's Secret Plan for Peace.

Gregory D. Squires, professor of sociology and public policy and public administration, co-edited the book Warfare Welfare: The Not-So-Hidden Costs of America's Permanent War Economy.

Awards and Recognition
Kelly Bauer, a graduate student in political science, received a U.S. Student Fulbright award for 2012-13 to conduct fieldwork in Chile.

History students Carly Gibbs and Robin Pokorski represented GW at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference last month at Towson State University. Pokarski's paper, "The Nobility of the Mind: Isotta Nogarola, Laura Cereta and the Question of the Appropriate Forum for Female Humanists," won second place.

The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn
, written by Suleiman Osman, assistant professor of American studies, won the Hornblower Award from the New York Society Library.

Elizabeth Saunders, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, received a Wilson Center Fellowship to work on her project "Power Projection in International Relations".

Martin Schwartz, visiting professor in sociology, received the 2012 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award.

Susan Sell, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, received a Wilson Center Fellowship  to work on her book Cat and Mouse: Forum Shifting and the Battle over Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement.

Graduate student in anthropology Anna Stewart received a Critical Language Scholarship from the Department of State to travel to Jaipur, India where she will study Hindi for 10 weeks this summer.

Courtney Wallin, graduate student in psychology, received a $30,000 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship to compare younger and older adults in judging the absolute distance of objects seen in a natural indoor environment.

Selected Published Works
Stephanie Cellini, assistant professor of public policy and public administration, authored a study featured in the Boston Globe on how for-profit schools who receive federal financial aid set higher rates for their tuition than those who go without government support.

Martin D. Schwartz, visiting professor in sociology, co-authored "Left Realism" in Handbook of Critical Criminology.

The late Lee Sigelman, former professor of political science, and Robert Goldfarb, professor emeritus of economics and political science, authored "The Influence of Economics on Political Science: By What Pathway?" in Journal of Economic Methodology.

Akos Vertes, professor of chemistry, authored "Rapid, Non-Targeted Discovery of Biochemical Transformation and Biomarker Candidates in Oncovirus-Infected Cell Lines Using LAESI Mass Spectrometry" in Chemical Communication.

Paul Wahlbeck, professor of political science, co-authored "The Origin and Development of Stare Decisis at the U.S. Supreme Court" in New Directions in Judicial Politics.

Assistant Professor of Art Therapy Elizabeth Warson authored the article "Exploring American Indian Adolsecents' Needs through a Community-Driven Study" in The Arts in Psychotherapy.



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