Faculty Research Conversations

Columbian College faculty are inventors, authors, artists and internationally recognized experts in their fields. Their research spans all of the liberal arts, and they have received top awards including Pulitzers, Guggenheims and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. 


Karen Gedan and Paul Wahlbeck sit and talk on stage in front of a Columbian College of Arts and Sciences logo

The Impact of Climate Change on Coastal Ecosystems

April 06, 2022
In a conversation with Columbian College Dean Paul Wahlbeck, Assistant Professor of Biology Keryn Gedan discusses the ways global changes in the climate have impacted sea levels, nutrient availability and marine species in the tidal wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay.
Professor Alexander Van Der Horst and Deal Paul Wahlbeck sit on stage talking in front of a Columbian College logo

Exploring Cosmic Extremes

March 02, 2022
In a conversation with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck, Physics Professor Alexander van der Horst discusses his work extracting data from space-based and ground-based telescopes around the globe.
Nemata Blyden and Paul Wahlbeck speak on a stage with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences logo behind them

Africa's Impact on the African American Experience

January 25, 2022
Professor of History and International Affairs Nemata Blyden spoke with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck about the customs and traditions that carried over from the African continent centuries ago and still influence the African American experience today.
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A Changing Supreme Court: Politics and Polarization

January 03, 2022
How has public pressure and the increasingly politicized nomination process changed perceptions of the Supreme Court? Political Science Professor Brandon Bartels spoke with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck about today’s controversial court.
Adelina Voutchkova and Paul Wahlbeck sitting in chairs on stage and talking, with the Columbian College logo behind them

Green Chemistry Forges Path Forward

December 06, 2021
CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck spoke with Associate Professor of Chemistry Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal about creating a more sustainable future through the design of safer, eco-friendly chemicals.
Professor of Economics Tara Sinclair sits on stage talking with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck. Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

Forecasting Our Economic Future

November 08, 2021
In a video discussion, CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck spoke with Professor of Economics and International Affairs Tara Sinclair about the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact and her forecast for what’s to come.