Featured Stories

Michael King

Teacher, Scientist, Leader: Chemistry’s King Retires

June 11, 2020
A beloved professor, college marshal and long-time department chair, Michael King was instrumental in the creation of Science & Engineering Hall.
stacks of books on bookshelf

What to Read: A Faculty Bookshelf

June 11, 2020
A good book can offer insight, comfort or a welcome escape—never more so than in times of crisis. These Columbian College faculty book recommendations have your reading needs covered.
fungi decay measurements

Break Down: How Wood Decay Drives Carbon Cycle

June 09, 2020
Biology’s Amy Zanne and a team of researchers are linking wood decomposition rates among fungi to a better understanding of the global carbon cycle and its effect on climate change.
Campus Tempietto

Alumni Offer Advice for 2020 Grads

June 08, 2020
Columbian College alumni have a message for the Class of 2020: The world has changed—but the future is full of opportunities. They offered advice for recent graduates on resilience and hope.
Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs Tara Sinclair

The Post-Pandemic Economy: Is There a Road to Recovery?

June 04, 2020
COVID-19 has decimated the global economy. Is there a blueprint for restoring fiscal sanity? Economics’ Tara Sinclair discussed where the economy goes from here—and how to prepare for a new normal.
Professor Michael Mann in front of a computer

Researchers Follow Social Distancing’s Path

May 28, 2020
Two CCAS projects are tracing the progress and limits of social distancing. Geography’s Michael Mann is constructing a distancing data map while Psychology’s Gabriela Rosenblau is charting COVID beliefs and behavior.
Luke Fey with a face mask and protective shield over his face

Alumni on the COVID Frontlines, Two New York Physicians Fight On

May 07, 2020
As the coronavirus turned New York hospitals into crisis zones, Doctors Luke Fey, BS’ 13, and Alexandra Cummings, BS ’14, put themselves in harm’s way to confront a global medical emergency.
Reem Bahr, Isabella Rosa Guastaferro, Sofia Wahba and Ellie Flory

Student Writers Explore ‘New World’

April 24, 2020
How has the COVID crisis changed the world for students and their families? First-year students in Assistant Professor of Writing Christy J. Zink’s seminar shared their journal reflections on the challenges of living in “Our New World,” from confronting fears to finding new inspirations.
Senior Leisha Mahajan has recruited friends, family and fellow students to help make masks for Maryland hospitals.

Students Step Up During COVID Crisis

April 17, 2020
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, meet two Columbian College students who are making a difference in their communities through mask-making and volunteer work at a foodbank.
a jogger on the sidewalk of the Arlington Memorial Bridge

Baking, Gardening, Memes and More: Students Share Their Self-Care Tips

April 10, 2020
From exercise to poetry to sleeping in, CCAS students shared their secrets to managing stress and bringing joy to their daily routines while practicing social distancing.
a microphone on a stand

Media Taps CCAS Faculty on COVID-19

April 10, 2020
Columbian College economists, psychologists, political scientists and policy analysts are being tapped by media outlets for their expertise on how COVID-19 is impacting our daily lives.
Sarah Hine (Photo: Long Nguyen)

Untangling the Trauma-Speech Connection

April 10, 2020
How does trauma link to speech and language disorders? Sarah Hine and a team of graduate researchers are using their experiences with vulnerable populations to guide speech pathology protocols.
Laboratory scientist Sathya Prakash Harihar, MFS ’19, takes a break during his 16-hour shift examining COVID test samples

Making a Difference: Alumni Lend Helping Hands

April 10, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, alumni are coming to the aid of their communities—in their hometowns, across the country and around the world.
Paul Wahlbeck, Interim Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

A Message From the Dean Regarding COVID-19

April 10, 2020
In a message to the CCAS community, Dean Paul Wahlbeck recognizes the efforts of alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents during these challenging times.
A Dean’s Seminar called The Austen Phenomenon explores how the 19th century author has transcended the academic world and become

Inside the Jane Austen Phenomenon

March 12, 2020
How did a 19th century author who wrote just six novels become a pop icon? In her Dean’s Seminar, Tara Wallace's first-year students enter the world of Jane Austen-mania.