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GW Professor's Gate

Welcome, New Faculty!

September 10, 2014
Columbian College welcomed 12 new full-time faculty members this year, bringing the total number of full-time scholars to 496—and strengthening disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Graduate student Jordan Sender guides clients through voice training exercises at the GW Speech and Hearing Center.

At Speech & Hearing, Students are Clinic Caretakers

September 10, 2014
As they prepare to join the growing field of speech pathology, graduate students gain invaluable training at the GW Speech and Hearing Center. From treating clients with communicative impairments to managing insurance payments, the experience is "intense, demanding and endlessly rewarding."
Elisabeth Anker, assistant professor of American studies and political science

Lights, Camera, Action: The Politics of Melodrama

September 10, 2014
Think "Mission Accomplished." Why does our political discourse often sound like a movie script? Elisabeth Anker discusses how melodrama jumped from Hollywood potboilers to a powerful political force.
SMPA Alumnae

Alumnae Recognized as Emerging Communications Leaders

September 03, 2014
Three SMPA alumnae added to their list of accomplishments with honors from Washington Women in Public Relations. Alex Dickinson and Sara Neumann won Emerging Leaders Awards from the organization that recognizes young women in communications. Marcia Newbert was also a finalist for the award.
Jane Freundel

Historian's Trail Leads Back to GW

August 18, 2014
As an author and D.C. historian, alumna Jane Freundel Levey is embarking on a career full-circle: from an American civilization major at Columbian College to a chronicler of Washington’s artistic legacy to her new role as a curator for the Washingtoniana Collection at the GW Museum and The Textile Museum.
Open book

A Sampling of New Books by Columbian College Faculty

August 13, 2014
An encyclopedia of social media; a blueprint for international détente; a criminal justice guide to hot-button DNA controversies; the life stories of abstract artists. These are among the prolific topics addressed this year in books by Columbian College faculty.
Jackie Biggs, MA ’13

Alumna Eases Veterans’ Pain through Art Therapy

August 13, 2014
At a Fort Belvoir hospital, Art Therapy alumna Jackie Biggs, MA ’13, uses paint and clay to help ease the emotional pain of veterans returning home from harrowing tours of duty.
Students practiced traditional Chinese painting techniques at Nanjing

Global Experience: Confucius Institute Transports Students to China

August 13, 2014
From the Forbidden City to the Great Wall, a GW Confucius Institute-sponsored tour took seven Columbian College students to China’s most awe-inspiring landmarks—all while immersing them in the nation’s history, language and culture.
Akos Vertes

Vertes Victories

August 13, 2014
From his earliest labs, Akos Vertes has lit up the chemistry world with his lasers, microscopes and scientific curiosity. After 20 years of pushing the envelope of innovation at GW, he’s embarking on perhaps the greatest challenge of his career.
Christopher Rollston

Leading Near East Epigrapher Spearheads Ancient Near East Studies

July 09, 2014
When archaeologists puzzle over an ancient inscription and experts are stumped by an artifact’s engravings, there’s one name they call: Christopher Rollston, a leading Near East epigrapher, biblical scholar and master of a dozen "dead" languages. Now Rollston is returning to his roots on the GW campus—and raising the Classic Department’s star power.
Woman looking through microscope

Research Grants Pave Way for Columbian College Discoveries

July 09, 2014
From scientific investigations on the origins of diabetes and the consequences of melting Arctic ice, to historical perspectives on the Ottoman Empire and D.C.'s African-American cultural legacy, to research projects in Java and Uganda, it's been a banner year for major new research grants at Columbian College.
Making History: The Campaign for GW logo

Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign Spotlights Columbian College Aspirations

July 09, 2014
As GW kicks off its $1 billion philanthropic campaign, Columbian College is leading the charge in enhancing academics, supporting students and breaking ground on bold new initiatives. Among the college's funding priorities are endowed professorships, faculty research, financial aid, the Science and Engineering Hall and support for strategic opportunities.
Larry Cook Photography

Alum's Photos Confront Race, Identity

July 07, 2014
Through jarring images of gang members and Klansmen, photographer Larry Cook, MFA ’12, delivers powerful messages about race—while challenging audiences to look deeper and think harder.
Gilbert Cisneros, BA ’94, and family

Gilbert Cisneros’ Good Fortune Changes Student Lives

June 17, 2014
Alumnus Gilbert Cisneros, BA ’94, and his wife, Jacki, donated $1 million of lottery winnings to aid GW students. Now he’s seeing how giving back helps young Latinos get ahead.
Young-Key Kim-Renaud

Retiring Professor’s Legacy

June 17, 2014
The landscape of East Asian studies at Columbian College has been transformed under the leadership of Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud, who steps down this month as chair of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department. But beyond her leadership role, Kim-Renaud has been a strong mentor and generous contributor to advancing the study of the humanities.