Featured Stories


The Habits of Honey Bees

February 01, 2012
Have you ever hosted a backyard cookout and wondered why all the bees in the neighborhood suddenly found your fruit salad? Ever pondered how a hive produces that delicious honey you add to your tea? The answer lies in the fascinating habits of honey bees. Professor of Biology Hartmut Doebel and Senior Biology Major Heidi Wolff are taking a hard look into colony life at the urban apiaries on the rooftops of Bell and Lisner Halls to learn more about the habits and communication patterns of these insects that are so critical to our daily lives.
Study Abroad

Summer Abroad: A Global Learning Experience

February 01, 2012
Ready to open your mind to new cultures and learning environments? Here’s your chance to immerse yourself in the indigenous communities of the Amazon region; explore the ethnic frontiers of China’s interior regions; dive into a deep analysis of London’s masterpieces; or take a field course on urban sustainability and development in Panama. Registration is now open in these and other short-term, for credit, summer abroad programs that promise to transport participants from the lecture hall and into the global classroom!
Museum Studies

Museum Studies Moves Downtown

February 01, 2012
The Museum Studies Graduate Program kicked off 2012 with a move into the heart of Washington, D.C.’s museum district. Now located at 13th and G Streets, NW, the new space provides much needed growing room for one of the largest museum studies programs in the country, and affords students easy access to practitioners in the field.
Forensic Psychology

Understanding Criminal Minds: New Graduate Program in Forensic Psychology

February 01, 2012
The Columbian College has launched a new graduate degree program in forensic psychology to train the next generation of criminal profilers, competency experts, psychological evaluators, counselors, and related positions.
Art Therapy

Creativity, Passion, Healing: Meet Art Therapy Director Heidi Bardot

January 01, 2012
Heidi Bardot’s passion for art and its healing ability has taken her around the world as director of Columbian College’s Art Therapy Graduate Program. Having been born and lived in Lebanon for 18 years, her cultural sensitivity on issues involving resiliency, post-traumatic stress, grief, self-care, and battlefield exposure has helped bring new awareness to her students, many of whom have traveled with Bardot to places like India and South Africa to work collaboratively with peer groups in the field of art therapy.

Examining Impact of Maternal Stress in Wild Chimps

January 01, 2012
With a $745,000 research grant from the National Institutes of Health, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Carson Murray seeks to fill a void in research on environmental diversity as it relates to maternal stress through an extensive investigation of the interplay between maternal behavior and stress physiology in wild chimpanzees. This critical new research may lead to insights on anxiety-related disease in humans.

GW Collaborates with Smithsonian to Launch Five Joint Research Initiatives

January 01, 2012
The George Washington University President Steven Knapp and Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough each pledged $100,000 to support new collaborative research projects resulting in the GW–Smithsonian Opportunity Fund. Five projects have now been selected to receive approximately $40,000 each in joint funding. The new initiatives will be led by a team of investigators from both institutions.