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Inaugural Moments

Inaugural Moments

February 01, 2013
A presidential inauguration is a proud and historic moment, a time when we come together to celebrate our democracy. For Columbian College students, it is also a rite of passage. On January 21, many in our community had a front row seat to the big-ticket events. What was it like to be so close to the action? Here are their thoughts.
Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute to Open at GW

January 01, 2013
Columbian College will soon be home to the GW Confucius Institute to promote the study of Chinese language and culture, support Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification, and enable prosperous growth of research on China Studies.

What Triggers Alcoholism?

January 01, 2013
In an effort to uncover the connection between genetic influences and environmental factors that may cause alcoholism, Assistant Professor of Statistics Tatiyana Apanasovich is employing statistical methodology to explore the complex interplay between the an individual’s environment and their genetic predisposition to alcoholism.

Shadows for Sale? Meet Visiting Artist Patrick Killoran

January 01, 2013
As we bask in the warmth of a sunny day, fair warning to those strolling through the Foggy Bottom campus: Watch your shadow. Buying people’s shadows is the current business/research of visiting artist Patrick Killoran, whose work represents commentary on consumerism.
Interior Architecture and Design

Interior Design and Architecture

December 01, 2012
What’s in a name? For the Interior Design Program—which is changing its name to include architecture—a new name reflects not just a change in programming, but a change in culture.

Service-Learning in Southeast DC

December 01, 2012
For “green” policy expert Peter Linquiti, who was recently named Director of Graduate Studies of the Environmental Resource Policy Program, the program’s multi-disciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies is critical to its success.

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Thinking Green

December 01, 2012
For 22 years, the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) has partnered with the Anacostia Public High School in Washington, D.C., to tutor and mentor high school students who have an interest in public service, leadership, community development, and politics. This year, master of public policy students Ana Jara and Rachel Evans are spearheading the volunteer efforts of the Anacostia Public Service Program, an outgrowth of the partnership with the school.

Caterpillars Provide New Clues on Impact of Warmer Temperatures

November 01, 2012
Superstorm Sandy put climate change back in the national spotlight in late October, but Associate Professor of Biology John Lill needed only look in his backyard to see evidence of climate change. A specialist in the area of plant-insect interactions, Lill saw a species of caterpillars weeks before they were expected, an observation that sparked new questions on how a change within one species’ life cycle affects the other insects and plants that move within its circle.
Jiangsu Cup

GW Students Earn Top Awards in Chinese Speech Contest

November 01, 2012
GW students earned the top awards at the second annual Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest. Thirteen undergraduate finalists from five different schools in the greater Washington, D.C. area competed in the November 4th event sponsored by GW, Nanjing University, and the Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center of China.
Koobi Fora

GW to Operate Renowned Koobi Fora Field School with the National Museums of Kenya

November 01, 2012
The National Museums of Kenya and Columbian College’s Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology have teamed up to provide a unique opportunity for students to train with ecologists, archeologists, and paleontologists onsite in one of the most spectacular and productive paleoanthropology field research regions in the world.

Focusing on the Facts

October 01, 2012
Sound bites and bumper stickers. Spin and nuance. During an election year, it can be difficult to sort through the political rhetoric to find the facts behind the most important issues facing the United States today. To offer a remedy and help draw citizens back into the public square, philanthropist Edward Scott, Jr. made a $1.5 million gift to Columbian College’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) to launch Face the Facts USA.
Columbian College

Dean’s Search Committee Elected

October 01, 2012
Columbian College faculty elected nine representatives—three from each of the divisions of Math and Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Science—to the Dean’s Search Committee. The group will lead a nationwide search to find a successor to Dean Peg Barratt, who announced her intention last May to end her six-year tenure as dean effective June 30, 2013.

Confessions of a Professional Political Junkie

October 01, 2012
By the time most people are waking up, Reid Wilson, BA ’05, has read dozens of newspapers and blog posts from across the United States. As editor-in-chief of National Journal Hotline, Washington’s daily tip sheet on campaigns and elections, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
New Faculty

New Faculty Bring Depth and Experience

September 01, 2012
Forty-six full-time faculty members have joined Columbian College this fall, bringing further depth and experience to a community of more than 471 full-time professors.
New Visual Identity

Image Makeover: New Portrait for the 21st Century

September 01, 2012
In creating a new visual identity for the university, George Washington’s portrait needed a face lift. Digitally, it was difficult to reproduce. When enlarged, it became pixilated. On mobile platforms, it was distorted. And, when used as a component of GW’s logo, Washington’s eyes were averted away—instead of toward—the university’s word mark.