Featured Stories


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.
Alumni Books

Alumni Bookshelf

September 01, 2012
It’s no secret that Columbian College faculty are prolific scholars, writing, on average, 50 books per year, but the college also boasts a number of alumni authors. Among those penning books this year are graduates of history, philosophy, geology, and political science. From a personal memoir to historical essays and a cookbook, these works reflect the wide variety of interests and expertise of our graduates.

The Neighborhood: A Link to Teen Obesity?

September 01, 2012
When it comes to adolescent obesity, Assistant Professor of Sociology Antwan Jones thinks neighborhoods may be one of many factors in its root cause. Armed with a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jones is studying characteristics of neighborhoods, such as proximity to fast food restaurants and open spaces, to determine if they elevate the risk of obesity.
Cell Phones

Cell Phone Demography: Analyzing Use across Ethnic Groups

August 01, 2012
Professor of Anthropology Joel Kuipers’ fascination with cell phones extends well beyond texting and the “Words with Friends” smart phone app. Mindful of the estimated 6 billion cell phone subscribers worldwide, Kuipers is interested in how different ethnic groups—specifically, immigrant communities—use mobile phones.
Williams and Thacher

Early Toolmakers: The Secrets Behind Rock Banging

August 01, 2012
Why were some early humans able to shape stone tools while others were not? Erin Marie Williams, a post-doctoral scientist in hominid paleobiology, is banging rocks together to find out.
Prime Movers Media

Prime Movers Media Gains Traction

August 01, 2012
Prime Movers Media, the nation’s first journalism mentorship program to focus on urban schools, is exceeding expectations thanks to power partnerships with top multi-media organizations.

Alumnus Embraces His Dreams through Writing

July 01, 2012
Riding the waves off Melbourne Beach, Fla., alumnus Thad Ziolkowski, BA ’83, dreamed of becoming a professional surfer. Then his family moved to landlocked Kansas. Ziolkowski traded the surfboard for a pen, spent his free time corresponding with his best friend back in Florida, and realized he was destined to be a writer. He was 16.