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.
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.
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.
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.
As social media expands in popularity, so, too, has the volume of personal information living on the Internet. Forensic sciences master candidate Regina Elwell researched the vulnerabilities of Facebook and other social networking websites. The result was the report “Social Engineering Attack Vectors Using Social Media.”
This fall semester CCAS is offering 19 Dean’s Seminars, designed to engage students in small classroom settings while developing their critical thinking skills. The seminars push students to dig deep into topics and class discussions, drawing from readings, research, and field trips.
This spring, first-year students enrolled in Professor Chad Heap’s Dean’s Seminar “Washington Sex Scandals” were immersed in their own heated debate about how sex scandals reflect and shape changing social, political, and cultural norms and how media coverage and agenda setting affects the public’s interest in each scandal.
Madeleine Jacobs, BS ’68, HON ’03, executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society, was on campus recently as a member of Columbian College’s National Council of Arts and Sciences and as a panelist in the Women in Philanthropy Forum. We caught up with her to learn about what drives her philanthropic work, why she’s excited by her recent appointment to GW’s Board of Trustees, and how her degree in chemistry launched her remarkable career.
Victor Weedn, who oversaw the development of the first portable DNA testing device, which became the basis for the U.S. Postal Service’s anthrax detection equipment, will join Columbian College July 1 as the new chair of the Department of Forensic Sciences.
As part of their capstone project, graduate students in Professor Henry Teng’s Environmental Resource Policy Program took on a new role: consultants to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop strategies for addressing the health risks associated with contamination of the soil, water, and air in urban areas.
Columbian College will have increased the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty from 317 in 2009 to 358 by fall 2012—figures that are pushing the total number of regular full-time regular faculty to 450, compared to 411 in 2009. Much of this growth is attributable to an ambitious five-year plan to hire a significant number of full-time faculty members to ensure a robust and diverse learning experience.
For Reid Davenport—who has cerebral palsy and often relies on a wheelchair to get around campus to avoid fatigue—the dream of studying in Italy during his junior year was “abruptly shattered” when he learned that the streets and sites of Florence, Rome, and much of Europe were not wheelchair accessible. Despite the discouraging news, Davenport resolved to confront the challenge head on with a video camera and a new purpose.
With the Columbian College Celebration and GW Commencement around the corner, emotions are running high this time of year as seniors say goodbye to friends and faculty and look ahead with excitement—and a bit of trepidation. We asked members of the Columbian College Class of 2012 to reflect on their favorite moments, professors, and experiences during their four years in Foggy Bottom.