In Washington, D.C., the phrase “East of the River” is a common reference to Anacostia, a historic neighborhood that has been associated with low-income housing, poverty, and the highest homicide rates in the city. But in recent years the community has seen a resurgence of businesses, restaurants, and—thanks to the efforts of alumna Sariane Leigh, MA ’09—health and wellness initiatives.
As the public wades through the Republican presidential primaries and non-stop news coverage of the nomination contest continues, we asked Associate Professor of Political Science John Sides to provide his assessment of how the 2012 election is shaping up.
To better understand the impact of anticipatory anxiety on stuttering, senior speech, language and hearing sciences major Olivia Cali conducted a controlled experiment among a group of adult stutters. Cali is one of 15 Luther Undergraduate Research Fellows selected by Columbian College this year to engage in independent, faculty-mentored research projects.
The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration has awarded Frank P. DiGiammarino, III, MPA ’95, the Distinguished Alumni Award for achievements in the areas of public policy and public administration, and leadership in serving the public interest and enhancing the quality of democratic governance.
The George Washington University is placing renewed focus on the arts through a host of courses, special institutes, exhibitions, and events that take advantage of the university’s collaborative partnerships with the area’s museums, galleries, archives, and performing arts venues.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.