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At a Geography Department Mapathon, students traced secure food routes through the Philippines.

At Geography Mapathons, Students Make Their Mark on the World

December 12, 2018

From disaster relief to disease prevention, students are supporting aid efforts around the world—all with the click of a mouse

Leo Ribuffo

In Memoriam: Leo Ribuffo

December 12, 2018

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Leo Ribuffo, a beloved professor of history in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Kavita Daiya, associate professor of English and director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

What’s Next For #MeToo?

November 14, 2018

Kavita Daiya, director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, discusses the future of the #MeToo movement—its setbacks, next steps and the momentum driving its success

Assistant Professor of Astrophysics Alexander van der Horst teaching his Physics Capstone course (Photos: William Atkins)

Physics, Professionally Speaking

November 14, 2018

Alexander van der Horst’s redesigned capstone course equips physics students with the oral, written and ethical expertise needed to succeed in 21st-century careers.

Laura Wooster, BA ’97, is a professional trapeze artist and instructor with the Trapeze School New York.

The Daring Alumna on the Flying Trapeze

October 08, 2018

In her mid-30s, Laura Wooster, BA ’97, swung into a career as a trapeze artist. She’s taken her aerial expertise from circus big tops to the White House.

Keryn Gedan at a saltpan in New Jersey. (Photos courtesy Keryn Gedan)

Mission: Rescue the Bay

October 08, 2018

Biology’s Keryn Gedan leads her student researchers into the Eastern Shore marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, where sea level is rising at three times the global average.

Malathi Thothathiri (center) with student researchers Maria Braiuca (left) and Kasey Lerner (right). (Photos: William Atkins)

Finding Answers to Aphasia

October 08, 2018

People with aphasia can feel like prisoners within their own brains. Malathi Thothathiri and her students are searching for a better understanding of the disorder.

Top section of GW professor gate with the word GW inscribed on a book

New Faculty Strengthen CCAS Ranks

September 12, 2018

Columbian College welcomed 29 new full-time faculty members this year, strengthening disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

:A team of GW students climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

On the Roof of Africa

September 12, 2018

For a team of GW students, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania was the adventure of a lifetime—and a charitable expedition.

A voting box with the word vote and an american flag on it

Midterm Math: Making Elections Add Up

September 12, 2018

Can math save our election system? Daniel Ullman and E. Arthur Robinson forecast the pluses and minuses of how we count votes.

Stack of books with on open book

Must Reads: A CCAS Faculty Bookshelf

August 15, 2018
New books by Columbian College faculty include timely titles on the fight for fair housing, the pros and cons of cell phones, the TV writing process and collections from a pair of poets.
2017 CCAS Alumni Reflections collage of 8 CCAS Alumni

Alumni Reflections: The CCAS Experience

August 15, 2018

What makes Columbian College such a special place to learn and grow? Our alumni share their favorite memories from the campus, classrooms and community.

CCAS Alumna and actress Cody Linquist

Comedy Central: Alumna Polls Political Laughs

August 15, 2018

Comedian Cody Lindquist, BA ’02, is tickling political funny bones as the voice of Melania Trump in a Stephen Colbert animated series.

CCAS Chem Lab

New Grant Awards Support Discovery

July 18, 2018
Whether examining fossils in Africa or charting Gamma Rays through space, major research grants help Columbian College scholars open doors to discoveries.
Yahia Lababidi, BA ’96 (Photo: Logan Werlinger)

Alumnus Poet Turns Reluctant Activist

July 18, 2018

Writer Yahia Lababidi, BA ’96, is loath to mix politics and poetry. But in his latest collection, he points his pen at anti-immigrant hostility.