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Decision-making Debunked

December 01, 2013
What guides the decisions we make? Past research indicates that our choices, both voluntary and involuntary, are separate processes in the brain. But, according to Sarah Shomstein, the processes may be linked.

Service with a Smile

December 01, 2013
When senior Laura Kaye witnessed a bike crash on campus recently, she sprinted to action while others stood paralyzed. Kaye assisted GW postdoctoral scientist Andrea Heckert to the hospital and waited with her until she was treated for sprains.

Understanding and Cultivating STEM-Focused Education

December 01, 2013
As the nation faces shifting economic realities, how can we prepare the next generation to enter the workforce? A research study co-led by Tara Behrend is taking a look at "Inclusive STEM" high schools for solutions.
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Africa's Information Revolution: Implications for Crime, Policing, and Citizen Security

November 01, 2013
Steven Livingston, professor of media and public affairs, presents a research paper on violent crimes and homicides in Africa. It states that crime in Africa poses significant challenges to development, stability, and security of the nation. It is stated that homicide rate in Africa is more than double than the global average.

Dancing the Dream with Burgess

November 01, 2013
Stroll through the new “Dancing the Dream” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and you’ll notice among the performance legends featured is Columbian College’s very own Dana Tai Soon Burgess.

Forecasting Wildfires: The Science behind the Destruction

November 01, 2013
This past year, raging wildfires have burned thousands of acres of land, ravaged homes, and claimed lives. The staggering toll of destruction underscores the importance of predicting when and how the next wildfire might occur—a feat Assistant Professor of Geography Michael Mann is helping to tackle.
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Learning from the Ancient Greeks

November 01, 2013
What can the world’s first democracy teach us about tackling today’s political polarization? In an essay written for Diane Cline’s History of Ancient Greece class, undergraduate Magdalena Stuehrmann discusses the importance of moderation, compromise, and consensus.
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‘I Am Malala’ Book Curriculum Tools to Be Developed by the George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute

October 21, 2013
The GW Global Women's Institute (GWI) is the educational partner of the Malala Fund, a nonprofit, named for Malala Yousafzai, working to ensure that girls around the world have access to education. GWI-affiliated faculty will work with the publisher Little, Brown and Company to develop curriculum tools to accompany Malala's recently released memoir, "I Am Malala."
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GW Researchers Release First Case Studies to Analyze Inclusive STEM-Focused U.S. High Schools

October 18, 2013
New studies out of GW are taking a closer look at a type of high school that is rapidly emerging across the United States: Inclusive, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-focused high schools (ISHSs).
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Tweets, Likes, and Hashtags: The New Language of Law Enforcement?

October 01, 2013
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are just for fun, entertainment, and catching up with friends, right? Think again. Research by Lori Brainard demonstrates how social media sites are providing law enforcement new ways to inform and collaborate with community members as never before.

Sighting in the Sky

October 01, 2013
It isn’t every day that something scientifically extraordinary is sighted in the sky, which makes Oleg Kargaltsev’s recent discovery that much more significant. Using images captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope camera, the assistant professor of physics and his colleagues detected an ultraviolet emission from the double pulsar binary system—the only one of its kind known to be in existence.
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A Sampling of New Books by Columbian College Faculty

October 01, 2013
If you browse the library of books authored by Columbian College faculty this year, you’d discover prolific scholarship on topics ranging from the Trojan War to the citizenship of women in the U.S. The following is a sampling of our recent books.
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Confidence in Federal Employees Hits New Low, GW Survey Finds

September 24, 2013
American confidence in federal civilian employees has hit a new low, shows a GW nationwide poll of 800 registered voters. Researchers say recent scandals--within the National Security Agency and the IRS, for example--may be reasons for the new low in confidence.
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GW Announces Alumni Achievement Award Winners

September 17, 2013
GW will recognize five alumni with the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest form of recognition given by the university and the GW Alumni Association, at a 77th annual event during Alumni Weekend.
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Welcome, New Faculty!

September 01, 2013
Forty-three full-time faculty members joined Columbian College this year, a figure that includes 12 new positions spread equally across the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. The college now boasts 498 full-time faculty, compared to 471 last year.