Featured Stories

Aida Gomez-Robles

Nature and Nurture: Human Brain Evolved to Respond to Environment

December 09, 2015
What makes the human brain so different than the chimpanzee? Postdoctoral scientist Aida Gómez-Robles discovered that our brains exhibit more plasticity than our ape ancestors, and eased our evolution in response to environmental and other influences.
Alicia Bomba

A Dance of Their Own

December 09, 2015
For two dancers, the MFA dance program offered more than an opportunity to hone their skills and further their professional ambitions. It provided an artistic forum to explore their cultural identities through deeply personal performances.
Engstrom

Satellite Images Reach New Heights

December 09, 2015
Today’s satellite imagery is picture perfect—clear, accurate and readily available. But as Geography’s Ryan Engstrom devises new ways to map developing world slums, he's found that big data comes with big challenges.
Peace Sign

What Does Peace Mean?

December 09, 2015
Peace. Shalom. As-Salaam-Alaikum. In any language, peace is something we all want to attain. During this festive season, Columbian College faculty from a cross section of disciplines were asked to define what peace means to them.
Kate Birmingham

Digging Up D.C. History

November 11, 2015
Don’t tell archaeologist Kate Birmingham, MA ’10, that discoveries are only made in far off deserts. With the National Park Service, the Museum Studies alumna is bringing history home, uncovering the District’s history of Native American settlements and shocking slave plantations.
Pariera’s class on Sexual Communications

Let’s Talk About Sex

November 11, 2015
Embarrassed. Awkward. Uncomfortable. That’s how most of us feel when we talk about sex. But in Katrina Pariera’s new course on Sexual Communications, all topics are on the table, and what’s said in class, stays in class.
Danny Hayes

Are Female Candidates Still Running Against Gender Bias?

November 11, 2015
Female political candidates face daunting obstacles on the campaign trail. But they may not be the ones you think. In an historic election season, Political Science’s Danny Hayes discusses what’s really hindering a woman’s road to the White House.
Senior Maz Obuz and Elliot School graduate Evan Young, BA ’15

From Cross-Disciplinary Study to the Slums of India, Students’ Business Plan is Changing Lives

October 14, 2015
Maz Obuz and Evan Young transformed a classroom assignment into a business blueprint for solving the world’s sanitation crisis. After winning the GW Upstart D-Prize and a GW New Venture Competition award, they traveled to India with a plan to restore health and dignity to the slums of Dharavi.
Stephanie Travis

Can Stephanie Travis Save Sketching?

October 14, 2015
Today’s architects spend more time at their computer screens than their sketchbooks. But don’t tell Stephanie Travis that drawing is dead. With a new sketching instruction book, she’s on a mission to revive pen and paper in the digital age.
Guangying Wu works with genetically engineered mice to understand the link between schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations.

Silencing Schizophrenia

October 14, 2015
Many of the world’s 55 million schizophrenia sufferers are plagued by auditory hallucinations—and science isn’t sure why. Psychology's Guangying Wu is using lasers, ultrasound and mice to finally bring them peace of mind.
Machu Picchu

Using Ancient DNA, Researchers Unravel the Mystery of Machu Picchu

September 30, 2015
Dramatically perched on an Andes mountain ridge some 8,000 feet above sea level in Peru, Machu Picchu is a visual wonder and a technical masterpiece. “It is breathtaking,” said Brenda Bradley, an associate professor of anthropology at the Columbian College.
Rabbi Max Ticktin

GW to Bolster Israel Studies

September 22, 2015
A grant from The Morningstar Foundation, the family foundation of Susie and Michael Gelman, will help develop an Israel Studies component of Columbian College's Judaic Studies Program. The grant will establish and endow the Max Ticktin Professorship of Israel Studies in recognition of Rabbi Ticktin’s contributions to GW.
Open Tree of Life

Researchers Publish First Draft of Tree of Life That Will Map All Known Species

September 21, 2015
A first draft of the “tree of life” for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes has been released. The tree is a collaborative effort among 11 institutions, including researchers from the Computational Biology Institute.
Human Paleobiology’s Mark Grabowski

For Human Ancestors, Bigger Wasn’t Better

September 09, 2015
Scientists have long believed that a body mass growth spurt kick started human development. But Human Paleobiology’s Mark Grabowski rocked the evolutionary studies world by revealing that, when it comes to the origins of our species, size didn’t really matter.

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