June 2023 Noteworthy

June 14, 2023

George Washington University became one of just 71 institutions to receive membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Suse Anderson (Museum Studies) compiled The State of Museum Digital Practice, a digital collection of essays by graduate students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Museum Studies program.

Lisa Bowleg (Psychology) received a $20,255 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study stigma and the non-communicable disease syndemic in aging HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who have sex with men.

Maggie Contreras, BA ’08 (Theatre) directed Maestra, a documentary showcasing five women determined to break the glass ceiling in a male-dominated field by performing in the all-female orchestra conductor competition, “La Maestra.”

Michael Doering (Physics) received a $54,029 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a coordinated theoretical approach for exotic hadron spectroscopy.

Martha Finnemore  (Political Science) received the prestigious Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science—often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Political Science”—for her groundbreaking work on areas including global governance.

Fallon Goodman (Psychology) was awarded a $54,417 NIH grant for a longitudinal and experience sampling investigation of rejection sensitivity and its role in sexual minority adolescents’ mental health.

Aman Luthra (Geography) received a CCAS Impact Award, which provides up to $3,000 for research and scholarly expenses.

Andy McMillan, BFA ’06, (Photojournalism) premiered his feature documentary film Mississippi River Styx at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.

Brendan O’Connor, MS ’20, MPhil ’20, PhD ’23, (Physics) received a $32,605 grant from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to search for jet-breaks within gamma ray bursts with the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Yvonne Orji, BA ’05, MPH ’08, (Sociology), a GW Monumental Alumni, signed a two-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop scripted drama and comedy series for cable and streaming platforms.

Ryan Patterson, BA ’22, (Organizational Sciences) was featured on ABC News for his aviation photography.

Xiaofeng Ren (Mathematics) received a $288,446 grant from the National Science Foundation to study long range interactions in pattern forming physical and biological systems.

Rebecca Roberts, MA ’12, (Anthropology) authored the book Untold Power: the Fascinating Rise and Complex Legacy of First Lady Edith Wilson (Viking, 2023).

Frank Sesno (Media and Public Affairs) was awarded the President’s Medal, the highest honor the university can bestow, at GW’s 2023 Commencement.

MFA candidate Cece Witherspoon (Interior Architecture) was among the winners of the American Society of Interior Designers Student Portfolio Competition.