Kudos are monthly compilations of noteworthy awards, achievements and grants received by Columbian College faculty, students and alumni. Articles published in academic journals are also included among these recognitions.

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Recent Recognition

April 10, 2020

Stephen Boyes (Chemistry) was awarded a $390,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program on advancing chemistry research by integrating green chemistry and science policy.

Christopher Brick (History) received grants totaling $385,460 from the National Archives and Records Administration to support the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess (Dance) was named a commissioner for the DV Mayor’s Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs and was selected for the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson House by the National Trust of Historic Preservation.

Dante Chinni (Media & Public Affairs) was awarded a $400,000 grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for a project on understanding the geography of deaths of despair.

Kavita Daiya (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) was selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Gustavo Hormiga (Biology) co-authored an article in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History describing spider species he discovered in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. He named them after GW benefactors Wilbur B. (Bill) Harlan (Genus Harlanethis), Robert and Frances Weintraub (Harlanethis weintrauborum) and Emeritus Professor Diana Lipscomb (Harlanethis lipscombae).

Incoming PhD candidates Jonathan Huie and Abbey Yatsko (Biology) received Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards from the National Science Foundation.

Xiaofei Kang (Religion) was awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Society Fellowship.

Oleg Kargaltsev (Physics) received a $60,000 grant from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA-Goddard to study X-ray content from the high-mass gamma-ray source known as Galactic Fermi LAT 4FGL.

Stephen Lubkemann (Anthropology) was awarded a $24,939 grant from the U.S. Department of State for a U.S.-based training program on the Mozambican Maritime Museum and Submerged Resources.

Dara Orenstein (American Studies) received a $12,600 grant from the National Science Foundation for a science, technology and society project on “The Gospel of Concrete.”

Senior Andrew Parco (Political Communication) was quoted by WAMU-FM in the article “The Coronavirus Class Of College Seniors Faces A Difficult Financial Future.”

Amir Pirnazar, PhD ’00, (Mathematics) authored the book Cocktail Party Mathematics (Station Square Media, 2019).

Bryan Stuart (Economics) received a $142,176 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for an experiment exploring the impact of customized job recommendations.