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

February 13, 2020

Sophomore Gabi Bello (Human Services and Social Justice) was quoted in The Washington Post article “We volunteer to help others, but research shows how much it helps us, too.”

Alison Brooks (Anthropology) received a grant from the National Science Foundation for $19,816 for research on new findings in paleodietary, the study of the diets of prehistoric humans and animals.

Senior Brett Cassidy (Theatre) was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (PDF) as “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play” for his role in columbinus at 1st Stage in Tysons, Va.

Colin Chapman (Anthropology) received a $19,807 award from the Leakey Foundation to collect long-term research and conservation data from Kibale National Park in Uganda.

Ilana Feldman (Anthropology) was awarded a $19,593 grant from the National Science Foundation for research on interplanetary microbial encounters in NASA’s search for life.

Henry E. Hale (Political Science) received a $18,885 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study of ethnic minorities' everyday interactions and attachments with the state.

Senior Alexes Harris (Creative Writing and English) was quoted by The Washington Post in the article “Textbooks are pricey. So students are getting creative.”

Susan Johnston (Anthropology) received a $6,735 grant from the Rust Family Foundation to study radiocarbon dating for the prehistoric ceremonial center at Dún Ailinne, Ireland.

Jakub Kostal (Chemistry) was awarded a $706,726 grant from the National Science Foundation for an investigation of the use of chemical photodegradation in pesticide design.

Chryssa Kouveliotou (Physics) received a $85,195 grant from NASA-Goddard for the Swift/XRT Deep Galactic Plane Survey.

Sophomore Eve Levenson (Political Science) was quoted by Reuters in the article “Thousands of Armed U.S. Gun Rights Activists Join Peaceful Virginia Rally.”

Kenneth Starr, BA ’68, (Political Science) was profiled in the USA Today article “Who is Ken Starr? Trump once called his impeachment lawyer a 'lunatic' and 'disaster.’

PhD candidate Jangai Jap (Political Science) received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.

Stephen Kaplan (Political Science) was selected for the Fudan Development Institute's Visiting Scholars Program at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Eric Kramon (Political Science) won the best book award for Money for Votes: The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Clientelism in Africa from the American Political Science Association's 2019 African Politics Conference Group.

Janet Lewis (Political Science) won the 2019 Alexander George Article Award for “Rumors, Kinship Networks, and Rebel Group Formation."

David Shambaugh (Political Science and International Affairs) edited the book China and the World (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Mark Warner, BA ‘77, (Political Science) was profiled in the Wired article “Mark Warner Takes on Big Tech and Russian Spies.”