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Lisa Bowleg

New Tool for Measuring Police and Law Enforcement Interactions Reflects Police-Based Discrimination Experiences of Black Men

May 03, 2017

Researchers led by Lisa Bowleg, Professor of Applied Social Psychology at the George Washington University, have developed a new tool to catalog police and law enforcement interactions with black men, the Police and Law Enforcement (PLE) Scale, with the hope of documenting people’s experiences and perceptions of police-based discrimination. The study found that police-based discrimination is associated with depression symptoms such as sadness, hopelessness and loss of interest and ambition. Because of this, the authors believe that police-based discrimination should be considered a public health threat.

two bonobos

Study Finds Bonobos May Be Better Representation of the Last Common Ancestor with Humans than Common Chimpanzees

April 28, 2017

A new study by Bernard Wood, Professor of Human Origins at the GW Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, has provided firsthand evidence that bonobos may be more closely linked, anatomically, to human ancestors than common chimpanzees. Previous research suggested this theory at the molecular level, but this is the first study to compare in detail the anatomy of the three species.

Dr. Calabrese presenting PrEP research

Study Finds Medical Providers Who Prescribe PrEP to Prevent HIV Don’t See Most Patients Increasing Risky Sexual Behavior

April 26, 2017

A new study led by Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Sarah Calabrese found that medical providers who prescribe PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis and is essential to to curbing the number of new HIV diagnoses, do not see widespread increases in risky sexual behavior among their patients as a result. As such, providers do not consider such behavior change to be a reason to discontinue or limit PrEP.

A lemur

Researchers Design Facial Recognition System as a Less Invasive Approach to Tracking Lemurs in the Wild

February 17, 2017

A team of researchers led by Rachel Jacobs, a biological anthropologist at GW’s Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, has developed a computer-assisted recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild by their facial characteristics. The facial recognition method has the potential to redefine how researchers track species while aiding in conservation efforts for the world’s most endangered mammals.

Human Brain and Tooth

New study finds evolution of brain and tooth size were not linked in humans

January 02, 2017

A new study co-authored by Aida Gómez-Robles, Postdoctoral Scientist and Bernard Wood, Professor of Human Origins at the University's Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) found that whereas brain size evolved at different rates for different species, especially during the evolution of Homo, the genus that includes humans, chewing teeth tended to evolve at more similar rates.

Limusaurus Inextricabilis

No Teeth? No Problem. Dinosaur Species Had Teeth as Babies, Lost Them as They Grew

December 22, 2016

A study co-authored by James Clark, the Ronald Weintraub Professor of Biology, has discovered that a species of dinosaur, Limusaurus inextricabilis, lost its teeth in adolescence and did not grow another set as adults. The finding, published today in Current Biology, is a radical change in anatomy during a lifespan and may help to explain why birds have beaks but no teeth.

Americans’ Likeliness to Believe in Climate Change Connected to Geographic Location and Local Weather Events

Americans’ Likeliness to Believe in Climate Change Connected to Geographic Location and Local Weather Events, Study Finds

December 19, 2016

A new study, co-authored by Associate Professor of Geography Michael Mann, found local weather may play an important role in Americans’ belief in climate change. The study revealed that Americans’ belief that the earth is warming is related to the frequency of weather-related events they experience, suggesting that local changes in their climate influence their acceptance of this worldwide phenomenon.

Male chimpanzee study reveals new insights

New Study: Male Chimpanzees Can Be Players And Good Fathers

November 08, 2016

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Carson M. Murray and postdoctoral scientist Margaret A. Stanton coauthored a paper titled, "Chimpanzee Fathers Bias Their Behavior Toward Their Offspring." The research suggests that male chimpanzees are more invested in protecting their own offspring than previously thought.

Alumna and donor Char Beales with Frank Sesno, Steven Knapp and Howard Beales

$3.2 Million Endowed Fund to Support Accountability in Journalism at GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs

October 03, 2016

Char Beales, BA ’73, and her husband Howard Beales have pledged a $3.2 million gift to the School of Media and Public Affairs. In recognition of the changing landscape of journalism, the funding will create the Char Beales Endowed Professorship of Accountability in Journalism, focused on the importance of accuracy and accountability in journalism.

6,200-year-old textile dyed indigo-blue from Huaca, Peru

Columbian College Researcher Identifies Oldest Textile Dyed Indigo

September 14, 2016

If it weren’t for textile dying advancements made 6,200 years ago, people today might not be wearing blue jeans as a wardrobe staple. Associate Research Professor of Anthropology Jeffrey Splitstoser has identified a 6,200-year-old textile dyed indigo-blue from Huaca, Peru, a piece of dyed cotton produced more than 1,800 years before the previously known oldest textile in that color.

Preparing to Interview for Your Dream Job? Better Go in Person

July 25, 2016

Doctoral candidates Nikki Blacksmith and Jon Willford co-authored a new study examining the effects of technology-mediated interviews with Tara Behrend, associate professor of organizational sciences and communication. Through examinations of 12 articles published from 2000 - 2007 that included interviewer and interviewee ratings, they found in-person interviews yielded better impressions for the company and the candidate.

Michael Mann, assistant professor of geography at the George Washington University

It’s Not Just Climate Change: Study Finds Human Activity Is a Major Factor Driving Wildfires

April 28, 2016

A new study examining wildfires in California found that human activity explains as much about their frequency and location as climate influences. The researchers systematically looked at human behaviors and climate change together, which is unique and rarely attempted on an area of land this large. Assistant Professor of Geography Michael Mann was lead author of the study.

Dr. Stuart Licht

Researchers Develop Technique to Convert Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide into Batteries

March 02, 2016
An interdisciplinary team of scientists, led by Professor of Chemistry Stuart Licht, has worked out a way to make electric vehicles that are not only carbon neutral, but carbon negative, capable of actually reducing the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide as they operate. This development is the result of a collaboration between Licht and the laboratory of Vanderbilt University Assistant Professor Cary Pint.
Cynthia Dowd

Columbian College Researcher Receives $2.6 Million Grant to Study Promising Treatment for Malaria and Tuberculosis

February 29, 2016
Cynthia Dowd, Associate Professor of Chemistry, is studying a promising possible treatment for malaria and tuberculosis with a five-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She will lead a team of researchers at five institutions.
Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr.

Institute for Religious Freedom Moving Education Programs to the Columbian College with $2.5 Million Gift

January 27, 2016
President George Washington’s legacy as a champion of religious freedom and the acceptance of all faiths will be sustained with a new institute in GW's Columbian College. The university announced that the John L. Loeb Jr. Foundation and the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom have donated $2.5 million to establish the institute at GW.

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