Press Announcements

The George Washington University Signs Letter of Intent with the National Museums of Kenya to Operate the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya

November 12, 2012
George Washington University President Steven Knapp and the National Museums of Kenya this week signed a letter of intent to begin collaborations to operate the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya.

The George Washington University, University of Washington and SRI International Receive Grant to Evaluate College Board’s New Advanced Placement Science Courses

October 31, 2012
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded researchers at the George Washington University, University of Washington and SRI International a $2.6 million, four-year study of redesigned Advanced Placement (AP) science courses. Associate Professor Dylan Conger of George Washington’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration is a co-principal investigator for the study along with Associate Professor Mark Long of the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, principal investigator, and Raymond McGhee Jr. of SRI International, co-principal.
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Human Brains Develop Wiring Slowly, Differing from Chimpanzees, George Washington University Professor Finds

September 25, 2012
Research comparing brain development in humans and our closest nonhuman primate relatives, chimpanzees, reveals how quickly myelin in the cerebral cortex grows, shedding light on the evolution of human cognitive development and the vulnerability of humans to psychiatric disorders, a GW professor finds. Myelin is the fatty insulation surrounding axon connections of the brain.

The George Washington University Researcher Received $1.7 Million to Study Solar Cement

September 18, 2012
Stuart Licht, professor of chemistry at the George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus, has been awarded $1.7 million to continue studying methods of producing cement and other fuels that reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions into the environment.
George Washington University Computational Biology Director Solves 200-Year-Old Oceanic Mystery

George Washington University Computational Biology Director Solves 200-Year-Old Oceanic Mystery

August 27, 2012
The origin of Cerataspis monstrosa has been a mystery as deep as the ocean waters it hails from for more than 180 years. For nearly two centuries, researchers have tried to track down the larva that has shown up in the guts of other fish over time but found no adult counterpart. Until now.
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GW Researcher Finds One-Third of Escort Service Clients Want a Relationship With Their Provider

August 15, 2012
A recent study co-authored by a George Washington University professor discovered that an estimated one-third of clients of indoor sex workers wish to have a personal relationship with their provider.
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The GW Regulatory Center and the Mercatus Center Publish Primer on Federal Regulations

August 15, 2012
The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, in conjunction with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, today released an updated publication of Regulation: A Primer by RSC Director Susan Dudley and Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Jerry Brito.
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POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll Captures Baseline of Presidential Race as Paul Ryan was Picked

August 13, 2012
The POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll has captured voter beliefs only 36 hours before Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. The Battleground Poll establishes a timely baseline of data in the political news cycle.
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Face the Facts USA Launches Today

July 30, 2012
Face the Facts USA, a project of the George Washington School of Media and Public Affairs, is a nonpartisan, multiplatform content hub and civic engagement initiative that will help voters become more informed on today’s most important topics using pop culture-themed digital videos, lively infographics and extensive social media.
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GW Invention Ranked in Top 100 of Most Technologically Significant Products of the Year

June 25, 2012
Akos Vertes’ biochemistry invention allows quick analysis of biological samples. The LAESI-DP 1000 Direct Ionization System, a commercial product based on an invention made at GW by Professor Akos Vertes and his research group, has received a 2012 R&D 100 Award, ranking it as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the past year. The yearly rankings are compiled by R&D Magazine.
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Drug Use for Better Grades Deemed More Acceptable Than for Athletics, GW Professor Finds

June 01, 2012
To young college men, it’s more unethical to use performance-enhancing drugs like steroids for athletic gain than to use a prescription drug like Adderall or Ritalin to boost academic achievement.
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Victor Weedn, a Pioneer of Forensic DNA Testing, to Chair GW’s Department of Forensic Sciences

May 22, 2012
Victor Weedn, M.D., J.D., accomplished forensic pathologist and a pioneer of forensic DNA testing, has been named chair of the George Washington University Department of Forensic Sciences, effective July 1, 2012.
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GW Professor’s Research on Ancient Ballgame Reveals More about Early Mesoamerican Society

May 08, 2012
Professor Jeffrey P. Blomster’s latest research explores the importance of the ballgame to ancient Mesoamerican societies. Dr. Blomster’s findings show how the discovery of a ballplayer figurine in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca demonstrates the early participation of the region in the iconography and ideology of the game, a point that had not been previously documented by other researchers.

“SOLAR ENERGY: A Path to Energy Significance” Conference Summary

April 25, 2012
On April 12, 2012, the GW Solar Institute held its 4th Annual Solar Symposium where representatives from critical participants in the solar industry presented their findings on solar energy and its path to energy significance at the all-day event. The following offers highlights of their presentations:

GW Professor Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

April 20, 2012
Gayle Wald, professor and chair of the English Department, has won a Guggenheim Fellowship. “The Guggenheim is supposed to award past achievement and future promise, so that's humbling,” Dr. Wald said. “I'm also humbled because I know so many excellent people who deserve such recognition. So to be singled out is amazing.”