Press Announcements

Professor Akos Vertes, third from right, and members of his lab worked on the LAESI technology that has won several awards.

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, MD, JD, 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.”

GW Director of Creative Writing Selected for Induction into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

April 17, 2012
Thomas Mallon, noted author and director of creative writing at GW, will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences this fall. Mr. Mallon will be one of 220 new members in the 2012 class which includes winners of the National Medal of Science, the Lasker Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the Shaw prizes, the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; Grammy, Emmy, Academy and Tony awards; the Avery Fisher Prize and election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Researchers Discover Why Humans Began Walking Upright

March 23, 2012
Most of us walk and carry items in our hands every day. These are seemingly simple activities that the majority of us don’t question. But an international team of researchers, including Brian Richmond at GW, have discovered that human bipedalism, or walking upright, may have originated millions of years ago as an adaptation to carrying scarce, high-quality resources. This latest research was published in this month’s “Current Biology.”

Four GW Faculty Members Receive National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

March 14, 2012
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants to four GW faculty members. Three were awarded to the School of Engineering and Applied Science and one was awarded to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. CAREER grants are the most prestigious awards given by the NSF to junior faculty. These awards, each worth approximately $400,000 over five years, are awarded to junior faculty members who excel at both research and teaching.

GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration is Highest-Ranked Public Affairs School in DC Area

March 14, 2012
U.S. News & World Report Graduate Schools guide, a popular resource for students pursuing graduate-level education, ranked The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration 12th in the nation. In moving ahead two spots from its previous ranking of 14, the Trachtenberg School, along with American University, is the highest ranking public affairs school in the Washington, D.C., area.

Institute of Biomedical Sciences Student Awarded Two-Year Fellowship from PhRMA

January 26, 2012
Lindsay Garvin, a doctoral candidate pursuing a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology as part of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, a joint program with the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a two-year research fellowship by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America (PhRMA) Foundation.

GW Announces New Graduate Program in Forensic Psychology

January 26, 2012
Agencies involved in homeland security, law enforcement and the criminal justice system increasingly rely on professionals skilled in forensic psychology to help solve crimes and prevent future criminal behavior. To address this critical need, the George Washington University is set to launch a new graduate program in forensic psychology in fall 2012 to train the next generation of criminal profilers, competency experts, psychological evaluators and counselors.

GW Launches Summer Arts Initiative

January 26, 2012
GW is placing renewed focus on the arts through a host of courses, special institutes, exhibitions, and events that take advantage of the university’s collaborative partnerships with the area’s museums, galleries, archives, and performing arts venues. Among the new additions for 2012 is a Summer Piano Institute featuring world-renowned guest artists, and a Summer Studio focusing on art and politics at the pre-college level.

GW Collaborates with the Smithsonian Institution

January 13, 2012
GW and Smithsonian researchers are collaborating on new joint research projects that were announced today. The five new initiatives will focus on Exploration of Maritime Archaeology of the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Primate Breast Milk: Effect on Infant Growth, Development, and Adult Disease; Analysis of Political and Cultural Ecologies of Cell Phones; Impact of Turbulence on Distribution of Dissolved Gases in Aquatic Environments; and Effect of Watershed Discharge of Poultry Feeding Operations.