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Study: How Plants Evolved to Weather the Cold

Study: How Plants Evolved to Weather the Cold

December 22, 2013
A team of researchers studying plants has assembled the largest dated evolutionary tree, using it to show the order in which flowering plants evolved specific strategies, such as the seasonal shedding of leaves, to move into areas with cold winters.
Ancestor of Snakes, Lizards Likely Gave Birth to Live Young

Ancestor of Snakes, Lizards Likely Gave Birth to Live Young

December 17, 2013
The ancestor of snakes and lizards likely gave birth to live young, rather than laid eggs, and over time species have switched back and forth in their preferred reproductive mode, according to research published in "Ecology Letters."
Found: One of Civilization’s Oldest Wine Cellars?

Found: One of Civilization’s Oldest Wine Cellars?

November 22, 2013
A team of American and Israeli researchers has unearthed what could be the largest and oldest wine cellar in the Near East. The group made the discovery at the 75-acre Tel Kabri site in Israel, the ruins of a northern Canaanite city that dates back to approximately 1700 B.C. The excavations are co-directed by Eric H. Cline of GW and Assaf Yasur-Landau of the University of Haifa, with Andrew Koh of Brandeis University as associate director.
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Study: No Known Hominin is Ancestor of Neanderthals and Modern Humans

October 21, 2013
The search for a common ancestor linking modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago has been a compelling subject, but a new study suggests the quest isn't complete. Researchers, using quantitative methods focused on the shape of dental fossils, find that none of the usual suspects fits the expected profile of an ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans.
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GW Receives $1.47 Million Grant to Fund New Joint Program in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts

October 01, 2013
GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences received a $1.47 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation to fund a new program, the only one of its kind in the country, that combines experiential education and Jewish cultural arts.
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GW Announces Major Garrett and Tara Sonenshine as Distinguished Fellows

September 19, 2013
Major Garrett, CBS News' chief White House correspondent, and Tara Sonenshine, former under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, will join GW's School of Media and Public Affairs as its newest fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year. Both will provide key insights to students and faculty about their experiences working in their respective fields.
GW Researcher Receives $1.3 Million for Type 2 Diabetes Study

GW Researcher Receives $1.3 Million for Type 2 Diabetes Study

August 28, 2013
A Columbian College researcher will receive $1.3 million over the next five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for research that will help better understand how type 2 diabetes develops, possibly informing the development of novel treatments to reverse the disease. The research by Aleksander Jeremic is particularly important given 150 million people worldwide suffer from type 2 diabetes--a number expected to double over the next 20 years.
George Washington University Researcher's Study Reveals How Throwing Made Us Human

George Washington University Researcher's Study Reveals How Throwing Made Us Human

June 26, 2013
Little leaguers and professional baseball players alike have our extinct ancestors to thank for their success on the mound, shows a study by George Washington University researcher Neil Roach featured on the cover of the June 27 edition of the journal Nature.
Biology Professor Maps the Family Tree of All Known Snake and Lizard Groups

Biology Professor Maps the Family Tree of All Known Snake and Lizard Groups

May 08, 2013
A George Washington University biologist and a team of researchers have created the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for every snake and lizard around the globe. The findings were recently published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. Alex Pyron, the Robert F. Griggs Assistant Professor of Biology in the Columbian College, along with researchers from the City University of New York and Arizona State University, detail the cataloguing of 4,161 species of snakes and lizards, or squamates.
George Washington University Biologist Discovers New Dinosaur in China

George Washington University Biologist Discovers New Dinosaur in China

May 03, 2013
Fossil remains found by a George Washington University biologist in northwestern China have been identified as a new species of small theropod, or meat-eating, dinosaur. The discovery was made by James Clark, the Ronald B. Weintraub Professor of Biology, in the Department of Biological Sciences.
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Amit Ronen to Direct the George Washington University's Solar Institute

April 24, 2013
Recognized clean energy leader Amit Ronen will serve as the new director of the George Washington University’s Solar Institute, the university announced at its 5th Annual Solar Symposium Tuesday. Mr. Ronen will assume his new role in May. “We are so pleased to have Amit joining the GW community in May and look forward to continuing our work on solar energy and finding ways to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges,” said Peg Barratt, dean of George Washington’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, who has helped to spearhead the institute, housed in the Columbian College since its inception in 2008.
George Washington University Launches National Parks Fellowship Certificate

George Washington University Launches National Parks Fellowship Certificate

April 23, 2013
A new graduate certificate program at the George Washington University has been created to strengthen knowledge of the natural and cultural resources that lie at the heart of the National Park Service (NPS) mission. The Certificate in Contexts of Environmental Policy will be offered by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences beginning fall 2013. The program is designed for emerging leaders at NPS involved in the preservation and protection of public lands and cultural heritage. The graduate certificate is inspired by a gift from Roger and Frances Kennedy and made possible by the Friends of Roger Kennedy to establish a fellowship named for the late Roger Kennedy, a former director at the National Park Service and part-time professor of American Studies at GW.
George Washington University Appoints New Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Dean

George Washington University Appoints New Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Dean

April 08, 2013
Ben Vinson III, a renowned scholar and vice dean for Centers, Interdisciplinary Programs and Graduate Education at Johns Hopkins University, has been appointed as the new dean of the George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Vinson will begin serving in the leadership position on August 1.
Sri Lankan Snake Study Reveals New Species, Rich Biodiversity in Island Country

Sri Lankan Snake Study Reveals New Species, Rich Biodiversity in Island Country

March 12, 2013
Alex Pyron’s expertise is in family trees. Who is related to whom, who begat whom, how did they get where they are now. But not for humans: reptiles. In 2011, his fieldwork in Sri Lanka studying snake diversity on the island led him to confirm the identity of 60 known species of snakes. With Sri Lankan collaborators, Ruchira Somaweera, an author on snakes and expert on amphibians and reptiles, and Dushantha Kandambi, a local naturalist and snake expert, the team collected the snakes and of those, Dr. Pyron used DNA sequencing technology on 40 of them. The study led to a greater understanding of how all the snakes are related to each other and their evolutionary relationship other species globally.
Columbian College to Offer LGBT Health Graduate Program, Certificate in Applied Health

Columbian College to Offer LGBT Health Graduate Program, Certificate in Applied Health

March 04, 2013
George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has launched a new graduate certificate program in LGBT health to train current and future healthcare leaders and policy advocates on issues relating to the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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