Press Announcements

Extremist Equation

Researchers Shed Light on the Evolution of Extremist Groups

May 19, 2021

Neil Johnson, professor of physics, alongside a team of GW researchers compared the growth of the Boogaloos, a U.S.-based extremist group, to online support for ISIS, a militant, terrorist organization based in the Middle East. Their findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggest the need for specific policies aimed at limiting the growth of such extremist movements.

School of Media and Public Affairs

New Director of the Project for Media and National Security Announced

May 12, 2021

Columbian College's School of Media and Public Affairs announced that Thom Shanker, a longtime Pentagon correspondent and editor for The New York Times, has been selected as the next director of the Project for Media and National Security (PMNS). The PMNS works to deepen public understanding of national security by convening conversations between policymakers and journalists, as well as with researchers and students, focusing on military, cyber and other national security issues.


The Cerebellum’s Role in Brain Evolution

May 06, 2021

Elaine Guevara, a former postdoctoral scientist in Columbian College's Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, led a study on how the cerebellum underwent evolutionary changes that may have contributed to human culture, language and tool use. Published in the journal PLOS Genetics, the epigenetic differences identified in the study are relevant for understanding how the human brain functions and its ability to adapt and make new connections.


Brood X Cicadas and their Impact on the Ecosystem!

May 04, 2021

John Lill, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and Zoe Getman-Pickering, a postdoctoral scientist at GW, are studying the impact of the cicadas on the ecosystem and environment.

Arthur S Flemming Awards

Arthur S. Flemming Awards Honor Outstanding Federal Employees

April 15, 2021
Twelve exceptional public servants representing a diverse array of federal agencies have been recognized with Arthur S. Flemming Awards for performing outstanding service in the fields of applied science and engineering, basic science, leadership and management, legal achievement, and social science. The awards are presented by the Arthur S. Flemming Commission, in partnership with Columbian College’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Institute for Data democracy and politics

Vaccine Hesitancy Poses Threat to Efforts to End Pandemic: New Commentary

March 25, 2021

David A. Broniatowski, associate director of GW's Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics, co-authored an editorial about how vaccine hesitancy could pose a major threat to public health efforts to end the pandemic. The editorial is published in the journal Science.

A couple sits to reflect while visiting “IN AMERICA How Could This Happen…”

George Washington University Helps Digitize Popular COVID-19 Memorial

March 21, 2021

With help from anthropology professor Sarah Wagner, a team from GW, UMD and Artist Suzanne Firstenberg created a digital exhibition that now gives others the chance to visit the “IN AMERICA How Could This Happen…” art exhibition virtually.