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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.