Plus, Africa's Impact for African Americans, Alumni Valentines and More
Plus, Africa's Impact for African Americans, Alumni Valentines and More
Columbian College

February 2022

Sara Matthiesen headshot
In her latest book, History and WGSS professor Sara Matthiesen examines how Roe v. Wade impacted the decision to raise a family—and whether the Supreme Court is poised to make that choice harder than ever. 
Nemata Blyden and Dean Paul Wahlbeck sitting and talking
History’s Nemata Blyden spoke with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck about the customs and traditions that carried over from the African continent centuries ago and still influence the African American experience today.
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With Valentine’s Day approaching, alumni sweethearts shared their stories of how they fell in love at GW—from residence hall romances to classroom courtships. 
Sidney Chu speedskating
Sidney Chu, BS ’21, will fulfill his lifelong dream of competing on the Olympic stage when he steps onto the ice in Beijing, China. The former biology major will represent Hong Kong in short track speed skating.
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Undergraduate physics student Gabriel Grauvogel is taking his CCAS Luther Rice Fellowship research to a subatomic level, joining an international team of scientists in an effort to unravel the puzzling proton. 
Portrayal of animals and humans walking along a savannah
Scientists have long believed that a shift to a carnivorous diet 2 million years ago advanced human evolution. But a new study led by Anthropology’s W. Andrew Barr challenges the assumption that “meat made us human.”  
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Christopher Cahill, chair of the CCAS Chemistry Department and a leader in inorganic and materials chemistry, was honored among a distinguished class of scientists, engineers and innovators.
Thurston Terrace
A team of alumni including several former CCAS students are raising funds to name a terrace in the remodeled Thurston Hall after their friend and classmate Leon Rosenman, BBA ’81, who died unexpectedly last October.


We note with regret the passing of biochemistry alumna and former president of the American Chemical Society Nancy B. Jackson, BS ’79.
Kimberly Probolus-Cedroni, PhD ’19, (American Studies) was the lead author and researcher on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Whose Heritage?” report.
Chet Sherwood (Anthropology) received a $870,310 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study on comparative epigenomics of primate brains.
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