Plus, Fighting Vaccine Myths, Keeping Student Research Alive and more
Plus, Fighting Vaccine Myths, Keeping Student Research Alive and more
Columbian College

January 2021

Loren Ghiglione
In his new book, journalist, author and educator Loren Ghiglione, PhD ’76, documents his 14,000 mile-trip across 28 states in search of America’s identity, as well as his own.
Ethan Porter
Through $150,000 in funding support from Google, SMPA’s Ethan Porter will study reactions to misinformation in 10 countries with the goal of reducing false beliefs around vaccination.
Lab set with preserved butterfly, color diagram, and butterfly stamp
Through a National Science Foundation-funded collaboration, Biology’s Carly Jordan is bringing into the classroom digitized natural history collections of exotic specimens from white cabbage butterflies to red swamp crayfish.
Graphic with words
GW will launch its Bicentennial celebrations with a virtual opening ceremony on February 9, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the congressional act that established Columbian College, GW's first school.
Bethany Cobb
CCAS faculty members, including Physics’ Bethany Cobb Kung, are developing video lectures for a College Board effort to help high school AP students during the pandemic.
School of fish in the Galapagos
A new study by a research team that included Biology’s Guillermo Orti charts how snapper fish transition and evolve their body shapes based on shifting environmental conditions.
Capitol building in orange light
Rebekah Tromble, director of Columbian College’s Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics, said that while social media helped unite far-right groups for the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol, institutional support made the insurrection possible.
GW Professors Gate inscribed with
Psychology’s Michelle Stock received a GW COVID-19 Research Fund award to explore how the mental and physical health of Black young adults in Washington, D.C., is impacted by coronavirus-related stressors.

In Memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we note the recent passing of the following members of the CCAS community:

  • Professor of Forensic Science Moses S. Schanfield, a noted expert in DNA testing and the genetics of the immune response and disease susceptibility
  • Double alumnus Bob Coleman, BA '81, MFA '85, a former instructor in graphic design, illustration and computer graphics
  • Triple alumnus James C. King, BA '49, MA '50, PhD '54, professor emeritus of German and former chair of the Germanic Languages and Literature Department
  • Double alumnus Thaddeus Lindner, AA ’50, BA ’51,  trustee emeritus, philanthropist and volunteer leader


The GW Society of Physics Students was recognized as a 2019-2020 Outstanding Chapter by the SPS National Council.
Barry R. Chiswick (Economics) authored the book Jews at Work.
Catherine Forster (Biology) had a fossil bird from Cretaceous deposits in Madagascar named for her, Falcatekely forsterae.

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