Plus, Teaching Vaccine Trials, Dean's Holiday Message and More
Plus, Teaching Vaccine Trials, Dean's Holiday Message and More
Columbian College

December 2020

Dean Wahlbeck video
In a video message to the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) community, Dean Paul Wahlbeck recognizes the efforts of alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents during these challenging times and wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season. 
Caroline Adegun
For many aspiring entertainers, visions of stardom can fade into struggles with homelessness and depression. Caroline Adegun, BA ’12, MA ’16, launched a nonprofit to support their work and lives.
wind turbines next to a forest
The incoming administration has proposed a broad strategy to address climate change. CCAS scientists say it can reach crucial environmental goals—but time is running out.
Caitlin Hepner
From artists to activists, Corcoran students are making waves with the help of awards and scholarships. Learn how philanthropy has made a difference in their lives.
Nate Morris
A financial downturn can be a fertile time for entrepreneurial innovation, according to Nate Morris, BA ’03, CEO of the waste management firm Rubicon. The former political science major shared his keys to success at a live-stream event. 
research methods zoom class screenshot
TSPPPA professor Bill Adams drew on his own experience as a volunteer in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trials to give his Research Methods class an insider’s look at a public health milestone.
Photo of Joe Biden
Columbian College’s Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics welcomed digital rights activist Seyi Akiwowo to its list of experts on global responses to digital media issues.
Chris Wallace holding a binder
Fox News’ Chris Wallace (above), USA Today's Susan Page and NBC News’ Kristen Welker shared the lessons they learned from moderating this year’s debates in a panel hosted by SMPA.
Maura Welch
Maura Welch, BA ’13, a former environmental studies major and speechwriter for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, was named a 2022 George J. Mitchell Scholar, a prestigious program that sends future leaders to Ireland for a year of graduate studies.


Douglas Boyce (Music) released the album Against Method with the musical group counter)induction.
Evangeline Downie (Physics) was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy/National Science Foundation Nuclear Science Advisory Committee.
Edward P. Jones (English) was featured in The New Yorker’s “The Best Books We Read in 2020” for his Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Known World.
Ormond Seavey (English) authored the book Henry Adams in Washington.

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