Plus, Biologist's Adventures in Ant Land
Plus, Biologist's Adventures in Ant Land
Columbian College

January 2019

Isaac Fitzgerald, BA ’05
Whether you’re struggling to make sense of the year in politics or longing to escape between the covers of a page-turner, BuzzFeed Founding Book Editor Isaac Fitzgerald, BA ’05, has a recommendation to satisfy your bookworm.
Jane Austen
Jane Austen’s novels may be 200 years old, but English’s Maria Frawley is still finding hidden treasures in her prose. In a collaborative essay, Frawley and two undergraduates explored how Austen adopted the language of economics.
Nana and Carol
At an alumni gathering in New York City, Harper’s BAZAAR Publisher and political science alumna Carol Smith, BA ’71, and SMPA alumna Nana Agyemang, BA ’16, founder of EveryStylishGirl, shared career insights and advice.
Partisan discord shows no signs of abating, making agreement on issues like immigration more unlikely than ever, notes the interdisciplinary GW Politics Poll. The poll also offered a first look at voter views on potential 2020 presidential candidates. 
Biology’s Scott Powell has traveled the world to capture nature’s most amazing ants in action and answer evolutionary riddles. His latest study of ant networks is aimed at improving transportation systems from subways to emergency routes.
Stop sign in DC
Prior knowledge about the size of everyday objects—not the perceived size of the objects themselves—impacts how our brains process and interact with the visual environment, according to research by Psychology's Sara Shomstein.  
Isabel Pellegrino
From humanitarian efforts in Cameroon to public service success on Capitol Hill, CCAS students have thrived in internships that advance their career goals with the help of GW’s Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund.
As an accomplished actor, choreographer and director, Matthew R. Wilson, MFA ’09, has wowed audiences on stages across the country. Now he's coming home in a new role: as an associate professor of theatre.


Nuala Margaret Cowan (Geography) was awarded a $491,942 cooperative agreement from the United States Agency for International Development to expand the YouthMappers University Consortium’s mission to build open spatial data for economic development and community resilience.

Cynthia S. Dowd (Chemistry) received a $516,446 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health to develop novel, potent antitubercular and antimalarial agents by inhibiting the metabolic pathway of certain organic chemicals.

Sylvain Guiriec (Physics) was awarded a $65,144 grant from NASA for the development of the All-sky Medium Energy Gamma-ray Observatory (AMEGO), an astrophysics probe for exploring the sky.

Takae Tsujioka (East Asian Languages & Literatures) received a $30,000 grant from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission to support the Japanese Learning Inspired Vision And Engagement (J.Live) Talk 2019.

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