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Plus, Students Travel to Oman, A Front Row Seat for Impeachment and More
Plus, Students Travel to Oman, A Front Row Seat for Impeachment and More
Columbian College

February 2020

Michelle Jacoby headshot
As a professional matchmaker, psychology major Michelle Jacoby, BA ’87, uses her people skills and dating expertise to help D.C singles look for love in all the right places. 
GW students organizing supplies with Carnegie Foundation seal
GW was among a select group of schools to receive the 2020 Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification, recognizing institutional commitment to service. Since 2006, only 359 schools have earned this honor.
Lisa Bowleg Headshot
A new study led by psychological and brain sciences’ Lisa Bowleg suggests that adversarial encounters with law enforcement increase depressive symptoms among black men.
Hearts and cartoon illustrations of George Washington statue, Kogan Plaza tempietto
Could Cupid be hiding in Foggy Bottom? From Thurston Hall romances to classmates turned couples, enjoy these alumni Valentine’s Day fairy tales and share your own.
Group of students in Oman
A study abroad program tied to Mohssen Esseesy’s Arabic business and language course allowed students to travel to Oman for a lesson in economics, linguistics and cultural connections.
Cassandra White
Senior biology major and GW Undergraduate Research Award winner Cassandra White studies genetic and environmental impacts on primates’ personality—a key question in the debate between nature and nurture. 
Alexa Alice Joubin speaking at an event
Race is not just skin color but a string of elements from language to life experiences, notes English’s Alexa Alice Joubin. In her latest book, she says race is a social shorthand for differences.
Lauren Peller in front of the Washington Monument
As a Capitol Hill intern for CBS News, SMPA junior Lauren Peller was on the frontlines of history, reporting on President Trump’s impeachment proceedings from the floor of Congress.


Senior Brett Cassidy (Theatre) was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play” for his role in columbinus at 1st Stage in Tysons, Va.
Jakub Kostal (Chemistry) was awarded a $706,726 grant from the National Science Foundation for an investigation of the use of chemical photodegradation in pesticide design.
Eric Kramon (Political Science) won the best book award for Money for Votes: The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Clientelism in Africa from the American Political Science Association's 2019 African Politics Conference Group.
David Shambaugh (Political Science and International Affairs) edited the book China and the World.

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