Plus, GW Selects a New Provost, Meet the NSF Research Fellows and More
Plus, GW Selects a New Provost, Meet the NSF Research Fellows and More
Columbian College

October 2019

Alexander Dent and class sitting around table
In the CCAS Dean’s Seminar on The Anthropology of the Cell Phone, students take a deep dive into their personal cellular connections and examine how smartphones have changed their world.
Chris Rollston examining artifacts
Using cutting-edge imaging technology, Chris Rollston is deciphering inscriptions on fragments of 2,000-year-old pottery excavated in Jordan. His work on the once presumed-lost pieces is shedding new light on a pivotal point in history.
GLMA Awards Banquet
Columbian College’s LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program received a GLMA Achievement Award for its contributions to improving health outcomes for the LGBTQ community.
Cathy Cranberg
Cathy Cranberg, BA ’95, has turned board games into meaningful encounters. The psychology major creates brain games that ask illuminating questions about relationships, beliefs and life’s purpose.
M. Brian Blake
M. Brian Blake, an accomplished researcher and 20-year leader in higher education administration, will be GW's next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
Hands pointing at drawings of magnifying glasses, charts, and the words "research" and "data"
From biologists following fish to political scientists tracking dark money, six Columbian College PhD students were among the 2019 winners of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
The survival rates of large-bodied mammals—from extinct saber-tooth cats to threatened bison—impacts smaller species in the ecosystem, reveals a new study by Anthropology’s W. Andrew Barr.
Sailboat in water
Undergraduate Frank Wenninger embarked on a 12-week expedition to remote Pacific Islands as part of a study abroad program that combines oceanography research with seamanship.


Mel Chin, the former William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement, was named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow for creating art that raises awareness of social concerns.
Junior Meredith Duffy (Communication) placed fourth in WayUp’s top 100 interns in the country.
Rachel Fish, BA '01, (Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies) was named the founding executive director of the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism.
David Mitchell (English) co-edited the book The Matter of Disability.
Jane Shore (English) authored the poem “Who Knows One,” which appeared in The Best American Poetry 2019 anthology.
Michael Wagner (Chemistry) was awarded a $748,720 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a project on the conversion of coal to li-ion battery grade potato graphite.

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