Plus, Medieval Meterologists, Alumni Advice and More
Plus, Medieval Meterologists, Alumni Advice and More
Columbian College

May 2019

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From the sidewalks of SEH to the reaches of the sun, J. Houston Miller’s new NASA telescope may transform climate science. 
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Columbian College alumni from media, entertainment, politics and other industries, offer words of wisdom for the Class of 2019. 
Andre Gonzales with Forrest Maltzman and Thomas LeBlanc
Political communications major André Gonzales (above with Provost Forrest Maltzman, left, and President Thomas LeBlanc, right) received the prestigious Truman Scholarship for his work as an educational advocate and activist.
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Sanjit Sethi, who oversaw the Corcoran's reincarnation and brought focus to advancing creative scholarship, will leave GW in July to become the next president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 
Mackenzie in front of research poster
Senior Mackenzie White’s undergraduate thesis on Medieval meteorology unearthed ancient almanacs that revealed which way the wind blew.  
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GW’s Society for Physics Students shared their passion for learning in a series of STEM workshops with D.C.-area school children.
Corinne with microscope
Senior Corinne Tarantino’s undergraduate research experience has taken her from Columbian College biology labs to fieldwork in Brazil, where tiny ants are yielding giant evolutionary and ecological insights.
Kyla Sommers and Sidney Blumenthal
History News Network, which brings historical perspective to current events, is now managed by the Department of History. Kyla Sommers, BA ’13, PhD ’19, (above with journalist Sidney Blumenthal) was named HNN editor-in-chief.


Hugh Gusterson (Anthropology) was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to complete a book on nuclear weapons and ethical decision making after the Cold War.
Eve Boyle (Anthropology) and Amanda Pierson (Sociology) won GW's Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award; Hugh Gusterson (Anthropology) and Anthony Yezer (Economics) won the university's Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence; and Terrie Gale (Sociology), Carly Jordan (Biology) and Tara Scully (Biology) were among the winners of the Morton A. Bender Teaching Award. Read More
CCAS students Ashley Atilano (English, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies), Jack Hirschman (Physics, Political Science) and Jeremy Marsh (Political Science) were recognized as the university's 2019 Distinguished Scholars.
Keryn Gedan (Biology) received a $240,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study climate drivers, dynamics and consequences of ecosystem change in coastal barrier systems. 
Sharon Lambert (Psychology) was awarded a $176,902 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study development and malleability from childhood to adulthood. 
Sana Ullah, MA ’17, (New Media, Photojournalism) was awarded a 2019 Goldziher Prize for Journalists  for her photo series Places You’ll Pray.

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