Plus, Must-Read Faculty Books, Anti-Immigrant Legacy and More
Plus, Must-Read Faculty Books, Anti-Immigrant Legacy and More
Columbian College

September 2019

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Statistics alumnus Thomas Hargrove created a computer algorithm to track serial killers. He’s using it to bring criminals to justice—and give peace of mind to families.
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To History’s Tyler Anbinder, President Trump’s nativist rhetoric fits a troubling, century-old pattern in American politics: stigmatizing immigrants and minorities.
Planet Forward Students in the Galapagos
Biology majors Henry Becker and Corinne Tarantino were among those traveling to the Galápagos this summer to document biodiversity and conservation efforts. The educational journey was organized by SMPA’s Planet Forward.
Sugai Scholars on National Mall
Eight Japanese students affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 traveled to GW as part of the Sugai Intensive English and Leadership Program, a two-week immersive experience led by Japanese-speaking faculty and alumni.
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From profiles of Surrealist artists and Acropolis craftsmen to examinations of race and religion, CCAS faculty have authored a scholarly library of thought-provoking titles.
Neil Johnson
Physics’ Neil Johnson led a team of researchers in developing a new mapping model to track how online hate groups spread their narratives and attract new recruits.
GW first-year students pick up trash on the National Mall

Service With a Smile

First-year GW students completed 7,200 hours of service during Welcome Day. Their activities included visiting veterans at retirement communities, painting D.C. classrooms and scooping trash off the National Mall.
Kopriva (right) and Dr. Frick (’87)
Drs. Steven L. Frick, BS ’87, (above left) and John Kopriva, BS ’15, (center) both starred as GW basketball players. They also teamed up in the operating room. Frick helped mentor Kopriva during his training as an orthopedic surgeon.


David Braun (Anthropology) was awarded a $305,846 grant from the National Science Foundation to research the past and present human-environment dynamics in the Turkana Basin, Kenya.
Five CCAS PhD candidates were recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2019-20: Rebecca Clement (Biology), Ahmed Kodouda (Political Science), Elizabeth Meehan (Political Science), Kristen Tuosto (Human Paleobiology) and Dario Verta (Mathematics). 
Frank Sesno (Media & Public Affairs) was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the Project for Media and National Security.
Sarah Shomstein (Psychology) was awarded a $654,941 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the guidance of attention by task-irrelevant information. 
Francesco Sinatora (Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) authored the book Language, Identity, and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media. 

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