Plus, Veteran Shares Lessons, Environmental Chemistry and More
Plus, Veteran Shares Lessons, Environmental Chemistry and More
Columbian College

April 2019

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For four Columbian College alumni business wizards, bright ideas led to startups that topped $1 billion in valuation—and earned them each a spot as “Unicorn” entrepreneurs.
GW chemistry students in a lab
How do you safely design chemicals that won’t harm the environment? That’s among the questions Environmental and Green Chemistry Program faculty and students are asking in their classrooms and labs. Led by Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal, their newest project may change the way scientists do business. 
Meina Liu
Keeping your cool in heated disputes largely hinges on your cultural background, according to Organizational Sciences and Communication’s Meina Liu's new study on how people from Hong Kong and the United States handled high-stakes negotiations.
Jacquelyn Veatch
As an intern at Environment America, biophysics senior Jacquelyn Veatch is stepping out of the lab and into the political arena to sow the seeds of a greener, healthier world.
Jacob Holl
English graduate student Jacob Holl traveled from the battlefield to the classroom. The combat veteran is now sharing his insights on the impact of trauma with first-year students
Elizabeth Perner holds her first place award from the Three Minute Thesis Competition
Present a 100-page dissertation in three minutes? Columbian College PhD students stepped up to the speed-challenge in the college’s first Three Minute Thesis Competition. Political Science’s Elizabeth Perner won first prize in a contest that tested students’ ability to summarize their research for a non-specialist audience.
Starry Dwarf Frog
Biology postdoctoral scientist S.P. Vijayakumar led a research team into the isolated hills of Southern India where they discovered an ancient frog lineage. The “Starry Dwarf Frog” may solve evolutionary riddles in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. 
Brigid Prial
Frankenstein and Dracula are more than just horror stories, notes senior English major Brigid Prial. In her research, she uncovered how menacing creatures echoed 19th century fears of science. 


Geography students Brian Sachs, Noah Rothstein and Chris Hart were members of the team that won the National Championship World Geography Bowl in Washington D.C.
Christopher Brick (History) received a $196,661 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration in support of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers project.
Sharon W. Chamberlain, PhD ’10, (History) authored the book A Reckoning: Philippine Trials of Japanese War Criminals.
Joseph Gastwirth (Statistics) received the Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society from the American Statistical Association.
Qing Pan (Statistics) was chosen as an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.

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