Plus, Welcome New Faculty, Fighting Digital Disinformation and More
Plus, Welcome New Faculty, Fighting Digital Disinformation and More
Columbian College

August 2019

Dan Schwartz Headshot
In his new book, Daniel Schwartz, director of the CCAS Judaic Studies Program, examines the centuries-old history of the word “ghetto”—and how it has come to symbolize both pain and pride.
Two students in control room
A $5 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will support the new Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics to fight the rise of distorted and misleading information online. Spearheaded by the School of Media and Public Affairs, the institute will bring together faculty specializing in media, data analysis and technology.
hand holding ancient fossilized tooth
David Patterson, PhD ’16, and researchers  from Columbian College’s Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology mapped a dietary shift from 1.65 million years ago that may pinpoint when our genus diverged from earlier ancestors.
Train driving through busy street with a half green/half pink overtone
What you think is what you see, reveals a new study by Psychology’s Dwight Kravitz. Perception and working memory are so deeply entangled that they color how we react to the world around us.
Professors Gate
Twenty-four new full-time faculty are joining the Columbian College family this year, strengthening disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Columbian College professors and grad students in conference room in Paris
Columbian College professors were among an Interdisciplinary team of GW scholars presenting findings on the impact of race and racism in the marketplace at an international conference in France. They joined global experts to share information on the effects of discrimination in health care, housing, finance, arts and sports. 
Noelle Purcell digging an archaeological site

Unearthing Ancient Soil Secrets

Luther Rice Fellow Noelle Purcell, a senior majoring in biological anthropology and archaeology, is digging into Earth’s environmental past by uncovering ancient soil in Kenya. The dated dirt contains clues to global atmospheric shifts. 
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In a world of fakes and forgeries, Colette Loll, MA ’09, is the real deal. The Corcoran alumna is an art fraud expert, helping museums and collectors spot counterfeit canvases.


Lisa Bowleg (Psychology) was awarded a $449,439 grant from the National Institutes of Health to address multi-level intersectional stigma and improve HIV-prevention among young black gay bisexual men.
Christopher Brick (History) received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers project.
David Brunori (Public Policy), BA ’84, (History), MA ’95, (Political Science) authored the book Local Tax Policy: a Primer (Rowman Littlefield, 2019).
Arnaud Martin (Biology) was awarded a $672,764 grant from the National Science Foundation to perform precise genome editing procedures on lepidopteran insects, an order that includes butterflies and moths.
Gabriela Rosenblau (Psychology) received a $495,000 grant from the Simons Foundation to examine computational neuroscience-derived predictions of learning abilities.

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