- Plus, Learning Lessons From Lemurs
- Plus, Learning Lessons From Lemurs
Columbian College

March 2019

Chart with rising blue and yellow lines
Low unemployment and steady growth. Stagnant wages and looming deficits. How do we make sense of America’s wild economic ride? Economist Fred Joutz explains the good, the bad and the unpredictable in economic forecasting.
Ivana Mowry-Mora
Junior Ivana Mowry-Mora, a Cisneros scholar majoring in geography, is researching the impact of support networks and mentorship on immigrant youth pursuing higher education.  
Matthew Hindman presents to colleagues at a book talk on campus
Media and Public Affair’s Matthew Hindman won the 2019 Harvard Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Book Prize for The Internet Trap, which traces the rise of digital giants like Facebook and Google.
Sidney Chu skating
Sidney Chu, a sophomore majoring in biology and public health, is speed skating toward an athletic milestone—representing both GW and Hong Kong at the upcoming University Games in Russia. For the rising star in short-track speed skating, it's the  latest lap on a journey that could take him to the 2022 Olympics. 
A Luther Rice fellow examines an image of a lemur on a computer
From the forests of Madagascar to nature documentaries, lemurs are popular primates. In Brenda Bradley’s anthropology lab, two Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellows are examining lemurs for lessons in evolution.
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Four CCAS students were honored among this year’s 11 Fulbright scholars. GW placed among the top research institutions for generating winners of the prestigious award.
Kyrah Altman
Kyrah Altman, a senior majoring in human services and social justice, is building a nonprofit to transform youth mental health education by reducing stigma and promoting a holistic curriculum.
Kathy Newcomer, Amy Peeples and Zeita Merchant
TSPPPA Director Kathy Newcomer (left) presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to CDC Senior Advisor Amy B. Peeples, MPA ’91, (center) and Coast Guard Vice Admiral Scott Buschman, MPA ’96. Coast Guard Commander Zeita Merchant, MPA ’10, (right) received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. 


The GW chapter of the Society of Physics Students won a Future Faces of Physics Award for its work in providing educational outreach through Life Pieces to Masterpieces, an after-school program for young African American males from underprivileged Washington, D.C., neighborhoods.
Tara S. Behrend (Organizational Sciences and Communication) co-edited the book Workforce Readiness and the Future of Work.
Vera Kuklina (Geography) received a $394,512 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of undocumented transportation pathways on remote communities in Siberia.
Nina Seavey (Media and Public Affairs) received $100,000 in support of her documentary project My Fugitive. The Reva and David Logan Foundation donated $50,000 and an additional $50,000 was provided by an anonymous donor.
John Sides (Political Science) received a $200,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support the “Monkey Cage” column in The Washington Post.
Silvio Waisbord (Media and Public Affairs) authored the book Communication: A Post-Discipline.

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