Plus, Cisneros' Mission to Make a Difference, Jane Austen-Mania and More
Plus, Cisneros' Mission to Make a Difference, Jane Austen-Mania and More
Columbian College

March 2020

Gil Cisneros speaking at event
Philanthropist and U.S. Congressman Gil Cisneros, BA ’94, was a first-generation college student. Now he’s helping young people write their own education success stories in and beyond the classroom. 
illustration of Jane Austen
How did a 19th century author who wrote just six novels become a pop icon? In her Dean’s Seminar, English’s Tara Wallace guides first-year students through the bizarre world of Jane Austen mania.
Jennifer Giaccai working on computer in chemistry lab
With the help of a Smithsonian award, PhD candidate Jennifer Giaccai is combining her passion for chemistry and art as she analyzes carbon-based soot in traditional and modern inks from Asian paintings.
Zaniya Lewis speaking during a meeting
Inspired by a meeting with former First Lady Michelle Obama, political science senior Zaniya Lewis founded a student-run nonprofit called the  YesSheCanCampaign. She helps young women cope with the challenges they face while pursuing higher education. 
Group of suffragettes in white on steps
The 19th Amendment guaranteeing women's right to vote celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Political science’s Corrine McConnaughy examines the historical and contemporary legacy of the suffrage movement.
Jakub Kostal and student looking at computer
Chemistry’s Jakub Kostal received a NSF CAREER award for his research on how pesticides degrade in light—an interdisciplinary effort toward safer food production and a cleaner environment.
Three women examine a display about George Washington
Students from Denver Brunsman's George Washington and His World history class researched maps, photographs and artifacts from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana collection to create an exhibition on the founding father’s life.
CCAS Bouchet inductees
Five CCAS PhD students have been nominated for induction in the Edward Alexander Bouchet Society, which honors diversity and excellence in doctoral education. Their research focus includes HIV-related healthcare, tobacco cessation and the search for life in space.


Mohssen Esseesy (Classical and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) wrote the book Al-Munjiz: Advanced Business Arabic.
Chryssa Kouveliotou (Physics) was named a Legacy Fellow by the American Astronomical Society.

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