Plus, Are Americans Flunking History?, Honoring Alumna's Legacy and More
Plus, Are Americans Flunking History?, Honoring Alumna's Legacy and More
Columbian College

June 2021

Lang (Kate) Yang
In a first-of-its-kind study, TSPPPA’s Lang (Kate) Yang uncovered the hidden toll of decades of school shootings as higher-income families move away from communities struggling with stigma.
Leah Brock Mccartney Project
Two recent alumni are leading an initiative to create an on-campus mural commemorating pioneering Missouri judge Leah Brock McCartney, GW’s first Black alumna.
Claritza Jiménez
Video journalist Claritza Jiménez, BA ’05, often struggled to find diverse online images. Her newest venture is trying to solve that problem—in front of the camera and behind it.
A panel of top business leaders, including fashion designer Rachel Zoe, BA ’93, (bottom left) and Peloton founder Tom Cortese, BA ’02, (top right), discussed how GW helped shape their career paths and offered advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. 
Brick Headshot
Why do Americans believe historical myths? And are they a threat to democracy? History’s Christopher Brick (above in his podcast studio) has a lesson plan to raise our humanities IQ.
Extremist Equation
A study led by Physics’ Neil Johnson revealed that online support for the right-wing Boogaloos followed the same mathematical pattern (above) as ISIS, suggesting strategies to limit extremists’ growth.
chryssa kouveliotou
Professor and Physics Chair Chryssa Kouveliotou received the prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy for her contributions to our understanding of magnetars, highly magnetized neutron stars.
In collaboration with the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Biology PhD student Jonathan Huie discovered that Central and South American anoles are strikingly similar to tropical lizards in the Caribbean. 

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We note with regret the passing of Professor Emeritus Robert Rycroft, who taught political science, science and technology and international affairs at GW for 25 years.
Congratulations to Lisa Bowleg (Psychology), recipient of GW’s Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship (Research); Shira Robinson (History), recipient of the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence; and Carol Sigelman (Psychology), recipient of the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Service. Read the full list of award winners.
The Political Science Graduate Program was ranked 12th in the United States and 15th in the world in the 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects by Shanghai Ranking. 

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