Plus, Media Taps Faculty Expertise, Students' Self-Care Tips and More
Plus, Media Taps Faculty Expertise, Students' Self-Care Tips  and More
Columbian College

April 2020

A Message From the Dean

In a message to the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) community, Dean Paul Wahlbeck recognizes the efforts of alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents during these challenging times. “It is important to remember,” he writes, “that we are all in this together.”
Alumni takes a break on a bench
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, CCAS alumni are coming to the aid of their communities—in their hometowns, across the country and around the world.
3-D Printers creating face masks
The Corcoran School of Arts & Design is teaming with faculty and students across GW to produce 3-D printed masks and face shields to protect health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mother and children at dining room table
With kids and teens struggling to make sense of the pandemic, Psychology’s Cynthia Rohrbeck discussed how to talk about issues like social distancing, school closings and online learning.
Brooke James headshot
Grief Coach Brooke James, BA ’11, helps people learn to handle sadness and loss. During the COVID crisis, she says those skills are more important than ever.
Jogger running across memorial bridge in washington DC
From exercise to poetry to sleeping in, CCAS students shared self-care tips for managing stress and bringing joy to their daily routines while practicing social distancing.
CCAS economists, psychologists, political scientists and policy analysts are being tapped by media outlets for their expertise on how COVID-19 is impacting our daily lives.
Sarah Hine headshot
How does trauma link to speech and language disorders? Sarah Hine and other graduate students are using their own experiences with vulnerable populations to guide speech pathology protocols.
Planet Forward at GW
SMPA's Planet Forward announced the 2020 winners of Storyfest, an annual competition highlighting student-told environmental stories. GW students won three grand prizes.


Stephen Boyes (Chemistry) was awarded a $390,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program on advancing chemistry research by integrating green chemistry and science policy.
Dante Chinni (Media & Public Affairs) was awarded a $400,000 grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for a project on understanding the geography of deaths of despair.
Gustavo Hormiga (Biology) co-authored an article in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History describing spider species he discovered in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. He named them after GW benefactors Wilbur B. (Bill) Harlan (Genus Harlanethis), Robert and Frances Weintraub (Harlanethis weintrauborum) and Emeritus Professor Diana Lipscomb (Harlanethis lipscombae).
Xiaofei Kang (Religion) was awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Society Fellowship.

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