- Plus, Forensic Scientists Close Cold Cases
- Plus, Forensic Scientists Close Cold Cases
Columbian College

February 2019

TV director Michael Lange, BA ’71, (second from right), has found big success on the small screen. The theatre major has helmed hit series, guided top performers and mentored fellow alumni while making his mark behind the camera. 
Forensic sciences alumni are clearing a massive backlog in untested sexual assault kits. Their findings can bring peace of mind to victims and put criminals behind bars. 
As a student, Karly Cohen, BS ’17, MS ’18, (left with Biology's L. Patricia Hernandez) researched the anatomy of the silver carp. Her findings are winning academic honors and changing what we know about the species' evolution.  
Projection on the Trump International Hotel
Artist Robin Bell, known for his protest projections on the walls of the Trump Hotel, brings his latest art installation  “OPEN” to the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design as a prelude to an upcoming retrospective on a censored Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition.  
New deep space observations by Professor of Astrophysics Chryssa Kouveliotou and a team of scientists provided insights into supernovae and their relations to Gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful explosions in the cosmos. 
We note with regret the passing of Joe Dymond, geography professor and expert in culture, identity and nationality. He is remembered as a passionate educator and unwavering mentor. 
Persuasion Class
KWT Global executive leaders Aaron Kwittken, BA ’92, and Shanee Goss, BA ’00, shared tips on the communications business in Clay Warren’s Persuasion class—an annual tradition that has helped students find jobs. 
Neil Johnson Headshot
In a study on how systems with moving parts reach their goals, Physics' Neil Johnson found that systems are more efficient when their components are not overly capable. His research impacts practices like structuring companies and building autonomous vehicles. 


Andrei Afanasev (Physics) received a $363,658 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to study interactions of twisted light at sub-wavelength scales.
Senior photojournalism major Keren Carrion was accepted to the New York Times Portfolio Review.
Lee Colan, MPhil '87, PhD '93, (Industrial/Organizational Psychology) authored the book The Power of Positive Coaching: The Mindset and Habits to Inspire Winning Results and Relationships.

Graciela Kaminsky (Economics and International Affairs) was named one of the 12 most influential Argentine economists in the world by the newspaper Cronista.
Thomas Mallon (English) authored the novel Landfall.
John Sides (Political Science) received a $300,000 grant from the Democracy Fund to support the “Monkey Cage” column in The Washington Post.
Stephanie Travis (Interior Architecture) won the International Advisory Board’s International Award for Excellence for her article “Pure Form: The Interior of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC” in Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection.

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