Plus, Student Research Goes Virtual, Welcome New Faculty and More
Plus, Student Research Goes Virtual, Welcome New Faculty and More
Columbian College

August 2020

Paul Wahlbeck
When Paul Wahlbeck was named permanent CCAS dean in July, he faced an educational landscape transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s now focused on delivering a high-quality, engaged-learning experience.
Alison Pagalilauan and Ujwar Kumal
For seniors Alison Pagalilauan (left) and Ujwal Kumar (right), the pandemic threatened planned summer research with CCAS faculty. But they and fellow student researchers found remote solutions to keep their science dreams alive.
Michele Carlson
How do you make art without a studio? For Corcoran’s Michele Carlson, the virtual learning environment is an opportunity for students to engage with printmaking like working artists—and to make the craft more democratic and accessible.
Apps including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter on a screen
At a forum presented by Columbian College’s Institute of Data, Democracy and Politics, U.S. and international legislators demanded social media platforms do more to protect women from online attacks that may end their public service careers.
Professor's Gate surrounded by gold leaves
Columbian College welcomes 18 new faculty members this fall, bringing the total number of full-time academics to 534, and adding new skills and expertise to disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Martín Zysmilich and his dog
Chemistry’s Martín Zysmilich will introduce a new teaching aid to his fall classes: his dog Lola. The rescue pet’s virtual presence is among the techniques Zysmilich uses to help students feel comfortable in the online learning environment.
Liz Montague in her home with text that reads
Junior Abi Cole learned about Liz Montague (above), the first Black female New Yorker cartoonist, through a newspaper article. With the help of alumni filmmakers, the CCAS student made a documentary about Montague’s life and art.
Bill Goldman and colleagues
For more than 45 years, Dr. Bill Goldman, BA ’72, MD ’75, has brought care and kindness to his patients. After retiring from his pediatric practice, he found a new home for his passion: volunteering as a health care provider in Tanzania. 


Michael Doering (Physics) received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a resonance studies project involving large amplitude vibrations that are caused by a relatively small stimulus.
Ioannis Eleftherianos (Biology) was awarded a $809,656 grant from NSF to study the role of certain molecules as regulators of immune and metabolic responses to parasitic roundworm infections.
Keryn Gedan (Biology) received a $524,436 grant from NSF for collaborative research on “Coastal Critical Zones,” processes that transform landscapes and fluxes between land and sea.
Hugh Gusterson (Anthropology and International Affairs) received the 2020 Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association.
Sarah E. Wagner won 1st prize in the Victor Turner award competition for outstanding writing in anthropology for her book What Remains: Bringing America's Missing Home from the Vietnam War.

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