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Of Mice and Menace

The tug-of-war for digital dominance requires an increasingly skilled crop of defenders. Enter GW CyberCorps.

By Danny Freedman

When Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was asked at a forum last fall about the single thing she would do immediately, if she could do anything, to better secure cyberspace, the answer was blunt. Read more >

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A GW Institution

Vice President Robert A. Chernak retires and joins the GW faculty.

By Julia Parmley and Kelley Stokes

In 1988, the university's undergraduate acceptance rate was more than 75 percent. Today, it's 32.6. ¶ That change, and many more, was made possible in large part because of Robert A. Chernak, senior vice provost and vice president of student and academic support services, who retired in June after 24 years at GW. He is taking a six-month sabbatical before joining the faculty of GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where he will teach courses in higher education administration. Read more >

Two Wheels on a Mission

A bicycle that may help save lives is just one of the many projects students brought to the Clinton Global Initiative University at GW.

By Ruth Steinhardt

Backstage at Lisner Auditorium, waiting to see if voters across the country had chosen his group's project as the most compelling in a crop of socially progressive innovations by college students, senior engineering student Matt Wilkins was struck by how surreal his weekend had become. Read more >

A Winning Formula

New York Yankees President Randy Levine, BA '77, talks about leading GW through a strategic review of its athletics programs.

By Heather O. Milke

As GW's new strategic plan for athletics and recreation goes into effect, the university is "doing everything it can to win." So says New York Yankees President Randy Levine, BA '77, who led the university through a strategic review of its athletics programs. A member of George Washington's board of trustees, Mr. Levine came to campus in February to help announce the new strategy. In an interview with GW Magazine, the veteran sports executive shared his views on the plan and the university's steps toward a winning athletics program. Read more >

Professor Bernanke

Undergraduates got schooled on the central bank from an expert lecturer: Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke.

By Caitlin Carroll

"I'll tell you a deep, dark secret," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said to a GW business class this spring. ¶ Referring to meetings of the G-7, involving the seven most industrialized nations' finance ministers, he said, "These big, high-profile international meetings are usually a terrible bore." Staff members do most of the work in advance, he added, and "it's simply fairly routine in most cases." Read more >

Coloring Outside the Lines

A new scholarship is offering much more than money—it is a redesigned blueprint for educating engineers.

By Danny Freedman

One plays the French horn, another is on the crew team, and another sings a cappella; some already have their hands in research, others in mentoring and entrepreneurship. And this past year, as the inaugural class of A. James Clark Engineering Scholars, these half-dozen students (now rising juniors) also began receiving rigorous training in the fundamentals of leadership. Read more >