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GW's National Reach

GW faculty and graduate students are contributing to the quality of life across the country, providing leadership, expertise and research in key areas such as health care, environmental issues, education and public service. A selection of recent accomplishments is described below.

Arts and Sciences

  • Frank Sesno, dean of the School of Media and Public Affairs, and CNN special correspondent, developed Planet Forward, an innovative, interactive Web site on climate change and energy issues.
  • Chet Sherwood of the anthropology department joined with collaborators at Wayne State University to win a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to study brain energetics and adaptive plasticity of humans.


  • GWSB's Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis hosted a major conference on the housing and credit crisis that drew participants from academia, the federal government and the housing and finance industries.  Speakers, including, Federal Housing Authority Commissioner, David Stevens, examined the causes and implications of the housing crisis that sparked the current economic downturn.
  • The new university-wide Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy, led by GWSB's Mark Starik, will promote, initiate, and evaluate GW sustainability research, focusing on four key areas of sustainability:  global climate change, sustainable organizations, sustainable communities and infrastructure, and urban sustainability.

Education and Human Development

  • The Kingsbury Center Partnership Program created Career Investigations for Transition Youth (CITY), a program for training teachers in transition special education.

Engineering and Applied Science

  • The National Crash Analysis Center, based at GW’s Virginia Campus, won a $19 million research grant to help improve highway and vehicle safety and infrastructure security, using cutting-edge vehicle computer models.
  • An electrical and computer engineering student and his faculty adviser are collaborating with the Clinical Center Molecular Interventions Lab at the National Institutes of Health. They are working on a cancer therapy that utilizes therapeutic ultrasound and heat-sensitive liposomes.
  • The White House recently appointed a doctoral student in engineering management as the executive director of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), a cabinet-level council that coordinates science and technology policy across the diverse federal research and development entities.

International Affairs

  • Elliott School alumni are found throughout the U.S. government; GW alumna Rose Gottemoeller is the assistant secretary of state for verification, compliance, and implementation, responsible for negotiating a news arms reduction agreement with Russia.
  • Faculty member Amb. Edward W. Gnehm Jr., former director general of the U.S. Foreign Service, was recently elected to the executive committee of the American Academy of Diplomacy.


  • The Creative and Innovative Economy Center works with governmental and international organizations, educational institutions, companies and trade associations to deliver unbiased research and thought-provoking educational programming.
  • A yearly pro bono legal project is organized by the Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) to create opportunities for GW students to share their legal knowledge and skills with the members of society who need them the most. For the past three years EJF has sent a group of GW law students to New Orleans to do pro bono work with the Student Hurricane Network.

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

  • An interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is studying consumer perspectives on nursing-quality measures.
  • Students in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences have a wide range of options for experiential learning, including such organizations as the American Red Cross, the Mayo Clinic, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, National Association of Community Health Centers and the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General.
  • The health sciences programs partnered with the National Committee for Quality Assurance to create a master’s degree in the field of health care quality improvement

Professional Studies

  • The College of Professional Studies established a partnership with the United States Institute of Peace. Under the partnership, content on how to lead teams in conflict environments has been incorporated into the security and safety leadership master’s program.
  • GW’s Graduate School of Political Management has partnered with 80 Million Strong, a coalition of 10 youth engagement organizations, to provide policy recommendations to the U.S. Congress.

Public Health and Health Services

  • The results of a public health student’s practicum yielded recommendations to improve the seat design for taxi cabs to better meet the ergonomic needs of drivers.
  • Dr. Lorien Abroms in prevention and community health has designed an iPhone app that uses an evidence-based method to help smokers quit.
  • As part of a master’s degree practicum, a student helped organize the communications campaign for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future physical activity promotion project.

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