December 2008


Recognition of the awards, honors, and recent publications of the GW faculty and staff


Jonathan P. Deason, professor of environmental and energy management, delivered a keynote address on “Ethics and Socio-Environmental Responsibility” at the third Annual Seminar on Environmental Planning and Management in São Paulo, Brazil on Oct. 6.

GW’s Documentary Center’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, an intensive, six-month course that culminates with a certificate in documentary filmmaking, was named a top 10 academic program for nonfiction filmmaking in the country by The Independent, a seminal publication in the world of documentary and narrative media-makers. The center, part of GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, exclusively focuses on the production theory and techniques of non-fiction filmmaking.

Ilana Feldman, assistant professor of international affairs and anthropology, received the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s Cultural Horizons Prize for her article “Difficult Distinctions: Refugee Law, Humanitarian Practice, and Political Identification in Gaza.” The article appeared in Cultural Anthropology in February 2007.

GW’s Paralegal Studies Program’s course American Jurisprudence, designed and taught by Associate Professor Toni Marsh, won the grand prize in the American Association for Paralegal Education’s annual online teaching competition.

Anne Linton, director of library services at GW’s Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, received the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s Librarian of the Year award.

Martha Morris, associate professor of museum studies, was awarded the 2008 Katherine Coffey Award by the MidAtlantic Association of Museums, the highest honor for museum professionals in the region. The award was granted in recognition of her leadership work at the Smithsonian Institution and her long-term efforts in educating museum professionals.


James P. Howard was named assistant vice president of development for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He comes to GW from Oberlin College, where he served as director of principal gifts. At Oberlin, Howard managed a diverse portfolio of donors for gifts of $1 million or more in support of endowment, capital projects, and other strategic initiatives. His achievements include cultivating philanthropic support to build a $65 million science center and a recently completed $22 million jazz facility at the college.

Barbara L. Tesner has been named assistant vice president of development for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Since 2003, she served as the college’s executive director of development and was instrumental in securing the funds to create the Institute for the Analysis of Solar Energy at GW. In her new role, she will continue managing Columbia College’s expanded presence in fundraising, alumni relations, and volunteer engagement.


Andrei Alexandru, assistant professorial lecturer in physics, and collaborators Ivan Horvath and Keh-Fei Liu from the University of Kentucky, published the article “Classical limits of scalar and tensor gauge operators based on the overlap Dirac matrix” in the Oct. 15 issue of Physical Review D, a publication of the American Physical Society.

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