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At a Glance

Homeland Security Interns

Six GW graduate students were selected as interns for the newly established Homeland Security Institute, founded by the Department of Homeland Security. GW is one of only five partner universities from which the HIS selects interns. The program was developed in cooperation with GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and is a strong foothold for GW students hoping to work in the homeland security sector. The paid internships also include the opportunity for full-time employment upon completion of graduate studies. The interns are Mary Lynn McKeon, Scott Bernard, Leslie Giacomini, Sondra Mendelson, Ben Page, and Paul T. McMurtry.

Protein Microscope

GW’s Institute for Proteomics Technology and Applications received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop an in vivo “protein microscope.” The microscope will allow researchers to view how proteins interact in living tissue for the first time. The goal of the project is to enable researchers to identify protein targets that may advance the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Tunisian Award

GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg has received the Award for Service from the Hannibal Club USA. The award is given annually to a prominent American in recognition of efforts to strengthen friendship between the United States and the Republic of Tunisia. The honor was presented by Hannibal Club President Ambassador Robert H. Pelletreau Jr., who served as the U.S. ambassador to Tunisia from 1987 to 1991, and current Tunisian Ambassador Hatem Atallah. Trachtenberg is a founding member of the club and has spoken in Tunisia on tolerance and interfaith themes.

Fulbright Honors

Kristen Eckert, Kate Hill, and Kelly Keehan, all 2004 graduates of the Elliott School of International Affairs, as well as Julia Booth, a 2004 graduate of the School of Business, were awarded Fulbright grants for this academic year. The scholarship is the flagship international educational program sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to increase cooperation and understanding between Americans and citizens of other countries. Eckert will study in Germany; Hill will conduct research in Vietnam; Keehan will teach English in Taiwan; and Booth will study in Morocco. Associate Professor Amy K. Smith of GW’s School of Business also received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Southwest University of Finance and Economics in Chendgu, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Ronald D. Crouch, BA ’04, and graduate student Amy Smith are among 39 national awardees of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarships. Crouch, who pursued his psychology degree at GW as an undergraduate Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, will seek a doctorate in clinical and community psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. Smith, who was an undergraduate Jack Kent Cooke Scholar at Cornell studying nutritional sciences, will attend GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences for a combined M.D. and Master of Public Health degree. Crouch and Smith were selected from more than a thousand applicants from 747 colleges. Each of the 39 scholars will receive up to $50,000 annually for the length of their graduate or professional degree programs. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarships are the largest scholarships offered by any private foundation in the United States.

Nursing Master’s Offered

With the goal of training a new generation of clinical and administrative nurse leaders to address the growing changes of healthcare delivery systems, the GW Health Sciences Programs has unveiled a new Master of Science in Nursing degree program. All program coursework is offered through distance education, which allows working nurses flexibility to accommodate their schedules to do coursework from home. Students in the program can select one of three specialty fields of study: clinical research administration for nurses, nursing leadership and management, and end-of-life care nursing.

Biomedical Engineering

The University has chartered the new Institute for Biomedical Engineering, which will advance the application of computer science and engineering disciplines to the field of medicine. The institute, which was established through the University’s Center of Excellence grant program, will foster collaboration between multiple disciplines and departments within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The multiyear grant awarded to SEAS will fund equipment purchases, graduate student support, and new SEAS faculty positions.


The spring 2004 GW Magazine incorrectly stated the amount of growth of the University’s and GW Medical Center’s research expenditures for 2003. The amount for the University grew from $35 million to $75.9 million from 1997 to 2003. The GW Medical Center’s research expenditures grew from $24.4 million to $39.7 million from 1997 to 2003.

GW in History

25 Years Ago

Following the example of the Library of Congress, the University made plans to revolutionize its library cataloging system, putting new information on “reading tapes” for future use in a computer system instead of in the existing card catalog system. “The use of computer terminals is expected to decrease a great amount of paperwork and staff time currently involved in cataloging materials, and thus provide more time for librarians to devote to the needs of students,” says a 1979 issue of the Hatchet.

50 Years Ago

Eleven students competed for the title of “Mr. Apollo 1954” at the Hillel Foundation’s annual “Ball o’ Fire” dance in March of that year at the National Press Club. Members of eight fraternities and campus sororities competed for the honor and were judged on looks and build by a panel of three judges.

100 Years Ago

On Sept. 1, 1904, Columbian College officially became The George Washington University by a unanimous decision of the Board of Trustees. Another matter of business in the meetings was to elect Professor Alexander Graham Bell a member of the board.

GW Magazine gratefully acknowledges the assistance of University Archives in the identification of interesting historical information. Readers wanting to learn more about GW’s history can find the University Archives Web site by accessing The site’s Historical Almanac is especially informative.