GW Magazine Summer 2014


A Healthy Investment

The punch of modern medicine has evolved into a powerful, knockout blow, capable of curing cancer, eradicating disease, and managing what would otherwise be debilitating, lifelong conditions. But it’s largely reactionary, delivering treatments after illness strikes—when costs, not to mention risk of complications, are sky high.

By Danny Freedman




Bending the Rules

Bending the Rules

Zhenyu Li, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is holding a new invention between his thumb and forefinger. It looks like a piece of hard, clear plastic, about the size of a pack of gum. Inside are some fine wires and a square chip.

Dean Ben Vinson III

As Seen by the Dean

In August, Ben Vinson III will reach his first anniversary at the helm of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the largest school at the George Washington University. He oversees more than 7,000 students, nearly 500 full-time faculty members, 42 departments and programs, and 27 research centers and institutes. Dean Vinson stepped away from his jam-packed schedule to talk with GW Magazine about the importance of the liberal arts, new opportunities for the Columbian College, and the best part of his job.

A Heart In The Right Place(s)

A Heart In The Right Place(s)

Narine Sarvazyan and her team were trying to create universal-donor stem cells—cell transplants that the immune system would be less likely to reject—when something else caught her eye.