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Research Spotlight

Maritime archaeologists dive at the site of the São José shipwreck near the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. GW Professor Step

GW Archaeologist Resurfaces Stories from a Sunken Slave Ship

June 09, 2015

Off the coast of South Africa, researchers recover relics to be displayed at the Smithsonian’s newest museum.

Science and Engineering Hall

The George Washington University Opens Science and Engineering Hall, Largest Building of Its Kind in D.C.

March 03, 2015

GW's new Science and Engineering Hall is a $275 million, 500,000-square-foot building with state-of-the-art research facilities and programs.

Patients Don’t Understand Risks of Unnecessary Antibiotics, GW Study Shows

December 15, 2014

Over prescription of antibiotics is a major factor driving one of the biggest public health concerns today: antibiotic resistance. In a first-of-its-kind study, research led by the George Washington University suggests that public health educational materials may not address the misconceptions that shape why patients expect antibiotics, driving doctors to prescribe them more.

James M. Tielsch, chair of the Department of Global Health; Lori Heise, Gender Violence and Health Centre director; Mary Ellsber

Effectiveness of Campaigns Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Examined

November 20, 2014

Levels of violence against women and girls remain high across the world despite the global attention the issue has received.

Ants on a leaf.

Nature Collides with James Bond: Newly Discovered Ant Species Hides in Plain Sight

October 01, 2014

The new ant species, Cephalotes specularis, was discovered by Dr. Scott Powell in the savannah region of Brazil.


Oldest Pterodactyloid Species Discovered, Named by International Team of Researchers

April 24, 2014

An international research team,has discovered and named the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid and established they flew above the earth some 163 million years ago, longer than previously known.

Flying snake.

Flying Snakes—How Do They Do It?

March 04, 2014

New research, titled “Lift and Wakes of Flying Snakes," appears March 4 in the journal Physics of Fluids. This work is the first to study the lift of a snake's cross-section computationally.


George Washington University Biologist Maps the Family Tree of All Known Snake and Lizard Groups

May 08, 2013

A George Washington University biologist and a team of researchers have created the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for every snake and lizard around the globe.


George Washington University Biologist Discovers New Dinosaur in China

May 03, 2013

Fossil remains found by a George Washington University biologist in northwestern China have been identified as a new species of small theropod, or meat-eating, dinosaur.

GW Professor Researching Ways to Improve Human Tissue Dissection, Reduce Blood Transfusions

March 26, 2013

A George Washington University researcher recently received a grant to study ways to cut human tissue more efficiently, an effort that could minimize the need for blood transfusions and other products for patients during surgery.

Research Spotlight

Stacked Solar Cell

Scientists Design Solar Cell that Captures Nearly All Energy of Solar Spectrum

July 11, 2017

Scientists have designed and constructed a prototype for a new solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum.

Using light, “spark” cells (green) and automation, Entcheva’s lab speeds up the process of drug screening in heart cells (red) t

GW Researchers Use Light to Control Human Heart Cells and Expedite Development of New Drugs

May 10, 2016

The research is outlined in a paper which published in Nature Communications on Tuesday.

Researchers have described a new species of plant-eating dinosaur, Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis, that stood on its hind feet an

Triceratops Gets A Cousin: Researchers Identify Another Horned Dinosaur Species

December 09, 2015

The findings were published in PLOS ONE on Dec. 9.