Labs & Facilities

Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology

Two students discussing a project over a laptop in a lab

The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) brings together researchers utilizing diverse scientific approaches to advance our understanding of human evolution and primate biology. A wide range of research projects take place within the center, which is housed in GW's Science and Engineering Hall. These labs are home to thousands of skeletons, mammalian brain tissue samples, and fossil casts, as well as high-tech microscopes, fossil scanning technology and other equipment.


Visit the CASHP Website


Discourse Laboratory

A group of students leaning over a desk covered in papers together and talking

The Discourse Laboratory was developed by Joel Kuipers in 1997 to take advantage of new digital technologies for analyzing discourse. With the generous support of a grant from the National Science Foundation and the GW Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Discourse Lab provides resources for recording, transcribing and analyzing naturally occurring discourse of all kinds. It is used in several sponsored research projects and upper-level anthropology classes, and it is available to students for class projects and other research.

Lab Features

  • State-of-the-art computer workstations networked to a network-attached storage (NAS) data server
  • Workstation specially outfitted for digitizing video from a number of source types
  • Software for transcription, video editing and analysis of video, audio and graphic data
  • Software to link transcription with video data, permitting keyword searches, sorting and editing
  • Six video cameras, tripods and bags
  • Two digital audio recorders with microphone set
  • One digital SLR camera and lenses
  • Teaching and presentation support, including a built-in projector, screen and speakers

Office Hours and Lab Reservations

Discourse Lab Manager: Joel Kuipers

Members of the GW community can reserve Discourse Lab appointments using our Google calendar.

3D Printing

a lab assistant printing a 3d sample

Three-dimensional printers build objects by depositing successive thin layers of material onto a build platform. The Anthropology Department shares 3D printer services with the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations. The printing machine also provides an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice with cutting-edge technology.

Contact the Anthropology Department to inquire about requesting a print model.