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Teaching Plastics to “Speak”

(Dec. 3, 2020)

Chemist Davoud Mozhdehi is working on an autonomous synthetic material that could create what he calls “smart plastics.”

A&S Psychologist Contributes to Important Study in Nature Medicine Journal

(Nov. 24, 2020)

The study explored why individuals with the chromosomal disorder 22q11.2 deletion syndrome show varying symptoms.

Mike Goode Pens New Book on How Literary Classics Help Create the New Media They ‘Live’ In

(Nov. 11, 2020)

A virtual launch will celebrate Goode’s new book that examines the distinctiveness of the media in which particular ‘classic’ writings by Blake, Scott and Austen find new life.

A&S | Maxwell Students Take Part in Virtual Stocks and Finance Immersion

(Nov. 10, 2020)

With a trip to Wall Street disrupted by the pandemic, alumni stepped up to keep the valuable experience alive virtually.

Bold Leaders, Progressive Ideas: A&S Welcomes New Dean’s Advisory Board Members

(Nov. 9, 2020)

Dean Karin Ruhlandt welcomes four new members to serve as stewards and advocates for the College.

A New Way to Deliver Therapeutic Drugs to the Brain?

(Nov. 6, 2020)

Researchers are investigating a nanoparticle that could 'disguise' itself for entry into the brain.

EES Professors Contribute to Study on Future Climate Prediction

(Nov. 6, 2020)

Climate experts make the case for including ancient data in future models.

LLL Professor Awarded for Outstanding Research of a Medieval Monastic Text

(Nov. 5, 2020)

Matthieu Herman van der Meer analyzed a newly discovered commentary from around the year 800.

EES Professor Christa Kelleher Wins SU’s First Francis A. Kohout Award for Outstanding Achievement

(Nov. 2, 2020)

The award honors early-career scientists for outstanding achievements in the hydrogeologic profession.

A&S Welcomes Distinguished Visiting Poet Nicole Sealey

(Oct. 30, 2020)

Acclaimed poet will instruct graduate courses in creative writing.

From Sacred Texts to Texting

(Oct. 30, 2020)

Inaugural Phyllis Backer Professor brings an interdisciplinary approach to Jewish Studies.

Accuracy Down to the Atom

(Oct. 15, 2020)

NSF equipment grants fund acquisition of two chromatography-mass spectrometers.

Cheaters Don’t Always Win: Extinction May Be Prevented By Diverse Communities of Mutually Beneficial Species

(Oct. 15, 2020)

A&S biologists' study on the persistence of mutualisms is published in the prestigious journal "Science."

A&S Remembers Physicist Who Was a Pioneer in Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity

(Oct. 12, 2020)

Professor Emeritus of Physics Joshua Goldberg G’50, ’52 Ph.D. laid the groundwork for the discovery of gravitational waves.

Community Folk Art Center Receives $20,000 Black Equity and Excellence Grant

(Oct. 8, 2020)

Grant will fund online exhibitions, artist talks and expand educational programming.

Abuelas: The Thread Connecting Generations

(Sept. 30, 2020)

La Casita commemorates Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with an exhibit celebrating abuelas (grandmothers).

Glimmers of Possibility for a More Just World

(Sept. 29, 2020)

This year’s fully virtual Syracuse Symposium provides inspiration for a more equitable future.

A&S | Maxwell Launch Syracuse University’s First Student-Advisor Texting Service

(Sept. 11, 2020)

Undergraduate students can now seek advising advice via two-way text.

A New Tool to Fight Alcohol and Opioid Deaths

(Sept. 10, 2020)

A&S psychologist receives a $1.3 million grant to develop a program to target interrelations between pain, hazardous drinking and use of prescription opioid medications.

Happy Birthday, A&S!

(Aug. 21, 2020)

Celebrating 150 years of intellectual fearlessness.

Using the Past to Predict the Future

(Aug. 10, 2020)

A&S researchers lay the groundwork to reconstruct global climate through Earth's history.

NSF Grant Funds Research of Curvature and Symmetry

(Aug. 5, 2020)

Assistant Professor Lee Kennard receives a grant from the National Science Foundation to study multi-dimensional curved spaces.

Where Does The Water Go?

(July 24, 2020)

NSF grant funds research to determine the effects of artificial beaver dams.

A&S In The News

(July 20, 2020)

Recent media coverage featuring faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lasting Connections

(July 17, 2020)

The A&S | Maxwell community offers mentorship for students on their path to success.

Narratio Fellowship Receives Support from Humanities New York

(July 15, 2020)

HNY grant will help fund resettled refugee youth fellows’ production of autobiographical films about life during the pandemic and the pursuit of social justice.

Visit CFAC’s New Online Gallery

(July 15, 2020)

Thanks to the new online platform, works from the African Diaspora and other underrepresented groups will be more widely available to educators, artists, critics, curators and the arts community.

Fostering Students’ ‘Tree-Thinking Skills’

(July 7, 2020)

A&S biologists win the Thomas Henry Huxley Award for their creation of an evolutionary learning module.

The Carbon Footprint of Continental Rifts

(June 29, 2020)

A&S researchers study the amount of carbon dioxide released at the East African Rift System.

Forging Communities of ‘People with Heart’

(June 18, 2020)

Ph.D. candidate in religion receives dissertation fellowship to analyze contemporary Buddhist charities in Southeast Asia.

A&S Chemist Develops Potential Drug to Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Harsh Side Effects

(June 16, 2020)

New research on proposed diabetes drug is published in “Cell Reports.”

Physicist Awarded NSF Grant for Gravitational Wave Research

(June 12, 2020)

Using observations of neutron star collisions, Professor Duncan Brown will study the nature of matter.

Dana Olwan Receives 2020 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award

(June 3, 2020)

The fellowship will contribute to her scholarship in the field of feminist Middle East studies.

The Physics Behind Tissue Flow in the Embryo

(June 1, 2020)

A&S team’s research published in PNAS.

Hydrogen-Hungry Microbes

(June 1, 2020)

Jeffrey Karson, the Jessie Page Heroy Professor of Earth Sciences, finds important connection between geological and biological processes.

NSF Grant Funds Hands-On Chemistry Learning

(May 27, 2020)

REU grant draws students from around the country for summer research.

Cultivating Public Knowledge and Community Well-Being

(May 26, 2020)

Graduate students from A&S and Maxwell use fellowships to develop and implement public humanities projects.

Sheltering in Poetry

(May 13, 2020)

Virtual readings draw hundreds worldwide.

Ensuring Accuracy Online

(May 8, 2020)

Students update Indigenous artists’ Wikipedia entries.

Brice Nordquist Named Dean's Professor of Community Engagement

(May 1, 2020)

Nordquist will lead humanities-related community engagement initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences.

A&S Student Learns About Intelligence Careers From Alum Mentor

(April 28, 2020)

Office of Undergraduate Academic and Career Advising virtually connects alumni and students.

Virtual Ceramics Class Open to Students Worldwide

(April 22, 2020)

Over 250 participants join the seminar each week.

Power of Expression

(April 17, 2020)

Celebrating University writers with “Books in the Humanities.”

Career Advice From A Young Alum

(April 10, 2020)

Tierney Sovic ’19 offers tips for students to make the most out of their time at Syracuse University.

Physics Faculty Research Published in Scholarly Journals

(April 10, 2020)

Articles featured in Physical Review X and Physical Review Letters.

Underwater Rock Concert

(April 8, 2020)

A&S alumna studies communication behavior of harbor seals in Alaska.

“Love Letter,” By George Saunders G’88 Featured in The New Yorker

(April 3, 2020)

Award-winning author also appears on two popular podcasts.

English Professor Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

(April 2, 2020)

Chris Forster is the first professor at Syracuse University to be awarded the New Directions Fellowship.

Physics Department Does its Part to Help Make Masks

(April 2, 2020)

Department joins in the effort to fight COVID-19.

NSF Grant Funds Computational Simulation of Bio-Inspired Fluids

(March 16, 2020)

Computing resources grant from XSEDE

Faculty Page-Turners

(March 6, 2020)

Recent books by professors from A&S | Maxwell.

Creating Just Futures with Restorative Justice

(March 5, 2020)

Maisha T. Winn is this year’s Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities.

Biotechnology Program Offers New Master’s Degree

(March 3, 2020)

Combined B.S./M.S. and stand-alone M.S. programs launch in fall 2020.

Grant Funds Field Research in Japan

(March 2, 2020)

Team will examine how that nation is preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

“Hybridity, Breed, and Wildness” Talk Kicks Off Environmental Humanities Symposium

(Feb. 28, 2020)

How zoos and menageries changed our understanding of species.

Forensics Student Takes a Stand Against Homeschool Neglect

(Feb. 27, 2020)

Kate Corbett Pollack is also organizing a Disability Day of Mourning at SU on March 2.

M. Lisa Manning Named William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics

(Feb. 24, 2020)

Manning has also been awarded a three-year Simons Foundation grant.

A Message from Dean Karin Ruhlandt to A&S Faculty and Staff

(Feb. 22, 2020)

The College has taken important steps towards a more diverse, inclusive environment.

Math Students Finish Among Top Universities at Elite Competition

(Feb. 21, 2020)

Team placed in the top 12% at the Putnam Mathematical Competition.

Two A&S Faculty Earn NSF CAREER Awards

(Feb. 21, 2020)

Professors Denver Whittington and Weiwei Zheng earn grants for early career development.

Physics Professor and Ph.D. Graduate Attend Biophysical Society Annual Meeting

(Feb. 17, 2020)

Professor Liviu Movileanu and Avinash Thakur Ph.D. presented their research on molecular "fishing."

First African American Appointed to SU Biology in 1948 Advocated for Diversity in Science Education

(Feb. 14, 2020)

James Hope Birnie carried on his family’s legacy of leadership.

College of Arts and Sciences Launches Distinctive Leadership Scholars Program

(Feb. 13, 2020)

Welcoming the next generation of leaders.

Suraj Shankar ’19 Ph.D. Wins Physics Dissertation Award

(Feb. 13, 2020)

Shankar is now a Junior Fellow at Harvard.

Student Research Sprouts Renewable Energy

(Feb. 11, 2020)

Dakota Voitcu investigates how fungi impact plant growth.

Award-winning journalist and New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb speaks to the Syracuse University community

(Feb. 11, 2020)

Conversation focused on race, politics and the news.

Digitizing and Restoring History

(Feb. 5, 2020)

Dozens of volunteers preserved the works of an important early Black feminist educator, activist and author.

Syracuse University Welcomes Award-Winning Journalist and New Yorker Writer Jelani Cobb

(Jan. 31, 2020)

Conversation will focus on race, politics and the news.

Coming Into Focus

(Jan. 29, 2020)

Physics department works to improve gravitational wave detection.

Humanities Center Spring Preview

(Jan. 21, 2020)

Spring events explore "silence" and restorative justice.

Sparking Dialogue

(Jan. 14, 2020)

Professor Wayne Franits, Professor Joan Bryant and Julia Jessen G'20 curate exhibitions.