The Sciences at American University


Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m., Battelle Atrium
Science Hours
February 8, 7 p.m., Katzen Arts Center
Lecture: Citizen Science and the Flint Water Crisis
February 23
Optics Olympiad
March 22, 7 p.m.
Bishop McCabe Lecture:
Sandra Cauffman, Deputy Director,
Earth Sciences Division, NASA
March 31 (date subject to change)
Robin Rafferty Mathias Research Conference
April 6 — April 8
National Science and Engineering Festival

Why a Master's?


Science graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

What's Happening in Science at AU

Grad student Linda Amarante seated next to a microscope and wearing a white lab coat. She is researching the brain’s frontal cortex and its role in reward-based decision-making with food.

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Softball and the Brain: Grad Student’s Sport Made Her Think About Choices

Linda Amarante is earning her PhD in behavior, cognition, and neuroscience.
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Diane Kim, Maile Young, Shyheim Snead, Laurel Booth, and Abhishek Patel

Achievements ·

AU Wins Prize at National Academy of Medicine Case Competition

Developed solutions for mitigating effects of lead poisoning for children.
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The Design and Build Lab (DaBL) is part of a movement to get people working with their hands. Three shelves with scientific instruments, beneath the periodic table.

Science ·

Full STEAM Ahead

AU science professors incorporate art into classes and the new Don Myers building.
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rubens tube showing flames in waves

Science ·

AU's Optics Olympiad Makes Science Fun

Middle school students from six schools across DC spent the day at AU, learning about physics through lasers, infrared light, and other scientific concepts.
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Graduate student Emmanuel Mayegun-Adola, and undergraduates Mutt Mullin and Samantha Hepworth at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center

Technology ·

CAS and Kogod Students Team Up for Fed Tech Venture

Last fall, four College of Arts and Sciences and Kogod School of Business students were selected for the FedTech program. The students worked alongside business professionals to bring their innovation skills to fruition.
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computer board hardware

Technology ·

AU Launches Three Computer Science Grad Programs

To give students the skills necessary to meet this workforce demand, American University is launching three new Computer Science Tracks for graduate student: Data Science, Games and Computational Media and Applied Computer Science.
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Marc Edwards standing at podium addressing audience at AU’s Abramson Family Recital Hall

Environment ·

Activist Marc Edwards Illuminates Flint Water Crisis

The AU environmental science department hosted Marc Edwards for a presentation on how government science institutions went to great lengths to conceal critical information about the toxic levels of lead in Flint’s water supply.
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Data scientist standing in front of screen with data.

Mathematics ·

The Data Sciences: Five Things You Need to Know

People with the right skills and training, who can interpret complex data, are highly sought after and compensated in all sectors of the job market. Here are five things you should know about the Data Sciences.
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Suhay giving a talk at the National Academy of Sciences about her new research project focused on communicating science.

Research ·

Grant Award Explores Effective Ways to Communicate Science

When scientists talk, do policymakers listen? Elizabeth Suhay, SPA assistant professor and her colleague were given a $30,000 grant from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and the Rita Allen Foundation to explore that question.
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Dina Lloyd (left) and Tim Beck (right) reattaching the ion source of the 3200 Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (Q-trap) AB Sciex mass spectrometer.

Science ·

AU Launches New Biochemistry and Applied Chemistry Grad Programs

AU's Department of Chemistry will launch new graduate programs in the fall of 2018. It will split the MS in Chemistry into two tracks—Clinical Biochemistry and Applied Chemistry—and offer a new Graduate Certificate in Clinical Biochemistry.
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