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CAS Roundup: Top Stories of 2016-17

Big Year for the College of Arts and Sciences

View of the columns of Hurst Hall across a stone quadrangle in spring.

At the College of Arts and Sciences, the 2015-16 academic year was filled with new faces, new construction, a surprising political prediction, and a myriad of awards and honors. Read ahead for a roundup of some of the College's biggest stories of the year.

 

Dr. Lonnie Bunch with students. Alumnus Lonnie Bunch
Founding Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 

Dr. Ibrim X. Kendi Ibram X. Kendi Joins Faculty
Renowned historian will join AU as a professor and will create a new anti-racism center.

 

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy. Leveling the Playing Field
Cheryl Holcomb McCoy joins AU as the Dean of the School of Education.

 

Dr. Nicole Caporino. New Faces of CAS
CAS welcomed a diverse, accomplished group of new faculty in fall 2016.

 

Dr. Alan Lichtman. AU History Professor Correctly Predicts Trump Win
Allan Lichtman goes against the grain and correctly predicts that Donald Trump will win the presidency, based on his "13 Keys."

 

Stock photo of a microscope. Cutting Edge Science, Cutting Edge Facilities
AU is committed to growing the sciences—and opening two new buildings to house its growing scientific scholarship.

 

Six people in business casual stand on or around a larger-than-life statue of Albert Einstein. AU Team Wins Prize from National Academy of Medicine
A team of AU public health students won the Harrison C. Spencer Interprofessional Prize in the annual National Academy of Medicine's DC Public Health Case Challenge.

 

Three students sit in front of a blue drapery near an American flag and a statue of an eagle. eSports at the White House
AU Game Lab students attend Competitive Gaming Event at the White House.

 

Group photo of about twenty people in dressy clothes, some carrying brass instruments. Wynton Marsalis & Igor Butman Perform for Carmel Institute
Renowned jazz musicians Igor Butman and Wynton Marsalis took center stage to celebrate the fifth anniversary of AU's Carmel Institute.

 

Film still from the movie Hidden Figures. Three women dance in a 1960s-era kitchen. Being Counted
Professor talks Hidden Figures and minority women in math.