The 2020 issue of Catalyst magazine has been published, and as always, it’s filled with articles by American University STEM students and faculty. This year’s issue was a true labor of love. Contributors researched, wrote, and edited it remotely— and published it virtually. Farah Hussaini (BS biology ’23) and Dilpreet Raju (BS biochemistry ’20) are the student editors, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alexander Zestos is the faculty editor.
In today’s world, science is more important than ever, and readers will see this reflected in the stories throughout the magazine. “In this issue, you’ll see that science has continued to progress at American University during the pandemic,” wrote Interim Dean Max Paul Friedman in his introduction to the magazine. “Our new 125,000-square-foot Hall of Science has just opened its doors to eager faculty and students in the life sciences. They are moving into its high-tech laboratories to conduct experiments and make discoveries in cancer biology, global warming, and drug development.”
The issue features news about the university’s new Department of Neuroscience, which includes a BS in neuroscience and a multidisciplinary PhD program in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience. It also details how hundreds of students have received STEM opportunities, from internships to summer research programs, through the NASA DC Space Grant Consortium. And it illustrates how research under the mentorships of talented faculty members within the Summer Undergraduate and Graduate Experience in Research Seminar Series (SUGER) can spark a student’s lifelong interest in interdisciplinary learning.
Readers will meet the Squad, a group of seven faculty members who each focus on different areas in the cutting-edge field of machine learning. They can read a behind-the-scenes piece about the process of editing a book about signal sampling. And, finally, because our STEM students are fully engaged in our rapidly changing world, you’ll find articles about how they are learning about viruses, studying disease models, and working in labs to develop PCR tests.
Please take a look at all about how American University STEM students and faculty are working to make a real impact on our world!