Message from the Dean
I’m delighted to be sharing the 2020 issue of Catalyst magazine with you, filled with articles by American University STEM students and faculty. This year’s issue was a true labor of love. Our contributors researched, wrote, and edited it remotely—and published it virtually.
In this issue, you’ll see that science has continued to progress at American University during the pandemic. 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.
You’ll also learn how we launched a new Department of Neuroscience, which includes a BS in neuroscience and a multidisciplinary PhD program in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience.
And you’ll meet the Squad, a group of seven faculty members who each focus on different areas in the cutting-edge field of machine learning.
Finally, our STEM students are fully engaged in our rapidly changing world, and you’ll see this reflected in the articles on how they are learning about viruses, studying disease models, and working in labs to develop PCR tests.
Science is more important than ever right now. With the new Hall of Science and the Don Myers Technology and Innovation Building, American University is well positioned to conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and provide our students with a twenty-first century education that will help them become leaders in their fields.
We hope you’ll read all about how our STEM students are working hard to make a real impact on our world!
With best wishes,
Max Paul Friedman
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences