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Catalyst

A science magazine from the students of American University.

Editor:
Stefano Costanzi, Professor of Chemistry
Student Editor:
Mackenzie Kelley, Biochemistry, Class of 2019

SEA Semester students deploy the water sampling carousel from the science deck of the SSV Robert C. Seamans.

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Finding My Way at SEA

Environmental science student Sergio Morales, Jr. discusses his experience of studying abroad with the Sea Education Association.
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Photograph of the front of Bender Library

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STEM Students + Distance Resources = Success!

Distance resources at American University allow you to access materials such as data, literature, and peer-reviewed research, as well as services such as research assistance and interlibrary loan while you are away.
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Undergraduate environmental science major Jessica Balerna doing field work for her independent research project in fall 2016.

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Environmental Science Adventures Afield

Ecohydrology lab group builds research skills and friendship.
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American University Senior Michael Krause describes how proteins bind in the immune system at a chalkboard.

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Learnable Evolution Models: A Solution in Need of a Problem

Michael Krause studies oncological vaccine therapy through Learnable Evolution Models (LEM).
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The BRAIN at AU 2016-2017 Executive Board. From left to right: Brianne Drury, secretary; Stephanie Martin, treasurer; Samantha White, president; and Hannah Goldbach, vice president.

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AU Welcomes “Being Really Awesome in Neuroscience”

Neuroscience major Irena Volkov discusses AU's neuroscience program and new neuroscience club, B.R.A.I.N. (“Being Really Awesome in Neuroscience”).
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Alexandra Wold (left) and Zach Waldron (right) explain their NASA Goddard Space
Flight Center space weather research.

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Seeing the Light

February 24, 2017, over seventy middle school students from DC Public Schools participated in the first annual American University Optics Olympiad in the Mary Graydon Center.
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Noy Kaufman learns how to suture on a pig foot.

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Finding Motivation within Phi Delta Epsilon

Phi Delta Epsilon is an International Medical Fraternity with a premedical chapter at American University.
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Rat peering from start box of E maze.  A turn in one direction defines empathetic action; turning in the other direction provides an alternative outcome not requiring empathy.

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Are Rats Empathetic?

An AU lab has focused on creating a novel paradigm to directly test if rats choose empathetic action, and has worked on several studies on this.
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Sabrina Jones, PhD Student, Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCaN), works in a lab.

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The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience: Advancing Discovery and Scientific Training

The center supports an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity at American University.
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Biotechnology student Michelle Biederman working in the lab.

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Biologists, Business Execs and Everything in Between

As the biotechnology industry continues to grow, it is in need of skillful and knowledgeable scientists with innovative ideas.
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