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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

Two people lower an object from the side of a boat

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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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Michael Krause 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 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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Alexandra Wold and Zach Waldron stand by a poster gesturing

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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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4 smiling people in casual clothing stand in a line in the sun

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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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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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Person in a jacket stands in the woods next to a stream

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Environmental Science Adventures Afield

Ecohydrology lab group builds research skills and friendship.
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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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Albino rat peering out from a small wooden box

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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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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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