By all accounts, 2020 has been an extraordinarily difficult year. We have faced a pandemic that has killed more than 300,000 Americans, an economic crisis and millions of lost jobs, and a long-overdue national reckoning with our nation’s history of systemic violence and racism. For much of the school year, most of us lost the opportunity to come together in person on American University’s campus to learn together.
It has not been easy. But during the year, the AU community has exhibited incredible strength and resilience, stepped up to help people in need, fought for racial and social justice, and completely reinvented school during a global crisis. Our students and faculty have won academic awards, volunteered in their communities, written award-winning books, launched new programs, and used incredible creativity and innovation to stay engaged, connected, and learning—together.
20 Unique CAS Achievements in 2020
As AU goes online this fall, students will have lots of opportunities to perform virtually, become part of history by immersing themselves in current events, conduct experiments from home, build their technology skills for the future, and much more.
Light-filled building, filled with state-of-the-art laboratories, marks new era for science at AU.
Congratulations to the 2020 University Student Award Winners!
Cheldina Jean’s academic achievements, leadership, and passion for service led to the 2020 President’s Award, the highest distinction for an AU undergraduate.
American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center appoints award-winning scholars Malini Ranganathan and Christine Platt to lead the Center as interim directors.
In the midst of the global pandemic crisis, fifty-seven AU public health students continue to support community public health organizations, ranging from the DC Department of Health to the American Heart Association.
As schools across DC faced long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families worried about having enough food to eat. AU's Department of Health Studies is working to help.
To prepare American University students to become the next generation of data scientists, the College of Arts and Sciences has launching a new BS degree in Data Science.
Thousands of educators joined award-winning author Jason Reynolds and AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center last week to discuss the important issue of teaching children about race and social justice.
AU’s Allan Lichtman defied pollsters and pundits to predict Donald Trump’s 2016 victory based on his “13 Keys.” He’s been right in every presidential election since 1984. He’s back to predict 2020.
STEM becomes STEAM as technology makes synchronous performance possible in triumphant performance.
The winners were announced for a very special Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference, one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ most important forums for students to present their scholarship and creative work.
Mia Owens is the inaugural fellow for a new, two-year Public History Graduate Fellowship in the History of Slavery and Its Legacies in Washington, DC.
American University was named one of the nation’s leading universities and colleges for Fulbright US Students.
The latest book by Rachel Louise Snyder named NYT Top Ten Book. Snyder is an AU professor and the nation’s leading writer on domestic violence.
AU has launched an exciting, forward-looking new graduate degree: an MA in Literature, Culture, and Technology, combining literary and cultural studies, cinema, and writing, along with digital technology and coding.
This summer, American University launched a new Department of Neuroscience under the leadership of Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience Terry Davidson.
Department poised at the forefront of inclusive excellence at American University
In just six weeks, Trina Ulrich collected and delivered more than 200,000 pieces of desperately needed (PPE) to doctors and nurses across the nation.
AU Public Health Scholars Director Melissa Hawkins designed last summer’s Emerging Issues in Public Health Seminar class to focus solely on the pandemic—even as events were unfolding in real time.