The Sciences at American University


Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m., Battelle Atrium
Science Hours
February 8, 7 p.m., Katzen Arts Center
Lecture: Citizen Science and the Flint Water Crisis
February 23
Optics Olympiad
March 22, 7 p.m.
Bishop McCabe Lecture:
Sandra Cauffman, Deputy Director,
Earth Sciences Division, NASA
March 31 (date subject to change)
Robin Rafferty Mathias Research Conference
April 6 — April 8
National Science and Engineering Festival

Why a Master's?


Science graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

What's Happening in Science at AU

computer board hardware

Technology ·

AU Launches Three Computer Science Grad Programs

To give students the skills necessary to meet this workforce demand, American University is launching three new Computer Science Tracks for graduate student: Data Science, Games and Computational Media and Applied Computer Science.
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Marc Edwards standing at podium addressing audience at AU’s Abramson Family Recital Hall

Environment ·

Activist Marc Edwards Illuminates Flint Water Crisis

The AU environmental science department hosted Marc Edwards for a presentation on how government science institutions went to great lengths to conceal critical information about the toxic levels of lead in Flint’s water supply.
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Data scientist standing in front of screen with data.

Mathematics ·

The Data Sciences: Five Things You Need to Know

People with the right skills and training, who can interpret complex data, are highly sought after and compensated in all sectors of the job market. Here are five things you should know about the Data Sciences.
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Suhay giving a talk at the National Academy of Sciences about her new research project focused on communicating science.

Research ·

Grant Award Explores Effective Ways to Communicate Science

When scientists talk, do policymakers listen? Elizabeth Suhay, SPA assistant professor and her colleague were given a $30,000 grant from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and the Rita Allen Foundation to explore that question.
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Dina Lloyd (left) and Tim Beck (right) reattaching the ion source of the 3200 Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (Q-trap) AB Sciex mass spectrometer.

Science ·

AU Launches New Biochemistry and Applied Chemistry Grad Programs

AU's Department of Chemistry will launch new graduate programs in the fall of 2018. It will split the MS in Chemistry into two tracks—Clinical Biochemistry and Applied Chemistry—and offer a new Graduate Certificate in Clinical Biochemistry.
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Headshot of Mary Romero before speaking at AU.

Government & Politics ·

ASA President-Elect Exposes Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Human Rights Violations

Sociology students and faculty members crowded into AU’s Abramson Recital Hall to hear American Sociological Association President-Elect Mary Romero discuss the anti-immigrant law enforcement and human rights violations committed by Joe Arpaio.
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Kirby Cofino

Achievements ·

Student Brings Avatars to Life for ETS

Kirby Cofino, a student in AU's Game Design MA program, worked last summer as part of a paid internship with the DIAMONDS research group in the San Francisco office of Educational Testing Service (ETS) on a speech system called HALEF.
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Bacteria colony in a petri dish

Research ·

Using Rank Order to Identify Complex Genetic Interactions

An American University assistant professor who researches in the area of mathematical biology and her colleagues show how ranking pathogen mutants can help scientists understand how mutants evolve to resist drug treatments.
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Math professor Jaime Miller with two students in front of a white board with math problems.

In the Community ·

Growing Minds: Local Kids Embrace Math Challenges at AU

AU math professors run a DC Math Circle for 5th-8th grade students.
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Human brain with cerebellum highlighted in yellow and orange.

Science ·

New Autism Research Highlights Brain Circuit of Interest

A new study on autism, first-authored by Associate Professor of Psychology Catherine Stoodley, appears as the December cover story of the journal Nature Neuroscience.
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