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The College of Arts and Sciences is a diverse community of exceptional scholars working together toward the common goal of excellence in the pursuit of knowledge, both for its own sake and in service to society.

The College is the University’s largest academic unit and provides the liberal arts foundation for a UAlbany education. In our programs, students explore big ideas and timely, important problems; unleash their creativity and develop their aesthetic sensibility; investigate and analyze the natural world; and develop the flexible intellect required to be engaged local and global citizens.

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    What is America’s Past?

    Probably few would argue that U.S. politics is in a sad state these days. Part of that may be due to the fact that Americans collectively are increasingly disconnected from their past.

    Five UAlbany faculty members seek remedies, and so think there is no better time than now to reflect on the way we teach U.S. history. They have scheduled a roundtable discussion, “'You Will Not Replace Us': Why Teaching and Learning about the American Past is More Important than Ever,” for Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center West Boardroom. Read More


    Constitution in Crisis

    On Sept. 17, 1787, the delegates from 12 of the original 13 states (Rhode Island sent none) concluded their summer-long, often contentious deliberations in Philadelphia, Pa., by drafting a new, proposed governing charter: the United States Constitution. It was signed by 11 state delegations and Alexander Hamilton representing New York (the other two NY delegates had gone home) in Independence Hall. Read More


    Science on Tap

    Anthropologist Cara Ocobock would like to see researchers communicate their work in ways the public could latch on to and apply to their lives.

    “Part of that is poor science education, which means our schools are not providing a basic background in science to children,” said Ocobock. But another major problem, she said, is that scientists are terrible communicators. Read More


    CAS New Faculty Reception 2017

    The start of the school year is always a time for new projects and new faces. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) introduced its own new faces on Friday at a reception in the University Art Museum, honoring 17 new faculty members, including a Visiting Assistant Professor. Read More


Excellent Evidence

Graduate students Claire Muro and Kyle Doty invent new ways for forensic scientists to solve crimes. Current methods for examining fluids found at crime scenes result in the destruction of evidence. But Claire and Kyle, under the supervision of Professor Igor Lednev, are helping to change that. They recently received awards for their work on nondestructive forensic methods, Muro for differentiating between five main body fluids and Doty for distinguishing human blood and that of ten animal species.

Read more Claire, Kyle, and the work being done in the Lednev Lab, and learn more about the study of chemistry at the University at Albany.

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