College of Arts & Sciences Annual Faculty Dinner, Fall 2017

On November 2, 2017, the College of Arts & Sciences-Office of the Dean hosted its fifteenth annual dinner at Treviso by Mallozzi’s at the Italian American Community Center. There were over 130 faculty and staff that enjoyed an evening of collegial conversations, a stimulating presentation and a lovely dinner.

Dr. Rabi Ann Musah, Associate Professor in UAlbany’s Chemistry Department, was the faculty speaker at this prestigious event. The presentation titled, “Lord of the Flies: The Macabre Allure of Carrion Flowers” included fascinating slides of the behavior of flies exhibited in response to the chemicals emitted by these flowers. Additionally, Dr. Musah discussed how the knowledge gleaned from these studies can be applied to address socio-legal issues, such as developing methods to curtail trade of endangered plant species.

Another focus of Dr. Musah’s research addresses student attrition in STEM fields where she and her colleagues secured a $1M NSF grant to develop the Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success (CARSS). This program serves over 1,200 students and up each year. Participation in CARSS has resulted in documented increases in student retention and graduation rates for STEM majors at UAlbany.

This annual dinner event started in 2003 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of College of Arts and Sciences. Next fall 2018, the College will be proudly celebrating its 25th year anniversary.

Pictures from the event click to enlarge

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