Message from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany.
We are home to departments, centers, institutes, and programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, technology, and beyond. Serving the largest proportion of students at UAlbany, the College strives to be a home for those looking to expand their knowledge and understanding as they prepare for their futures, personally and professionally. Whether focusing on economics, biology, theatre, atmospheric sciences, philosophy, English, sociology or any of our three dozen majors, you'll find the College is on the cutting edge of new developments in learning, teaching, and research.
We are in the midst of celebrating our Silver Anniversary — 25 years of the College of Arts and Sciences — and the achievements of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I am pleased to call the College my home, having been part of the Department of Psychology for over 25 years. I am honored and humbled to return as Interim Dean to a College that is steeped in a tradition of research and creative engagement, ready to step into the next decade of scholarship.
Dr. Jeanette Altarriba
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Marisia Fikiet, a PhD student from Prof. Lednev laboratory, Department of Chemistry received the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Gold Poster Award for Outstanding Spectroscopic Research by a Student Member at the Scientific Exchange Conference (SciX 2018) in Atlanta GA. This is the major annual spectroscopy conference in the US, which brought together over 1300 participants this year.
Career Development Prestigious Award Recipient: Dr. Julia Jennings
Dr. Julia Jennings has been awarded a prestigious Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01) by the National Institute on Aging (NIH). Her project, Kin Networks and Old-Age Survival During the Demographic Transition, examines the role of kinship ties in the wellbeing of older adults. Family members are important sources of social and instrumental support for aging adults. Elders with strong kin networks experience better health and survival, but as populations age and fertility declines, these networks become sparser. The project investigates the effects of kin networks and economic resources on adult mortality in historical and contemporary aging populations using data from Orkney, Scotland, the Scottish Longitudinal Study, and the Healthy Aging in Scotland (HAGIS) Study. By comparing modern and historical data from the same country, she will examine multiple measures of kin support and health and how they change over historical time and throughout individual lives. Orkney experienced early population aging and decline and Scotland has a history of poorer health outcomes than the rest of the United Kingdom, which will allow for insight into the long-term process of population aging and the development of aging disparities. The findings of this study may inform future research and policy, especially in contexts where kin are the primary source of support for elders. Her project mentors are Drs. Merril Silverstein (Syracuse University), Benjamin Shaw (University at Albany), Karl Rethemeyer (University at Albany), and Ken Smith (University of Utah).