College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Through undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by 23 departments, the College of Arts and Sciences, UAlbany's largest academic unit, expands the worldview of students and prepares them for success. The scholarship and research of faculty offer a rich diversity of perspectives and contribute to the public good.

Major Highlights

Edelgard Wulfert was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Gateways to China was the theme of the fall semester featuring numerous classes, seminars and special events.

The Medallion of the University was presented to CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft as part of a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the journalism major.

The Department of Anthropology's Institute for Mesoamerican Studies celebrated thirty years of research focused on the peoples and cultures of Mexico and northern Central America.

Awards and Recognition

Christine Bose, professor, sociology; Robert Howell, professor, philosophy; and Edward Schwarzschild, associate professor, English; Fulbright scholars. Charles Shepherdson, professor, English, U.S. Department of State, Fulbright senior specialist.

Mark Greenwold, associate professor, art, Jimmy Ernst Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Julita Ewa Patrosz, biochemistry/molecular biology major, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship; her advisor was Jayanti Pande, associate professor, chemistry.

Leonard Slade, professor, Africana studies, Citizen Laureate Award.

Amy Murrell Taylor, associate professor, history, fellowships from the NEH and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Barry Trachtenberg, assistant professor of European Jewish studies, NEH summer stipend, "Write and Record! The Yiddish Encyclopedia Project and the Holocaust."


Eric Block, distinguished professor, chemistry, $474,800, National Science Foundation (NSF), "Synthetic Organosulfur and Organoselenium" for research through 2011, marking 30 years of continuous NSF support.

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, $1 million appropriation, New York State Budget, 2008-09.

Elana Gordis, assistant professor, psychology, $151,291, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, "Child Maltreatment, HPA axis and ANS activity, and Youth Aggression."

Mary Katherine Gonder, assistant professor, biology, $317,000, NSF, "The Genetic History of Chimpanzees in Nigeria and Cameroon."

Haijun Chen, assistant professor, biology, $130,000, American Heart Association, "The Molecular and Structural Basis of Beta-Subunits Mink and MiRP1 for Function in Cardiac Voltage-Gated Ion Channels."

John Bailey Jones, associate professor, economics, $62,029, National Institute on Aging, "Saving Motives After Retirement."

Kevin Knuth, assistant professor, physics, $90,938, "Multi-Variate Analyses of Cloud-Climate Feedbacks."

Marilyn Masson, associate professor, anthropology, $255,000, NSF, "Wealth, Occupation, and Social Class at the Ancient City of Mayapan."

John Molinari, professor, earth and atmospheric sciences, $300,000, NASA, "Evolution of Hurricane Pre-Cursor Disturbances."

Mark Muraven, associate professor, psychology, $600,000, Army Research Institute, "Improving Coping by Building Self Control."

Rabi Ann Musah, associate professor, chemistry, $999,999, NSF, "STEM - Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success."

David Strait, associate professor, anthropology, $940,559, NSF, "Integrative Analysis of HOMINID Feeding Biomechanics."

Michael Werner, associate professor, classics, $31,200, U.S. Department of State, "The Roman Amphitheater at Viminacium, Preservation and Archaeological Evaluation."

Major Gifts

Donors provided support for two new funds:

  • the Michael Frisch/Frisch Family Fund in Chemistry in memory of Harry Frisch, distinguished professor emeritus;
  • and the Lawrence and Marie Shore Graduate Scholarship in the Life Sciences for an annual graduate scholarship to a student studying biological sciences, chemistry, psychology, or the forensic sciences.