College of Arts and Sciences

By the Numbers

  • Total enrollment: 7,208
  • Bachelor's: 5,375
  • Master's: 579
  • Graduate Certificates: 7
  • Doctoral: 763

College of Arts and Sciences

Major Highlights

The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, led by Professor Lawrence Schell, anthropology, was awarded a $6.8 million grant by the NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities for the creation of The Exploratory Center on Minority Health and Disparities in Smaller Cities.

The Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success was established to address nationwide workforce shortfalls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Center is led by Rabi Musah, associate professor, chemistry, with assistance from Hua Shi, assistant professor, biological sciences, and Denise McKeon, instructor, biological sciences. View video news clip >> (.wmv file, requires Windows Media Player)

The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology earned the Outstanding Training Program award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. The award recognizes excellence in training doctoral students in clinical science and evidence-based practice in behavior therapy.

An international conference, “T'ang Studies: The Next Twenty-five Years,” was hosted by the Department of East Asian Studies. Scholars of medieval China presented their research and discussed new avenues of research and collaboration.

Awards and Recognition

Amy Bloch, assistant professor, art, fellowship (2009-10), and Patrick Nold, assistant professor, history, fellowship (2008-09), Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies).

Rachel Dressler, associate professor, art history, 2009, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend.

Bonnie Steinbock, professor, philosophy, residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, Lake Como, Italy.

Barry Trachtenberg, assistant professor, Judaic studies, 2009 Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies; 2009 summer Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and 2009 Jack and Anita Hess Seminar Follow-up Grant.

Mary Beth Winn, professor, languages, literatures and cultures, two fellowships, NeMLA Newberry Library in Chicago and Herzon August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.


Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, $1.49 million appropriation, New York State Executive Budget, 2009-10. 

John Justeson, professor, anthropology, $900,000, Mexico's National Institute of Indigenous Languages (INALI) to support research documenting the vocabularies and grammars of the minority languages of Mexico.

Melinda Larsen, assistant professor, life sciences, $1,514,276, National Institutes of Health, “Modeling Dynamics of Salivary Gland Branching Morphogenesis,” and $402,317, NIH, “Engineering Functioning Salivary Glands Using Micopatterned Scaffolds.”

Igor Lednev, assistant professor, chemistry, and John Welch, professor, chemistry, $372,000, NSF, “Folding Genetically Engineered Beta-Sheet Forming Fibrillogenic Polypeptides.”

John Molinari, research professor, atmospheric and environmental sciences, $523,000, NSF, “Large Scale Influences on Tropical Cyclogenesis” and $184,751, NASA, “Convective Bursts during Tropical Cyclone Formation and Intensification.”

Paul Roundy, assistant professor, atmospheric and environmental sciences, $354,000, NSF, “Variations in coupling between intraseasonal oceanic Kelvin waves and atmospheric convection.”

Hua Shi, assistant professor, life sciences, $113,625, Department of Defense, “Recruiting Corespressors to Agonist-Activated Estrogen Receptors through Molecular Bypass” and $687,000, American Cancer Society, “Aptamer-Mediated Sub-Molecular Modulation of Estrogen Receptor Activities.”

Scott South, professor, sociology, $623,278, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), to study patterns of migration between neighborhoods of varying socioeconomic status and racial composition.

Christopher Thorncroft, professor, atmospheric and environmental sciences, $280,000, NASA, “Interannual variability of the African Easterly Jet and Easterly Waves and associated weather and climate.”

Edelgard Wulfert, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor, psychology, $1,075,000, NIMH, to conduct a treatment outcome study with pathological gamblers and compare the efficacy of a cognitive-motivational behavior therapy to a conventional psychotherapy and identify treatment mediator and moderator variables.

Major Gifts

Hillside House of Coeymans contributed $250,000 toward establishing the endowed Dr. Frank J. Filippone '41, '48 -- Hillside House Scholarship. It is designed to support graduate students with an interest in helping people with development disabilities. Students may be enrolled in the College of Arts and Science psychology program, the School of Education or School of Social Welfare.

The William '85 and Hope Cassano Scholarship Endowment ($50,000) was established to provide support for a student in the College of Arts and Sciences who is the first in his or her family to attend college.