From the Dean
We’re in the midst of the holiday season, and although students have already departed for winter break, there is still much activity on campus as we prepare for their return in the spring.
I was pleased to recently announce the appointment of three associate deans — Dr. Lisa Gentile, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Malcolm Hill, associate professor of biology; and Dr. Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, professor of political science. Lisa, Malcolm, and Vincent are recognized scholars with strong reputations among their peers, both within A&S and nationally. They will begin their appointments on Jan. 1, 2012. I know you will join me in congratulating them on their new roles.
The University has seen an increase of majors in new programs such as film studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL), both of which debuted in fall 2010. The PPEL program, a collaborative effort between the School of Arts & Sciences, Robins School of Business, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, and School of Law, exemplifies a liberal arts education and is a wonderful option for those students who might have issues identifying just one major.
I continue to work with A&S faculty and staff to identify ways to further align our efforts with the five principles of The Richmond Promise. In January and February, I will host a series of eight discussions to allow faculty and staff to share insights in regard to themes largely derived from their responses to a recent online survey. Topics will include the teacher-scholar model, transparency and faculty governance, and the future of our academic endeavor. These conversations will help shape our work and guide the School’s future strategy.
In closing I want to wish you a safe and happy holiday and a prosperous new year. I hope that you take some time away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy all that the season has to offer.
Kathleen Roberts Skerrett
Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
When Alex Hahn, '13, learned about a summer seminar at Procter & Gamble, he had no idea it would later land him an internship in the research world where he is considering a career.
Award-winning author Honor Moore is on campus as the Department of English's distinguished writer in residence for the fall 2011 semester.
Three University of Richmond faculty members have been appointed associate deans in the School of Arts and Sciences. They are Malcolm Hill, associate professor of biology; Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, associate professor of political science; and Lisa Gentile, associate professor of chemistry. The appointments are effective in January 2012.
Sarah Friday, '13, has an interest in sponges that has taken her SCUBA diving in the Florida Keys, collecting research specimens at the Smithsonian and learning Kiswahili in Tanzania.
Two University of Richmond juniors, Simrun Bal and Andrew Lyell, received U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships and participated in intensive summer study abroad programs to enhance their language skills.
Not only have many graduates of UR gone on to serve in the Peace Corps, but Richmond’s faculty is made up of several returned Peace Corps volunteers. As the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, returned volunteers reflect on their service.
Two members of the University of Richmond faculty have won 2011 Theresa Pollak Prizes for Excellence in the Arts.
Myra Daleng, director of dance, won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Tanja Softic, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, won in the fine arts category.
Combining the computer science fundamentals learned in the classroom with the real-world experience of two Google internships, Yigit Aytan, ’12, has prepared himself well for life after graduation.
Thanks to a UR connection and an uncommon combination of majors, Emily Nelson, ’12, spent her summer in a computational biology summer research program at Princeton University, studying genome variations from around the world.
Jeffrey Seeman of Richmond, a visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, has been inducted into the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program.
The University of Richmond has named five recipients of 2011 Distinguished Educator Awards.
The awards went to L. Elizabeth Crawford of Richmond, associate professor of psychology; Brian Henry of Chesterfield, professor of English; Yvonne H. Howell of Richmond, professor of Russian and international studies; Shari Motro of Richmond, professor of law; and J. Thomas Wren of Henrico, professor of leadership studies.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service has awarded an $84,962 grant to Todd Lookingbill, assistant professor of geography and biology at the University of Richmond.
Lookingbill will use the award to conduct scientific research related to natural resource monitoring and inventory activities at Petersburg National Battlefield and Booker T. Washington National Monument, two sites administered by the park system.
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities has awarded a $5,000 grant to Laura Browder, professor of American Studies at the University of Richmond, to support work on a documentary, “Mothers at War.”
Deeply committed to ending human trafficking, Addie Rauschert, ’13, is getting at the issue from every angle, discipline, and four different continents.