College of Arts and Sciences, American University


I feel a great sense of pride every time I hear of the influence our College of Arts and Sciences alumni have in their communities and around the globe.  Let me call your attention here to two of our successful young alumni determined to leave their mark in the world.

When Daniel Maree, BA/CAS-SOC ’08, heard of the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, he chose to channel his anger and sadness in a way that would help end senseless violence. He launched the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, a national nonprofit that challenges racial profiling and gun violence. In recognition of Million Hoodies’ success, Maree recently won the 2013 Do Something Award and will use the $100,000 cash prize to continue his movement’s work. Maree credits American University for giving him the opportunity to create his own interdisciplinary major in history, philosophy, and film so that he could study the roots of social change and how to use media to influence behavior.

Lanaea Featherstone, MA Spanish: Latin American studies ’06, launched the William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation in 2008 to address the needs of Latino immigrants across the country, helping them develop the skills they need to achieve economic success. The foundation was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the Open Society Institute to design and offer computer literacy classes for Latino immigrant parents.

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—Peter Starr
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Prestigious Teaching Award

Kena AllisonSchool of Education, Teaching, and Health alumna Kena Allison, MA teaching ’10, won one of the twenty-four Milken Educator awards announced for 2013-14. Regarded as the “Oscars of Teaching,” the program honors top educators around the country. Read more.

Exoplanet Research

diamondJohanna Teske, BA physics ’08, is getting national recognition for her scientific research on 55 Cancri e, the so-called “diamond planet.” She’s done extensive research on exoplanets—planets that exist outside our Solar System—and their host stars. Read more.

National Geographic Expedition

Becca PeixottoBecca Peixotto, MA anthropology ’13, participated in the National Geographic Society's Rising Star Expedition. The expedition brought together an international team of researchers to excavate a newly discovered site in South Africa full of early hominid fossils. Read more.

Preparing for His Dream Job

Borislav ChernevBorislav Chernev, PhD history ’13, kept very busy while was working toward his PhD: teaching several general education courses, working at a museum, and writing his 340-page dissertation. Chernev completed his doctorate in record time and has set out to find a professorship in England. Read More.

Cleaner Waters

waterAU junior Daniel Pasquale received a prestigious Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fellowship and set to work on an extensive agency-supported research project. Pasquale’s research includes monitoring bacteria levels in the Potomac River, both after rainstorms and during dry periods. Read more.


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Open through Mar. 16

The Alchemist
Feb. 13-15

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Linguistics Conference

Feb. 14-16

Concerto & Aria Competition
Feb. 15-16

Visiting Writers Series:
Marione Ingram, Feb. 19

Graduate Studies Day
Mar. 21

McCabe Lecture Series
Nina Tandon: Body 3.0

Mar. 27

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David Culver (environmental science) won a $110,862 award from the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative for the project "Classification and Georeferencing Cave/Karst Resources Across the Appalachian LCC."

James Girard (chemistry) published Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, Third Edition, an essential resource for undergraduate students entering the ever-evolving field of forensic science.

Amos Golan (economics) received a $500,731 award from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of Currency for the project "Info-Metrics Institute and Network."

Kiho KimKiho Kim (environmental science) received a $93,490 NSF award for his project "RAPID: Documenting Bleaching Susceptibility and Resilience in Guam Micronesia."

Allan Lichtman and Richard Breitman's (history) received a Tikkun Olam Award and the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies for their book FDR and the Jews.

Theresa RunstedtlerTheresa Runstedtler's (history) book, Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line, won the 2013 Northeast Black Studies Association's Phillis Wheatley Prize.

Vivian Vasquez (SETH) won the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award. The early childhood section of NCTE honored her by creating The Vivian Vasquez Teacher Scholarship.

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