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An inside look at the College of Arts & Sciences @ UD
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February 2017
Volume 3, Issue 7
A lot can happen in one week, and the start of our 2017 spring semester is no exception. On February 7, in partnership with Joseph R. Biden Jr., the 47th vice president of the United States, we announced the creation of the Biden Domestic Policy Institute at UD. Our own College of Arts and Sciences' globally recognized School of Public Policy and Administration will be the Biden Institute's new home, and we are excited about how this initiative will enhance the programming, education and research initiatives we already have underway. I'm looking forward to sharing additional announcements regarding Biden's engagement with our college soon. We're full steam ahead with initiatives across our other portfolios, too. We begin this week by celebrating International Darwin Day with events and discussions by distinguished faculty across the social and natural sciences. In the humanities, we'll celebrate Frederick Douglass' birthday with a "Transcribe-a-thon" for Black History Month. As part of our outstanding Colored Conventions Project, this event will bring students, faculty, staff and community members up and down the northeast together as they transcribe the minutes of the 19th-century Colored Conventions. In the arts, our Master Players Concert Series will present "Great Musical Families: The Ahn Trio" to a sold-out crowd. And that is all just this week. I invite you to stay connected with us, and hope to see you at one of our many public events.
Arts

Delaware Arts Fellowships: The Division of the Arts recognized artists and writers for their creative work.
 
Rave review for REP: The Bells is described as “masterful and ambitious”; The Elephant Man opens March 2.
 
‘Dido and Aeneas’: UD’s Opera Theatre and Collegium Musicum will offer performances on Feb. 24 and 26.
Natural Sciences

Feeling for others: Research finds that some individuals can sense touch from merely watching someone else.
 
Improving IVF: A UD professor is working to make in vitro fertilization more efficient and affordable.
 
New Connections: The Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories’ spring speaker series begins this month.
Humanities

Fabric of history: Museum Studies program students helped a historical society with its clothing collection.
 
Artists of the Arctic: Future conservators worked with a large number of photographs from early expeditions.
 
‘Food Fight’: A professor’s book takes a broad look at genetically modified foods and the American diet.
Social Sciences

Gilman International Scholar: Comm major Julian Jackson received an award to study abroad in Panama.
 
Energy and water use: A doctoral student has developed a tool to enable a hotel chain to monitor usage.
 
Examining American politics: Scholars from across the U.S. will be on campus this semester to present their research.
        
Alumni Spotlight: Charlie Crystle '90
Entrepreneur Charlie Crystle, who earned his degree in English and went on to found a successful software business, now runs a food company whose employment policies are dedicated to lifting people out of poverty.
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