CAS Spotlight

Terence Langan

Farewell From the Dean

College of Arts and Sciences dean Terence Langan is stepping down as dean to step up as professor.
Students Shayna Thostenson, Jack Kellner and Sarah Howe record soil samples in October 2016 at The Nature Conservancy's John E. Williams Preserve. Photo by Noelle Laske '20.

The Plight of the Piping Plover

Through field research and high-level data analysis, 10 freshmen and two CAS professors will attempt to get to the bottom of the plover’s shrinking ha...
Biochemistry student Kelly DeBoom pipettes material into a vial August 1, 2016 in Owens Science Hall. Taken for CAS Spotlight magazine. Photo by Mike Ekern.

Building New Bonds

Most chemists will say that students learn chemistry by doing chemistry. One of my own mentors used to say, “Education is not a spectator sport.” Rese...
Board member Nicole Bernardi listens during a Catholic Studies Advisory Board meeting at Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus on January 12, 2015. Catholic Studies Professor Dr. Robert Kennedy is pictured to the left. Photo by Mark Brown.

Q & A With Nicole Bernardi

Nicole Bernardi joined the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board in September of 2015. She also has the distinction of being one of the earliest...
A white board covered with a lengthy math equation in the office of Department of Mathematics Chair and Professor Patrick Van Fleet in O'Shaughnessy Science Hall. Van Fleet was working on an equation that is used for computer image modeling. Photo by Mark Brown.

A Research Journey Full Circle

Patrick Van Fleet’s initial mathematical research as a graduate student focused on spline functions. Before computers, architects used a flexible rub...
Students act in an improv exercise during an English class in the Leather Room in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center on Oct. 28, 2015. Members of the Wonderlust Theater participated in a residency on campus with several different classes and programs, working with English and Theater students on improvisation skills and script writing. English professor Amy Muse, back right, and Wonderlust Theater co-Artistic Director Alan Berks, middle back (wearing blue shirt) look on. Photos by Mark Brown.

1921 Play Sees 21st-century Revival

“We carry within us a real and painful drama.” These words interrupt a rehearsal scene in Luigi Pirandello’s play “Six Characters in Search of an Auth...
Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences Sarah Thompson poses for an environmental portrait March 11, 2016 in the Anderson Student Center. Photo by Mike Ekern.

Q&A With Sarah Thompson ‘04

After more than a decade at some of the Twin Cities’ most beloved arts institutions, including the Guthrie Theater, Cowles Center for Dance and Perfor...
A large stack of books sit on shelves and the floor in Sociology and Criminal Justice Professor Lisa Waldner's office in the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on August 13, 2015. The books were temporarily stacked while awaiting new shelving. These images were taken for CAS Spotlight Magazine.

The Respectful Researcher

Now at the helm of the College of Arts and Sciences as one of two new associate deans, Dr. Lisa Waldner is hoping to show colleagues the same respect she showed others through her research. And it’s that respect she also is teaching students in the classroom.
Left to right, Hunter Gaitan '15 (Biology), Biology Professor Adam Kay and Amanda Lovelee, St. Paul City Artist, pose for a portrait at the Urban Flower Field at Pedro Park at 10th and Robert Streets in downtown St. Paul on September 22, 2015. With the help of members of the downtown community, the project has planted 96 bio-diverse plots of flowers. University of St. Thomas researchers and students will use these plots to test whether more diverse flower plots are better able to extract harmful substances from the soil. The plots are arranged in a shape representing the golden mean, creating walking paths and a gathering space for programmed activities and neighborhood events.

Stewards of the Earth

The future of agriculture faces a number of challenges. Many young people are realizing that solutions will require massive collective action, and they need and want to be part of it.

Mastering Psychology Through Research

Though the clinical dimension of psychology is certainly its most well-known aspect, St. Thomas students master the science of psychology through the psychology curriculum and through hands-on work in active research teams.
Alum Kelly Larmon '97 (psychology) '03 M.B.A poses for an portrait in Aquinas Hall October 15, 2015. Taken for CAS Spotlight magazine.

Q & A with Kelly Larmon ’97, M.B.A. ’03

After her undergraduate career, Kelly Larmon returned to St. Thomas to earn an M.B.A. in 2003, and continued on to Hamline University School of Law, earning her J.D. She believes in the value of a liberal arts education, getting involved and seizing opportunities.

Q&A with Paul Schmitt B.A. ’09, M.S. ’11

Paul Schmitt B.A. ’09, M.S. ’11, an alumnus of the computer science program, is a doctoral student at the University of California-Santa Barbara, where he’s working on improving wireless Internet access in developing parts of the world.