College of Arts & Sciences Research Soars

By Dr. Erin Bowen, CAS Research Director

For many on campus, the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) flies under the radar, quietly providing our general education classes and serving as home for those majors who aren’t designing, flying, or securing airplanes and rockets. Yet it turns out that CAS has also been quietly playing host to the research powerhouses on our campus, creating unique experiences for students to conduct world-class research with faculty and find connections that, in some cases, are literally “out of this world.” 

Sure, you may remember that the Space Physics program received big press a few years ago for its involvement in the multi-institutional Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project – the one that received a Nobel prize. But did you know that in Biology and Chemistry, researchers are using eDNA to assess biodiversity in a way that’s never been done? Or that in Psychology, students are conducting research on team performance and emotional intensity communication at work? Humanities faculty are studying public memory, Nabatean rhetoric (look that one up!), and medieval technical writing. Astronomy faculty are securing access to international telescopes to analyze data on distant stars, and in Business, Drs. Javad Gorjidooz and Jules Yimga received the Best Paper award from the Air Transport Research Society in Amsterdam last summer. In Mathematics, the terms “unipotent section conjecture” and “universal hyperelliptic curves” may bring out terror in the math-anxious, but for ERAU’s faculty this is part of pushing mathematical research into the future. 

Research in CAS also means funding – for students and for our campus. Last year, Arts & Sciences brought in more grant dollars to Prescott than the other three colleges combined! Grant money funds students and faculty, equipment, and materials that keep our campus on the cutting-edge of research. Grant money helps us send students to prestigious conferences and provide student wages for projects. Most importantly, research opportunities in CAS are open to students of all majors, from any college. There are few things more exciting in research than an interdisciplinary team that brings together expertise from all corners of campus to solve a problem. 

Next time you think about research at Embry-Riddle, remember the variety of opportunities in CAS. You truly have opportunities on this campus to explore anything, from the tiniest microbiological sample, to the nearly unfathomable depths of the human mind, to the science of global communication and the mysteries of the stars. We hope you’ll join us in experiencing research in Arts & Sciences. 

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