Welcome to the LAS news feed, a source for news and information about our College of Letters, Arts & Sciences community. The goals of this feed are to inform us, connect us, and help build our community. Here you’ll find news and information from all corners of the college including but not limited to Departments, Programs, Centers, and the Dean’s office. We’ll also feature faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community with whom we work.
I conduct research because I love the process of finding answers to pertinent questions about evolving patterns of family life. As my friends and family often say, my curious mind can’t stop asking why. I also consider it a privilege to be part of the group of scholars in my field whose research informs changes in social policies and individual and group actions.
The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has created a new way for our donors to support us. The LAS Student Assistantship Support Fund will support LAS students who are assisting faculty in their research, scholarship, creative works, and teaching. This funding approach is intended to directly support our students, and to indirectly support the faculty members they are assisting. Application instructions will be shared at a future date. In the meantime donors can contribute through this direct giving page: LAS Student Assistantship Support Fund Giving Page.
The LAS Student Assistantship Support Fund was established through a collaboration between Zuleika Johnson, Associate Director of Development, Mike Kisley, Associate Dean of LAS, and a private donor who will be featured in a future news feed post, and who provided the initial contribution to establish the fund.
Dr. Laith Al-Shawaf, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was recently recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). From the association’s website, “The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. … this designation recognizes researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” (https://www.psychologicalscience.org/members/awards-and-honors/aps-rising-stars). Selection as a Rising Star involves evaluation of a candidate’s publications, previous recognitions, substantive contributions to the field of research, and the potential for broad impact.