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UC student finds purpose helping community through service...

September 23, 2022

Last summer, Molly McKee spent her days fulfilling her goal to work in community service. She combined her drive towards bettering the community with her co-op requirement in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences through a co-op position with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. A fourth-year student, McKee is double majoring in political science and International affairs, with a minor in Spanish. Having discovered the service learning co-op option through UC’s honors program, McKee landed a position as an outreach center programs associate position at St. Vincent de Paul. For her, the experience was transformational.

UC’s Visiting Writers Series to host an in-person return

September 12, 2022

The creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati, offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, hosts its Visiting Writers Series each semester to welcome distinguished authors to campus to read their work. Program coordinators are excited to announce that this year, the series will be held in-person, after two years of a virtual format. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Elliston Poetry Room, located in Langsam Library, 2911 Woodside Drive. There will also be a live virtual option offered, via registration.

Innovative UC program opens doors for first-gen students

July 22, 2022

Brittany Rice had always been drawn to the sciences. Earning her degree in biological sciences from the University of Cincinnati exposed her to a full range of study during her undergraduate career, including chemistry, physics, sociology, mathematics and psychology. “It’s a well-rounded major, and you can go many directions with it,” Rice says. But one direction she still wanted to go in was research—an area that for Rice felt out of reach. “Being first generation and low-income, I did not believe I was cut out for research,” she says. “I was unsure if I had the tools and knowledge to work in a research lab.” Enter associate professor of Chemistry Ryan White. Inspired to open doors for students like Rice, White launched the Pathway to Undergraduate Research for First Generation College Students during the 2021-22 academic year, welcoming an inaugural cohort of eight students, including Rice.

UC to offer new degree in growing field of statistics

July 20, 2022

Students at the University of Cincinnati will be able to enroll to earn a bachelor of science degree in statistics beginning fall semester of 2022. Also new to the curriculum is a minor in statistics. Offered through UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, the new programs will give students cutting-edge knowledge in statistics and data science, and skills that are key to careers in the public and private sectors, or for students who want to pursue graduate degrees. “With the growing importance of big data, statistics and data analytics skills are required in almost every field where data are turned into insights and used to inform decision-making,” says Siva Sivaganesan, professor and director of statistics and data science. Data science has been identified as a growth sector in the U.S. job market by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects a 33 percent growth in the field of statistics from 2020 to 2030, more than four times higher than the overall projected growth rate of eight percent. U.S. News and World Report also lists data scientist as number six, and statistician number eight in its overall ranking of best jobs. Statistician also ranked number three in best business jobs. The major and minor programs are open to all matriculated UC students, including those enrolled in the Lindner College of Business. Students can choose to pursue the major alone, or choose to double-major in an academic discipline to complement the degree, such as public health, biology, chemistry, computer science and physics. Students in majors such as criminal justice, engineering, and social science majors such as psychology may opt to minor in statistics to increase their skill sets and enhance their resumes before graduation.

UC to offer certificate in disability studies

June 30, 2022

Students at the University of Cincinnati will be able to enroll to earn a certificate in disability studies in fall semester, 2022. Offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the certificate will explore the experiences of disabled people, and the role of the disability community and the community at large in addressing equity, access and justice. The creation of the certificate program was inspired in part by the experiences of students, says Cheli Reutter, associate professor of American and African-American literature, who helped develop the program.

UC research group assesses area transgender community needs

June 6, 2022

In December 2020, UC College of Arts & Sciences’ research collaborative, The Cincinnati Project (TCP), reached out to a group of sociology students with an idea to create an assessment of the needs of the Cincinnati transgender community. The intent was that the report could be used by local governments and organizations to identify points of weakness and strength of health care, housing and transportation. Stef Murawsky, a Ph.D. student in sociology at UC, was immediately on board. Murawsky, whose research and dissertation are focused on trans healthcare, had interviewed roughly 30 people at the time in the Cincinnati area about their health care experiences before TCP even reached out to them. “It was a very obvious ‘yes’ to the project,” Murawsky says. “But then there was a desperate need for other people.” 

UC's new Clifton Court Hall reaches major milestone

May 25, 2022

The final beam was hoisted high above Clifton Avenue this month in the topping off ceremony for Clifton Court Hall, one of the latest additions to the University of Cincinnati’s uptown west campus. Situated near the northwest corner of campus, the 185,000 square foot structure will house several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, in addition to 24 classrooms, 230 faculty and staff offices when it opens in spring of 2023.

UC research institute hosts first annual festival of sensing

May 13, 2022

UC’s Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) hosts its first annual Expo & Festival of Sensing next month to convene an interdisciplinary conference exploring the topic of sensing in all its forms, from the sciences to the humanities.   The event will be held on May 25 and 26 in Tangeman University Center, 2600 Clifton Ave., and is open to faculty, staff, students and the public.   The conference brings together representatives from across disciplines—from engineering, biology, ethics, the humanities, performing arts and more—to explore sensing through a variety of lenses, says IRiS director and associate professor of biology Nathan Morehouse.   “We hope the IRiS event raises awareness of the amazing breadth of work happing on sensing at UC, while at the same time stimulating new conversations between the sciences, engineering, the arts and humanities,” he said.  

UC research sheds light on historically marginalized communities

May 12, 2022

At the University of Cincinnati’s College of Art and Sciences (A&S), students are often given the opportunity to complete in-depth research tailored to their individual interests. For two graduate students in the history department, this research included challenging the notion that the only research with impact is done by those in white lab coats. Maurice Adkins and Katherine Ranum have spent their graduate school years bringing to light stories of marginalized people, helping to fill gaps within U.S. historical studies. As a result, many institutions are taking notice of Adkins and Ranum, rewarding them with fellowships that allow them to continue their efforts to make historical research more inclusive. Adkins, a recent graduate from the history department’s doctorate program, spent seven years traveling between Cincinnati and North Carolina, scouring archives and hunting down public records to complete his dissertation, which explores Black leadership at historically Black col- leges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina from 1863-1931. This quickly became laborious, Adkins says, due to the underfunding that many HBCUs have faced historically, resulting in poorer record keeping than that of other universities.

UC mock trial team makes elite national competition

May 11, 2022

Each spring, in hundreds of nondescript rooms across the country, around 700 collegiate mock trial teams compete. Team members collaborate to create compelling arguments, for both the mock defense and prosecution, to win their respective cases. Tensions run high and each team member must be fully prepared and in character to advance to the national competition. Only seven percent of all collegiate teams qualify, and UC’s team joined the elite competition this year for the first time since 2019, appearing in the American Mock Trial Association’s national championship in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in April. UC’s team is comprised mainly of students from the College of Arts and Science, with more than two-thirds of the nationals team enrolled in an A&S major. The UC Mock Trial Team had the unique opportunity of competing with all-female team with co-captains Divya Kumar and Zophia Pittman-Jones leading. Kumar, who has been on the team since her first year at UC, is a third-year history major. She was awarded an All-American Attorney Award at Nationals.

What is Arabic Studies? 

May 9, 2022

Have you ever considered learning another language? Exploring a different culture, religion, or society? If so, you may want to learn more about the Arabic Studies program offered through the University of Cincinnati. Encompassing twenty-two countries and Palestine, the Arab world has a population of about 300 million people, and more than a billion people use Arabic as a vital component of their daily lives. In fact, in 1974 the United Nations adopted Arabic as one of its six official languages. The Arabic world has strategic significance for the US government and military, creating a demand for its speakers and incentive for more learners. Offered through UC’s College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), Arabic Studies offers students a robust, topical course selection ranging from language and literature to explorations of Middle East politics.

UC Judaic Studies professor makes local, international impact

April 29, 2022

Gila Safran-Naveh has been invited to present a paper at the 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies in August 2022, which would have been a fitting conclusion to her 35-year career as a professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. But it will not be the end of her career. Though she tendered her resignation in January 2022, she was quickly invited back to teach as a professor emerita, a tribute to her life’s body of work and legacy at UC’s College of Arts and Sciences. Over the past 35 years at UC, Safran-Naveh has helped grow Judaic Studies from a program to an entire department, changing the view of Judaic Studies at the University and in Cincinnati as the Endowed Chair of the Jewish Foundation.

UC grad finds passion in telling Black women’s stories

April 19, 2022

When Brande Victorian changed her UC major to journalism, she found what she says was “the perfect fit.” The 2007 graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences took her skills and ran with them, carving a career in the competitive field of writing that has taken her from medical publishing to an editor’s role at a leading magazine for Black women. Currently the senior editor of entertainment for Essence magazine, Victorian was honored this month with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the A&S Alumni Association. The award is conferred annually on an A&S grad under age 40 with significant achievements in their field, and active involvement with the university. Prior to becoming a part of the Essence family, Victorian contributed to a variety of different publications, including Clutch Magazine, Vibe Vixen and Madame Noire. She has been profiled by Pose magazine, and featured in Jezebel and on the talk show The Real. Her passion for writing the stories of Black women’s lives continues in her role at Essence. As a Black woman herself, Victorian shares the story of who inspires her, how she was able to become a journalist despite obstacles, and advice for young Black women starting out in journalism.

UC appoints new Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati chair

April 15, 2022

The Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati has appointed Jennifer Caplan as the new Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Chair in Judaic Studies. “We are excited that Dr. Caplan will be joining our faculty,” says Matthew Kraus, head of the Department of Judaic Studies. “Her expertise in modern Jewish religion and culture are essential to a comprehensive and relevant understanding of Jewish studies.” Caplan’s book “Funny, You Don't Look Funny: Judaism and Humor from the Silent Generation to Millennials” (Wayne State University Press) demonstrates how Jewish humor marks developments in the Jewish identity, Jewish religion, and the concept of religion itself and will be coming out soon.

What is International Affairs? 

April 14, 2022

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for any global issue, the University of Cincinnati’s international affairs program aims to equip undergraduate students with the necessary, transferrable skills that allow them to examine a broad range of international and global issues using methods and conceptual frameworks from different disciplines. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, this major combines a wide range of other disciplines such as political science; history; economics; women’s, gender and sexuality studies; journalism; environmental studies; geography; foreign languages, and other areas.  

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