Centennial Archive: About A&S Research and Scholarship (2007)

The information on this page is an archive of material presented during the A&S Centennial of 2007. For current information see "About A&S" on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

About the College of Arts and Sciences Today: Research and Scholarship

The research and scholarship activities of our faculty and staff have grown significantly in recent years, as reflected by the grant funding and publications data cited below.

Extramural Research Funding Awarded to A&S
+35.1 %


Number of Refereed Publications, Exhibits, etc. by A&S Faculty
from 2003 to 2004: + 19.5 %
from 2004 to 2005: + 3.7 %

Research Highlights

A&S faculty and staff are involved in a number of cutting edge research and scholarly efforts across all three divisions in the College. In many cases, these efforts have been supported through extramural grants. The following descriptions highlight just a few examples of exciting research currently being pursued by A&S faculty and staff.


Dr. Riffat Hassan, Professor of Humanities and Islamic Studies, has been awarded a grant for $535,000 through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The grant, titled “Religion and Society : A Dialogue,” will focus on 1) enhancing the non-American participants' understanding of the place of religion and serious religious study, particularly Islam, in American life; 2) providing a forum for examination and discussion of the compatibility of religious practice and democratic social and political values and structures, the benefits produced by coexistence among religious communities, and the practice of Islam in a multi-cultural, multi-religious context; and 3) expanding the understanding of American scholars, clerics, and laypersons of the place of Islam in non-American societies.


The Department of Chemistry has been awarded a $3.6 million NSF/EPSCoR infrastructure grant to establish the proposed Center for Regulatory, Environmental, Analytical Metabolomics (CREAM). This Center, directed by Dr. Teresa Fan, will develop cutting-edge methodologies, approaches, and applications for the emerging discipline of metabolomics to support systems biochemical research. These areas of research promise to revolutionize biological research in the 21st century by their ability to tackle biological complexity. Metabolomics development will find applications in a broad array of pressing societal problems ranging from human health (e.g. cancers, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, emerging bioweapons and infectious diseases), biotechnology (e.g. biofuel production), to environmental pollution (e.g. air pollution and toxicity) and ecosystem health.


The Biology Department has recently hired three new faculty members to develop a program that brings an evolutionary perspective to the study of health and disease. The Disease Evolution focus group includes Dr. Daniel Dykhuizen whose research focuses on the evolutionary genetics of the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease and on in vitro experimental evolution; Dr. Awdhesh Kalia whose research explores the pathogenesis of two bacteria, Helicobacter pylori (which causes stomach ulcers and cancer) and Streptococcus pyogenies (which causes strep throat); and Dr. Susanna Remold whose laboratory studies evolution of host use in the human bacterial pathogen, Pseudonomas aeruginosa, and the viral pathogen of livestock, vesicular stomatitis virus.http://www.louisville.edu/a-s/biology/DiseaseEvolution/index.htm

Political Science:

The College of Arts and Sciences has recently established the Center for Asian Democracy, under the direction of Dr. Shiping Hua and housed in the University’s Institute for Democracy and Development in the Department of Political Science. The Center is funded by a $5 million appropriation from the Federal Government and a $1 million match from the University of Louisville. The Center will address critical questions of democratic development in various regions of Asia—East, Southeast, South and Central. The longer-term strategy envisions establishing the Aung San Suu Kyi Chair in Asian Studies and bringing in visiting scholars to conduct research and teach on key issues of democracy and development in Asia.