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.
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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.
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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.
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Q-and-A With Kevin DiLorenzo ’88

Current president and director of client services and brand strategy at an independent, full-service creative agency headquartered in Minneapolis, Kevin DiLorenzo helps clients solve strategic and creative business and marketing challenges in a dynamic, constantly changing communication industry.
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From the Dean: Reflecting on 25 Years

As I begin my 25th year at the University of St. Thomas, I find myself looking backward at all that has changed in that time, as well as looking forward to all that will be.
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Family Studies Grows Up

On the first day of class in Family Communication, students encounter their first assignment: Visually define who counts as their own “family.”
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Q-and-A With David Billingsley

David Billingsley knows the arts can save lives. He’s helping Twin Cities youth overcome poverty, hopelessness and gun violence through music, dance, theater and art.
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India Changes With the World

My research agenda focuses on examining changes in Indian politics since the end of the Cold War. I analyze changes observed in the country’s foreign policy since the Cold War years, and in describing India’s case, I attempt to demonstrate how globalization presents opportunities for countries to build strong relations with each other and overcome old hostilities and suspicions.
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Mathematics Through the Lens of Biology

Until recently, many biologists also viewed themselves as pure experimentalists with no need for mathematics in their field, but advances in experimental techniques have generated huge amounts of data, and without mathematical modeling and analysis it would be impossible for biology to make sense of all these data.