Research in the College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and students in the College of Arts and Sciences are passionate. They collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects that are having real impact on the world. Check out what our students and faculty have been up to recently.

Economics - Analyzing Energy Efficiency Upgrades of Public Infrastructure

In the Spring of 2016, two Economics faculty integrated city-identified sustainability projects into their existing courses through the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP). Students in two economics courses—Managerial Decision Making and Economics of the Public Sector, taught by Monica Hartmann and Matthew Kim, respectively—collaborated to conduct analyses of potential energy efficiency upgrades to public buildings and street lighting for the City of Delano. 

A video describing the project can be found here.

Students with Professor Monica Hartmann - Center List - Research

Geology - Tectonics of Southern Mongolia

Dr. Melissa Lamb has been working to unravel the complex geological history of southern Mongolia. Centered in the middle of the Earth's youngest continent, Asia, this region serves as a natural laboratory to test models of continental growth and plate tectonics. Shut off from western scientists for much of the twentieth century, Mongolia has become the site of considerable research. Dr. Lamb has taken several St. Thomas students into the southern Gobi desert to do basic geological field mapping, stratigraphy, and geochronology, in an effort to begin to understand the tectonics of this complex region.

Beka Poier, Dr. Badarch (Mongolian Academy of Sciences) and Dr. Lamb in the Gobi. - Center List - Research 2
Alex Kopel Polysci

Political Science - Political Socialization for a New Generation

Alex Kopel presented research from POLS 301: American Political Behavior with Dr. Angela High-Pippert. The class conducted focus groups with St. Thomas students on how their friends, social media and the university act as agents of political socialization. 

Alex Kopel - Center List - Research 3
Photo of Dr. Lorah with students conducting research

Geography - Using Drones to Generate New Data for Conservation Insights

Paul Lorah, Alice Ready and Emma Rinn of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies just published a paper titled "Using Drones to Generate New Data for Conservation Insights" in the International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research. The paper was based on a project conducted for the Minnesota Nature Conservancy. It focused on collecting, processing and analyzing drone acquired images to help understand how topography influences prairie fires. 

Testing the drones - Center List - Research 4
Dr. Scibora with student

Health and Exercise Science - College Students and their Cell Phone Use

Chris Hornung '18 researched how college students, especially those at St. Thomas, use their cell phones throughout a normal day under the mentorship of Dr. Lesley Scibora in Health and Exercise Science. Chris has posted his findings on a blog called "Tommies Unplugged" through the Wellness Center. The Newsroom interviewed Chris and Dr. Scibora about their partnership.

Testing the drones - Center List - Research 5