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Message from the Dean
Dr. Karen Callaghan
Dean and Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies
Lehman 313
Dr. Karen Callaghan
Dean's Office
Arts and Sciences
11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695
Lehman Hall 313

Tel: 305-899-3400
Fax: 305-899-3466

Hours: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

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Grant funding is an important part of the College of Arts and Sciences at Barry University. Every year more and more students and faculty are able to participate in programs that enrich learning and in some cases give back to the community. Funding totaling in the millions has already been awarded to the College of Arts and Sciences, and a wide list of opportunities has been available to students.

By being part of the College of Arts and Sciences, you not only get to study your major of choice under distinguished faculty, but you also have the chance to participate in programs that will open doors to your future and give you extended knowledge.

The following list demonstrates what the College of Arts and Sciences has accomplished recently:

National Science Foundation Grants Prestigious $224,145 Award

In April 2011, Dr. Zuzana Zajickova was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from the division of Chemical and Biological Separations (CBS) in the amount of $224,145 for the duration of three years. This is the largest NSF amount ever awarded to any faculty at Barry. This funding provides stipend support for two undergraduate students during summer session and academic year and allows her research team to travel to scientific meetings to present research results and to continue her collaboration with scientists at the Molecular Foundry, a nanoscience user facility located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.

Cell Biology Fellowship for Research and Workshops unites Students, Faculty, and Administration

Dr. Brenda Schoffstall was awarded a Linkage Fellows Award for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 from the Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). This fellowship provides $10,000 per year to each fellow under a MAC grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Science (NIH/NIGMS). The funding is provided to selected faculty from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) to participate in a variety of professional and student developmental activities that promote cell biology at their home institutions. The major goal of this program is to increase participation of faculty from MSI’s to “serve as a link between the institution, its students, faculty and administration, and the ASCB MAC.” Dr. Schoffstall’s proposal includes funding for supplies to support the research training of five undergraduate research students and for two workshops each year. These workshops were open to all interested Barry Biology majors and faculty.

World Premiere of Innovative Piano Concert

MIAMI GRANDS! is an originally composed concert piece written for 10 pianos with a customized lighting design themed around different aspects of Miami. The world premiere, by internationally renowned composer Michael Torke, took place in April 2014. The piece, conducted by Maestro Georgi Danchev, featured highly regarded South Florida pianists, and a spectacular visual presentation and was sponsored by Miami Dade County and the Allstate Foundation.

Department of Energy Provides Funding for Research and Instrumentation

Dr. Tony Wallner, in collaboration with the Division of Institutional Advancement and the Director of External Affairs has received three Department of Energy (DOE) grants for improvements in the areas of science education and research. The first DOE grant in 2008 entitled “Interdisciplinary Science Program and Barry University” awarded $383,000 to purchase needed instrumentation for the Department of Physical Sciences to support undergraduate research and the biochemistry specialization. The second DOE grant in 2010 entitled “Barry University Physical Science Improvement Project” awarded $739,000 for infrastructure improvements. The grant funded a new faculty research laboratory housing the research groups of two faculty members as well as a new biochemistry/advanced chemistry teaching laboratory accommodating 24 students along with a cold room for enzymatic sample preparation. The third DOE grant in 2011 entitled “Enhancing a Student Centered Approach to Science Education and Research” awarded $1,164,000 for infrastructure improvements and new construction. This grant built a new chemical stockroom along with a new anatomy laboratory. It also updated faculty research space in two different buildings to accommodate the research groups of five faculty members in physical sciences and biology.

Minority Biomedical Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement

The MBRS RISE Program was created by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS) to enhance the research environment at minority-serving institutions. The College of Arts & Sciences was awarded a five-year extension of this grant with a total of $1,377,692 in new funds from the National Institutes of Health for the RISE program. The program awards paid research positions to undergraduate students in order to prepare them for biomedical research careers. Students are able to carry out research at both Barry and off-campus sites, attend and present research at scientific meetings, and participate in graduate school activities. Visit the RISE site for more information.

Grants Make Cinematic Music Series Possible on Barry’s Campus

Funded by the Miami Salon Group and Citizens Interested in the Arts, Barry University’s 2012-2013 “Cinematic Music Series” was a unique musical and visual experience. Each concert event featured live musical selections and projected visual images from specific cinematic genres such as Epic Classics (Gone with the Wind, The Godfather, Titanic, and others), Disney Classics, and Heroes (Robin Hood, Batman, Superman, Lara Croft, and others).

The music, performed by Barry University Fine Arts Department faculty, guest artists, and student musicians, accompanied clips from corresponding films to tell stories of love, loss, betrayal, friendship, adversity and perseverance.

Minority Biomedical Research Support for Competitive Research

Barry University professor Dr. Leticia Vega was awarded a Support of Continuous Research Excellence (SCORE) Grant in the amount of $300,000. The SCORE Grant is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Faculty and Students Collaborate to Introduce Research Concepts into Computer Science Courses

A grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $43,753, was awarded to Barry’s Dr. James Haralambides, professor of math and computer science. The two-year grant allowed Haralambides and undergraduate students working with him to research multimedia processing curriculum, disseminate the findings, test the curriculum and then implement it. The grant was in partnership with the University of New Orleans.

$73,250 Awarded for Summer Research

Dr. Zuzana Zajickova, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received an appointment to the US Department of Energy (DOE)/National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty and Student Team (FaST) program and funding in the amount of $73,250 for the duration of three years. This provided her and five Barry undergraduate students with the opportunity to conduct summer research for ten weeks at the prestigious Molecular Foundry User Facility located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA.

Haitian Empowerment & Literacy Project Assists Haitian Youth in Miami

The Haitian Empowerment & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.) , sponsored by The Children’s Trust is a continuation of a project that was co-sponsored by Nova Southeastern University and Barry University. The project serves Haitian adolescents ages 13-18 and runs 5 days a week for 7 weeks, from 8 am to 3 pm. H.E.L.P. is an art-based summer enrichment program aimed at providing a comprehensive multi-disciplinary curriculum to assist Haitian adolescents in Miami, who have performed poorly on the FCAT and in other academic areas. The goal of H.E.L.P. is to provide a quality art-based program that will empower Haitian youth in the Miami-Dade community to make positive life choices, develop socio-cultural awareness, and to build literacy skills that will enable them to maximize their personal potential. By building these skills, they can make positive contributions to their family, school and community.

Summer Science Research Program

Barry University’s Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) is a comprehensive three-week research program that immerses rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in life science research while exposing them to the college environment. It is funded by Publix Supermarket Charities and Miami Dade County. The program, at no cost to high school students in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, features lectures and workshops on college life and preparation, an authentic inquiry-based science project, state-of-the-art molecular biology methodology, university-style interactive lectures and debates, and science communication. Research culminates in a formal presentation by each participant during an Awards Ceremony.

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