$5 million committed
by two anonymous donors
to endow a professorship and department chair
Department of Education
received more than $4 million
from the estate of Edwin H. Liu, in memory of the late professor Nancy E. Taylor
to the Suicide Prevention Lab
in the Department of Psychology
With 17 different programs encompassing 40 fields of study, the School of Arts and Sciences serves more students than any other school on campus. It began in 1896 as the School of Technological Sciences, eventually transforming in 1930 into the school that exists today. Encompassing a diverse array of subjects, from Irish studies to physics, economics to Semitics, faculty in the school have one aim: to answer enduring questions.
“We are interested in probing the mysteries of the universe, as well as the mystery of every person within it. The beauty of the remotest regions and of the smallest particles occupy us as much as the truth about history and the future toward which our society is moving,” said Interim Dean and Politics Professor David Walsh. “We are convinced that it is only those who take the time to contemplate reality as a whole that will be able to find their rightful place within it. In seeing the true, the good, and the beautiful, we become better able to draw them into the shared reality of our lives. By becoming better people, we can build a better world.”
To build that better world, the school needs to offer faculty and scholarship support and increase academic offerings. Priorities for the Campaign include adding a Center for Faith and Science and an Institute for K-12 Catholic Education, creating a new film studies program, gathering additional scholarship support, and adding two new endowed professorships. So far, the school is more than halfway to its overall Campaign goal of $35 million.
Thanks to Anthony, B.A. 1978, and Linda Galasso, one of those endowed professorships will become a reality. The couple has left a $3 million bequest to the University that will establish “The Galasso Family Endowed Chair in Physics in gratitude and memory of Drs. Hall and Carol Jo Crannell.”
Additionally, the School of Arts and Sciences is benefitting from a Templeton Religion Trust grant. This nearly $2.2 million award will support Professor Brandon Vaidyanathan, chair of the Department of Sociology, on his research project, “Global Research on the Aesthetic Dimensions of Science.” Through the project, Vaidyanathan will conduct international research on how scientists — particularly physicists and biologists — experience beauty, awe, and wonder, and how those experiences influence their own scientific understanding. The study will also examine the correlations between the subjects’ experiences of beauty and their religious or spiritual beliefs.
In January, the family of Professor Robert W. Thomson donated his library in Armenian studies to the Institute for the Study of Eastern Christianity and the Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR).
Thomson’s library includes books, maps, prints, slides, audio materials, microfilms of manuscripts, music records, and compact discs, for a total of 3,127 items, as well as three large boxes of his papers.
The School of Arts and Sciences fosters the search for beauty and transcendence through a free investigation of profound questions.
Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University continues until May 2022. Learn about the school's priorities for the Campaign.