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Natural Sciences

Our science departments are committed to creating and disseminating new knowledge in their fields by combining research and teaching, a principle devised by Wilhelm von Humboldt in the early 1800s, and followed by research universities today throughout the world.

Our 200 faculty members — including fellows of many learned societies and academies — are engaged in research that spans a broad range from the basic to the applied, from questions about the foundations of quantum mechanics, to the development of cancer cells and the workings of the brain, to work that results in the spin-off of high-technology companies. They share their excitement about their research with their students, training them to become part of the next generation of scientists who will push the frontiers of human knowledge.


15 CAS faculty—from classics to cinema studies to psychology and biology—have been honored.
Theater prof Michael Najjar directs “Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World” at ...
History prof Leslie Alexander interviewed by Mo Rocca on CBS Sunday Morning re: civil rights pioneer ...
“Visual Clave,” co-curated by anthro/folklore prof Phil Scher, at Jordan Schnitzer ...