The University hosted a Winter Week of Welcome to celebrate the beginning of the semester with new, returning, and transfer students. College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff are happy to welcome our students, and we are excited so start the spring semester.

We open this month's newsletter by featuring Dr. Christine Ruey Shan Lee, assistant professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research in quantum topology earned a grant from the National Science Foundation. We are also excited to share that Dr. Jason Strickland, assistant professor of biology, and biology senior India Hughes helped identify two new snake species for a group of herpetologists in Mexico. An article about the discovery was published recently in Herpetozoa, an international peer-reviewed journal. We also feature in this newsletter Dr. Samuel Baker, associate professor of philosophy. He is on sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, where he’s writing a book about Aristotle. A Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship from Harvard University Press is enabling him to continue his research during the spring semester. 

We also spotlight two alumni, including Dr. Deidra Suwannee Dees, who serves as the archive director for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and earned graduate degrees from Cornell and Harvard universities. She strives to preserve tribal history while sharing the story of Muscogee people with future generations. Kenneth Johnson recently got married in the chapel at USA Health University Hospital during his recovery from being hit by a pickup truck. He was a center on the first football team at South. In 2014, he earned a degree in criminal justice, did an internship with campus law enforcement, and was hired as a University police officer.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during this year's Week of Connection and Service. This celebration consists of a variety of events hosted by the Offices of Community Engagement and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Please click here to learn more. 

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and we wish you a Happy New Year. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Andrzej Wierzbicki
USA College of Arts and Sciences