From the Dean

Dean Bachas of College of Arts and Sciences - University of MiamiDear Friends,

As I sit in my home office, I realize how quickly our lives have changed in the past few months. Yet through these challenging and uncertain times, I am incredibly grateful and proud of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have come together—as we ‘Canes do—to support each other.

The pandemic has hindered several meaningful events and milestones. Nevertheless, our students and faculty have shown resilience to the challenges. In early May, we honored our 2020 graduates as we set them off onto their paths, ready to lead and contribute to a better world. As a College, we swiftly transitioned to remote learning so that our students can successfully complete the semester, and allowed those staff and faculty members who can telework to do so. Our faculty continue with their scholarship, research, and other services across the different disciplines. And our alumni are helping us build up a valiant and supportive community.

This global crisis has no doubt taught us new ways of thinking and, at the same time, built a new level of cooperation. We will emerge stronger and better prepared to tackle any challenges that we would face in the future. As we live in an interconnected world, it is critical that we act responsibly for the good of our society and the wellbeing of all.

Our commitment to our students is stronger than ever. Every one of us is dedicated to their academic success as well as providing them with an exceptional learning experience. We seek new ways to innovate the classroom experience and provide opportunities to engage them as we are all navigating this “new normal.”

I hope you enjoy our fully online issue of the arts&sciences magazine. I invite you to read stories about our world-class faculty from diverse disciplines conducting cutting-edge research related to COVID-19; news about the Art & Art History and Chemistry departments donating much-needed personal protection equipment (PPE) to the University of Miami Health System; and how our faculty are generating programs and projects centered on sustainability initiatives, in and out of the classroom environment, and much more.

I encourage you to visit our website and join us on social media platforms Instagram (@umiamicas) and/or Facebook ( to learn more about our initiatives and programs. Thank you for your continued support to the College of Arts and Sciences.

I hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Go ’Canes!

Leonidas G. Bachas

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