The ABCs of CAS

January 19


African and African American Studies (AAAS) at the University of Memphis is offered as a major, minor, or online, with focus in Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, or the Arts. AAAS provides better understanding of African American experiences, histories, cultures, and how race/ethnicity interacts with class, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. Anyone in any area will benefit from AAAS! 

Instructor DIANNE MALONE welcomes you to her classes with music, film, and literature. You may discuss the social implications of the "Love Craft Country" series, analyze the portrayal of post-traumatic slave syndrome in Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad, or place Cardi B lyrics within a Black Studies context. For more information: https://www.memphis.edu/aaas/


January 21


$50 stipend plus up to $50 for materials awarded for SUCCESSFUL STUDENT PROPOSALS!

Anthropology Week: Reimagining the Social 

After nearly two years of Pandemic on top of our already hectic lives, many of us are “Zoomed out.” At the same time, we also need ways to connect with one another outside the classroom—without adding just one more thing to the to-do list. In that spirit, we are looking for ways to reinvigorate and reimagine the social life of the department.

ANTHRO DAY / Thurs, Feb 17

We are proposing that week as “Anthro Week,” with activities during the week that tie to or replace some standard classwork. We are looking for a diverse range of students—both undergrads in all stages of their degrees and grad students from all cohorts—to propose and lead activities that unite us in a sense of playfulness. These may include (live and/or remote): 

  • Interactive cooking activities 
  • Games 
  • Performances 
  • Athletic activities 
  • Out-of-the-box activities 

In the tradition of anthropology, we are looking to meet you where you are—consider something you love doing that you would like to share with your anthropology colleagues. 

Successful student proposals will receive a $50 stipend plus up to $50 for materials. If they desire, student leaders will be partnered with a faculty member as a liaison to help gather resources and prepare. 

Proposals and questions should be submitted by email to Dr. Maclin at emaclin1@memphis.edu. 

Proposals are due no later than end-of-day on Thursday, January 27th; winners will be announced on Monday, January 31. 

  • Proposals should include: 
  • Name of leader(s) 
  • Description of activity (about a paragraph) 
  • Minimum/maximum number of participants, if any 
  • Time needed
  • First and second choices for date/time during the week of February 14 – 18
  • Budget for supplies if any

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January 25


In spite of all the challenges, the department is proud of its graduates!

  • 74 Bachelors,
  • 3 Masters, and
  • 4 PhD students finished their degree programs. 

The department has 35 faculty members, 33 graduate students, and ~760 biology majors. 

2021 PUBLICATIONS include faculty, graduate students, and staff publishing 35 papers and submitting 26 grant proposals. 

WEEKLY SEMINAR SERIES on Thursdays from 4-5pm featuring world-class researchers: https://blogs.memphis.edu/biology/seminar/



  • MEEMAN BIOLOGICAL STATION bordering the Mississippi River, is 623 acres where multiple faculty members conduct ecological research at the station. https://www.memphis.edu/meeman
  • INTEGRATED MICROSCOPY CENTER in the Life Sciences Building has both light and transmission electron microscopes, clean prep rooms, and a histology lab. https://www.memphis.edu/imc/
  • CENTER FOR BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH CBio, as it’s known, has a track record of funding small, competitive grants for graduate students in the department to advance their experiments and present their biodiversity research at conferences. More information can be found, here: https://www.umbiodiversity.org/



Follow the department social media accounts on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UofMemphisBio/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/uofmemphisbio

Pictures shown : 

  1. Faculty and Grads at the department 2019 fall picnic
  2. Three graduate students volunteering at a science festival. Participation by our department was organized by DR. SHAWN BROWN.
  3. Members of the BOWERS LAB measuring head color on a bird in the field
  4. The UofM leadership team (PRESIDENT DAVID RUDD, PROVOST THOMAS NENON and RAAJ KURAPATI, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER) with CHAIRMAN DAVID FREEMAN at Meeman Biological Station looking at a cottonmouth snake in the field