The College of Arts and Sciences is defined by inquiry and discovery. Faculty in the College pursue fundamental questions into the cultural, social, and natural worlds. This scope and intellectual freedom reflect both the historical characteristic of arts and sciences and speak to the underlying unity of a university’s breadth. As the core of a research university, A&S faculty conduct research and advance knowledge in these basic areas of inquiry and use this research to provide a robust and engaged education to undergraduate and graduates students.


Clearing the Forest, with Consequences

February 15, 2018

University of Miami professors study the relationship between human welfare and environmental stressors on Brazil’s Amazon

Peering into the Cosmos

January 25, 2018

UM astrophysicist leads NASA mission to study X-ray emissions from the Milky Way and outer space

Advocating for the Humanities

October 18, 2017

A significant grant from the Mellon Foundation will help researchers discern how the public regards the humanities.

Combating Mental Illness with Religious Intervention

October 12, 2017

A pilot study will examine whether integrating religious interventions into an existing mental illness treatment—and offering the therapy at a religious institution—will help keep participants engaged and on the road to wellness

Lost City of Arabia Revealed

August 18, 2017

Archeological research by University of Miami professor featured in popular TV series Unearthed

Predicting Future Outcomes in the Natural World

June 22, 2017

A study reveals how computer-based modeling can help researchers predict the optimal outcome to save natural habitats from invasive plants

Can Trusting Your Doctor Help Reduce Pain?

May 4, 2017

A new study indicates how perceptions of clinician-patient similarity and trust can reduce pain at the doctor’s office

Social Signals in Infants

April 13, 2017

UM psychologist will study the social behavior of infants with NSF grant support

Finding a Solution Against Violence

March 20, 2017

UM professor wins ACLS grant to continue his studies on violence and the human condition.

Sub-second System Seizures

March 8, 2017

UM physicist studies the unexpected consequences of sub-second delays on fast-moving data systems

Hitting the Right Notes

January 26, 2017

A UM biologist studied how songbirds in remote areas of Costa Rica learn new duets when paired with a new mate

Mapping the Mind of Worms

January 9, 2017

Biologists identify signals that drive distinct behavior in microscopic nematode worms—and hold lessons for human brains

Managing Stress Together in Cancer Patients and Family Caregivers

December 5, 2016

UM research examines biological and psychological health mechanisms in cancer patients and their caregivers

Brain Pattern Flexibility and Behavior

November 21, 2016

Researchers analyzed how brain regions are connected to each other in a way that facilitates high-level cognitive processing.

Study Identifies Post-Disaster Risks for Increased Substance Abuse

October 28, 2016

By using a mixed-methods approach, a recent study found that natural disasters can cause lasting damage to a population in another way—through increased risk of substance use.

Understanding a Child's Social World

October 17, 2016

Psychology researchers will team up with physicists to monitor children’s real-time, movement-based interactions in preschool classrooms.

Contagion in Popular Places: From Zika to Political Extremism

August 3, 2016

UM researchers show how human movement through popular places shapes outbreaks

Failed Satellite Mission Reveals Vital Data on Galaxy Cluster

July 13, 2016

UM physicist a member of collaborative X-ray satellite mission with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASA

Women’s Connections in Extreme Networks

June 29, 2016

A study reveals that although women remain under the radar in terrorist organizations, they hold the networks together

Doing the Math on Zika and Sex

June 28, 2016

Study Examines the Role Sex Plays in Zika's Spread

The Future of 4D Printing

May 11, 2016

University of Miami researchers build 4D printer with goal to construct a cell’s surface

UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Joins Launch of SPARK, Nation’s Largest Autism Research Study

April 21, 2016

Groundbreaking initiative combines web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research and speed discovery of treatments, support

Understanding Genes Linked to Autism-Relevant Behavior in High-Risk Siblings

April 6, 2016

UM College of Arts & Sciences psychology researchers find that dopamine genes could shine a light on early communication

Big City, Big Challenges

March 29, 2016

University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences researchers are finding solutions to urban challenges both locally and abroad

Relationships in Distress Find Support in Web-based Program,

March 16, 2016

Nationwide study by University of Miami psychologists show unhappy couples significantly improved relationship satisfaction, reduced depression and anxiety

Dynamic Connections in the Brain

March 9, 2016

In a departure from traditional cognitive neurosciences, UM researchers have applied a new approach, known as human connectomics, to explain how functional connections in the brain change over time

The Impact of Prehistoric Humans In The Everglades

January 26, 2016

Research by University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences archaeologist emphasizes how humans play a vital role in tree island formations

The Importance of Children at Play

January 19, 2016

Research highlights positive strengths in developmental learning for Latino children in low-income households based on their interactive play skills

Finding The Perfect Grouping

January 12, 2016

University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences researcher applies mathematical formulas to understand how disparate parts come together

The Human Brain - A Great Frontier in Science Research

December 10, 2015

The state-of-the-art laboratories in the College of Arts & Sciences’ Neuroscience building are home to some of UM’s top researchers and scientists

Connecting the Dots and Finding the Patterns in Big Data

November 24, 2015

University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences’ interdisciplinary initiative to elevate complexity science research unifies professors from diverse disciplines

Relying on Faith, Culture, and Family Cohesiveness To Reduce The Stress of Caring for a Person with Mental Illness

November 3, 2015

A culturally informed family therapy is proven helpful to caregivers of loved ones with schizophrenia

UM College of Arts & Sciences Welcomed Artists, Philosophers, and Researchers to Discuss the Sensation of Color

October 7, 2015

College hosted the 11th Annual Conference of the American Synesthesia Association at the Coral Gables campus, Oct. 2 – 4


October 2, 2015

Presentation, hosted by University of Miami Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Leonidas Bachas, included a panel discussion by esteemed UM faculty and opening remarks by President Julio Frenk

Dr. Felicia Knaul Presents Study On Global Health and Breast Cancer At Women’s and Gender Studies Inaugural Colloquium Luncheon

September 29, 2015

Speaking openly about her personal and emotional battle with breast cancer, Dr. Knaul also shared research on health care reform in Mexico and the implementation of Seguro Popular

Babies Time Their Smiles To Make Their Moms Smile In Return

September 23, 2015

But they do so while trying to smile as little as possible

A New Study Predicts A Quantum Goldilocks Effect

September 22, 2015

Everything in moderation

Finding Iconicity in Spoken Languages

September 8, 2015

Researchers from the University of Miami and the University of Wisconsin-Madison show that iconicity is spread across the vocabulary of spoken languages and suggest that iconicity plays a key role in word learning, similar to what is found in signed languages

New Model of Cognitive Flexibility Gives Insight into Autism Spectrum Disorder

September 3, 2015

Being in the present means constantly changing: University of Miami researchers propose a model of cognitive flexibility that helps scientists understand autism spectrum disorder and other behavioral and neurological disorders

Math Professor Shigui Ruan Included Among Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers

August 11, 2015

UM College of Arts & Sciences Professor of Mathematics Shigui Ruan is one of the world’s leading scholars in the sciences, according to Thomson Reuters.

Researchers Identify A Novel Disease Gene Causing Neurodegenerative Disorders

July 13, 2015

An international consortium led by University of Miami researchers finds a novel disease gene causing neurodegenerative conditions

A glimpse into Professor Wilson’s Study of Symbiosis

July 7, 2015

A&S biology professor and students work together to research aphid amino acid transporters. Watch the 4 episodes here.

Predicting Happiness Of Couples Raising Children With Autism

July 6, 2015

Psychology Researchers at the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences find personality traits that predict relationship satisfaction among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder

New Study Shows Boys Will Be Boys— Sex Differences Aren’t Specific To Autism

June 8, 2015

University of Miami researcher leads an international team of scientists in a study showing that sex differences in children with autism are no different than those in other children

Zebrafish Model Gives New Insight on Autism Spectrum Disorder

May 26, 2015

University of Miami study of zebrafish reveals how dysfunction of SHANK3 or SYNGAP1 genes play a role in the development of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Discovering Age-Specific Brain Changes in Autism

March 20, 2015

Researchers at the University of Miami find that large-scale connectivity in autism changes with age

Traffic Fatalities Spike During Spring Break

March 18, 2015

University of Miami study finds that at popular spring break destinations, there is a spike in traffic fatalities during the spring break season. The authors offer some simple and inexpensive policy suggestions for local governments to reduce the impact.

The Hidden Burden of Dengue Fever in West Africa

March 2, 2015

University of Miami researcher leads a team of scientists in a study that finds dengue unrecognized and obscured by malaria in Ghana

The Hidden Burden of Dengue Fever in West Africa

March 2, 2015

University of Miami researcher leads a team of scientists in a study that finds dengue unrecognized and obscured by malaria in Ghana

Minds at Attention: Military and Mindfulness

February 12, 2015

A New Study Led by a University of Miami Neuroscientist Finds that Even Short-Form Mindfulness Meditation Training Can Help Active Duty Soldiers Perform Better and Improve Cognitive Resilience

Climate Affects The Development of Human Speech

January 26, 2015

Researchers from the University of Miami, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics discover a correlation between climate and the evolution of language

Nation’s Top Zebrafish Experts Gather at UM College of Arts & Sciences for Research Symposium

January 14, 2015

Zebrafish Help Scientists Answer Big Questions about Genetics and Diseases

Research on Emergence of Autism Receives Funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

August 9, 2013

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has funded new research lead by Daniel Messinger, Professor of Psychology, for the mathematical modeling of autism data with genetic markers. The project, titled “Modeling the Dynamics of Early Communication and Development,” will focus on early infant-parent relationships, which is central to understanding social development.

Geography Professor Studies Sachet Water in Africa

June 28, 2013

Many of West Africa’s largest cities continue to lag in supplying piped water to residents. Filling the service gap are plastic water sachets, which have become an important source of drinking water for the region. This industry provides many jobs and improves access to clean drinking water. Yet unintended social and environmental consequences associated with the widespread use of sachet water continues to stir controversy.

Chemists shed light on biological processes with glowing molecules

April 10, 2013

University of Miami scientists have developed a way to switch fluorescent molecules on and off within aqueous environments, by strategically trapping the molecules inside water-soluble particles and controlling them with ultraviolet light. The new system can be used to develop better fluorescent probes for biomedical research.

Mathematics of Life

April 4, 2013

A three-day workshop held by the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Mathematics examined the role of dispersal in life and health sciences.

Moms’ Sensitivity Helps Language Development in Children with Hearing Loss

April 4, 2013

March 26, 2013 — Coral Gables — Children with cochlear implants who receive positive and emotional support from their mothers develop language skills at a faster rate, almost "catching up" to children with normal hearing, according to a study by a University of Miami psychologist.

Raising a Child with Autism

May 4, 2016

Research sheds light on relationship between optimism, coping strategies, and depressive symptoms of Hispanic parents of children with autism

Building Mental Toughness Off the Field—It’s All About Practice

May 18, 2017

A new study reveals that mindfulness training, but not relaxation training, benefits college athletes' attention. Practice engagement and program adherence are key.

Brain Development and Aging

June 1, 2017

New study by UM psychologists reveals that brain signals in specific regions change over a lifespan in ways that might be important for maintaining flexibility.

Stay Focused, If You Can

November 8, 2017

UM researchers study how individual differences in brain dynamics influence a person’s self-control when faced with temptation

Military Wellness

November 10, 2017

Defending the Science of Infant Imitation

November 16, 2017

UM psychologist who studies social behavior in infants finds flaws in 2016 study that claims newborn babies do not imitate.

Crop Failure in the Andes

January 16, 2018

University of Miami researcher simulates how climate change can affect crop production in the rural Andes.

A Window to the Past

February 9, 2018

Yeast Cells at Work

March 8, 2018

A new study by University of Miami researchers used yeast cells to study movement in artificial environments that could relate to human activity in the natural world