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Mary Armstrong, associate professor and chair of women's and gender studies, moderates a discussion of artists' books during Women's History Month.

October 14, 2011

Women’s Studies Professor Mary Armstrong Counters Prejudices with Cold, Hard Facts

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One could argue that baseball was the driving force behind Mary Armstrong’s decision to pursue a career in academia. She never played in the major leagues, or even the minors for that matter, but she did throw a mean curve ball for her high school’s softball team in Cooperstown, N.Y., where the National Baseball Hall [...]

Robert Blunt

September 15, 2011

Meet the New Faculty

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This fall, Lafayette welcomes 11 new professors, bringing the College’s total to 213 full-time, tenure-track faculty members. Over the past several years, the College has been hard at work on the initiative in the 2007 strategic plan to increase the size of the permanent faculty by 20 percent and decrease the student-to-faculty ratio from 11:1 [...]

Lauren Sefcik Anderson ’04, left, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, with students in a lab in Acopian Engineering Center.

August 31, 2011

Professor Lauren Sefcik Anderson ’04 Knows Both Sides of the Lafayette Classroom

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When her grandmother had knee replacement surgery, Lauren Sefcik Anderson ’04 was only in elementary school, but she remembers wanting to help. Though she had no idea what engineering even was, she was fascinated by her grandmother’s new knees. “I didn’t really understand why she needed new knees, but I remember thinking of it not [...]

Professor James DeVault

August 31, 2011

For Professor James DeVault, It Really Is the Economy

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Do we want to preserve the environment or achieve energy independence? Do we want to guarantee healthcare for all or strengthen education? How do we deal with problems like unemployment and poverty? The answers to some of the most burning questions of our time can be found in the economy, says James DeVault, professor of [...]

Luis Schettino, assistant professor of psychology, and Camille Borland '13 are researching a computerized, wearable glove that studies human grasping behavior.

August 5, 2011

Initiative to Grow the Faculty Will Position Lafayette as a Premier Liberal Arts Institution

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When President Daniel H. Weiss unveiled the College’s strategic plan in the fall of 2007, he said it was designed “to secure a place for Lafayette among the nation’s premier liberal-arts institutions.” Among its five key objectives are to increase the size of the permanent faculty by 20 percent and decrease the student-to-faculty ratio from [...]

Alec Bernstein '11 (left) works on a project with David Brandes, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

August 5, 2011

Professor David Brandes and Interdisciplinary Team Receive Pennsylvania Conservation Award

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As golden eagles travel through Pennsylvania along the Kittatinny Ridge on their migratory path between Quebec and southern Appalachia, some are wearing backpack-style tracking units that tell researchers on the ground where they have flown. The data is giving David Brandes, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and an interdisciplinary team of scientists a [...]

Professor Emily Musil Church teaches an African history class in Ramer History House.

July 15, 2011

The One Who Had To: Professor Emily Musil Church Works to Make a Difference in the Classroom and the World

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That little girl in the stroller at the anti-nuke rally? She grew up to be Emily Musil Church, assistant professor of history. Raised by parents who believed that selfless action can change the world, Musil Church continues to advocate for human rights. For her, it starts with a story of a family. Through a faculty [...]

Professor Rebecca Kissane, right, advised Amanda Berger ’09 on her honors thesis focusing on the social implications of single-mother families.

July 15, 2011

Professor Rebecca Kissane Helps Give Voice to the Disadvantaged

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The lines above her brow etched deep by grinding despair, a woman shares her story of not having enough money at the end of the month. Across from her, Rebecca Kissane, associate professor of anthropology and sociology, listens. For Kissane, it is a heartbreaking tale increasingly heard. Unmasking poverty in America and the inequalities that [...]

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June 24, 2011

Video Profile: Professor Jenn Rossmann Receives National Attention for Wiffle Ball Aerodynamics Research

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To provide her students a fresh way to look at fluid dynamics, Jenn Rossmann, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, began using Wiffle balls in her classes and labs. In 2007, she published her work with students on the forces that affect the trajectory of a Wiffle ball in American Journal of Physics. The publication drew [...]

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June 24, 2011

Professor Ilan Peleg Deals with Intractable Conflict in His New Book on Israel’s Palestinian Population

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“But man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.”—Job 5:7 At Lafayette, one man has made it his life’s work to understand that trouble.  Ilan Peleg, Charles A. Dana Professor of Government and Law, seeks answers when the sparks fly. His latest book (with Dov Waxman of Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center), [...]