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Supreme City

July 25, 2014

Three Professors’ Books Reviewed in The New York Times

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Three professors have had their books favorably reviewed recently in The New York Times. The Tao of Humiliation by Lee Upton, Professor of English and writer-in-residence, was reviewed in today’s edition. Read Upton’s review       Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America by Donald L. Miller, John Henry MacCracken [...]

Professor Karina Skvirsky

July 25, 2014

A Fulbright for Combining Fact and Fiction

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Art professor Karina Skvirsky will teach and create a film in Ecuador placing her great-grandmother in a historical narrative. In 1906, Karina Skvirsky’s great-grandmother, Maria Palacios, traveled from Choata, in Ecuador’s highlands, to coastal Guayaquil to work as a domestic for a wealthy family. Two years later, a North American engineering team finished a national railway [...]

Kristen Sanford Bernhardt

July 25, 2014

Prof. Kristen Sanford Bernhardt Receives National Engineering Honor

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Kristen Sanford Bernhardt is this year’s recipient of the George K. Wadlin Distinguished Service Award given by the Civil Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Sanford Bernhardt, who accepted the award at the ASEE annual conference held this June in Indianapolis, is the first woman to receive the award in its [...]

Michael Kiser

July 21, 2014

Michael Kiser Named Vice President for Marketing and Communications

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Michael D. Kiser, vice president for communications at Colby College, has been named vice president for marketing and communications at Lafayette. The appointment is effective Sept. 1, 2014. Kiser will succeed Robert J. Massa P’08, who is stepping down after five years of service as vice president for communications to join Lafayette’s Development Office as [...]

Professor Lindsay Soh works in her lab with Christopher Verni ’15.

July 8, 2014

Prof. Lindsay Soh Receives NSF Grant for Biodiesel Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Lindsay Soh a three-year, $100,710 grant as part of a collaboration with Yale University and University of Pittsburgh. It will support her research on processing oils, such as those extracted from corn or algae, into biodiesel using compressed carbon dioxide as a solvent. Soh will use the NSF [...]

Yolanda Griffith

July 7, 2014

Yolanda Griffith to be Inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

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Women’s basketball assistant coach Yolanda Griffith was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame June 14 in Nashville, Tenn. Griffith played professionally for 16 years and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with USA Basketball.

Bruce Allen Murphy

June 18, 2014

Prof. Bruce Murphy’s Biography of Justice Scalia Featured in National Media

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Scalia: A Court of One, the latest biography by Bruce Allen Murphy, Fred Morgan Kirby Professor of Civil Rights, is receiving national media attention for its unflinching and thorough examination of one of the most polarizing and outspoken figures to serve on the nation’s highest court. Released June 10 to coincide with the conclusion of [...]

Professor Jennifer Talarico

June 18, 2014

Vivid Memories Aren’t Necessarily Reliable

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Professor Jennifer Talarico disproves misconceptions about “flashbulb” recollections Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? Chances are your memories are extremely detailed. But are they accurate? That is the kind of question Jennifer Talarico poses in her research. Talarico, associate professor of psychology, studies how people naturally remember life events, what triggers those memories later, [...]

Donald L. Miller

June 18, 2014

Supreme City, Supreme History: Donald L. Miller’s Monumental Book about Manhattan in the ’20s

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Donald L. Miller believes that cities can be read like books. The historian thinks that histories of cities should read like novels. His latest history of a city reads like an epic novel. Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America (Simon & Schuster) is a monumental portrait [...]

Joe Swarctz

June 16, 2014

Pard Tracks: Meet Custodian and Cartoonist Joe Swarctz

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Artist by day, Lafayette custodian by night, Joe Swarctz is hoping an animated cartoon he created called “NIGHTBAT: The Almost Hero of Echo City” will get picked up by a major network. But he considers winning his student-nominated Hoff Award one of his finest moments. In this episode of Pard Tracks, Swarctz talks about his [...]