Faculty Profiles

Chris Kelly ’13, Hollis Miller ’15, and Professor Kira Lawrence in Van Wickle Hall

April 19, 2013

Professor Kira Lawrence Coauthors Paper Published in Nature

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Hollis Miller ’15 (Fort Washington, Pa.) is in the basement lab of Van Wickle Hall, extracting organic material from mud deposited on the ocean floor millions of years ago. She inserts a steel cell, which looks like a mouse-size dumb bell, into a machine called the accelerated solvent extractor. “A fancy coffee pot is how [...]

Professor Neha Vora

March 15, 2013

Professor Neha Vora Challenges Students to Think Differently about the World

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Students may not expect to walk into a classroom and learn that places like Dubai and Qatar are not that different from the U.S. But that is exactly what they will find in class with Neha Vora, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology. It is also the subject of her forthcoming book, Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian [...]

Eric Ziolkowski

March 15, 2013

Religion Professor Eric Ziolkowski Lectures Internationally on Søren Kierkegaard and the Bible

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Within in a two-year span, Eric Ziolkowski, Dana Professor of Religious Studies, will have traveled to 11 cities on three continents delivering lectures on topics ranging from Biblical reception to 19th century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, the subject of his latest book, which has garnered critical acclaim. His popularity as an invited lecturer is testament [...]

Donald L. Miller

March 7, 2013

New HBO Miniseries Based on Professor Donald L. Miller’s Masters of the Air

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Donald L. Miller’s Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany will be the primary source for HBO’s newest World War II miniseries. An award-winning author and WWII expert, Miller is the chief historical consultant and is helping write the master script for the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg-produced series, [...]

Award-winning composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank, photo © Sabina Frank

February 12, 2013

Mellon Grant Supports Yearlong Arts Series with Composer Gabriela Lena Frank

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Continuing the College’s vision of infusing the arts throughout the curriculum, Jennifer Kelly, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, is leading a yearlong series of arts-related events and activities beginning next fall. The programming is supported in large part by a portion of the grant the College received in 2011 from The [...]

Professor Wendy Wilson-Fall

February 8, 2013

Professor Wendy Wilson-Fall Stimulates Curiosity in the Classroom

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To say that Wendy Wilson-Fall is enthusiastic is an understatement. As Lafayette’s first professor hired specifically for the interdisciplinary Africana Studies Program, she is excited about its growth and future. She is equally enthusiastic about communicating her passion for Africana studies to her students as well as the upcoming publication of her new book. Inspired [...]

Professor Kirk O'€™Riordan conducts the Lafayette Concert Choir.

February 8, 2013

Prof. Kirk O’Riordan Joins Students on Two-Way Street of Music Study

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The stakes are high for the arts. In an era where anything can be enhanced or corrected in a studio, live musicianship is valued less and less. And Kirk O’Riordan, assistant professor of music and director of the Lafayette College Concert Band, isn’t a naïve romanticist when it comes to his craft. Most of his students [...]

Professor Qin Lu works with Linh Nguyen '14 on finance research.

January 8, 2013

Professor Qin Lu Fascinated by Beauty and Usefulness of Mathematics

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Helping students appreciate her field’s beauty and practical applications is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching at Lafayette for Qin Lu, associate professor of mathematics. She often includes students in her research. Mentoring them outside the classroom not only enhances their skills, she says, it keeps her on her toes as an educator. [...]

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December 21, 2012

Prof. Christopher Phillips Breaks New Ground with Book on the Epic’s Influence on American Culture

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A “stupid” mistake turned into one of Christopher Phillips’ smartest discoveries during the research process for his new book, Epic in American Culture, Settlement to Reconstruction (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). Phillips first visited the U.S. Supreme Court building on a Saturday, only to find the building, of course, closed. But serendipity was on his [...]

Pan (Myotopia) Exhibit

December 11, 2012

Photos and Video: Art Professor Nestor Gil Presents Pan (Myotopia)

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Nestor Armando Gil, assistant professor of art, presented the multimedia installation Pan (Myotopia) this fall in the Williams Visual Arts Building’s Grossman Gallery. The exhibit consisted of hundreds of cement boats with sails of homemade bread arranged across the floor on beds of granulated salt. All the boats were oriented toward a barren land mass [...]