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Danielle Sobol ’12 takes water samples from Raritan Bay in New Jersey.

August 31, 2011

Environmental Scientists: Mellon Scholars Program Provides Students with Hands-on Experiences Locally and Abroad

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There are worse places to spend the summer break than on a Caribbean island. Brooke Kohler ’13 and Jephord English ’12 spent part of their summer on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but they weren’t there to lounge on the beaches. Kohler and English are part of Lafayette’s interdisciplinary Summer Mellon Scholars program, [...]

Professor Carolynn Van Dyke, Jared Katz '12, and Katherine Metcalf '12

August 31, 2011

Jared Katz ’12 and Katherine Metcalf ’12 Study Ancient Languages to Improve Electronic Translation Programs

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Anyone who has ever studied a foreign language or traveled to a country with limited knowledge of its language knows the value of electronic translation methods. Every language has nuances that aren’t always clear to a translating program, so Jared Katz ’12 (Stoneham, Mass.) and Katherine Metcalf ’12 (Springfield, Va.) are attempting to improve natural language processing (NLP) [...]

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August 5, 2011

The Power of the Mind: Student-Faculty Research Explores Using Brainwaves to Control Computer Applications

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A group of students and faculty are spending their summer playing mind games. In an interdisciplinary project that brings together neuroscience and electrical and computer engineering, the research group is working on technology that will allow users to control a computer application using only their own brainwaves. “It’s awesome being able to do something extraordinary [...]

From left are: Brian Peacock '12; Laurie Caslake, associate professor and head of biology; Arthur Kney, associate professor and head of civil and environmental engineering, and Annie Mikol '13.

August 5, 2011

Collaborative Research Works to Improve the Water Quality of Wetlands Using Bacteria

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After she graduates from Lafayette, Andrea Mikol ’13 (Wind Gap, Pa.) plans to attend graduate school to study environmental engineering. She has already started compiling an impressive resume by working on an interdisciplinary research project and making a presentation at the American Water Works Association Pennsylvania Section conference. This was the first professional conference Mikol [...]

Jennifer Bell '11 performed research on soil management at Lafayette's Organic Garden near Metzgar Fields as a Mellon Scholar.

July 27, 2011

Sustainability Scholars: Student Group Works to Solve Environmental Problems

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For Austin Weidner ’12 (Kutztown, Pa.), being involved with the Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (SEES) made sense because “solving environmental problems locally, as well as globally, requires a united effort. One person cannot make a large change, but rather many people making one small change.” Weidner serves as a project leader for SEES, [...]

Erik Adolfsson ’11 and fellow electrical and computer engineering students present the results of their senior design project.

July 22, 2011

Engineering Students Get Charged Up About Battery Technology

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For Erik Adolfsson ’11, his senior design project taught him a large range of skills that will help him as moves on to his first position as a technical sales associate for Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. “I have learned about scheduling tasks, delegating work, and how difficult it is to design a system from [...]

Professor James Ferri, pointing, guides the student team working on the microfueler project.

July 15, 2011

Yearlong Chemical Engineering Design Projects Help Students Get Jobs in Their Field

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Michelle Mendoza ’11 was drawn to chemical engineering because of a “desire to do something more than be just a scientist. I was attracted to how chemical engineers use chemistry to create products that enrich the day-to-day lives of the consumer.” This past year, Mendoza, who graduated in May, got hands-on experience with product creation [...]

Sam Griffith '13

July 15, 2011

A Flowering Arts Scene: Technology Clinic Is Collaborating with Local Community to Create More Welcoming Public Spaces

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 The biggest flower in Easton sprung up in the most unlikely of places. Nestled between brick houses and feet away from the passing cars of Northampton Street in the city’s West Ward, a 16-foot-long flower spreads its petals of white pansies while its yellow center stretches toward the sky. The project [...]

Jesse Ryan '13, Justin Chando '13, Kelsey Harkness '11, and Jess Wason '11 in front of McKelvy House

June 24, 2011

Students Bring the Rich History of McKelvy House to Life through Film

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Kelsey Harkness’ goal is to one day make a career out of documentary filmmaking. “Filmmaking is a creative way to share and spread your ideas with other people. I am fascinated by the way documentary film can blur the lines between entertainment and education. I hope to one day make my own contributions to the [...]

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June 24, 2011

Engineering Students Design Capital Projects Plan for Camelback Mountain Resort

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For Jacqueline Gowdy ’11, her engineering studies capstone project was so much more than just another assignment. “This project has taught me how to handle things professionally, how to lead a group of my peers, and how to collaborate and cooperate with individuals who think or work differently than myself,” she says. The goal of [...]