Anthropology and Sociology

Emily Melvin '12 and Professor Rebecca Kissane

August 10, 2011

Living through New Zealand Quake Inspires Emily Melvin ’12 to Improve Emergency Plans for Study Abroad Students

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When natural disasters strike, “the need to rebuild” is a common catchphrase. But for Emily Melvin ’12 (Seaford, N.Y.), restoring infrastructure is only half the battle in recovery. The rest involves something much less tangible – rebuilding lives. She got a taste of what it’s like to live through a natural disaster when a 6.3 [...]

Blake Costanzo ’06

August 8, 2011

Former Lafayette Football Standout Blake Costanzo ’06 Signs with San Francisco 49ers

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Former Lafayette football standout Blake Costanzo ’06 has inked a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers, putting his name on a contract that could be worth as much as $800,000, according to The Bergen Record. Costanzo spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns under current 49ers assistant head coach and special teams [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ana Drehwing '13 at Zion National Park

July 12, 2011

A Living Laboratory: Students Explore the Geology of the American Southwest

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This summer, Drew Williams ’14 (Collegeville, Pa.) had a birthday he’ll never forget. He and a group of 19 other students got up at 4:30 a.m. to watch the sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah and then hiked in 98-degree weather through slot canyons. They ended the day with a snowball fight on [...]

Rebecca Heslin '12  and Professor David Shulman

June 3, 2011

Rebecca Heslin ’12 Explores Phenomenon of Virtual Slander with Professor David Shulman

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Rebecca Heslin ’12 (Hellertown, Pa.) and Professor David Shulman are researching virtual slander, the kind of defamation that can be found all over Web 2.0. It’s negative commentary that can be found on gossip sites like College ACB, humor sites like People of Wal-Mart, evaluation sites like RateMyProfessor, and social networking sites like Facebook. Where [...]

Lafayette College

May 2, 2011

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 120 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 1, in the Williams Center for the Arts. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions–engineering, the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 46 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the [...]

Beth Spitalny '01. Photo by David Carstens

April 29, 2011

Beth Spitalny ’01 Brings Original Stories to Life as Award-Winning Filmmaker

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By Kate Helm When Beth Spitalny ’01 was a little girl, she loved playing dress-up and make-believe, spending hours in the woods behind her house dreaming up stories. That, along with her father’s enthusiasm for the movies and teaching her how to use the family video camera, created a love of filmmaking even before she [...]

Vanessa Youngs '07

April 12, 2011

Vanessa Youngs ’07 Helps Manage the Big Apple Budget

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By Robert Bruce Slater As a budget analyst for the City of New York, Vanessa E. Youngs ‘07 has the opportunity to participate in policy decisions that can better the lives of city residents. “The most meaningful part of my work,” reports Youngs, “is the opportunity to participate in issues that have an actual impact in the neighborhoods [...]

Elizabeth Ponder '04

March 16, 2011

Elizabeth Ponder ’04 Works to Turn Disease Research into Death-Preventing Reality

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By Barbara Mulligan When Elizabeth Ponder ’04 arrived in Kenya’s North Eastern Province last May, she encountered a world far removed from the often-predictable laboratory setting she had occupied as a student at Lafayette and Stanford University. Ponder, who earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Stanford’s School of Medicine in 2009, is now [...]