Community-Based Learning and Research

Erin D'Amelio '13 working with the LIME students.

October 23, 2012

Erin D’Amelio ’13 Helps Level the Playing Field

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Erin D’Amelio ’13 (Mount Bethel, Pa.) spent much of her childhood nose deep in books. Her love of the literary sprang from her mother, who read her and her brother chapters of the Harry Potter novels before bed.  Entranced, D’Amelio couldn’t help but get hooked on books.  It’s an addiction she’s [...]

Grand Challenges Haiti

September 18, 2012

Building Community: Students Help Provide Clean Water to Impoverished Families in Haiti

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Sometimes small changes are the best solution to grand challenges. That’s what three students learned this summer when they traveled to Haiti to improve access to clean water for a group of families living in the village of Monchil, a suburb of Jacmel. History major Sarah Nusbaum ’13 (South Salem, N.Y.), English and psychology double [...]

Kristin Anderson '14 and Deborah Byrd, professor of English, stand in the storage room at the Easton Area Neighborhood Center. As part of their research, they distribute items to expecting and new parents.

September 5, 2012

Professor Deborah Byrd and Kristin Anderson ’14 Work to Design Housing Programs for Young Parents

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“One of the things I’ve discovered in working with young moms and dads is that they are often in desperate need of safe, affordable housing, particularly after they graduate from high school,” says Deborah Byrd, professor of English. Since 2005, Byrd has been involved with the Family and Development Research Program (FDRP), which provides mentoring [...]

Kelsey Lantz '13 in Uganda

July 13, 2012

Grand Challenges: Students Take on Water Issues in Haiti, Uganda, and Pakistan

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The challenges facing society in this century are large, but not insurmountable, as three teams of Lafayette students are learning firsthand this summer. Each group is working on solutions involving engineering as part of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP). Most schools with active Grand Challenges Scholar programs are engineering schools at [...]

Alternative School Break students help build a house in Haiti.

June 14, 2012

Expanding the Classroom into Communities

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With their Save Me from Arsenic project, civil engineering major Thafhim “Muna” Siddiqua ’13 (Silver Spring, Md.) and international affairs major Taneesha Tate-Robinson ’13 (Bowie, Md.) are helping to remove arsenic from water in Bangladesh.  They received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant and will travel to the city of Barisal this summer to test tube wells and educate the [...]

Susan Heard (left), David Heard, and Mary Jo Lodge, assistant professor of English, at a crane stringing party held at Lafayette.

June 12, 2012

Documentary by Prof. Nandini Sikand Chronicles Life of David Heard and National Crane Project

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A documentary film about Lafayette’s National Crane Project will be shown as part of the Southside Film Festival in Bethlehem 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, and 7:25 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Victory Firehouse in Bethlehem. The 18-minute film, Cranes of Hope, was produced by Nandini Sikand, assistant professor of film and [...]

Asad Akram 13 (l-r), Alexandra Behette '13, Helen Xu '14, and Julia Seidenstein '14 in Easton Area Community Center’s greenhouse

June 12, 2012

Tech Clinic Teams with Local Groups to Increase Access to Fresh Produce

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Six students are working to green up the plates of the Easton community, using a variety of innovations to make vegetable-growing possible within limited green space. The team is working as part of Technology Clinic, a hands-on course that brings students from different majors together to help solve real-world problems.  This semester, the group focused [...]

Jacob Dein ’12

May 14, 2012

Jacob Dein ’12 Designs Website to Predict Impacts of Shale Drilling in Delaware River Basin

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Jacob Dein ’12 is from Honesdale, Pa., where layers of gas-filled Marcellus shale lie untapped beneath the landscape.  Just north of the Poconos, Honesdale awaits the finalization of regulations that will allow gas companies to enter the region and begin drilling.  This means that soon, homeowners will have to make a [...]

Costa-building a bridge

May 7, 2012

Students Serve Communities Around the World through Alternative School Break

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Doing farm labor under the hot sun, waking up when the rooster crowed, chowing down on rice and beans, and relaxing by the campfire were just a few of the ways Monica Manglani ’13 (Woodbury, N.Y.) spent her winter break. Through Lafayette’s chapter of Alternative School Break (ASB), Manglani led an [...]

Thafhim "Muna" Siddiqua '13, left, and Taneesha Tate-Robinson '13 presented their project at Lafayette's Community Based Learning and Research expo.

April 24, 2012

Students Receive $10,000 Grant for Arsenic-Removal Project in Bangladesh

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Safe drinking water is a necessity that most Americans take for granted. But, in some parts of the world, like Barisal, Bangladesh, it is a luxury many don’t have. This summer, Thafhim “Muna” Siddiqua ’13 (Silver Spring, Md.) and Taneesha Tate-Robinson ’13 (Bowie, Md.) will take steps to create change in Bangladesh. The students have [...]