Students hike to Harding Icefield in Kenai Fiords National Park.

August 31, 2011

Paleontology in Alaska: Jaclyn White ’13 and Alexandria Brannick ’12 Study 55 Million-Year-Old Fossils

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What can a 55 million-year-old leaf tell you about pre-historic temperatures and precipitation levels in Alaska? According to two Lafayette geology majors and their professor, quite a lot. This summer, Jaclyn White ’13 (Clarksboro, N.J.) and Alexandria Brannick ’12 (Point Pleasant, N.J.) joined Dave Sunderlin, assistant professor of geology, on a research excursion to Alaska. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


June 3, 2011

Van Wickle Hall Provides Geology Students with all the Tools to Succeed

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Originally serving as the Van Wickle Memorial Library from 1900-63, Van Wickle Hall houses Lafayette’s department of geology and environmental geosciences. The building meshes technology with a Romanesque Revival architectural style, which includes round arches with gargoyles, oak wainscot and paneling, terra-cotta decoration, and stained glass windows. Students have full access to state-of-the-art computer, geophysical, hydrologic, [...]

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 [...]

Students load one of the College's Earth Tub composting units

April 21, 2011

Lafayette Team Presents Food Loop Project at National Sustainable Design Expo

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A team of students and professors presented the College’s food loop project at the seventh annual National Sustainable Design Expo held in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Earth Day celebration last weekend in Washington, D.C. Better known as the EPA: People, Prosperity, and the Planet award competition, Lafayette’s team was invited after going [...]

Professor Dru Germanoski

April 1, 2011

Geologic Detective: Professor Dru Germanoski Uses Scientific Techniques to Help Students Interpret the Past

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Dru Germanoski developed a passion for the outdoors as a child and spent hours hiking, canoeing, and fishing in the waterways of central Pennsylvania’s Bedford County, where his parents owned a cabin. Once, when he was 5, his parents formed a search party after he didn’t show up for dinner.  He finally returned at sundown, [...]

Earth magazine, April 2011 cover

March 31, 2011

Study of Ancient Microbes by Brian Schubert ’04 Is EARTH Magazine Cover Story

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Examining microorganisms that have survived in geologic materials for tens of thousands to millions of years has been the focus of research conducted by Brian Schubert ’04, assistant researcher, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii. The April issue of EARTH magazine features an article about the research, written by Tim Lowenstein, professor of [...]