May 15, 2012

Jaclyn Avidon ’12 Presents Research at International Planetary Science Conference

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Jaclyn Avidon ’12 (New York, N.Y.) has interned with NASA, done EXCEL Scholars research on the surface temperature of  Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, and now has presented work at the premiere conference for planetary scientists. Avidon, a physics major, presented her research at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in [...]

Michael Pinkard ’14 at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

March 19, 2012

The Music of the Cosmos: Michael Pinkard ’14 is an Aspiring Physicist and Jazz Musician

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Here on Earth, Michael Pinkard ’14 (Puyallup, Wash.) is part student physicist and part jazz musician. With his tenor sax in hand, Pinkard—a Creative and Performing Arts scholar as well as Marquis Scholar—can be seen performing around campus with Lafayette’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, delighting audiences with his mastery of music. But Pinkard is [...]


July 8, 2011

Icy Research: Jaclyn Avidon ’12 Studies Geologic Development of Moons at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 In the depths of outer space millions of miles from Earth, Jupiter and its many moons make their slow turn around the sun.  One of the planet’s largest moons, Europa, bears a pale surface full of crisscrossing lines, like bicycle tracks, and has temperatures several hundred degrees below our planet’s coldest [...]

David Nice

May 13, 2011

Professor David Nice’s Research Expands Knowledge of the Universe

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For David Nice, associate professor of physics, passion for his field came naturally. “I’ve always been interested in how things work and physics is all about how things work at the most fundamental level,” he says.  “I love astrophysics research in particular because it often involves simple, straightforward physical ideas, but we can learn fundamental [...]


April 1, 2011

Contemporary Music Ensemble Brings Together Diverse Talents of Students and Faculty in Creative Collaboration

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When the Contemporary Music Ensemble took the stage for its debut concert this March, it was the product of the innovative vision of its director, Kirk O’Riordan, assistant professor of music and director of bands. The elite chamber group performs music composed in the 20th and 21st centuries by established masters, emerging composers, and students. [...]

James Winebrake '87

March 23, 2011

James Winebrake ’89 Links Liberal Arts and Technology as Scholar and Dean at RIT

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 With an international reputation for research on alternative fuels, emissions control, and the environmental impact of global freight transportation, James J. Winebrake ’89 began his tenure as dean of Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts in January. “Finding integration among disparate disciplines has become my calling,” says Winebrake. [...]


February 11, 2011

Hugel Science Center Provides the Facilities for Chemistry and Physics Students to Excel

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Hugel Science Center, which opened in January 2001 after an extensive renovation of the former Olin Hall, houses Lafayette’s chemistry and physics departments. The building provides an array of modern chemical instrumentation with dedicated labs for teaching analytical, biochemistry, general, organic, physical, and inorganic chemistry, and numerous instrument rooms, research labs, and chemical storage areas. [...]


January 25, 2011

Peiyuan Mao ’11 Studies Stellar Flares at Space Telescope Science Institute

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It’s not often an undergraduate finds an opportunity to conduct research that has never been done before, but that’s exactly what Peiyuan Mao ’11 did through a summer program at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md. His work could have implications in determining if there are habitable environments outside our solar system. [...]

Lafayette Celebrates Black History Month in February

February 1, 2010

Lafayette Celebrates Black History Month in February

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Events include lectures, an art exhibit, films, discussions, workshops, and performances; The keynote address by Molefi K. Asante, Jr. ’04 has been postponed Lafayette will celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February with lectures, an art exhibit, films, discussions, workshops, and performances. The celebration’s keynote address by award-winning author, filmmaker, and professor Molefi [...]

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September 11, 2009

Jennifer Grab ’10 Works with the World’s Most Powerful Particle Accelerator

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Physics major writes about exploring the many cultures of Europe while researching charged particles at the CERN facility in Switzerland Physics major Jennifer Grab ’10 (Thornhurst, Pa.) spent her summer working with the world’s largest particle accelerator at the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Science) facility in Switzerland. The project was sponsored by the National [...]