Policy Studies


May 1, 2012

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 April 29 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 47 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]

Vice President Joe Biden

April 30, 2012

Additional Seating Available for Vice President Biden’s Address May 2

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Additional seating is now available for Vice President Joe Biden’s address at Lafayette, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Kirby Sports Center. Tickets may be ordered free of charge online at www.goleopardstickets.com. All tickets will be held for pickup at the Athletic Ticket Office in Kirby Sports Center, 700 West Pierce St. On [...]

Kirtika Challa ’12 and Dylan McNamara ’11 compete in last year's regional competition.

November 11, 2011

Fed Challenge Team Wins Regional Competition, Advances to Nationals Nov. 29

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Lafayette’s team placed first at the Third District College Fed Challenge Regional Championship Nov. 10 at Lehigh University. The team advances to the national College Fed Challenge Nov. 29 along with four other schools in the boardroom of the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. The team has had great success on [...]

Yue "Luna" Yuan ’12, third from left, and Michael Klemens ’12, red and white striped shirt, in Egypt

November 4, 2011

Michael Klemens ’12 and Luna Yuan ’12 Learn Entrepreneurship While Working in Egypt

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This summer, Michael Klemens ’12 and Yue “Luna” Yuan ’12 got a taste of what it takes to create their own business through LearnServe Egypt, an exchange program that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, and cross-cultural understanding in American and Egyptian college students.  Over the course of the six-week summer program, students formed teams and drafted business plans [...]

Felix Hutchison ’12 and Yue (Luna) Yuan ’12

October 14, 2011

Grand Challenges: Yue Yuan ’12 and Felix Hutchison ’12 Build Electrical Models to Mimic the Human Brain

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What if the breakthrough treatment for Alzheimer’s disease isn’t in a pill but in a computer? What if a paralysis victim could operate an electronic device just using the power of the mind? These are questions that Yue “Luna” Yuan ’12 (Wuhan, China), a mechanical engineering and policy studies dual major, and Felix Hutchison ’12 (Plainsboro, [...]

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, [...]


July 21, 2011

Caine Scholars Award Winner Luke Calvano ’12 Explores Economics on a Global Scale

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This summer, Luke Calvano ’12 is using the knowledge he’s gained in economics and policy to advise businesses in the U.S. and abroad. He’s working as an intern in the New York City office of AMR International, a global strategy consulting firm. Calvano is the 2011 recipient of Lafayette’s Caine Scholars Award for Global Leadership, [...]


December 15, 2010

Research by Economics Professor Mark Crain Featured in The Wall Street Journal

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Research on state fiscal policies by Mark Crain, Simon Professor of Political Economy, has been featured in the Dec. 10 edition of The Wall Street Journal. The article, “How to Control State Spending,” looks at ways for state governments to limit budget growth including using the item-reduction veto, which allows a governor to single out [...]


November 24, 2010

Luke Calvano ’12 Earns Academic All-Patriot League Honors

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Soccer player Luke Calvano ’12 (Eastampton, N.J.) has been selected to the Academic All-Patriot League Team. Calvano, a double major in policy studies and economics & business, maintains a 3.71 grade-point average. He is a three-time member of the dean’s list and a two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection. He is a member of [...]

The Vibe

November 12, 2010

Get The Vibe: Students Produce Weekly News Show

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It’s 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday, and students in Professor Mark Crain’s Economics of Elections course are scurrying around the set of The Vibe to tape this week’s news show. Check out the best of The Vibe. Kurumi Fukushima ’12 (Glen Ridge, N.J.) is making last-minute changes to the script on the teleprompter, Melissa Appelstein [...]