Sustainability

Laurie Caslake, associate professor of biology, Lindsay Marko ’14, and Nancy Waters, associate professor of biology, exam a culture they collected from the Delaware River and Oughoughton Creek.

September 20, 2013

All the World is a Lab (and a Stage) for Ecologist Nancy Waters

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Nancy Waters shares three things with all of her students. One, energy flows and nutrients cycle. (“Energy is always one direction, but it moves by virtue of nutrients which can be recycled either short term or long term.”) Two, everything comes down to food and sex. (“If you can’t propagate your genome, everything is toast.”) [...]

Professor Robert Kurt, Tiffany Phuong ’16, Kofi Boateng ’16, and Professor Chun Wai Liew work in the lab.

August 29, 2013

First Class of Students Earns Health and Life Sciences Minor

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“It may sound cliché, but I believe the health and life sciences minor chose me and not the other way around,” says Alec Eidelman ’13 (B.S. biochemistry).  “My passion for research, collaboration, communication, and education guided me on my path at Lafayette and I believe that an interdisciplinary approach is the future of problem solving.” [...]

Allie Nagurney '16 distributes fresh produce from the “Veggie Van” to Easton residents at the community garden on 10th and Pine streets.

August 20, 2013

Tech Clinic Helps Easton Residents Eat Healthier Food

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If you live in Easton’s West Ward neighborhood, it’s no easy task to run out for a bag of carrots or a head of lettuce or some crisp red apples. For many residents, the closest grocery store where fresh produce is sold is about two miles away, and the corner grocery stores in the neighborhood [...]

Grossman House

August 8, 2013

Grossman House Receives National Recognition for Sustainability

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 The College’s newest student living community, the Grossman House for Global Perspectives, has been awarded LEED-CI Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  LEED, or leadership in energy and environmental design, is an internationally recognized standard that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation. A former fraternity house built [...]

Emily Crossette '15 helps campers decorate rain barrels.

August 6, 2013

Students Teach Grade-Schoolers about Science and Technology

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Lafayette’s Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists hosted its annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Camp on the last weekend in July. During the three-day workshop, more than 50 fourth- to sixth-graders from throughout the Lehigh Valley learned through interactive, hands-on activities led by Lafayette students and faculty. View more images from the STEM [...]

Roger Ruggles, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, looks over plans of Easton's sewer system with Matthew Muller ’14 and Samuel Brinton ’14.

July 19, 2013

Student-Faculty Team Works to Improve Local Sewer Infrastructure

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A student-faculty team is working on research to evaluate the condition of the local sewer system’s infrastructure and develop tools to help engineers run the system more efficiently. Led by Roger Ruggles, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, the team is creating a computer model of the Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority’s conveyance system.  [...]

Chris Kelly ’13, l-r, Professor David Sunderlin, Jaclyn White ’13, and Professor Kira Lawrence

June 24, 2013

Students Present Research at Geological Society of America Conference

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Jaclyn White ’13 (Clarksboro, N.J.) and Chris Kelly ’13 (Boyertown, Pa.) recently presented their honors thesis research at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Section of the Geological Society of America in Bretton Woods, N.H. White, a geology major, focused her research on fossil wood preserved in the sediment of Alaska 55 million years [...]

Professor Rachel Brummel teaches a class in Van Wickle Hall.

June 3, 2013

Professor Rachel Brummel Combines Love of Natural World with Curiosity about People and Politics

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Connection is at the center of everything Rachel Brummel does. And that makes her a perfect fit as Lafayette’s first professor hired specifically for the interdisciplinary environmental studies program. “In my teaching, I work to connect what students are learning to their lives, other classes, current environmental events, and the broader community. In my research, [...]

Wystan Carswell '10

May 28, 2013

Wystan Carswell ’10 Researches Wind Turbine Energy at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

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By Andrew Clark Studying wind energy was simply addictive for Wystan Carswell ’10. She was captivated by the topic while pursuing a master’s degree in structural engineering at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It’s now the focus of her doctoral work at UMass Amherst and her research post at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo. “The ultimate goal of [...]

Sarah Hardy '14 and Professor Art Kney in Acopian Engineering Center

April 29, 2013

Sarah Hardy ’14 Awarded Udall Scholarship for Ecological Wastewater Research

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Civil engineering major Sarah Hardy ’14 (Rowley, Mass.) has been awarded a Udall Scholarship to continue her research of ecological wastewater treatment. Presented to 50 students from 43 colleges and universities, the scholarship is given to recipients on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native American healthcare, or tribal public policy; leadership [...]