Undergraduate Research

Michael Hezel '14, l-r, Professor Anne Raich, Jason Sheng ’15, and Eduardo Rodriguez '14 with the scissor-element truss-arch

October 30, 2013

Jason Sheng ’15 Explores Engineering Applications of Origami

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By Sean Grim ’14 What do an ancient Chinese lute, engineering design software, and the Japanese art of origami have in common? The link is Zhe “Jason” Sheng ’15 (Dalian, China), a double major in mechanical engineering and music. Through Lafayette’s START initiative and EXCEL Scholars undergraduate research program, Sheng is working with Anne Raich, [...]

Samantha Jordan '13

October 30, 2013

Video: Samantha Jordan ’13 on Studying in France and Presenting Her Research

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Samantha Jordan ’13 received a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which provides preparation for a career in the foreign service through internships with the State Department and up to $40,000 a year for a master’s degree program in public policy. Jordan majored in international economics and commerce at Lafayette and played on the varsity women’s basketball [...]

Chris Kelly ’13, Hollis Miller ’15, and Professor Kira Lawrence in Van Wickle Hall

October 11, 2013

Prof. Kira Lawrence Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Climate Change Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Kira Lawrence, associate professor of geology, a $159,291 grant to expand her study of how a warm interval in the Earth’s past could be a predictor of the future of human-induced climate change. “The record of Earth’s climate system we have from human observations such as measurements by [...]

Professor James Dearworth

October 9, 2013

Student-Faculty Team Publishes Discovery about Eye Movement in Turtles

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James Dearworth, associate professor of biology, has a long history with turtles. He studied the functional anatomy of the turtle retina as a grad student, and it is the focus of his current research at Lafayette. Turtles, having been around in shell form since the time of dinosaurs, have an even longer history and offer [...]

Kyle Tucker '14 works in a lab in Kunkel Science Center.

September 20, 2013

Cancer Research is Personal for Kyle Tucker ’14

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For Kyle Tucker ’14 (Los Angeles, Calif.), cancer research allows him to explore multiple fields of science, but it also touches him on a personal level. “I was sixteen years old going into college when I heard that my mother’s breast cancer had returned from remission. It was a numbing experience for me, but I [...]

Tracy McFarlan ’13 and Kirk O’Riordan, assistant professor of music, in the Williams Center for the Arts

September 20, 2013

Marquis Scholars Use Their Talents to Connect to the World

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Michael Pinkard ’14 (Puyallup, Wash.) is as comfortable with a tenor saxophone in his hand as a telescope. At Lafayette, he has found plenty of opportunity to pursue both his passions: music and the mysteries of the universe.  Pinkard is pursuing a dual B.S. in physics and mathematics, and he also performs and plays jazz [...]

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.”) [...]

PProfessor Carrie Rohman

September 20, 2013

Prof. Carrie Rohman is Leading Scholar in Human-Animal Studies

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Carrie Rohman, assistant professor of English, is quickly establishing herself as an influential voice in the interdisciplinary field of human-animal studies. “The human-animal relationship is endlessly intriguing, in part because humans are primates, but they are also primates who tend to abstract or distance themselves from what we call nature,” she says. “The ways that [...]

Robert Meyner Oral History Project

September 18, 2013

Danielle Moran ’15 Helps Document the Legacy of New Jersey Gov. Robert Meyner ’30

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Danielle Moran ’15 (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) loves studying history, law, and politics. She’s helping construct an oral history of a Lafayette graduate who left important legacies in all three. Robert Meyner ’30, governor of New Jersey during the 1950s, is the subject of the history, on which Moran is collaborating with John Kincaid, Meyner Professor [...]

Lafayette Lens co-host Kathryn Tanenbaum ’15 during the broadcast taping at PBS

September 4, 2013

Video: Student Broadcasters Shine Lens on Technology and Fracking

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Lafayette Lens, a student-run production created in partnership with WLVT Channel 39, the Lehigh Valley PBS affiliate, aired on PBS. Every aspect of the show was produced by students in the Industry, Strategy, and Policy class, taught by Mark Crain, Simon Professor of Political Economy and chair of policy studies. It included two 15-minute segments: [...]