Environmental Science

Prisca Ratsimbazafy '17 presents her team’s project on soil quality of local organic vs. industrial farming.

January 24, 2014

Engineers and Scientists, Unite!

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Great minds think alike—but when they think differently, they can approach problems with a new level of understanding and insight. That’s the idea behind a project in which students from different disciplines and courses work in teams to research and report on an environmental topic of current and/or local concern. Anthropology and sociology major Sidney [...]

A student team scopes out possible locations for a miniature clay ziggurat sculpture along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail. The project was supported by the College's Mellon grant.

July 13, 2012

College Launches Two New Degree Programs in Environmental Studies

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Each year during open house events, the faculty stationed at the environmental science poster field many questions from prospective students interested in majoring in environmental degree programs at Lafayette. Now those faculty will have exciting news to share. The College is adding two new offerings to its 47 major areas of study: an A.B. in [...]

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July 9, 2012

Engineering and Chemistry Students Collaborate on Environmental Research

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Through hands-on collaboration, students in chemistry and engineering classes have teamed up to complete comprehensive research focusing on environmental science. The unique approach combines the Environmental Science and Engineering course taught by Arthur Kney, associate professor and head of civil and environmental engineering, and Environmental Chemistry, taught by Steven Mylon, associate professor of chemistry and [...]

From left are by Jeff Pfaffmann, associate professor and head of computer science; Joyce Laura Wong Hon Chan ’12; Nick Orzol ’13; and Chris Ruebeck, associate professor of economics.

April 9, 2012

Interdisciplinary Team Studies the Implications of Environmental Policymaking

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 As an electrical and computer engineering major, Nick Orzol ’13 (Mercerville, N.J.) is used to toying with circuits, computers, and other electronics. For one of his projects this semester, however, his biggest concern is the wooden pallets used in shipping. Orzol is involved in interdisciplinary research that combines aspects of economics, [...]

James Dearworth, associate professor of biology, and Brian Selvarajah ’12 analyzed visual pathways in vertebrates using the turtle as a model. Dearworth is one of 60 faculty whose research deals with health and life sciences.

January 6, 2012

Beyond Biology: New Health and Life Sciences Initiative Will Prepare Students to Solve Real-World Problems

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Tackling complex national and global problems requires knowledge from many different disciplines.  No one science can provide a solution; expertise and input from physicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, and policy makers is needed. At Lafayette, the new minor program in the health and life sciences provides just the intellectual and interdisciplinary education students need to bring [...]

Diane Mitchell Young '05

December 13, 2011

Diane Mitchell Young ’05 Helped Star of Dolphin Tale Recover

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For marine biologist Diane Mitchell Young ’05, the 2011 megahit movie Dolphin Tale offers more than just the inspirational story of one real-life dolphin, Winter, who survived with the help of a prosthetic tail. “Yes, Winter is one very special story,” says Young, a biology graduate, who led the effort to rehabilitate the injured dolphin at Clearwater [...]

Sarah Swienckowski-Eckhart ’13 in California

November 1, 2011

Sarah Swienckowski-Eckhart ’13 Writes About Green Issues in California

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For Sarah Swienckowski-Eckhart ’13 (Easton, Pa.), interning for The Pacific Coast Business Times in Santa Barbara, Calif., aligned perfectly with her interests.  With her self-created major cultures of global ecology, Swienckowski-Eckhart worked closely with a local group named the Green Coast Alliance while learning the ins and outs of the journalism world. “Because I study [...]

Professor Megan Rothenberger, right, works in the lab with Alyssa Calomeni '11.

October 14, 2011

Professor Megan Rothenberger ’02 Helps Students Make ‘Cool’ Discoveries in Outdoor Labs

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Some professors might be alarmed if they saw college students running toward them with a dripping net filled with slimy creatures, but not Megan Rothenberger ’02. “It’s really rewarding for me to see students get excited about discoveries they make in the lab or out in the field,” she says. “When they realize that something [...]

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, [...]

From left are: Brian Peacock '12; Laurie Caslake, associate professor and head of biology; Arthur Kney, associate professor and head of civil and environmental engineering, and Annie Mikol '13.

August 5, 2011

Collaborative Research Works to Improve the Water Quality of Wetlands Using Bacteria

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After she graduates from Lafayette, Andrea Mikol ’13 (Wind Gap, Pa.) plans to attend graduate school to study environmental engineering. She has already started compiling an impressive resume by working on an interdisciplinary research project and making a presentation at the American Water Works Association Pennsylvania Section conference. This was the first professional conference Mikol [...]