First Year Seminar

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February 15, 2010

Students Explore the Effects of Drugs on the Body in First-Year Seminar

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Interdisciplinary course is taught by James Dearworth, assistant professor of biology The members of the Class of 2013 weren’t even born when the anti-drug public service announcements featuring the egg in the frying pan first started airing in 1987, but the “This is Your Brain on Drugs” message of those television ads has found new [...]

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January 25, 2008

Nanotechnology: ‘The Biggest Wave of Technology in Human History’

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Bryan Ertz ’11 writes about his experiences in his First-Year Seminar In the fall semester, Bryan Ertz ’11 (Yarmouth, Maine) took the First-Year Seminar “Nanotechnology and Modern Society,” taught by James Ferri, associate professor of chemical engineering. The chemical engineering major is also a member of the men’s lacrosse team. Although I did not know [...]

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January 9, 2008

The Evolution of an Island

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Nancy Giang ’11 shares her experiences in her First-Year Seminar, ‘Islands and Isolation’ Last semester, Nancy Giang ’11 (North Wales, Pa.) took the First-Year Seminar (FYS) “Islands and Isolation” taught by David Sunderlin, assistant professor of geology and environmental geosciences. The class explored the geology, ecology and biodiversity of all types of islands and also [...]

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January 9, 2008

The Evolution of an Island

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Nancy Giang ’11 shares her experiences in her First-Year Seminar, ‘Islands and Isolation’ Last semester, Nancy Giang ’11 (North Wales, Pa.) took the First-Year Seminar (FYS) “Islands and Isolation” taught by David Sunderlin, assistant professor of geology and environmental geosciences. The class explored the geology, ecology and biodiversity of all types of islands and also [...]

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January 8, 2008

A Look at Islands and Isolation

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Professor David Sunderlin gives first-year students a dose of island culture David Sunderlin, assistant professor of geology and environmental geosciences, is a self-proclaimed ‘islomaniac,’ “fascinated by the natural history of islands and all isolated situations.” “My best travel experiences have been to islands (Coastal Carolina, Iceland, Tahiti, the Bahamas, the Lesser Antilles, Mediterranean islands, Hawaii, [...]

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December 18, 2007

Slideshow: Communicating through Fabric

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Students find creative ways to express themselves in First-Year Seminar Students presented their final projects in the First-Year Seminar “Quilts: Fabric that Communicates” taught by Polly Piergiovanni, associate professor of chemical engineering. View a Slideshow of the Presentations. To view all of Lafayette’s multimedia content, go to the Live@Lafayette page.

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December 10, 2007

Exploring the World of Nanotechnology

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Brittany Futterknecht ’11 writes about her First-Year Seminar Brittany Futterknecht ’11 (Demarest, N.J.) is taking the First-Year Seminar “Nanotechnology and Modern Society,” taught by James Ferri, associate professor of chemical engineering. Futterknecht is a member of the women’s soccer team. I chose “Nanotechnology and Modern Society” from all of the First-Year Seminars because it seemed [...]

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November 29, 2007

The Entrepreneurial Environment

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Cody Sumpter ’11 writes about his experiences in his First-Year Seminar Cody Sumpter ’11 (Branchburg, N.J.) is currently taking the First-Year Seminar “Entrepreneurial Environment: Exploring Innovation, Risk and Value.” The course is taught by Rose Marie Bukics, Jones Professor of Economics & Business. The economics and business major is also a member of the golf [...]

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November 13, 2007

Corey Shea ’11 Shares his Experiences with his First-Year Seminar

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‘Science: A Human Endeavor’ is taught by William Miles, professor and head of chemistry Corey Shea ’11 (Hanson, Mass.) is currently taking the First-Year Seminar “Science: A Human Endeavor.” The course is taught by William Miles, professor and head of chemistry. The following is a first-hand account of Shea’s experiences with the course. When I [...]

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November 13, 2007

Exploring the Nature of Science

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First-year students gather research on two Lafayette Nobel Laureates The First-Year Seminar, “Science: A Human Endeavor,” taught by William Miles, professor and head of chemistry, explores the nature of science and how it relates to society. Over the course of the semester, the class studies how scientists approach problems, how science has changed the cultural [...]