News and Spotlights

Justin Bennett '23 has always loved physics. As he put it, “for my entire life I contemplated the complexities of the universe.” But during and after his sophomore year at Lehigh, he had an opportunity to get more serious about heavy ions, and pursue a passion for nuclear physics. With the...
Department of Energy grant funds physicist’s examination of the early universe In the first few microseconds after the Big Bang, the universe consisted of a hot and dense state of matter called the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). This state of matter is essentially a "soup" of quarks and gluons, the...
Frances Tanzer, Kafka and his writing machine, 2021. Historians define time as the progression of events from the past to the present into the future. Time can be measured, explained by a series of events. Historian Nitzan Lebovic is studying a collection of 20th-century German Jewish...
Physicists Sera Cremonini and Timm Wrase receive support from the National Science Foundation and firmly establish a string theory and high-energy physics group at Lehigh.
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions ram ions traveling at speeds comparable to the speed of light, by which physicists can study the primal form of matter that occurred in the universe shortly after the Big Bang. These impacts and the properties of the matter produced in them are the focus of...
Amy Forsyth is always busy, constantly working on a new project. Chances are pretty good she will have a sketchbook with her and Forsyth’s latest project transitions ideas drawn on paper to designing and building furniture.  Forsyth, associate professor of design in the department of art,...
Environmental policy student works to help preserve the local environment while developing important restoration policies Christina Thomas fell in love with economics and how it can be used to lay the groundwork for environmental laws and policies while an undergraduate student at Pace University...
Students develop an app to improve health of residents in Kazakhstan   Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, shares an unlikely trait with Los Angeles—smog.  Despite being a major commercial and cultural center, Almaty experiences extremely poor air quality due to coal-fired power plant...
Gap junctions are specialized membrane structures consisting of intercellular channels that connect adjacent cells in many tissues and organs. These structures provide chemical and electrical communication. They are assembled from connexin proteins. One protein, connexin 43 (Cx43) is universally...
In “Ethically Challenged: Private Equity Storms US Health Care,” Olson examines the negative consequences for healthcare businesses, taxpayers, patients and society; and proposes solutions.
Many natural systems, such as ecosystems, are examples of complex systems comprised of a large number of connections with interactions among them. The study of such stochastic models, where uncertainty and randomness are present, and their applications are at the heart of research by mathematician...
Nandini Deo took a unique approach to teaching South Asian Politics during the fall 2021 semester. Instead of learning just about the overwhelming problems that people are facing in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India, her students were inspired by activists who are creating solutions and affecting...
The professor of English and founding director of the South Side Initiative traces Bethlehem’s history in his latest project   Seth Moglen, professor of English and Africana studies has received a Public Scholars grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to complete...
A multi-disciplinary team of scientists at Lehigh University and the University of Lausanne discover and characterize a new mechanism by which the fission yeast cell acquires its tubular shape.
Student team helps Lehigh Pizza create a new look while honoring its history When the owner of an iconic southside Bethlehem pizza shop decided to remodel, he asked his summer cashier, Janelle Laros ’21, a Lehigh architecture major, for help.  Two semesters later, an interdisciplinary team of...
  The 1920s was a period of rapid change in the United States involving immigration policy and its execution. This decade, a time when immigrants were perceived and criminalized in new ways, is the focus of research by historian Emily Pope-Obeda.   As part of her book project, Pope-Obeda,...
Seismologist Anne Meltzer helped lead rapid response to the Pedernales earthquake in Ecuador.
Marilisa Jiménez Garcia's new book is the first extensive study of Puerto Rican youth literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Damien Thévenin, associate professor of chemistry at Lehigh, helps to lead the team in research that might prove beneficial to the treatment of cancers.
Chemistry students from across the region gathered virtually as Lehigh’s Department of Chemistry hosted the 84th Annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention (ISCC) on April 10. The event is intended to recognize and celebrate meaningful undergraduate research in the chemical sciences,...

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