News and Spotlights

Developmental psychologist Danming An is reappraising the nuances of global cultures, family dynamics, and perceptions to better understand resilience – and risk factors – for children’s well-being.
Architect Wes Hiatt leads an effort to create affordable housing options   Wes Hiatt believes architects can use their design expertise to help inspire and manage much-needed urban change. This belief was inspired by his training. Since before coming to Lehigh, Hiatt questioned, as part of his...
Xavier Piccone ’24 studies an energy infrastructure and its impact on political and economic systems Growing up an hour south of Bethlehem, Xavier Piccone ’24 has always been captivated by Pennsylvania’s nature, as well as its rich history.  “Lehigh gives me a chance to continue experiencing...
A trip to Jordan brings insight into archaeology Niko Jones ’24, a double anthropology and political science major, chose Lehigh because of the great study abroad and research opportunities it promoted. He wanted to make sure he could travel while getting his education and take advantage of...
Joan Ramage (left) with COI vice chair Jed Hancock from Utah State University. Joan Ramage, professor of Earth and environmental sciences, was elected chair recently of the Council of Institutions. The Council of Institutions (COI) of Universities Space Research Association (USRA), which comprises...
Audiences attending the off-Broadway premiere of the play House of Telescopes entered a magical world fashioned collaboratively by three Lehigh theatre faculty and an alumnus of its theatre program.  Directed by Lyam Gabel, assistant professor of theatre, the play explores the journey of Fable, a...
Spencer Duff began his journey as a chemical engineering major. He’ll graduate with a national theatre design award under his belt and an IDEAS bachelor’s degree. Spencer Duff’s future is illuminated by possibility. As he reflects on the last three years at Lehigh Duff, of Newark, Delaware will...
  Lehigh students received national accolades when 32 design students in the department of art, architecture, and design (AAD) took home awards in the 2024 Graphis New Talent Design Competition.   “Our graphic design students competed against BFA, MA, and MFA design students from prestigious...
Working together, a deep-sea robot and human occupied submarine led the discovery  The pace of discovery in the oceans leaped forward thanks to teamwork between a deep-sea robot and a human occupied submarine leading to the recent discovery of five new hydrothermal vents in the...
  A new interdisciplinary project in the College of Arts and Sciences creates a home for community-facing, action-oriented urban research A new initiative in Lehigh’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is bringing together faculty and students from across the University to research and develop...
Ph.D. student Casey Kies hopes to cement in history one of Lehigh’s first graduates For historians, it can be a challenge to empathize with historical subjects and understand their motivations and temperaments.  But second-year history Ph.D. student Casey Kies is finding a lot to admire about...
Former photojournalist Jennifer Midberry teams with trauma surgeon and epidemiologist to analyze how gun violence reporting can harm survivors and communities.
Director Héctor Alvarez explores a form of theater that breaks the rules of traditional drama   When theater director Héctor Alvarez was growing up in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site. Soon, millions of Euros from...
  Journalist and author Victor Luckerson will speak about the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and its resulting impact when he presents a lecture titled, Beyond the Massacre: The Legacy of Tulsa's "Black Wall Street," February 28, 2024, 6:00 p.m.  in room 108 of the Business...
  Ph.D. student explores the literary intersection of health and horror Bodily mutilation. Flesh-eating bacteria. A highly contagious virus of unknown origin. Any of these conditions has the makings of a blockbuster horror film or bestselling novel. They all have their roots in our real-life...
Chemistry Ph.D. student receives a National Science Foundation award to help others take a less-traveled path to the sciences Dane Santa didn’t follow a conventional path to a Ph.D. program in biochemistry.   Santa had no real aspirations of going to graduate school six years ago. He was working...
Lehigh art historian Florencia San Martin curates an exhibition in Chile to commemorate the ongoing impact of the 1973 US-backed military coup.   On September 11, 1973, the Chilean military, led by General Augusto Pinochet, staged a US-backed coup against the democratically-elected socialist...
In the early hours of May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls and a crew composed of fellow slaves, stole a cotton steamer in Charleston, SC, picked up family members at a rendezvous point, then navigated their way through the harbor. Once clear of the harbor and outside of Confederate waters, he had his crew...
Biochemist Oriana Fisher, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a $1.9 million Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore how bacteria respond and adapt to changes within their environments. This funding will provide...
Remembering Emeritus Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Edward Evenson Edward Evenson, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and distinguished scientist of glacial geology, died August 7 at his home in Mackay, ID. He was 80. Born in Wisconsin in 1942, Evenson had an internationally...

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