Features Archive

Spring 2020
Perspective: The State of American Democracy Richard Matthews, Brian Fife, Anthony DiMaggio Three political science faculty provide their insights into American democracy
As the World Burns Steve Neumann Retiring theatre professor Pam Pepper closes her career with The Broken Machine, a timely play by the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Endowed Artist-in-Residence Liz Duffy Adams
Greek Drama Violet Baron Koula Sossiadis Kazista ’95 celebrates and questions family and tradition in her new film
Drilling Into What Killed the Dinosaurs Chris Quirk Sean Gulick ‘99G studies an asteroid impact site as record of dinosaur extinction
From Banking to Broadway Wendy Greenberg Marc Falato’87 finds a creative outlet in the business of Broadway
From South Bethlehem to Sierra Leone for Safe Motherhood Weld Royal '88 A trip to Sierra Leone inspires student to develop a docuseries about childbirth
Lehigh Alumnus Took His Learning Global Leslie Feldman John Franchini '92 uses his interest in exploring countries and cultures as part of a successful legal career.
Spring 2019
Mission Critical Jennifer Marangos College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs provide educational opportunities that help students grow into critical and creative thinkers.
Combining the Classical and the Experimental into a Brilliant Amalgam Steve Neumann Playwright Liz Duffy Adams brings humor, humanity and heightened naturalism to Lehigh University
Math as a Competitive Sport Wendy Greenberg Professor Don Davis leads nationally renowned high school competitive math team
Hardheaded Chris Quirk Jessica Garcia ’12 ’13G leads start-up dedicated to detecting concussions in sports
Out Front Violet Baron Pete Lanctot ’09 heads a band steeped in indie, blues, country and folk traditions
A Multimedia Career Leslie Feldman After 40 years in television, a Lehigh alum puts pen to paper as novelist
A New Path Weld Royal '88 Monica Powers ’20 reveals new evidence on first European hominins
Fall 2018
Ethics Take Center Stage Jack Croft Lehigh's new Center for Ethics promotes ethical inquiry, reflection, and engagement from the personal to the global
Black Publics/Lived Experiences Robert Nichols NEH Challenge Grant begins to make an impact
Sparking a Dialogue Wendy Greenberg Lehigh’s Humanities Center helps drive humanities research and teaching under the direction of Suzanne Edwards
An Advocated for Change Jennifer Marangos Ph.D. student finds his home in the English department and the literature and social justice program
Marching On Leslie Feldman Advancing the Religion Studies Program at Lehigh Is One Alumnus’ Plan for Students
Banking on a Bottom Line Weld Royal '88 Following success in global law, Michael Macaluso ’83 starts a company to make money by solving problems like world hunger and heart disease
Navigating the College Experience Robert Nichols The College of Arts and Sciences’ Academic Advising Center helps students pursue paths toward successful academic goals
Spring 2018
Fair and Impartial? Jennifer Marangos Lehigh faculty explore public views about law enforcement and reducing biases
Shaping the Business of Sports Chris Quirk Lon Babby ’73 reflects on a storied career as a player agent and team executive
In Search of an Unknown Spanish Explorer Violet Baron History professor María Bárbara Zepeda Cortés examines the life of José de Gálvez and why he was erased from the history books
Blame Wiseley Wendy Greenberg Ph.D. student Sinenhlanhla Porlet Zungu explores the issues surrounding blame and healing cracks in relationships among people
A Millennial Politician Reshaping Allentown Weld Royal '88 Mike Schlossberg ’06G is helping drive the rebirth of the Queen City as a state representative
Changing Young Lives Through Yoga Leslie Feldman Michele Brettschneider ’90 brings physical, mental and spiritual practices of yoga to underserved and at-risk students after a prolific legal career
An International Journey to the Marshall Scholarship Samantha Silverman ’18 Journalism major Klaudia Jazwinska ’18 makes the most of her Lehigh education
Fall 2017
Still Groundbreaking Jennifer Marangos Zoellner Arts Center builds on a rich cultural heritage as it shapes a creative campus
Like a Great Comet Chris Quirk Actor, singer, composer Gelsey Bell ’04 pushes artistic boundaries with her multi-dimensional career
An Advocate for the Arts Geoff Gehman ’89 M.A. As head of Lehigh University Art Galleries, Ricardo Viera has assembled a world-class art collection that provides students with hands-on experiences found nowhere else
Making Music, Writing Code, and Creating a Portfolio Career Weld Royal '88 How a software entrepreneur built a music publishing business
No One is Coming to Save Us Violet Baron Stephanie Powell Watts re-envisions The Great Gatsby in her new novel
A Legacy of Learning Leslie Feldman Lewis Baer ’72 is proud of his family’s connections to Lehigh
Standing at the Intersection of Art and Politics Robert Nichols Dual theatre and political science major prepares for a future of theatre and social justice
Spring 2017
For Better or Worse Manasee Wagh Researchers dig deep to find answers about how cells function and therapies when things go wrong
Inner Space Jennifer Marangos EES faculty member embarks on a voyage of discovery at Earth’s deepest depths
The Art of Medicine Chris Quirk Julia Klees ’82 is keeping employees healthy at BASF
Getting Vocal Geoff Gehman ’89 M.A. A biological sciences graduate student leads and exploration of damselfish vocalizations
A Climate of Giving Leslie Feldman EES alumnus creates endowment to fund graduate student research
The Unlikely Case of the Physicist and the Disappearing Photographs Weld Royal '88 Nick Bigelow ’81 uses his expertise in nanotechnology to save daguerreotypes
Fighting Superbugs Violet Baron Chemistry major helps develop new possible strategies for fighting infections
Fall 2016
Creating a Hub for Interdisciplinary Activity Jack Croft College offers students and faculty avenues to work with a broad array of knowledge suited to approaching complex problems
Linking Health, Medicine, and Society Jennifer Marangos Sociologist Kelly Austin is leading a growing program that explores the intersections of health and society
Seizing Opportunities To Do Good Manasee Wagh Carrie Rich '07 sees a world filled opportunities and possibilities
The Sustainable Use of Water Abby Johnson '16 Michael Quesada '16G examines the history and policies behind the use of the Colorado River
Keeping Zoellner in the Spotlight Leslie Feldman Ollie Foucek stives to grow the arts at Lehigh
Sites of Memory Geoff Gehman ’89 M.A. Ghana Serves as a living laboratory for interdisciplinary research
Broken Courage Robert Nichols Jenna Pastorini ’17 examines a trauma-based cultural syndrome in Cambodia
Spring 2016
A Civil Action Jack Croft The College of Arts and Sciences establishes an initiative to invite students into critical conversations
Making Choices Manasee Wagh Margaret Hagerman ’04 ’06G examines ow parental behavior influences white children’s views about race in America
Public Facing Robert Nichols Africana Studies program receives grant to expand curricula and community outreach
Master Class Geoff Gehman ’89 M.A. Akin Babatunde, a 40-year theater veteran, inaugurates Lehigh’s artist-in-residence program with bubbling passion, tough love and a flash mob
A Passion for Politics Jennifer Marangos Rohullah Naderi ’17G plans to use his Lehigh education to effect change in Afghanistan
Giving Voice to Vision Leslie Feldman From The Brown & White Columnist to PR Firm CEO, Safiya Jafari Simmons thanks Lehigh for an enriching learning experience
Stereotypes and Sports Jennifer Marangos Devon Carter '16 examines race and our interpretations of athletes' behavior
Fall 2015
Fostering a Passion for the Life Sciences Jack Croft HHMI funding recognizes nationally renowned science education program for undergraduates
The Psychology Behind Mine Safety Jennifer Marangos Brianna Eiter ’00 investigates cognitive factors that influence mine workers’ ability to identify mine site safety hazards
Mobilizing Social Movements Manasee Wagh Nandini Deo’s research examines feminism and the power of social activism in India
Communal Composer Geoff Gehman ’89 M.A. Heather Gilligan ’96 coordinates lively scenes for new aural adventures
Breaking New Ground in Earthquake Research Manasee Wagh Doctoral student Lillian Soto-Cordero examines seismic activity and its impact on the eastern United States
Inspiring Decisions to Live By Dawn Thren Michael Hoben ’61 heads alumni effort to ensure Lehigh student have access to ethical programs
Unraveling Ghana's Social Fabric Christina Holden ‘15 Funded by a Strohl grant, Danielle Taitt ’16 examines urban planning issues in a growing urban center
Spring 2015
Thinking Globally Jack Croft The college’s popular Global Studies program prepares students for the dynamic of globalization
Bringing Health to the Hurting Koren Wetmore Peter Navario ’96 works to improve the health of socially excluded people around the world
Conflict & Dialogue Robert Nichols Henri Barkey examines the ever-changing landscape of international politics
Shifting the Scales Leslie Feldman Jennifer Gentile Long ’93 heads an international resource on violence against women
Pursuing a Passion for Human Rights Esther Shanahan Fulbright student Hnin Su Mon ’16G brings a personal connection to her exploration of human rights
Abstract Art Impacts Real Learning Dawn Thren Dr. Richard and Alice Thall’s Private Collection Adds to the Lehigh Experience
A Journey from the East Geoff Gehman ’89 M.A. Lehigh builds a theatrical Chinese bridge between Bethlehem and New York City
Fall 2014
Forging the Lehigh Valley Elena Gambino ’12G Lehigh’s Community Fellows program draws on a legacy of bridge building to shape tomorrow’s leaders
Creating Communications That Count Leslie Feldman Clare DeNicola ’85 has a passion for creating effective communications and helping her clients grow their businesses
Flawless Imperfections Manasee Wagh Volkmar Dierolf is leading the way in research that studies materials related to light sources
Antique Modernism Geoff Gehman '89 MA Matt Berman ’94 and Andrew Kotchen ’94 run an architectural firm that specializes in historic visions
Giving America's Youth a Vote Esther Shanahan Lehigh University environmental policy design graduate student Dan Coviello ’13 ’15G is revolutionizing youth engagement at the United Nations
Family at the Center of Success Leslie Feldman Amy Shotmeyer ’05 credits family with successful career
In Search of a Better Catalyst Manasee Wagh Undergraduate chemistry student is making use of prominent fellowship to study fluorine
Spring 2014
Method Acting Jack Croft Community Health Cluster Embraces Research Approach that Treats Community As Equal Partner
A Researcher’s Walk Richard Laliberte By capturing functional limitations from MS in a simple test, Myla Goldman ’94 helps pave the way for better drug testing
The Dance of Life Richard Laliberte Vassie Ware’s explorations of the inner workings of ribosomes leads toward new understandings of how proteins form
A Better Understanding Geoff Gehman ’89 M.A. Melissa Fricke ’06 is improving life for children in Uganda
Seeing Clearly Tricia Long '12G Natalya Surmachevska ‘14G examines the impact of glaucoma in Ghana
The Anatomy of Law Leslie Feldman From lab to moot court, Michael A. Epstein, ’75 took the legal path after Lehigh
Farm to Fork Esther Shanahan Katelyn Armbruster ’15 transforms a garden to help others in need