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Mapping how a mysterious liquid became all matter The leading theory about how the universe began is the Big Bang, which says that 14 billion years ago the universe existed as a singularity, a one-dimensional point, with a vast array of fundamental particles contained within it. Extremely high heat...
Kenneth Kraft, professor emeritus of religion studies, died October 1 at the age of 69. He was leading scholar in the area of Buddhist studies and Japanese religions and author of several books on contemporary Buddhism
China has become Africa’s largest trade partner and is expanding its economic and political ties to the continent. The country’s rapid economic growth and developing middle class have fueled an unparalleled need for resources, and it has turned to its longstanding relationship with African states...
Antarctica is going green—and that is not a good thing. Rising temperatures affect the growth of moss on the continent, and these climatic changes are being studied by paleoecologist Zicheng Yu.
Lehigh’s Humanities Center sits modestly on a slope off West Packer Avenue. Notwithstanding its porch, tea selection and inspiration from the busts of Aristotle, Plato, Hippocrates and Homer, the center is more than a charming space—it is where creative sparks can fly from the intersection of...
In December 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency that funds high-quality research, education and public programs at colleges and universities, museums and other institutions across the United States, awarded the Africana Studies program a prestigious $500,...
The question is deceptively simple—and seemingly straightforward. It applies to every dimension of life, from the personal to the professional to the political and beyond. Yet, all too often, it goes unasked. On those occasions when the question is asked, it can cause intense internal conflict,...
The role of women in early America is the focus of a recently published book by English professor Scott Gordon. In The Letters of Mary Penry: A Single Moravian Woman in Early America, Gordon provides unprecedented access to the intimate world of a Moravian single sister. This extensive collection...
While some people may choose to seek help for their mental illnesses, others can be substantially influenced by family and friends or coerced into care by court order. Understanding the variations through which people enter mental health care—by choice or coercion—will enable health care providers...
When Eccentricities of a Nightingale debuted on Broadway in 1976 after being tweaked for 25 years, Tennessee Williams brought to the stage a story about outcasts which was seen as an amalgam of anguish and poetry. Costume designer Erica Hoelscher created a languid and reserved atmosphere of the...
Bill Warfield’s latest album release, For Lew, is personal. Warfield, professor of music, released an anthology of works by his Bill Warfield Big Band from four album releases of 1990 to 2014; two tracks are previously unreleased. This collection of jazz is a tribute to one of New York City’s great...
A whirring, white drone hovered over Bethlehem City Hall plaza on a gray Monday in April, its low buzz audible as Professor Anthony Viscardi explained the appeal of a proposed pedestrian bridge linking the city’s north and south sides.
Vials of fruit flies line the shelves of neuroscientist Daniel Babcock’s lab on the second floor of Iacocca Hall. Here, where fruit flies number into the tens of thousands, if not millions, Babcock and his students are creating models of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’...
Jerome Licini has taught introductory physics at Lehigh for 31 years, perfecting his craft and continually finding ways to help his students in any way he can. Now Licini is expanding his reach beyond the Lehigh campus by developing a full-fledged program in physics education research. Licini...
During the 1980s and 1990s, archaeology went through a transitional period where researchers began to wonder how their presence affected the local people through the work they were conducting. In her forthcoming book, archeologist Allison Mickel examines the history of archaeology, how it has been...
Medicine is commonly understood through the metaphor of war, as in “the war on cancer” or “the battle against Ebola.” This military metaphor is so embedded in the dialogues of medicine that we do not think twice about using this structure or about its bioethical implications, much less its origins...
Urban air pollution is a growing problem. The commercial and residential building sector accounts for 39 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States per year, more than any other sector, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Air remediation efforts have mostly been...
Lehigh faculty explore public views about law enforcement and reducing biases“I am not naïve enough to think we will eliminate prejudice. People have complex motives that give rise to bias. I want to help inform people about the nature of these biases, and its control, to make them better...,
Journalism major Klaudia Jazwinska '18 makes the most of her Lehigh educationFor many undergraduate students, study abroad creates valuable connections between the classroom and real-world experience. Students explore different ways of thinking, communicating, learning, and living. Journalism major...

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