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Vega String QuartetPaul Salerni, professor of music and National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, premiered a new composition in November when the Vega String Quartet performed “String Quartet 1.5” at Emory University.Commissioned by the Emory Chamber Music...
Social media has dramatically altered the communication landscape, offering new frameworks for individual expression.  The millennial generation, 18-29 year olds, have never known a world without the Internet. Political candidates have become aware of the important role social media plays in...
Five years ago, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China received a donation of nearly 2,500 bamboo strips. The strips probably originated from the illegal excavation of a tomb, and the donor had purchased them at a Hong Kong market. Tsinghua researchers carbon-dated the materials to around 305 BC,...
Archaeologist David Small, professor of anthropology in the department of sociology and anthropology, is the recipient of a Core Fulbright Scholar award to teach and conduct research at the University of Crete in Rethymnon, Greece for the 2015 spring term.   Small, who is also a member of the...
The Leon Springs pupfish is struggling to survive and for the past 14 years, this endangered species has been at the top of Murray Itzkowitz’s conservation efforts.This two-inch creature is found in only one or two very small isolated desert springs near the Big Bend region of west Texas and has...
Anne Meltzer, professor of earth and environmental sciences, has been named the first holder of the Francis J. Trembley Chair in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh University.As a seismologist, Meltzer studies earthquakes and the structure of the earth through naturally and artificially...
Now 40 years old, hip hop has evolved from being a local art form found on the streets of New York’s South Bronx to an international phenomena shaping a generation. The art form has created new paths in fields such as art, fashion and music, and for Monica R. Miller the intersection where religion...
Natalya Surmachevska ’14G examines the impact of glaucoma in GhanaLast summer graduate student Natalya Surmachevska traveled from the Ghanaian city of Kumasi to a small village near the border of the Ivory Coast. The remote village was located near a refugee camp established after post-election...
Almost 150 people turned out in protest last fall when the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) held a hearing on a 48,000-square-foot waste-to-energy plant that the city of Allentown is proposing to build next to its wastewater treatment plant along the Little Lehigh Creek.According...
Global interests help Theresa Mejia become global citizen One of the advantages of a liberal arts education is the ability to find innovative paths and change course with new interests. Maria Theresa Mejia thought she would find a perfect fit as an environmental science major when she arrived at...
Composer Steven Sametz has been named the recipient of the 10th Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize presented by the University of Connecticut, a $25,000 award to compose a new work to be premiered in Connecticut in 2015 and reprised at Lehigh. The proposed project, tentatively...
Lucy Gans, professor and chair of the department of art, architecture and design, was recently named the first holder of the Louis and Jane Weinstock ’36 Chair of Art and Architecture at Lehigh University. Gans teaches sculpture and drawing and is also an affiliated faculty member in the Women,...
When Lewis Carroll penned Alice in Wonderland, he challenged readers’ perceptions of space and reality. A recent project developed by a team of Lehigh faculty and students challenges perceptions of space as part in an architecture competition. Lead by Wesley Heiss, assistant professor of design,...

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