Here at Lafayette, we take great pride in helping one another. Check out the many faculty themed discussions taking place over the next few weeks to provide you with insight into over 13 departments and programs, all in an exciting variety of formats!

Faculty Themed Discussions

Have you ever wondered what student research looks like as a Lafayette student? What about what is offered for students interested global studies? How about an explanation of what you can expect during your first-year seminar (FYS)? Well, you’re in luck! These are just a few of the many faculty themed discussions that you can experience over the next five weeks.

We have an impressive lineup of 13 faculty-led sessions for you to attend as a way to immerse yourself in our interdisciplinary curriculum, prior to even stepping foot on campus. Simply register for any of the sessions that spark your interest and a Zoom link will be sent to your Lafayette email, providing you access to the discussion. The faculty hosting each session are eager and excited to introduce you to a wide variety of content, spanning across multiple departments and programs.

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Summer 2022 Virtual Discussions

Check back later for an updated schedule!

Summer 2021 Past Virtual Discussions

Tuesday, July 6

Session 1: 3-4 p.m. (EST)

jennifer talarico, professor & Department head, psychology

Title: Getting Involved in Research on Campus

Description: What is “research”? Why should I want to get involved? What does “involvement” look like? When can I get involved? How can I get involved? What is the EXCEL Scholars program? What are independent research/advanced research/independent study courses? What is a thesis? And YOUR questions will be answered here.

Tuesday, July 13: 3-4 p.m. (EST)

Joshua Sanborn, David M. ’70 and Linda Roth professor of history chair, russian and East European studies
Lindsay Ceballos, Assistant professor, russian and east european studies

Title: Russia and Eastern Europe Beyond the Headlines

Description: If you’ve been following the news, you have probably realized that knowledge of Russian and Eastern European peoples and states is critical for understanding global developments: the politics of authoritarianism, protest movements, cybersecurity, vaccine diplomacy, the economics of energy, meme culture, and even American elections. Two REES faculty will touch on some of these topics, take questions, and explain how the REES program supports not only its own majors but students across campus (even those in math, science, or engineering!) as they prepare for living in a complex world.

Thursday, July 15: 3-4 p.m. (EST)

Lisa gabel, Professor, William C. ’67 and pamela rappolt scholar in neuroscience, Chair of the neuroscience program

Title: Lafayette Neuroscience: Exploring the neural frontier

Description: Learn about the curriculum, faculty research, and opportunities to conduct your own research at Lafayette, as well as other primary research institutions.

Tuesday, July 20

Session 1: 3-4 p.m. (EST)

BiancA falbo, Associate Professor, Director, First Year seminars & Assistant head, English

Title: What to Expect from Your First-Year Seminar

Description: All first-year students take an FYS in the fall semester. Each focuses on a different topic, but all serve as introductions to college reading and writing. Join this informal Q&A with FYS faculty to learn more about FYS courses and get answers to any questions you have about them.

Session 2: 4-5 p.m. (EST)

Larry Malinconico, Associate Professor, geology/geophysics
Nancy Waters, Associate Professor, Biology and faculty advisor of health professions program

Title: Introduction to the Technology Clinic

Description: Come learn about the technology clinic, a two-semester program in which teams of students from each academic division work together on imaginative solutions to real-world problems for clients.

Wednesday, July 21: 2-3 p.m. (EST)

David Stifel, Charles a. Dana Professor of economics and faculty athletics representative

Title: What is Economics? Should I study it?

Description: What is economics all about? (Hint: It’s not about money). Join an economics professor for an informal discussion and Q&A about the field of economics and how economics can be used to address various questions. You will learn about the major and whether it is right for you.

Thursday, July 22

Session 1: 3-4 p.m. (EST)

Chip nataro, Professor & Acting Department head, chemistry

Title: All that Glitters is Gold (Catalyst)

Description: Say you just took your second exam in General Chemistry. The next class your professor hands back the exam and, flipping to the last page, you try to suppress your wince. To your surprise, the grade isn’t half bad, and your professor has written, “Ever considered a major in biochemistry?”

Session 2: 4-5 p.m. (EST)

Nancy Waters, Associate Professor, Biology and faculty advisor of health professions program
Simona Glaus, Coordinator of health professions program

Title: Interested in a Health Professions Career?

Description: Come learn how the health professions program provides guidance and resources to students at any stage of their undergraduate studies who are interested in health professions careers.

Tuesday, July 27: 3-4 p.m. (EST)

david sunderlin, Associate Professor, geology

Title: Global Biodiversity & the Sixth Extinction

Description: Life’s richness is in grave danger in a modern world of environmental crises. The accelerating impacts of climate change, land use, pollution, and biotic homogenization are sending Earth into what paleontologists call a “mass extinction”.  Over the past 600 million years, in Earth’s ancient past, we’ve seen five of these.  We’re now—today—in the sixth.

Thursday, July 29

Session 1: 3-4 p.m. (EST)

thomas lannon, director special collections & college archivist, skillman library

Title: The Marquis and the History of Lafayette College

Description: Learn more about the Marquis de Lafayette, the French military officer and hero of the American Revolution, who advocated for the abolition of slavery in his lifetime and helped establish the doctrine of human rights. Special Collections and College Archives preserves important material related to the Marquis and more that tell the story of almost two centuries of college history.

Tuesday, August 3: 3-4 p.m. (EST)

Trent Gaugler, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Allison Lewis, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Title: Applied Math, Stats, and Data Science

Description: please check back shortly! 

Friday, August 6: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Seo-Hyun Park, Associate Professor of international relations and political science, chair of the asian studies program

Title: Learning about Asia and the World

Description: Join Professor Seo-Hyun Park, Associate Professor of international relations and political science and the Chair of the Asian Studies Program, on the various disciplinary approaches to learning about the Asian region and global studies in general at Lafayette. She will also speak on study abroad, internship, scholarship and research opportunities for students interested in Asian Studies and share examples of past and current students’ experiences.