Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Lafayette College
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.59 / 12.00 Nick DeSalvo
Energy Manager
Finance
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
150

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
23

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
15.33

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
37

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
12

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
32.43

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
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Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

Wendy Wilson-Fall- Africana Studies
Works on themes of identity, culture, local histories and social space

Edward Kerns- Art
Painting, drawing, and two-dimensional design.

Megan Rothenberger- Biology
A combination of modeling approaches and field experiments to advance understanding about the impacts of human activity on aquatic ecosystems

James Dearworth- Biology
Explores the development, structure, and behavioral consequences of the nervous system

Nancy Waters- Biology
Employ field, laboratory and analytical approaches to understand physiological adaptations to environmental changes in freshwater ecosystems

Lindsay Soh- Chemical Engineering
Research focuses on the use of biomass based feedstocks for the reduced impact production of biodiesel and products.

Arthur Kney- Civil Engineering
Water quality issues, fate and transport of nutrients in the environment, ion exchange materials to remove contaminants from wastewater, fate and transport of endocrine disrupting compounds, developing sustainable approaches to water and wastewater treatment in developing countries

Michael McGuire- Civil Engineering
Application of aggregate made from recycled glass in improving campus infrastructure

David Brandes- Civil Engineering
Modeling the dynamics of hill slope/watershed runoff and baseflow response, relating baseflow to measurable hydrogeomorphic properties of watersheds, the effect of urbanization on steam flow regimes, mathematical modeling of raptor migration

Hongxing Liu- Economics
The optimal balance of socio-environmental system, where I use non-market valuation and dynamic optimal control models to manage tradeoffs between economic decisions and ecosystem services.

Rexford Ahene- Economics
Land policy in Africa, economic development, urban economics and public policy, real estate and international business

Kristen Sanford- Engineering Studies
Agent-based modeling as a tool for improving infrastructure/asset management, sustainability of transportation systems

David Veshosky- Engineering Studies
Research focuses on sustainable development. Studied the carbon footprint of the Lower 9th Ward (L9W) in New Orleans and analyze sustainable development alternatives. Also supervised teams of students who entered sustainable design competitions organized by the New York City chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Both years, Lafayette students took top honors among all undergraduates in the competition.

Benjamin Cohen- Engineering Studies
History of science, technology, and the environment; food and agrarian studies; environmental studies; engineering ethics; environmental justice

Julia Nicodemus- Engineering Studies
Fuel production using concentrated solar thermal energy; efficiencies and economics solar thermal processes; long-term storage of solar thermal energy for buildings applications

Sarah Dimick-Environmental Studies and Science
Global Anglophone literatures, environmental futurisms, environmental justice, postcolonial and decolonial theory, petroaesthetics, creative writing

Kira Lawerence-Geology and Environmental Geosciences
Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography; Earth Systems History; Influence of Milankovich Cycles on Late Cenozoic Climate; Glaciation of the Northern Hemisphere

Il Hyun Cho- Government and Law
international relations theory, global governance, security studies, nuclear proliferation, energy politics, environmental politics

Katalin Fabian- Government and Law
Centers on women’s activism in the post-communist countries and their organizations participate in the new democracies

Robert Root- Mathematics
Specializes in physiological models incorporating differential equations, numerical analysis, statistics, and image processing which are useful in a variety of biological inquires. Rob is also interested in pedagogical issues involving experiential learning

Amy Van Asselt- Mechanical Engineering
Strategies to increase the use of renewable energy sources that are inherently intermittent and weather-dependent to power air conditioning systems and relieve stressed electricity delivery systems during times of high demand

Jamila Bookwala- Psychology
Gerontology; social and relational processes related to mid- and late-life development; links between marriage and health in the mature years; family caregiving; gender differences in health and aging; the marital and health impact of family caregiving; chronic illness in the context of marriage in late life; gender issues related to body weight

Camille Qualtere- Spanish
Research interests include language pedagogy, bilingual education, second language acquisition and issues related to equitable access to education and Universal Design of Instruction.


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Researched individual faculty research pages to determine which research could be considered "sustainability" following the guidelines in the STARS Technical Manual.


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