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The following is a selection of recent media coverage of Lafayette:

International, National and Regional Media
Lexington Herald Leader (Ky.), Aug. 17; Marketplace Aug. 14; Lawrence Journal World,, Toronto Star (Ontario, Canada), Aug. 13;,, Aug. 12; New York Post (N.Y), Daily News (N.Y.), WCBS-TV, Aug. 11; Reuters, Journal Gazette, Aug. 10
Research by Christopher S. Ruebeck, assistant professor of economics and business, has been featured in many publications. His study has found that left-handed college-educated men earn significantly more than their right-handed counterparts.

Bucks County Courier Times (Pa.), Aug. 6
Comments from Chuck Holliday, professor of biology, were included in the article “Wasps bugging out Bucks.” The story focuses on the cicada-killer wasp, a large, unpleasant-looking insect which Holliday has spent many years studying. Holliday explains that although the bugs are freighting they hold little danger for humans. “For one of the largest insects out there, they’re surprisingly gentle,” he says.

Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) Aug. 1; Grand Rapids Press (Mich.), St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minn.), Times (N.J.) July 30; Austin American-Statesman (Texas) July 29; Bridgetown News (N.J.), Sun Herald (Miss.) July 26;
Donald L. Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History, is quoted in numerous recent articles focusing on the issue of whether or not the current unrest in many parts of the world constitutes World War III. Miller says, “We live in a world of war, rather than a world war. But nothing’s connected. The world is so regionalized.”

Spotlight on Students in Their Hometown Newspapers
Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Pa.), Aug. 21
This summer Daniel Weaver of Cogan Station, a senior at Lafayette, gets to be a big fish in a small pond through an internship at Keller Consulting Engineers. Weaver, a civil engineering major, is given big responsibilities including the on-site inspection of sewer pipe installation, helping with the design of a septic system for a house, and he will be performing bridge inspections in Northampton County. Weaver, a 2003 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, is the son of Dennis and Carol Weaver of Cogan Station.

South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry (Maine), Aug. 11
Adam Callaghan ’07, a graduate of South Portland High School, has a knack for collecting autographs, even if they are from the 16th and 17th centuries. He is researching early modern alba amicorum, autograph albums similar to today’s yearbooks, event guest books, and celebrity albums. He is collaborating with June Schlueter, Charles A. Dana Professor of English, through Lafayette’s distinctive EXCEL Scholars program. “Alba amicorum were popular in Germany during the 16th and 17th centuries, and give an interesting look at contemporaries in the era,” says Callaghan, a double major in English and German. Callaghan, who is fluent in German, also will read the album pages, many of which are in 17th century writing that is difficult to discern.

Courier-News (N.J.), Aug. 2
Christopher DeAppolonio ’06 of North Plainfield graduated magna cum laude from Lafayette, with a bachelor’s degree in history. Chris was a Marquis Scholar and studied in the honor’s program at Oxford University in Oxford, England during his junior year. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this past May and is an active member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. Chris was an avid participant in many intramural sports, a member of the Lafayette Entertainment Committee, and volunteered in the Big Brother program in Easton. He will continue his studies at New York University in the fall, where he is enrolled in a master’s program in sports business. He is the son of Susan and Dennis DeAppolonio.

Norwalk Citizen-News (Conn.), July 28; Greenwich Time (Conn.), July 27
Unique’s the word for a theatrical production company of college students who target the unconventional. It began three years ago when Rocco Natale marshaled a group of friends – Greenwich High School students and alumni with a love for theater and performing – to organize the Take a Bow Players. Since then, upon their return from college each summer, various company members reassemble to select, rehearse, and present a stage production. This year it’s playwright Wendy MacLeod’s “The House of Yes.” Natale will stage “The House of Yes” with Elizabeth Jenkins ’07 (both are also in the cast). Jenkins, a psychology major at Lafayette, portrays Jackie-O. “I’ve never played a part that is this comedic before,” she says. “There’s a lot of fast-paced dialogue and action that comes across.”

Wyckoff Suburban News (N.J.), July 26; Franklin Lakes and Oakland Suburban News (N.J.), July 26; Midland Park Suburban News (N.J.), July 26
Franklin Lakes resident Bryan Abessi ’07is studying the effects environmental variables have on Parkinson’s disease through fruit flies engineered to develop the disease. Abessi is working with Elaine Reynolds, associate professor of biology and chair of neuroscience, through Lafayette’s EXCEL Scholars program. A biology major, Abessi will study two drugs used to treat the debilitating neurological disease in humans. “This project is so interesting because there is little known about this lethal neurodegenerative disease, and there are many questions yet to be answered on hot it causes death of the dopaminergic neurons in the brain,” Abessi says. “The fact that we can experiment with flies is incredible because the results have the potential to impact future experiments with humans with Parkinson’s disease.”

Cape May County Herald (N.J.), July 19
Students received $1,000 scholarships for their grades, leadership, and service to the community from the Mid Jersey Cape Rotary Club. Dave Smith ’09 (Cape May Court House, N.J.), an economics and business major at Lafayette, was a recipient.

Free Lance Star (Va.), July 17
Christine Moore ’08of Stafford County is participating in the EXCEL Scholars program, in which students conduct research with faculty while earning a stipend. She also received the William G. McLean Tau Beta Pi prize, awarded annually to a sophomore engineering student based on academic performance, citizenship and professional orientation; and is a member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and the student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers.

Item of Millburn & Short Hills (N.J.), July 13
Four township residents received bachelor’s degrees during commencement exercises May 20 at Lafayette. Brendan William Carroll ’06 double majored in English and government & law. Danielle Jill Fried ’06 majored in psychology. Rachel Hilary Miller ’06 graduated with honors and majored in psychology. Janine Nicole Tkach ’06 double majored in English and history.

Mid-York Weekly (N.Y.), July 13
Carey Wilson ’07, daughter of Reg and Lorna Wilson of Hamilton, is currently serving an internship the Duke University School of Medicine. She will gain hands-on experience with patients, perform medical research, and observe surgeons in the operating room. A graduate of Hamilton Central School, Carey is a neuroscience major at Lafayette who plans to attend medical school and specialize in pediatric neurology.

Record-Breeze (N.J.), July 13
Kristen Nicole Tull ’06 of Sicklerville graduated magna cum laude with honors in engineering policy from Lafayette. She received an A.B. degree with majors in engineering and international affairs. She researched policies and market forces that influence the shipping pallet industry in her senior honors thesis.

Hopewell Valley News (N.J.), July 13
Kristen Beth Rhebergen ’06 of Hopewell graduated cum laude with honors in German from Lafayette. A double major, she received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and German during commencement ceremonies in May. She conducted honors research on the German pacifist Martin Niemoeller under the guidance of Rado Pribic, Williams Professor of Languages and chairman of international affairs. She was a member of Delta Phi Alpha and Sigma Iota Rho.

Herald-Mail (Md.), July 7; Morning Herald (Md.), July 7
While many college kids spend their summer earning money and tanning at the beach, Michael McCormack ’07 is researching a promising new cancer drug with one of his professors at Lafayette. “I’m looking to go to medical school for oncology,” said McCormack, of Hagerstown. McCormack is the lone student in his research program, working with Shyamal K. Majumdar, Kreider Professor of Biology, on three different types of cancer – breast, cervical, and leukemia. McCormack is working with the drug Raloxifene, now on the market to treat osteoporosis, because it has been shown to be a possible alternative to the cancer treatment drug Tamoxifen, which has been linked to an increased risk in uterine cancer and blood clots, McCormack said. McCormack chose Lafayette because he wanted a college that was strong in the sciences and had an engineering program, he said.

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