December 19, 2012

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By Heather Johns

LEWISBURG, Pa. — In 2012, Bucknell University professors and students trained rats to help save lives, made breakthroughs in autism research and predicted the end of the world. Here are the most popular academic stories of 2012:

Rats go high tech to root out land mines
Two professors worked with a U.S. Department of Defense contractor to develop faster and more sophisticated technology and methods to detect land mines.

Newly hired, tenured and promoted faculty members describe their interests
Forty-two new profiles were added to the Faculty Stories series, in which professors describe their research and teaching interests. 

Ask the Experts: The end of the world
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Ned Ladd says the world will end, just not in December 2012.

Ask the Experts: Analyzing Obama's speech
Chris Ellis, assistant professor of political science, breaks down President Obama's convention speech and explains why he expected the race to remain tight through Election Day.

Ask the Experts: Gary Steiner
The John Howard Harris Professor of Philosophy discusses animal rights and the vegan imperative. 

Ask the Experts: Jennie Stevenson
The assistant professor of psychology describes how certain hormones relate to anxiety, depression and alcohol addiction.

Professor: Solitude, reflection tied to college success
Joseph Murray, an associate professor of education, has studied college student development for more than 20 years.

Bucknell-Geisinger study could aid in early detection of autism, OCD
The study challenges the current standards for diagnosing and understanding disorders such as autism.

Geisinger Partnership: Engineering solutions in healthcare
Bucknell's biomedical engineering students each year partner with surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals to solve real-world medical issues.

Twitter cofounder Biz Stone to discuss technology's promises and dangers
On Oct. 23, Biz Stone captivated the Bucknell Forum audience with stories from his days as a young entrepreneur and what the future holds for social media. || Read more: Bucknell Forum national speaker series

Honors theses tackle big questions
Forty seniors conducted in-depth research for honors theses with topics ranging from media coverage of sports scandals to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster's influence on health and culture.

Ask the Experts: Reacting to Romney
Associate Professor of Political Science Scott Meinke discusses what Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney achieved with his convention speech, and where the election goes from here.   


Also see the Top 12 of '12: Campus highlights

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