December 15, 2011

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By Molly O'Brien-Foelsch

LEWISBURG, Pa. — In 2011, Bucknell University professors and students dug down, broke through and looked ahead to the future. Among the highlights of the year in academic life:

Kevin Daly and Stephanie Larson

Professors lead archaeological dig in Thebes
Classics professors Kevin Daly and Stephanie Larson took several students to Greece this summer for the first U.S.-Greece dig in Thebes.

graduating student

Class of 2011 graduates
Commencement speaker Erik Weihenmayer, a blind mountain climber, urged members of the Class of 2011 to "keep reaching" and "climb high."

Marcellus Shale initiative gathering

Community explores impact of gas drilling
Bucknell and the surrounding community explored the impact of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. || More: "Gasland" director visits campus; Publications database; Marcellus Shale stories

experimenter holding a bat

Professor, national research team identify cause of white-nose syndrome in bats
A team of scientists including Bucknell biology professor DeeAnn Reeder identified the deadly fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats.

Edward Albee

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' author shares insights
While visiting campus to be honored as the Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters, Edward Albee discussed his process for developing stories and inventing characters.

new faculty member at chalkboard

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

President John Bravman

President invents stent coating
John Bravman developed a patented coating that may make coronary stents safer for heart disease patients.

Mark Haussmann

Professor discovers link between prenatal stress and aging
Biology professor Mark Haussmann and a team of researchers discovered a direct correlation between prenatal stress and aging.

girl in canoe taking notes

Grant enhances environmental studies
A $520,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is supporting the Environmental Center and new courses and programs related to the environment.

interactive video wall

Interactive video 'wall' showcases academic life
Interactive video player showcases faculty and student projects and courses. Viewers can make comments, rate and share the videos.

biomedical engineering seniors

Geisinger partnership prepares students for careers
Biomedical engineering seniors worked with physicians and researchers at Geisinger Health System to develop medical devices.


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