This Fall, LTS offered a number of learning/enrichment seminars to first year students through the Office of the First Year Experience 5x10 program series. Each fall, new students are asked to attend five campus events or sessions that are during the first ten weeks of the semester. Events include a broad range of topics, and LTS sponsored three sessions with great success! Read about the sessions…
How to win a research prize
On October 23rd, over thirty-five students attended “How to win a research prize.” Professor Keith Schray, Chemistry, moderated a panel discussion of four students who received recognition for their undergraduate research. Schray, who is the advisor for the AXE chemistry fraternity, has been involved in undergraduate research in past years and brought the faculty perspective to the session.
The student panelists' work spanned a range of disciplines -- engineering, biology, history, and medicine. Carolyn Sivco ‘15 (Biochemistry) and John Behre '15 (History) discussed the library research and legwork that produced prize-winning research papers -- both Sivco and Behre were awarded the Libraries Student Research Prize, sponsored by LTS and the Friends of the Libraries. Behre's paper focused on the history of the New York City Public Zoo, and Sivco analyzed emerging treatments for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Kate Oliver ‘13, former Martindale Student Associate and now a graduate student, discussed the neuroplasticity research that she conducted under Professor Julie Miwa in Biological Sciences. Oliver's work was recognized at Lehigh’s undergraduate research symposium. Finally, Ian Miller, now a graduate student in electrical engineering, described several projects, including a design project that won honorable mention at the 2014 undergraduate symposium and a research paper “Aerial Multirole Platform” that won the 2014 IEEE Morton Student Paper Contest.
Student panelists and Dr. Schray shared insights on finding funding for research projects and identifying faculty mentors. Participants learned that inspiration for research can come from diverse sources, and that research topics are shaped by personal experience and the research process itself. They learned about the value of seeking the help of librarians. Finally, they learned how to do in-depth research and communicate it well.
Book Traces @ Lehigh
On October 27th, approximately twenty-five first year students went hunting for books in the Linderman stacks as part of the Book Traces project. Book Traces is a web-based crowdsourcing project that seeks to document unique copies of nineteenth and early twentieth-century books found on library shelves. With help from the founder of the project, University of Virginia Professor of English Andrew Stauffer, students searched for pre-1923 books with marks of use in them. After about an hour of searching, students and staff looked through around 2,500 books. Of that number, about 5% had markings of interest. Some books simply listed the original owner’s name, and perhaps a date. Others had more detailed inscriptions. A few books had drawings or letters tucked inside. Many of the books the students found will be scanned and uploaded to the Book Traces website at http://www.booktraces.org/
Those who participated in the Book Traces 5x10 had great things to say about the experience. One student called the search “addicting.” Others noted how surprised they were to find such old books in the stacks. See images of our search at http://lehighu.tumblr.com/post/101122086724/if-you-go-back-in-time-to-19...
Keeping those digital skeletons in the closet
In this day and age of hyper-connectivity, digital socialization, and information security breaches (like the Apple iCloud celebrity photos breach), it is difficult to maintain online privacy while cultivating a digital presence.
On October 29th, over ninety first-year students attended a session led by Keith Hartranft, Lehigh University’s Information Security & Policy Officer. With the goal of building a positive and professional online identity, Hartranft spoke about a variety of digital social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Merit Pages. He described their construction, privacy settings, and professionally savvy use. Hartranft covered what personal information students might want to share, and not share, and how they might take actions that protect both their privacy and online identity.
Also discussed were Cloud data services and their use.
Students received privacy and online safety and security tips from Cyber-Security Awareness Month and the website staysafeonline.org. Finally, Hartranft advised students on actions they might take if they find themselves on the wrong end of cyber-stalking or cyber-bullying as the 18-24 year old age group experiences the highest rate of stalking activity. Students learned about resources available for cyber-stalking victims and possible recourse actions at victimsofcrime.org.