David Casagrande to lead fracking impact study

A newly awarded Lehigh CORE grant will fund an eight-member interdisciplinary research team studying the impacts of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region. David Casagrande, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is the lead investigator of the team, which also includes Kelly Austin, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Work will begin in December. Casagrande has also received an NSF grant to study flood mitigation and response on the Midwest; he will spend most of this summer in Illinois and Missouri, which have experienced considerable flooding this spring.