When the snow thawed, we found a new copy of The Niche blooming just in time for spring.
This edition of the The Niche (the William and Mary Biology Department Newsletter) brings news of faculty, students, and alumni collected from the past year. It's been another eventful year for Biology: Paul Heideman completed his term as Chair, and now Liz Allison is busy as Department Chair. Ten more faculty moved from Millington to new office and research laboratory space in what was previously Chemistry Department space on the second floor of Rogers Hall (now incorporated into the Integrated Science Center).
You may notice we've changed our look – now the Biology Department, and The Niche, are part of William and Mary's new web site design. The navigation menu to the left should direct you to other stories, and you should be able to find your way back using the "breadcrumbs" above the page title that follow where you've been:
(e.g., A&S Home » Biology » Alumni & Friends » Newsletter » The Niche 2010).
In the move to the new web site, the Woody Plant Tour created by Professor Emeritus Martin Mathis was transferred and updated. Also, IIBBS (the Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies), founded by faculty members Dan Crisol and John Swaddle, has added a web site within the Biology Department Research site.
We're also very excited about the growing on-line network for Biology alumni. Catherine Koebel '00 (now Catherine Stromberg) started a Facebook site for William and Mary Biology students, staff, faculty, and alumni. If you're logged into Facebook, this link should take you straight to our site. If you're new to Facebook, you can set up an account and search for "Biology William and Mary." Also, the William and Mary Alumni Foundation established a Biology group in the my1693 website.
This past year many of you have taken the time to send us your news, which we've posted to a webpage we call Alumni Updates. This is an excellent way to share information within our field and to help our prospective majors learn how you have used your W&M training. A number of you have also made donations through our Private Support webpage. Thank you all for the many ways you contribute to the life of the Biology Department.