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2010 News Archive

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In the media: Faculty inform the press

Out of context features faculty members from the College of William and Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

Patrick Hayes Writers Series, 2011-12

Each year the English Department invites distinguished writers to campus to read from their work and meet with student writers. This yea's readings will be held in the Muscarelle Museum's gallery, and the public is cordially invited.

W&M plays large role in economic diversification report

William & Mary played a significant role in the Historic Triangle Collaborative's Economic Diversity Task Force, which released a report of its recommendations in September 2010 after a year of research and discussion.

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Alumnus Publishes a Book

Rance Necaise (Ph.D. '98) is the author of the new book "Data Structures and Algorithms Using Python" (Wiley, 2010). Rance's new book gives programmers complete coverage of abstraction and basic data structures and algorithms in the Python language.

Students intern with Welsh Assembly

Lauren Campbell '12 is the latest student to be selected for an intern position in the still relatively new Welsh Assembly.

W&M becomes 'sister university' with UESTC

William & Mary has entered into a "sister university" arrangement with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), a relationship that both sides hope will generate a wide range of mutually beneficial educational and research initiatives.

Paul Mapp publishes The Elusive West

Associate Professor of History Paul Mapp has published The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763.

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Undergraduates win Gold and Bronze

William and Mary students win gold and bronze at "The University Physics Competition," an international contest for undergraduate students.

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Live from New York, it's Sophia Serghi

W&M Associate Professor of Music is teaming with the FLUX String Quartet for a performance of her original compositions Dec. 7 at Carnegie Hall.

A is for aha. AA is for aati.

Linguists will tell you that a language can begin to die in a single generation—if it is not passed down to children.

Computer Science Major Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

George Albert (Bert) Cortina has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa, founded at William & Mary in 1776, is the highest academic honor awarded to liberal arts students in the United States.

Two researchers recognized at symposium

Two William & Mary scientists working in the laboratory of R. A. Lukaszew recently were recognized at the 57th International Symposium of the American Vacuum Society.

Student's composition to debut at WMSO concert

As the winner of last year's orchestral commission competition through the music department, Laney was asked to create an original musical score between three and eight minutes.

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FLUX String Quartet concert on Dec. 3

W&M's newest artists in residence will highlight the work of Associate Professor of Music Sophia Serghi, as well as David First, Annie Gosfield, Bumki Kim, and Bunita Marcus.

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Sander Gilman Visits W&M

By invitation of the German Studies Section of Modern Languages and Literatures, Professor Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, was a guest at the College of William & Mary Wednesday, November 17th.

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Art of India Trip to Hindu Temple & VMFA

Visiting Assistant Professor Melissa Kerin along with students from her Art of India course visited the Hindu Center in Richmond to observe Hindu rituals. They also visited the VMFA where they discussed the sensitive issue of the acquisition and display of Indian religious objects.

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2010 Homecoming Weekend

This year's Homecoming had delightful weather, a win for the football team in overtime, and warm reunions with friends and faculty.

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Acclaimed filmmaker speaks with students

Hollywood director and documentarian Tom Shadyac came to Williamsburg last week to talk with students and screen his newest film "I Am."

Professor Raitt Addresses Glasgow Conference

In November, Professor Suzanne Raitt traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to be one of the keynote speakers at "Unlacing Orlando," an inspirational day of lectures and discussions celebrating Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece.

W&M community considers impacts of growth

And if the College’s student body does grow – even modestly -- what are the impacts to academics, students life, admissions, finances and the local community?

The Ewell Concert Series Presents Trefoil

Trefoil--Medieval trio of singer-instrumentalists (soprano, counter-tenor, lute, harp). Co-sponsored by the Reves Center for International Studies. Free admission.

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Mead given Alumni Fellowship Award

The 2010 winners of the annual Alumni Association awards were honored at a banquet at the William and Mary Alumni House on Sept. 16. Among this year’s winners of the Alumni Fellowship awards was Associate Professor of Art, Elizabeth Mead.

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W&M Hispanic Studies Students Nominated for Film Award

Hispanic Studies students Rob Marty, Danielle Dwyer, Scott Brewington, and Paula Billingsley are finalists in the Fair Trade Fits Video Contest. Watch the video and cast your vote for them.

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Professor to make second appearance on Fox

Professor Melvin Patrick Ely will appear on Friday's "Fox and Friends" discussing the role of free and enslaved blacks during the Civil War.

Tree dedication ceremony to be held for Todd Weaver

The Veterans Society of William & Mary is hosting a tree dedication ceremony in honor of Army 1st Lt. Todd Weaver at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Wren Building’s Great Hall and the Wren Yard.

Therkelsen Takes up Environmental Postdoc

In 2010 Jes Therkelsen begins a two-year residency on campus, teaching and experimenting with how scientists can use visual communication to better publicize their work.

Lilia Boyadjieva Presents a Master Class

Pianist Lilia Boyadjieva, who was in town to perform as part of the Ewell Concert Series, presented a Master Class in Ewell Recital Hall on Friday, October 29th.

Todd Durkin '93: Helping people get in shape, both mind and body

In this era of Wii and HDTV, where new statistics are always proving that Americans are not exercising enough and are eating the wrong foods, it is easy to think that we are all destined to spend the better part of our day on the couch watching life flicker away. Until you meet Todd Durkin '93.

Mainstage musical means new experiences for all

When Rogers and Hammerstein's classic cowboy opera "Oklahoma!" opens at Phi Beta Kappa Hall next weekend, it will represent more than just two months of hard work.

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Mel Ely featured on Fox

William R. Kenan Jr., Professor of Humanities Mel Ely appeared Nov. 7 on Fox's "American's News Headquarters."

Student honors grandmother's 'Oklahoma' legacy

When Elsie Arnold responded to an audition notice posted on a 3x5 index card in the 1940s, she had no idea that she'd soon be cast in what would become one of Broadway's most famous and longest-running musicals: "Oklahoma!"

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Aniko Toth's frog presentation wins award

The Virginia Herpetological Society honored W&M biology major Aniko Toth for her presentation at their annual meeting held in October.

Applied music faculty use real-world experience in teaching

For Judy Zwelling, director of applied music and piano instructor, having a faculty with “real-world” performance experience is only natural for a department whose purpose is to train professional musicians who may end up playing for an audience themselves one day.

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A Festschrift for Rafeq

W&M's pioneering Bickers Professor of Arab Middle Eastern Studies will receive bound volume of essays written in his honor at upcoming conference in San Diego.

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2010 MLL Homecoming Reception

Our First Annual MLL Homecoming Reception, held in the Reves Room on Friday, October 22, was a huge success. Current faculty and students hosted the event for returning alums and emeritus faculty.

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If You're in Nova Scotia...

you might want to attend a Colloquium by William & Mary Psychology Professor Janice Zeman

W&M Faculty Perform Bach in Norfolk

Three W&M Department of Music members who specialize in performing on historic instruments took part in a period instrumental performance of a Bach Cantata this fall in Norfolk.

New book from Prof. Paul Manna

Paul Manna has published a new book about the implementation of the "No Child Left Behind" education reform.

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2010 Homecoming Parade Float wins 2nd place.

Students from the Kinesiology & Health Sciences department with Ray McCoy’s help (and his 1940 John Deere tractor) entered a float in the 2010 Homecoming parade. The theme was “Mythic Physiological Function of the Griffin.”

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W&M's Serghi to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Sophia Serghi, Associate Professor of Music at William & Mary, will present a new series of her original compositions at Carnegie Hall on December 7, 2010 at 8:00pm.

Steinway a 'perfect gift' for W&M's Music Department

Roller donated the piano to the department this summer. It is currently being used in the Ewell Hall studio of Ryan Fletcher, Lecturer of Voice and Director of the Opera Workshop at the College.

Philip Forgit: Teaching beyond the classroom

As an eighth grader, Philip Forgit '89, M.A.Ed. '95 decided he would like to become a teacher — he figured having summers off would give him a "nice schedule." Reasons for his career choice aside, Forgit's experience in the world of education has proven to be extraordinarily "nice" in many ways.

W&M students to participate in town hall with Obama

Oh is one of at least four William & Mary students who have been selected to participate in a televised town hall meeting with President Barack Obama on Oct. 14. The interactive, one-hour event titled "A Conversation with President Obama" will air live and commercial-free on MTV, MTVu, BET, Centric, TR3s and CMT at 4 p.m. (ET) and stream live on MTV.com, BET.com and CMT.com.

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Best Student Paper Award at ITC 22

A paper by Lei Lu with Andrew Caniff, Ningfang Mi, Lucy Cherkasova, and Evgenia Smirni won the Best Student Paper Award at the 22nd International Teletraffic Congress (ITC 22) that was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, September 7-9.

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Hitchens, Wilkerson debate Middle East policy

The possibility of regime change in Iran and the balance of power in the Middle East were just two of the topics discussed in a debate on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East between journalist Christopher Hitchens and Government Professor Lawrence Wilkerson at William & Mary on Monday.

Shannon Lee Dawdy is among 2010 class of MacArthur Fellows

Shannon Lee Dawdy, who received her M.A. from William & Mary's Department of Anthropology in 1994, is one of a class of 23 new MacArthur Fellows announced Sept. 28 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Gabon president talks sustainability at W&M

History will be the judge on how the world and its leaders respond to evidence that human activity continues to pollute and change the world, Africa's Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondima told a group of faculty, staff and students Saturday afternoon.

Got it on eBay

Virologist Kurt Williamson bought a "new" transmission electron microscope on eBay, paying a small fraction of the price of a new TEM.

Raft Debate slated for Sept. 29

In the return of what has been described as "a much beloved William & Mary tradition," the annual Raft Debate will take place this year in the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

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2010 Graves Award

Associate Psychology Professor Joe Galano and Professor of Sociology Kate Slevin were named recipients of the 2010 Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Award during the William & Mary Commencement ceremony.

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Safeguarding Our Threatened Linguistic Heritage

Anthropology PhD candidate Stephanie Hasselbacher has won a grant enabling her to participate in a project to document and help protect an endangered American Indian language.

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Distinguished Paper Award at ICSM'10 Conference

A paper by Malcom Gethers and Denys Poshyvanyk won the Distinguished Paper Award at the 26th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM 2010).

Best Paper Award at the Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation

A paper by Denys Poshyvanyk in collaboration with Béla Újházi, Rudolf Ferenc and Tibor Gyimóthy from the University of Szeged receives the Best Paper Award at the 10th IEEE International Working Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation (SCAM 2010).

Paul Scott '88: Back to the 'Burg

When Paul Scott '88 first came to Williamsburg as a visiting high school student, he swore he'd never come back. Over 20 years later, Scott can call himself a graduate of the College of William and Mary, a Williamsburg resident, and a Williamsburg businessman.

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W&M receives $500k for biofuel study

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the College of William and Mary $500,000 to study various aspects of using wild aquatic algae as both biofuel feedstock and as a medium for helping to clean contaminated waterways.

Sondra Woodward '96: Voice of the morning

If you have ever listened to National Public Radio's Morning Edition in the Hampton Roads, Va. area, chances are you have listened to Sondra Woodward.

Fall 2010 Message from the Dean

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of Arts & Sciences, sent the following beginning-of-year message to members of the faculty on September 7.

W&M faculty experts often called upon by national media

William & Mary faculty and staff experts were called on by national media outlets with increasing regularity over the past academic year. Articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Washington Post and the L.A. Times, just to name a few, featured William & Mary experts.

Philosophy Club Kicks Off the New Year

The first philosophy club meeting involved a discussion of free will and moral responsibility. Philosophy club will meet weekly on Friday afternoons.

Bone fragments represent unprecedented discovery

Laboratory analysis by the College of William and Mary’s Center for Archaeological Research (WMCAR) has revealed that the bone fragments found this summer in two unmarked graves on campus are the remains of dogs interred some two centuries ago.

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Walch's strip is up and running

W&M senior Olivia Walch '11, chosen America's Next Great Cartoonist in Washington Post contest, made her debut today.

Student to host film screening on Hurricane Katrina anniversary

Though more comfortable wielding words than a hammer or saw, Joe Boselovic '11 spent a month this spring in the city of New Orleans attaching siding and painting walls in an area still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Hume's Influence

Professor Elizabeth Radcliffe recently delivered a keynote address at an international conference on the philosophy of David Hume.

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Students win summer fellowships

Irene Morrison Moncure and Sam McVane have been awarded fellowships to support summer research on their honors projects.

W&M student examines representations of women in vampire pop culture

Though the third installment of the "Twilight" series, based on the teen novels by Stephanie Meyer, spurred some young people to line up for tickets or for the chance to see one of the film's stars, one William & Mary student is spending her summer looking at the vampire pop culture phenomenon from a different angle.

Faculty Awarded NSF Grant on Software Maintenance

Prof. Poshyvanyk was awarded an NSF grant on Software Maintenance, which is a collaborative project with Huzefa Kagdi at Winston-Salem State University.

Faculty Receives 3-Year NSF Award

Prof. Denys Poshyvanyk was awarded an NSF grant to support a 3-year project on software traceability.

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Let the garden grow

Jane Gray Morris '13 uses a summer grant from the Committee on Sustainability to revitalize sustainably gardening behind the Caf.

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'A 40-foot hole in the water'

A team of students and faculty launch an experimental algae-cultivation flume in Lake Matoaka. It's an initiative of the Chesapeake Algae Project (ChAP), whose goal is to generate algae-based biofuel.

Adding a New Dimension

2-D artist Ryan Lewis '10 experiments with ceramic techniques and forms, starting with simple cylinders and moving on to more complex shapes.

Creating Little Shop of Horrors

From sketching the scene through the dress rehearsal, Connor Hogan '10 and Chelsea Reba '12 worked with Professor Owens to develop Act II, Scene 1 of this popular classic.

Hawk in the house!

The saga of William & Mary's family of Cooper's hawks continues.

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W&M's Terry Meyers featured in Post, Chronicle

Research by English Professor Terry Meyers regarding the 18th Century Bray School and its possible connection to a College building located on the edge of campus.

W&M Murray Scholar wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Francesca Fornasini '10, a former Murray Scholar at the College of William & Mary, has received a National Science Foundation award that she will use to help with her post-graduate studies this fall at the University of California-Berkeley.

Virginia Shakespeare Fest begins

The Virginia Shakespeare Festival will kick off its 32nd season July 7 in the College of William and Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall.

Bruce Campbell: One of W&M's unsung Fulbright heroes

Much of their success is owed to the support and opportunities offered to them by the College's faculty members and staff members, who work tirelessly with students across the disciplines to prepare them for the scholarships.

Governor announces appointments to William & Mary Board of Visitors

L. Clifford Schroeder, Sr. HON '08, Edward L. Flippen M.B.A. '67, J.D. '74, and Laura L. Flippin '92 have been appointed to William & Mary's Board of Visitors, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced Thursday. Additionally, Charles A. Banks III HON '05 has been reappointed to a second term on the College's governing body.

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Alum helps detect history

Ryan Lintelman '09 will be interviewed on the PBS show "History Detectives" on Monday, July 5.

Ragini Acharya '10

Recent William and Mary graduate Ragini Acharya was named the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Recent graduate becomes City Council's newest member

Scott Foster '10, the first William & Mary student ever elected to Williamsburg City Council, officially took office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Courthouse of 1770 in Colonial Williamsburg. A short time later, the council elected W&M Economics Professor Clyde Haulman as the city's next mayor.

Beckman Scholars are focused on research

Frederick Lambert of Powhatan, Va., and Brittany Lewis of Andover, Mass., are receiving financial support for continuing their mentored research work over two summers plus their senior year at the College.

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Kitamura Publishes Screening Enlightenment

Associate Professor Hiroshi Kitamura has published Screening Enlightenment: Hollywood and the Cultural Reconstruction of Defeated Japan

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Fisher Publishes Shadow Tribe

Associate Professor Andy Fisher has published Shadow Tribe: The Making of Columbia River Indian Identity

NASA funds biology researchers

NASA is funding biology graduate student Jason Westerbeck and biology faculty member Matthias Leu through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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IR/GS 2010 Commencement remarks from Dr. Virginia Bouvier

The following are the remarks that Dr. Virginia Bouvier - Senior Program Officer for Latin America, Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (The United States Institute of Peace, USIP) gave during our IR/GS 2010 Commencement ceremony.

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IR/GS 2010 Commencement remarks from Dr. Virginia Bouvier

The following are the remarks that Dr. Virginia Bouvier - Senior Program Officer for Latin America, Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (The United States Institute of Peace, USIP) gave during our IR/GS 2010 Commencement ceremony.

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Byler and Tarter

Daniel Byler '09, presents a paper with Prof. Sean Tarter

Gift to W&M honors renowned Jamestown archaeologist

A $250,000 gift from Williamsburg residents Margaret Nelson Fowler and Roy Hock will endow a new graduate fellowship honoring renowned Jamestown archaeologist William Kelso.

Record year for Fulbrights at W&M

Thirteen students and alumni from the College of William and Mary have been selected to receive 2010-11 scholarships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, setting a new record for the College.

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Alum's hip-hop club contender in VH1 contest

Chris Livingston's '00 Virginia Beach hip-hop club, The Cave, is a finalist in VH1's 2010 Hip-Hop Honors contest.

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Global Studies 2010 Graduation

50 Global Studies majors celebrated their graduation at PBK Hall on Saturday morning May 15. Congratulations class of 2010!

W&M's 2010 Commencement awards

Several awards are presented annually to graduates, staff and faculty members during the William & Mary Commencement ceremony. Below is a list of the awards that were presented during this year's ceremony on May 16. - Ed.

CrimD moves into the spotlight

CrimD is a bacteriophage, possibly the only newly discovered form of life to be found at a college landmark. Its unusual properties have made it a kind of Oscar nominee in bacteriological circles.

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It was the last week of classes in the spring semester...

a time when many students try to reserve their energy for the grueling finals period ahead. But this day, the classroom was buzzingwith voices as Economics students, faculty, and staff exchanged thoughts and ideas about research.

W&M receives $1.2M from HHMI for science education

The College of William and Mary has been awarded $1.2 million in funding by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), part of a nationwide program to help universities strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education.

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Steven Gianvecchio Wins Distinguished Dissertation Award

The award is given to a single Ph.D. student at the College of William and Mary for their exemplary achievement in graduate student research as demonstrated by the content of their dissertation.

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Physics Graduation Ceremony 2010

The Department of Physics held their graduation ceremony outside on the Millington Lawn on Sunday, May 16, 2010

W&M comments on the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme

Faculty, staff and students discuss the possibilities and opportunities with the recently announced St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme (SAWM). Beginning in fall 2011, students enrolled in the program will complete two years at each institution and earn a single diploma - a Bachelor of Arts, International Honours - with the insignias of both institutions. The joint degree will include four fields: economics, English, history and international relations.

W&M graduates the Class of 2010

After taking one last walk across campus as students -- through the historic Wren Building, down the brick pathways and across the Crim Dell Bridge -- William & Mary's Class of 2010 joyously entered Kaplan Arena on Sunday afternoon for its Commencement ceremony.

Family connection makes ROTC commissioning especially meaningful

Army Maj. Gen. (retired) Robert E. Wagner provided the address during William & Mary's ROTC commissioning on Saturday in the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium. Among the dozen cadets who were commissioned was Amy Rarig '10, Wagner's granddaughter.

Spring 2010 Message from the Dean

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of the Faculty in Arts and Sciences at William & Mary, recently sent the following end-of-year report to members of the faculty.

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CEA Chair Christina Romer '81 to address Class of 2010

Christina Romer '81, one of the most influential economists in the nation as President Barack Obama's Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers will address graduates during the 2010 commencement exercises.

Professor Sarah Day received NSF Earlier Career Award

Dr. Sarah Day received an NSF Earlier Career Award: (DMS CAREER 0955604, Computational Dynamics and Topology), which is one of most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars.

Students won awards in National Meetings

Andrew Wilcox and Virginia Forstall won first prize in the Poster Session, 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Francisco, CA. Patrick Steele won an Honorable distinction award in poster presentation, Data Expo competition, 2009 Joint Statistical Meetings, Washington, D.C.

David Holmes to speak at baccalaureate service

David Holmes, Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies, will serve as the speaker at William & Mary's baccalaureate service on May 15. The service will take place at 9:30 a.m. in William and Mary Hall.

Portfolio: Students Create, Recite Poems in Spanish

Students in Professor Tandeciarz's creative writing class studied a variety of poetic traditions, analyzed classic texts, and reflected on the relationship between words, identity, and activism. Check out the text and audio of their class portfolio.

Werowocomoco comes to Jamestown

The first public display of artifacts recovered from the capital city of chief Powhatan will be featured at Jamestown Settlement through November.

W&M takes over 'Jeopardy!'

William & Mary professor Colleen Kennedy and grad student Patrick Tucker MPP '11 might be able to give you a few tips for the road. After all, the two recently took the stage to compete in a round of "Jeopardy!" themselves.

Lewis, Sinden join 2010 Goldwater scholars

Brittany Lewis '11 and Daniel Sinden '11 have been named Goldwater scholars, one of the most prestigious undergraduate honors in math and science.

Alumni Association awards students academic prizes

Over the past 25 years, the William and Mary Alumni Association has awarded Student Academic Prizes in an effort to honor those students who serve as models of the academic integrity of the College.

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Student receives national award from scholar society

Carolyn was recently named the national chapter officer of the year by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). She is the president of William & Mary chapter of NSCS and was inducted into the honor society her freshman year.

Applications up for graduate and professional programs

In what the dean calls a "truly herculean effort," the admissions staff at the nation's oldest law school oversaw another record year for applications. It's a trend others are also seeing across the Williamsburg campus.

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NSF Fellowship Awarded

Francesca Fornasini, Class of 2010 received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Astrophysics

La Plata Students

William and Mary students participating in our semester study abroad program in La Plata were recently featured in the Argentine press when they visited clandestine detention centers in the city of Tandil.

Student-curated exhibition opens Friday

"Merging Souls: Arts of Devotion in Latin America" is a student-curated exhibition that will open on Friday, April 23 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. A student symposium, scheduled for Friday, April 30, will showcase their research on the objects and themes on display.

Hope arrives early

Hope, a whimbrel fitted with a transmitter last year, has returned to the Eastern Shore. She's the first whimbrel the Center for Conservation Biology has tracked on the migratory "full circle."

W&M students excel at World Model U.N. Conference

A team of William & Mary students placed second in the world and was named best United States college delegation at the 2010 Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

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W&M faculty selected for prestigious Plumeri Awards

Twenty faculty members of the College of William & Mary have been selected to receive Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence in recognition of their exemplary achievements in regard to teaching, research and service.

Final campus conversation addresses 'white paper'

Halleran wrapped up the yearlong discussion April 8 with a session about the draft "white paper" document that both describes the findings from the six previous conversation sessions and makes recommendations on how the College should move forward.

Benes Wins 2010 Alumni Fellowship Award

Associate Professor Kveta (Tuska) Benes has been awarded a 2010 Alumni Fellowship Award in recognition of her teaching excellence.

Lane Publishes Colour of Paradise

Professor Kris Lane has published Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires with Yale University Press

Digging deeper into a liberal arts education

Liberal arts education rests at the foundation of all American colleges and universities, one just has to dig a little deeper to highlight its importance, Carol Schneider said during last Friday's installment of the Campus Conversation speaker series.

W&M awards five summer sustainability internships

William & Mary's Committee on Sustainability (COS) announced the funding of five awards for sustainability internships for the summer of 2010. This is the second year for these awards.

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Video: Anna Wagner '10 makes a charcoal study of Jacob.

Printmaking at W&M: where metal meets metal

Her love for the art of printmaking and her particular specialty in etching and engraving is also what led her to become one of the student curators for the new "Mediated Image: Techniques in Printmaking" exhibit at the College's Muscarelle Museum of Art.

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W&M names co-chairs for Lemon Project

Two William & Mary faculty members will lead the multiyear effort to better understand the role of race in the College's history, including its connections to slavery, Provost Michael R. Halleran announced recently.

Campus conversation: Giving students the tools for success

The importance of service and the value of a close-knit college community were just some of the topics that arose out of last Tuesday's campus conversation on William & Mary's ability to provide its students the tools for success.

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Who's helped, who's hurt

Lou Rossiter is a research professor at the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William & Mary. He is former Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Virginia and has written a book on Medicare reform.

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Laserfest at W&M

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser. First event will be a photo contest.

W&M selected for pilot program in India

The College of William and Mary has been chosen as one of 10 institutions in the nation to participate in a federal pilot program geared toward developing and expanding educational partnerships in India.

Lisa Heuvel (M.A. '05) Succesfully Defended Ed.D. Dissertation

Lisa L Heuvel, M.A. '05, successfully defended her Ed.D. dissertation "Teaching at the Interface: Curriculum and Pedagogy in a Teachers' Institute on Virginia Indian History and Culture" this February at the W&M School of Education.

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Faculty Receives NSF Career Award

Prof. Xipeng Shen was awarded an NSF Career grant to support his research on "Input-Centric Program Behavior Analysis and Adaption."

Obama appoints Paul Verkuil '61 to key U.S. post

Former William & Mary President Paul Verkuil '61 has been appointed by President Barack Obama as chairman of a newly reconstituted Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination March 3.

2010 Undergraduate Symposium

Physics Majors participated in the 2010 Undergraduate Symposium on Friday, February 26th.

Undergraduate researchers show their stuff

Nearly 100 faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects in the sciences were presented at the 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Science Symposium.

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Summer in St. Petersburg

A large group of our own RPSS majors will be spending this summer studying for six weeks in St. Petersburg, Russia in the WM Summer Study Abroad Program.

Homza Receives 2010 Plumeri Award

Professor LuAnn Homza has been named a winner of a 2010 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence.

Mica Willis: Living the legacy

Mica Willis '12, is the third generation of her family to attend William & Mary. Her grandfather, Hulon Willis, Sr. M.Ed.'56, was the first African-American to attend the College.

2010 Faculty Governance Awards

The Dean's Office, with these awards, is pleased to recognize the contributions of two faculty members.

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Alumna Receives NSF Career Award

Zhichun Zhu (Ph.D. 2003) recently was awarded an NSF Career grant for a "Scalable and Universal Architecture for Next-Generation Memory Systems".

Nussbaum discusses liberal arts education, global citizenship

A sense of crisis and urgency hung over the crowd last Friday as Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, spoke at William & Mary of the possibility of a downfall in liberal arts education around the world.

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Gov. McDonnell: W&M key to Virginia's future

Higher education is one of the keys to our nation's economic recovery -- and William & Mary is a key to the future of the Commonwealth -- Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell told members of the College community in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall Feb. 6.

Bob Archibald receives Thomas Jefferson Award

The same might be said for Archibald's career and service to the College, which honored that devotion by presenting the economics professor with the Thomas Jefferson Award during Charter Day, 2010 ceremonies.

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JLab's 25 year celebration

Professor J. Dirk Walecka, Emeritus, gave one of the keynote speeches at the 25th Anniversary of Jefferson Lab.

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Rushforth Wins ACLS Fellowship

Assistant Professor Brett Rushforth has been awarded an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for 2011.

Amanda Wagstaff '10 wins Charter Day Art Contest

With just three semesters to go at the College Wagstaff took the plunge and became an art major, a decision which, less than a year later, is already paying off. Her watercolor painting of Barrett Hall was recently selected as the winner of William & Mary's annual Charter Day art contest.

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W&M Jazz Combo Provide Music for the Governor

W&M Jazz Combo members Seth Dalby and Michael Cammarata with faculty member Harris Simon performed for Governor McDonnell and the Virginia General Assembly.

Questions of governance

From its base in the power center of Washington, D.C., the Global Environmental Governance Project engages the tough problems surrounding international environmental institutions and laws.

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Diane Rehm show features King's new book

"Being With Animals," the latest effort from anthropologist Barbara King, goes on sale Jan. 26. Her new book has generated a substantial amount of pre-press publicity.

W&M offers new minor in marine science

The College of William and Mary, partnering with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will offer a new undergraduate minor in marine science.

Four to be honored with Alumni Medallion

On Feb. 5, the William and Mary Alumni Association will honor W. Samuel Sadler '64, M.Ed. '71, Nicholas St. George '60, J.D. '65 and Earl "Tuggy" Young '59 with the Alumni Medallion during a ceremony on campus.

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Irby-Massie lectures in Scotland

Georgia Irby-Massie was invited to deliver a lecture on ancient geographers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. While there she also visited the Antonine Wall

In praise of post-docs

William & Mary's interdisciplinary environmental program is expanding, thanks to a new post-doctoral fellowship program.

Abdul-Karim Rafeq Becomes Honorary Fellow of MESA

The Middle East Studies Association of North America named Professor Abdul-Karim Rafeq, William and Annie Bickers Professor of Arab Middle Eastern Studies, an Honorary Fellow

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Best Paper Award at PPoPP Conference

A paper by Eddy Zhang, Yunlian Jiang, and Xipeng Shen, won the Best Paper Award at the 15th ACM SIGPLAN Annual Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP'10).

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Reiss: The art of negotiation

Mitchell Reiss, vice provost for international affairs at the College of William and Mary, talks about the challenges of international negotiations.

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New IIBBS Web Site

IBBSS (pronounced Ibis), the Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies, is a new addition to our web site.

Private gift supports Antarctic research

A private gift from Adrian G. "Casey" Duplantier Jr., matched by 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union of Newport News, will support another season of Antarctic field research for two W&M students¬graduate student Kate Ruck of W&M's School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and W&M undergraduate Sarah Giltz.

An undergraduate think tank?

The Project on International Peace and Security engages undergraduates in knotty security issues—and teaches them how to write policy briefs.

W&M professor releases DVD for parents of infants

Associate professor of psychology Peter Vishton has created a DVD for parents on the development of children between 0 and 14 months of age. Vishton is the director of the College's Child Research Center.