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In the media: Faculty inform the press

This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

In the media: Faculty inform the press

This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

Kay Floyd: 21st century diplomacy

Government Instructor Kay Floyd discusses the changing face of diplomacy that influence her curating of the Muscarelle Art Museum exhibition of "Ballet, Ballots, and Bullets."

Begala to students: 'Be active in self-government'

Democrat political strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala visited William & Mary on Monday to share with students the importance of being engaged in government.

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Intern Profile - Ike Irby

As a joint degree student working towards an MPP at the Thomas Jefferson Program and a PhD at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, I am interested in science advisory and the process of science policy development at the national and international levels.

UK students at W&M await results of Scottish referendum

Many across the world are eagerly awaiting the results of that vote this week, including students from the United Kingdom at William & Mary this year as part of the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme.

Phenomenal freshman: Mackenzie Neal

Neal is a member of the Quapaw Tribe, a division of the larger Dhegiha Sioux that today makes its home in Oklahoma. And she hopes to share that culture with her William & Mary classmates.

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The Philosophy Department Welcomes Tucker McKinney

The Philosophy Department is pleased to introduce Tucker McKinney, who works in 19th- and 20th-century European Philosophy. This is the third of three articles featuring interviews with our new visiting faculty.

Monarchs and milkweed: probing the plant, pollinator partnership

As dwindling populations of monarch butterflies prepared for their annual migration, two undergraduate students in the William & Mary Plant Ecology Lab spent their summer trying to more deeply understand the plants upon which they rely.

Search underway to find missing alumnus

William & Mary alumnus Cody Dial ’09 recently went missing in Costa Rica, and fellow Tribe alumni are helping with the effort to find him.

Michael O’Connor '18 receives Edwards Scholarship

Michael R. O’Connor, a 2014 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J., was recently named the third recipient of William & Mary’s Michael Hardy Edwards Scholarship.

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A uniquely rewarding pilgrimage

Ryan Goodman '14 completed the Camino de Santiago this summer then stayed and aided other pilgrims once they'd completed their journey. In part because of his good works, he even got to sit on the king of Spain's throne.

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New Philosophy Faculty Profile: Chad Vance

The Philosophy Department is delighted to welcome three new visiting assistant professors this Fall. This article, featuring Chad Vance, is the first in a series of interviews with our new faculty.

Gene Tracy: 'Ray Tracing and Beyond'

Gene Tracy is one of the authors of a collection of techniques, methods and equations that can be used in more complex ray-tracing applications.

Student, staff member recognized for service

The new members of the Class of 2018 will see first-hand the far-reaching effects the William & Mary community can have when Brianna Buch ’15 and Assistant Dean of Students Ben Boone ’07, M.Ed. ’09 receive the President’s Award for Service to the Community during Opening Convocation.

The liberal arts media

While graduates of the College have always made headlines, these days, they're often writing them, too.

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Mount William and Mary

On August 8, 2014, Professor Ken Kambis and Senior Instructor Kim Whitley of the Kinesiology & Health Sciences Department, successfully summited a 14,134 ft. Colorado mountain, unofficially referred to as Mount William & Mary.

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An Odd Coincidence!

New faculty members’ offices on same hall at Duke, now at W&M.

Bike Initiative pushes off to a strong start

The new Bike Initiative at William & Mary has pushed off to a strong start this semester, with four fix-it stations being installed on campus and wide ranging plans to promote greater bicycle use.

Ted Dintersmith '74 to welcome new students at Convocation

Alumnus Ted Dintersmith '74 will speak at William & Mary's 2014 Opening Convocation ceremony, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Wren Yard. The annual event welcomes new students to campus and marks the beginning of the academic year.

W&M professor, alumna Susan Kern to direct Historic Campus

History Professor Susan Kern has been named the executive director of William & Mary’s Historic Campus, a position charged with the preservation and interpretation of the university's most historic buildings.

It’s not a drone: It’s a Creative Adaptation

Reed Beverstock '14 and Daniel Duane '15 make up a team that is preparing video modules to be used in an initiative titled Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills Using Online Tutorials.

Geologist Heather Macdonald wins a pair of national awards

Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary, has been recognized by her fellow scientists and educators for her contributions to the advancement of education in the earth sciences.

The bone detective

Robert Mann '81 is a forensic anthropologist and director of the Forensic Science Academy at the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, the largest forensic skeletal lab in the world.

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Summer Research Students 2014

Applied Science hosts summer internship for top-performing students in the life sciences from Williamsburg high schools.

Graduates Honored at Annual Reception

The Willliam and Mary Neuroscience Program recognized the many accomplishments of our majors at the annual Reception on May, 10, 2014.

Search for a smoking lunchbox turns up the 'Bray School cafeteria'

For the past three summers, archaeologists have dug up the grounds of a William & Mary dorm in search of the "smoking lunchbox"—the archaeologists' term for a material-culture connection between the 18th-century Bray School and a building still in use on the William & Mary campus.

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The End of an Era…

Biology Chair Liz Allison Set to Step Down After Five Years of Service

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New Concentration in Public Health

As of fall 2014, there is a new concentration available to Kinesiology and Health Sciences majors. The Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) in Kinesiology and Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health is designed for students interested in the study of population health, disease prevention and control, and domestic and global health equity issues.

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Mellon Foundation awards W&M grant for COLL curriculum

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded William & Mary a $900,000 grant to support implementation of the university’s new College (COLL) Curriculum, the set of general education courses required of all undergraduate students.

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Undergraduates embark on summer 'ZENternships'

Eight William & Mary undergraduates are engaged in a unique new research program led by VIMS that combines classroom experience with summer internships across the globe.

Graduation 2014

The Department celebrated the graduates of 2014!

John Charles joint program with AUA

John Charles heads up a joint Summer Study Abroad program with the American University of Antigua’s College of Medicine.

Four projects receive Creative Adaptation funding

Four projects designed to improve the quality, scope and/or efficiency of programs at William & Mary were made possible this semester with support from the provost's Creative Adaptation Fund.

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AidData summer fellows ready to start work

Fellows will be working in Mexico, Senegal, Timor-Leste, Nepal and Uganda, with 12 host organizations. Eight are current students or recent graduates from W&M.

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Taylor Hodge, Major of the Year 2014

Taylor Hodge received the Kinesiology & Health Sciences' Major of the Year award at graduation for 2014.

2014 Commencement

Physics Dept. Commencement ceremony is May 11 at 1:30 PM on the Small Hall Lawn

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Ring the Wren Bell!

2014 Graduates Celebrate the End of an Era…and the Start of Something New

From the smartphone to the Cloud and back again

Mike Panciera had already helped a blind man navigate the perilous fantasy worlds of video games. It made sense that the next step would be to design a mobile app to help the blind find their way through the interiors of real buildings.

Why Williamsburg unemployment figures don't add up

City officials have known for years that the state's monthly unemployment figures overstated unemployment in Williamsburg. Now, thanks to a study by students at the College of William and Mary, they know why.

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Commencement 2014

On May 10th 2014 over 84 IR and 30 GS majors celebrated their graduation at PBK Hall. Congratulations Class of 2014!!!

A Donut Hotter Than The Sun

The Future of Fusion Energy: How Just a Few Grams of Seawater Could Supply Megawatts of Energy

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William & Mary's 2014 Commencement awards

Several awards were presented to graduates, staff and faculty members during the 2014 William & Mary Commencement ceremony.

Trash into treasure: DormMania seeks to curb end-of-year waste

When students say goodbye to the campus for the summer, they often bid farewell to a good number of their belongings, too. Although many of these items have ended up in dumpsters in the past, a new, student-led initiative is working to reduce that waste this year.

W&M Commencement a family tradition for the Bensons

On Sunday, Jess Benson '14 will complete the family tradition, graduating with the rest of the Class of 2014 while her family members – who all stood in her place once – cheer her on.

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Mack '15 awarded Gates Scholarship

A Hampton, Virginia, native, Terrence Mack will study in Germany this summer, continuing his goal of becoming a high school German teacher.

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Taking a stand against genocide

The W&M chapter of STAND, along with Africana Studies and IPAX, hosted a day to remember Rwanda and to work against genocide in the rest of the world.

A SHOT IN THE DARK

Physicists are still searching for dark matter—the universe’s missing puzzle piece

W&M hosts Cuban filmmaker

Carlos Rodríguez, a filmmaker with Television Serrana, is serving this year as the Swem Library Media Artist in Residence.

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Altshuler Awards 2014

This year's Altshuler Awards for summer research will help send two Anthropology students to Asia.

Chemistry Professor Receives Murphy Award

Professor Rob Hinkle receives the Jennifer and Devin Murphy award which recognizes outstanding integration of faculty research with the teaching of undergraduate or graduate students.

Life of Gus Deeds celebrated with music

Austin "Gus" Deeds '14 was remembered as a brilliant young musician who was often seen with a banjo in his hand and a smile on his face as he played.

W&M announces 2014 recipients of Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence

An international leader in the field of neuroscience, one of the country's foremost legal thinkers on children's rights and family law, and an internationally renowned ethnomusicologist whose latest work focuses on the music of Oman are among this year's recipients of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.

A composition across continents

Evan Cunningham ’16, a music and philosophy major, and Shannon Callahan ’16, a participant in the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme, have collaborated on a music and dance composition that will be performed during the annual On The Rocks Scottish Student Arts Festival in St Andrews April 4-13.

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Ornithology Class Shares Extraordinary Photos

These images are just a tiny fraction of the photos the students have taken this semester. As Dr. Cristol notes, “It's truly amazing what these new cameras can do, even in cold, inexperienced hands!”

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Meagan Victor Wins Strikwerda Prize

Meagan Victor and fourteen other Anthropology graduate students present at the 2014 Graduate Student Research Symposium

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Plumeri Award Winner: Patty Zwollo

Dr. Zwollo’s recent discoveries about immune systems and homing behavior by salmon should improve sustainable aquaculture in Alaska.

Graduate students to present research at 13th annual symposium

The 13th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, a two-day, broadly themed academic conference designed to bring together graduate students in differing areas of study in the Arts & Sciences, will be held at the Sadler Center on the campus of William & Mary March 21-22.

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Biology Students at Grad Research Symposium

The 13th annual installment of the Graduate Research Symposium will be held this Friday and Saturday 21/22 March in the Sadler Center. For a third year in a row, the Strikwerda award was won by a Biology student.

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Deer Browsing Draws Herd of Biologists

Overgrazing in the College Woods is dramatic, as nearly every green thing lower than 6 feet off the ground has been eaten.

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W&M TRIP earns MacArthur grant

The foundation has awarded $240,000 for project to study the relationship between theory and practice of international relations.

Ensemble travels to Oman, performs for ambassador

The ensemble traveled to the Sultanate of Oman to learn more about Arab music, work with Omani music students and teachers, and perform three concerts, including one for the U.S. ambassador to Oman.

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal to speak at William & Mary

A well-known diplomat and commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, Prince Turki's lecture will address Saudi views on developments in the Middle East, particularly on the civil war in Syria and U.S. relations with Iran. Free and open to the public.

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2013 Research in Review: Student-Faculty Publications

Research articles from 2013 are being published in 41 different journals ranging from A (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology) to Z (Zoology), and on subjects that span the diverse spectrum of research in biology at the College of William and Mary.

Inside the Africana House

William & Mary is a campus proud of its strong sense of community. While that community spirit can be seen all around the university, one place where it is most visible is the Africana House in the Randolph Complex.

Reves Center announces 2014 Faculty Fellows

The Reves Center for International Studies has announced its 2014 faculty fellows: Paul Bhasin, Jennifer Kahn, Scott McCoy and Jeremy Stoddard.

In the media: Faculty inform the press

This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

Three labs, two majors, one Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Ashley Fidler was just named a recipient of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of 40 awarded in the United States. The Gates Scholarship will allow her to pursue an MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Teach-in continues campus conversation spurred by email

The campus conversation about the Sigma Chi email and the work being done in response to it continued at William & Mary on Saturday with a "teach-in" attended by more than 120 faculty, staff, administrators and students.

Kijanowska readies for China concert tour

William & Mary's renowned pianist and piano instructor Anna Kijanowska is gearing up for a concert tour across China that will take place Mar. 1-17.

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Plumeri Award Winner: Mark Forsyth

The Plumeri Award acknowledges those faculty exhibiting passion, vision, and leadership in their teaching, research and service to the College. Mark is all that, and then some!

PRS Team Puts Out Another Impressive Product

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) released a new infrastructure report prepared by W&M TJPPP students Sarah Beason, Irina Calos, and Meghan Stubblebine

Blue herons are nesting among the bald eagles, but why?

In February, the great blue herons of the Chesapeake Bay region will begin their nest building or repair chores and their mating rituals—perhaps in a tree they've been sharing with bald eagles.

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Recipient McLendon embodies the spirit of Jefferson Award

A central figure in the establishment of the black studies program and first associate chair of the English department, Jacquelyn McLendon has spent more than two decades positively influencing W&M, its students and faculty.

Artist-in-Residence Qunicy Troupe Gives Public Reading

The English Department is pleased to welcome our new Class of 1939 Artist in Residence, the distinguished poet and nonfiction writer Quincy Troupe. He will present a free public reading of his work on February 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Tucker Theater

Newton Day

Ceremony to celebrate the planting of a direct descendent of the apple tree that inspired Isaac Newton's theory of gravitation. The tree is a gift of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, propagated and donated by Bill Mackintosh.

The Best Books I Read in 2013

Why Does College Cost So Much? by Robert B. Archiblad and David H. Feldman was chosen by Bill Gates as one the seven best books he read in 2013.

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Finessing the weak force

The weak force is, for laymen, the least known of the quartet of interactions that run the universe as we know it.

Geology major Kat Turk ’16 and William & Mary paleontologist Rowan Lockwood
Un-beached whale

Cornwallis sank as he died, making a couple of revolutions on his way down, finally ending belly up and flippers akimbo, making a sort of “whale angel” on the ocean bottom.

What Can Jeopardy Tell Us About Uptalk?

Sometimes people’s statements end like questions? It’s a habit called uptalk? You might find it annoying? If so, you’re not alone. Thomas Linneman, a sociologist at William & Mary, was so irritated by uptalk in his college classroom that he decided to study it. “More than we’d like to admit,” he says, “social science research projects are born out of pet peeves.” From his research, Linneman discovered uptalk is more than an irksome habit: It might serve to reinforce existing gender norms. Click the play button to read the remainder of this article and for 24 hours of uninterrupted access to Smithsonian magazine.

Overturning the Myth of Valley Girl Speak

Are you still making fun of young women for talking like Valley Girls? Do you assume that because their statements end in a hesitant, rising quaver (“My name is Brittany?”) they are shallow, scattered or uncertain? Even that they sound — how to say this politely? is there any way? — intellectually your inferior? Seriously?

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Pinson to be heard on With Good Reason

Associate Professor of English Hermine Pinson discusses favorite Christmas music and memories of the season on the radio program, With Good Reason.

Spaeth publishes new book

Our very own Barbette Spaeth is the editor of the new Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions, just published by Cambridge University Press.

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Looking past the MOOC

Hype surrounding massive online courses known as MOOCs has consumed much of the e-learning conversation in higher education over the past several years.