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W&M spreads holiday spirit

At least three projects have been carried out involving faculty, staff and students and aimed at providing disadvantaged families and seniors a brighter Christmas.

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Tribe scholars win big in 2016

A look back at the William & Mary students awarded national and international scholarships and fellowships in 2016.

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William & Mary building toward a bright future

William & Mary’s campus got a new look this year in renovation and building projects that updated facilities for 21st century learning and expanded the university’s capabilities.

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2016 Society for Neuroscience Conference

Maria Cristina Picardo, Applied Science Research Scientist, gives talk at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, CA.

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Dudik captures a veteran's new life in photos

Visiting Assistant Professor Eliot Dudik, who founded the photography program within the department of art and art history at W&M, photographed a Medal of Honor winner for a Veterans Day story in Vanity Fair.

Roessler Book Tour

Professor Phil Roessler' latest work on the dynamics of civil war draws interest worldwide.

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Cate-Arries' class opens the world to Spanish Civil War

Fifteen students in Professor of Hispanic studies Francie Cate-Arries translation course just subtitled a documentary on the murderous first three days of Gen. Francisco Franco's 40-year dictatorship.

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One Day Projects

A collaborative book-making experiment between visiting assistant professor, Eliot Dudik, and fellow photographer, Jared Ragland, with only 24 hours to complete from beginning to end.

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TargetSmart/William & Mary survey featured on MSNBC

A survey of voters in the battleground state of Florida showed among registered Republicans who were early voters in the state that 28 percent had voted for Hillary Clinton.

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Campbell's Tack Faculty Lecture unravels a mystery

Associate Professor of German Studies Bruce Campbell enlightened his audience on why, years after World War II, authors of detective pulp fiction remain stranded at the intersection of Nazi memory and literature.

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Fear factor

A W&M assistant professor of psychology and undergraduate student are conducting a study that aims to find out why some people are more likely to develop fears through observation.

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A new president, a new ballgame

W&M Government Professor Paul Manna’s self-made online game features trivia on American presidents and America’s favorite pastime.

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New poll shows slight lead for Clinton in OH

A polling partnership between TargetSmart and William & Mary is producing voter surveys in battleground states leading up to the November Presidential Election.

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Faculty Spotlight: Panoussi

The first installment of a new monthly feature, "Faculty Spotlight," which focuses on the fabulous faculty of Classical Studies!

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Elena Prokhorova owns the raft, and the Raft Debate

Representing the humanities, Prokhorova, a Russian studies and film and media studies associate professor, defeated Marcus Holmes (government), Rowan Lockwood (geology) and Ryan Vinroot (mathematics).

William & Mary Homecoming set for Oct. 13-16

Next week, alumni from around the globe will return to William & Mary to celebrate and reconnect with classmates and their alma mater.

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W&M junior is youth delegate at White House Tribal Nations Conference

William & Mary junior and Quapaw tribal member Mackenzie Neal is in Washington, D.C., this week as one of about 100 youth delegates chosen to participate in the Eighth Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference and White House Tribal Youth Gathering.

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Awards Abound at Economic History Meetings

Professor John Parman won the Larry Neal Prize for best article in Explorations in Economic History, and Professor Brian Beach won the Cole Prize for the best article in the Journal of Economic History.

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Inside the COLL 300 classroom

William & Mary Associate Professor Michael Luchs has ingeniously integrated the COLL Curriculum 300 theme of 'well-being' into his class in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

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Integrated Science Center: Phase 3 set to stun

ISC 3 came on line for the beginning of the semester and was dedicated at a Sept. 22 ceremony held in conjunction with the fall meeting of the university’s Board of Visitors.

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Decoding sharks

A VIMS marine biologist and W&M undergraduate students collaborate on the Eastern Shore to uncover the secrets behind shark behavior

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W&M Theatre converges in land of the midnight sun

Theatre Professor Matthew Allar, recent graduate Joseph Biagini and alumna Amy Altadonna – unbeknownst to one another – all ended up in Juneau, Alaska, this August, working on the same play, "Peter and the Starcatcher."

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William and Mary Physics Student Awarded SPS Leadership Scholarship

Brandon Buncher has been awarded a Leadership Scholarship by the Society of Physics Students (SPS). These awards recognize a student's leadership role in their institution's chapter society and encourage the study of physics and the pursuit of scholarship.

Creative Writing Program Announces Hayes Writers Series for 2016-17

All events to be held in the Tucker Theater on the William & Mary Campus. All events are free and open to the public. The Writers Series is made possible by a generous bequest from the late Patrick Hayes, longtime friend of the College. For further information, contact Prof. Chelsey Johnson at cjohnson@wm.edu.

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Mark your calendars for the arts at W&M

Whether visual art, theatre, dance, music or literature, the new semester brings with it a vast array of opportunities for people to enjoy the arts at William & Mary.

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Promoting Literacy in Haiti

Sora Edwards-Thro was featured in Stamps Scholars for her use of technology to promote literacy in Haiti.

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William & Mary renovates Tyler Hall

William & Mary students taking classes in economics, government, international relations and public policy this fall will enjoy updated classrooms and new technology in the newly renovated John Tyler Hall.

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Chen, Ramer awarded for service work

Jiajia Chen '18 and Debbie Ramer, an instructor in special education at the William & Mary School of Education, will receive the 2016 President’s Awards for Service to the Community.

Welcome New Economics Faculty!

The department welcomes 7 new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year!

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ITPIR 'Shark Tank' winners announced

Five projects received funding totaling $20,000 thanks to gifts from Tim Dunn ‘83, Ellen Stofan ‘83, and Andrew ’93 and Sarah Sugerman ’92.

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Artisanal pigs and the artisans that produce them

Did you know there are heirloom pigs, just like heirloom tomatoes? Once you’ve bitten into a pork chop from a “Real Pig,” like an Ossabaw Island Hog, you’ll know why.

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The multi-level model is ‘what makes William & Mary special’

They're not unique to William & Mary, but research labs structured along the multi-level model are surprisingly rare outside of William & Mary. You see, we operate in that sweet spot between the small college and the enormous research institute.

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VIMS professor wins international recognition

Professor Elizabeth Canuel of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science was awarded the honorary title of Geochemical Fellow at the annual Goldschmidt Conference.

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Life on the front lines of the war on cancer

Pioneering oncologist Dr. Vincent DeVita, a William & Mary alumnus, looks back on 50 years — and looks ahead to victory in the war on cancer.

Professor Larry Ventis retires

After a 47-year career with the Psychology Department at the College of William & Mary, Professor Ventis begins his retirement journey.

Under the sea: 35 years with the Virginia Aquarium

Mark Swingle ’76 was the first employee hired when the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center was nothing more than a tiny office. The aquarium is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.

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When inspiration Strykes

W&M architecture instructor Ed Pease was part of the two-man team that designed Williamsburg’s Stryker Center.

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Is inspiration contagious?

A new study by psychology professor Todd Thrash finds that inspiration spreads from writer to reader.

W&M visited by 27 UN peacekeepers from Africa

Psychology Professor Harvey Langholtz discussed the role of police in a society transitioning from war to stability with the officers, who are in training with Cameroon’s International School for Security Forces.

W&M professor shares his research on the wage gap

According to the U.S. president’s Council of Economic Advisers, women make up about 47 percent of the labor force. Women also hold 49.3 percent of jobs, therefore making them equal or primary breadwinners in the American household. That difference – often referred to as the gender wage gap – is a controversial topic in America and brings about strong arguments about its potential causes.

Worshipping alone: Studies find divorce retains its sting in faith communities

The research of Sociology Professor Kathleen Jenkins was featured in a Huffington Post article titled Worshipping alone: Studies find divorce retains its sting in faith communities. The article discussed the lack of outreach and support religious groups give individuals going through a divorce.

The craft behind the comedy of Patton Oswalt ’91

Before he became a best-selling author, revered standup comedian, epicurean Pixar rodent, omnivorous pop culture critic and wide-ranging character actor, Oswalt was working as a paralegal, a sportswriter and a party DJ in Northern Virginia.

Old collection, new relevance

The W&M Herbarium is part of a global effort digitizing natural history collections. More than half of its roughly 81,000 specimen records are available for free online.

Cirila Djordjevic Obituary

Professor Emerita of Chemistry Cirila Antolovic Djordjevic, 90, passed away on April 30, 2016, at Morningside House of Friendship in Hanover, MD.

The path forward: Brian Goebel and the American dream

Goebel’s latest creation, 2040matters.com, is a non-partisan political blog that highlights the declining trend in civic engagement and offers creative alternatives for political problem solving.

W&M student awarded Udall Scholarship

The scholarships are reserved for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to the environment or American Indian nations.

Biblical ethics in the modern day

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Ethicist Robin McCall recently sat down with William & Mary News to discuss how biblical ethics or Christian ethics (when interpreted from a Christian perspective) has defined morality from the Bible.

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New Allied Health Concentration

EPC approved the addition of the Allied Health Concentration in place of the Health Sciences Concentration.

VIMS helps steer visit of Polynesian sailing canoe

The role of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science in steering the 62-foot double-hulled Hokule’a toward the Chesapeake Bay began a quarter century ago.

Mercury-ridden songbirds get an extra jolt during migration

W&M Professor Dan Cristol is one of the authors of a new paper that confirms an additional challenge for migratory birds, beyond the vicissitudes of weather, predators and the bad luck of running into a wind turbine or a window.

Claire Kaplan NSF Award Recipient

Claire Kaplan, a 2009 W&M undergraduate research student supervised by Prof. Gregory Smith, currently a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at University of Maryland College Park, receives NSF fellowship award.

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W&M wins Madison Cup. End of debate.

Debate team members Ben Marks and Venu Katta take home the top prize in the prestigious competition featuring 35 other schools.

Eta Sigma Phi Inductions 2016

On April 11, a number of students were inducted into the Honor Society for Classical Studies

W&M announces 2016 Plumeri Award recipients

From a globally recognized leader in international criminal law and a leading linguistic scholar to a widely published neuroscientist, the 2016 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence will be bestowed to 20 talented and visionary professors across William & Mary's campus.

W&M makes history on One Tribe One Day

The university’s official day of giving back and paying it forward – One Tribe One Day – was a smashing success, with 10,358 members of the Tribe making a gift, bringing in nearly $2.2 million in a single day.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ parallels COLL curriculum

The theatre department reached out to the physics department for insight as it prepared to perform 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile,' a comedy by Steve Martin that examines the intersection of art and science.

It takes a research university

It takes a research university to bring together the resources required to address big questions, but the term “research university” takes a bit of unpacking in the context of an institution that, as the charter mandates, "shall be called and denominated, for ever, the College of William and Mary."

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Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare

April 23 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. To commemorate, several W&M departments have teamed to host a sonnetathon at the Wren Building -- and you're invited.

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W&M senior named Carnegie Junior Fellow

Becca Brown ’16 is one of just 14 students nationwide selected for the program by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Mattachine Project unearths W&M's lost LGBTIQ history

Student researchers with the W&M Mattachine Research Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia will present the fruits of long Saturdays spent in archives Monday afternoon in an event that is free and open to the public.

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Ultra-cold atoms deliver cool research

A Ph.D. student’s physics research on trapping and manipulating ultra-cold atoms will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19.

W&M community electrified by new solar station

It didn’t take long for W&M students to start charging their laptops and phones with the new solar-powered charging station built into a picnic table Tuesday outside Sadler Center.

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Emotional States from Affective Dynamics

William A. Cunningham, University of Toronto, will be presenting a Psychology Alumni Talk on "Emotional States from Affective Dynamics" at 12pm on April 22, 2016 at the Sadler Center in Tidewater B.

The science of breathing

Ph.D. student Andrew Kottick has determined exactly which cells in the brain are responsible for respiration. His work will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium March 19.

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On location in Cuba: Fostering creativity and forging connections

Reporter David Culver ’09 and Ann Marie Stock, professor of Hispanic studies and film and media studies, teamed up to report the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana this summer in an example of a uniquely W&M collaboration.

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The fabric of a forgotten Hawaiian community

Ph.D. student Summer Moore will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19 for her work studying European cloth fragments recovered from Hawaii.

Geology rocks: Chuck Bailey '89 answers Earth's big questions

Bailey is a structural geologist, interested in understanding the architecture of the earth: how it's put together, what the structure actually looks like, and what happened to make it that way.

The significant digits of Walter Hickey

Walter Hickey '12 is the lead lifestyle writer for FiveThirtyEight, a website that uses statistical analysis to tell compelling stories about elections, politics, sports, science, economics and entertainment.

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W&M senior named Luce Scholar

International relations major Rebecca Schectman ’16 will spend a year working in Asia as a Luce Scholar, a nationally competitive fellowship program

W&M to host 112th CAMWS meeting

William & Mary’s Department of Classical Studies will be hosting the 112th annual Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) conference on March 16-19.

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Knight: Academy, Oscars not necessarily what people think

American studies and English Associate Professor Arthur Knight, who has researched African Americans and the entertainment business, says people overestimate the influence movies have on societal change.

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W&M to celebrate St. David’s Day with tribute to Tom Jones

On March 1, English Professor Nancy Schoenberger will offer a free video tour of the Welshman's 50-plus-year career in show business. Joining her will be Bob Jeffrey, president of the Friends of Wales-Williamsburg chapter.

In with the Greeks, out with the Greeks

"The Oresteia" marks the final production for retiring theatre professor and director Richard Palmer. But the choreographer for the show, Denise Damon Wade, was a student actor in Palmer’s first production at W&M, 36 years ago. And that, too, was a Greek tragedy.

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Sigma Xi Funds Foster Research Legacy

Anna Klompen W&M '17, recently was awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Jon Allen, her undergraduate research advisor, reflects on how this award became a springboard for his own career.

Civil rights pioneer Diane Nash to speak at Lemon Project symposium

William & Mary's sixth annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium, organized around the theme of "Jim Crow and Civil Rights in the Age of President Obama," will include a keynote address by civil rights pioneer Diane Nash and a performance by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

Six projects receive IDEA grants

The Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity recently granted Innovative Diversity Efforts Awards (IDEA) to six projects that aim to further diversity and inclusion at William & Mary.

With 13 scholars, William & Mary remains a top Fulbright producer

William & Mary has once again been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. student grant recipients, the Chronicle of Higher Education announced today in its annual list of leading Fulbright-producing institutions.

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W&M faculty in the media this month

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

High performance computing key to campus research

W&M IT's High Performance Computing (HPC) team provides the computing power, technical skill and intellectual acumen to support research computing at W&M.

ScaAnalyzer: An award-winning tool to find computing bottlenecks

Xu Liu, an assistant professor of computer science, and Bo Wu, a 2014 alumnus of William & Mary’s Ph.D. program in computer science, have developed a tool to find elusive software bottlenecks and which will allow computers to run faster and more efficiently.

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Haines practices what King preached

Shana Haines, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in American studies, integrates the work of Martin Luther King Jr., and others, into her interdisciplinary course at Tidewater Community College. She recently won the college's 2016 MLK Award.

What to expect from the 2016 New Hampshire primary

Professor of government John J. McGlennon recently joined William & Mary News to discuss the upcoming 2016 New Hampshire primary, which is scheduled to take place February 9.

Creative Writing Program Announces Hayes Writers Series for Spring 2016

All events to be held in the Tucker Theater on the William & Mary Campus. All events are free and open to the public. The Writers Series is made possible by a generous bequest from the late Patrick Hayes, longtime friend of the College. For further information, contact Prof. Nancy Schoenberger at njscho@wm.edu or Brian Castleberry at b.castleberry@wm.edu.

Creative Writing Program Announces Hayes Writers Series for Spring 2016

All events to be held in the Tucker Theater on the William & Mary Campus. All events are free and open to the public. The Writers Series is made possible by a generous bequest from the late Patrick Hayes, longtime friend of the College. For further information, contact Prof. Nancy Schoenberger at njscho@wm.edu or Brian Castleberry at b.castleberry@wm.edu.

All that jazz

Ginny Carr ’75 is the founder, musical director, alto vocalist, principal songwriter and arranger for the internationally acclaimed Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet.

Ida Hall '72 fishes Virginia

Ida Hall's childhood was full of adventures on the water, and it was through them that she discovered her calling.

Suzette Kimball ’73 sworn in as USGS director

Suzette Kimball ’73 was sworn in on Jan. 8 as the director of the United States Geological Survey, the chief science agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Brewed in Beijing

Alex Acker '00 and Jing-A Brewing ride the Chinese craft beer wave.

Making a serial killer

Adjunct Lecturer of Sociology Deborah Basket joined William & Mary News to discuss the traits of both male and female serial killers.

Four receive W&M Alumni Medallions

The highest and most prestigious award given by the William & Mary Alumni Association, the Alumni Medallion is presented to those who truly embody what the university has stood for during its revered history.

Dull corners of W&M get new life in John Lee’s paintings

A vacant hallway, a shadowy corner, a bathroom door, a couch from the 1970s, an entryway where the sunshine meets industrial lighting all provide inspiration for Painting Professor John Lee, who has done a series of paintings almost exclusively set in Millington and Andrews halls.

W&M student studies abroad with Meyers-Stern Scholarship

William & Mary student Josh Kim ’17, an international relations major, completed a semester abroad this fall at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel as one of the first recipients of the new Meyers-Stern Scholarship.

Distinguished Paper Award at FSE 15

Mario Linares-Vasquez and Carlos Bernal-Cardenas, and Denys Poshyvanyk share in an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at ESEC/FSE'15.

In Memoriam: Alastair Connell, MD

December 29, 1929 - May 29, 2015 It is with deep sadness that the Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences reports the recent passing of Dr. Alastair Connell.