2015 News Stories

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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.

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A winning team: Colley and the Tribe

Play-by-play man Jay Colley has been broadcasting W&M football since 1982. His peers in Virginia say no one does it better.

VIMS reports intense and widespread algal blooms

Water sampling and aerial photography by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science show that the algal blooms currently coloring lower Chesapeake Bay are among the most intense and widespread of recent years.

Convocation: What it means to be part of W&M

Speeches by William C. Mims '79, Associate Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, W&M President Taylor Reveley and the march through the Wren Building highlight the joyous annual ceremony.

Study finds Asian men, black women underrepresented in magazines

Researchers examined photos in six popular, American magazines and found that Asian men and black women were underrepresented, potentially due to stereotypes that associate femininity with Asian people and masculinity with black people.

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Narrative medicine examines charts and hearts

Collaborative program between W&M and Eastern Virginia Medical School is teaching that the stories behind the illness are important for good healthcare, too.

John Strong on the turbulent world of aviation reform

For roughly 30 years, Strong, CSX Professor of Finance and Economics at W&M’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business, has been immersed in the economics, safety and politics of the airline industry, the Federal Aviation Administration and international transportation.

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BNU students experience 'The American Way'

Forty students from Beijing Normal spent five weeks of summer school here taking a variety of courses. It was the first-ever collaboration of this type between the two universities.

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An inside look at Zable Stadium

Tribe Athletics/W&M News recently interviewed architect Charles Tilley and construction foreman Josiah Goins about the amazing progress being made on the renovation of Zable Stadium.

Va. Supreme Court Justice Mims ’79 to speak at Convocation

William & Mary alumnus Bill Mims ’79, current Virginia Supreme Court Justice and former Virginia attorney general, senator and delegate, will speak at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the university’s annual opening convocation ceremony welcoming students for the academic school year.

Reimagining a ruin: W&M alumni lead preservation effort

Pope is leading a project never before attempted in historic preservation: the use of Sarah Dillard Pope '90 is leading a project never before attempted in historic preservation: the use of structural glass to recreate an 18th-century house as it once stood while protecting what remains of it today.

Forbes names W&M a 'top college'

The university is third among state schools in the magazine's eighth annual ranking of "America's Top Colleges."

Intriguing internships: digital marketing in Paris

Mariana Navarrete Morales, MBA/MPP '16, is a digital marketing intern with Chatabl, a start-up company founded in 2014 by a team of French and American entrepreneurs and based in Paris, France.

Elisabeth Custalow '01 fights for animal rights

The W&M alumna works as counsel for an animal advocacy organization and serves as executive director for Four Feet Forward, an organization that strives to prevent animal abuse and neglect.

A handbook for changing the world

Melody Porter recently helped write a book about how to create and sustain alternative break programs, which allow students the chance to work with community partners on social justice issues.

William & Mary surpasses all previous fundraising and alumni giving records

William & Mary raised a record-breaking $105.8 million in a single fiscal year (FY) and now has one of the highest percentages of undergraduate alumni from a public university giving back to their alma mater — 27.1 percent or more than 16,800 alumni.

VIMS and partners announce website to promote coastal resilience

NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have joined with representatives from state agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia, and private industry to launch a new "community of practice" designed to protect U.S. coastlines.

Scientists expect evolutionary changes from loud and bright world

In a review published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, an international group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists outlined the ways in which evolutionary responses to human-produced lights and noise might be measured and how researchers might separate evolutionary changes from changes in behavior that are not long-lasting.

William & Mary & Andrew

The first cohort of students in the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme graduated in May and June ceremonies at both universities.

CCB expands eagle nest locator to add more functions, other birds

The Center for Conservation Biology has expanded its Virginia Bald Eagle Nest Locator, an online platform launched in 2009, adding geospatial data on additional bird species as well as added functionality.

National grants let Root explore ‘Tillett Tapestry’

With a National Endowment for the Humanities and Center for Craft, Creativity and Design grants in hand, Associate Professor of Hispanic studies Regina Root is continuing research on what is known as the “Tillett Tapestry,” an embroidery chronicling the conquest of the Aztecs.

Alumni bring natural food to Los Angeles

David '06 and Rose Hess Lawrence '06 own and operate Red Bread, an organic kitchen and grocer that serves the Los Angeles area.

VIMS voyage: celebrating 75 years

For 75 years, VIMS has been collecting, analyzing, synthesizing and sharing millions of pieces of data on everything from water quality to fish populations, creating a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive picture of the Bay’s complex ecosystem — with real-life impact far beyond Virginia.

Patricia Popp named for state award

Patricia A. Popp was a recipient of the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA) State Leadership Award, representing the State of Virginia.

William & Mary launches historical campus walking tour

Developed by William & Mary’s Swem Library, TribeTrek is a free mobile app that puts the history of the nation's second-oldest institution of higher learning in the palm of your hands.

It’s not all in your head — it’s in your gut, too

William & Mary researchers found that young adults who eat more fermented foods have fewer social anxiety symptoms, with the effect being greatest among those at genetic risk for social anxiety disorder as measured by neuroticism.

Four students carry 'Big Idea' to Haiti

The team's idea to teach children to read and write in Haitian Creole using laptops finished second in a contest at UC-Berkeley. They're in Haiti now, implementing the approach.

W&M and CW partner to offer new blended course

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's ENLIGHT online learning initiative and the William & Mary School of Education are collaborating to offer the blended course titled Teaching with Exhibits in the History/Social Studies Classroom for the first time this summer.

Virginia Shakespeare Festival announces 2015 season

The Virginia Shakespeare Festival has announced its 37th season, featuring two of Shakespeare's most beloved plays, "All's Well That Ends Well" and "Antony and Cleopatra."

W&M, VIMS projects receive CRCF support

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced 38 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards totaling more than $2.8 million to fund targeted areas of promising research and commercialization, including advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and energy and life sciences.

Clerking for the highest court

Four former Supreme Court clerks are members of the William & Mary Law School faculty.

W&M education professor named NAEd/Spencer Fellow

Eddie R. Cole, an assistant professor at the William & Mary School of Education, has been selected to receive a 2015-2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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Gates urges law graduates to spend time in public service

Former Secretary of Defense and William & Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65 urged the Law School's Class of 2015 to embrace public service as one of the "duties and responsibilities that come with citizenship."

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Commencement awards

The following awards were presented during Commencement ceremonies on May 16, 2015.

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W&M celebrates more than 2,500 new graduates

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Chancellor Robert Gates and President Taylor Reveley extol them to devote at least part of their lives to service.

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McNeil Center fellowships awarded to Finley, Jones

Alexandra Finley and Christopher Jones, W&M Ph.D. candidates in history, will receive funding to live in Philadelphia and complete their dissertation at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

W&M receives $1M gift to bolster Master of Accounting and MBA programs

The Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary is bolstering its Master of Accounting and M.B.A. programs with the support of a $1 million commitment from John Rathbone, former chief financial officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation.

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Rogers awarded Ransome Scholarship

Kelly Rogers '15 will spend next year getting a master's degree in medical research from St. Andrews in Scotland.

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Titans pluck McBride in Saturday's NFL draft

The Tribe's three-time all-conference selection looks to join six former W&M players currently on NFL rosters – R.J. Archer (Seattle Seahawks), Jerome Couplin III (Philadelphia Eagles), Jonathan Grimes (Houston Texans), Mike Leach (Arizona Cardinals), Sean Lissemore (San Diego Chargers) and B.W. Webb (Pittsburgh Steelers).

Judge Conyers to be honored with Prentis Award

Judge Cressondra "Sandy" Conyers, J.D. '92 will be honored with the 2015 Prentis Award, recognizing her strong civic engagement and support of William & Mary.

In 'Science': 'Background extinction' for the world's oceans

William & Mary paleontologist Rowan Lockwood is a member of a group that has examined 23 million years of the fossil record of marine organisms and mapped out a set of extinction patterns in a pre-human world.

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Mapping recovery

William & Mary students participate in crowdsource mapping to provide data to the relief effort underway following a devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Scientific survey shows modest improvement in blue crab stock

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission today released the 2015 blue crab winter dredge survey, which showed moderate improvement in the health of the stock, despite a cold winter that killed an inordinately large number of crabs.

William & Mary Board approves 2015-16 budget

The Board of Visitors approved the university’s 2015-16 budget Friday, moving forward the third year of the William & Mary Promise and continuing a four-year guaranteed tuition plan for in-state freshmen.

W&M Board re-elects Todd A. Stottlemyer '85 rector

Stottlemyer, who was appointed to the Board in 2011, has served as rector since July 2013. H. Thomas Watkins III '74 was elected vice rector and Sue H. Gerdelman '76 was elected secretary.

Biodiversity promotes multitasking in ecosystems

A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought.

W&M student top debater in US, named speaker of the year

William & Mary student Aaron Murphy '15 recently became the highest ranked parliamentary debater in the United States and has earned the American Parliamentary Debate Association title of Speaker of the Year.

W&M among nation's top 'green' colleges

William & Mary has once again been counted among the top "green colleges" in the country, according to a report released today by The Princeton Review.

One Tribe One Day returns April 21

The entire William & Mary community will band together on Tuesday, April 21, to celebrate One Tribe One Day — the second annual giving day for the university.

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Our TURN

William & Mary's Wren Building will get its 15 seconds of fame April 13 when it's seen in the opening sequence of AMC Network's "TURN: Washington's Spies."

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W&M well represented at World Model UN

Four of the nine students who spent a week at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea, earned Diplomacy Awards during World MUN competition.

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Braxton put her stamp on one honoring Maya Angelou

Braxton, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of English and Africana Studies and director of the Middle Passage Project, served as the lone consultant on the Postal Service's commemorative stamp.

Free speech under fire

Something in the American psyche revolted on Jan. 7 at the news that the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo had been attacked by armed terrorists.

Talk explores women’s role during World War I

William & Mary's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I continues with a lecture by Susan Grayzel, professor of history and director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi.

Ifill to students: 'expand the conversation'

News anchor, journalist and author Gwen Ifill visited William & Mary earlier this week to engage with students, faculty and staff as the 2015 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics.

VIMS researcher briefs Capitol Hill on coastal flooding

Researcher Molly Mitchell of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science visited Capitol Hill in early March to brief congressional staffers and other concerned parties about the nation’s coastal flood risk.

W&M philosophy professors reflect on Descartes

Today, March 31, marks the anniversary of Descartes' birth in 1596. William & Mary philosophy professors reflect on the man, his legacy and his relevancy.

Inside WCWM 90.9 FM

From news shows to movie reviews and everything in between, WCWM 90.9 FM gives students the opportunity to control the airwaves.

Symposium showcases work of more than 150 graduate students

William & Mary’s 14th annual Graduate Research Symposium brought graduate students in Arts and Sciences together with their counterparts from 16 other colleges and universities to share progress on their research projects.

A royal opportunity

The Presidential Precinct offered two William & Mary in Washington students the chance to promote and handle social media for "Magna Carta 2015," which featured a visit from Prince Charles.

International scholars join Law School community

For several years, the William & Mary Law School has been welcoming judges, lawyers and other legal professionals from around the world to campus as international scholars-in-residence.

W&M Bosnia Project: major award, new home

The project captures the Best Practices in International Education Award for Student Philanthropy. The project will now be housed at ITPIR

Swem celebrates women's history month

William & Mary's Swem Library is marking Women's History Month with an event March 20 celebrating women in hip-hop.

Men's swimming wins first CAA championship

The William & Mary men's swimming team completed a journey 87 years in the making on Saturday night, winning the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Swimming and Diving Championships for the team's first-ever conference title.

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Historic night for Thornton

The W&M senior star's first of two free throws to end the first half gave him 2,053 career points, breaking a 65-year-old school record. Thornton finished with 23 and the Tribe beat Towson to remain in first place in the CAA.

Muscarelle opens Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

"Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty" offers Muscarelle Museum of Art visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see more than 20 of the master's original drawings in the United States.

Students conduct research in Antarctica

Virginia Institute of Marine Science graduate student Patricia Thibodeau and William & Mary undergraduate Jack Conroy are currently conducting field research in Antarctica thanks in part to a generous gift from Adrian G. "Casey" Duplantier Jr. and 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union of Newport News.

Remembering Peter Neufeld ’58

Peter Neufeld ’58 passed away Jan. 27 in Englewood, N.J., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Neufeld was a successful Broadway company manager, general manager and producer for more than 20 years.

Ludacris brings students to their feet

Headlining the 2015 Charter Day concert at William & Mary Saturday night, Grammy Award-winning rapper Ludacris brought students to their feet, with singer-songwriter Andy Grammer as the opener.

Murray: James Monroe a model for today's leaders

As William & Mary celebrated its 322-year history Friday, James B. Murray Jr. reminded the College community about an often overlooked but key figure in the early development of the United States: President James Monroe, W&M Class of 1776.

Jim Murray's 2015 Charter Day remarks

The following are the prepared remarks of James B. Murray Jr., J.D. ’74, LL.D. ’00 for the 2015 Charter Day ceremony. - Ed.

Board of Visitors approves master plan

The William & Mary Board of Visitors unanimously approved a new 20-year master plan that will provide a long-term road map for facilities on campus.

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Scholars rank William & Mary 18th in U.S. for international relations

For the first time since 2006 when the rankings began, William and Mary has made the list of Top 25 U.S. Undergraduate Institutions to Study International Relations, coming in at 18th. This ranking makes William and Mary the top choice in Virginia for the study of international relations and the number two institution without an international relations Ph.D. program.

TURN event centers on how to tell history's stories

Cast members, writers and producers of AMC's Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington's Spies appeared with W&M scholars to talk about differences in how history is recounted.

W&M website gets new design

The new design was created to reflect the university’s recently released visual identity guidelines and incorporates W&M's primary logo.

King speaks on the Hill on behalf of baby monkeys

Barbara J. King spoke at a recent Capitol Hill briefing, part of a panel seeking an ethics-based review of ongoing psychological research at a National Institutes of Health laboratory that uses monkeys in experiments.

W&M community challenged to ‘act bravely’

One week after the country observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Marc Lamont Hill emphasized that the work of the past is not over and that people -- no matter their race, gender, creed, ethnicity or sexuality -- need to "act bravely.”

Annual Road to Richmond a success

Virginia’s General Assembly Building was awash with green and gold Tuesday afternoon as students from all walks of life sat down with state legislators and their aides.

Healthy Beginnings receives March of Dimes grant

The William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Project has received a $12,000, one-year grant from the March of Dimes to offer Baby Basics Moms Clubs to pregnant, incarcerated women.

CCB continues support of crowned eagle research

For the fourth consecutive breeding season, the Center for Conservation Biology is collaborating with the Center for the Study and Conservation of Birds of Prey of Argentina to investigate post-fledging dependency, dispersal and survival in the crowned solitary eagle.

Riofrio honored with Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award

Hispanic Studies Professor John Riofrio will be awarded William & Mary's 2015 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award on Charter Day. The award recognizes inspirational teachers among younger faculty members.

Bergan ’15 named Jefferson Prize winner

Will Bergan ’15, a math and physics double major from Springfield, Virginia, is the 2015 recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy, William & Mary's top honor for science and mathematics undergraduates.

Marge Lobeck '15 to receive Monroe Prize

Marge Lobeck '15 will be awarded the 2015 James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership for her work with organizations like Camp Kesem.

Così grand opening set for Monday

Così, a national fast casual restaurant chain specializing in flatbreads and salads, will open in the completely renovated Lodge 1 in Sadler Center Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m.

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Mount William & Mary? The campaign has begun

Kinesiology and Health Sciences Professor Ken Kambis and Colorado resident Marilyn Brown are leading the charge to have a mountain named for the university.

Former W&M Rector to speak at Charter Day

Venture capitalist and former William & Mary Rector James B. Murray Jr., J.D. '74, LL.D. '00, will speak at the university's 2015 Charter Day ceremony.

Breaking Ebola

Traveling to Liberia this fall, public health advocate Patrick Flaherty ’92 marshalled his expertise and training to take on a deadly adversary – the Ebola virus.

Ludacris to perform at William & Mary

Grammy Award-winning rapper Ludacris will headline the 2015 Charter Day concert at William & Mary. Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will open.

Marc Lamont Hill to appear at MLK Day event

Commentator and African American Studies Professor Marc Lamont Hill will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration.

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W&M Law's McSweeney explores Magna Carta

Professor explores historic text of the Magna Carta in anniversary publications sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Library of Congress.