Greater Williamsburg

We understandably have the widest range of programs near the main campus and in the Greater Williamsburg area. Governments in the area have expressed interest in diversifying their economic bases, including more emphasis on technology-based companies. They have also expressed interest in the economic vitality of the urban core around the W&M campus. William and Mary is collaborating in that strategic planning process.

The William and Mary Foundation is a partner in the development of the 300-acre New Town mixed use community adjacent to the west end of campus. The College is a collaborator in the Discovery Center. The Discovery Center is a joint initiative of the College of William & Mary Office of Economic Development, the College of William & Mary Technology and Business Center, the William & Mary Research Institute, Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development, and the James City County Office of Economic Development. Staff members from the organizations represented actively work to identify mutually beneficial economic development and workforce development projects. In addition, Thomas Nelson Community College has two high-technology classrooms in the Discovery Center that are used to conduct regional workforce development training. We hope to use that Discovery Center as a catalyst for broader economic development collaboration.

In 2010, the Technology and Business Center assumed management responsibility for the James City County Business and Technology Incubator.

News, Updates, Reports and Presentations

Undergrad researchers win APS fellowships
Two William & Mary undergraduates, Julia Crowley ’13 and Stephanie Mutchler ’12, were recently awarded summer research fellowships from the American Physiological Society (APS).

Whipping the SciClone
"Combining the power of 159 computers and 475 individual processors, SciClone, William & Mary’s scientific computing complex, is an important resource for the College and a unique feature for a campus this size.  SciClone is available to anyone on campus who needs it. The biggest users have been the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Applied Science and the Physics Department."

Zero to Co-Authorship in Under Three Years
"William & Mary’s first freshman phage lab has demonstrated what possibly is the straightest learning curve known to science: zero to co-authorship in a peer-reviewed journal in under three years. Along the way, there was discovery of a form of life previously unknown to science—an organism which is now being examined as a possible biological tool to combat tuberculosis

PIPS and CIA Present Crisis Simulation Competition
"The Central Intelligence Agency joined forces with William & Mary’s Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) to conduct the first-ever Crisis Simulation Competition, described as “a Model U.N. for the intelligence community.”  A number of CIA personnel came to campus for the Feb. 7th event, as well as participants from Norfolk State, Sweetbriar College, the University of Mary Washington, the University of Richmond, Washington College, Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech."

Conference Educated, Inspired Next Generation of Social Innovators
"More than 150 students, faculty and community partners from Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey converged upon William & Mary for the inaugural Active Citizens Conference, the first of its kind held at the College."

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."

William & Mary Ranked Among Top Universities in the World
"A new worldwide ranking by Times Higher Education (THE) places the College of William & Mary among the best universities on Earth."

Award Recognizes Student-Faculty Research Excellence, Funds New Projects
"William & Mary’s Elizabeth Harbron is one of six U.S. chemists to be named Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars. The award recognizes chemistry faculty who not only are accomplished researchers themselves, but who also incorporate undergraduate students into their research."

Back to B-School: A Briefing on the Economy

"The forum is the third hosted at William & Mary on the economy since the financial collapse in 2008. "

Business School to Launch Entrepreneurship Center
“With the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center the Mason School of Business will be able to engage a far broader expanse of community, and create integral business and participation opportunities for those at every level of the entrepreneurial cycle.”

A Bright Idea: Your First Fuel Cell-Powered Car Gets Closer

"A pair of researchers may have brought the affordable fuel cell-powered car a step or two closer to reality."

William and Mary 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."

School of Education awarded $5 million for science education
"The William & Mary School of Education has been awarded $5 million as part of a larger U.S. Department of Education grant to improve science teaching and student learning in Virginia schools."

School of Education's Dedication Ushers in New Era
“It would be hard to find another building on campus or elsewhere that so powerfully demonstrates the integral connections across the three prongs of our mission: teaching, research and service,” said Dean Virginia McLaughlin. “With all of our academic programs, research centers and outreach projects now under one roof, we will see it all in action and witness the synergies on a daily basis.”