2013

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.

From the W&M campus to the streets of Cebu

As the Philippines continue to deal with the impact of the massive storm that struck in early November, William & Mary is also continuing its efforts to support that recovery process, working on the W&M campus, in the halls of D.C. and in the streets of Cebu.

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TechCon: Reviewing the past, improving the future

Students from eight university labs, USAID staffers and international development leaders convened Nov. 16-18 to evaluate what they've done and where they're going.

VIMS brings expertise in seagrass restoration down under

When it comes to restoring plants to areas disturbed by human activity, terrestrial researchers are far ahead of their marine counterparts. Professor Robert “JJ” Orth of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is now collaborating with colleagues in Australia to narrow that gap.

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W&M delegation visits Chinese partners

Led by President Reveley, the delegation traveled to three cities, connected with alumni and discussed future ventures with prestigious Chinese universities.

Effort under way at W&M to support typhoon recovery

The world is now mobilizing to help the hundreds of thousands who were impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and William & Mary is joining that effort, asking College's family to become "heroes" for the Filipino family.

William & Mary leads nation in study abroad among public universities

The College of William & Mary has the highest percentage of undergraduates who participate in study abroad programs compared to any other public university in the United States, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education.

10 Questions with Maryam Mortazavi, MBA ‘14

Maryam Mortazavi, MBA ‘14, discusses her previous education in Iran and her life as an international student at William & Mary.

The Polish Connection

John Nezlek, professor of psychology at William & Mary, received a Fulbright Core Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year to study people’s daily experiences, and their correlates, to the Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities).

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Five questions with Austin Strange '12

Austin Strange ’12, reflects on his study abroad experience at William & Mary and how it shaped his worldview.

A new record: 14 W&M graduates receive Fulbright grants

More recent graduates of William & Mary received Fulbright U.S. student grants this year than the graduates of any other college or university in Virginia, according to a list of top-producing Fulbright institutions published by the Chronicle for Higher Education today.

VIMS graduate students pursue summer research in East Asia

VIMS Ph.D. students Katie May Laumann and Julia Moriarty were independently selected by the National Science Foundation for the prestigious East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI). The two-month-long residency provides students in science, engineering, and education first-hand research experience working with a host scientist in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan.

Hope returns to Virgin Islands

Hope has arrived again in the Virgin Islands. This is the fifth year that the whimbrel has returned to her wintering grounds on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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W&M students uncover clues to Barbadian history

Students in the 2013 William & Mary summer study abroad program in Barbados uncovered artifacts and architectural evidence at the St. Nicholas Abbey sugar plantation.

Kaup's book explores 'market justice' in Bolivia

Brent Kaup recently published a book, "Market Justice: Political Economic Struggle in Bolivia," about the country's shift from neoliberal to counter-neoliberal policies and the groups that have influenced those changes.

Five questions with Marshall Zobel ‘15

Marshall Zobel ’15, the upperclassman speaker for the 2013 William & Mary new student orientation program, reflects on his semester studying abroad at the University of St Andrews in spring 2013.

WMCI offers non-stop summer programming

The high heat and humidity of summer in Williamsburg has done little to slow the pace of the William & Mary Confucius Institute.

Humor studies no laughing matter at W&M conference

William & Mary will see humor scholars from around the world converge on its brick pathways next week as it hosts the 25th annual International Society for Humor Studies Conference July 2-6.

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Werowocomoco ceremony: America didn’t begin in 1607

One point was made over and over again at the June 21 ceremonial signing of a conservation easement to protect Werowocomoco: American history did not begin with the 1607 landing of the Jamestown settlers.

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AidData researchers join summit on aid, changing environment

Mike Tierney joined co-author Chris Marcoux of DePauw University in presenting their paper "Environmental and Climate Finance in a New World" to scholars, aid practitioners and policymakers in Stockholm, Sweden.

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International conference explores IR discipline

The Teaching, Research and International Policy project [TRIP] of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations welcomed a group of scholars from around the globe to explore the state of international relations.

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Record number of students win Boren Scholarships

The scholarships and fellowships are designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with resources to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the U.S.

W&M intern presents to Air Combat Command

Will Shimer '14 and Heather McCormic '14 served as W&M's first interns for International Affairs at Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base.

From the courts of 17th-century Spain

Historian Lu Ann Homza took five students to Pamplona, Spain over spring break to study handwritten manuscripts of court cases from the 1600s.

The politics of fishing in East Africa

As a child, Sarah Glaser dreamed of working in Africa. In studying the fishing of Lake Victoria, Glaser made her dream come true.

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Colleen Kennedy wins Shirley Aceto Award

Associate professor of English has served as assistant to former President Tim Sullivan, director of the Writing Resource Center, president of Faculty Assembly and faculty director of joint degree program with St Andrews.

W&M hosts Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

Former ambassador to the United Nations spoke about negotiation strategy with Iran at the university’s inaugural intercollegiate Model United Nations conference.

World Minded: Mark Zimmer '99

International relations alumnus Mark Zimmer '99 is a Foreign Service Officer currently serving as the Spokesperson of the American Institute in Taiwan.

Experts call for network to monitor marine biodiversity

Professor J. Emmett Duffy is the lead author on an article in the new issue of BioScience, which calls for establishment of a national network to monitor the diversity of marine life.

Breaking internationally

The history of breakdancing is most often associated with New York hip-hop culture, not that of Guangzhou, China, but Qi Chen, an exchange student from the University of Adelaide, will be the first to trumpet the connection. Chen has been a member of William & Mary’s Bboy (breakdancing) Club since his arrival on campus for the Spring 2012 semester.

TEDx event highlights W&M 'ideas worth spreading'

On Saturday, William & Mary students had the opportunity to listen to other members of their "historically innovative" university talk about ideas that are shaping the future.

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Leadership summit equips students to combat hate

More than 60 William & Mary students attended "What You Do Matters Collegiate," a leadership summit on hate speech, which sought to answer the question: "How can we create environments where hate cannot flourish?"

Information Technology donates laptops to Ecuadorian school

Information Technology was able to send a little piece of itself to Cayambe, Ecuador, recently when a group of five freshmen from the Kappa Sigma Fraternity traveled there on an alternative spring break trip.

AidData Partner Develops Automated Geocoding System

The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), AidData's newest official partner, has developed a system for the World Bank that automates the geocoding of all Bank-financed projects and enables more efficient mapping of the projects for monitoring and evaluation.

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International relations: The Smith family business

Connor Smith ’14, grew up in a family committed to foreign affairs. Now he is organizing W&M’s first intercollegiate Model United Nations (MUN) conference.

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Technology to be put to test in simulated U.S.-Canada hearing

The Center for Legal and Court Technology, a joint initiative of William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts, will conduct a simulated bi-national marine commission hearing on March 22.

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Research featured in The Economist

Research by Brad Parks of the AidData Center for Development Policy was recently featured in The Economist.

Diaz co-authors UN report on nutrient threats and benefits

Bob Diaz has co-authored a new report, commissioned by the U.N., that provides recommendations for managing the use of nitrogen and phosphorous in a world where the coastal waters of most developed nations suffer from excessive inputs of these and other nutrients.

East meets West in class with sarod master

Students and faculty who visited the Reves Center last Thursday had the opportunity to expand their musical horizons at a master class given by sarod master Irfan Khan.

USAID Science and Technology Adviser Challenges W&M Students to Change the World

The nexus of science and development has immense potential for solving international development's greatest challenges, and William & Mary students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of that movement. This was the appeal by Dr. Alex Dehgan, Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator at USAID, as he addressed W&M students and faculty on Feb. 11.

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Reform Incentives team judges impact of Millennium Challenge Corp.

Researchers with the Reform Incentives Project at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations have released an independent report investigating the U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC's) impact on reform efforts in developing countries.

W&M students ring in Chinese New Year

This time of year, there are signs of the Chinese New Year across the university, so much so that two major Chinese national TV outlets aired stories about W&M students.

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Azerbaijan ambassador visits Reves Center

Ambassador Elin Suleymanov spoke with faculty, staff and students about Azerbaijan's unique place on the world stage.

Active citizens 'on a mission to change the world'

Approximately 270 students, faculty, staff and non-profit organization members from 40 colleges and universities across the country gathered at the Mason School of Business last weekend for the 2013 Active Citizens Conference.

Gates lauds the value of higher education at Charter Day

Higher education is a public good that should be supported by the government for the benefit of society as a whole, said former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at William & Mary's Charter Day ceremony on Feb. 8.

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Gates: Steep price to pay for short-changing education

Chancellor's Charter Day speech calls education the single most important driver of opportunity and prosperity at home, and for American influence and idealism abroad.

ISSP announces Spring 2013 programming

International students invited to an array of activities designed to help them acclimate to American culture.

W&M alumna nominated to lead SEC

President Barack Obama nominated Mary Jo White ’70 to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that has an instrumental role in implementing Wall Street reform.

Duffy receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

Professor Emmett Duffy of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science has been selected as one of the Commonwealth's outstanding faculty members by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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W&M to host one-day interfaith conference

In recognition of the United Nations' World Interfaith Harmony Week, William & Mary will host a one-day conference, “The Importance of Multi-Faith Understanding and the Dangers of Religious Intolerance,” on Feb. 3.

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Global Film Festival offerings set

Scheduled over President’s Day weekend (Feb. 14-17) at the Kimball Theatre, the four-day main event will again feature films from around the world, live performances, receptions and presentations by invited filmmakers.

VIMS contributes to international seagrass restoration project

A $4.49 million grant to an international team that includes researchers Robert “JJ” Orth, Ken Moore, and Scott Marion of VIMS will support efforts to develop innovative techniques and tools for restoring eelgrass.

VIMS alumna leads strategic planning team at NOAA

A 2003 alumna of the Ph.D. program at VIMS, Shelby Walker is now the Strategic Planning Team Lead for the Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation within NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

2012 at W&M: A look back

It was another exciting trip around the sun for the historic, 319-year-old institution.