Ideation Magazinehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/rss/index.xmlIdeation Magazine RSSFri, 11 Jun 2010 14:48:30 -0400Cascade Servercreative@wm.eduA day of Ipswichinghttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/a-day-of-ipswiching123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/a-day-of-ipswiching/ispswich-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="Ellison Orcutt inspects an Ipswich sparrow held by CCB biologist Fletcher Smith " /></div> The subdued color palette of this habitat is reminiscent of west Texas.Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500Taking a leaf from naturehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/taking-a-leaf-from-nature123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/taking-a-leaf-from-nature/taking-a-leaf-from-nature-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="Catherine Wise ’15 discusses progress on her nickel catalyst with Assistant Professor of Chemistry William McNamara" /></div> William & Mary chemist William McNamara is taking a “bio-inspired” approach to the world’s energy crisis by turning to nature’s very own chemical power plant: photosynthesis.Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500High anxietyhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/high-anxiety123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/high-anxiety/college-woods-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Mary Seward, a graduate student in biology" /></div> A team of biologists at William & Mary has begun a long-term experiment to determine what is behind the degradation of the College Woods ecosystem. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500Sonic Netshttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/sonic-nets123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/sonic-nets/sonic-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> Scarecrows have never worked, and history shows that advancements in technology haven’t worked much better when it comes to shooing birds away from ripening crops.Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500Lessons from Polynesiahttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/lessons-from-polynesia123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/lessons-from-polynesia/kahn-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> Environmental change is nothing new in Polynesia. For centuries, the inhabitants of the volcanic, sea-battered islands have been employing a variety of strategies to adapt to their changing landscapes.Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500It’s a small worldhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/its-a-small-world123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/its-a-small-world/magneto-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Gunter Lüpke (left) and Wei Zhang " /></div> The surface of a metal seems smooth, but a closer look—much closer, at the atomic level—will show that the same surface resembles the surface of a beehive.Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:00:00 -0400An 18th-century brewery?http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/an-18th-century-brewery123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/brewhouse/brew-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> All signs indicate that a brew house once stood in the shadow of the Wren Building, but those inclined to toast the rediscovery of a facility that slaked thirsts at William & Mary 300 years ago should really wait until the lab results are in.Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:00:00 -0400Le Mangeur de Bleuetshttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/le-mangeur-de-bleuets123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/le-mangeur-de-bleuets/blueberry-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> Over the songs of Swainson’s thrush and white-throated sparrows come the soothing calls of approaching whimbrels. Soon 24 birds in formation appear over the tree line and begin a wide circle over the blueberry field.Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:00:00 -0400Rebooting algaehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/rebooting-algae123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/rebooting-algae/algae-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> William & Mary scientists are rebooting their algae biofuel initiative, aiming to build on opportunities brought about by new processes, new funding and newly patented apparatus.Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:00:00 -0400It’s a Creative Adaptationhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/its-a-creative-adaptation123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/its-a-creative-adaptation/quadcopter-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> They don’t call it a drone, because it’s not a drone.Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400Digging for a smoking lunchboxhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/digging-for-a-smoking-lunchbox123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/digging-for-a-smoking-lunchbox/brown-bray-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="students working at the Bray School dig site" /></div> Archaeologists have a month to find the smoking lunchbox of the Bray School, and Terry Meyers has lost none of his optimism.Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400Apps in the Cloudhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/apps-in-the-cloud123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/apps-in-the-cloud/app-square.png" width="100px" alt="" /></div> 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.Tue, 13 May 2014 01:00:00 -0400The missing birdshttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/the-missing-birds123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/the-missing-birds/the-missing-birds-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> Mercury takes a toll on the population of songbirds, even at sublethal doses.Wed, 07 May 2014 01:00:00 -0400Ubiquitous, yet elusivehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/ubiquitous-yet-elusive123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/ubiquitous-yet-elusive/fermilab-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> Neutrinos are interesting to physicists for some of the same reasons that pottery shards are interesting to archaeologists.Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0400At TribeHackshttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/at-tribehacks123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/at-tribehacks/tribehacks-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> H. Wade Minter, the chief technology officer at a company that provides web and mobile services to five million users, stood in Swem Library, looked out upon the frantic final minutes of William & Mary’s first 24-hour hackathon and talked about the influence of the liberal arts on computer science.Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0400More eagles, more questionshttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/more-eagles-more-questions123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/more-eagles-more-questions/eagles-chick-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Center for Conservation Biology scientists use a variety of indicators, including size and markings, to determine the age of eagle nestling. This chick is eight weeks old." /></div> The Center for Conservation Biology has begun its 2014 flights to survey nesting bald eagles and Mitchell Byrd is once again in the co-pilot seat. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:00:00 -0400Shorebird centralhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/shorebird-central123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/shorebird-central/pacora-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> It is dawn near the mouth of the Pacora River in Panama and the shorebirds are beginning to break from their night roost on an offshore bar. They move out over the water in dozens of flocks, merging and splitting, folding and undulating, to make abstract sculptures between water and sky.Fri, 14 Feb 2014 01:00:00 -0500It takes a field geologisthttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/it-takes-a-field-geologist123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/it-takes-a-field-geologist/stofan-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Ellen Stofan" /></div> Listening to Ellen Stofan talk to a room full of geologists is like being in on a brainstorming session for a new science fiction movie.Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:00:00 -0500Be there…or be 1/r²http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/newton-day123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/newton-day/newton-day-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> The hyper-rational world of science has always made a bit of room to accommodate legend and William & Mary will soon be home to a living piece of one of the most well known scientific legends: a descendant of Isaac Newton’s apple tree.Tue, 04 Feb 2014 01:00:00 -0500A great blue mysteryhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/a-great-blue-mystery123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/a-great-blue-mystery/a-great-blue-mystery-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> 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.Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:00:00 -0500