Ideation Magazinehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/rss/index.xmlIdeation Magazine RSSFri, 11 Jun 2010 14:48:30 -0400Cascade Servercreative@wm.eduIt’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 -0500Finessing the weak forcehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/finessing-the-weak-force123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/finessing-the-weak-force/qweak-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="John Leckey " /></div> The weak force is, for laymen, the least known of the quartet of interactions that run the universe as we know it.Fri, 03 Jan 2014 01:00:00 -0500Un-beached whalehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/un-beached-whale123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/un-beached-whale/whale-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Geology major Kat Turk ’16 and William & Mary paleontologist Rowan Lockwood " /></div> Cornwallis sank as he died, making a couple of revolutions on his way down, finally ending belly up and flippers akimbo, making a sort of “whale angel” on the ocean bottom.Thu, 02 Jan 2014 01:00:00 -0500Into the woods…with Thoreauhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2013/into-the-woods-with-thoreau123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2013/into-the-woods-with-thoreau/into-the-woods-with-thoreau-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Madeline Benjamin " /></div> As a summer counselor at Camp Takodah in the woods of New Hampshire, Benjamin led a group of teenage girls in a non-traditional learning experience that she based off of the theory and thought of perhaps the ultimate camp counselor—Henry David Thoreau. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:00:00 -0500Early startershttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2013/early-starters123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2013/early-starters/early-starters-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Kaitlyn Dorst" /></div> Local students are cropping up in William & Mary labs, performing research even before they’ve finished high school.Tue, 03 Dec 2013 01:00:00 -0500Looking past the MOOChttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2013/looking-past-the-mooc123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2013/looking-past-the-mooc/looking-past-the-mooc-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="hardware and software available at Swem Library’s Kyle Collaboration Lab to W&M faculty to enhance their instructional capability " /></div> Hype surrounding massive online courses known as MOOCs has consumed much of the e-learning conversation in higher education over the past several years.Tue, 03 Dec 2013 01:00:00 -0500