Alkaloids are members of a vast family of molecules that are chemically organic and also occur in nature. All forms of life have evolved ways to produce these useful chemicals.
Madeline Gunter and Jessica Bittner were using tablespoons to work around some rocks that were just beginning to peek through the troweled-flat, muddy-looking surface of their working unit. They weren't just random stones.
Large swatches of North American maps might as well be labeled “Terra Incognita” or even “Here be Dragons,” as far as geologists are concerned.
Lake Matoaka has a thriving and diverse population of viruses living in its waters. And that’s good.
You have to look pretty closely to find Matthew Wawersik's name on this paper. The list of authors and their affiliations goes on for most of four pages.
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.
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.
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.
They don’t call it a drone, because it’s not a drone.
Archaeologists have a month to find the smoking lunchbox of the Bray School, and Terry Meyers has lost none of his optimism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local students are cropping up in William & Mary labs, performing research even before they’ve finished high school.
William & Mary math student Robert Torrence is shedding some light on a decades-old game that continues to puzzle thousands each year.
A dozen high-level Latin American military officers are on trial in Argentina for their role in Operation Condor, and William & Mary students have been assisting with the prosecution.
Diving in the Florida Keys at the age of 15, Erin Spencer caught a glimpse of a beautiful fish.
It was probably the worst day of the summer to trap turtles. The weather was good and the season was right. But Randy Chambers’ Wetland Ecosystems class just happened to pick Sept. 4 for their turtle trapping.
It was the summer that the freshmen ruled the sequencer. Technically, they finished their freshman year and therefore did their summer work as rising sophomores. But never mind quibbles.
Mark Kostro stood in the back yard of Brown Hall, looking down at a hole in the ground. Even at a glance, the hole was different from the other features investigated by the students and professional archaeologists.
The average American spends about seven hours a day looking at an electronic screen. With this much of a role in our daily lives, our electronic devices must be updated frequently with the newest technology to reflect usage patterns and make the user’s experience more efficient and safe.
Collecting tick specimens is easy—you drag a white piece of canvas over the right piece of ground, then turn it over. Voila—ticks!
Domestic violence. Drug smuggling. Priests hauled into court for scandalous behavior. Welcome to Spain in the 17th century.
Spring is in full bloom in William & Mary’s biology labs, with more than 350 undergraduate students spawning marine invertebrates.
It was a hard act to follow. What could possibly be a follow-up to a group of freshmen discovering a new form of life and finding new genes in its genome?
The numbers didn’t seem right. “I just didn’t expect the figure to be so big,” says Niall Garrahan ’14. Garrahan was looking at calculations related to the value of land purchased by the City of Boise, Idaho.
For the past five summers, while other students were hitting the beach, William & Mary math majors had been hitting the books and the labs to conduct computational mathematics research.
The writing is cramped, and ink bleeds through the 400-year-old manuscript. There are letters missing or substituted, strange abbreviations and various words that seem to make no sense.
The nest sits nearly a hundred feet up in a lone loblolly pine in Richmond, where a pair of eagles makes their home along the fall line of Virginia’s longest river. An interesting story unfolds as the eagles star in their own reality show.
The William & Mary chapter of the Marine Science Society is only a year old, but has already been honored with the Outstanding Student Section Award from the Marine Technology Society for 2012.
What do horses, movies and math have in common? They’re all subjects of research conducted over the summer by William & Mary undergraduates.
Cold atoms are going to generate hot research at William & Mary.
A pipeline with a leak isn’t very efficient—much of whatever is supposed to be transported will be lost along the way. That’s exactly what’s happening to women as they pursue careers in science.
When a young doctor’s wife wrote in her diary back in 1902, she couldn’t have known that over a century later, scholars at William & Mary would be reading it—let alone trying to determine her identity.
AidData, in partnership with the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability program (CCAPS), has launched an online data portal that enables researchers and policymakers to visualize data on climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid, and to analyze how these issues intersect in Africa.
Every brand of competition has their juggernauts that seem to dominate year after year. In the Deloitte Tax Challenge, it is the team from the College of William and Mary that dominates year after year.
William & Mary might become the base for a mission to Mars. The mission is called ARES—the Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Surveyor. Joel Levine explains that the idea is to send an airplane to Mars.
There are the arts, and then there are the sciences. There is literature, language and film, and then there is calculus, physics and experiments.
Theresa Davenport was having some trouble with a football player. Davenport was explaining to a biology class at Grafton High School about some of the problems that can stem from seawater that is low in oxygen.
A partnership between the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Watermen’s Museum in historic Yorktown is giving students at three local schools an opportunity to dive into Colonial history—literally.
When Geology on Wheels rolls into an elementary school, the star is usually obsidian—at least as far as the kids are concerned.
William & Mary students are pushing the envelope when it comes to undergraduate research. Hundreds of them put their research on display when the College hosted the 18th Annual Undergraduate Science Research Symposium.
Sometimes the guys on Team Gold say “worlds.” Other times, they say “finals.” Both terms refer to the World Finals of the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) to be held in May in Warsaw, Poland.
Ari Cukierman enrolled as a freshman at William & Mary intending to major in music and philosophy. He'll graduate near the top of his class of 2012 as a physics-math double major, with at least one important peer-reviewed paper to his credit.
When it comes to the hard work of evolutionary paleontology, you can’t beat the humble clam.
William & Mary’s Department of Geology is celebrating its 50th birthday—not even a tick of the clock in terms of the age of the earth.
Geologists at William & Mary are analyzing a possible contributing cause of the deaths at Jamestown Island during the Starving Time of 1609 and 1610—bad drinking water.
A collection of atoms in the basement of Small Hall is a million times colder than outer space. It's one of the coldest spots in the universe, but it's not cold enough. Yet.
The oscillations inside of an atom are more regular than a pendulum—or virtually anything else.
Jenna Carlson gets ready to exhibit her work at the 10th annual Graduate Research Symposium.
Since the late 18th century, scholarship on the study of Jesus has moved from faith-based research to a cultural investigation focused on historical probability.
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.
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.
They’re everywhere. Tiny sensors designed to track information.
A paper published in the prestigious online journal Nature Communications reveals the molecular biology behind a certain worm’s ability to break—or at least ignore—the laws of Mendelian genetics.
When Mohima Sanyal '14 would drop a transgenic mouse into the lab’s Y-shaped maze, she had a pretty good idea of how the mouse would react.
Linguists will tell you that a language can begin to die in a single generation—if it is not passed down to children.
William & Mary’s Elizabeth Harbron is one of six U.S. chemists to be named Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars.
At first glance, algae seem like ideal candidates for biofuel. After all, each algal organism has at its center a dab of energy-rich oils and sugars. If you get enough algae, you can extract the oil—or ferment the sugar into alcohol—and use it to put a sizeable dent in the world’s thousand barrel per second petroleum consumption.
William & Mary has received a $1 million grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for AidData.
This past summer, two members of William & Mary’s class of 2011 worked on scientific research projects as Beckman Scholars.
…and our transmission electron microscope is running just fine, thanks
Rusty blackbirds are threatened across their range--except on the William & Mary campus.
Students produce first-ever historical review.
The College of William and Mary has been awarded $1.2 million in funding by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), part of a nationwide program to help universities strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education.
GIS reveals medieval land-transfer patterns.
Research informs New York African Burial Ground's visitor center.
Analysis of brain waves spurs some deep thinking about how we see others.
New VIMS-W&M cooperative effort is expected to be popular.
Your first fuel cell-powered car just moved a little closer.
GIS data-stitching opens new research horizons.
CrimD wins recognition in microbiological circles.
The Project on International Peace and Security engages undergraduates in knotty security issues—and teaches them how to write policy briefs.
We're also who made what we wear and what it's made from. (And other fashion truisms that will keep green the new black.)
Sharpe scholars walk into an old building, walk out with a cache of lost documents.
Sharpe scholars walk into an old building, walk out with a cache of lost documents.
The idea is to harness the sun to generate electricity, but first the people in SCORS had to know which photovoltaic technology is best to use. And to determine that, they first needed to know more about the weather.
ISC 1 is open and producing science. ISC 2 is under construction. Just wait until we build ISC 3.
Research now under way in the new Integrated Science Center: What can an understanding of the genetics of yeast do to get us closer to a cure for cancer? Plenty.
Oxidative damage of protein happens to us all, but our bodies usually fix the problem. Usually.
In the teaching labs of the Integrated Science Center.
Project-Level Aid, the foreign-aid tracking program based at William and Mary, prepares for launching version 2.0.
The Middle Eastern Music Ensemble offers a window into a culture that is becoming more and more a part of our own.
Fear and other negative emotions make your world completely different. But don't worry--it happens to everybody.
You, too, can now understand Cuban films, thanks to Anne Marie Stock.
SOMOS-the Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability-started as an annual trip, but has grown in size, scope and everything else.
In a corner of the Keck Environmental Field Laboratory sit an old water heater, a plastic holding tank and a few pumps, set up in a purple-painted particleboard frame with the air of an eighth grade science project.
So how do you put your best face forward when the audience is constantly changing?
They're Global Inquiry Groups: Interdisciplinary, international...and they incorporate research.
Student playwrights take their plays and their companies to the New York theatre festival.
Our undergraduates conduct research projects in Spain...in Spanish, of course.