Student-Faculty Research

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A ‘feathered mouse’

The eastern black rail is small, secretive, mysterious and in trouble. It’s a sparrow-sized marsh bird. It hardly ever flies, and gets around by creeping through dense wetland vegetation.

Alexander Williams ’17 works with psychologist Chris Conway on a study of how people develop fears of things that haven’t harmed them yet.
Vicarious fear learning

Chris Conway recalls a moment in his childhood in which he was chased by a neighbor’s aggressive dog. The experience didn’t scar Conway, but it did leave a lasting impression on someone else — his brother, who saw everything from afar.

Dara Kharabi ’17 demonstrates his hack
At tribeHacks '16

Some visitors to tribeHacks stepped out of Small Hall onto the William & Mary campus on Sunday to enjoy a bit of sun before the presentations got under way. They saw four students, carrying a pair of quadcopters, making their way toward the door.

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Inspired by fish

What if we could design industrial filters that just don’t clog? William & Mary ichthyologist Laurie Sanderson has a patent pending on a new type of filter that is designed to be clogless, or at least clog-resistant.

An image from the SXS Project depicts the collision of two black holes
Black holes collide

William & Mary’s physics community squeezed into a single room the morning of Feb. 11 to hear the announcement, a group of just-from-class undergraduates finding room on the floor and in odd corners.

Sara Schad ’16, Cyril Anyetei-Anum ’16, Chancellor Professor of Biology Lizabeth Allison and M.S. student Dylan Zhang
Downtown Cell City?

Think of a cell as a city, a metropolis both constructed of and populated by proteins.

Members of the William & Mary team celebrate their win on the stage of the iGEM Grand Jamboree.
Natural masters of synthetic biology

An interdisciplinary team of William & Mary students have brought home one of the biggest prizes in synthetic biology, an honor that has been called the World Cup of Science.

The red region is an area of ionized hydrogen where stars are forming and the blue region is a cloud of dust particles that reflect the light from nearby stars.
Horror. Beauty. Science.

Jacob Gunnarson’s first reaction upon being handed the keys to the observatory was one of moderate horror.

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A tight bond

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.

Martin Gallivan (in cap) discusses how to best excavate a hearth feature with (from left) Madeline Gunter, Jessica Bittner and Megan Willmes ’16 as Jak Scrivener ’ 16 takes field notes.
Understanding Kiskiack

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.

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