A&S Newshttps://www.wm.edu/as/_rss/asnews.xmlArts & Sciences News RSSTue, 16 Feb 2010 13:19:25 -0500Cascade Servercreative@wm.eduOnline class collaboration is turning out real PPE for first responders during the pandemichttps://www.wm.edu/as/news/ppe-for-first-responders.phpAn entrepreneurial, engineering-based mindset allowed one William & Mary class to make a real contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic during its second week of online instruction.Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400James River population of bald eagles continues to grow, but more slowlyhttps://www.wm.edu/as/news/population-of-bald-eagles-continues-to-grow.phpSome good news: The eagle population of the James River alone has exceeded the repopulation goal for the entire Chesapeake Bay.Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400Departments forge plans for dissertation defenses in the era of social distancinghttps://www.wm.edu/as/news/plans-for-dissertation-defenses.phpWilliam & Mary’s move to modified academic operations is prompting departments to look into alternative ways of conducting dissertation defenses of Ph.D. candidates.Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0400In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Richard H. Palmerhttps://www.wm.edu/as/news/tsd-in-memoriam-professor-emeritus-of-theatre,-richard-h.-palmer.phpThrough his dedication, Professor Palmer developed generations of informed, imaginative, and energetic theatre practitioners, sending dozens of students forward to pursue advanced study. His generosity as a mentor and an academic advisor are well documented, and his high standards inform the work of his students and professional colleagues today. His former students are now teaching, writing, performing and creating theatre all over the country.Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0400Secular Misfits: What Humanistic Jews and Ex-Muslims Can Teach Us About Religion: https://www.wm.edu/as/news/rlst-organized-nonbelief.phpDr. Joseph Blankholm of UC-Riverside spoke at W&M Feb 26th. Being secular does not always mean being nonreligious. Deconverting from Judaism, for instance, does not simply unmark a person as Jewish, which remains a cultural or ethnic identity even after rejecting religion. Like secular Jews, ex-Muslims face unique challenges, and being betwixt and between is awkward. These secular misfits are creating new and important ways of being secular and religious that are not properly either. Bursting the seams of these categories, they help us see clearly their construction.Fri, 06 Mar 2020 11:00:00 -0500W&M Students Prepare for the Silver Tsunamihttps://www.wm.edu/as/news/pubp-silver.phpFor many William & Mary students, the first weekend of the Spring 2020 semester meant easing back into the routine of campus life after the winter break. But for nearly two dozen William & Mary students, that first Friday afternoon was the start of a deep dive into one of the most serious challenges facing the U.S. and other aging societies: How do individual families and the country as a whole pay for the long-term care that so many aged and disabled persons need? Mon, 02 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0500