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Honors Fellowships program sees overwhelming demand

More than 80 undergraduates have applied for Charles Center Honors Fellowships for summer ’24, marking surging interest in a program that provides up to $4,000 to rising seniors to conduct ten full-time weeks of research.

Go with your gut: this bacterium might be hiding in your stomach.

Madeleine Harris, a senior at William & Mary, wrote this piece as part of the NASW Perlman Virtual Mentoring Program with help from Eli Kintisch, a contributor to Science magazine. She is a Neuroscience major with a minor in Biochemistry, and a member of the Flat Hat.

Osprey chicks are starving in the Chesapeake Bay, researchers say — and controversial menhaden harvest may be to blame

The large hawks have become a familiar sight to waterfront homeowners who like to keep track of nests near their property, said Bryan Watts, director of William & Mary’s Center for Conservation Biology. But Watts and his colleagues have increasingly heard from residents worried about the birds’ fate after seeing fewer of them. The biology center’s new research confirms those concerns. They found that osprey in the lower Chesapeake Bay are failing to successfully reproduce. It’s the lowest number of osprey chicks that officials have seen since the information started being recorded in the 1970s.

Experiential Learning Hits the Road!

Over winter break, 14 students and two Biology faculty explored human-wildlife conflicts in the Anthropocene on a six-day camping trip at 10 sites throughout Florida.

Rodent: Friend or foe? ‘Pests’ explores how some animals become villains.

With its modest title, “Pests” might be mistakenly shelved with mouse-proofing guides. But Bethany Brookshire’s new book is something far more ambitious. A lively and fascinating work of science writing, “Pests” explores, as its subtitle promises, “how humans create animal villains” — including, naturally, mice.

Former W&M Alumna & New faculty member plumbs the depths of fast-track evolution

Congratulations! Lamia Wahba is a former honors student in the Shakes Lab in Biology and a Beckman Scholar! She is the newest addition to The Rockefeller University faculty, discovered a key mechanism of non-genetic inheritance in the nematode C. elegans, and has since launched a deeper investigation into the mysteries of non-genetic inheritance. Wahba will join Rockefeller January 1, 2023, as a tenure-track assistant professor and head of laboratory.

Halloween Fun in the Biology Halls

Announcing the winners of the 2nd annual departmental Fall Festival/Halloween Door Decorating Contest!

W&M Biology Alumnus Publishes Book

W&M Biology Alumnus Dr. Joseph J. Torres, Professor Emeritus at the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, recently published a text/reference book.

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Cleve Francis’s heartwarming Legacy

Cleve Francis was a graduate student of G. R. "Jack" Brooks in the Department of Biology during the late 60s. He was a huge talent as a singer, self-taught guitar player and folk songwriter. After he finished his master's degree, he went on to medical school, then specialized in cardiology. The Washington Post lead article in the Style section C1-2 on 7 July 2022 tells his story.

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Summer 2022 Research in Mexico

The IIC-sponsored project is teaming scientists with Indigenous people to preserve and monitor the vegetation of their bio-rich ancestral lands and share knowledge with each other.  The project is centered in the trans-Mexican volcanic belt surrounding the southern end of Mexico City. 

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W&M team returns from iGEM competition bearing honors

William & Mary’s undergraduate iGEM team won a Gold Medal and was nominated for a major award at the iGEM Giant Jamboree, the annual conference and award ceremony of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation.

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Resistance (to science) is futile

Mohamed Noor ’92 brings the science to science fiction as a consultant for “Star Trek: Discovery”

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W&M announces spring, summer 2021 Green Fee awards

With the promotion of sustainable practices at the forefront of these grants, the Committee on Sustainability members approved a total of $35,712 to be spent across a broad spectrum or projects, from academia and research, to operations that advance sustainability on campus.