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2018 Graduate News Archive

Check out the Graduate Program news stories from 2018:
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Smart home security devices may be vulnerable to smart hackers

Internet-connected computing objects collectively known as smart home products have become increasingly popular with consumers. The systems provide a bridge between the digital and physical worlds, which is convenient for automation, but risky for security, a team of W&M researchers has found.

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Lab studies the science of picky eating

As any parent will tell you, there is an art to getting kids to eat vegetables. For Catherine Forestell, it is also a science.

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Blockchain innovation, from Williamsburg to South Korea

Troy Wiipongwii MPP ’18 and Professor Mike Tierney ’87, co-director of W&M’s Global Research Institute. joined forces on a project that uses a new technology to make foreign aid programs more efficient and effective.

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Unraveling another secret of spider silk — it’s a cable!

A strand of spider silk is five times stronger than a steel cable of the same weight, said Hannes Schniepp of the Department of Applied Science at William & Mary. His lab has been unraveling the secrets behind the strength of the brown recluse spider.

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One more reason to love the striped bass: antimicrobials

A team of scientists at William & Mary led by Myriam Cotten is investigating a virtue of the striped bass: The fish contain biomolecules that have shown promise for therapeutic use in human medicine.

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Mordijck to lead U.S. Department of Energy milestone initiative

Saskia Mordijck, assistant professor of applied science, will serve as the global leader of the Joint Research Target for the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, working with labs throughout the world to solve the complicated problem of refueling fusion reactions.

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In ‘Nature’: A nanoscale discovery with big implications

A recent discovery by William & Mary and University of Michigan researchers transforms our understanding of one of the most important laws of modern physics. The discovery has broad implications for science, impacting everything from nanotechnology to our understanding of the solar system.

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Department of Energy awards William & Mary $1M for fusion research

It’s a question that has vexed fusion scientists for decades: What would it take to refuel the sun? Now, thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and a team of William & Mary researchers, we will be closer than ever to figuring it out.

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Kristin Wustholz named 2018 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

William & Mary adds yet another Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar to its ranks as Kristin Wustholz, associate professor of chemistry, was selected as one of eight professors in the nation to receive the coveted award.

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The road to artificial intelligence is paved with calculus

Before computers develop intelligence, they need to learn to process information via neural networks. A small group of computer science students are mastering the complex art of neural networks — one problem set at a time.

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In ‘Nature’: drilling down into the secrets of the weak force

A new result from the Q-weak experiment at the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility provides a precision test of the weak force, one of four fundamental forces in nature.

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2018 Plumeri Award recipients announced

As William & Mary celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence, these are just a few of the distinguished professors to receive that honor.

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W&M grad students aid Virginia's battle against flooding

Commissioned by Sea Grant Virginia and Wetlands Watch, Taylor Goelz, Lauren Pudvah and Peter Quinn-Jacobs prepared reports on 16 communities, from Barnstable, Massachusetts, to Miles City, Montana. They wanted to know how those communities worked at producing their Community Rating System, thus saving money for residents with government issued flood insurance.

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Zutshi works to tell a complete story of Kashmir

History Professor Chitralekha Zutshi's latest book, "Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation," is a compilation of essays by eminent as well as junior scholars that Zutshi commissioned, edited and to which she contributed a chapter.

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Losh separates news from fake news

In her Tack Faculty Lecture on March 22, Associate Professor of English and American Studies Elizabeth Losh described the history of fake news (it's been around longer than many think) and delved into its many nuances.

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Natural and computational sciences escape island in annual Raft Debate

Armed with his tousled wig, bountiful box of donuts and distinctly fervent enthusiasm, Associate Professor of Chemistry Doug Young bore the attire of Buddy the Elf as he claimed his hard-fought victory for the natural and computational sciences at William & Mary’s annual Raft Debate.

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At the symposium: Insights into the monarch-milkweed relationship

Monarch butterflies are, along with honeybees, among the most charismatic insects of North America. David De La Mater has been researching the Eastern population of the butterflies, and most specifically Asclepias syriaca — the common milkweed.

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Exposing the ghost in our machines

The threat started making headlines around New Years. Publications around the globe warned of the biggest computer chip vulnerability ever discovered. Dmitry Evtyushkin had been studying the root of it for years.

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Tack Faculty Lecture: Fake news for real people

William & Mary Associate Professor of English and American Studies Liz Losh will delve into one of the hottest issues in media today during her Tack Faculty Lecture on March 22.

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Data science: Because data isn’t just for scientists

William & Mary's new data science program was designed to give students in any discipline the computational chops to create and analyze giant data sets. So far, it has exceeded expectations.