Graduate News

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Is inspiration contagious?

A new study by psychology professor Todd Thrash finds that inspiration spreads from writer to reader.

W&M announces 2016 Plumeri Award recipients

From a globally recognized leader in international criminal law and a leading linguistic scholar to a widely published neuroscientist, the 2016 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence will be bestowed to 20 talented and visionary professors across William & Mary's campus.

It takes a research university

It takes a research university to bring together the resources required to address big questions, but the term “research university” takes a bit of unpacking in the context of an institution that, as the charter mandates, "shall be called and denominated, for ever, the College of William and Mary."

LGBTIQ research project helps unearth W&M's lost history

Student researchers with the W&M Mattachine Research Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia will present the fruits of long Saturdays spent in archives Monday afternoon in an event that is free and open to the public.

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Ultra-cold atoms deliver cool research

A Ph.D. student’s physics research on trapping and manipulating ultra-cold atoms will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19.

The science of breathing

Ph.D. student Andrew Kottick has determined exactly which cells in the brain are responsible for respiration. His work will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium March 19.

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The fabric of a forgotten Hawaiian community

Ph.D. student Summer Moore will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19 for her work studying European cloth fragments recovered from Hawaii.

ScaAnalyzer: An award-winning tool to find computing bottlenecks

Xu Liu, an assistant professor of computer science, and Bo Wu, a 2014 alumnus of William & Mary’s Ph.D. program in computer science, have developed a tool to find elusive software bottlenecks and which will allow computers to run faster and more efficiently.

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Haines practices what King preached

Shana Haines, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in American studies, integrates the work of Martin Luther King Jr., and others, into her interdisciplinary course at Tidewater Community College. She recently won the college's 2016 MLK Award.

Distinguished Paper Award at FSE 15

Mario Linares-Vasquez and Carlos Bernal-Cardenas, and Denys Poshyvanyk share in an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at ESEC/FSE'15.

Fasil Alemante Publishes with Professors

Fasil Alemente conjectured and proved a theorem that is included in “Characterizing the Resolute Part of Monotonic Social Choice Correspondences”, forthcoming in Economic Theory. Mr. Alemante made his contribution as an economics major at William and Mary. Drs. Don Campbell and Jerry Kelly are the paper’s co-authors.

Dana Bradshaw recognized for commitment to woodpecker recovery

The Center for Conservation Biology recently recognized the work made by research associate Dana Bradshaw '81, M.S. '90, toward the recovery of an endangered bird population in Virginia.

Haitao Xu reports for work on the Alibaba corporate campus in Hangzhou, China.
A digital detective

Online ratings and reviews are a helpful, if imperfect, guide for potential customers.

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McNeil Center fellowships awarded to Finley, Jones

Alexandra Finley and Christopher Jones, W&M Ph.D. candidates in history, will receive funding to live in Philadelphia and complete their dissertation at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

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Biology students awarded for presentations

Mary Seward won First Place in the graduate student competition and Melissa Hey '15 received Honorable Mention in the undergraduate competition.

Symposium showcases work of more than 150 graduate students

William & Mary’s 14th annual Graduate Research Symposium brought graduate students in Arts and Sciences together with their counterparts from 16 other colleges and universities to share progress on their research projects.

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Surprise! Finley related to 'Roots' show host

Ph.D. candidate Alex Finley got to break the news of how they are related to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on the Nov. 25 episode of 'Finding Your Roots.'

A thousand years of environmental change in Polynesia

A William & Mary archaeologist has been studying 1,000 years of the islanders’ methods of coping with life amid some rapidly changing ecosystems atop geologically unstable islands.

VIMS to help protect key Native American site

A $199,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will allow researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to help protect Werowocomoco—one of the most important Native American sites in the eastern U.S.—from shoreline erosion and sea-level rise

Devil’s advocate ensures no one escapes island in annual Raft Debate

Devil’s Advocate Andreas Stathopoulos narrowly out-argued representatives from the humanities, social sciences, and natural and computational sciences to win the annual Raft Debate, convincing a capacity crowd that none of the disciplines were worth saving.

Search for a smoking lunchbox turns up the 'Bray School cafeteria'

For the past three summers, archaeologists have dug up the grounds of a William & Mary dorm in search of the "smoking lunchbox"—the archaeologists' term for a material-culture connection between the 18th-century Bray School and a building still in use on the William & Mary campus.

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Finessing the weak force

The weak force is, for laymen, the least known of the quartet of interactions that run the universe as we know it.

Welcome to the e-learning lab

A number of experimental course initiatives and departmental projects using technology and tools instructionally are underway across the university.

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Werowocomoco ceremony: America didn’t begin in 1607

One point was made over and over again at the June 21 ceremonial signing of a conservation easement to protect Werowocomoco: American history did not begin with the 1607 landing of the Jamestown settlers.

Board members strengthen graduate education in Arts & Sciences

They are leaders in their fields with busy lives and careers. Yet each of them—and there are more than a dozen in total—has made a passionate commitment to William and Mary’s Graduate Studies Advisory Board (GSAB) in Arts & Sciences.

Gift to W&M honors renowned Jamestown archaeologist

A $250,000 gift from Williamsburg residents Margaret Nelson Fowler and Roy Hock will endow a new graduate fellowship honoring renowned Jamestown archaeologist William Kelso.

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Board Helps Recruit Top-Notch Students

To ensure that William & Mary retains its ability to attract and train exceptional scholars and leaders, the Arts & Sciences Graduate Studies Advisory Board (GSAB) established special Recruitment Fellowships in 2006.

8th grad research symposium a success

Graduate students from different disciplines in Arts & Sciences come together once each year to unite in a display of intellectual firepower.

Grad students make strong showing at research forum

On Feb. 10, six graduate students from the College of William and Mary participated in the fourth annual Graduate Student Research Forum, held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

Research by Andriy Fedorov '08 Wins Top Award at Graduate Research Symposium

Andriy's research project is titled, "Near-Real-Time Nonrigid Registration for Image Guided Neurosurgery Using Commodity and Grid Computing." At the College's sixth annual Graduate Research Symposium, held in March 2007, his project won the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Natural and Computational Sciences.

Research and Travel Grants Spur New Knowledge

In her studies of the zebra finch, Amanda Houck is examining females' mate-selection to determine whether their selection criteria are influenced by other females.

Amy Howard's Dissertation Honored for Research Excellence

Amy Howard (Ph.D., '05), now associate director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond, was honored by the Graduate Studies Advisory Board for her dissertation in American Studies, titled "'More than Shelter': Community, Identity, and Spatial Politics in San Francisco Public Housing, 1938-2000."