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BA+MPP Student Marley Fishburn Honored

The Public Policy Program is so proud of Marley Fishburn, an undergraduate Public Policy major and also a Master's in Public Policy candidate in our accelerated degree track, for her work on student voting.

200+ to reveal research results at symposium Friday

The research of 200+ William & Mary undergraduates, representing the work of 45 different majors in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and STEM-related disciplines, will be on display this Friday, Sept. 22 at the 2023 Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium in Swem Library’s Read and Relax room.

Meet the MPP Class of 2025

As orientation week kicked off for the Master’s in Public Policy program in August, the program and its associated departments welcomed eighteen new MPP candidates.

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A decade of inspiration: Woody Museum Internship enters 10th year

Thanks to the vision and generosity of Dr. Carol Woody '71 and Robert Woody, William & Mary has been preparing undergraduates for careers in museums since the path-breaking Charles Center summer internship program launched in 2015.

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What Can the Shell Tell? Dr. Martin Gallivan and Dr. Jessica Jenkins' Research Featured on VA Archaeology Month Poster

Each year the Department of Historic Resources produces an archaeology month poster, often in collaboration with other organizations or museums. This year, they have partnered with Dr. Martin Gallivan from the College of William & Mary and Dr. Jessica Jenkins from Flagler College to highlight their joint research initiative on archaeological oyster deposits that will help understand past human-environmental relationships and guide current and future conservation efforts.

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Welcome to the Class of 2027

Welcome, class of 2027! We are so excited that you chose to spend the next few years with us at William & Mary.

W&M Alumnae Win 2023 Geospatial Young Professional Scholarships

Jordan Landrum '22 and Christina Sabochick '22, former W&M Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) Fellows, have been awarded the Dr. Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz Young Professional Scholarships among a national pool of candidates.

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Crime Scene Biochemistry at the Capitol

Shantá D. Hinton, McLeod Tyler Professor and Associate Chair of Biology, and member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Public Affairs Advisory Committee, participated in a Congressional Life Sciences Fair on Capitol Hill.

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W&M Berks Student Fellows present at recent Berks Conference

Congratulations to our National Endowment for the Humanities and American Historical Association Berkshire Conference Student Affiliate Fellows for their participation at the most recent Berkshire Conference (28 June to 2 July).

Meg Schwenzfeier '14 named as Chief Analytics Officer for 2024 Biden Campaign

Meg Schwenzfeier, Class of 2014, was recently appointed as Chief Analytics Officer for Biden's presidential campaign. She previously served as the Data and Analytics Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Read about her new position in the attached Washington Post article.

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Recent William & Mary Anthropology Graduates Thrive in New CRM Careers

Recent William & Mary Anthropology alumni Carol Oordt and Mary Lawrence Young sat down with Tomos Evans to discuss their current work in Cultural Resource Management in Hawai'i, how their One-Year MA degrees at William & Mary prepared them for this, and what advice they have for current or prospective students interesting in taking on careers in CRM.

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.

W&M Public Policy at the NATO Youth Summit

The W&M Public Policy Program was a proud co-sponsor of this year’s NATO Youth Summit, jointly organized by William & Mary and NATO.

Another Case Competition Prize for MPP Students

For the second year in a row, Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) students in the 1st year cohort distinguished themselves with an outstanding performance in their policy case competition.

Remembering David Dessler

The Government Department recently learned of the death of our former colleague, David Dessler, in April 2023 in Bryan, Texas. He was an extremely kind, generous, and charming person who always went out of his way to welcome new faculty members to the department and college.

Public Policy Celebrates the Class of 2023

It was a beautiful day in May for the 2023 W&M Public Policy Program diploma ceremony. This was quite a switch from last year when record high temperatures forced the event indoors.

Ways to Flourish: Meditation & Meaning

This semester the Department of Religious Studies was honored to have one of its faculty, Dr. Mark McLaughlin, featured on the Wellness Center's podcast "Ways to Flourish". Dr. McLaughlin discussed his research on sacred space in the Vedic traditions and his experience in yogic pratice, as well as the genesis of his course Meditation and Wellness. 

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Students Put Their Class Knowledge to the Test in DC

Last semester, a senior seminar class had the unique opportunity to learn from Professor Stiefel, the Director for Biodefense on the National Security Council. The course was entitled "Politics of Global Health," and after accumulating knowledge over the semester, students traveled to DC for their final, which was a tabletop simulation modeled on the work of the NSC.

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Ph.D. Candidate Chardé Reid Awarded a Prestigious Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Doctoral Candidate Chardé Reid, recently awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to complete her doctoral research, sits down with friend and colleague Tomos Evans to discuss her journey as an archaeologist, doctoral researcher, and transforming approaches to American history via community-based archaeology.

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.

Geology major Chloe Lund '23 spent the summer monitoring ultrasonic acoustic emissions and their effect on tree water.
What are you doing next summer?

More than 300 undergraduate William & Mary students were awarded 2022 Summer Research Grants from the Charles Center for Academic Excellence. It's not too early to start planning for next summer!

Halloween Fun in the Biology Halls

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

Public Policy alum and board member Christian Bale on media and the First Amendment

Christian Bale, a Public Policy alum (BA and MPP) and a new member of the program's Board of Advisors, recently co-authored an article in the NYU Law Review Forum that examines how media censorship by public officials prevents citizens from engaging with their government and exercising their First Amendment rights.

Welcome Rosemary and Malcolm!

Each week W&M Public Policy profiles two new MPP students. This week we are pleased to welcome Rosemary Ketron and Malcolm Baytop to the program.

Faculty Kudos

We are pleased to congratulate two of our colleagues for their recent promotions!

Ethics, Emotions, and Aesthetics: Insights from Classical India

The English-language term emotions, as it is used today, is only about one hundred and fifty years old. Before it came into use, English speakers used words like passions, humors, affections, or sentiments, none of which exactly capture the meaning of emotions as we conceive of the word today.

Starring New Faculty

Dr. Deborah Lee-Ferrand is now a Lecturer in French & Francophone Studies

Welcome Aarushi and Matthew!

Each week W&M Public Policy profiles two new MPP students. This week we are pleased to welcome Aarushi Desai and Matthew Nwaneri to the program.

Exciting Faculty Research

Our faculty are constantly engaging in new research, pushing the boundaries of knowledge on issues of pressing importance to the contemporary world.

Falling Through the Social Safety Net: Professor Howard discusses his new book with the “No Jargon” podcast.

Professor Howard spoke with “No Jargon: Scholar Strategies Network” about the safety net provided by the U. S. government and other organizations to help bring relief to the millions of Americans who are poor, food insecure, housing cost-burdened, or medically uninsured. How comprehensive is this social safety net? What strategies exist to improve its effectiveness?

Prof. Zhou is now Area Editor of IoT-J

After serving as an Associate Editor from 2014 to 2018, Professor Gang Zhou has just been promoted to Area Editor for "Area 1: Sensors and Devices for IoT" in the IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IoT-J).

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.