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New curriculum, initiatives modernize GSWS at W&M

What traditionally was known as women’s studies has changed and evolved, leading William & Mary’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program to do the same.

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Coastal Policy Conference highlights collaboration

If there was one underlying current to William & Mary Law School’s sixth annual Virginia Coastal Policy Center Conference on “Building a Resilient Virginia,” it was collaboration.

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W&M professors, students climb aboard history

Visiting Professor of English Kevin Kritsch and Professor Suzanne Hagedorn of Medieval and Renaissance studies accompanied students to Norfolk to see the world’s largest Viking sailing ship built in modern times. The excursion lent rarely available texture to their studies.

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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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Women in CS: Taking the 'brogrammer' out of the algorithm

Today, women earn just 22 percent of computer science degrees, a number that has remained stagnant for the past decade. At William & Mary, there has been a different story. Women are earning computer science degrees at rates well above the national average.

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Government professor's book examines social media, polarization

Frenemies: How Social Media Polarizes America, is the culmination of William & Mary Associate Professor of Government Jaime Settle's years-long research into the impact of social media and political discourse in this country.

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Undergraduate Women Physicists to Convene on Campus

In 1918, William & Mary welcomed its first female residential students. A century later, the university is preparing to host its first Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics.

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Inspiring storytelling: scholarships luncheon 2018

President Katherine A. Rowe announced that she will be leading the charge in William & Mary’s Affording Opportunity scholarships effort, in which the university is seeking an additional $100 million to meet its $350 million scholarships goal.

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Settle Discusses Fake News

Professor Jaime Settle talks about "fake news" on public radio's With Good Reason program.

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W&M iGEM team decodes the signals of cells

The William & Mary iGEM team is preparing to compete in the world’s largest synthetic biology competition for the fifth year in a row. The students have spent the past six months finding a multidisciplinary approach to cracking the code for how cells interpret signals.

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Growing peace through education in Bosnia

Participants in William & Mary’s American Bosnian Collaboration Project spent part of last summer working with teachers and students in Sarajevo, continuing a tradition that is now 20 years old.

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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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Tyler Lecture Series Symposium

Tyler Lecture Series Symposium on “After Charlottesville: Memorials, Monuments and Memory” (Blair 229, 3-5 pm)

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VMFA fellowships support W&M professor, student

Potter Mike Jabbur, associate professor of art and art history at William & Mary, and painter Norah Peterson '22 received Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowships this year.

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Donaldson offers fresh take on young Hemingway's life, love

Scott Donaldson, the Louise G.T. Cooley Professor of English, Emeritus, at William & Mary, chronicles the tumultuous six-year marriage of Ernest Hemingway to Hadley Richardson, the woman he loved the most, in his new book, The Paris Husband.

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A Gift to Remember Sara

Sara Nance, who passed away July 4, 1998 from cystic fibrosis, never got the chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer — but her parents, Judy P. Nance ’69 and Peter Nance ’66, are making that dream possible for others by funding the Sara E. Nance Professorship of English in her memory.

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The Tuttle Legacy

Remembering Gerald "Jerry" L. Tuttle '90 and his scholarship that grants W&M students a chance to pursue their passion.

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Beijing Normal dance students visit W&M for academic exchange

As part of William & Mary's ongoing partnership with sister university Beijing Normal, dance students and faculty from BNU participated in workshops and master classes with W&M students and faculty, and gave a performance last weekend.

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Professor Vinson on BBC Radio

Professor Vinson recently gave an interview to BBC Radio on his new book, Albert Luthuli (2018).

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Got questions about Congressional whips? Evans' book has answers

William & Mary Government Professor C. Lawrence Evans, assisted by 50 W&M students, reviewed 30,000 photocopied documents of roll call votes, personal interviews with lawmakers and staff, as well as the personal papers of dozens of former House and Senate leaders, especially former whips.

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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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W&M is studying the future, now

President Katherine Rowe presided over The Future of Knowledge Tuesday, part of an ongoing effort by the new president to gather feedback from the William & Mary community around three themes: the future of knowledge, the future of work and the future of service.

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Crusades class a hot ticket at W&M

History Professor Philip Daileader may not think he’s a rock star, but admission to his Crusades class has been one of the hottest tickets on the William & Mary campus for years.

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Diverse cast brings 'The Children’s Hour' into modern era

William & Mary theatre's "The Children's Hour" will provide a fresh take on Lillian Hellman's 1935 play, which centers around the repercussions of a lie, during its Oct. 4-7 run at the Kimball Theatre.

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Pocket full of sunshine

Pocket Sun '13 is changing venture capital. And she's only 27.

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In Memoriam: Dudley Jensen

With heavy hearts, we report the recent (9/14/18) passing of Dudley Jensen. Mr. Jensen was an integral member of the William & Mary community both as a long-time faculty member of the Kinesiology Department, and as coach of the College’s varsity swim team. His loss will be deeply felt, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

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AidData study looks at impact of Chinese infrastructure projects

In a new AidData Working Paper released Sept. 11, a team of economists and political scientists from William & Mary, Leibniz University Hannover, Heidelberg University, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg and Harvard University leverage a new geolocated dataset of Chinese Government-financed projects worldwide to evaluate how these investments alter the geographic distribution of economic activity within provinces and districts in low- and middle-income countries.

New Books By Economics Department Faculty

Economics department faculty had several books published this year. Please click the link above for more information on the newest publications of Berhanu Abegaz, Professor of Economics and Economics Department Chair and Donald E. Campbell, CSX Professor of Economics.

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W&M Provost to step down at end of academic year

Simply known on campus as “The Provost,” Michael R. Halleran has announced he will step down from that position at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year to return to the classroom.

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A Camp Launch first

NyJey Pope is the first Camp Launch participant to attend William & Mary since the program began in 2012.

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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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New Falls Prevention Program

The Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences is pleased to announce the establishment of the Center for Balance and Aging Studies (CBAS) headquartered at William & Mary. A new falls prevention program titled “Keeping You on Your Feet” is the inaugural program sponsored by CBAS.

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A new way of thinking

Artisia Green ’00 knew she wanted to be a lawyer since she was 10 years old. But that childhood dream shifted during an unforgettable Theatre Studies class her freshman year at William & Mary.

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Celebrate 100 years of coeducation at William & Mary

This school year marks the 100th anniversary of William & Mary becoming the first public coeducational university in the commonwealth. The university is celebrating with a series of special events.

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W&M English major wins international Jane Austen essay contest

We are delighted to announce that Kate Avery 2019 has been awarded first place in this year’s Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) essay contest (College/University division) for her essay, “Faithfully, Yours: Womanhood, Faith, and ‘A Woman’s Portion’ in Persuasion.”

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Prof. Coleman Receives Graves Award

Enthusiastic, passionate and innovative is how students and faculty describe Coleman’s teaching and mentoring. He received the Graves Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching at Commencement 2018.

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Pressler Gives Back to Vets

Sam recognized the steep challenges that veterans face as they attempt to transition from the battlefield back to civilian life. His solution was to envision and then create a program, known as the Armed Services Arts Partnership.

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Meeting Connects Classics Scholars and Ideas

When 100 rising and senior scholars from across North America and Europe convened at William & Mary, "the room was packed and bustling with feedback and ideas."