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2009 News Archive

Kitamura Publishes Screening Enlightenment

Associate Professor Hiroshi Kitamura has published Screening Enlightenment: Hollywood and the Cultural Reconstruction of Defeated Japan

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Fisher Publishes Shadow Tribe

Associate Professor Andy Fisher has published Shadow Tribe: The Making of Columbia River Indian Identity

NASA funds biology researchers

NASA is funding biology graduate student Jason Westerbeck and biology faculty member Matthias Leu through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

IR/GS 2010 Commencement remarks from Dr. Virginia Bouvier

The following are the remarks that Dr. Virginia Bouvier - Senior Program Officer for Latin America, Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (The United States Institute of Peace, USIP) gave during our IR/GS 2010 Commencement ceremony.

IR/GS 2010 Commencement remarks from Dr. Virginia Bouvier

The following are the remarks that Dr. Virginia Bouvier - Senior Program Officer for Latin America, Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (The United States Institute of Peace, USIP) gave during our IR/GS 2010 Commencement ceremony.

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Byler and Tarter

Daniel Byler '09, presents a paper with Prof. Sean Tarter

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.

Record year for Fulbrights at W&M

Thirteen students and alumni from the College of William and Mary have been selected to receive 2010-11 scholarships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, setting a new record for the College.

Congratulations to Tes Slominski, W&M '96!

Congratulations are due to our former student, Tes Slominski, who recently completed her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at New York University.

Ethical fashion: Aware of what we wear

The first Ethical Fashion Show at William & Mary highlights the commitment of the university and its students to sustainability.

Alum's hip-hop club contender in VH1 contest

Chris Livingston's '00 Virginia Beach hip-hop club, The Cave, is a finalist in VH1's 2010 Hip-Hop Honors contest.

Global Studies 2010 Graduation

50 Global Studies majors celebrated their graduation at PBK Hall on Saturday morning May 15. Congratulations class of 2010!

W&M's 2010 Commencement awards

Several awards are presented annually to graduates, staff and faculty members during the William & Mary Commencement ceremony. Below is a list of the awards that were presented during this year's ceremony on May 16. - Ed.

CrimD moves into the spotlight

CrimD is a bacteriophage, possibly the only newly discovered form of life to be found at a college landmark. Its unusual properties have made it a kind of Oscar nominee in bacteriological circles.

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It was the last week of classes in the spring semester...

a time when many students try to reserve their energy for the grueling finals period ahead. But this day, the classroom was buzzingwith voices as Economics students, faculty, and staff exchanged thoughts and ideas about research.

W&M receives $1.2M from HHMI for science education

The College of William and Mary has been awarded $1.2 million in funding by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), part of a nationwide program to help universities strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education.

Steven Gianvecchio Wins Distinguished Dissertation Award

The award is given to a single Ph.D. student at the College of William and Mary for their exemplary achievement in graduate student research as demonstrated by the content of their dissertation.

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Physics Graduation Ceremony 2010

The Department of Physics held their graduation ceremony outside on the Millington Lawn on Sunday, May 16, 2010

W&M comments on the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme

Faculty, staff and students discuss the possibilities and opportunities with the recently announced St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme (SAWM). Beginning in fall 2011, students enrolled in the program will complete two years at each institution and earn a single diploma - a Bachelor of Arts, International Honours - with the insignias of both institutions. The joint degree will include four fields: economics, English, history and international relations.

W&M graduates the Class of 2010

After taking one last walk across campus as students -- through the historic Wren Building, down the brick pathways and across the Crim Dell Bridge -- William & Mary's Class of 2010 joyously entered Kaplan Arena on Sunday afternoon for its Commencement ceremony.

Family connection makes ROTC commissioning especially meaningful

Army Maj. Gen. (retired) Robert E. Wagner provided the address during William & Mary's ROTC commissioning on Saturday in the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium. Among the dozen cadets who were commissioned was Amy Rarig '10, Wagner's granddaughter.

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Spring 2010 Message from the Dean

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of the Faculty in Arts and Sciences at William & Mary, recently sent the following end-of-year report to members of the faculty.

CEA Chair Christina Romer '81 to address Class of 2010

Christina Romer '81, one of the most influential economists in the nation as President Barack Obama's Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers will address graduates during the 2010 commencement exercises.

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Professor Sarah Day received NSF Earlier Career Award

Dr. Sarah Day received an NSF Earlier Career Award: (DMS CAREER 0955604, Computational Dynamics and Topology), which is one of most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars.

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Students won awards in National Meetings

Andrew Wilcox and Virginia Forstall won first prize in the Poster Session, 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Francisco, CA. Patrick Steele won an Honorable distinction award in poster presentation, Data Expo competition, 2009 Joint Statistical Meetings, Washington, D.C.

David Holmes to speak at baccalaureate service

David Holmes, Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies, will serve as the speaker at William & Mary's baccalaureate service on May 15. The service will take place at 9:30 a.m. in William and Mary Hall.

Portfolio: Students Create, Recite Poems in Spanish

Students in Professor Tandeciarz's creative writing class studied a variety of poetic traditions, analyzed classic texts, and reflected on the relationship between words, identity, and activism. Check out the text and audio of their class portfolio.

Kinesiology student wins national award

Sarah Todd ’10 won the David S. Bruce Award for Undergraduate Excellence from the American Physiological Society.

Werowocomoco comes to Jamestown

The first public display of artifacts recovered from the capital city of chief Powhatan will be featured at Jamestown Settlement through November.

W&M takes over 'Jeopardy!'

William & Mary professor Colleen Kennedy and grad student Patrick Tucker MPP '11 might be able to give you a few tips for the road. After all, the two recently took the stage to compete in a round of "Jeopardy!" themselves.

Lewis, Sinden join 2010 Goldwater scholars

Brittany Lewis '11 and Daniel Sinden '11 have been named Goldwater scholars, one of the most prestigious undergraduate honors in math and science.

Alumni Association awards students academic prizes

Over the past 25 years, the William and Mary Alumni Association has awarded Student Academic Prizes in an effort to honor those students who serve as models of the academic integrity of the College.

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Student receives national award from scholar society

Carolyn was recently named the national chapter officer of the year by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). She is the president of William & Mary chapter of NSCS and was inducted into the honor society her freshman year.

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Applications up for graduate and professional programs

In what the dean calls a "truly herculean effort," the admissions staff at the nation's oldest law school oversaw another record year for applications. It's a trend others are also seeing across the Williamsburg campus.

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NSF Fellowship Awarded

Francesca Fornasini, Class of 2010 received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Astrophysics

La Plata Students

William and Mary students participating in our semester study abroad program in La Plata were recently featured in the Argentine press when they visited clandestine detention centers in the city of Tandil.

Student-curated exhibition opens Friday

"Merging Souls: Arts of Devotion in Latin America" is a student-curated exhibition that will open on Friday, April 23 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. A student symposium, scheduled for Friday, April 30, will showcase their research on the objects and themes on display.

Hope arrives early

Hope, a whimbrel fitted with a transmitter last year, has returned to the Eastern Shore. She's the first whimbrel the Center for Conservation Biology has tracked on the migratory "full circle."

W&M students excel at World Model U.N. Conference

A team of William & Mary students placed second in the world and was named best United States college delegation at the 2010 Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

W&M faculty selected for prestigious Plumeri Awards

Twenty faculty members of the College of William & Mary have been selected to receive Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence in recognition of their exemplary achievements in regard to teaching, research and service.

Final campus conversation addresses 'white paper'

Halleran wrapped up the yearlong discussion April 8 with a session about the draft "white paper" document that both describes the findings from the six previous conversation sessions and makes recommendations on how the College should move forward.

Benes Wins 2010 Alumni Fellowship Award

Associate Professor Kveta (Tuska) Benes has been awarded a 2010 Alumni Fellowship Award in recognition of her teaching excellence.

Lane Publishes Colour of Paradise

Professor Kris Lane has published Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires with Yale University Press

Digging deeper into a liberal arts education

Liberal arts education rests at the foundation of all American colleges and universities, one just has to dig a little deeper to highlight its importance, Carol Schneider said during last Friday's installment of the Campus Conversation speaker series.

W&M awards five summer sustainability internships

William & Mary's Committee on Sustainability (COS) announced the funding of five awards for sustainability internships for the summer of 2010. This is the second year for these awards.

Creating Art

Video: Anna Wagner '10 makes a charcoal study of Jacob.

Printmaking at W&M: where metal meets metal

Her love for the art of printmaking and her particular specialty in etching and engraving is also what led her to become one of the student curators for the new "Mediated Image: Techniques in Printmaking" exhibit at the College's Muscarelle Museum of Art.

W&M names co-chairs for Lemon Project

Two William & Mary faculty members will lead the multiyear effort to better understand the role of race in the College's history, including its connections to slavery, Provost Michael R. Halleran announced recently.

Campus conversation: Giving students the tools for success

The importance of service and the value of a close-knit college community were just some of the topics that arose out of last Tuesday's campus conversation on William & Mary's ability to provide its students the tools for success.

Who's helped, who's hurt

Lou Rossiter is a research professor at the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William & Mary. He is former Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Virginia and has written a book on Medicare reform.

Laserfest at W&M

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser. First event will be a photo contest.

W&M selected for pilot program in India

The College of William and Mary has been chosen as one of 10 institutions in the nation to participate in a federal pilot program geared toward developing and expanding educational partnerships in India.

Lisa Heuvel (M.A. '05) Succesfully Defended Ed.D. Dissertation

Lisa L Heuvel, M.A. '05, successfully defended her Ed.D. dissertation "Teaching at the Interface: Curriculum and Pedagogy in a Teachers' Institute on Virginia Indian History and Culture" this February at the W&M School of Education.

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Fifth Annual Graduate Research Forum

Physics graduate students participate in the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Research Forum held in Richmond, Virgina.

Faculty Receives NSF Career Award

Prof. Xipeng Shen was awarded an NSF Career grant to support his research on "Input-Centric Program Behavior Analysis and Adaption."

Obama appoints Paul Verkuil '61 to key U.S. post

Former William & Mary President Paul Verkuil '61 has been appointed by President Barack Obama as chairman of a newly reconstituted Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination March 3.

2010 Undergraduate Symposium

Physics Majors participated in the 2010 Undergraduate Symposium on Friday, February 26th.

Undergraduate researchers show their stuff

Nearly 100 faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects in the sciences were presented at the 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Science Symposium.

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Summer in St. Petersburg

A large group of our own RPSS majors will be spending this summer studying for six weeks in St. Petersburg, Russia in the WM Summer Study Abroad Program.

Homza Receives 2010 Plumeri Award

Professor LuAnn Homza has been named a winner of a 2010 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence.

Mica Willis: Living the legacy

Mica Willis '12, is the third generation of her family to attend William & Mary. Her grandfather, Hulon Willis, Sr. M.Ed.'56, was the first African-American to attend the College.

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Alumna Receives NSF Career Award

Zhichun Zhu (Ph.D. 2003) recently was awarded an NSF Career grant for a "Scalable and Universal Architecture for Next-Generation Memory Systems".

Nussbaum discusses liberal arts education, global citizenship

A sense of crisis and urgency hung over the crowd last Friday as Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, spoke at William & Mary of the possibility of a downfall in liberal arts education around the world.

Gov. McDonnell: W&M key to Virginia's future

Higher education is one of the keys to our nation's economic recovery -- and William & Mary is a key to the future of the Commonwealth -- Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell told members of the College community in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall Feb. 6.

Bob Archibald receives Thomas Jefferson Award

The same might be said for Archibald's career and service to the College, which honored that devotion by presenting the economics professor with the Thomas Jefferson Award during Charter Day, 2010 ceremonies.

'Earth Mother' of Williamsburg retires

Madelynn Watkinson, known as the beloved caretaker of the College's Adams Garden, will retire at the age of 86.

JLab's 25 year celebration

Professor J. Dirk Walecka, Emeritus, gave one of the keynote speeches at the 25th Anniversary of Jefferson Lab.

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Rushforth Wins ACLS Fellowship

Assistant Professor Brett Rushforth has been awarded an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for 2011.

Amanda Wagstaff '10 wins Charter Day Art Contest

With just three semesters to go at the College Wagstaff took the plunge and became an art major, a decision which, less than a year later, is already paying off. Her watercolor painting of Barrett Hall was recently selected as the winner of William & Mary's annual Charter Day art contest.

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W&M Jazz Combo Provide Music for the Governor

W&M Jazz Combo members Seth Dalby and Michael Cammarata with faculty member Harris Simon performed for Governor McDonnell and the Virginia General Assembly.

Questions of governance

From its base in the power center of Washington, D.C., the Global Environmental Governance Project engages the tough problems surrounding international environmental institutions and laws.

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Diane Rehm show features King's new book

"Being With Animals," the latest effort from anthropologist Barbara King, goes on sale Jan. 26. Her new book has generated a substantial amount of pre-press publicity.

W&M offers new minor in marine science

The College of William and Mary, partnering with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will offer a new undergraduate minor in marine science.

Four to be honored with Alumni Medallion

On Feb. 5, the William and Mary Alumni Association will honor W. Samuel Sadler '64, M.Ed. '71, Nicholas St. George '60, J.D. '65 and Earl "Tuggy" Young '59 with the Alumni Medallion during a ceremony on campus.

Irby-Massie lectures in Scotland

Georgia Irby-Massie was invited to deliver a lecture on ancient geographers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. While there she also visited the Antonine Wall

In praise of post-docs

William & Mary's interdisciplinary environmental program is expanding, thanks to a new post-doctoral fellowship program.

Abdul-Karim Rafeq Becomes Honorary Fellow of MESA

The Middle East Studies Association of North America named Professor Abdul-Karim Rafeq, William and Annie Bickers Professor of Arab Middle Eastern Studies, an Honorary Fellow

Best Paper Award at PPoPP Conference

A paper by Eddy Zhang, Yunlian Jiang, and Xipeng Shen, won the Best Paper Award at the 15th ACM SIGPLAN Annual Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP'10).

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Reiss: The art of negotiation

Mitchell Reiss, vice provost for international affairs at the College of William and Mary, talks about the challenges of international negotiations.

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New IIBBS Web Site

IBBSS (pronounced Ibis), the Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies, is a new addition to our web site.

Private gift supports Antarctic research

A private gift from Adrian G. "Casey" Duplantier Jr., matched by 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union of Newport News, will support another season of Antarctic field research for two W&M students¬graduate student Kate Ruck of W&M's School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and W&M undergraduate Sarah Giltz.

An undergraduate think tank?

The Project on International Peace and Security engages undergraduates in knotty security issues—and teaches them how to write policy briefs.

Panoussi Publishes New Book on Vergil

Lily Panoussi's new book on the influence of Greek tragedy on Vergil has emerged from Cambridge University Press.

W&M professor releases DVD for parents of infants

Associate professor of psychology Peter Vishton has created a DVD for parents on the development of children between 0 and 14 months of age. Vishton is the director of the College's Child Research Center.

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End of year message from Dean Strikwerda

Thank you all for a good semester of service, teaching, advising, and creative activity. The College of W&M succeeds due to the combined efforts of all members of our community. On occasion, we have the opportunity to recognize some of those community members, and so I want to announce several awards and note two transitions, as well as share some good development news.

W&M receives $1.31 million grant to implement new history curriculum

The College of William and Mary's School of Education has received a $1.31 million grant from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Program to fund a project that will bring new U.S. history curriculum to middle schools around the nation.

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IR student Samuel Schreck '11 receives NATO internship

Three W&M students have been offered, and have accepted, internships with the U.S. Mission to NATO for the coming summer. Congratulations Samuel!

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ES student Andrea Faatz '10 receives NATO internship

Three W&M students have been offered, and have accepted, internships with the U.S. Mission to NATO for the coming summer. Congratulations Andrea!

Students receive NATO internships

Three W&M students have been offered, and have accepted, internships with the U.S. Mission to NATO for the coming summer.

ChAP scientists comment on benefits of algal biofuel

A letter from several participants in the Chesapeake Algae Program is printed in the leading journal "Science." The writers point out several environmental benefits of using algae as biofuel feedstock.

Teaching and research: All about the sauce

A group of more than 100 faculty, staff and students pondered the recipe of the College's "special sauce" -- a combination of ingredients that, properly blended, allow for the smooth incorporation of research activity into the education of many William & Mary students.

Adam Otstot '04, M.Ed. '07: An Iron Man Amongst Us

Adam Otstot '04, M.Ed. '07 traveled from his home in Williamsburg, to compete in this extraordinary competition that was held in Hawaii this past October. Otstot finished 94th overall, with an impressive 9 hours, 27 minutes and 49 seconds.

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Student authors Guide for Latin

Irene Morrison-Moncure ('11) spent the summer of 2009 working on her Monroe project, a guide to grammar for students of Latin.

Internships in Francophone Europe

William & Mary's first two participants in the College's partnership with the Internships in Francophone Europe are back on campus.

Students research green roof possibilities for W&M campus

Last month, more than 20 students from various organizations - including the College's Committee on Sustainability, the Sharpe Community Scholars Program, the EcoHouse, and the Student Environmental Action Coalition - completed the College's first green roof test plots.

Mercury's travel up the food chain

Professor of Biology Dan Cristol is studying the impact the element mercury, found in rivers, lakes and streams, has on the birds that dwell around the polluted water.

W&M named top public institution in study abroad participation

The College of William and Mary has a greater percentage of undergraduates who participate in study abroad programs than any other public institution offering doctoral degrees in the United States, according to a recent study by the Institute of International Education.

Policy Dialogues in DC: Emerging Trends in Emergency Management

One of the most fascinating aspects of public policy is that its effects can be felt in most areas of daily life. On November 6, Jefferson Program students were given the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of emergency management during the second fall semester policy dialogue.

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Handel Festival a Success in spite of Nor'Easter

The music departments of historic Bruton Parish Church and the College of William and Mary joined with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for "A Handel Festival: Music in the World of George Frideric Handel". Click for photos from some of the events.

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Students Place 14th at ACM Regionals

In the recent ACM Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming contest, a team consisting of Sarah Cameron, Kevin Cox and Joel Gillespie placed 14th out of 161 teams.

Swetnam-Burland lectures in Berlin

New faculty member Molly Swetnam-Burland is in high demand as a speaker on her specialty of Egyptian and Egyptianizing artifacts in Roman art.

Oakley takes his show on the road

John Oakley has been chosen as the Martha Sharp Joukowsky lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America, and will be sharing his knowledge of Greek vase painting with audiences in twelve cities across the US.

Classics student wins Dintersmith fellowship

Senior honors student Megan Shuler was the recipient of a Dintersmith fellowship from the college for honors research. With the support of the fellowship she spent the summer of 2009 researching her honors thesis on Roman domestic architecture, which she is completing under the direction of Molly Swetnam-Burland.

New W&M provost is a Classicist

What can you do with a classics degree? Apparently become the chief academic officer for one of the best universities in the country.

Student designers 'create the world'

Inglis was one of a handful of William & Mary students who approached the theatre department last year and asked if they could serve as the designers for one of the College's main stage productions.

Ed Dept. Grant Awarded

John Eisele and Driss Cherkaoui have been awarded a Dept. of Education grant for their textbook series on Arabic

Student builds contrabass recorder

Callaway spent most of his summer building a contrabass recorder, with the finished product being only slightly shorter than he is.

Award-winning Greek class

Students in Bill Hutton's second-semester Greek class won high honors in the first annual National Greek Exam for first-year Greek students

W&M professor wins Neil Miner Award

Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary, has been proclaimed the winner of the Neil Miner Award by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).

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Spring 2010 Topics Courses Announced

Read about Biology Topics courses offered in the upcoming 2010 Spring Semester (Bio 404 - Topics in Biology course catalog listing).

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Latinos in America

John Riofrio, "Rio," recently published an editorial response to CNN's documentary Latino in America in the Huffington Post

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Monster Virus!

Halloween brings out the phage in some of us.

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Homecoming 2009

Thank you to all those who attended our homecoming reception!

Inaugural Bolin Fellowships announced

The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, the William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts have collaborated to create the Bolin Fellowship which provides tuition and a paid internship for minority students enrolled in the college's joint master of public policy and juris doctorate program.

Greenia elected to Phi Beta Kappa senate

George Greenia, professor of modern languages and literatures at the College of William and Mary, has been elected to the senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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Congratulations EAS faculty publication!

Professor Kevin A. Vose`s new book, Resurrecting Candrakirti: Disputes in the Tibetan Creation of Prasangika, was published from Wisdom Publications in 2009. Congratulations! Read more about its content here.

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Physics Teaching Award

Jeremy Weeden is awarded the 2009 Rolf G. Winter Teaching Award

An out of classroom experience

Remember those hot, sticky summers when your parents made you and your siblings pile into the back of the station wagon, heading out for a long trek to see the great West? Well, for nearly four decades, geology students at William and Mary have made a similar kind of road trip - with their professors instead of parents - by signing up for the Regional Field Geology course, aka Geology 310.

Holmes to present lecture series

David L. Holmes, Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies, will present to the William & Mary community a talk entitled, "College in the 1950s Compared with College Today."

William & Mary to host forum on healthcare reform

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy will host a forum on healthcare reform and how it may impact Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Going Global: Reves Center holds international expo

Hundreds of curious families poured into Trinkle Hall on Family Weekend to meet excited student representatives and alumni of William & Mary's many study abroad and exchange programs.

Stewart, Close earn Emmy Awards

Comedian Jon Stewart '84, one of William & Mary's most famous alumni, has been lauded again by the entertainment industry.

W&M professor receives $1 million NSF grant

Salvatore Saporito, an associate professor of sociology at William & Mary, has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a new database of school attendance boundaries for the country's largest school districts.

W&M's yo-yo guy

Sebastian Brock '11 prepares to compete at the national yo-yo contest.

Armstrong survives Raft Debate

In the battle for the paddle, Physics Professor David Armstrong outlasts the competition.

Christian student observes Muslim 'feast for the faith'

Bailey Thomson was one of millions around the world who recently observed the Islamic tradition of Ramadan. But unlike the majority of those who observe the holy month, Thomson is not a Muslim.

Student brings fringe fest experience to new role

Mary Myers' summer was a whirlwind of rehearsals and performances in two of the biggest cities on the East Coast. Now, she is bringing what she learned from that experience to her next role on the William & Mary main stage.

Larry Wilkerson featured on NPR's "On Point"

Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy Lawrence Wilkerson talked with NPR's "On Point" about increasing troops in Afghanistan and about U.S. there.

Annual 'Raft Debate' to be held Sept. 30

The Raft Debate, a much beloved William & Mary tradition, will be held at the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 pm.

First Sullivan Scholarship winner prepares for semester in England

Andy Allen ('11) is preparing to relish everything the old world has to offer. As the first recipient of the Timothy J. Sullivan Scholarship, he will spend fall semester of his junior year at the University of Nottingham in England.

Halleran to faculty: We control our destiny

New Provost Michael Halleran addresses faculty and discusses the upcoming campus conversation on what it means to be a liberal arts university.

Roy R. Charles Center and Writing Resources Center move

The Roy R. Charles Center and Writing Resources Center, two-well known resources for William & Mary students, will have new homes this fall. Both spaces, which used to be housed in Tucker Hall, will continue to inspire discovery and research.

Sustainability summer interns save thousands

As interns for the Committee on Sustainability (COS), Tyler Koontz '09 and Judi Sclafani '11 spent their summer months evaluating William & Mary's recycling and waste services. Thanks to that work - and a recommendation by the students - the College will now save $40,000 annually.

Today's class and life after college

In the first meeting of the 2009-2010 University Teaching Project, W&M faculty discussed what they would like their students to be able to "do" 10 years after leaving W&M.

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NiCad at William & Mary

NiCad, a multi-national experimental rock band from the Hague, will visit the William and Mary Campus for concerts and student workshops featuring their eclectic style and unique approach to digital music.

James B. Comey's remarks at Convocation

The following are the prepared remarks of Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey ('82) for Opening Convocation 2009. - Ed.

Greenhouse gas emissions reduced 16% since 2002

William & Mary reduced its carbon emissions 16 percent per square foot of building space since 2002, according to the College's first official greenhouse gas inventory released this week.

Serghi brings music to Kenyan school

Serghi, an associate professor of music at William & Mary, met Cynthia and dozens of other children with similar stories during a week-long service trip to their school this summer.

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Alex Gunderson's work featured in BBC story

Alex Gunderson (W&M '07) published a paper with Dr. Mark Forsyth and Dr. John Swaddle that is featured in a story by the BBC. Alex's work points to effects that feather-degrading bacteria have on bluebird plummage coloration and health.

Morgan Faulkner ('12): A proud Virginia heritage

Morgan Faulkner, a rising sophomore at the College, is a member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe in King William, Va. She came to the College last year as William & Mary's first Trevarthen Scholarship recipient.

Basement to ceiling

Seniors in the geology department do a whirlwind tour from the bottom of a slate quarry to the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Robin Looft-Wilson receives the 2009 Alumni Fellowship Award

Robin Looft-Wilson is one of five recipients of the 2009 Alumni Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching and will be recognized at the Fall Awards Banquet in September with a $1,000 honorarium.

W&M alumni, students bring 'Usher' to Fringe Festivals

Just two years after debuting his "Tragedy! A Musical Comedy" in New York's Fringe Festival, Michael Johnson ('09) is back again with a new musical, and a cast and crew of William & Mary students and alumni are helping to bring it to life.

Are eagles nesting near your house?

The Center for Conservation Biology has mapped out on a website all known bald eagle nests in Virginia. Know of one not listed? Tell them about it.

Prof. Zhou Awarded NSF Grant

NSF has awarded an ECCS-IHCS grant on Multi-Scale QoS for Body Sensor Networks to Professor Gang Zhou. This 3-year project is in collaboration with both the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia.

Iran's election hits close to home for W&M student

In the days and weeks that followed Iran's election, the world watched as protests and violence filled the country's streets. For one William & Mary student, the conflict hit especially close to home.

Virginia Shakespeare Festival kicks off its 31st season

The Virginia Shakespeare Festival, with William & Mary Theatre Professor Christopher Owens serving as its producing artistic director, kicked off its 31st season at Phi Beta Kappa Hall last night. This year's season includes three smash hits and a professional company recruited from all over the country.

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Tracking map

The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary – Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy have successfully used state of the art, 9.5 gram, satellite transmitters to track five whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) from a migratory staging area in Virginia to their breeding grounds near Hudson Bay.

CCB tracks whimbrels to Hudson Bay

The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary - Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy have successfully used state of the art, 9.5 gram, satellite transmitters to track five whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) from a migratory staging area in Virginia to their breeding grounds near Hudson Bay.

Dean Strikwerda announces new Dean for Educational Policy

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of the Faculty in Arts and Sciences at William & Mary, sent the following e-mail to A&S faculty and staff regarding the appointment of Teresa Long, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, to Dean for Educational Policy.

Ecofashion: We're not only what we wear

We're also who made what we wear and what it's made from. (And other fashion truisms that will keep green the new black.)

Alumna Profile

I remember the original plan: work for a couple of years after college, then go to graduate school full-time.

Student Profile

I am an environmental policy and international relations double-major.