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2010-11 News Archive

In the media: Faculty inform the press

Out of context features faculty members from the College of William and Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

In the media: Faculty inform the press

Out of context features faculty members from the College of William and Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

In the media: Faculty inform the press

Out of context features faculty members from the College of William and Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

Patrick Hayes Writers Series, 2011-12

Each year the English Department invites distinguished writers to campus to read from their work and meet with student writers. This yea's readings will be held in the Muscarelle Museum's gallery, and the public is cordially invited.

Sharpe Project Goes to the Dogs

For Kelly O’Toole '14, the opportunity to combine her interest in biology and anthropology with her passion for animals provided the perfect starting point to develop her Sharpe Community Scholars Program summer project.

Good news, bad news for rare woodpeckers

Virginia's breeding population of red-cockaded woodpeckers reached a new high this year, with nine breeding pairs documented in late May.

Professor takes on SAM presidency while finishing three books

Katherine Preston recently took the helm of the Society for American Music. But overseeing a national scholarly organization with close to 1,000 members isn’t the only thing keeping the musicology professor busy this year.


Awards won by our distinguished RPSS students this year!

W&M joins Virginia Nanoelectronics Center

The William & Mary group is part of a new industry-academia-government collaboration, the Virginia Nanoelectronics Center (ViNC). ViNC is based at the University of Virginia; the partnership also includes Old Dominion University.

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Greek Class aces National Greek Exam

In this year's National Greek Exam, William & Mary's first-year Greek students scored 31% higher than the national average.

Class of 2011
Graduation 2011

Our 2011 graduates receive their diplomas and awards.

2011 Commencement awards

Several awards are presented annually to graduates, staff and faculty members during the William & Mary Commencement ceremony.

Carl J. Strikwerda
End-of-the-Year Report from the Dean

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of Arts & Sciences, sent the following end-of-the-year message to members of the faculty and staff on May 14.

W&M a leader in alternative breaks

William & Mary was once again a leader in the area of service during the 2010-11 academic year, according to data collected by Break Away, a nonprofit organization that helps colleges promote alternative break programs.

Professors share thoughts on '12 election with D.C. alumni

On May 5, Professor and Government Department Chair John McGlennon and John Marshall Professor Ron Rapoport spoke to 70 alumni, students, professors and Board of Visitors members at the Washington D.C. offices of DLA Piper about their research concerning what's in store for the 2012 elections.

Senior selected for fellowship in Germany

Ariana Berger '11 has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany.

Muscarelle: Where science meets art

More than 800 students from Williamsburg-James City County, Newport News, York and Hampton County, participated in the second annual “Science Behind Art” event.

Eddy Zhang is the Recipient of a 2011 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Eddy Zheng Zhang has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. While the department has been the home of two prior finalists (Anne Huang, B.S. '05, and Meghan Revelle, Ph.D. '10), Eddy is the first William & Mary student to be a recipient of this prestigious scholarship.

The Bay Game: A simulation of the Chesapeake's health

Students in William & Mary’s Watershed Dynamics class convened in the basement of Tyler and assumed the virtual roles of stakeholders —land developers, farmers, watermen, and local regulators—to simulate the challenges inherent in Chesapeake Bay management.

Undergrad researchers win APS fellowships

Two William & Mary undergraduates, Julia Crowley '13 and Stephanie Mutchler '12, were recently awarded summer research fellowships from the American Physiological Society (APS).

Oakley awarded prestigious Plumeri Award

John Oakley was awarded the prestigious Plumeri Award for his exemplary achievements in teaching, research, and service to the College.

Junior awarded Beinecke Scholarship

Adam Lerner '12 recently became the seventh student from William & Mary to be awarded the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

Alumni art exhibition honors retiring professor

The Old Power Plant: 35 Years of Ceramics at William & Mary features work by ceramic artists who studied under Marlene Jack. Closing exhibition Thursday, April 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Andrews Gallery.

Computer Science Students Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Mark Nauta and Jennifer Thorne have been selected as Phi Beta Kappa Spring 2011 Initiates, the highest academic honor awarded to liberal arts students in the United States.

Rachel Smith '10: Driving into the future

After graduating with a double-major in linguistics and sociology, Rachel Smith finds her job at U.S. News to be the perfect way to blend her passion for service and her love for communications.

Isil and Thomas Dillig are to Join the Department of Computer Science

Isil and Tom Dillig are currently doctoral students in the Stanford Computer Science Department. They have accepted offers to join the Department of Computer Science at William & Mary as Assistant Professors, starting with the Spring 2012 semester.

Hope has returned (and scientists are amazed)

Hope is a whimbrel, a species of shorebird known for its long migrations. She was captured on May 19, 2009 on the Eastern Shore and fitted with a solar transmitter by scientists from the Center for Conservation Biology.

Candlelight vigil held for Japan

The dancing yellow glow of candlelight illuminated the faces of about 70 William & Mary and local community members who gathered in the Wren Yard Monday night to remember the victims of the earthquake that devastated Japan just one month ago.

Ashley Edward Miller '94: Writing and living his dream

For Ashley Edward Miller '94, his dreams truly have become his reality. His experience is a shining example of how an education at the College of William and Mary can change a person, allowing them to point their career and life in any direction.

W&M theatre professor learns ancient art

William & Mary Theatre Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas recently spent time in Japan learning the ancient traditional art of Noh Theatre

Anthropologist talks about animal friendships on 'Sunday Morning'

Stories and videos featuring unlikely animal friendships have been going viral on the internet lately, prompting a major network television news magazine to seek out William & Mary anthropologist Barbara King to add some context to the phenomenon.

Adam Stackhouse
SXSW Calling Adam Stackhouse '04

On a quiet Friday evening last fall, more than 800 people around the William and Mary campus pushed play on their mobile device at the same moment—and began what could be the next big social technology phenomenon of our time.

Cheryl Dickter
WMSURE Award for WM Scholars

The William and Mary Scholar Award is presented each year to a small, select group of students who have overcome unusual adversity and/or would add to the diversity of the campus community.

Global peace workshop inspires W&M students

UN Goodwill Ambassador and Junoon lead singer, Salman Ahmad, educates students about the world of international service and global wellness projects.

W&M a powerhouse at World Model U.N. Conference

At the Harvard University-sponsored World Model U.N. (WorldMUN) Conference held March 14-18 in Singapore, 11 out of 14 William & Mary delegates took home diplomacy awards -- a number only surpassed by only one other delegation.

For John Gerner '80, Life is a Rollercoaster

If you are a fan of log flumes or simulators, theme parks or snow domes, chances are you have encountered some of the work of John Gerner '80, who graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Secondary Education.

Senior's music project benefits local schoolchildren

As part of her senior music project, Tidaback is spending her final semester as an undergraduate working at the school in a new partnership between it and the William & Mary music department.

10th Graduate Research Symposium opens March 25

Hundreds of graduate students from 16 institutions will gather at the College of William & Mary on March 25 & 26 for the tenth annual Graduate Research Symposium. The theme of the event is "Preparing Scholars/Presenting Excellence."

W&M chapter of PBK announces award winners

The College of William and Mary's Alpha of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa gathers annually to celebrate the academic and professional achievement of its membership.

Devastated, but determined: W&M effort to aid Japan

Launched today, the W&M Japan Recovery Initiative, is an easy, user friendly website to serve as an informational tool for those wishing to assist relief and recovery efforts in Japan.

Lemon Project symposium set for March 19

The Lemon Project at the College of William and Mary will host its 2011 spring symposium on March 19 at The Bruton Heights School in Williamsburg, Va.

Symposium to showcase graduate students' research

The Tenth Annual Graduate Research Symposium, a two-day, broadly themed academic conference designed to bring together graduate students in differing areas of study in the Arts & Sciences, will be held at the Sadler Center on the campus of the College of William & Mary on March 25-26, 2011.

Talks, exhibits explore women's history

Several upcoming events at William & Mary provide the campus and local communities an opportunity to celebrate Women's History Month through educational events and exhibits.

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Let's Move!

“Our students come here looking for opportunities to discover new things and to work closely with faculty and share ideas. The SHIP project helps give them that,” says Professor Mellor.

Ronald Reagan and the prickly art of compromise

A compromise between Democrats and Republicans would help avert the confrontation looming over the budget. In the current atmosphere, however, compromise is seen as a sell-out, not a crucial element of governing. Tea Party adherents admire Ronald Reagan and scorn compromise, but Reagan understood the need for compromise.

A record year for eagles on the James

The bald eagle breeding population along the James River has set a new record, with 165 breeding pairs of the birds documented in early March.

'Collision Course': Manna on No Child Left Behind

In his new book "Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities," Paul Manna details the successes and failures of No Child Left Behind.

W&M Professor to appear on WHRO’s ‘Another View’

Professor of English Terry Meyers believes a building now used to house a portion of the College’s ROTC Program may be home to the 18th-Century Bray School and would be the oldest existing building in the United States for the education of enslaved and free blacks. Tune in Friday, March 4, at 9 p.m. to hear more about his research.

Psychology Welcomes New Faculty Member

We are excited to welcome Dr. Joanna Schug to the Psychology Department this fall. Dr. Schug graduated from Hokkaido University in Japan and is a cross-cultural psychologist.

Alan Wallach
Saying Goodbye

Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History, Alan Wallach, Retires

Relache Excels, Duo Delights

The Virginia Gazette recently printed a review of two events related to the Music Department: The Ewell Concert Series Relâche concert and the Williamsburg Music Club's fund raiser featuring W&M adjunct faculty Christine Neihaus and Harris Simon.

Whipping the SciClone

Rachel Taylor '11 has developed a suite of software to monitor the performance of SciClone.

Dance, art professors collaborate on 'Symbol'

For some William & Mary professors, research consists of sitting at a desk poring over academic papers or sitting in a lab conducting science experiments. But as Professor of Dance Joan Gavaler shows through her latest piece, entitled "Symbol," research at the College doesn’t always come with hypotheses and conclusions.

A Varied Career that Grows and Changes

“There are a lot of different things you can do with this degree that never would have crossed my mind when I graduated,” says Kara Snyder Smith '05.

PIPS and CIA present crisis simulation competition

The Central Intelligence Agency joined forces with William & Mary’s Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) to conduct the first-ever Crisis Simulation Competition, described as " a Model U.N. for the intelligence community."

UG Symposium
2011 Undergradute Symposium

Physics Students represent the department at recent Undergraduate Symposium.

Professor Haulman to Retire in 2011

As a much-appreciated economics professor, successful advocate of curriculum reform, notable author, and community leader, there’s no question that Haulman has created an indelible legacy at the College.

Spaeth wins Faculty Governance Award

Professor Spaeth recently received the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Governance Award for her outstanding service to our Department and the College.

Zero to co-authorship in under three years

William & Mary's first freshman phage lab has demonstrated what possibly is the straightest learning curve known to science: zero to co-authorship in a peer-reviewed journal in under three years.

W&M celebrates Black History Month

From gospel choirs to quilts, the William & Mary community is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of on-campus events.

John Gilmour to appear on WHRV’s HearSay

When it comes to grading presidents, do they get a pass or fail? Professor of Government and Public Policy John Gilmour gives his expertise with HearSay's Cathy Lewis on Thursday, Feb. 17.

2011 Faculty Governance Awards

Two Arts & Sciences faculty members were recently recognized for their service to their colleagues and the College.

W&M hosts national colloquium on minority studies

Nationally recognized scholars and activists discuss topics such as human rights, critical pedagogies, native issues and race and immigration Feb. 24-26 on the College campus. Free and open to the public.

One man’s video game is another's exercise regime

Standing on a balance board created by Nintendo for its Wii Fit series, Dr. Ergin -- a retired octogenarian internist who good-naturedly prefers to call himself "mid-mature" -- is participating in a variety of exercises displayed on a nearby television. All the while he is under the watchful eye of Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences Ray McCoy and student assistant Laura Halley '11.

Unlocking the diaries

A collection of diaries on display in Swem Library through March.

Linda Lavin '59 joins Theater Hall of Fame

W&M alumna and renowned actress Linda Lavin '59 was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City's Gershwin Theatre on Jan. 24.

W&M jazz vocalist to present tribute to Billie Holiday

William & Mary voice teacher and jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian will present a tribute to jazz great Billie Holiday in the next event of the Department of Music's Ewell Concert Series.

Carl J. Strikwerda
Spring 2011 Message from the Dean

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of Arts & Sciences, sent the following beginning-of-semester message to members of the faculty on January 26.

Alumnus Receives an NSF CAREER Award

Heng Yin (Ph.D., 2009) has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for "Binary and Virtualization Centric Malware Defense." Heng is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University.

Zia-ur Rahman Killed in a Car Crash

Zia-ur (Zia) Rahman, a former member of the Department of Computer Science, was killed December 16 in a single-car accident when his car ran off an icy road and struck a guardrail on Interstate 81.

Chord Sourcing by Tradition

The Appalachian Music Ensemble preserves and teaches the art of Appalachian music.

Harbron to receive Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award

Elizabeth Harbron, associate professor of chemistry, is the 2011 winner of William & Mary's Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, an honor bestowed each Charter Day to a younger faculty member at the College.

Will Morris to receive 2011 Monroe Prize

Morris, a New Kent, Va., native majoring in psychology and minoring in community studies, will receive this year's Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership at the College's annual Charter Day ceremony, to be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 4 in William & Mary Hall.

Researchers document the biology behind a sex oddity

A paper published in the prestigious online journal Nature Communications reveals the molecular biology behind a certain worm’s ability to break—or at least ignore—the laws of Mendelian genetics.

Glenn Shean
Borgenicht Grant

The Borgenicht Program for Aging Studies and Exercise Science awards grant to Prof. Shean.

Five to be honored with William & Mary Alumni Medallion

On Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 2011 the William and Mary Alumni Association will honor Sue Hanna Gerdelman '76, Marilyn Ward Midyette '75, J. Robert "Bob" Mooney '66, Michael K. Powell '85 and Rene Henry '54 with the Alumni Medallion during a ceremony on campus.

Carl J. Strikwerda
January 2011 Message from the Dean

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of Arts & Sciences, sent the following message to members of the faculty on January 11.

Grant Award for Professor Gang Zhou

Gang Zhou has been awarded a Faculty Interdisciplinary Initiatives Grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Humanities.

Paul Kieffaber
Grant Award for Professor Kieffaber

Paul Kieffaber, Assistant Professor of Psychology, has been awarded a Faculty Interdisciplinary Initiatives Grant.

W&M plays large role in economic diversification report

William & Mary played a significant role in the Historic Triangle Collaborative's Economic Diversity Task Force, which released a report of its recommendations in September 2010 after a year of research and discussion.

Alumnus Publishes a Book

Rance Necaise (Ph.D. '98) is the author of the new book "Data Structures and Algorithms Using Python" (Wiley, 2010). Rance's new book gives programmers complete coverage of abstraction and basic data structures and algorithms in the Python language.

Students intern with Welsh Assembly

Lauren Campbell '12 is the latest student to be selected for an intern position in the still relatively new Welsh Assembly.

W&M becomes 'sister university' with UESTC

William & Mary has entered into a "sister university" arrangement with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), a relationship that both sides hope will generate a wide range of mutually beneficial educational and research initiatives.

Paul Mapp publishes The Elusive West

Associate Professor of History Paul Mapp has published The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763.

Undergraduates win Gold and Bronze

William and Mary students win gold and bronze at "The University Physics Competition," an international contest for undergraduate students.

Live from New York, it's Sophia Serghi

W&M Associate Professor of Music is teaming with the FLUX String Quartet for a performance of her original compositions Dec. 7 at Carnegie Hall.

A is for aha. AA is for aati.

Linguists will tell you that a language can begin to die in a single generation—if it is not passed down to children.

Computer Science Major Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

George Albert (Bert) Cortina has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa, founded at William & Mary in 1776, is the highest academic honor awarded to liberal arts students in the United States.

Two researchers recognized at symposium

Two William & Mary scientists working in the laboratory of R. A. Lukaszew recently were recognized at the 57th International Symposium of the American Vacuum Society.

Student's composition to debut at WMSO concert

As the winner of last year's orchestral commission competition through the music department, Laney was asked to create an original musical score between three and eight minutes.

FLUX String Quartet concert on Dec. 3

W&M's newest artists in residence will highlight the work of Associate Professor of Music Sophia Serghi, as well as David First, Annie Gosfield, Bumki Kim, and Bunita Marcus.

Sander Gilman Visits W&M

By invitation of the German Studies Section of Modern Languages and Literatures, Professor Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, was a guest at the College of William & Mary Wednesday, November 17th.

Hindu Temple, Richmond VA
Art of India Trip to Hindu Temple & VMFA

Visiting Assistant Professor Melissa Kerin along with students from her Art of India course visited the Hindu Center in Richmond to observe Hindu rituals. They also visited the VMFA where they discussed the sensitive issue of the acquisition and display of Indian religious objects.

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2010 Homecoming Weekend

This year's Homecoming had delightful weather, a win for the football team in overtime, and warm reunions with friends and faculty.

Acclaimed filmmaker speaks with students

Hollywood director and documentarian Tom Shadyac came to Williamsburg last week to talk with students and screen his newest film "I Am."

Professor Raitt Addresses Glasgow Conference

In November, Professor Suzanne Raitt traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to be one of the keynote speakers at "Unlacing Orlando," an inspirational day of lectures and discussions celebrating Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece.

W&M community considers impacts of growth

And if the College’s student body does grow – even modestly -- what are the impacts to academics, students life, admissions, finances and the local community?

The Ewell Concert Series Presents Trefoil

Trefoil--Medieval trio of singer-instrumentalists (soprano, counter-tenor, lute, harp). Co-sponsored by the Reves Center for International Studies. Free admission.

Elizabeth Mead
Mead given Alumni Fellowship Award

The 2010 winners of the annual Alumni Association awards were honored at a banquet at the William and Mary Alumni House on Sept. 16. Among this year’s winners of the Alumni Fellowship awards was Associate Professor of Art, Elizabeth Mead.

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W&M Hispanic Studies Students Nominated for Film Award

Hispanic Studies students Rob Marty, Danielle Dwyer, Scott Brewington, and Paula Billingsley are finalists in the Fair Trade Fits Video Contest. Watch the video and cast your vote for them.

Professor to make second appearance on Fox

Professor Melvin Patrick Ely will appear on Friday's "Fox and Friends" discussing the role of free and enslaved blacks during the Civil War.

Tree dedication ceremony to be held for Todd Weaver

The Veterans Society of William & Mary is hosting a tree dedication ceremony in honor of Army 1st Lt. Todd Weaver at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Wren Building’s Great Hall and the Wren Yard.

Therkelsen Takes up Environmental Postdoc

In 2010 Jes Therkelsen begins a two-year residency on campus, teaching and experimenting with how scientists can use visual communication to better publicize their work.

Lilia Boyadjieva Presents a Master Class

Pianist Lilia Boyadjieva, who was in town to perform as part of the Ewell Concert Series, presented a Master Class in Ewell Recital Hall on Friday, October 29th.

Todd Durkin '93: Helping people get in shape, both mind and body

In this era of Wii and HDTV, where new statistics are always proving that Americans are not exercising enough and are eating the wrong foods, it is easy to think that we are all destined to spend the better part of our day on the couch watching life flicker away. Until you meet Todd Durkin '93.

Mainstage musical means new experiences for all

When Rogers and Hammerstein's classic cowboy opera "Oklahoma!" opens at Phi Beta Kappa Hall next weekend, it will represent more than just two months of hard work.

Mel Ely featured on Fox

William R. Kenan Jr., Professor of Humanities Mel Ely appeared Nov. 7 on Fox's "American's News Headquarters."

Student honors grandmother's 'Oklahoma' legacy

When Elsie Arnold responded to an audition notice posted on a 3x5 index card in the 1940s, she had no idea that she'd soon be cast in what would become one of Broadway's most famous and longest-running musicals: "Oklahoma!"

Aniko Toth
Aniko Toth's frog presentation wins award

The Virginia Herpetological Society honored W&M biology major Aniko Toth for her presentation at their annual meeting held in October.

Applied music faculty use real-world experience in teaching

For Judy Zwelling, director of applied music and piano instructor, having a faculty with “real-world” performance experience is only natural for a department whose purpose is to train professional musicians who may end up playing for an audience themselves one day.

A Festschrift for Rafeq

W&M's pioneering Bickers Professor of Arab Middle Eastern Studies will receive bound volume of essays written in his honor at upcoming conference in San Diego.

2010 MLL Homecoming Reception

Our First Annual MLL Homecoming Reception, held in the Reves Room on Friday, October 22, was a huge success. Current faculty and students hosted the event for returning alums and emeritus faculty.

Janice Zeman
If You're in Nova Scotia...

you might want to attend a Colloquium by William & Mary Psychology Professor Janice Zeman

W&M Faculty Perform Bach in Norfolk

Three W&M Department of Music members who specialize in performing on historic instruments took part in a period instrumental performance of a Bach Cantata this fall in Norfolk.

Paul Manna
New book from Prof. Paul Manna

Paul Manna has published a new book about the implementation of the "No Child Left Behind" education reform.

"Here comes the white coats" Photo courtesy of Tiffany Broadbent, W&M Creative Services
2010 Homecoming Parade Float wins 2nd place.

Students from the Kinesiology & Health Sciences department with Ray McCoy’s help (and his 1940 John Deere tractor) entered a float in the 2010 Homecoming parade. The theme was “Mythic Physiological Function of the Griffin.”

Mozart Meets The Clash

Sophia Serghi's "Chamber Punk" on With Good Reason.

W&M's Serghi to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Sophia Serghi, Associate Professor of Music at William & Mary, will present a new series of her original compositions at Carnegie Hall on December 7, 2010 at 8:00pm.

Steinway a 'perfect gift' for W&M's Music Department

Roller donated the piano to the department this summer. It is currently being used in the Ewell Hall studio of Ryan Fletcher, Lecturer of Voice and Director of the Opera Workshop at the College.

Philip Forgit: Teaching beyond the classroom

As an eighth grader, Philip Forgit '89, M.A.Ed. '95 decided he would like to become a teacher — he figured having summers off would give him a "nice schedule." Reasons for his career choice aside, Forgit's experience in the world of education has proven to be extraordinarily "nice" in many ways.

W&M students participate in town hall with Obama

Oh was one of at least nine William & Mary students and alumni who participated in a town hall meeting with President Barack Obama Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C.

W&M students to participate in town hall with Obama

Oh is one of at least four William & Mary students who have been selected to participate in a televised town hall meeting with President Barack Obama on Oct. 14. The interactive, one-hour event titled "A Conversation with President Obama" will air live and commercial-free on MTV, MTVu, BET, Centric, TR3s and CMT at 4 p.m. (ET) and stream live on, and

Lei Lu
Best Student Paper Award at ITC 22

A paper by Lei Lu with Andrew Caniff, Ningfang Mi, Lucy Cherkasova, and Evgenia Smirni won the Best Student Paper Award at the 22nd International Teletraffic Congress (ITC 22) that was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, September 7-9.

Best Paper Award at the IEEE ICNP 2010 Conference

A paper on which Prof. Gang Zhou collaborated has won the Best Paper Award at the 18th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2010).

Hitchens, Wilkerson debate Middle East policy

The possibility of regime change in Iran and the balance of power in the Middle East were just two of the topics discussed in a debate on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East between journalist Christopher Hitchens and Government Professor Lawrence Wilkerson at William & Mary on Monday.

Shannon Lee Dawdy is among 2010 class of MacArthur Fellows

Shannon Lee Dawdy, who received her M.A. from William & Mary's Department of Anthropology in 1994, is one of a class of 23 new MacArthur Fellows announced Sept. 28 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Gabon president talks sustainability at W&M

History will be the judge on how the world and its leaders respond to evidence that human activity continues to pollute and change the world, Africa's Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondima told a group of faculty, staff and students Saturday afternoon.

Got it on eBay

Virologist Kurt Williamson bought a "new" transmission electron microscope on eBay, paying a small fraction of the price of a new TEM.

Raft Debate slated for Sept. 29

In the return of what has been described as "a much beloved William & Mary tradition," the annual Raft Debate will take place this year in the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Joesph Galano
2010 Graves Award

Associate Psychology Professor Joe Galano and Professor of Sociology Kate Slevin were named recipients of the 2010 Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Award during the William & Mary Commencement ceremony.

Stephanie Hasselbacher
Safeguarding Our Threatened Linguistic Heritage

Anthropology PhD candidate Stephanie Hasselbacher has won a grant enabling her to participate in a project to document and help protect an endangered American Indian language.

Malcom Gethers
Distinguished Paper Award at ICSM'10 Conference

A paper by Malcom Gethers and Denys Poshyvanyk won the Distinguished Paper Award at the 26th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM 2010).

Best Paper Award at the Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation

A paper by Denys Poshyvanyk in collaboration with Béla Újházi, Rudolf Ferenc and Tibor Gyimóthy from the University of Szeged receives the Best Paper Award at the 10th IEEE International Working Conference on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation (SCAM 2010).

Paul Scott '88: Back to the 'Burg

When Paul Scott '88 first came to Williamsburg as a visiting high school student, he swore he'd never come back. Over 20 years later, Scott can call himself a graduate of the College of William and Mary, a Williamsburg resident, and a Williamsburg businessman.

W&M receives $500k for biofuel study

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the College of William and Mary $500,000 to study various aspects of using wild aquatic algae as both biofuel feedstock and as a medium for helping to clean contaminated waterways.

W&M mourns the loss of Todd Weaver '08

The William & Mary and Williamsburg communities are mourning the death of College alumnus and Army 1st Lt. Todd W. Weaver.

Sondra Woodward '96: Voice of the morning

If you have ever listened to National Public Radio's Morning Edition in the Hampton Roads, Va. area, chances are you have listened to Sondra Woodward.

Carl J. Strikwerda
Fall 2010 Message from the Dean

Carl Strikwerda, Dean of Arts & Sciences, sent the following beginning-of-year message to members of the faculty on September 7.

W&M faculty experts often called upon by national media

William & Mary faculty and staff experts were called on by national media outlets with increasing regularity over the past academic year. Articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Washington Post and the L.A. Times, just to name a few, featured William & Mary experts.

Philosophy Club Kicks Off the New Year

The first philosophy club meeting involved a discussion of free will and moral responsibility. Philosophy club will meet weekly on Friday afternoons.

Bone fragments represent unprecedented discovery

Laboratory analysis by the College of William and Mary’s Center for Archaeological Research (WMCAR) has revealed that the bone fragments found this summer in two unmarked graves on campus are the remains of dogs interred some two centuries ago.

Walch's strip is up and running

W&M senior Olivia Walch '11, chosen America's Next Great Cartoonist in Washington Post contest, made her debut today.

Student to host film screening on Hurricane Katrina anniversary

Though more comfortable wielding words than a hammer or saw, Joe Boselovic '11 spent a month this spring in the city of New Orleans attaching siding and painting walls in an area still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Hume's Influence

Professor Elizabeth Radcliffe recently delivered a keynote address at an international conference on the philosophy of David Hume.

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Students win summer fellowships

Irene Morrison Moncure and Sam McVane have been awarded fellowships to support summer research on their honors projects.

W&M student examines representations of women in vampire pop culture

Though the third installment of the "Twilight" series, based on the teen novels by Stephanie Meyer, spurred some young people to line up for tickets or for the chance to see one of the film's stars, one William & Mary student is spending her summer looking at the vampire pop culture phenomenon from a different angle.

Faculty Awarded NSF Grant on Software Maintenance

Prof. Poshyvanyk was awarded an NSF grant on Software Maintenance, which is a collaborative project with Huzefa Kagdi at Winston-Salem State University.

Faculty Receives 3-Year NSF Award

Prof. Denys Poshyvanyk was awarded an NSF grant to support a 3-year project on software traceability.

Let the garden grow

Jane Gray Morris '13 uses a summer grant from the Committee on Sustainability to revitalize sustainably gardening behind the Caf.

'A 40-foot hole in the water'

A team of students and faculty launch an experimental algae-cultivation flume in Lake Matoaka. It's an initiative of the Chesapeake Algae Project (ChAP), whose goal is to generate algae-based biofuel.

Adding a New Dimension

2-D artist Ryan Lewis '10 experiments with ceramic techniques and forms, starting with simple cylinders and moving on to more complex shapes.

Creating Little Shop of Horrors

From sketching the scene through the dress rehearsal, Connor Hogan '10 and Chelsea Reba '12 worked with Professor Owens to develop Act II, Scene 1 of this popular classic.

Hawk in the house!

The saga of William & Mary's family of Cooper's hawks continues.

W&M's Terry Meyers featured in Post, Chronicle

Research by English Professor Terry Meyers regarding the 18th Century Bray School and its possible connection to a College building located on the edge of campus.

W&M Murray Scholar wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Francesca Fornasini '10, a former Murray Scholar at the College of William & Mary, has received a National Science Foundation award that she will use to help with her post-graduate studies this fall at the University of California-Berkeley.

Virginia Shakespeare Fest begins

The Virginia Shakespeare Festival will kick off its 32nd season July 7 in the College of William and Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall.

Bruce Campbell: One of W&M's unsung Fulbright heroes

Much of their success is owed to the support and opportunities offered to them by the College's faculty members and staff members, who work tirelessly with students across the disciplines to prepare them for the scholarships.

Governor announces appointments to William & Mary Board of Visitors

L. Clifford Schroeder, Sr. HON '08, Edward L. Flippen M.B.A. '67, J.D. '74, and Laura L. Flippin '92 have been appointed to William & Mary's Board of Visitors, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced Thursday. Additionally, Charles A. Banks III HON '05 has been reappointed to a second term on the College's governing body.

Alum helps detect history

Ryan Lintelman '09 will be interviewed on the PBS show "History Detectives" on Monday, July 5.

Ragini Acharya '10

Recent William and Mary graduate Ragini Acharya was named the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Recent graduate becomes City Council's newest member

Scott Foster '10, the first William & Mary student ever elected to Williamsburg City Council, officially took office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Courthouse of 1770 in Colonial Williamsburg. A short time later, the council elected W&M Economics Professor Clyde Haulman as the city's next mayor.

Beckman Scholars are focused on research

Frederick Lambert of Powhatan, Va., and Brittany Lewis of Andover, Mass., are receiving financial support for continuing their mentored research work over two summers plus their senior year at the College.

2010 Faculty Governance Awards

The Dean's Office, with these awards, is pleased to recognize the contributions of two faculty members.

It's Better to Be There

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.

Traffic Control

Lizabeth Allison studies nuclear transport, but her work has nothing to do with nuclear energy.

Changing the World in 6-page increments

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

Never trust a whimbrel

These shifty, stilt-legged shorebirds continue to surprise even seasoned scientists.

In praise of post-docs

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

Memories of Strange Fruit

William & Mary's Susan Donaldson spearheads important scholarship on the dark days of lynching...and their present-day echoes.

For whom the bell didn't toll

A group of students journey to Spain to trace the twisted threads of the legacy of that country's tragic civil war.

ChAP: Biofuel from aquatic algae

A number of researchers converge on a way to take algae and make it into fuel on an industrial scale.

Mercury: It's not just in fish anymore

Songbirds feeding near the contaminated South River are showing high levels of mercury, even though they aren't eating food from the river itself.