In the media: Faculty inform the press

This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

In the media: Faculty inform the press

This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

In the media: Faculty inform the press

This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

W&M student wins local film award

Patrick Jenkins '14 recently won top prizes in the James River Film Society's Short Film Competition.

Charity Hudley's book explores how to 'do language right'

Co-authored by Christine Mallinson, an associate professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, the book examines how educators and students communicate, as well as how students understand what is being communicated by authors who are commonly read in secondary English classrooms.

Taking Thoreau into the woods — deliberately

As a summer counselor at Camp Takodah in the woods of New Hampshire, Madeline Benjamin led a group of teenage girls in a non-traditional learning experience that she based off of the theory and thought of perhaps the ultimate camp counselor — Henry David Thoreau.

Writing about war: A veterans writing workshop

A Dec. 6 & 7 workshop at W&M, coordinated by undergraduate students in conjunction with the Veterans Writing Project, will help service members and their families share their stories.

Learning to tell the stories of science at William & Mary

Dorothy Ibes, the newest Mellon environmental postdoctoral scholar, will teach a spring semester class in science communications, an experience that she hopes will bring some of those stories to light.

From the W&M campus to the streets of Cebu

As the Philippines continue to deal with the impact of the massive storm that struck in early November, William & Mary is also continuing its efforts to support that recovery process, working on the W&M campus, in the halls of D.C. and in the streets of Cebu.

Congratulations to Professor Pamela Hunt

Congratulations to Professor Pamela Hunt who has has been named the 2013-2014 President, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP).

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TechCon: Reviewing the past, improving the future

Students from eight university labs, USAID staffers and international development leaders convened Nov. 16-18 to evaluate what they've done and where they're going.

W&M Global Film Festival launches 2014 theme with screenings, special guests

On Nov. 22 at the Kimball Theatre, the W&M Global Film Festival will launch its 2014 theme “Journeys & Passages” with an evening of Chilean-American programming featuring special guests Chilean director Sebastián Silva and American actor Michael Cera.

W&M No. 1 among publics for smallest gap between white, black grad rates

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education recently published a report on selective colleges and universities with the smallest gap between white and black students’ graduation rates, and William & Mary was shown to have the smallest gap of all public institutions on the list.

W&M Wind Ensemble gets Centaur Records recording deal

The William & Mary Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Paul Bhasin, has been busy rehearsing and recording sessions for the release of a new album through Centaur Records.

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W&M delegation visits Chinese partners

Led by President Reveley, the delegation traveled to three cities, connected with alumni and discussed future ventures with prestigious Chinese universities.

Welcome to the e-learning lab

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

Effort under way at W&M to support typhoon recovery

The world is now mobilizing to help the hundreds of thousands who were impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and William & Mary is joining that effort, asking College's family to become "heroes" for the Filipino family.

William & Mary leads nation in study abroad among public universities

The College of William & Mary has the highest percentage of undergraduates who participate in study abroad programs compared to any other public university in the United States, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education.

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Rachel Faith 14' accepted into PBK

RPSS student Rachel Faith'14 was elected to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The induction ceremony will be held on December 5th, 2013 in the Wren Chapel.

A Veterans Day story of sacrifice

Author Wilford Kale '66 believes he has found the first former William & Mary student killed in battle. His name: John Fenton Mercer.

W&M organist honors mentor with original performance

For more than 30 years, William & Mary students have mastered their skills on the piano, harpsichord and organ under the careful tutelage of Applied Music Professor Thomas Marshall. But when Marshall received an invitation to perform at a concert honoring the retirement of the organist who helped form him into the musician he is today, it was his turn to show his mentor what he had learned.

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Banks personifies student-athlete excellence

Senior tennis player John Banks is the recipient of the 2013 Usry Award, presented to the varsity letter-winner with the highest grade point average at the end of his or her junior year.

Audience pumped up during Tack Faculty Lecture

Steinberg's presentation was the fourth installment of William & Mary's Tack Faculty Lecture Series, and the first by a professor in W&M's Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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AidData releases new data portal

AidData 3.0, unveiled in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, features an expanded set of development finance flows.

Dance faculty, students reconstruct Paul Taylor’s ‘The Word’

The modern dance piece will be performed as part of W&M's annual DANCEVENT concert, opening Oct. 31. This is the first time that "The Word" has been reconstructed outside of the Paul Taylor Dance Company since it premiered in 1998.

The art of improvisation

Members of the William & Mary community were treated to a lesson in improvisation and jazz last week courtesy of professional drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd.

A new record: 14 W&M graduates receive Fulbright grants

More recent graduates of William & Mary received Fulbright U.S. student grants this year than the graduates of any other college or university in Virginia, according to a list of top-producing Fulbright institutions published by the Chronicle for Higher Education today.

William & Mary ranked No. 1 for fostering service careers

William & Mary had more graduates enter service careers over the first decade of the new millennium than any other national university, according to a recent report by the Aspen Institute and Washington Monthly.

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Larry Neal Prize 2013

John Parman wins the Larry Neal Prize 2013 for best article in Explorations in Economic History

Vahle Honored with 2013 W&M Alumni Fellowship Award

The Fall 2013 winners of the Annual Alumni Association awards were honored at a banquet at the William & Mary Alumni House on Thursday September 19. Patricia Vahle, Associate Professor of Physics was one of the recipients of the 2013 Alumni Fellowship Award.

Lionfish: It’s what should be for dinner

When Erin Spencer, an ecology major and marine science minor, began to brainstorm ideas for a senior honors thesis, she knew immediately that she wanted to study lionfish.

Harvard Professor and Foreign Policy Blogger Stephen Walt to Present at William & Mary Sadler Center

Harvard Professor presents: "Follies and #@!%-Ups: Why US Foreign Policy Keeps Failing." When the Cold War ended, the United States was in a remarkable position of primacy and on good terms with most of the world's major powers. Yet its foreign policy record since then is mostly one of disappointments and sometimes costly failures. These difficulties are partly due to America's structural position in the international system, but they also reflect a number of deeper problems in America's entire foreign policy establishment.

Housing international data in a new home

ITPIR and AidData host an open house at their new headquarters on Scotland Street. Guests are wowed with the volume, caliber of work being done.

A conversation with Glenn Close '74

Glenn Close '74 participated in this year's Arts & Entertainment Festival at William & Mary, engaging fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members in a Q&A session.

Close to home

W&M alumna Glenn Close '74 returned to W&M last weekend with her husband, David Shaw, to receive the Cheek Award and participate in a series of other events.

Corey D. B. Walker to Speak at William and Mary

William and Mary Alumni Corey D.B. Walker will speak on October 18th on “The Challenge of Blackness”: Africana Studies and the Imagination of Matter.

Scientist researches parasite that he removed from his own body

Jon Allen had been experiencing "intermittent rough areas" that he could feel with his tongue. Allen, whose specialty is invertebrate biology, suspected that he might have been harboring an unwanted invertebrate guest.

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1693 Scholars Program finds a home

Murray House on Chandler Court, donated to the College by Jim J.D. '74, LL.D. '00 and Bruce Murray, will enable the 1693 Scholars Program to continue to reach its full potential.

W&M unveils site plan for arts facilities

Anna Martin, vice president of administration, unveiled the revamped site plan for W&M’s Arts Quarter during the Board of Visitors meeting Thursday morning.

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Seamus Heaney memorial reading set for Sept. 30

The Department of English and Patrick Hayes Writers' Series are sponsoring an event in which the audience is invited to participate in reading Heaney's work.

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Welcome Back Professor Peter Vishton

The William and Mary Psychology Department would like to welcome back Professor Peter Vishton after 3 years working as program director at the National Science Federation in Washington, DC.

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Homecoming 2013

William and Mary Alumnus Martie G. Haselton, Ph.D., professor in the departments of Psychology, Communication Studies, and Institute for Society and Genetics at UCLA, will give a talk at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 25 in Andrews Hall, Room 101.

Ewell concert to honor late professor

The concert will be given in memory of William DeFotis, a William & Mary composer and conductor who passed away in 2003 at the age of 49 from multiple sclerosis.

Congratulations to Professor Wustholz

Chemistry Professor Kristin Wustholz has been appointed as the Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer and Coco Faculty Fellow.

Exposing Maggie Walker's life, one page at a time

Adjunct Associate Professor Heather Huyck, students and volunteers are near the end of their examination of 31 boxes of documents detailing the life of pioneering black activist and entrepreneur.

The Road to Santiago: Students, Faculty Travel the Camino

Kathleen Jenkins worked on researching the relationship between adult children and parents who travel the Camino together. Along the way, she said the Camino allowed for deep discussions among pilgrims.

Tucker Hall renovations finish

Renovation work on Tucker Hall has been completed. Many improvements are already apparent to faculty and students settling into the new space.

W&M project impacting incarcerated, pregnant women and their babies

Approximately 70 women have received help from the William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Project over the last year. The project aims to provide nutritional support and counseling to incarcerated, pregnant women, and its founders are already seeing positive results.

Emergency siren makes it a bad day for turtle trapping

A wetland ecosystems class caught turtles on Sept. 4 as part of part of a larger initiative. The Ecological Research as Education Network includes turtle censuses from 25 other schools in the United States.

Classical Studies Welcomes Three New Members

The Department is pleased to announce that three new members have joined our ranks. Robin McCall, Ryan McConnell, and Rob Nichols have all begun to teach at W&M this fall.

Kickstarter co-founder Strickler '00 visits W&M

Yancey Strickler '00, a W&M alumnus and one of the founders of the popular "crowdfunding" website Kickstarter, spoke with students and faculty on Friday afternoon.

Freshmen don’t sequence? Well, they do at William & Mary

Working as a group, Eileen Ablondi, Catherine Acio, Emma McGregor, Caitlin Paisley and Cheyenne Williams not only finished the sequencing of the complete genome of a human bacterial pathogen, but they also attempted RNA-Seq—a technique that sequences expressed genes—on samples from the developing nervous system of a species of frog commonly used in lab experiments.

Fall arts preview: multiple performances, exhibitions planned

The beginning of the academic year is just days away, and William & Mary's calendar is already filling with events. Among those are multiple concerts, exhibitions and performances. Here is a look at some of the arts-related events at William & Mary coming up in the fall semester.

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W&M students uncover clues to Barbadian history

Students in the 2013 William & Mary summer study abroad program in Barbados uncovered artifacts and architectural evidence at the St. Nicholas Abbey sugar plantation.

Making music the interdisciplinary way

Music professor Harris Simon and English professor Hermine Pinson have collaborated for 15 years to create a distinctive sound.

10 EVMS/W&M collaborative research projects funded

Ten research projects involving faculty at William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School will each receive $10,000 in funding as part of a program to foster collaboration between researchers at the two institutions.

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Heart and sole: Staff member Garrison leads shoe drive

Executive assistant to the dean of Arts & Sciences Trina Garrison, with help from Lydia Whitaker and Rosie Fox of Applied Science, has collected 6,750 pairs of shoes -- nearly 1,000 from W&M. They'll be sent to developing countries for rehab and re-sale.

Kaup's book explores 'market justice' in Bolivia

Brent Kaup recently published a book, "Market Justice: Political Economic Struggle in Bolivia," about the country's shift from neoliberal to counter-neoliberal policies and the groups that have influenced those changes.

WMCI offers non-stop summer programming

The high heat and humidity of summer in Williamsburg has done little to slow the pace of the William & Mary Confucius Institute.

McIntosh's story is stranger than (science) fiction

The film rights to adjunct professor of psychology Will McIntosh's not-yet published science fiction novel Defenders have been purchased by Warner Brothers, which hopes to turn it into a movie.

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Beben Named Mellon Fellow

Zohra Beben, previously a visiting Asst. Professor in the Anthropology Dept, has been named Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program here at the College.

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If it was funny then, it's funny now

Professor Emeritus Peter Derks tells the International Society for Humor Studies Conference at W&M that there is no difference between the subjects of colonial-era humor and what we poke fun at today.

W&M joins call for national service initiative

William & Mary's position as a national leader in the field of service was reaffirmed this week as the university participated in the 21st Century National Service Summit in Aspen, Colo.

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Denys Poshyvanyk Receives an NSF CAREER Award

Denys Poshyvanyk has been selected to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation.

Werowocomoco ceremony: America didn’t begin in 1607

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

Humor studies no laughing matter at W&M conference

William & Mary will see humor scholars from around the world converge on its brick pathways next week as it hosts the 25th annual International Society for Humor Studies Conference July 2-6.

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Prof. Harris research on the Camino de Santiago

Prof. Harris continued his research on the physiological demands of walking the Camino de Santiago after completing the Camino Ingles with other William & Mary faculty and students.

Fair game? CCB will examine hunting pressure on shorebirds

The 2011 loss of two whimbrels included in the Center for Conservation Biology’s tracking project to hunters near Port-Louis, Guadeloupe, was a watershed event for shorebird scientists, forcing them to consider the real possibility that hunting within the West Indies and the northern coast of South America may be playing a significant role in observed population declines.

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AidData researchers join summit on aid, changing environment

Mike Tierney joined co-author Chris Marcoux of DePauw University in presenting their paper "Environmental and Climate Finance in a New World" to scholars, aid practitioners and policymakers in Stockholm, Sweden.

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International conference explores IR discipline

The Teaching, Research and International Policy project [TRIP] of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations welcomed a group of scholars from around the globe to explore the state of international relations.

Wanted, dead or alive (not dead and alive)

Hans von Baeyer says that we all can stop worrying about Schrödinger's Cat. Science's most famous imaginary feline may indeed be dead—or perhaps it's alive. But it is certainly not both.

Freshman phage lab evolves into study of proteomics

What could possibly be a follow-up to a group of freshmen discovering a new form of life and finding new genes in its genome? Having that same group continue their research in a new investigation of bacteriophage proteomics.

Healing history: Justin Reid’s homeward journey

Justin Reid '09 works as associate director of museum operations at the Moton Museum in Farmville, Va. A National Historic Landmark since 1998, it remains one of the most important sites of the modern civil rights struggle.

Over 150 graduates received degrees in Psychology

Despite the foreboding weather forecast for the weekend, the sun shone for over 150 graduates of the Psychology Department who received degrees in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience on May 12, 2013.

Proposals sought for EVMS/W&M collaborative research

Faculty and staff from William & Mary joined their counterparts from Eastern Virginia Medical School Tuesday to discuss what might be the most fruitful areas for collaborative research.

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Rebecka Hoffman "Major of the Year" for 2013

Rebecka Hoffman received the Kinesiology and Health Sciences "Major of the Year" award at the 2013 graduation in Adair Hall.

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Record number of students win Boren Scholarships

The scholarships and fellowships are designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with resources to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the U.S.

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William & Mary's 2013 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 12.

Lirsen Myrtaj Wins Essay Writing Award

Congratulations to Lirsen Myrtaj 
who won an Honorable Mention at 
the Fourteenth Annual ACTR NATIONAL Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. This year they had 946 contestants from 47 universities.

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Taylor Lain Wins Dobro Slovo Scholarship

The selection committee has awarded the 2013 Dobro Slovo Scholarship to Taylor Lain. The Dobro Slovo Scholarship was established in 2005. The Scholarship is funded by the donations of Russian alumni and faculty and is intended for students studying on the W & M Summer Study Abroad Program in St. Petersburg.

2013 Commencement

Physics Dept. Commencement ceremony is May 12 at 2:30 PM on the Small Hall Lawn

From the courts of 17th-century Spain

Historian Lu Ann Homza took five students to Pamplona, Spain over spring break to study handwritten manuscripts of court cases from the 1600s.

TRADOC commander to speak at W&M commissioning

General Robert W. Cone, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, will speak at this weekend's commissioning ceremony for nine W&M students.

TJPPP Students in the News

Jack Cooper, MPP '14, is the first recipient of the Brenna Jean Vorhis Summer Internship Award.

GSWS names student winners of 2012-13 annual awards

Elizabeth Scott '14 won the prize for student activism, and Nicole Chanduvi '15, Alexander Lott '14, Jordan Taffet '16, Suzy Ziaii '15, and Sarah Overton '14 all won Carol Woody Internship Awards.

The politics of fishing in East Africa

As a child, Sarah Glaser dreamed of working in Africa. In studying the fishing of Lake Victoria, Glaser made her dream come true.

W&M hosts Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

Former ambassador to the United Nations spoke about negotiation strategy with Iran at the university’s inaugural intercollegiate Model United Nations conference.

William & Mary launches GIS certificate program in DC

William & Mary Professors John Swaddle and Stuart Hamilton have begun accepting applications for the College's new certificate program in Geographic Information Science for summer 2013.

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Manna Co-Edits New Book on Education Governance

Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century, co-edited by Manna and Patrick McGuinn, associate professor of political science at Drew University, brings together writings from a wide range of authors, including scholars, think tank analysts, and policymakers working on the ground to formulate and implement education policy.

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Rianna Jansen wins the Boren Scholarship

Congratulations to Rianna Jansen who just learned that she has been awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Vladimir, Russia next year!

Colleen Kennedy wins Shirley Aceto Award

Associate professor of English has served as assistant to former President Tim Sullivan, director of the Writing Resource Center, president of Faculty Assembly and faculty director of joint degree program with St Andrews.

Physics Teaching Award

Anne Norrick is awarded the 2012 Rolf G. Winter Teaching Award

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Schroeder Center Recognizes Students for Studies in Health Policy

The Schroeder Center is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Health Policy Awards for Student Scholarship program. Based on their exceptional memos, this year’s student Health Policy Award winners are Ryan Buckland, Irina Calos, Amber Will, and Jordan Bowman.

Meredith Dost wins National Paper Award

Meredith Dost, a Public Policy major and member of the class of 2013, has won Texas A&M University’s 2013 Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Latino Politics.

Rushforth captures 2013 Merle Curti Award

Associate professor of History is the third W&M professor in the last seven years to win the Organization of American Historians' prestigious prize.

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Russian Students Win Awards

Students and awards. Andrew Andell and Matthew Levey (RPSS Excellence Award) Alex McGrath (ACTR National Russian Scholar Laureate Award and Russian Program Book Award).

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Schroeder Center Awards Grants to Faculty

This spring, the Schroeder Center awarded its first set of Small Grants Program awards to four faculty members for research in health policy. The new program will increase support for faculty-led health policy research projects at William & Mary, an important objective of the Schroeder Center for Health Policy.

Poetry and prizes: a Patrick Hayes doubleheader

Steve Kistulentz ’91 and Rebecca Lindenberg ’00 will read from their new books of poetry on April 11. Student literary awards will be announced the next day.

New collection documents Virginia’s hip-hop history

On April 19, Special Collections will launch the William & Mary Hip-Hop Collection, the most comprehensive collection of its kind devoted to chronicling Virginia’s hip-hop past.

2013 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence recipients announced

A lawyer called to testify before U.S. House members, a political scientist whose research with a student led to the development of a prominent Web-accessible database on foreign aid and a chemist who garnered national attention for success in developing young women scientists are among this year’s recipients of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.

Physics postdoc wins research grant at Jefferson Lab

Chris Monahan is the recipient of the 2013 JSA Postdoctoral Research Grant at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, which will provide $11,000 for his research.

King's new book explores how animals grieve

Barbara J. King's new book, "How Animals Grieve," is a multi-species examination of loss, love and mourning that challenges prevailing notions that grief is an emotion experienced only by humans, and modern humans, at that.

Lyon G. Tyler Lecture

Professor Stephanie McCurry will talk about organizing research, thinking through arguments, and crafting the big book.

TEDx event highlights W&M 'ideas worth spreading'

On Saturday, William & Mary students had the opportunity to listen to other members of their "historically innovative" university talk about ideas that are shaping the future.

Book of essays explores the sublime over the ages

Timothy Costelloe, an associate professor of philosophy at William & Mary, has edited a volume of original essays written by a variety of scholars from different disciplines, each of which considers the nature of the sublime, that transcendent aesthetic experience that philosophers and other writers have discussed at least since the third century AD.

Leadership summit equips students to combat hate

More than 60 William & Mary students attended "What You Do Matters Collegiate," a leadership summit on hate speech, which sought to answer the question: "How can we create environments where hate cannot flourish?"

Larry Ventis and the Study of Humor at William and Mary

While most of us like to think we have a good sense of humor and enjoy the occasional joke, few of us have thought about the functional significance of humor, and its role in our society; that is until they enroll in Professor Larry Ventis's Psychology of Humor class at William & Mary.

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Alex McGrath Wins National Award

Alex McGrath has been selected to receive the Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award! Organized under the auspices of ACTR (the American Council of Teachers of Russian), this national award seeks to provide recognition for the best Russian Studies senior students nationwide--those students who best embody an enthusiasm for and love of things Russian.

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Video Interview with Dr. Paul Kieffaber

Dr. Paul Kieffaber discusses his research interests and current research with his students at the College of William and Mary.

The Latin American Student Union announces its Awareness Week

The Latin American Student Union announces its Awareness Week, a series of events organized around the theme, "Celebrating Identity." Please see below for a schedule of events. We hope you can join LASU in celebration of this week of activities featuring Latino/a identity.

International relations: The Smith family business

Connor Smith ’14, grew up in a family committed to foreign affairs. Now he is organizing W&M’s first intercollegiate Model United Nations (MUN) conference.

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Professor Irina Paperno Lecture: “How We Used to Live: Survivors of the Soviet regime”

On Thursday, March 21st, Professor Irina Paperno (U. of California) will be giving a talk entitled, ”How We Used to Live: Survivors of the Soviet regime.” The talk will be held in Wash 201, from 5 – 6 pm. Here is a brief description: Since the collapse of communism, there has been an outpouring of personal documents about life under the Soviet regime. The talk discusses such stories of the Soviet experiences–memoirs, diaries, blogs, and recorded dreams–and suggests ways of seeing them as a cultural trend.

Graduate students to present research at annual symposium

William & Mary's 12th 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 March 22-23.

OspreyWatch begins second season

For the second year, the Center for Conservation Biology is sounding the call to OspreyWatchers throughout the world to record and share their observations with a growing online community of global citizens that are linked by an interest in osprey biology and a concern for aquatic environments.

The Running Economist

Alice Kassens '98 awarded the John S. Shannon Professorship in Economics

USAID adviser challenges students to change world

The nexus of science and development has immense potential for solving international development's greatest challenges, and William & Mary students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of that movement, Alex Dehgan told students and faculty on Feb. 11.

East meets West in class with sarod master

Students and faculty who visited the Reves Center last Thursday had the opportunity to expand their musical horizons at a master class given by sarod master Irfan Khan.

Reform Incentives team judges impact of Millennium Challenge Corp.

Researchers with the Reform Incentives Project at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations have released an independent report investigating the U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC's) impact on reform efforts in developing countries.

Azerbaijan ambassador visits Reves Center

Ambassador Elin Suleymanov spoke with faculty, staff and students about Azerbaijan's unique place on the world stage.

W&M students ring in Chinese New Year

This time of year, there are signs of the Chinese New Year across the university, so much so that two major Chinese national TV outlets aired stories about W&M students.

BOV member Thomas falls for allure of the muse

John Charles Thomas will perform his original poetry at Carnegie Hall Feb. 23 8 pm. Joining him will be Music Department's Sophia Serghi, Harris Simon and Anna Kijanowska.

Michelangelo drawings cast light on famed artist's dual life

The Muscarelle Museum of Art celebrates its 30th anniversary with 25 drawings preserved by Michelangelo’s descendants from the family home, the Casa Buonarroti in Florence. On display Feb. 9 – April 14.

W&M celebrates Black History Month

Organizations and departments across the William & Mary campus are hosting events in February in recognition of Black History Month.

Interview with Dr. Joanna Schug

Dr. Joanna Schug discusses how she became interested in Psychology and her research interests.

2013 Creative Adaptation awards announced

Four entries chosen that improve the quality of education at the university while reducing costs or generating revenue that can be reinvested.

Alumna's MTV talk show to premiere Tuesday

Sara Schaefer '00, who was a theatre and English major at W&M, will co-host of MTV's "Nikki and Sara LIVE," which premieres Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. EST.

Michael Tierney to receive Jefferson Teaching Award

Michael Tierney '87, co-director of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, will receive the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award on Charter Day.

Face 2 Face: Women and Gender and Sexuality

A group of faculty members gathered to hear Professor Vassiliki Panoussi (Classical Studies) and Professor Leisa Meyer (History) discuss their work and ideas at an October 2012 Face 2 Face conversation.

W&M alumna nominated to lead SEC

President Barack Obama nominated Mary Jo White ’70 to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that has an instrumental role in implementing Wall Street reform.

Faculty News

Professor John Charles, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, the 2012 Distinguished Scholar of the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education, recently delivered a keynote address at the annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Brian Rabe '13 to be awarded Thomas Jefferson Prize

Brian Rabe '13 is the 2013 winner of the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy. Rabe, a double major in biology and chemistry, has set his sights on being a researcher and professor at a university.

W&M to host one-day interfaith conference

In recognition of the United Nations' World Interfaith Harmony Week, William & Mary will host a one-day conference, “The Importance of Multi-Faith Understanding and the Dangers of Religious Intolerance,” on Feb. 3.

W&M senior advances in ‘American Idol’ competition

Although many people tuned in to the 12th season premiere of American Idol on Wednesday night to see its new celebrity judges, the William & Mary community was looking for someone else: Vangelis "Van" Dimopoulos.

Global Film Festival offerings set

Scheduled over President’s Day weekend (Feb. 14-17) at the Kimball Theatre, the four-day main event will again feature films from around the world, live performances, receptions and presentations by invited filmmakers.

Manna ranks in top 100 in 2013 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

Today, Rick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, released his 2013 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, which attempts to recognize university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K-12 and higher education.

CSUMS: NSF-funded math research program ends epic run

For the past five summers, while other students were hitting the beach, William & Mary math majors had been hitting the books and the labs to conduct computational mathematics research.

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Stop Mocking the Gym Majors

While playing quarterback for William & Mary College, Todd Durkin obtained a degree in health and physical education. In other words, he studied gym. Don't laugh. That much-maligned gym degree is one of the hottest sheepskins on campus today, and Durkin helps to illustrate why. Article from The Wall Street Journal.

Government tops the list of the most popular majors
Kinesiology & Health Sciences the 10th most popular major

The Department of kinesiology and health sciences has seen a recent surge in popularity, taking the final spot on the list of top ten declared primary majors in Fall 2012, with 144 students.

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.

2012 at W&M: A look back

It was another exciting trip around the sun for the historic, 319-year-old institution.

Former PIPS Fellow publishes in Diplomatic Courier magazine

Emily Pehrsson '13, former research fellow of the Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS), has published an article in the global affairs magazine, Diplomatic Courier, entitled "Making the Grade: International Regulatory Framework for Cybersecurity."

Archive prep: Learn to read 400-year-old Spanish documents

William & Mary historian Lu Ann Homza runs a year-long, two-pronged program designed to develop and hone the skills necessary for students to read the handwritten documents in Spanish archives.

W&M at PhysCon 2012

For the College of William and Mary, PhysCon began bright and early on Wednesday morning as the eight attendees met outside of Small Hall, the College’s physics building.

C-Span double hitter

C-Span's American History TV roster filled with William & Mary professors Dec. 15-16.

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Dr. Gregory M. Capelli (1948-2012)

Dr. Greg Capelli, 64, of Lanexa, Virginia died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Capelli recently retired as Professor Emeritus of Aquatic Biology at the College of William & Mary after 38 years of service.

A grants administrator gets a night out in the field

Erica Lawler says that they look like little ice cream cones, but Lawler is in fact referencing the upside down northern saw-whet owl that she was able observe after an opportunity she took to spend a night out in the field with them.

George Gilchrist
George Gilchrist named as AAAS 2012 Fellow

George Gilchrist, Biology Department Emeritus Professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The Polish Connection

John Nezlek describes his Research Interests in Cross Cultural Psychology

Homecoming 2012

The Department welcomed alumni and friends in its 2nd annual Homecoming Reception.

W&M Music Department Alumni on NPR

Department of Music Alum Elizabeth LaPrelle, '09, was recently interviewed on NPR. Another alum, Brian Wright, announced a new recording.