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2014-15 A&S News Archive

It’s not all in your head — it’s in your gut, too

William & Mary researchers found that young adults who eat more fermented foods have fewer social anxiety symptoms, with the effect being greatest among those at genetic risk for social anxiety disorder as measured by neuroticism.

W&M, VIMS projects receive CRCF support

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced 38 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards totaling more than $2.8 million to fund targeted areas of promising research and commercialization, including advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and energy and life sciences.

Virginia Shakespeare Festival announces 2015 season

The Virginia Shakespeare Festival has announced its 37th season, featuring two of Shakespeare's most beloved plays, "All's Well That Ends Well" and "Antony and Cleopatra."

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Tribute to Ruth Beck

The birds have lost a great friend. Ruth Beck, Emeritus Professor of Biology at William & Mary, passed away suddenly last week at 72.

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Commencement awards

The following awards were presented during Commencement ceremonies on May 16, 2015.

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W&M celebrates more than 2,500 new graduates

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Chancellor Robert Gates and President Taylor Reveley extol them to devote at least part of their lives to service.

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Congratulations to the 2015 Physics Graduates

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McNeil Center fellowships awarded to Finley, Jones

Alexandra Finley and Christopher Jones, W&M Ph.D. candidates in history, will receive funding to live in Philadelphia and complete their dissertation at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

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Biology students awarded for presentations

Mary Seward won First Place in the graduate student competition and Melissa Hey '15 received Honorable Mention in the undergraduate competition.

In 'Science': 'Background extinction' for the world's oceans

William & Mary paleontologist Rowan Lockwood is a member of a group that has examined 23 million years of the fossil record of marine organisms and mapped out a set of extinction patterns in a pre-human world.

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Mapping recovery

William & Mary students participate in crowdsource mapping to provide data to the relief effort underway following a devastating earthquake in Nepal.

W&M Board re-elects Todd A. Stottlemyer '85 rector

Stottlemyer, who was appointed to the Board in 2011, has served as rector since July 2013. H. Thomas Watkins III '74 was elected vice rector and Sue H. Gerdelman '76 was elected secretary.

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Lecture Honors Vinson Sutlive

Lecture honors Dr. Sutlive at the same time as serving as a model for one way of approaching COLL 300.

W&M student top debater in US, named speaker of the year

William & Mary student Aaron Murphy '15 recently became the highest ranked parliamentary debater in the United States and has earned the American Parliamentary Debate Association title of Speaker of the Year.

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TJPPP Alum in the News

Medicaid Health Plans of America Flexes Its Policy Chops, Hires Medicaid Expert Ashley Gray (MPP'14)

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Awards and Nobel Laureate at Devo Conference

It’s not every day that William and Mary undergraduates get an opportunity to chat about their research with a Noble Laureate, but that is exactly what happened at Princeton last weekend during the Mid-Atlantic Developmental Biology meeting

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Braxton put her stamp on one honoring Maya Angelou

Braxton, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of English and Africana Studies and director of the Middle Passage Project, served as the lone consultant on the Postal Service's commemorative stamp.

Ifill to students: 'Expand the conversation'

News anchor, journalist and author Gwen Ifill visited William & Mary earlier this week to engage with students, faculty and staff as the 2015 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics.

W&M philosophy professors reflect on Descartes

Today, March 31, marks the anniversary of Descartes' birth in 1596. William & Mary philosophy professors reflect on the man, his legacy and his relevancy.

Symposium showcases work of more than 150 graduate students

William & Mary’s 14th annual Graduate Research Symposium brought graduate students in Arts and Sciences together with their counterparts from 16 other colleges and universities to share progress on their research projects.

A royal opportunity

The Presidential Precinct offered two William & Mary in Washington students the chance to promote and handle social media for "Magna Carta 2015," which featured a visit from Prince Charles.

W&M Bosnia Project: major award, new home

The project captures the Best Practices in International Education Award for Student Philanthropy. The project will now be housed at ITPIR

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2015 English Department Award Winners!

It is our pleasure to announce our 2015 award winners for Phi Beta Kappa Award for the Advancement of Scholarship, Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence, and Chancellor professorship.

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Two for Tenure

Allen and Leu promoted with tenure!

Remembering Peter Neufeld ’58

Peter Neufeld ’58 passed away Jan. 27 in Englewood, N.J., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Neufeld was a successful Broadway company manager, general manager and producer for more than 20 years.

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Scholars rank William & Mary 18th in U.S. for international relations

For the first time since 2006 when the rankings began, William and Mary has made the list of Top 25 U.S. Undergraduate Institutions to Study International Relations, coming in at 18th. This ranking makes William and Mary the top choice in Virginia for the study of international relations and the number two institution without an international relations Ph.D. program.

TURN event centers on how to tell history's stories

Cast members, writers and producers of AMC's Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington's Spies appeared with W&M scholars to talk about differences in how history is recounted.

King speaks on the Hill on behalf of baby monkeys

Barbara J. King spoke at a recent Capitol Hill briefing, part of a panel seeking an ethics-based review of ongoing psychological research at a National Institutes of Health laboratory that uses monkeys in experiments.

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Marley Brown Honored at SHA Symposium

Marley Brown of the Anthropology Department was recently feted at a symposium held in his honor at the annual Society for Historical Archaeology Conference in Seattle.

Healthy Beginnings receives March of Dimes grant

The William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Project has received a $12,000, one-year grant from the March of Dimes to offer Baby Basics Moms Clubs to pregnant, incarcerated women.

CCB continues support of crowned eagle research

For the fourth consecutive breeding season, the Center for Conservation Biology is collaborating with the Center for the Study and Conservation of Birds of Prey of Argentina to investigate post-fledging dependency, dispersal and survival in the crowned solitary eagle.

Riofrio honored with Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award

Hispanic Studies Professor John Riofrio will be awarded William & Mary's 2015 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award on Charter Day. The award recognizes inspirational teachers among younger faculty members.

Bergan ’15 named Jefferson Prize winner

Will Bergan ’15, a math and physics double major from Springfield, Virginia, is the 2015 recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy, William & Mary's top honor for science and mathematics undergraduates.

Marge Lobeck '15 to receive Monroe Prize

Marge Lobeck '15 will be awarded the 2015 James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership for her work with organizations like Camp Kesem.

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Mount William & Mary? The campaign has begun

Kinesiology and Health Sciences Professor Ken Kambis and Colorado resident Marilyn Brown are leading the charge to have a mountain named for the university.

Breaking Ebola

Traveling to Liberia this fall, public health advocate Patrick Flaherty ’92 marshalled his expertise and training to take on a deadly adversary – the Ebola virus.

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College partners with EVMS for physicians’ assistant program

The College of William and Mary is expanding its partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School with a new Early Assurance Program (EAP) for the EVMS Physician’s Assistant program. Students receive prerequisite credits towards their application to EVMS from courses they have taken at the College.

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.

Six projects receive IDEA grant funding

The William & Mary Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity recently awarded funding to six projects proposed by faculty, staff and students to help advance campus diversity efforts.

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Kyla Kerstetter: Good deeds personified

A senior guard on the Tribe women's basketball team, Kerstetter was recently nominated for the Allstate Good Works team.

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Senator visits ITPIR and AidData

The U.S. senator met on Dec. 5 with faculty, staff and students to discuss their research initiatives.

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What We Did Last Summer

Undergraduate students share their summer research experiences

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Zoological Film Festival

Check out these videos submitted to Jon Allen's Bio 302 class.

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Jamie Quatro offers 12 tips for students and aspiring writers

Quatro, who received her master’s degree in English from W&M in 1999, is the author of a decorated 2013 collection of short stories. She visited campus in late November courtesy of the Patrick Hayes Writers Series.

Muscarelle announces Leonardo da Vinci exhibit for 2015

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary will host an exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci’s fascination with the beautiful and the ugly Feb. 21 to April 5, 2015.

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Ten students in anthropology class win essay awards

Ten students in Sasikumar Balasundaram’s Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class at William & Mary have won awards in an essay competition sponsored by the Center for a Public Anthropology.

A partnership in gratitude

William & Mary staff members were treated to a Thanksgiving dinner in the Sadler Center Nov. 19 by the members of the Ebony Expressions Gospel Choir and Sharpe Community Scholars Program.

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Surprise! Finley related to 'Roots' show host

Ph.D. candidate Alex Finley got to break the news of how they are related to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on the Nov. 25 episode of 'Finding Your Roots.'

Sonic Nets: a safe, humane way to shoo hungry birds

Hinders, professor of applied science, and John Swaddle, professor of biology, are the core members of the Sonic Nets collaboration at William & Mary. The idea is to produce an effective, non-lethal bird deterrent, a solution to an age-old problem that is affordable, polite and does not rely on a steady supply of irritable dachshunds.

Brock McGuire brings sound, feel of Irish music to W&M

The Brock McGuire Band met with classes, hosted a master class with the Appalachian Music Ensemble and performed in Williamsburg Regional Library as part of the W&M Department of Music's Ewell Concert Series.

A thousand years of environmental change in Polynesia

A William & Mary archaeologist has been studying 1,000 years of the islanders’ methods of coping with life amid some rapidly changing ecosystems atop geologically unstable islands.

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PIPS Military Fellows program kicks off

The program pairs student fellows with active duty military officers, who lend strategic expertise to the students’ annual white paper submissions.

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Forever embracing the memory of two fallen alumni

The names of Ryan McGlothlin '01 and Todd Weaver '08, killed in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively, are added to the newest memorial plaque in the central hall of the Wren Building.

Expert panel demystifies Ebola myths

An interdisciplinary team of William & Mary experts gathered Wednesday night hoping to dispel fears through understanding.

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W&M alumna wins on Jeopardy!

Class of 2005 alumna Hillary Huttenhower became the reigning Jeopardy! champion Nov. 5.

Baxter-Ward Fellow 'finds home' as video journalist

AP video journalist Dalton Bennett '09 recently received the Baxter-Ward Fellowship, which recognizes alumni of the government department who have distinguished themselves in their field of endeavor.

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Diplomacy Lab makes national policy research part of undergrad study

An active partnership between the U.S. State Department and William & Mary, the Diplomacy Lab continues this year with multiple projects sponsored by the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, including the Project on International Peace & Security (PIPS), AidData, Reform Incentives and the Center for African Development (CAD).

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Homecoming 2014

This year’s Homecoming was again “under the tent” in front of Adair Hall and was held on the afternoon of October 17th. This was the second year we got together on a Friday.

VIMS to help protect key Native American site

A $199,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will allow researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to help protect Werowocomoco—one of the most important Native American sites in the eastern U.S.—from shoreline erosion and sea-level rise

Devil’s advocate ensures no one escapes island in annual Raft Debate

Devil’s Advocate Andreas Stathopoulos narrowly out-argued representatives from the humanities, social sciences, and natural and computational sciences to win the annual Raft Debate, convincing a capacity crowd that none of the disciplines were worth saving.

Pride and prejudice: LGBTQ history at W&M

Writing a queer history of William & Mary is an exercise in reading between the lines. For years, many people deliberately hid their stories — and a large part of themselves — out of fear of exclusion or punishment.

W&M alumnus creates Tang Professorship in economics

William & Mary has received a $1 million commitment from alumnus and former Board of Visitors member Michael Tang ’76 to create a new professorship in the Department of Economics.

Breaking Ground Exhibition, Homecoming 2014

On this 175th anniversary of the invention of photography, excitement and anticipation are stirring in the Department of Art & Art History at the College of William & Mary as we prepare to break ground on a new photography program, the first in the College's long history.

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Prof. Harris gives talk at 3rd International Forum of Sport Industry in Taipei, Taiwan.

Prof. Harris was part of a panel of invited speakers at the 3rd International Forum of Sport Industry in Taipei, Taiwan. The forum was hosted by the University of Taipei and jointly sponsored by the New Taipei City Government and the Chinese Taipei Triathlon Association which coordinated the event with its national championship in Yi-Lan.

Roommates reunited with college careers

After being freshman roommates in 1999-2000, Wendy Livingston and Rebecca Hernandez have reunited through their professional careers with William & Mary.

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Kay Floyd: 21st century diplomacy

Government Instructor Kay Floyd discusses the changing face of diplomacy that influence her curating of the Muscarelle Art Museum exhibition of "Ballet, Ballots, and Bullets."

Begala to students: 'Be active in self-government'

Democrat political strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala visited William & Mary on Monday to share with students the importance of being engaged in government.

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Intern Profile - Ike Irby

As a joint degree student working towards an MPP at the Thomas Jefferson Program and a PhD at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, I am interested in science advisory and the process of science policy development at the national and international levels.

UK students at W&M await results of Scottish referendum

Many across the world are eagerly awaiting the results of that vote this week, including students from the United Kingdom at William & Mary this year as part of the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme.

Phenomenal freshman: Mackenzie Neal

Neal is a member of the Quapaw Tribe, a division of the larger Dhegiha Sioux that today makes its home in Oklahoma. And she hopes to share that culture with her William & Mary classmates.

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The Philosophy Department Welcomes Tucker McKinney

The Philosophy Department is pleased to introduce Tucker McKinney, who works in 19th- and 20th-century European Philosophy. This is the third of three articles featuring interviews with our new visiting faculty.

Monarchs and milkweed: probing the plant, pollinator partnership

As dwindling populations of monarch butterflies prepared for their annual migration, two undergraduate students in the William & Mary Plant Ecology Lab spent their summer trying to more deeply understand the plants upon which they rely.

Search underway to find missing alumnus

William & Mary alumnus Cody Dial ’09 recently went missing in Costa Rica, and fellow Tribe alumni are helping with the effort to find him.

Michael O’Connor '18 receives Edwards Scholarship

Michael R. O’Connor, a 2014 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J., was recently named the third recipient of William & Mary’s Michael Hardy Edwards Scholarship.

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A uniquely rewarding pilgrimage

Ryan Goodman '14 completed the Camino de Santiago this summer then stayed and aided other pilgrims once they'd completed their journey. In part because of his good works, he even got to sit on the king of Spain's throne.

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New Philosophy Faculty Profile: Chad Vance

The Philosophy Department is delighted to welcome three new visiting assistant professors this Fall. This article, featuring Chad Vance, is the first in a series of interviews with our new faculty.

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Gene Tracy: 'Ray Tracing and Beyond'

Gene Tracy is one of the authors of a collection of techniques, methods and equations that can be used in more complex ray-tracing applications.

Student, staff member recognized for service

The new members of the Class of 2018 will see first-hand the far-reaching effects the William & Mary community can have when Brianna Buch ’15 and Assistant Dean of Students Ben Boone ’07, M.Ed. ’09 receive the President’s Award for Service to the Community during Opening Convocation.

The liberal arts media

While graduates of the College have always made headlines, these days, they're often writing them, too.

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Mount William and Mary

On August 8, 2014, Professor Ken Kambis and Senior Instructor Kim Whitley of the Kinesiology & Health Sciences Department, successfully summited a 14,134 ft. Colorado mountain, unofficially referred to as Mount William & Mary.

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An Odd Coincidence!

New faculty members’ offices on same hall at Duke, now at W&M.

Bike Initiative pushes off to a strong start

The new Bike Initiative at William & Mary has pushed off to a strong start this semester, with four fix-it stations being installed on campus and wide ranging plans to promote greater bicycle use.

Ted Dintersmith '74 to welcome new students at Convocation

Alumnus Ted Dintersmith '74 will speak at William & Mary's 2014 Opening Convocation ceremony, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Wren Yard. The annual event welcomes new students to campus and marks the beginning of the academic year.

W&M professor, alumna Susan Kern to direct Historic Campus

History Professor Susan Kern has been named the executive director of William & Mary’s Historic Campus, a position charged with the preservation and interpretation of the university's most historic buildings.

It’s not a drone: It’s a Creative Adaptation

Reed Beverstock '14 and Daniel Duane '15 make up a team that is preparing video modules to be used in an initiative titled Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills Using Online Tutorials.

Geologist Heather Macdonald wins a pair of national awards

Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary, has been recognized by her fellow scientists and educators for her contributions to the advancement of education in the earth sciences.

The bone detective

Robert Mann '81 is a forensic anthropologist and director of the Forensic Science Academy at the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, the largest forensic skeletal lab in the world.

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Summer Research Students 2014

Applied Science hosts summer internship for top-performing students in the life sciences from Williamsburg high schools.

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Graduates Honored at Annual Reception

The Willliam and Mary Neuroscience Program recognized the many accomplishments of our majors at the annual Reception on May, 10, 2014.

Search for a smoking lunchbox turns up the 'Bray School cafeteria'

For the past three summers, archaeologists have dug up the grounds of a William & Mary dorm in search of the "smoking lunchbox"—the archaeologists' term for a material-culture connection between the 18th-century Bray School and a building still in use on the William & Mary campus.

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The End of an Era…

Biology Chair Liz Allison Set to Step Down After Five Years of Service

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New Concentration in Public Health

As of fall 2014, there is a new concentration available to Kinesiology and Health Sciences majors. The Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) in Kinesiology and Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health is designed for students interested in the study of population health, disease prevention and control, and domestic and global health equity issues.

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Mellon Foundation awards W&M grant for COLL curriculum

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded William & Mary a $900,000 grant to support implementation of the university’s new College (COLL) Curriculum, the set of general education courses required of all undergraduate students.

Graduation 2014

The Department celebrated the graduates of 2014!

John Charles joint program with AUA

John Charles heads up a joint Summer Study Abroad program with the American University of Antigua’s College of Medicine.

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W&M's ROTC conquers Ranger Challenge

Ten cadets from the William and Mary's ROTC program recently competed in the 2008 4th Brigade, Eastern Region Ranger Challenge Competition at Fort Pickett, Va., between Oct. 24 and 26.

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DANCEVENT: 'A full spectrum of possibility'

William & Mary professors not only developed and choreographed the pieces in the upcoming Dancevent program, but they also perform in them alongside members of Orchesis and guest performers.

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W&M experts cast light on financial crisis

The current financial crisis gripping the United States and other nations will be severe but not reach proportions of the Great Depression, according to faculty experts at the College.