A&S News 2016-17 Archive

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Cargill, Rome CAA's top scholar-athletes, again

It's the second year in a row Christian Cargill and Regan Rome have been so honored, with Rome also winning the award after the fall cross-country season.

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FaceTime vs. face time: Diplomacy in the age of technology

Twitter may be quicker, but when it comes to matters of utmost international importance, W&M Government Professor Marcus Holmes says nothing can beat good old-fashioned face-to-face interaction between world leaders.

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Haskins joins Dickter to lead WMSURE

Natoya Haskins will become co-director of the William & Mary Undergraduate Research Experience program in July.

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English faculty win eight campus and national awards

2016-17 has been a stellar year for the William and Mary English Department, with multiple faculty members winning various awards and named professorships. Recipients of these honors range from the younger faculty members to the more seasoned professors, all rewarded for their dedication and innovation inside as well as outside the classroom.

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2017 Economics Diploma Ceremony

The Diploma Ceremony for the class of 2017 was held in the front Wren Yard on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM. A glorious day of sunshine and warmth greeted faculty, some 130 economics grads, and their proud families.

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Matthew Adan - Major of the Year

This year Matthew Adan was honored with the "Major of the Year" award at the Kinesiology & Health Sciences department's graduation ceremony.

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Two W&M students awarded Udall Scholarships

The scholarships are awarded to sophomores and juniors nationwide who are committed to careers in the environment, Native health care or Tribal public policy.

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Pettit experienced the world W&M offers

Lorraine Pettit graduates Saturday with degrees in government and French and Francophone Studies, research trips to South Africa and France on her resume, and campus memories to savor.

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GlueX experiment probes the properties of the strong force

A William & Mary physicist is the lead author on a paper describing the first experimental result from the newly upgraded Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

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Student essay offers keen look at China

The top prize for the best article published in "The Monitor," the College of William and Mary's highly regarded journal of international relations was awarded to the same student, by two separate selection bodies in a double-blind procedure.

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Courter overcame far more than gymnastics competition

Neal Courter began suffering from depression as a sophomore at W&M, and left school. He returned to finish two degrees and earn acclaim as one of the nation's top eight senior gymnasts.

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Robert Gates’ papers open to public

The personal papers of William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 are now open to researchers and the public.

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W&M faculty in the media this month

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

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12 W&M students receive Fulbright grants

W&M maintained its exceptional track record with the Fulbright program with 12 grads heading abroad for the 2017-18 academic year.

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The inside scoop on ringing the Wren Bell

Their coursework finished, W&M pending graduates celebrate the Last Day of Classes by ringing the Wren Bell. There's more to it than you know.

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Dance, physics and music each have a role in ‘A Life With No Limits’ production

Science and art are colliding on the William & Mary campus as part of a performance that will be staged this spring. Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre is developing its production of “A Life With No Limits,” nspired by the work of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and will perform the Virginia premiere of the show at the Kimball Theatre May 6-7.

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American Studies Alum Reaches New Heights

Corey D.B. Walker, a scholar, author and college dean, will return to Virginia Union University to lead the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, where he once studied for the ministry, effective July 1, 2017.

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Dr. Lauron Kehrer joins W&M faculty

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lauron Kehrer to the faculty beginning in August 2017.

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Snowden streamed to campus in student-organized event

Edward Snowden spoke via webcast to a full house in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium as part of a student-organized event co-hosted by the campus media council and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

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Faculty Spotlight: Irby

Follow us here for the next installment in our Faculty Spotlight series, shining a light on our tremendous faculty!

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Policy Dialogues in DC: Environmental Policy

On Friday, April 7th 2017, students from the William and Mary Public Policy Program took part in their second policy dialogue of the semester.

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Headed for the Netherlands

Chemistry graduate student Shelle Butler will participate in the NSF IRES program in the Netherlands this summer.

John H. Willis Jr. Scholarship Recipient 2017

Sarah Heins is the 2017 recipient of the John H. Willis Jr. scholarship, which was made possible by a generous donation to the William and Mary English Department by the Willis family.

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Faculty on topic: the historical cost and consequences of using force

According to Clayton J. Cleveland, governments of countries around the world are more likely to work together in joint military operations because the monetary costs of unilateral action are becoming too high and are being viewed as politically inappropriate.

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Professor John Nezlek retires

After a 40-year career with the Psychology Department at the College of William & Mary, Professor Nezlek begins his retirement journey.

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Robert B. Archibald Retires

Robert B. Archibald, Chancellor Professor of Economics, retires after 41 years of service!

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W&M faculty in the media this month

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

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‘Political chameleons’ conform to avoid discomfort

Around one group of people, he seems to be a Democrat. Around another, a Republican. In yet another, a Libertarian. He’s a political chameleon, someone who engages in a type of social shape-shifting in order to blend in with those he is surrounded with, and his behavior is not unusual, according to researchers at William & Mary.

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2 New Faculty Members

We are pleased to announce Dr. Carrie Dolan and Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo will be joining the faculty in the Fall semester and they will be working within the Public Health concentration.

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The worlds of psychology and science fiction collide

William McIntosh is living a dream as a science fiction author, spending his days writing, revising and brainstorming new ideas for his stories — some of which may soon be on television.

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Taking a drive to Venus? W&M physicist does the math

In the spirit of learning more about the complexities of space exploration, W&M News recently sat down with Eugeniy E. Mikhailov, an assistant professor of physics, to pose a question. Just how long it would take to travel to the planet of Venus, in a car?

Nikolas Vann GRS Award Recipient

Nikolas Vann, Applied Science Ph.D. student, is recipient of A&S Graduate Research Symposium Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award.

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Students prepare to take flight with aviation ground school

William & Mary students and faculty now have the opportunity to get one step closer to earning a private pilot certificate by attending the on-campus ground school taught by a Federal Aviation Administration-certified flight instructor.

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Chris Howard's New Book on Research Methods

The William & Mary Government Department is proud to announce that Professor Chris Howard recently published his new book, Thinking Like a Political Scientist: A Practical Guide to Research Methods.

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Mattie Clear

Please join the Special Collections’ staff in congratulating Mattie Clear for being accepted into the Library of Congress’ 2017 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, a very competitive program that only a select few get to enjoy.

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W&M faculty in the media this month

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

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W&M a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers

William & Mary is one of the country’s top producers of Peace Corps volunteers, according to a report released by the organization today.

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Policy Dialogues in DC: Foreign and Homeland Security Policy

On Friday, February 17th 2017, for their first policy dialogue of the spring semester, students from the William & Mary Public Policy Program traveled to D.C to hear from dc groupspeakers on the topic of defense and national security. As part of this trip they met with a member of the professional staff for the House Armed Services Committee as well as James Phillips, a Senior Research Fellow for Middle East Affairs at the Heritage Foundation and an expert on Middle Eastern terrorism.

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'Sarajevo Roses' blossoms in U.S. debut at W&M

The documentary film on the Bosnian War, was shown first at the university on Feb. 21, in part in response to W&M's 20-year-old Bosnia Project. It will continue being shown at other American colleges and universities.

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Charles honored as a NAKHE fellow

Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences John Charles came to W&M in 1979 and has made a major contribution to the university and his profession. The National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education recognized that in January.

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Bringing community engagement into the classroom

The Office of Community Engagement has begun offering courses for students who want to delve into community engagement concepts — and earn academic credit at the same time.

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Sofya Zaytseva GRS Award Recipient

Sofya Zaytseva, Applied Science Ph.D. student, is recipient of A&S Graduate Research Symposium Excellence in Scholarship Award.

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Moving pictures

Caitlin Lewis Smallwood ’88 directs a team of around 50 data scientists, engineers and mathematicians at Netflix in Los Gatos, California.

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Matthew Bondy ’17 Wins Best Paper Award

Matthew Bondy ’17, an International Relations major of William & Mary, received the Best Paper Presented as a Poster Award, among undergraduate presenters, from the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA).

Book Announcement

Life of Virginia Professor of Business and Affiliate of the Public Policy Program, Herrington Bryce has written a new book.

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Alumnus plays it forward with gift of cello

Jeffrey Doyon ‘85 donated a cello to the William & Mary Department of Music to repay its loan of one to him during his youth and while he was a student.

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Roessler Discusses Research

Roessler Discusses Research Experience in second Sudanese civil war in Government Lecture

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Faculty Spotlight: Donahue

Here's the next installment of "Faculty Spotlight" - showcasing our amazing faculty!

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Cowing's Award Winning Paper

Winner of the 2016 American Studies Association's Critical Disability Caucus Graduate Paper Competition!

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Renaissance Woman Zuber wins Jefferson Award

Since arriving at W&M in 1986, Zuber has quietly been pivotal to the teaching of writing, the pursuit of collaborative and interdisciplinary inquiry, internationalization and international students and to teaching of film and video production.

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W&M faculty in the media this month

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

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First batch of royal Georgian papers released

The first phase of the Georgian Papers Programme – roughly 33,000 digitized documents, including some penned by King George III regarding the American Revolution – will be publicly released and accessible at no cost beginning Saturday, Jan. 28. William & Mary and the Omohundro Institute are the primary U.S. partners on the international project.

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The college that's a university

Thomas Jefferson's honorary degree diploma, on loan from the Massachusetts Historical Society, will be on view at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art at the beginning of February, providing a highlight for the 2017 Charter Day celebration on Feb. 10.

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W&M alumnus to serve in White House

William & Mary alumnus Vince Haley '88 will serve on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s White House policy team, according to announcement made Jan. 5.

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From bees to LEDs, grants support sustainability projects across W&M

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability this fall awarded more than $50,000 in funding to faculty, students and staff for sustainability projects on campus and in the local community through Green Fee grants.

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Michael 'Pinball' Clemons to give Charter Day address on Feb. 10

Clemons '89, a former football star, is a member of the W&M Athletics and Canadian Football League halls of fame, and is in heavy demand as a motivational speaker. Longtime coach and administrator Millie West will receive an honorary degree that day.

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W&M spreads holiday spirit

At least three projects have been carried out involving faculty, staff and students and aimed at providing disadvantaged families and seniors a brighter Christmas.

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Tribe scholars win big in 2016

A look back at the William & Mary students awarded national and international scholarships and fellowships in 2016.

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William & Mary building toward a bright future

William & Mary’s campus got a new look this year in renovation and building projects that updated facilities for 21st century learning and expanded the university’s capabilities.

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2016 Society for Neuroscience Conference

Maria Cristina Picardo, Applied Science Research Scientist, gives talk at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, CA.

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Dudik captures a veteran's new life in photos

Visiting Assistant Professor Eliot Dudik, who founded the photography program within the department of art and art history at W&M, photographed a Medal of Honor winner for a Veterans Day story in Vanity Fair.

Roessler Book Tour

Professor Phil Roessler' latest work on the dynamics of civil war draws interest worldwide.

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Cate-Arries' class opens the world to Spanish Civil War

Fifteen students in Professor of Hispanic studies Francie Cate-Arries translation course just subtitled a documentary on the murderous first three days of Gen. Francisco Franco's 40-year dictatorship.

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One Day Projects

A collaborative book-making experiment between visiting assistant professor, Eliot Dudik, and fellow photographer, Jared Ragland, with only 24 hours to complete from beginning to end.

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TargetSmart/William & Mary survey featured on MSNBC

A survey of voters in the battleground state of Florida showed among registered Republicans who were early voters in the state that 28 percent had voted for Hillary Clinton.

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Campbell's Tack Faculty Lecture unravels a mystery

Associate Professor of German Studies Bruce Campbell enlightened his audience on why, years after World War II, authors of detective pulp fiction remain stranded at the intersection of Nazi memory and literature.

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Fear factor

A W&M assistant professor of psychology and undergraduate student are conducting a study that aims to find out why some people are more likely to develop fears through observation.

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A new president, a new ballgame

W&M Government Professor Paul Manna’s self-made online game features trivia on American presidents and America’s favorite pastime.

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New poll shows slight lead for Clinton in OH

A polling partnership between TargetSmart and William & Mary is producing voter surveys in battleground states leading up to the November Presidential Election.

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Faculty Spotlight: Panoussi

The first installment of a new monthly feature, "Faculty Spotlight," which focuses on the fabulous faculty of Classical Studies!

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Elena Prokhorova owns the raft, and the Raft Debate

Representing the humanities, Prokhorova, a Russian studies and film and media studies associate professor, defeated Marcus Holmes (government), Rowan Lockwood (geology) and Ryan Vinroot (mathematics).

William & Mary Homecoming set for Oct. 13-16

Next week, alumni from around the globe will return to William & Mary to celebrate and reconnect with classmates and their alma mater.

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W&M junior is youth delegate at White House Tribal Nations Conference

William & Mary junior and Quapaw tribal member Mackenzie Neal is in Washington, D.C., this week as one of about 100 youth delegates chosen to participate in the Eighth Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference and White House Tribal Youth Gathering.

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Awards Abound at Economic History Meetings

Professor John Parman won the Larry Neal Prize for best article in Explorations in Economic History, and Professor Brian Beach won the Cole Prize for the best article in the Journal of Economic History.

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Inside the COLL 300 classroom

William & Mary Associate Professor Michael Luchs has ingeniously integrated the COLL Curriculum 300 theme of 'well-being' into his class in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

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Integrated Science Center: Phase 3 set to stun

ISC 3 came on line for the beginning of the semester and was dedicated at a Sept. 22 ceremony held in conjunction with the fall meeting of the university’s Board of Visitors.

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Decoding sharks

A VIMS marine biologist and W&M undergraduate students collaborate on the Eastern Shore to uncover the secrets behind shark behavior

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W&M Theatre converges in land of the midnight sun

Theatre Professor Matthew Allar, recent graduate Joseph Biagini and alumna Amy Altadonna – unbeknownst to one another – all ended up in Juneau, Alaska, this August, working on the same play, "Peter and the Starcatcher."

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William and Mary Physics Student Awarded SPS Leadership Scholarship

Brandon Buncher has been awarded a Leadership Scholarship by the Society of Physics Students (SPS). These awards recognize a student's leadership role in their institution's chapter society and encourage the study of physics and the pursuit of scholarship.

Creative Writing Program Announces Hayes Writers Series for 2016-17

All events to be held in the Tucker Theater on the William & Mary Campus. All events are free and open to the public. The Writers Series is made possible by a generous bequest from the late Patrick Hayes, longtime friend of the College. For further information, contact Prof. Chelsey Johnson at cjohnson@wm.edu.

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Mark your calendars for the arts at W&M

Whether visual art, theatre, dance, music or literature, the new semester brings with it a vast array of opportunities for people to enjoy the arts at William & Mary.

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Promoting Literacy in Haiti

Sora Edwards-Thro was featured in Stamps Scholars for her use of technology to promote literacy in Haiti.

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William & Mary renovates Tyler Hall

William & Mary students taking classes in economics, government, international relations and public policy this fall will enjoy updated classrooms and new technology in the newly renovated John Tyler Hall.

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Chen, Ramer awarded for service work

Jiajia Chen '18 and Debbie Ramer, an instructor in special education at the William & Mary School of Education, will receive the 2016 President’s Awards for Service to the Community.

Welcome New Economics Faculty!

The department welcomes 7 new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year!

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ITPIR 'Shark Tank' winners announced

Five projects received funding totaling $20,000 thanks to gifts from Tim Dunn ‘83, Ellen Stofan ‘83, and Andrew ’93 and Sarah Sugerman ’92.

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Artisanal pigs and the artisans that produce them

Did you know there are heirloom pigs, just like heirloom tomatoes? Once you’ve bitten into a pork chop from a “Real Pig,” like an Ossabaw Island Hog, you’ll know why.

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The multi-level model is ‘what makes William & Mary special’

They're not unique to William & Mary, but research labs structured along the multi-level model are surprisingly rare outside of William & Mary. You see, we operate in that sweet spot between the small college and the enormous research institute.

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VIMS professor wins international recognition

Professor Elizabeth Canuel of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science was awarded the honorary title of Geochemical Fellow at the annual Goldschmidt Conference.

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Life on the front lines of the war on cancer

Pioneering oncologist Dr. Vincent DeVita, a William & Mary alumnus, looks back on 50 years — and looks ahead to victory in the war on cancer.

Professor Larry Ventis retires

After a 47-year career with the Psychology Department at the College of William & Mary, Professor Ventis begins his retirement journey.

Under the sea: 35 years with the Virginia Aquarium

Mark Swingle ’76 was the first employee hired when the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center was nothing more than a tiny office. The aquarium is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.

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When inspiration Strykes

W&M architecture instructor Ed Pease was part of the two-man team that designed Williamsburg’s Stryker Center.

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Is inspiration contagious?

A new study by psychology professor Todd Thrash finds that inspiration spreads from writer to reader.

Worshipping alone: Studies find divorce retains its sting in faith communities

The research of Sociology Professor Kathleen Jenkins was featured in a Huffington Post article titled Worshipping alone: Studies find divorce retains its sting in faith communities. The article discussed the lack of outreach and support religious groups give individuals going through a divorce.

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Shantá Hinton Receives William Small Award

The William Small Award for Faculty Excellence remembers the contributions of 18th-century professor and Thomas Jefferson teacher William Small