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Wenliang “Bill” Li
Physics postdoc wins JLab prize to further ‘backwards’ research

A postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at William & Mary, Wenliang “Bill” Li is studying proton structure — just like many people who conduct their nuclear physics research at Jefferson Lab. But he’s studying a new aspect of it: the backward perspective.

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Government Faculty & Former Students Publish in CSAE

Professor Phil Roessler + former students publish "Cash Crop Revolution, Colonialism and Legacies of Spatial Inequality: Evidence from Africa" via Centre for the Study of African Economies.

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Staying vigilant against the virus

Epidemiologist Erica E. Smith ’08 helps coordinate Delaware’s response to COVID-19

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Pandemics: Hope from history

Gérard Chouin, associate professor of history at William & Mary, discusses COVID-19 in the context of past pandemics.

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NYT quotes Jaime Settle on Politics & Human Nature

NYT author quotes Professor Settle's research in article discussing the affects of polarization and individual's views on current public health recommendations concerning the corona virus.

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AidData's Important Work

Ariel BenYishay talks about the important work produced by AidData.

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AidData sheds light on Chinese foreign aid

AidData, a research lab based at William & Mary’s Global Research Institute (GRI), has been building a new dataset that sheds light on China’s vast portfolio of grant- and loan-financed projects around the globe.

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W&M releases updates on Fall 2020 Path Forward

William & Mary recently released a series of updates about its plans for the fall semester. The updates contain new details about remote learning and work, physical distancing and safety measures, fall course offerings and planned use of space on campus.

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Quarantine and the chemistry of the great indoors

As COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders upended life as we know it, W&M chemist Rachel O’Brien turned her kitchen into a makeshift laboratory. She and her lab students literally cooked up experiments in their homes by measuring aerosols released during cooking.

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Wilderness leader: Alumna relies on small teams to achieve big goals

As the first woman to become president of the National Outdoor Leadership School, Terri Watson ’85 brings nearly three decades of experience in corporate and nonprofit roles to an organization that enrolls more than 25,000 students annually in programs around the world.

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JEDI Alliance: Building a coalition to advance equity, diversity in the geosciences

Jason Chen, Gerdelman Family Term Distinguished Associate Professor at the William & Mary School of Education, has secured a new grant from the National Science Foundation that aims to combat inequity by building a national alliance of researchers working together to effect large-scale change.

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Creativity, serendipity enhance CGA's pivot to online classes

Faculty with William & Mary’s Center for Geospatial Analysis instill graduate and undergraduate students with the skills and understanding to use mapping and visualization techniques in projects ranging from art history to field biology.

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Social distancing at the outcrop: Separate cars, PPE and maybe snorkeling

William & Mary's geology department is going ahead with field work this summer, heading to their outcrops and fossil beds armed with more than their rock hammers. Faculty mentors have come up with an evolving set of creative ways to maintain social distance.

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Recent grad leaves legacy for Minorities in Medicine

As a student, Moesha Parsons ’20 founded Minorities in Medicine, a student organization for pre-med students of color. Though she has graduated, the organization will continue to support future students like her.

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Alumna uses experience combating Ebola to fight COVID-19

As an officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Megan L. Casey ’04 evaluated hospital and clinic infection control practices in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Now she's taking her expertise stateside.

Statement on Current Events

"The role of The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation is to tell the full story, to administer the medicine, and to make it plain for all to see and learn from. Of course, some people will find the medicine difficult to take and it will make them uncomfortable, but that is the price we all must pay if real and lasting change has a hope of surviving."

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2020 virtual graduation

Watch our 2020 graduates as they parade across our virtual stage.

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Seven W&M alumni selected to receive Fulbright Scholarships

The seven alumni are among more than 2,100 U.S. citizens who received the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in 2020. The prestigious award provides students the funding they need to study, research and teach abroad.

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In a quiet world, research on noise and nesting bluebirds

Heather Kenny, a biology master’s student at William & Mary, has spent the past two years studying the parenting behavior of bluebirds. Specifically, she is working to understand how human-made noise influences nesting and productivity.

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Professor Chouin participates in Webinar on the the latest research into the Black Death

Gerard Chouin recently participated in a Webinar run by the Medieval Academy of America, entitled "The Mother of All Pandemics: The State of Black Death Research in the Era of Covid-19." Gerard shared the virtual stage with other experts in the fields of bioarchaeology, genetics, climate history, literary studies, and art history.

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William & Mary board re-elects top two executive officers

William & Mary’s Board of Visitors voted Tuesday to re-elect John E. Littel P '22 as rector and William H. Payne II '01 as vice rector of the governing body of the university. Additionally, Barbara L. Johnson J.D. '84 was elected as secretary of the board.

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Congratulations Russian Studies Class of 2020!

Graduation looks different this spring semester. We may not be able to gather in person for commencement yet, but that doesn't diminish the great accomplishments of our graduates. The faculty and staff from the College of William & Mary are sending their congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2020.

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W&M to celebrate 2020 graduates with virtual conferral ceremony

On May 16, William & Mary will mark the day that was previously reserved for this year’s Commencement exercises with its first-ever virtual conferral ceremony. The university plans to celebrate 2020 graduates in-person in the fall.

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W&M announces SAT, ACT test-optional admission pilot

William & Mary will make standardized test scores optional for undergraduate applicants in the 2020-2021 admission cycle under a new three-year pilot program that responds immediately to difficulties high school students are facing in scheduling the standardized tests.

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W&M announces 2020 spring Green Fee projects

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability has announced the spring 2020 Green Fee awards, which will be awarded to seven campus projects.

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W&M alumnus on a mission of Comfort

Having completed a month-long mission of helping New York City hospitals that were overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, the USNS Comfort has sailed back to Virginia with about 600 doctors, nurses and other crew members, including Dr. A. Scott Morris ’10, a lieutenant in the Navy’s Medical Corps and an alumnus of William & Mary.

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W&M takes a ‘one team’ approach to career development

At a time when more than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, William & Mary’s career development leaders are collaborating to share information and leverage resources across different departments and schools.

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Anthropology Master's Degree Student Caroline Watson Published

Congratulations to our graduate student Caroline Watson, who recently co-authored an article in American Antiquity on socio-economic interactions of Piedmont Village Tradition communities in Southeastern North America.

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ACTR Essay Contest

Four of our Russian students received honorary mentions for ACTR Essay Contest!!!

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AMES hosts Open House

AMES HOSTS OPEN HOUSE, MARCH 2, 2020 TO CELEBRATE THE NEW AMES/APIA LIBRARY