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geologist Jim Kaste works with a couple of William & Mary undergraduates from a coring platform assembled from a couple of lashed-together canoes on Lake Matoaka.
Decoding Lake Matoaka’s sedimental history of the anthropocene

A team of William & Mary geologists led by Jim Kaste and Nick Balascio has mined the time-capsule sediment of Lake Matoaka to find evidence that traces the development of the Industrial Revolution and the Age of the Automobile.

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How trauma impacted Whitman's prose, psyche

W&M Professor of English and American Studies Robert Scholnick's insightful research and writing on Walt Whitman has revealed the seismic change the great American poet underwent caused by the ordeals he experienced.

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In 'Nature': The role of climate change in armed conflict

Exactly what size role does climate change play in civil unrest? A new study aims to find out. Philip Roessler, associate professor of government at William & Mary , is a co-author on the study, which was published today in the journal "Nature."

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A seat at the table

Ruth Jones Nichols ’96 says she uses her strong sociology background, which began at W&M, to guide her work as a social change advocate.

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Heir apparent: Jay Jones '10 lives up to legacy of leadership

Jay Jones ’10 holds the seat in the Virginia legislature once held by his father, Jerrauld Jones, who is currently a judge on the Norfolk Circuit Court. His mother, Lyn Simmons, is also a judge, in the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

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Réunion Artists Leave Lasting Impression

Professor Magali Compan (French and Francophone Studies) invited Kid Kreol and Boogie to campus for a five-day visit. They left a lasting impression.

Universities Grapple With Historical Ties To Slavery

In the past month, both the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge in England have announced plans to research their historical links to slavery. But other universities, particularly in the United States, have been doing similar work for years. Among those universities are the College of William & Mary in Virginia and Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee.

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W&M senior pens winning essay about cybersecurity in the age of 'Internet of Things'

Luke Schwenke ’19, a Data Science major from Warren, Virginia, earned first place in the Intermediaries & Reinsurance Underwriters Association’s 2018 Scholars Program Essay Contest. His winning essay earned him a $10,000 top prize from the IRUA and publication in the most recent edition of their quarterly journal for insurance industry professionals, the Journal of Reinsurance.

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Governor taps two graduates for summer fellowships

Georgia Allin ’19 and Rachel Becker ’19 are among 28 students from Virginia universities or Virginia residents attending college outside of the commonwealth to be chosen.

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W&M computing mentorship for girls wins global service award for second year in a row

William & Mary’s Society of Women in Computing has been on a winning streak. For the second year in a row, the student group has received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for their efforts to encourage middle school girls to become involved in computing.

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Glenn Close addresses W&M's Class of 2019

It’s important to be kind, empathetic and maintain a healthy dose of skepticism, Glenn Close ’74, D.A. ’89 told William & Mary graduates Saturday morning in Zable Stadium.

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Plumeri Awards honor excellence

On Friday, May 3, the university honored the 2019 recipients for their outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service to the William & Mary community.

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‘Face the Nation’ now a W&M Commencement tradition

For the seventh year in a row, Face the Nation, the CBS News national broadcast show, came to campus to interview former U.S. Secretary of Defense and current W&M Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65 L.H.D. ’98.

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A D.C. Affair

Professor Larry Evans and Professor Mike Tierney took students to visit the Irish Embassy, North Ireland Bureau, the State Department, and the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

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A Pilgrim's Reward

George Greenia has garnered a prestigious international award. In June he will travel to Mexico to receive the 2019 International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia.

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A Government Two-fer in APSR

Those who love political science and love William & Mary should dive into the most recent issue of the American Political Science Review journal, which features articles by not one, but two of Government’s finest.

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Two W&M juniors awarded Goldwater Scholarship

William & Mary’s legacy of success with the Goldwater Scholarship Program continues in 2019 as two students have been named to the exclusive list of undergraduate scholars. Hana Warner ’20 and Grace Solini ‘20 are among just 496 undergraduate students nationwide to be named Goldwater Scholars in 2019.

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Dan Parker Receives Grant from National Science Foundation

Assistant professor of linguistics at William & Mary, Dan Parker, receives grant from the National Science Foundation to expand current research and better understand linguistic illusions and why they occur.

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Peggy Agouris selected as William & Mary provost

Peggy Agouris, an award-winning scholar and researcher and dean of the College of Science at George Mason University, has been selected as William & Mary’s sixth provost, President Katherine A. Rowe announced today.

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The Center for African Development is bringing Africa to W&M

With the addition of Professor Iyabo Obasanjo as co-director, the increase of program offerings and larger presence within the COLL curriculum, the Center for African Development is on track to greatly expand its impact.

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Undergraduate Kat Baganski Wins Student Paper Contest

Sophomore Kat Baganski wins student paper contest at the 2019 Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference with her paper “Bayesian Modelling of Meadowcroft Rockshelter’s Radiocarbon Sequence."

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2019 John H. Willis, Jr. Scholarship Recipient

Samantha Boateng has just received the 2019 John H. Willis, Jr. Scholarship, which was established by the Willis family to honor “Jack” Willis, a distinguished professor and scholar of modern literature who taught in the English Dept. from 1959 to 2002.

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Beto O'Rourke Visits W&M

2020 Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke visited William & Mary Tuesday the 16th of April to speak about his vision for America

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Settle takes Wakefield

William & Mary’s own Government Associate Professor Jamie Settle was recently awarded the distinguished Wakefield professorship

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Best of the Best on Diplomacy

Professor Marcus Holmes’ new book Face to Face Diplomacy: Social Neuroscience and International Relations was awarded “Best Book on Diplomacy” by the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association

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W&M’s ‘… & Mary’ looks back, forward at women students

As part of W&M’s commemoration of 100 years of coeducation, a group of faculty and students collaborated this semester to create the devised theatre piece "... & Mary," which will be performed at the Wren Building April 17-20.

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W&M professor wins prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Ronald Schechter, professor of history at William & Mary, has been awarded the 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Intellectual and Cultural History.

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Paid to Vote

Government alum, Nicco Mele '99 has a co-authored op-ed in the Washington Post titled, "How do we get people to vote? Let's try financial incentives."

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Salley the Senator

Our very own Salley Rowe, the Government Department’s Administrative and Fiscal Coordinator, has been elected as Senator to Staff Assembly

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W&M professors analyze Jefferson Lab economic, intellectual impact

Just how much the presence of the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility influences Hampton Roads, Virginia and the world is evident in two William & Mary professors’ recent economic impact study on the facility.

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Igniting diverse scholars' interest in William & Mary

Fanchon Glover, the university’s chief diversity officer, invited 10 scholars from across the country to visit the campus recently, all-expenses-paid, as part of W&M's recruitment effort for diversifying faculty.

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‘Whitechapel Arias' is a new twist on infamous murders

Nancy Schoenberger, who directs the university’s Creative Writing program, has coordinated with Elizabeth Wiley of Theater, Speech and Dance, Ryan Fletcher of the Department of Music’s opera workshop, and Mary Eason Fletcher of the Applied Music program, to tell the story of the five women Jack the Ripper killed in 1888.

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Lemon Project symposium focuses on 'Celebrating Legacies'

Continuing its powerful work in chronicling William & Mary’s history, the Lemon Project hosted its ninth annual spring symposium, “Celebrating Legacies, Constructing Futures: Four Hundred Years of Black Community and Culture,” on campus March 14-16.

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Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society

William & Mary Government Department Sponsors Session on “Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society, Led by National Expert, Dr. Christopher Phillips

Michael Fairbanks, ’21 Wins the Socionomics Institute Prize

The Department of Economics is very pleased to announce that this year's winner of the Socionomics Institute $1000 Prize was Michael Fairbanks, a student from Professor Peter Atwater’s ECON 150 course - Economic Confidence and Social Mood