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2012 News Stories

2012 at W&M: A look back

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

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.

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Law School celebrates 75 years of women

Read the essay by Dean Douglas and watch a video that celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first woman to graduate from William & Mary Law School: Virginia Mister, in 1937.

Study reveals that animals contribute to seagrass dispersal

Sarah Sumoski, a recent graduate of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has now published a study of seed dispersal in a less-familiar environment—the eelgrass beds of Chesapeake Bay.

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."

VIMS team among DOD honorees

Professors Iris Anderson and Mark Brush are part of a multidisciplinary team recognized for their research at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

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.

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Law school adds three new clinics

With its nine clinics enrolling 150 students each year, the Law School offers students a variety of opportunities to become "practice ready" before they graduate.

C-Span double hitter

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

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.

Project seeks to inspire acts of kindness

Alicia Moore '14, a member of the Student Assembly recognizes how powerful a simple positive gesture can be. Moore took this idea of spreading kindness around campus and created the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Project.

Decking the W&M halls

Far from typical store-bought holly boughs and plastic wreaths, nearly all of the decorations adorning campus locales are produced on campus.

W&M launches Commonwealth Center for Energy & Environment

William & Mary has launched its new Commonwealth Center for Energy and the Environment, a combination of think tank and incubator to expand interdisciplinary research opportunities and address complex issues at the intersection of energy, public policy and the environment.

Upcoming holiday events

As the weather turns chillier and festive wreaths appear across campus, William & Mary’s departments and student groups have announced a myriad of holiday events taking place throughout the month.

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William & Mary and EVMS continue to explore partnerships

The Boards of Visitors for William & Mary and EVMS passed resolutions this week to request state funding to continue studying possible partnerships and collaborations with Eastern Virginia Medical School.

VIMS study reveals unexpected pollutant levels in S. African port

During last week's 33rd annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Mark La Guardia of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science presented results of research into the consequences of this "e-waste" stream.

‘Jeopardy!’ offers professor insight into gender and speech

He didn’t provide an answer in question format, but William & Mary’s Thomas Linneman nonetheless addressed gender and speech patterns in a recent study titled “Gender in Jeopardy! Intonation Variation on a Television Game Show,” currently forthcoming in the journal Gender & Society.

VIMS professor studies 'middle ground' of sea-level change

Ongoing research by professor John Brubaker throws light on the intra-seasonal changes that occupy the middle ground between rapid, storm-related surges in sea level and the long-term increase in sea level due to global climate change.

Merchants Square to host William & Mary Night

Merchants Square, in conjunction with the William & Mary Bookstore and the W&M MBA Association, will host the third annual W&M Night on Nov. 29.

Two students honored as 2012 Anderson Scholars

Law students Jennifer Lynn Eaton '14 and undergraduate business major Molly Shreves Awad '13 recently were honored as TowneBank's 2012 Alvin P. Anderson Scholars.

Karin Wulf named director of Omohundro Institute

Karin Wulf, associate professor of history and American studies, and book review editor of The William & Mary Quarterly, one of the oldest scholarly journals in the U.S., has been named the next director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Provost: ‘No decision’ yet on EVMS merger

No decision has been made yet as to whether William & Mary might merge with Eastern Virginia Medical School, a committee of faculty and administrators said during a campus forum yesterday.

W&M community addresses hunger during Thanksgiving month

In the month of Thanksgiving, the William & Mary community is hosting a variety of events and efforts that focus on giving to those in need and raising awareness about the issue of hunger.

Arts & Entertainment Conference offers students opportunities

The William & Mary Arts & Entertainment Alumni Council’s inaugural Arts & Entertainment Conference saw over a dozen industry professionals – many W&M alumni – share their expertise with students eager to launch careers in the fine and performing arts, entertainment, and media fields.

W&M remains a study-abroad leader

William & Mary has one of the highest percentages of undergraduates who participate in study-abroad programs, according to a study released by the Institute of International Education today.

Student designs hair and makeup for 'Pippin'

As a hair and makeup designer for the upcoming William & Mary production of "Pippin," Ruth Hedberg is making sure that each character not only plays his or her part, but looks it as well.

University registrar recognized by SACRAO

William & Mary University Registrar Sara “Sallie” Marchello has been recognized for distinguished service by the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO).

Humanities the dominant discipline in annual Raft Debate

Following a literal song and dance routine, Anne Charity Hudley boarded a dinghy to safety as the humanities proved the superior academic discipline in the College’s annual Raft Debate.

Rare interviews captured in Russia

Student research provides scholars with firsthand accounts of the film industry before, during and after the Soviet Union.

VIMS alumni have long history of service on Capitol Hill

Graduate students Theresa Davenport and Gabrielle Saluta of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have been selected as finalists for the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2013.

Foundation Board names new trustees

The College of William & Mary Foundation recently announced the appointment of five new trustees to its governing Board.

Up close and personal with Isaac Newton’s masterwork

The Special Collections Research Center in William & Mary’s Swem Library has a first edition, 1687 copy of Newton’s masterwork. It was the star attraction among a one-day exhibit of venerable scientific texts in the physics library of Small Hall.

Hulon Willis Association celebrates 20 years

During W&M's 2012 Homecoming weekend, the Hulon Willis Association celebrated its 20th anniversary by recognizing the strides the organization has made in the last two decades and discussing steps that remain to be taken.

'Et a votre gauche, le Sunken Garden'

Sam Fansler '13, a European Studies major, gave a tour of the William & Mary campus in French to a group of middle schoolers from Sainte Jeanna d’Arc Catholic School in Southern France on Wednesday.

Is Facebook becoming the new arena of political discourse?

Jaime Settle, an assistant professor of government at William & Mary, and her team are studying the emotional tone of people communicating through social networks during the run-up to the Romney vs Obama 2012 general election.

VIMS staff help launch Gloucester Blueways Water Trails

Outdoor enthusiasts have a new destination for fishing, kayaking, and adventure within Tidewater Virginia with the launch of Gloucester Blueways, a system of 5 water trails spanning more than 40 miles.

Sandy can't dampen Homecoming spirits at W&M

Even the lumbering approach of a monster hurricane dubbed "Frankenstorm" couldn't keep William & Mary alumni away from the university's Homecoming weekend.

Sandy produces only minor flooding at VIMS

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science experienced only minor flooding during the recent passage of Hurricane Sandy, with water levels about a half a foot lower than experienced during the passage of Hurricane Irene in late August of 2011.

Giving back, one dream at a time

Nicole Lewis '03 was recognized on national television Oct. 25 for her work with the non-profit she founded, Generation Hope.

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W&M Property Rights Project launches new journal

The inaugural volume focuses on comparative property rights and features work of leading scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and China.

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Election Law "War Games" test Colorado statute

A September "election law war game" was the second of three simulations designed to troubleshoot state election laws and to demonstrate the unique nature of election litigation.

William & Mary professor brings opera to Williamsburg

Naama Zahavi-Ely, professor of Biblical Hebrew at William & Mary, is bringing her passion for opera to Williamsburg by producing a one-night performance of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" at the Kimball Theatre on Oct. 26.

Nelson: 'A Nation of Deadbeats'

Scott Nelson's new book suggests that the current financial crisis is an example of history repeating itself.

Mason School of Business to host economy forum

The Mason School of Business will welcome the public in for a conversation on the issues facing the U.S. economy and what happens next on the evening of Monday, Oct. 22 starting at 7 p.m.

Study confirms sea-level rise is accelerating along northeast U.S. coast

A new study by emeritus professor John Boon of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that the rate of sea-level rise is increasing at tidal stations along the Atlantic coast of North America, including those in Norfolk, Baltimore, New York, and Boston.

Faculty Lecture Series: Morreall examines humor

His lecture was the second installment of William & Mary’s Faculty Lecture Series, an event launched last semester to showcase the creative work and research of the faculty.

Interns gain hands-on experience in oyster aquaculture

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently celebrated the graduation of four emerging professionals who will be joining the ranks of Chesapeake Bay's rapidly growing oyster aquaculture industry.

Students find inspiration in Dalai Lama's remarks

Students made up a large part of the 8,200-person crowd that packed Kaplan Arena in William & Mary Hall yesterday to hear the Dalai Lama present his talk on compassion.

One man's guide to Tribe football's greatest 11

Pete Kalison '57 worked in W&M sports information and assisted the biggest sports names in network radio and TV. He shares his thoughts on the Tribe's best-ever football players.

Dalai Lama addresses thousands at W&M

The Dalai Lama, one of the world's most influential spiritual leaders, spoke to thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members in William & Mary Hall's Kaplan Arena this afternoon.

A must read before attending Dalai Lama event

Have a ticket to see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama tomorrow at William & Mary Hall? If so, you’ll want to review the information below before the event.

CCB tracks another surprising whimbrel migration

Catching whimbrels on their breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle is quite different from trapping those same birds in their mid-migration staging areas on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Family Weekend 2012 flourishes despite threat of rain

Despite the constant threat of rain, Family Weekend 2012 saw hundreds of parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives of William & Mary students converging on campus beginning Sept. 28.

VIMS will use major EPA grant to help protect Chesapeake Bay

A three-year, $999,640 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will allow VIMS researchers to develop planning tools that will help local governments and citizens more effectively and efficiently protect the upland swamps and swales that keep pollutants and excess nutrients from entering Bay tributaries.

NGO started at W&M receives $500,000 from Clinton initiative

William & Mary alumnus George Srour '05 recently received $500,000 from the Clinton Global Initiative for his international social-profit organization Building Tomorrow, which builds educational academies for children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nancy Buchanan receives real estate award

The Association of University Real Estate Officials (AUREO) presented W&M Real Estate Foundation Executive Director Nancy Buchanan with the Lessenger Award, the organization’s highest honor on Sept. 11.

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Board of Visitors updates six-year plan

Funding merit-based raises for faculty and staff remained at the top of the priority list of an updated six-year plan approved by the William & Mary Board of Visitors.

Association recognizes W&M in design awards

In its 42nd annual design competition, the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) awarded William & Mary’s Office of Creative Services four awards for its work with design, videography, illustration and photography.

W&M remembers the engaging, entertaining John Lavach

John Lavach died unexpectedly on Aug. 30, at the beginning of his 45th year at William & Mary. Hundreds of people who were touched by his life gathered on Tuesday for a memorial in his honor.

Julian Oreska '09 speaks Bandai's language

Many come to the College of William & Mary to pursue degrees that they think will lead them to careers. Julian Oreska '09 didn't think his education would someday lead him to designing toys on the other side of the globe.

W&M revamps approach to updating arts facilities

Upgrades to facilities will be completed in multiple stages over several years, said Vice President of Administration Anna Martin. Theatre and music departments to be addressed first.

Benefits of therapeutic riding for children with autism extend to classroom

Although parents like Anderson have long reported the benefits of therapeutic riding on children with autism, a new quantitative study conducted by researchers in the William & Mary School of Education is the first to show that those benefits also extend to the classroom setting.

Bracken receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The University of Georgia bestowed the honor on its two-time alumnus and W&M's School of Education faculty member at a banquet last Friday.

Eastern Shore students pursue marine research

High-school and college students from Virginia’s Eastern Shore had the opportunity this summer to pursue marine research close to home at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague.

Law School celebrates contributions of Justice Scalia

On Sept. 10, William & Mary Law School celebrated the contributions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during a nearly a day-long visit by the justice in which he taught a class, fielded questions from students and faculty and received the Law School's Marshall-Wythe Medallion.

Settle's research featured in Nature

Assistant Professor of Government Jaime Settle's researched is featured in the cover story of the Sept. 2012 issue of Nature.

VIMS alumna turns kayaks into classrooms

Scientist, businesswoman, and VIMS alumna Jill Bieri (M.S. '92) turned her dreams into a reality by launching her own company — a non-profit aptly called "Chesapeake Experience."

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W&M remains a top university in latest U.S. News undergraduate ranking

Despite financial resources that continue to lag behind its national peers, William & Mary remains one of the top universities in the nation – and one of the best for undergraduate teaching -- according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report today.

Hanson new president-elect of ASEEES

Stephen E. Hanson will serve from 2013-2015 in the leading private organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about the former Soviet Union and Eastern and Central Europe.

Virginia Education Secretary visits VIMS

Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash has visited countless classrooms during her distinguished career, but her recent visit to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science may have provided the first opportunity to do so in a boat.

VIMS brings outreach outside

Outreach staff at VIMS chart a new course, expanding the Institute’s educational offerings from labs and campus grounds to local beaches, parks, and waterways.

Smith welcomes students to a place of tradition, change

Change and tradition can coexist positively together and have done so for more than 300 years at William & Mary, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith '71, J.D. '79 told the College's new students Wednesday afternoon in the Wren Yard.

A good SHOW for the community

More than 200 incoming freshmen signed up for SHOW Day, working on more than a dozen projects throughout the Williamsburg area.

The Chickahominy look back

Recent high-tech examination of Chickahominy artifacts extracted decades ago by the late William & Mary archaeologist Norm Barka suggests that corn may have been a major reason for the tribe’s curious autonomy.

VIMS helps bring computer modeling into classrooms

VIMS professor Mark Brush and graduate student Sam Lake recently partnered with a team of Virginia teachers as part of a NASA-sponsored program to expand and enhance the use of modeling and simulation in high-school classrooms.

William & Mary welcomes newest members of the Tribe

The start of the fall semester is just days away, and the College is beginning the new academic year by welcoming another group of talented and accomplished students to the campus.

Gates scholarship paves way for Norfolk student

Micah LeMelle, Class of 2016 from Booker T. Washington High School, was one of only 1,000 high school seniors awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

New freshmen bring unique experiences to campus

The Class of 2016 will soon be on campus, and -- along with furniture, clothes and photos -- the new students are bringing an array of personal experiences with them.

Tidewatch forecasts go public

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have added forecast capabilities to their network of Tidewatch water-level stations, giving residents of the lower Chesapeake Bay region a new on-line tool for gauging the magnitude of coastal flooding in a given location and minimizing its potential impacts.

W&M a best value, top college in Princeton Review guide

W&M is included in The Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition," which was released today. William & Mary is also included in the book's ranking of best-value public colleges.

From student to scholar in just one tweet

Jacob Lassin '13 is getting international acclaim from scholars and the media for his thesis about the commemoration of World War II in Russian social media.

Feldman receives NASFAA award

David Feldman, professor and chair of the department of economics, received the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' 2012 Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award.

Governor’s School students enjoy apprenticeship at VIMS

A half-dozen students from high schools throughout Virginia completed their Governor's School program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science on July 20, gaining hands-on field and lab experience through projects focused on everything from clams and oysters to blue crabs, seagrass and willow oaks.

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William & Mary receives $43.6 million in private gifts

Supporters of the College of William & Mary gave $43.6 million during fiscal year 2012, which ended on June 30. The effort represents a 6.5 percent increase from fiscal year 2011, which was $41 million.

One Home, Many Hands partnership launched

William & Mary will work with Housing Partnerships, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg to build a home for a local family.

Music to his ears: Nelson wins Pickering Fellowship

One of only 20 graduate students nationwide chosen for the program, Nelson heads to Yale University to complete post-graduate work and prepare to serve as a Foreign Affairs officer.

Everything old is new again

President's and provost's offices temporarily relocated to James Blair Hall while renovation work is completed at the Brafferton.

Arne Duncan, college leaders discuss affordability in higher ed

U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter participated in a roundtable discussion about affordability and accountability along with William & Mary President Taylor Reveley and leaders from several other colleges.

Anne Dobie Peebles '44, 1922-2012

Sussex County native served the College for 13 years as a member of the Board of Visitors, including three years as first female Rector.

Harriman fellowship program honored at State Department

More than 150 diplomats, scholars, fellowship alumni and friends of Ambassador Pamela Harriman gathered at a reception at the State Department on June 27 to honor the late ambassador and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the foreign service fellowship program that bears her name.

PIPS hits its stride

The Project on International Peace and Security enters its fifth year with a sterling reputation for undergraduate contributions to the policy-making community.

Hobbs: "The Beach Book"

VIMS professor Carl Hobbs takes a general reader through the science of the shore.

Archaeological search for Bray School continues

Archaeological work around William & Mary’s Brown Hall is bringing to light artifacts dating back to the early 18th century, including a few items that just might be relics from the Bray School, an 18th century institution dedicated to the education of free and enslaved black children.

VIMS professor leads mission to underwater research station

Professor Mark Patterson of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will next week team with National Geographic's Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle on what might be the last expedition to NOAA's Aquarius Undersea Laboratory.

Education professor receives Fulbright to Ireland

Shannon Chance will work in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) during the 2012-13 academic year, researching innovative ways to teach engineering and architecture and co-teaching architecture courses.

Wittman shows 'Tribe Pride' at congressional baseball game

Williamsburg-area Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) showed his Tribe Pride by wearing a William & Mary baseball team uniform in the 51st annual CQ-Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2012.

Putting the trees onto the map

A student and professor have been collaborating on a survey of the most important trees on the verdant campus of William & Mary.

Roessler paper wins APSA award

Philip Roessler, assistant professor of government, is this year's recipient of the Gregory Luebbert Article Award for the best article in the field of comparative politics.

Remembering Walter J. Zable (1915-2012)

Zable '37 was a business visionary whose love for the College -- especially Tribe athletics -- never waned. He died of natural causes on Saturday, June 23.

Saturday morning running group builds W&M bonds

For almost two years now, one group from William & Mary has used a weekly run to get a good workout, prepare for a plethora of races and build the community on campus – one mile at a time.

Faculty learning to create blended e-learning courses

Faculty members from across W&M are exploring blended learning this summer so that next year they can teach their own blended courses, which will combine traditional in-class instruction with technology-aided learning outside of the classroom.

STEM Outreach: Excellence in math doesn’t have to be boring

The Tidewater Team is helping fourth- and fifth-grade students get their hands dirty—creating mini-ecosystems, fictional animals, volcanoes and ice cream makers. But the fun and games are just sneaky hands-on ways to teach math and science concepts.

Two gentlemen (and a dog) open VSF’s 34th season

One of Shakespeare’s earliest and funniest plays "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" will open the 34th season of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival June 13.

Archaeologists seek evidence of 18th-century Bray School

An archaeological collaboration between William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation hopes to find conclusive evidence of the Bray School, an 18th-century institution dedicated to the education of free and enslaved black children.

Ecologists call for preservation of remaining biological diversity

Professor Emmett Duffy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, is one of 17 prominent ecologists calling for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of biological diversity, which is compromising nature's ability to provide goods and services essential for human well-being.

VIMS research vessel takes part in OpSail parade

The RV Bay Eagle -- 65-foot flagship of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's fleet of research vessels -- took part in yesterday's Sea and Air Parade of Sail, the initial on-water event of OpSail 2012 Virginia.

Math department furthers partnership with ‘sister university’

The University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) and William & Mary's math department are partnering to collaborate in research and promote exchanges between undergraduates and faculty of both universities.

W&M rowers pile up the medals

Club team wins one gold and two bronze in national championship held on Olympic course in Georgia.

W&M Chancellor makes the case for international education

In a speech earlier this week at the world’s largest gathering of international educators, William & Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65 said the United States' top diplomatic tool is global education.

STEM Outreach: SEA shows that scientists are the ultimate study aid

The collaboration between the professionals and students is thanks to a National Defense Educational Program contract awarded to William & Mary’s STEM Education Alliance. The project pairs middle school teachers with professional engineers and scientists, creating an opportunity for them to mentor both teachers and students.

O'Roark put the 'human' in Human Resources

Eleven years after taking over as associate vice president of Human Resources, Earleen O'Roark leaves behind a dramatically different department than the one she inherited.

Greene to keep cracking after 45 years

This "quiet spirit" has no plans of retiring anytime soon. She and dozens of other dedicated workers will be honored at Employee Appreciation Day on May 30.

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Students home from college take summer courses at W&M

Each year, dozens of university students who are home for the summer take advantage of William and Mary's summer courses, which are offered in two five-week sessions.

Trio of exhibitions on display at Muscarelle

Each exhibition is unique, yet collectively they represent the extraordinary commitment to the creative arts by William & Mary faculty and students. On display now through June 24.

Thomas reminds graduates that they are the 'hope of the law'

Judge John Charles Thomas drew on his experience as a jurist and a lawyer who was born in an era of segregation to inspire the Law School's Class of 2012 to "be great, powerful changers of the law for the good."

W&M and its Chancellor featured on ‘CBS This Morning’

The interview covered everything from Gates’ assessment of the country’s current national security to an insider’s take on the killing of Osama bin Laden to the differences between President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

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Law journals rank among most highly cited publications

In the 2011 journal rankings recently released by Washington and Lee University, the Law School's five student-edited journals ranked among the most highly cited publications in their fields.

Charlie Rose interview with Chancellor to air Wednesday

Charlie Rose, co-host of "CBS This Morning," came to the nation's second-oldest college last weekend to conduct an interview with William & Mary alumnus and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65.

William & Mary's 2012 Commencement awards

Several awards are presented annually to graduates, staff and faculty members during the William & Mary Commencement ceremony.

Charlie Rose, ‘CBS This Morning’ coming to W&M

Charlie Rose, co-host of "CBS This Morning," will be on campus at the nation’s second-oldest college this weekend to conduct an interview with William & Mary alumnus and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65

William & Mary has 3 Goldwater Scholars

David Hill '13, Brian Rabe '13 and Natalie Wong '14, the 2012 Goldwater Scholars from the College of William & Mary. In addition to the three scholars, James Janopaul-Naylor '14 was awarded a Goldwater honorable mention.

Klicker '12 exemplifies global engagement

Multiple international experiences and internships lead to a career with the federal government.

John Swaddle kicks off Faculty Lecture Series

John Swaddle gave an upbeat, and occasionally hilarious, presentation on a potentially somber topic to kick off William & Mary’s Faculty Lecture Series.

William & Mary receives $1 million gift from Goldman Sachs

A $1 million gift from Goldman Sachs Gives, the firm’s donor-advised fund, will provide scholarship assistance for students, support faculty research, and fund a term professorship at the College.

Public policy program names new director

Sarah Stafford, professor of economics, public policy and law, will take the reins as director of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy this summer.

In search of Lady's Slippers

Biology professor Martha Case has spent her career researching this delicate, quirky orchid.

Biodiversity loss could rival impacts of climate change, pollution

Loss of biodiversity appears to impact ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution, and other major forms of environmental stress, according to a new study from an international research team including Professor J. Emmett Duffy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

30 W&M laptops heading to Ghana

Your old office computer might be making a move this summer -- to Ghana. That's right, that unassuming, aging piece of machinery that used to be in your office could be relocating halfway around the world.

William & Mary names 2012 Prentis Award recipient

College names Marc B. Sharp, president of Greensprings Plantation, Inc., and stalwart member of the Williamsburg community, the 2012 recipient of the Prentis Award.

W&M's original Griffin set to graduate

Two years after President Taylor Reveley demanded, "Get me the Griffin," the student inside the mascot costume is being revealed -- and just in time for him to graduate.

William & Mary unveils design of new Integrated Science Center

Members of the Committee on Buildings and Grounds of William & Mary's Board of Visitors were treated to an advance look at the Machine for Science and other features of Phase 3 of the College's Integrated Science Center.

Professor's retirement from VSO garners mayoral proclamation

William & Mary music faculty member John Lindberg received a surprise during his final performance with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra recently: a proclamation from the mayor of Norfolk thanking him for his near-half-century of service to the Hampton Roads music community.

STEM Outreach: Summer updates

Every summer since 1999, a number of high school biology teachers gather in the labs and classrooms of William & Mary’s Integrated Science Center to work with and discuss the latest advances in research with the College's biologists.

Can sound science guide dispersant use during subsea oil spills?

A pair of researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, is using a 1-year, $350,000 contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior to test whether sound waves can be used to determine the size of oil droplets in the subsea -- knowledge that could help guide the use of chemical dispersants during the cleanup of future spills.

William & Mary opens Confucius Institute

The day-long celebration of events included a private tour of Rowe House, the home of the Confucius Institute at William & Mary, as well as a trip to the College Child Care Center to observe Mandarin language classes in action.

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William & Mary prepares to welcome strong Class of 2016

William & Mary recently sent acceptances to approximately 4,250 students in anticipation of enrolling a freshman class of 1,470 in the fall. They represent one of the most academically accomplished and diverse admitted freshmen classes in the College’s 319-year history.

W&M-BNU Faculty Forum to focus on Confucian Classics

Faculty presenters include T.J. Cheng, Eric Han, Yanfang Tang, Emily Wilcox, Tomoko Connolly and Xin Wu, as well as eminent scholars from Beijing Normal University. Tuesday, April 17, beginning at 2 p.m.

Danielle Greene selected as student commencement speaker

The 2012 Student Commencement Speaker is Danielle "Danny" Greene '12. In her four years at William & Mary, Greene has served as co-president of the NAACP, chair of the Multicultural Ambassadors Council, and a development ambassador. Some of her experiences in those capacities encouraged her to apply to be the student speaker at commencement.

Interactive adventure to mark TJ anniversary, bring statues to life

In order to mark the 250th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson completing his studies at the College, the university is hosting a highly interactive audio adventure for the campus community that promises to bring to life the College's rich history and present it in an unforgettable way to the next generation of the Tribe.

Recipients of Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence announced

First awarded in 2009, Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence have touched faculty and students in almost every corner of the campus, and now the College is announcing the 2012 honorees.

McDowell named Lowe's second-team All-American

The award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Business School hosts 2nd annual Real Estate Conference

“Surviving Today, Succeeding Tomorrow” will focus on the challenges and opportunities in the shifting local, national, and global economies affected by the real estate markets, April 11-12.


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Gloucester superintendent receives DeMary Award

Ben Kiser, division superintendent for Gloucester County Public Schools, received the 2012 Jo Lynne DeMary Award during the School of Education's annual Educational Leadership Alumni Breakfast Wednesday morning.

Spike Lee: Get educated, do what you love

Renowned filmmaker Spike Lee had a simple message in his show "An Evening with Spike Lee: America Through My Lens" -- get educated, find yourself, do what you love.

Creative Adaptation selections announced

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

Reves Faculty Fellows announced

Funding supports faculty-student research and collaboration on internationally-focused, engaged scholarship.

VIMS professor helps lead international study of ocean value

Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, is a co-editor of "Valuing the Ocean" a major new study by an international team of scientists and economists that attempts to measure the ocean's monetary value and to tally the costs and savings associated with human decisions affecting ocean health.

1783: A day in the life of the College

This Saturday, the Sir Christopher Wren building is going back to the year 1783. Visitors will be able to see classes, activities and merriment in a living history event portraying the College of William & Mary right after the American Revolution.

Dartmouth’s Katharine Conley named W&M Dean of Arts & Sciences

Katharine Conley, former Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities at Dartmouth College and the school’s current Edward Tuck Professor of French and Comparative Literature, has been named the next Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at the College of William & Mary.

W&M’s homepage gets 'refreshed'

William & Mary’s homepage is sporting a fresh new look today, thanks to the efforts of William & Mary’s Creative Services team.

VIMS announces launch of 'OspreyCam'

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, announces the launch of a new "OspreyCam" that allows public viewing of an osprey family during its annual nesting and breeding season on the shores of Chesapeake Bay.

Debbie Sydow named president of Richard Bland College

The William & Mary Board of Visitors has named Debbie L. Sydow, a nationally recognized leader in higher education and the community college sector, as the fourth president of Richard Bland College.

Partnership explores feasibility of community-supported fishery

A new partnership between Virginia Sea Grant and the College of William and Mary is exploring whether a community-supported fishery is a feasible means to help reverse this trend by promoting greater consumption of locally harvested fish and shellfish.

Student, professors receive PBK awards

On Feb. 28, the Alpha of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa presented awards recognizing the accomplishments of Allison Oldham '13 and Professors Robert Leventhal and Barbara Watkinson.

SEcon2012: The Forum for Revolutionary Thinking

The event, March 16-17, is part of a series of socially entrepreneurial activities and forums hosted by the Mason School of Business Entrepreneurship Center.

Key neutrino behavior observed at Daya Bay

An international team of physicists has reported the first set of observations detailing important behavior of neutrino oscillation, an accomplishment that is a necessary step to additional experiments intended to answer fundamental questions about the makeup of the universe.

W&M's Ducibella honored by PGA

Jim Ducibella received the Middle-Atlantic PGA's 2012 Earle Hellen Sports Media Award.

Devins and Grove discuss DOMA

William & Mary Law School Professors Neal Devins and Tara Grove discuss the Defense of Marriage Act.

Students head to DC to network with theatre alumni

This week, thanks to a new opportunity offered through the department, a group of William & Mary students will take steps to build their respective networks by meeting with alumni who are now working successfully in the world of theatre in Washington D.C.

Protein behavior might hold the key to synthetic silk

A trans-Atlantic collaboration of scientists has revealed the structure of a key protein of silk and discovered a previously unknown behavior of this protein: to self-organize into tiny fibrils a single molecule in diameter.

Kambis leads W&M into research agreement with USARIEM

Professor of Kinesiology and the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine will work in conjunction to measure the performances of subjects 18-35 at the equivalent of 3,500 meters altitude.

WMCI's Chinese Culture Semester Kicks Off

On February 18, the William & Mary Confucius Institute (WMCI) formally unveiled the College’s Chinese Culture Semester with a parade, cultural dances and street performances in Merchant’s Square. The event was co-sponsored by the William & Mary 2012 Global Film Festival.

CCB wants to hear from osprey watchers

Do you have an osprey nest in your neighborhood? If so, the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) wants to hear from you -- on a regular basis.

Pianist returns to W&M after world tour

After performing in places ranging from the Amazon Basin to New Zealand, celebrated pianist Anna Kijanowska will once again grace the College's stage Tuesday night to perform with the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra.

Eelgrass restoration aids overall recovery of coastal bays

The reintroduction of eelgrass into Virginia’s coastal bays -- a collaborative effort among the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the University of Virginia, and The Nature Conservancy -- is one of the great success stories in the annals of marine restoration.

Father, son duo light 'Night of the Iguana'

Christopher and Jeremy Owens are putting their knowledge together to light William & Mary Theatre's upcoming production of Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana."

Julie Silverbrook '12 relishes "Constitutional Conversations"

3L Julie Silverbrook has been the moving force behind Constitutional Conversations, a workshop series led by W&M law students that is designed to engage people of all ages in a dialogue about their duties and rights as citizens.

Students to take a 'stand' this week

William & Mary students will take a stand this week for the issues that are important to them as part of the College's annual Stand Up Campaign.

For the love of the College

Several alumni share their love of William & Mary in a very special way.

Global Film Festival focuses on 'Film and the City'

The College of William and Mary's fifth annual Global Film Festival will feature films, musical performances, and guest filmmakers from around the world from Feb. 16-19.

Third Eye Blind, Ben Kweller rock W&M crowd

In the same arena where the William & Mary community had united to commemorate Charter Day and watch former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates '65 be invested as the College's 24th chancellor, students, faculty, staff and community members danced and cheered to Ben Kweller and Third Eye Blind Saturday night, capping off the College's 319th Charter Day celebration.

W&M celebrates Charter Day, Robert Gates '65 invested as chancellor

Although America faces many obstacles including increased partisanship, the country has "the power and the means to overcome them," former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65 told William & Mary's Charter Day audience Friday after being invested as the College's new chancellor.

Live from W&M, it's John King USA!

Robert M. Gates ’65, W&M's new Chancellor, sat down with King for an exclusive interview in the Wren Building.

Charter Day remarks by Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65

The following are prepared remarks by William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ’65 during the College's 2012 Charter Day Ceremony.

A few minutes with Jim Bill

Founding director of the Reves Center for International Studies reflects on his tenure.

Two W&M Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships

Nicole McCauley ’13 and Johanna Hribal ’13 receive Gilman awards to study abroad in spring 2012.

Students advocate for W&M on 'Road to Richmond'

The trio's efforts were part of the College's annual Road to Richmond event, which brings students to the capital of the Commonwealth each year to meet with state legislators and advocate for the College.

New CCTV available at Swem Library

Earl Gregg Swem library now has a new closed-circuit television (CCTV) that people can use to enlarge print documents for viewing, thanks to a generous donation by a William & Mary alumna.

Heymann is Jefferson Teaching Award winner

William & Mary Law School Professor Laura A. Heymann will receive the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award during Charter Day on Feb. 3.

Student stays an extra semester for Sinfonicron

Rebekah Rochte '12 opted to stay at William & Mary one more semester largely to participate in one final production with the Sinfonicron Light Opera Company.

When extinction looms, diversity rules. At least for clams.

When it comes to the hard work of evolutionary paleontology, you can't beat the humble clam. Actually, you need a very large stack of humble clam fossils, because when you're tracing the mechanisms that drive evolution, you need a lot of individuals.

Student Affairs finds 'renewal' through service

The diverse offices that make up Student Affairs joined together Wednesday to help with service projects in the community as part of the division's Renewal Day, a twice yearly retreat for the group.

VIMS team assists in Antarctic maritime rescue

Professor Walker Smith and his research team witness the rescue of seven injured fishermen from a stricken South Korean vessel in the Ross Sea.

Live, from Richmond, bald eagles at home

The Center for Conservation Biology is offering the public a 24-7 view of the domestic life of a pair of eagles in Richmond.

AGU honors VIMS professor with Sverdrup Lecture

Professor Deborah Steinberg of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has been chosen by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to deliver the Sverdrup Lecture during this year’s meeting of its Ocean Sciences section.