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2013 News Stories

In the media: Faculty inform the press

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

Pinson to be heard on With Good Reason

Associate Professor of English Hermine Pinson discusses favorite Christmas music and memories of the season on the radio program, With Good Reason.

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Yule Log brings warmth to a cold, rainy night

Despite nasty weather, the logs were lit, the holly was tossed onto the fire and thousands of paper doves carried messages of hope and good cheer.

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Early decision students share moments out loud

A newly created multi-channel social media campaign has given high school students the chance to capture their experience – the very moment they learn they’ve been accepted to William & Mary – and to share their reactions.

VIMS alumnus elected chairman of ASMFC

Louis Daniel, director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and a VIMS graduate, has been chosen as the new chairman of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

W&M student wins local film award

Patrick Jenkins '14 recently won top prizes in the James River Film Society's Short Film Competition.

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Charity Hudley's book explores how to 'do language right'

Co-authored by Christine Mallinson, an associate professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, the book examines how educators and students communicate, as well as how students understand what is being communicated by authors who are commonly read in secondary English classrooms.

Humans threaten wetlands’ ability to keep pace with sea-level rise

Left to themselves, coastal wetlands can resist rapid levels of sea-level rise. But humans could be sabotaging some of their best defenses, according to a Nature review paper to be published Thursday from William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Taking Thoreau into the woods — deliberately

As a summer counselor at Camp Takodah in the woods of New Hampshire, Madeline Benjamin led a group of teenage girls in a non-traditional learning experience that she based off of the theory and thought of perhaps the ultimate camp counselor — Henry David Thoreau.

Writing about war: A veterans writing workshop

A Dec. 6 & 7 workshop at W&M, coordinated by undergraduate students in conjunction with the Veterans Writing Project, will help service members and their families share their stories.

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 fourth annual W&M Night on Dec. 5.

Learning to tell the stories of science at William & Mary

Dorothy Ibes, the newest Mellon environmental postdoctoral scholar, will teach a spring semester class in science communications, an experience that she hopes will bring some of those stories to light.

VIMS professor honored by Inventors Hall of Fame

VIMS Professor Stan Allen joined exalted company in late October when he received an Inventor of the Year Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.

From the W&M campus to the streets of Cebu

As the Philippines continue to deal with the impact of the massive storm that struck in early November, William & Mary is also continuing its efforts to support that recovery process, working on the W&M campus, in the halls of D.C. and in the streets of Cebu.

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TechCon: Reviewing the past, improving the future

Students from eight university labs, USAID staffers and international development leaders convened Nov. 16-18 to evaluate what they've done and where they're going.

W&M Global Film Festival launches 2014 theme with screenings, special guests

On Nov. 22 at the Kimball Theatre, the W&M Global Film Festival will launch its 2014 theme “Journeys & Passages” with an evening of Chilean-American programming featuring special guests Chilean director Sebastián Silva and American actor Michael Cera.

W&M No. 1 among publics for smallest gap between white, black grad rates

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education recently published a report on selective colleges and universities with the smallest gap between white and black students’ graduation rates, and William & Mary was shown to have the smallest gap of all public institutions on the list.

VIMS brings expertise in seagrass restoration down under

When it comes to restoring plants to areas disturbed by human activity, terrestrial researchers are far ahead of their marine counterparts. Professor Robert “JJ” Orth of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is now collaborating with colleagues in Australia to narrow that gap.

CVC campaign takes off at W&M

‘Tis the season for giving, and William & Mary faculty and staff are doing just that through the annual Combined Virginia Campaign.

W&M Wind Ensemble gets Centaur Records recording deal

The William & Mary Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Paul Bhasin, has been busy rehearsing and recording sessions for the release of a new album through Centaur Records.

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W&M delegation visits Chinese partners

Led by President Reveley, the delegation traveled to three cities, connected with alumni and discussed future ventures with prestigious Chinese universities.

Welcome to the e-learning lab

A number of experimental course initiatives and departmental projects using technology and tools instructionally are underway across the university.

Effort under way at W&M to support typhoon recovery

The world is now mobilizing to help the hundreds of thousands who were impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and William & Mary is joining that effort, asking College's family to become "heroes" for the Filipino family.

ASMFC honors Gartland with Annual Award of Excellence

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has presented Jim Gartland of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science with one of two Annual Awards of Excellence for his outstanding contributions to the field of fisheries science.

William & Mary leads nation in study abroad among public universities

The College of William & Mary has the highest percentage of undergraduates who participate in study abroad programs compared to any other public university in the United States, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education.

A Veterans Day story of sacrifice

Author Wilford Kale '66 believes he has found the first former William & Mary student killed in battle. His name: John Fenton Mercer.

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Swanson the right man for women's basketball

He won 406 games in 23 seasons at Sacred Heart in Connecticut, but was lured to William & Mary by family and an unexpected familiar feeling.

W&M organist honors mentor with original performance

For more than 30 years, William & Mary students have mastered their skills on the piano, harpsichord and organ under the careful tutelage of Applied Music Professor Thomas Marshall. But when Marshall received an invitation to perform at a concert honoring the retirement of the organist who helped form him into the musician he is today, it was his turn to show his mentor what he had learned.

Zombies take over Campus Center in annual AMP apocalypse

Alma Mater Production’s third annual Zombie Apocalypse event saw teams of brave students line up to face the undead in a challenging combination of obstacle course and scavenger hunt throughout the night of Nov. 1.

Faculty member studies changing shorelines

Research by Chris Hein reveals how shorelines shift in response to natural and human-driven changes in sea level, sediment supply, and coastal storms.

Tribe football blanks UNH, 17-0

The William & Mary football team remained unbeaten at home with an impressive 17-0 victory against No. 16/17 New Hampshire at Zable Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Banks personifies student-athlete excellence

Senior tennis player John Banks is the recipient of the 2013 Usry Award, presented to the varsity letter-winner with the highest grade point average at the end of his or her junior year.

Audience pumped up during Tack Faculty Lecture

Steinberg's presentation was the fourth installment of William & Mary's Tack Faculty Lecture Series, and the first by a professor in W&M's Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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AidData releases new data portal

AidData 3.0, unveiled in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, features an expanded set of development finance flows.

Dance faculty, students reconstruct Paul Taylor’s ‘The Word’

The modern dance piece will be performed as part of W&M's annual DANCEVENT concert, opening Oct. 31. This is the first time that "The Word" has been reconstructed outside of the Paul Taylor Dance Company since it premiered in 1998.

The art of improvisation

Members of the William & Mary community were treated to a lesson in improvisation and jazz last week courtesy of professional drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd.

Wedding at Supreme Court brings together W&M connections

There were William & Mary connections at a wedding at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Former William & Mary Rector Jeffrey B. Trammell ’73 and his longtime partner were married by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice -- and former W&M Chancellor -- Sandra Day O’Connor.

Chancellor’s Homecoming message: Stay connected to W&M

William & Mary's Chancellor made the most of his visit to the campus over Homecoming weekend, meeting with students, faculty, staff and alumni and even participating in the parade and festivities at Saturday's football game.

A new record: 14 W&M graduates receive Fulbright grants

More recent graduates of William & Mary received Fulbright U.S. student grants this year than the graduates of any other college or university in Virginia, according to a list of top-producing Fulbright institutions published by the Chronicle for Higher Education today.

Homecoming 2013 a winning weekend

William & Mary alumni from all over the country gathered on campus Oct. 24-27 for Homecoming 2013, a weekend highlighted by the traditional parties and parade, and non-traditional events like talks by local authors, a "PhysicsFest" and several appearances by Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65.

Tribe football defeats JMU, 17-7, on Homecoming

The William and Mary football team defeated No. 19/16 James Madison, 17-7, in front of a sold-out crowd for homecoming at Zable Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Show time: Crisafi ready for final Homecoming

Senior center Matt Crisafi has enjoyed the entire William & Mary experience, on the field and in the classroom. He's making sure others are doing so, too.

William & Mary ranked No. 1 for fostering service careers

William & Mary had more graduates enter service careers over the first decade of the new millennium than any other national university, according to a recent report by the Aspen Institute and Washington Monthly.

Homecoming 2013 promises something for everyone

From Oct. 24-27, alumni from around the globe will make their annual pilgrimage back to William & Mary to celebrate and reconnect with classmates and their alma mater.

W&M Property Rights Project publishes second volume

The William & Mary Property Rights Project announced today the publication of the second volume of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal.

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Cross' book explores suicide among the gifted

Tracy Cross' new book provides a model for understanding suicidal behavior among the gifted and aims to help school administrators, teachers, parents and peers intervene.

Lionfish: It’s what should be for dinner

When Erin Spencer, an ecology major and marine science minor, began to brainstorm ideas for a senior honors thesis, she knew immediately that she wanted to study lionfish.

Law professor joins First Amendment scholars in amicus brief

The case pending before the Supreme Court involves a Massachusetts law that restricts all expressive activity within 35 feet of entrances, exits, and driveways of all reproductive health care facilities, including abortion clinics.

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W&M campus has access to on-demand video instruction

W&M students, faculty, and staff now have access to, an online subscription library that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts.

Close to home

W&M alumna Glenn Close '74 returned to W&M last weekend with her husband, David Shaw, to receive the Cheek Award and participate in a series of other events.

A conversation with Glenn Close '74

Glenn Close '74 participated in this year's Arts & Entertainment Festival at William & Mary, engaging fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members in a Q&A session.

Housing international data in a new home

ITPIR and AidData host an open house at their new headquarters on Scotland Street. Guests are wowed with the volume, caliber of work being done.

Scientist researches parasite that he removed from his own body

Jon Allen had been experiencing "intermittent rough areas" that he could feel with his tongue. Allen, whose specialty is invertebrate biology, suspected that he might have been harboring an unwanted invertebrate guest.

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1693 Scholars Program finds a home

Murray House on Chandler Court, donated to the College by Jim J.D. '74, LL.D. '00 and Bruce Murray, will enable the 1693 Scholars Program to continue to reach its full potential.

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W&M unveils site plan for arts facilities

Anna Martin, vice president of administration, unveiled the revamped site plan for W&M’s Arts Quarter during the Board of Visitors meeting Thursday morning.

W&M BOV hears proposed plan to expand Alumni House

The William & Mary Alumni Association is raising private funds to support a planned expansion of the Alumni House located at the corner of Richmond Road and College Terrace.

Global study reveals new hotspots of fish biodiversity

A new global study of reef fishes reveals a surprise: when measured by factors other than the traditional species count—instead using features such as a species' role in an ecosystem or the number of individuals within a species—new hotspots of biodiversity emerge, including some nutrient-rich, temperate waters.

Law students participate in 'Constitutional Conversations'

William & Mary law students gathered with members of the local community in the Williamsburg Regional Library's theater on Sept. 12 for the first event of the fourth annual series of Constitutional Conversations.

Law School honors 2013 Anderson Scholars

Two W&M students - one from the Law School and one from the Mason School - were honored on Sept. 12 as Alvin P. Anderson Scholars.

Creative Services awarded for design projects

The winners of the University & College Designers Association 2013 design competition were announced at the end of August, and William & Mary's Office of Creative Services was twice given the nod for excellence in communications design.

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Seamus Heaney memorial reading set for Sept. 30

The Department of English and Patrick Hayes Writers' Series are sponsoring an event in which the audience is invited to participate in reading Heaney's work.

Ewell concert to honor late professor

The concert will be given in memory of William DeFotis, a William & Mary composer and conductor who passed away in 2003 at the age of 49 from multiple sclerosis.

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Exposing Maggie Walker's life, one page at a time

Adjunct Associate Professor Heather Huyck, students and volunteers are near the end of their examination of 31 boxes of documents detailing the life of pioneering black activist and entrepreneur.

VIMS flooding report makes a splash

Sea-level rise is an incremental process with major long-term impacts. Heavy turnout at a Sept. 13 conference on coastal flooding suggests that Virginia's outlook on the issue is taking a similar trajectory.

Brafferton renewal complete

The Brafferton, part of William & Mary's Historic Campus, has undergone a complete renewal.

Tucker Hall renovations finish

Renovation work on Tucker Hall has been completed. Many improvements are already apparent to faculty and students settling into the new space.

W&M project impacting incarcerated, pregnant women and their babies

Approximately 70 women have received help from the William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Project over the last year. The project aims to provide nutritional support and counseling to incarcerated, pregnant women, and its founders are already seeing positive results.

Emergency siren makes it a bad day for turtle trapping

A wetland ecosystems class caught turtles on Sept. 4 as part of part of a larger initiative. The Ecological Research as Education Network includes turtle censuses from 25 other schools in the United States.

Kickstarter co-founder Strickler '00 visits W&M

Yancey Strickler '00, a W&M alumnus and one of the founders of the popular "crowdfunding" website Kickstarter, spoke with students and faculty on Friday afternoon.

Freshmen don’t sequence? Well, they do at William & Mary

Working as a group, Eileen Ablondi, Catherine Acio, Emma McGregor, Caitlin Paisley and Cheyenne Williams not only finished the sequencing of the complete genome of a human bacterial pathogen, but they also attempted RNA-Seq—a technique that sequences expressed genes—on samples from the developing nervous system of a species of frog commonly used in lab experiments.

Hope returns to Virgin Islands

Hope has arrived again in the Virgin Islands. This is the fifth year that the whimbrel has returned to her wintering grounds on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rain doesn't dampen Tribe Pride at Opening Convocation

Nancy Gunn's message about overcoming obstacles with the help of community seemed particularly appropriate Wednesday afternoon as she addressed a crowd of new students who gathered by the Wren Building and shared umbrellas during a rainy Opening Convocation ceremony.

Fall arts preview: multiple performances, exhibitions planned

The beginning of the academic year is just days away, and William & Mary's calendar is already filling with events. Among those are multiple concerts, exhibitions and performances. Here is a look at some of the arts-related events at William & Mary coming up in the fall semester.

New students enjoy 'moving' experience

The Class of 2017 finds plenty of new colleagues waiting to help them on move-in day, their first as members of the Tribe.

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W&M students uncover clues to Barbadian history

Students in the 2013 William & Mary summer study abroad program in Barbados uncovered artifacts and architectural evidence at the St. Nicholas Abbey sugar plantation.

VA certifies W&M Puller Clinic

Puller Clinic the first law school clinic in the country asked to join VA's Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice.

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Making music the interdisciplinary way

Music professor Harris Simon and English professor Hermine Pinson have collaborated for 15 years to create a distinctive sound.

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W&M revises honor system

Following extensive review by a committee of faculty, administrators and students, William & Mary is implementing a series of revisions to its honor system.

10 EVMS/W&M collaborative research projects funded

Ten research projects involving faculty at William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School will each receive $10,000 in funding as part of a program to foster collaboration between researchers at the two institutions.

Two Hampton Roads students among new 1693 Scholars

Two winners of the 1693 Scholarship, William & Mary's most selective merit-based academic award, will make the short trip from their Hampton Roads communities to campus for freshman orientation.

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Heart and sole: Staff member Garrison leads shoe drive

Executive assistant to the dean of Arts & Sciences Trina Garrison, with help from Lydia Whitaker and Rosie Fox of Applied Science, has collected 6,750 pairs of shoes -- nearly 1,000 from W&M. They'll be sent to developing countries for rehab and re-sale.

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Kaup's book explores 'market justice' in Bolivia

Brent Kaup recently published a book, "Market Justice: Political Economic Struggle in Bolivia," about the country's shift from neoliberal to counter-neoliberal policies and the groups that have influenced those changes.

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W&M Law School raises record private funds

William & Mary Law School's alumni and friends supported the School in record-breaking numbers during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013.

Marshall Zobel '15 to speak at orientation

Marshall Zobel ’15 is this year’s upperclassman speaker for the William & Mary new student orientation program, which runs August 23-27.

Mother, son alumni write book about W&M during Civil War

Sean Heuvel and his mother, Lisa, not only share a love of history, they share an interest in how history has shaped two of the places they hold most dear: their hometown of Williamsburg and their alma mater, the College of William & Mary.

W&M hosts first overseas new student and family program

On June 29, William & Mary held its first overseas New Student and Family Program for more than 100 incoming graduate and undergraduate students and families in Beijing, China.

WMCI offers non-stop summer programming

The high heat and humidity of summer in Williamsburg has done little to slow the pace of the William & Mary Confucius Institute.

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An All-Star tribute to Vic Raschi

The former Tribe baseball player was a four-time American League All-Star, starting twice. He is the only Tribe baseball player ever named the the mid-season classic.

Swem Library welcomes new associate dean

Swem Library recently welcomed Lisa Nickel as the associate dean of research & public services, a new position developed to integrate the library more fully into the research and instructional programs of the university.

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McIntosh's story is stranger than (science) fiction

The film rights to adjunct professor of psychology Will McIntosh's not-yet published science fiction novel Defenders have been purchased by Warner Brothers, which hopes to turn it into a movie.

Award named in honor of longtime residence life director Boykin

The Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers (VACUHO) recently renamed its highest award the Deb Boykin Outstanding Professional Award, honoring her service to the housing profession across the state.

VIMS study shows 'dead zone' impacts Bay fishes

A 10-year study of Chesapeake Bay fishes by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science provides the first quantitative evidence on a bay-wide scale that low-oxygen "dead zones" are impacting the distribution and abundance of "demersal" fishes—those that live and feed near the Bay bottom.

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If it was funny then, it's funny now

Professor Emeritus Peter Derks tells the International Society for Humor Studies Conference at W&M that there is no difference between the subjects of colonial-era humor and what we poke fun at today.

VISTA at W&M: Area teachers experiment with teaching science

This month, more than 40 area teachers will gather on the William & Mary campus to participate in a four-week institute designed to shift science instruction from the traditional teacher-led classroom to a hands-on, problem-based learning lab.

W&M joins call for national service initiative

William & Mary's position as a national leader in the field of service was reaffirmed this week as the university participated in the 21st Century National Service Summit in Aspen, Colo.

Education students share work, build community with new journal

Whether their focus is counseling, curriculum or college leadership, students in the William & Mary School of Education have a new way to share their work and learn about the efforts of fellow students thanks to a new peer-reviewed journal.

Seagrass restoration goes international

A team of European entrepreneurs and scientists aim to bring lessons learned from seagrass restoration in Virginia's seaside bays to the coastal waters of Scandinavia.

Werowocomoco ceremony: America didn’t begin in 1607

One point was made over and over again at the June 21 ceremonial signing of a conservation easement to protect Werowocomoco: American history did not begin with the 1607 landing of the Jamestown settlers.

Humor studies no laughing matter at W&M conference

William & Mary will see humor scholars from around the world converge on its brick pathways next week as it hosts the 25th annual International Society for Humor Studies Conference July 2-6.

In the water with W&M Swim

Tribe swimmers share their tips for swimming success during summer conditioning.

Fair game? CCB will examine hunting pressure on shorebirds

The 2011 loss of two whimbrels included in the Center for Conservation Biology’s tracking project to hunters near Port-Louis, Guadeloupe, was a watershed event for shorebird scientists, forcing them to consider the real possibility that hunting within the West Indies and the northern coast of South America may be playing a significant role in observed population declines.

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AidData researchers join summit on aid, changing environment

Mike Tierney joined co-author Chris Marcoux of DePauw University in presenting their paper "Environmental and Climate Finance in a New World" to scholars, aid practitioners and policymakers in Stockholm, Sweden.

Study: source of organic matter affects Bay water quality

VIMS-led research reveals that organic carbon in runoff from urbanized landscapes is more likely to persist as it is carried downstream, thus contributing to low-oxygen “dead zones” in coastal waters.

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International conference explores IR discipline

The Teaching, Research and International Policy project [TRIP] of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations welcomed a group of scholars from around the globe to explore the state of international relations.

Raising hope: Nicole Lewis '03 empowers teen parents to complete college

Nicole Lewis '03 entered William & Mary as an intimidated teen mother. A decade later, she is using that experience to help other teen mothers as CEO of Generation Hope, a non-profit organization she founded in 2010 to help other young single parents pursuing higher education.

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Tribe athletes recognized for strong academic work

A report issued by the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday honored six William and Mary athletic squads as recipients of its Public Recognition Award.

Wanted, dead or alive (not dead and alive)

Hans von Baeyer says that we all can stop worrying about Schrödinger's Cat. Science's most famous imaginary feline may indeed be dead—or perhaps it's alive. But it is certainly not both.

Partnership aims to reduce pollution from 'microplastics'

A grant to a VIMS research team will help them develop and test a biodegradable replacement for one of the two main sources of microplastic—the “microbeads” found in scores of household products.

Freshman phage lab evolves into study of proteomics

What could possibly be a follow-up to a group of freshmen discovering a new form of life and finding new genes in its genome? Having that same group continue their research in a new investigation of bacteriophage proteomics.

Historic Tribe baseball season ends in Raleigh regional final

After winning a school-record 39 games, which included the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament wins, the William and Mary baseball team fell to seventh-ranked N.C. State, 9-2, on Sunday night in the Raleigh Regional final at Doak Field.

EMBA program focuses on Chinese business practices, culture

Incoming EMBA students will now spend a week during the fall semester of their first year studying and learning Chinese business principles from leading scholars at Fudan University, located in Shanghai.

Healing history: Justin Reid’s homeward journey

Justin Reid '09 works as associate director of museum operations at the Moton Museum in Farmville, Va. A National Historic Landmark since 1998, it remains one of the most important sites of the modern civil rights struggle.

Three employees honored for 40 or more years at W&M

Three William & Mary employees will be celebrated at this year's Employee Appreciation Day for reaching milestone anniversaries of 40 or more years of service at the College.

Proposals sought for EVMS/W&M collaborative research

Faculty and staff from William & Mary joined their counterparts from Eastern Virginia Medical School Tuesday to discuss what might be the most fruitful areas for collaborative research.

Study shows restored oyster reef worth its weight in nutrients

A study led by researcher Lisa Kellogg of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that a restored oyster reef can remove up to 10 times more nitrogen from Chesapeake Bay waters than an unrestored area nearby, providing additional evidence that reef-restoration can contribute to efforts to improve water quality in the nation’s largest estuary.

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Record number of students win Boren Scholarships

The scholarships and fellowships are designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with resources to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the U.S.

Sen. Warner says W&M legal clinic offers national solution

Virginia Senator Mark Warner's May 14 letter urges Senate colleagues to consult a guide created by the Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic to learn how to establish pro bono programs at law schools in their states.

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William & Mary's 2013 Commencement awards

Several awards are presented annually to graduates, staff and faculty members during the William & Mary Commencement ceremony. Below is a list of the awards that were presented during this year's ceremony on May 12.

W&M graduates encouraged to live lives of integrity, service

As they begin a new chapter in their lives, the members of William & Mary’s Class of 2013 should seek to live lives of integrity, service, patience and humility, said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller on Sunday.

From the courts of 17th-century Spain

Historian Lu Ann Homza took five students to Pamplona, Spain over spring break to study handwritten manuscripts of court cases from the 1600s.

TRADOC commander to speak at W&M commissioning

General Robert W. Cone, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, will speak at this weekend's commissioning ceremony for nine W&M students.

Alumna who died in local plane crash touched many

W&M alumna Sue Brown, 52, and her husband, Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV, 54, died in a Cessna plane crash near the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport on April 19. The two had strong ties to the Williamsburg and William & Mary communities.

Press stories hail veterans clinic as 'national model'

Senator Mark Warner says Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic could be a "national model" to create law school clinics across the country to help solve the Veterans Administration's backlog of cases.

W&M takes top spot for Virginia in RecycleMania tournament

William and Mary recently participated in the annual RecycleMania Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The competition ended on March 30, and W&M finished first in Virginia, topping schools such as University of Virginia, James Madison University and Virginia Tech.

W&M hosts Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

Former ambassador to the United Nations spoke about negotiation strategy with Iran at the university’s inaugural intercollegiate Model United Nations conference.

William & Mary launches GIS certificate program in DC

William & Mary Professors John Swaddle and Stuart Hamilton have begun accepting applications for the College's new certificate program in Geographic Information Science for summer 2013.

Varun Soni to speak at Service of Celebration

Varun Soni, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California, will serve as the speaker at this year’s Service of Celebration

Colleen Kennedy wins Shirley Aceto Award

Associate professor of English has served as assistant to former President Tim Sullivan, director of the Writing Resource Center, president of Faculty Assembly and faculty director of joint degree program with St Andrews.

Bay’s underwater grasses decline for third year

Results from the VIMS-led seagrass monitoring program show that underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers declined 24% between 2011 and 2012, approaching lows last reported in 1986.

Creating inclusive classrooms for students with autism

Since 2012, the Neurodiversity Working Group has been working to explore and celebrate the neurological differences in the College's population. Last year, a University Teaching Project grew out of the group, with the aim to focus on the classroom experience for students.

Ward featured on With Good Reason

Education professor Sandra Ward discusses how therapeutic horse riding is helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in some life-changing ways.

World record attempt a burst bubble

Over 200 William & Mary students gathered in the Wren courtyard to participate in Pop the World Record, an attempt to break the official Guinness world record for most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously.

Board of Visitors adopts new operating model for William & Mary

William & Mary's Board of Visitors today approved "The William & Mary Promise," a new operating model that provides vitally needed resources to secure the future of Virginia's distinctive "public ivy" while markedly enhancing affordability and access for Virginia students.

TRIP Project receives $307,500 grant

Grant will support two major initiatives that aim to improve interactions between international relations theorists and practitioners.

Rushforth captures 2013 Merle Curti Award

Associate professor of History is the third W&M professor in the last seven years to win the Organization of American Historians' prestigious prize.

Swem archives reveal answer to 170-year-old mystery

Naomi Marrow's search for details on a man who died 170 years ago led her to Swem. Here, she found answers. Marrow entered her story in Swem’s archives contest, winning over voters, and now advances to the national competition.

Experts call for network to monitor marine biodiversity

Professor J. Emmett Duffy is the lead author on an article in the new issue of BioScience, which calls for establishment of a national network to monitor the diversity of marine life.

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Faculty on topic: Hewitt on why China matters to you

Deborah Hewitt, assistant dean for MBA programs and economics professor, shares her thoughts on how China's becoming a central player in the global economy.

William & Mary admits bright, diverse Class of 2017

William & Mary once again saw a record number of applications this year, and the Class of 2017 promises to be yet another bright and diverse addition to the campus community.

Class project inspires research article in Ecology

A study that began as a class project among graduate students at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science is now a peer–reviewed research article in Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America.

Poetry and prizes: a Patrick Hayes doubleheader

Steve Kistulentz ’91 and Rebecca Lindenberg ’00 will read from their new books of poetry on April 11. Student literary awards will be announced the next day.

School of Education hosts first student research symposium

William & Mary’s School of Education held its first student research symposium on Friday, featuring more than 40 presentations on counseling and education topics from both undergraduate and graduate students.

New collection documents Virginia’s hip-hop history

On April 19, Special Collections will launch the William & Mary Hip-Hop Collection, the most comprehensive collection of its kind devoted to chronicling Virginia’s hip-hop past.

Bookstore manager receives leadership award

Cathy Pacheco, the store manager of the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, was recently awarded the prestigious Next Gen Leadership Award at the Barnes & Noble College annual conference in Orlando.

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King's new book explores how animals grieve

Barbara J. King's new book, "How Animals Grieve," is a multi-species examination of loss, love and mourning that challenges prevailing notions that grief is an emotion experienced only by humans, and modern humans, at that.

2013 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence recipients announced

A lawyer called to testify before U.S. House members, a political scientist whose research with a student led to the development of a prominent Web-accessible database on foreign aid and a chemist who garnered national attention for success in developing young women scientists are among this year’s recipients of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.

Physics postdoc wins research grant at Jefferson Lab

Chris Monahan is the recipient of the 2013 JSA Postdoctoral Research Grant at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, which will provide $11,000 for his research.

TEDx event highlights W&M 'ideas worth spreading'

On Saturday, William & Mary students had the opportunity to listen to other members of their "historically innovative" university talk about ideas that are shaping the future.

Breaking internationally

The history of breakdancing is most often associated with New York hip-hop culture, not that of Guangzhou, China, but Qi Chen, an exchange student from the University of Adelaide, will be the first to trumpet the connection. Chen has been a member of William & Mary’s Bboy (breakdancing) Club since his arrival on campus for the Spring 2012 semester.

Book of essays explores the sublime over the ages

Timothy Costelloe, an associate professor of philosophy at William & Mary, has edited a volume of original essays written by a variety of scholars from different disciplines, each of which considers the nature of the sublime, that transcendent aesthetic experience that philosophers and other writers have discussed at least since the third century AD.

Leadership summit equips students to combat hate

More than 60 William & Mary students attended "What You Do Matters Collegiate," a leadership summit on hate speech, which sought to answer the question: "How can we create environments where hate cannot flourish?"

Students share knowledge of Chesapeake Bay via Twitter

With the help of a VIMS program, seventh graders at Queens Lake Middle School in Williamsburg recently took learning to another level by using the popular social networking site Twitter.

Information Technology donates laptops to Ecuadorian school

Information Technology was able to send a little piece of itself to Cayambe, Ecuador, recently when a group of five freshmen from the Kappa Sigma Fraternity traveled there on an alternative spring break trip.

Suiting up for success

A new program offered by the Cohen Career Center provides current W&M students with the opportunity to borrow professional as part of their career preparation.

International relations: The Smith family business

Connor Smith ’14, grew up in a family committed to foreign affairs. Now he is organizing W&M’s first intercollegiate Model United Nations (MUN) conference.

Graduate students to present research at annual symposium

William & Mary's 12th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, a two-day, broadly themed academic conference designed to bring together graduate students in differing areas of study in the Arts & Sciences, will be held at the Sadler Center March 22-23.

W&M Greek community honored for service to the Arc

W&M Greek Life has been involved with the Arc of Greater Williamsburg for more than a decade, and they recently received the organization's "Volunteer Group of the Year" award.

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Technology to be put to test in simulated U.S.-Canada hearing

The Center for Legal and Court Technology, a joint initiative of William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts, will conduct a simulated bi-national marine commission hearing on March 22.

Marjorie S. Thomas named dean of students

Marjorie S. Thomas, associate vice president for student affairs at the College of Charleston, has been selected as William & Mary's next dean of students.

Rum blends in to help Tribe win

As CAA tournament begins Saturday, senior guard Matt Rum sees similarities between this year's team and the 2010 squad that advanced to the National Invitation Tournament.

OspreyWatch begins second season

For the second year, the Center for Conservation Biology is sounding the call to OspreyWatchers throughout the world to record and share their observations with a growing online community of global citizens that are linked by an interest in osprey biology and a concern for aquatic environments.

VIMS team studies aftermath of Alaskan 'Snowpocalypse'

Professor Steve Kuehl is investigating whether river runoff from last year's Alaskan "Snowpocalypse" left a signature in nearby seafloor sediments, and if so, what the long-term record of such events might say about the area's fast-changing climate.

Research featured in The Economist

Research by Brad Parks of the AidData Center for Development Policy was recently featured in The Economist.

W&M law student appears on 'Millionaire'

Derek McMahan, a student at William & Mary Law School, put his knowledge to the test on the popular game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."

Diaz co-authors UN report on nutrient threats and benefits

Bob Diaz has co-authored a new report, commissioned by the U.N., that provides recommendations for managing the use of nitrogen and phosphorous in a world where the coastal waters of most developed nations suffer from excessive inputs of these and other nutrients.

USAID adviser challenges students to change world

The nexus of science and development has immense potential for solving international development's greatest challenges, and William & Mary students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of that movement, Alex Dehgan told students and faculty on Feb. 11.

Spencer Niles named dean of W&M's School of Education

Spencer Niles, distinguished professor and department head for the nationally ranked programs of educational psychology, counseling and special education at Pennsylvania State University, will be the next dean of William & Mary's School of Education.

East meets West in class with sarod master

Students and faculty who visited the Reves Center last Thursday had the opportunity to expand their musical horizons at a master class given by sarod master Irfan Khan.

Ambler to dance with the (Williamsburg) stars

While Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler may be best known around campus for her emails to the student body, she has another talent up her sleeve: She can dance.

Reform Incentives team judges impact of Millennium Challenge Corp.

Researchers with the Reform Incentives Project at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations have released an independent report investigating the U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC's) impact on reform efforts in developing countries.

Active citizens 'on a mission to change the world'

Approximately 270 students, faculty, staff and non-profit organization members from 40 colleges and universities across the country gathered at the Mason School of Business last weekend for the 2013 Active Citizens Conference.

Azerbaijan ambassador visits Reves Center

Ambassador Elin Suleymanov spoke with faculty, staff and students about Azerbaijan's unique place on the world stage.

W&M students ring in Chinese New Year

This time of year, there are signs of the Chinese New Year across the university, so much so that two major Chinese national TV outlets aired stories about W&M students.

New faculty member glides into marine research

Gong, a new faculty member at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, is a physical oceanographer who uses gliders and moorings to study the movement and properties of coastal waters.

BOV member Thomas falls for allure of the muse

John Charles Thomas will perform his original poetry at Carnegie Hall Feb. 23 8 pm. Joining him will be Music Department's Sophia Serghi, Harris Simon and Anna Kijanowska.

Richard Bland's president featured at colloquium on two-year colleges

Richard Bland College Friends of the Library will host a colloquium later this month featuring President Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D., to discuss her newly released book exploring the unique role of two-year colleges as the disruptive innovators of higher education.

Alumnus carves a career studying the coastal impacts of extreme storms

The destructive Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 captured the attention of teenager Asbury (Abby) Sallenger, Jr. Thirteen years later, he received his Ph.D. in marine science at VIMS, formalizing his life-long interest in beaches and the coastal hazards that threaten them.

Gavin DeGraw, Good Old War rock the Hall

The W&M community united to dance and cheer along with Gavin DeGraw and Good Old War at the third annual Charter Day concert, the finale of 2013’s Charter Day festivities Saturday night.

Muhammed Tabiu to serve as 2013 Kraemer Scholar-In-Residence

Muhammed Tabiu of the Department of Islamic Law at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria will offer two public lectures and teach a short course at the W&M Law School.

Gates lauds the value of higher education at Charter Day

Higher education is a public good that should be supported by the government for the benefit of society as a whole, said former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at William & Mary's Charter Day ceremony on Feb. 8.

W&M board approves undergraduate business school fee

William & Mary's Mason School of Business will join other leading schools in the country who now charge a supplemental fee to undergraduate students who major and minor in business, according to the proposal approved Friday by the W&M Board of Visitors.

Gates: Steep price to pay for short-changing education

Chancellor's Charter Day speech calls education the single most important driver of opportunity and prosperity at home, and for American influence and idealism abroad.

Michelangelo drawings cast light on famed artist's dual life

The Muscarelle Museum of Art celebrates its 30th anniversary with 25 drawings preserved by Michelangelo’s descendants from the family home, the Casa Buonarroti in Florence. On display Feb. 9 – April 14.

W&M celebrates Black History Month

Organizations and departments across the William & Mary campus are hosting events in February in recognition of Black History Month.

2013 Creative Adaptation awards announced

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

Princeton Review names William & Mary a 'best value'

The university ranks fourth among public colleges and universities in the report, which looks at academic excellence, cost, financial aid and other factors at 150 universities and colleges across the country.

Three to be honored with the Alumni Medallion

This year, the Alumni Association honors three esteemed leaders — individuals who represent the ideals of William & Mary's founders and what the College has stood for during its revered history — D. Bruce Christian '73, Nancy W. Mathews '76 and Donald G. Owens '65, J.D. '71.

VIMS scientists contribute to Bay Barometer report

A team of researchers from W&M's Virginia Institute of Marine Science joined with officials from the Chesapeake Bay Program and other agencies to announce the release of the latest Bay Barometer, CBP's annual report on Bay health and the status of long-term Bay restoration efforts.

W&M mourns Sherman Cohen ’42, L.H.D. ’09

New York City real estate developer and philanthropist Sherman Cohen '42 L.H.D. '09, who -- along with his wife, Gloria -- made possible the construction of William & Mary's Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen Career Center, died on Jan. 22.

Alumna's MTV talk show to premiere Tuesday

Sara Schaefer '00, who was a theatre and English major at W&M, will co-host of MTV's "Nikki and Sara LIVE," which premieres Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. EST.

Second City comedy tour coming to W&M

On Feb. 2, William & Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall will host Chicago’s famous sketch comedy theater The Second City: Laughing Matters, featuring some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from The Second City's 52-year history.

Michael Tierney to receive Jefferson Teaching Award

Michael Tierney '87, co-director of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, will receive the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award on Charter Day.

W&M alumna nominated to lead SEC

President Barack Obama nominated Mary Jo White ’70 to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that has an instrumental role in implementing Wall Street reform.

Duffy receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

Professor Emmett Duffy of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science has been selected as one of the Commonwealth's outstanding faculty members by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Brian Rabe '13 to be awarded Thomas Jefferson Prize

Brian Rabe '13 is the 2013 winner of the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy. Rabe, a double major in biology and chemistry, has set his sights on being a researcher and professor at a university.

W&M to host one-day interfaith conference

In recognition of the United Nations' World Interfaith Harmony Week, William & Mary will host a one-day conference, “The Importance of Multi-Faith Understanding and the Dangers of Religious Intolerance,” on Feb. 3.

W&M senior advances in ‘American Idol’ competition

Although many people tuned in to the 12th season premiere of American Idol on Wednesday night to see its new celebrity judges, the William & Mary community was looking for someone else: Vangelis "Van" Dimopoulos.

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W&M report recommends pilot partnership with EVMS

A new relationship between William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School should begin slowly, through a pilot program that will allow the two institutions to combine their expertise to improve healthcare delivery in Hampton Roads -- and learn more about each other -- according to a recent report by W&M faculty and administrators.

Global Film Festival offerings set

Scheduled over President’s Day weekend (Feb. 14-17) at the Kimball Theatre, the four-day main event will again feature films from around the world, live performances, receptions and presentations by invited filmmakers.

VIMS contributes to international seagrass restoration project

A $4.49 million grant to an international team that includes researchers Robert “JJ” Orth, Ken Moore, and Scott Marion of VIMS will support efforts to develop innovative techniques and tools for restoring eelgrass.

VIMS calls for flexible, multi-step approach to deal with flood risk

A new report from W&M's Virginia Institute of Marine Science lays out a detailed plan for how the Commonwealth can best respond to the ongoing challenges that high tides, storm surge, intense rain storms, sinking land, and rising sea level pose to residents and localities along Virginia's Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic shorelines.

Law School launches new program

Legal Practice Program helps students gain skills they'll need to become practice-ready graduates.

CSUMS: NSF-funded math research program ends epic run

For the past five summers, while other students were hitting the beach, William & Mary math majors had been hitting the books and the labs to conduct computational mathematics research.

VIMS alumna leads strategic planning team at NOAA

A 2003 alumna of the Ph.D. program at VIMS, Shelby Walker is now the Strategic Planning Team Lead for the Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation within NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.