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

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

Reaching new heights: the year in giving

Over the last year, William & Mary celebrated many extraordinary milestones thanks to the loyal and generous support of donors.

Hearts jolly and warm with spirit of tradition at Yule Log

William & Mary students and alumni braved the cold December air and packed the Wren Courtyard on Dec. 9 to participate in a holiday spectacle of tradition, festivities and cheer: the annual Yule Log ceremony.

Federal funds help Virginia increase wetland benefits

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants to W&M's Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality advance the goals of the state's wetlands plan.

W&M spreads holiday spirit

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

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Tribe scholars win big in 2016

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

William & Mary building toward a bright future

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

Moving the needle

Olympia Ochoco Trumbower '08 stays connected to campus — from the great northwest.

William & Mary acquires James Monroe letters

More than two dozen, never-before-published letters from James Monroe to a member of his Cabinet were acquired by Swem Special Collections.

Holiday happenings at W&M

As the holiday season approaches, there are a number of events and activities on and around campus to enjoy.

$1M given to William & Mary Law School for new atrium

A modern atrium space for law students called Penny Commons will be a part of the new wing of William & Mary Law School, thanks to a $1 million commitment from Pamela Jordan Penny ’77 and James D. Penny J.D. ’83.

Guiding students how to achieve more by doing less

The W&M Student Leadership Development office's latest program, Depth Over Breadth, emphasizes that deeper involvement in a few activities produces better leaders than across-the-board extracurricular activities.

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Dudik captures a veteran's new life in photos

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

W&M dedicates renovated Zable Stadium

During the Tribe football game on Oct. 29, the William & Mary community came together to celebrate the newly renovated Zable Stadium during the halftime ceremony.

Law students to host Election Day VOTEline

On Nov. 8, students at William & Mary Law School are set to run the W&M VOTEline at (757) 221-2890, a voter assistance hotline aimed at responding to questions local citizens have about voting. This non-partisan voter assistance hotline will be operated by students in William & Mary Law School’s Election Law Society.

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

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

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

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

TargetSmart/William & Mary survey featured on MSNBC

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

Campbell's Tack Faculty Lecture unravels a mystery

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

Golden goal: Men's soccer turns 50, women's program adds to winning streak

Throughout the 2015-16 school year, William & Mary men’s soccer had the opportunity to look back. As the program celebrated its 50th anniversary, the community reflected on the great seasons, teams, players and coaches that made Tribe soccer what it is today.

Fear factor

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

Partnership with local farm brings fresh produce to campus

William & Mary Dining Services by Sodexo formed a partnership with KelRae Farm, a family farm owned by Randy and Michelle Gulden in Toano, Virginia, in order to provide the freshest and healthiest ingredients to William & Mary students.

Retracing the steps of a 1929 fact-finding mission

Nearly nine decades ago, William & Mary President J.A.C. Chandler arrived in London on a mission to explore the history of the university. Recently a small delegation from W&M Libraries retraced his steps for an investigation of their own.

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A new president, a new ballgame

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

Dominion Foundation funds sea turtle nesting research

A grant of $30,000 from The Dominion Foundation to William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science will fund a study of sea turtle nesting along Virginia's Atlantic seaboard.

VIMS professor inducted into IGFA Hall of Fame

The International Game Fish Association has inducted John Graves of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science into its Fishing Hall of Fame.

The cure for the creativity crisis

W&M professor KH Kim’s latest book The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation may provide the antidote for the nationwide epidemic of declining creativity.

76 homecomings and counting

Ruth Weimer Tillar '45 has been to every Homecoming since she entered William & Mary as a freshman in 1941.

Anatomy of a parade

Alumnus Bill Schermerhorn '82, former creative director of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, talks parades and Homecoming.

New poll shows slight lead for Clinton in OH

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

Elena Prokhorova owns the raft, and the Raft Debate

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

W&M receives Williamsburg Health Foundation award for wellness efforts

The Williamsburg Health Foundation presented William & Mary’s Division of Student Affairs today with the 2016 Williamsburg Health Foundation Award for its work to create an integrated, comprehensive system of wellness programs for students and all campus community members.

William & Mary Homecoming set for Oct. 13-16

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

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Athletics Director Terry Driscoll to retire in 2017

Whether on the field or in the classroom, Driscoll led 21 years of Tribe excellence. A search committee will soon be formed, with a goal of finding his replacement before he leaves in June.

VIMS receives major grant to maximize future health of Bay

A grant from the National Science Foundation to a multi-institutional team headed by researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science will fund an effort to identify how policymakers and coastal residents can best respond to rising seas.

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

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

VIMS professor receives 'smart cities' funding, White House announces

The White House today announced the winners of several grant competitions within its national smart city initiative, including a sub-award to Jon 'Derek' Loftis of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science in support of his efforts to help local communities better manage coastal flooding.

VIMS collaborates with federal partners to study algal blooms

A partnership between William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science and both NASA and NOAA is using the latest in satellite technology to better track where rapidly shifting algal blooms might be on a given day.

Inside the COLL 300 classroom

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

Integrated Science Center: Phase 3 set to stun

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

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Decoding sharks

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

W&M Theatre converges in land of the midnight sun

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

Mark your calendars for the arts at W&M

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

VIMS team embarks on expedition to Arctic seas

A research team from William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science has embarked on a month-long expedition to the coastal seas of northern Alaska, sailing aboard the nation’s newest icebreaker to study the role of nitrogen in Arctic food webs.

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Tribe coach Daly joins exclusive club

The W&M women's soccer coach guided his team to the 400th victory of his career over the weekend. Only five other Division I coaches have reached that milestone.

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Teaching 9/11, 15 years later

Education professor Jeremy Stoddard has spent the past 13 years studying how 9/11 is taught in schools according to curricula and state standards.

Robert Gates’ papers arrive at William & Mary

The personal papers of William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 arrived at William & Mary on Sept. 1.

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William & Mary renovates Tyler Hall

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

Chen, Ramer awarded for service work

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

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ITPIR 'Shark Tank' winners announced

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

Camp Kesem: a place for magic

Camp Kesem is a place where magic happens every summer thanks to students at William & Mary.

Old and cold: extreme longevity in Greenland sharks

Based on radiocarbon dating of tissues from Greenland sharks collected on expeditions between 2010 and 2013, the scientists calculate an age of 392 years for their largest specimen — a 16-foot behemoth — with an uncertainty of plus or minus 120 years

Artisanal pigs and the artisans that produce them

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

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Olympic swimming a family affair for Gomez

W&M swimmer Maicoll Gomez is in Rio de Janeiro to cheer on brother Jonathan, who will compete in the 200-meter butterfly Olympic event.

When dark moments strike bright minds

College students in the United States are struggling more than ever, but for this community, William & Mary has a plan.

VIMS assists in launch of NOAA buoy

Stakeholders with an interest in monitoring and preserving the health of Chesapeake Bay recently gathered at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science to celebrate the launch of a NOAA data buoy that will help fill a long-standing gap in the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System.

$1M gift funds STEM summer camp for gifted youth

A recent gift from the Petters Family Foundation will fund Camp Launch, a STEM-focused summer camp for gifted students, for the next four years.

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W&M summer camp focuses on the future

Camp Launch, a free, STEM-focused summer camp for middle school students hosted by the W&M Center for Gifted Education, just completed its fifth year.

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

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

VIMS researcher partners to win market challenge

A team led by Derek Loftis of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science shared second place in a market-based challenge to conceptualize new ways of enhancing a mobile app that was developed to help citizens, scientists and emergency managers better monitor and respond to coastal flooding.

VIMS professor wins international recognition

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

AidData among provisional winners of DREAMS innovation challenge

PEPFAR, the United States President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief, announced this week that William & Mary’s AidData is one of the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.

Life on the front lines of the war on cancer

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

Library digitizes St. George Tucker almanacs

William & Mary Libraries recently digitized its collection of St. George Tucker almanacs, making these materials open and accessible online.

W&M hosts Mandela Washington Fellows

On July 17, William & Mary will welcome 25 of Africa’s brightest, emerging civic leaders for 15 days of leadership training, public policy seminars and mentorship and collaboration with local faculty and community members.

When inspiration Strykes

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

Under the sea: 35 years with the Virginia Aquarium

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

Bright Lights, Big Apple

W&M Alumni are making an impact on the City That Never Sleeps.

W&M professor addresses new Virginia marriage law

A new law, which took effect on July 1, has raised the minimum age at which young people in Virginia may marry. Prior to this month, 16- and 17-year-olds were free to marry in the Commonwealth with parental consent; those even younger could marry with parental consent if there was a pregnancy.

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Teens visit W&M to learn leadership

Eleven high school students spent most of last week on campus participating in Leadership By Design, a program instituted by Board of Visitors member Karen Schultz, who teaches at Shenandoah University.

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Ciara Cifers '20 named Beales Scholar

Ciara Cifers '20 is the recipient of the Harriett Pittard Beales Scholarship at William & Mary for the academic year 2016–2017.

Is inspiration contagious?

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

Virginia Environmental Endowment funds William & Mary projects

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William & Mary Law School and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science have each received funding for projects during the latest round of grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.

W&M visited by 27 UN peacekeepers from Africa

Psychology Professor Harvey Langholtz discussed the role of police in a society transitioning from war to stability with the officers, who are in training with Cameroon’s International School for Security Forces.

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Remembrance, hope: Williamsburg embraces Orlando

A service at William & Mary's Commonwealth Auditorium Monday night drew representatives from many faiths, campus and outside organizations and ended with a pledge for peace and understanding.

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W&M wins CAA food drive challenge

Tribe student-athletes collected 936.5 pounds of food, more than 25 percent of the 3,711 total pounds Colonial Athletic Association schools brought in.

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Two faculty projects receive Creative Adaptation funding

The provost's Creative Adaptation Fund is awarded annually to faculty members pursuing innovative projects that improve the quality of educational programs by reducing costs or generating new revenues.

W&M professor shares his research on the wage gap

According to the U.S. president’s Council of Economic Advisers, women make up about 47 percent of the labor force. Women also hold 49.3 percent of jobs, therefore making them equal or primary breadwinners in the American household. That difference – often referred to as the gender wage gap – is a controversial topic in America and brings about strong arguments about its potential causes.

Researchers release 'Frankenturtles' into Chesapeake Bay

VIMS researchers are working to reduce sea turtle mortality by trying to pinpoint where the hundreds of dead loggerhead sea turtles that wash up on Chesapeake Bay beaches each summer may have succumbed.

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Employees awarded for service to W&M

The following people will be recognized at William & Mary's Employee Appreciation Service Awards event on June 14, 2016, for reaching milestones in their years of service to the university.

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VIMS modeler joins in ensemble forecast of 2016 Gulf dead zone

For the third year running, VIMS Professor David Forrest has added his contribution to the multi-model ensemble forecast that NOAA uses to predict the size of the low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms off the Mississippi Delta each summer.

The craft behind the comedy of Patton Oswalt ’91

Before he became a best-selling author, revered standup comedian, epicurean Pixar rodent, omnivorous pop culture critic and wide-ranging character actor, Oswalt was working as a paralegal, a sportswriter and a party DJ in Northern Virginia.

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Tribe baseball stars in two-week hit drama

W&M wins the Colonial Athletic Association crown after amazing comeback, then eliminates defending national champ Virginia in the NCAAs before finally falling,.

Old collection, new relevance

The W&M Herbarium is part of a global effort digitizing natural history collections. More than half of its roughly 81,000 specimen records are available for free online.

The path forward: Brian Goebel and the American dream

Goebel’s latest creation,, is a non-partisan political blog that highlights the declining trend in civic engagement and offers creative alternatives for political problem solving.

W&M student awarded Udall Scholarship

The scholarships are reserved for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to the environment or American Indian nations.

Tribe baseball to face UVA Friday in NCAA tournament

The Tribe baseball team beat regular-season champion UNCW Sunday for the program's first CAA Tournament title since 2001. The team will face UVA in Charlottesville on June 3.

Library to launch new catalog

This summer, W&M Libraries is launching a new catalog that will improve how materials are browsed, searched and discovered.

Biblical ethics in the modern day

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Ethicist Robin McCall recently sat down with William & Mary News to discuss how biblical ethics or Christian ethics (when interpreted from a Christian perspective) has defined morality from the Bible.

VIMS helps steer visit of Polynesian sailing canoe

The role of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science in steering the 62-foot double-hulled Hokule’a toward the Chesapeake Bay began a quarter century ago.

Mercury-ridden songbirds get an extra jolt during migration

W&M Professor Dan Cristol is one of the authors of a new paper that confirms an additional challenge for migratory birds, beyond the vicissitudes of weather, predators and the bad luck of running into a wind turbine or a window.

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Ackerman and family in a class of their own

Graduating gymnast Keaton Ackerman's mother and stepfather have adopted eight children with special needs, in the process offering a life lesson in compassion and acceptance.

VIMS earns $6M in set-aside funding for scallop research

Researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science have earned nearly $6 million in set-aside funding to advance the understanding and management of sea scallops off the U.S. East Coast.

W&M's sustainability efforts earn RecycleMania recognition

William & Mary took top honors in the state for composting and received recognition in several other sustainability-related categories in this year's national RecycleMania tournament.

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W&M wins Madison Cup. End of debate.

Debate team members Ben Marks and Venu Katta take home the top prize in the prestigious competition featuring 35 other schools.

Law students help plant change in Newport News

William & Mary law students from the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, Student Environmental and Animal Law Society and Black Law Students Association joined the Southeast CARE Coalition for a second year to “Plant the Change” in the Southeast Community of Newport News.

Two Tribe football players sign on with NFL teams

DeAndre Houston-Carson was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, and linebacker Luke Rhodes signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

W&M donors fund state-of-the-art press box at Zable Stadium

All Tribe football game-day operations will be housed in a new state-of-the-art press box at William & Mary’s Walter J. Zable Stadium through a leadership gift of $2 million from John L. Dawkins ’51 and June Lochenour Dawkins ’48.

W&M professor talks about helping homeless schoolchildren

According to statistics provided by the Department of Education, the number of homeless students in public schools across the nation has doubled since before the last recession. In Virginia alone, there are over 18,000 enrolled students identified as homeless.

W&M announces 2016 Plumeri Award recipients

From a globally recognized leader in international criminal law and a leading linguistic scholar to a widely published neuroscientist, the 2016 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence will be bestowed to 20 talented and visionary professors across William & Mary's campus.

W&M makes history on One Tribe One Day

The university’s official day of giving back and paying it forward – One Tribe One Day – was a smashing success, with 10,358 members of the Tribe making a gift, bringing in nearly $2.2 million in a single day.

Jack Pigge convicted in law school’s fairy-tale trial

The trial, part of the semiannual fairy tale trial series organized by the CLCT, is designed to give elementary school students an overview of American courtroom procedure through an accessible and entertaining fact pattern.

Amphitheatre, wellness center renamed for alumni

William & Mary's Board of Visitors approved measures that rename the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre and the Integrative Wellness Center in honor of alumni who are committed to providing an enriching and healthy environment for the entire Tribe community.

W&M Board of Visitors approves 2016-17 budget

The William & Mary Board of Visitors approved the university’s fiscal 2017 budget, including new initiatives designed to increase diversity on campus, continue to innovate in the liberal arts curriculum and improve W&M’s already strong retention and graduation rates.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ parallels COLL curriculum

The theatre department reached out to the physics department for insight as it prepared to perform 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile,' a comedy by Steve Martin that examines the intersection of art and science.

It takes a research university

It takes a research university to bring together the resources required to address big questions, but the term “research university” takes a bit of unpacking in the context of an institution that, as the charter mandates, "shall be called and denominated, for ever, the College of William and Mary."

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Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare

April 23 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. To commemorate, several W&M departments have teamed to host a sonnetathon at the Wren Building -- and you're invited.

Bobby Braxton to receive 2016 Prentis Award

Bobby Braxton, a former member of the Williamsburg City Council, will receive W&M's 2016 Prentis Award for his contributions to the community and university.

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So close, yet so far

An exhibit of the African-American business area adjacent to the university served as a window to the old days for people from both sides of the street.

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W&M senior named Carnegie Junior Fellow

Becca Brown ’16 is one of just 14 students nationwide selected for the program by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Chainsmokers bring EDM to W&M Hall

Students filled William & Mary Hall April 7 in fervent anticipation of seeing The Chainsmokers, an electronic dance music (EDM) DJ duo, and special guest New Politics, a Danish rock band.

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W&M students win first prize in national ethics competition

Four doctoral students in W&M’s counselor education program collaborated in the ethics competition, hosted by the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization for counseling professionals in the world.

Mattachine Project unearths W&M's lost LGBTIQ history

Student researchers with the W&M Mattachine Research Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia will present the fruits of long Saturdays spent in archives Monday afternoon in an event that is free and open to the public.

W&M students win national Up to Us competition

A group of students from William & Mary beat 52 other teams from across the country to win the fourth annual Up to Us competition, according to a March 30 press release from the program.

Compassionate Action Board to host religion and compassion panel

William & Mary's Compassionate Action Board will host a panel discussion titled "Religion & Compassion: How and What Religion Teaches us about Compassion" April 3 in the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium from 2 to 4 p.m.

Spike Lee to speak at W&M

Filmmaker Spike Lee will present the 2016 Atwater Lecture at William & Mary April 20.

Why have a Second Amendment? W&M law professor discusses

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Ultra-cold atoms deliver cool research

A Ph.D. student’s physics research on trapping and manipulating ultra-cold atoms will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19.

W&M community electrified by new solar station

It didn’t take long for W&M students to start charging their laptops and phones with the new solar-powered charging station built into a picnic table Tuesday outside Sadler Center.

Robison at W&M: Advocating for neurodiversity

John Elder Robison’s individual trek to William and Mary as scholar-in-residence leading neurodiveristy initiatives may have started with his birth as an autistic some 50 years ago. The route taken connects across centuries.

The science of breathing

Ph.D. student Andrew Kottick has determined exactly which cells in the brain are responsible for respiration. His work will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium March 19.

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On location in Cuba: Fostering creativity and forging connections

Reporter David Culver ’09 and Ann Marie Stock, professor of Hispanic studies and film and media studies, teamed up to report the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana this summer in an example of a uniquely W&M collaboration.

The fabric of a forgotten Hawaiian community

Ph.D. student Summer Moore will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19 for her work studying European cloth fragments recovered from Hawaii.

Hernando de Soto to receive 2016 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize

Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, will receive the 2016 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize at the 13th annual conference sponsored by the William & Mary Property Rights Project.

$1 million gift expands Muscarelle with new American art gallery

The Muscarelle Museum of Art will soon be expanding and adding a new gallery for American art, thanks to a $1 million commitment made by Patty ’62 and Carroll ’62 Owens through the Owens Foundation.

Geology rocks: Chuck Bailey '89 answers Earth's big questions

Bailey is a structural geologist, interested in understanding the architecture of the earth: how it's put together, what the structure actually looks like, and what happened to make it that way.

The significant digits of Walter Hickey

Walter Hickey '12 is the lead lifestyle writer for FiveThirtyEight, a website that uses statistical analysis to tell compelling stories about elections, politics, sports, science, economics and entertainment.

W&M senior named Luce Scholar

International relations major Rebecca Schectman ’16 will spend a year working in Asia as a Luce Scholar, a nationally competitive fellowship program

Tribe 'super fans' raring to fire up team in Baltimore

As the team prepares for the CAA tournament in Baltimore, Maryland, this weekend, the Tribe’s student super fans are also preparing to use everything in their sixth-man abilities to propel the team to victory – and possibly W&M's first-ever appearance in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Students unite to bring sexual assault victims hope

Led by Fear2Freedom’s founder and president, Rosemary Trible, the Celebration Event saw over 40 students learn about the problem of sexual assault before assembling after-care kits to support victims.

W&M to host 112th CAMWS meeting

William & Mary’s Department of Classical Studies will be hosting the 112th annual Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) conference on March 16-19.

William & Mary wins 'Partner of the Year' award

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance presented William & Mary its Partner of the Year award at a Feb. 27 gala at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.

Knight: Academy, Oscars not necessarily what people think

American studies and English Associate Professor Arthur Knight, who has researched African Americans and the entertainment business, says people overestimate the influence movies have on societal change.

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W&M to celebrate St. David’s Day with tribute to Tom Jones

On March 1, English Professor Nancy Schoenberger will offer a free video tour of the Welshman's 50-plus-year career in show business. Joining her will be Bob Jeffrey, president of the Friends of Wales-Williamsburg chapter.

Study predicts salt marshes will persist despite rising seas

A new study in Nature Climate Change contends that traditional assessment methods overestimate the vulnerability of salt marshes to sea-level rise because they don't fully account for processes that allow the marshes to grow vertically and migrate landward as water levels increase.

In with the Greeks, out with the Greeks

"The Oresteia" marks the final production for retiring theatre professor and director Richard Palmer. But the choreographer for the show, Denise Damon Wade, was a student actor in Palmer’s first production at W&M, 36 years ago. And that, too, was a Greek tragedy.

Civil rights pioneer Diane Nash to speak at Lemon Project symposium

William & Mary's sixth annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium, organized around the theme of "Jim Crow and Civil Rights in the Age of President Obama," will include a keynote address by civil rights pioneer Diane Nash and a performance by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

With 13 scholars, William & Mary remains a top Fulbright producer

William & Mary has once again been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. student grant recipients, the Chronicle of Higher Education announced today in its annual list of leading Fulbright-producing institutions.

Six projects receive IDEA grants

The Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity recently granted Innovative Diversity Efforts Awards (IDEA) to six projects that aim to further diversity and inclusion at William & Mary.

W&M faculty in the media this month

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

U.S. Soccer Coach Jill Ellis '88 to speak at Commencement

Jill Ellis ’88, head coach of the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, will speak at William & Mary’s 2016 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. May 14 in William & Mary Hall.

W&M remembers Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on Feb. 13, 2016. The university, with which he had many connections, remembered him.

High performance computing key to campus research

W&M IT's High Performance Computing (HPC) team provides the computing power, technical skill and intellectual acumen to support research computing at W&M.

Michael Gerson to serve as 2016 Andrews Fellow

Washington Post columnist, author and former presidential speechwriter Michael Gerson has been named the 2016 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics at William & Mary.

Study discounts alleged link between sharks, rays and bivalves

A new study argues that a purported link between populations of coastal sharks, cownose rays, and commercial bivalves along the U.S. East Coast is based on spurious data and reasoning, and calls for fisheries managers and others to reconsider the related campaign in the Chesapeake Bay region to "Save the Bay, Eat a Ray."

College presidents declare commitment for a service year

William & Mary President Taylor Reveley and other campus leaders participated in the event, which built upon the Virginia Governor’s Higher Education Presidents’ Summit on the Service Year held at W&M in October 2015.

ScaAnalyzer: An award-winning tool to find computing bottlenecks

Xu Liu, an assistant professor of computer science, and Bo Wu, a 2014 alumnus of William & Mary’s Ph.D. program in computer science, have developed a tool to find elusive software bottlenecks and which will allow computers to run faster and more efficiently.

W&M Counseling Center hires psychiatrist

Dr. Patricia Roy, medical director of the Virginia Hospital Center's behavioral health department, will begin her work at William & Mary near the end of February.

Haines practices what King preached

Shana Haines, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in American studies, integrates the work of Martin Luther King Jr., and others, into her interdisciplinary course at Tidewater Community College. She recently won the college's 2016 MLK Award.

What to expect from the 2016 New Hampshire primary

Professor of government John J. McGlennon recently joined William & Mary News to discuss the upcoming 2016 New Hampshire primary, which is scheduled to take place February 9.

Gates talks new book, leadership in Thursday Q&A

Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 gave a talk at William & Mary Thursday about his new book, "A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service."

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W&M students, education experts 'collaborate to educate'

Speakers and students alike gathered at the William & Mary School of Education Saturday, all with a shared passion for exceptional students who deserve additional educational opportunities.

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Swem Library celebrates 50 years

W&M's library has survived three fires and war to assume a position among the nation's top-20 college facilities.

All that jazz

Ginny Carr ’75 is the founder, musical director, alto vocalist, principal songwriter and arranger for the internationally acclaimed Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet.

W&M helps First Baptist Church celebrate 240th anniversary

People from across the country, including members of the William & Mary community, gathered at the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg Monday to celebrate the 240th anniversary of one of the oldest African-American houses of worship in the United States.

W&M faculty in the media this month

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

Student lobbyists shine in 20th annual Road to Richmond

William & Mary's Road to Richmond is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Student Assembly that connects students with their representatives to advocate for the university.

#WMGoldRush: Gold Rush Game returns for Charter Day

The William & Mary Athletics Department and Tribe basketball will host its annual Gold Rush Game, sponsored by University Advancement, in conjunction with W&M Charter Day on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Removal of derelict fishing gear has major economic impact

A new study by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that a six-year program to remove derelict crab pots from lower Chesapeake Bay generated more than $20 million in harvest value for area watermen.

Ida Hall '72 fishes Virginia

Ida Hall's childhood was full of adventures on the water, and it was through them that she discovered her calling.

Ted Dintersmith '74 reimagines education

After a 25-year career in venture capital, Dintersmith is now focused on issues at the intersection of innovation and education.

Suzette Kimball ’73 sworn in as USGS director

Suzette Kimball ’73 was sworn in on Jan. 8 as the director of the United States Geological Survey, the chief science agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Swem Library receives grant to digitize music magazine collection

William & Mary’s Swem Library has received a $60,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize its entire run of Cash Box, a music trade magazine published from 1942 to 1996.

Brewed in Beijing

Alex Acker '00 and Jing-A Brewing ride the Chinese craft beer wave.

Making a serial killer

Adjunct Lecturer of Sociology Deborah Basket joined William & Mary News to discuss the traits of both male and female serial killers.

Four receive W&M Alumni Medallions

The highest and most prestigious award given by the William & Mary Alumni Association, the Alumni Medallion is presented to those who truly embody what the university has stood for during its revered history.

Ukrop family named Richmonders of the Year

For their active approach, cultural influence and longevity of work in Richmond, Style Weekly has named the Ukrop family as the 30th anniversary Richmonders of the Year.

Dull corners of W&M get new life in John Lee’s paintings

A vacant hallway, a shadowy corner, a bathroom door, a couch from the 1970s, an entryway where the sunshine meets industrial lighting all provide inspiration for Painting Professor John Lee, who has done a series of paintings almost exclusively set in Millington and Andrews halls.

2015 President’s Report released

As a new year begins, the William & Mary community can get a comprehensive look at the previous one with the 2015 President’s Report website.

W&M student studies abroad with Meyers-Stern Scholarship

William & Mary student Josh Kim ’17, an international relations major, completed a semester abroad this fall at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel as one of the first recipients of the new Meyers-Stern Scholarship.