2017 News Stories

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W&M welcomes U.S.-Spain Council to campus

Some of the top business and government officials from the United States and Spain — including the defense leaders of both countries — gathered at William & Mary on Saturday as part of the 2017 U.S.-Spain Council Forum.

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One Tribe, many neighbors

Led by Jeremy Martin, associate provost and assistant to President Taylor Reveley, the university recently emailed its first-ever "Guide to Successful Off-Campus Living" to almost 4,800 students.

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Exterior designs approved for W&M arts buildings

William & Mary’s Design Review Board approved initial exterior design concepts for the renovation of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall and the new music building planned to be built next to it.

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W&M using social media to expand presidential search engagement

As the search for William & Mary’s 28th president enters its “quiet phase,” university officials and search committee members continue to develop ways to keep the W&M community informed and engaged in the process.

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COLL 300 visitor teaches students Indian dance

While visiting to give last week's COLL 300 lecture, hijra/trans activist and performer Laxmi Narayan Tripathi taught William & Mary dance students choreography from her native India that they performed with her.

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W&M community rallies in support of DACA students

The W&M Board of Visitors took the latest step on Friday, unanimously passing a resolution that joins President Taylor Reveley in calling for an end to the government's plan to phase out the program within six months.

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Save Oct. 4 for the Tack Lecture

“Brain Dance” is the 12th Tack Faculty Lecture and one in a yearlong series of events at the university to commemorate the 50th anniversary of William & Mary’s first African-American residential students.

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VIMS teams up to demo new coastal-mapping technologies

Researchers are joining forces to demonstrate how new coastal-mapping technologies can help better understand and sustain NASA’s Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island.

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W&M ranks among the nation’s best

The latest college rankings are out, and William & Mary has once again been counted among the best universities in the country.

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W&M kicks off 50th commemoration with mural unveiling

More than 200 people attended the opening reception, held at Swem Library, to honor the three women, Lynn Briley ‘71, Janet Brown Strafer ‘71 and Karen Ely ’71, who moved into Jefferson Hall in 1967.

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Aerial drones deliver sweet spot for HAB research at VIMS

Researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science are using aerial drones to guide their seafaring colleagues to harmful algal blooms, allowing them to collect water samples with much greater efficiency and lower cost.

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Searching for blue, red, purple

Josh Gert, Leslie and Naomi Legum Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at William & Mary, explores an original account of color properties and our perception of them in his new book “Primitive Colors.”

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W&M commemorates 50 years of black students with events, performances

The 2017-2018 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the first African-American residential students admitted to William & Mary. The university honors them and William & Mary’s entire African-American community this year through “Building on the Legacy,” a series of special events, guest speakers and performances.

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Study negates concerns regarding radioactivity in migratory seafood

When the Fukushima power plant released large quantities of radioactive materials into nearby coastal waters following Japan’s massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami, it raised concerns as to whether eating contaminated seafood might impair human health.

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What's new at W&M this year

While new students, faculty and staff familiarize themselves with the university, those returning to campus may notice some new aspects of W&M, from the material to the academic.

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Freshmen follow pathway to friendship

W&M's Pathways program offers incoming freshmen an opportunity to bond and make new friends before classes start through a variety of outdoor activities.

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Counselor Education Program wins national recognition

William & Mary’s doctoral program in counselor education received one of the highest honors for a program of its kind, The Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award.

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New W&M student helps with eelgrass restoration efforts

Interning with the Virginia chapter of the Nature Conservancy in its ongoing partnership with William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science was more than a way for Kate Dean-McKinney to fulfill her high school graduation requirements.

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Video feature: W&M geology in Norway

Geology professors Christopher Bailey and Nicolas Balascio melded a class field trip with an NSF-funded research project above the Arctic Circle in Norway.

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Campus living at William & Mary gets a new leader

Maggie Burkhart Evans, who previously served as executive assistant to the president of James Madison University, started as W&M’s associate vice president for campus living and director of residence life Aug. 14.

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Virginia congressional staffers visit VIMS

A group of congressional staffers recently visited William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science to learn how its faculty, staff and students are working to address the issues facing Chesapeake Bay and the coastal ocean.

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It's a Wren Chapel whodunit

On Aug. 1, a student proctoring the Wren Chapel found a wrinkled photocopy of a couple with the note "Married here in 1947." And that's where the mystery begins.

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Camp Launch celebrates 6th year

Camp Launch is a two-week residential camp for academically gifted students.

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New certificate program offered by Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic

William & Mary Law School will offer an online certificate program beginning in August that is designed for anyone who wants to become a knowledgeable and effective advocate for veterans and service members seeking disability compensation benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Helping young people with diverse needs find their next move

Elizabeth Redford Howley M.Ed. ’10 is co-founder and director of the Next Move Program, which partners with businesses in Richmond, Virginia, to create guided internship experiences for young adults with disabilities.

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New book features W&M librarian

William & Mary librarian Kathleen DeLaurenti has been featured in the book "This is What a Librarian Looks Like."

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Why is there anything? A big question requires a big experiment

Fermilab scheduled a July 21 groundbreaking ceremony a mile underground near Lead, South Dakota, the site of Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), which will house the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). William & Mary is a member of the LBNF-DUNE collaboration.

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Deschenes examines Americans' disconnect with health, exercise

In his summer course, Scientific Principles of Exercise Prescription, Mike Deschenes, professor of kinesiology and health sciences, explores why something as beneficial to Americans as exercise and health is so widely ignored.

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W&M professors win awards for research on intelligence

The Mensa Foundation — the philanthropic arm of Mensa, the high-IQ society — recently announced its annual Awards for Excellence in Research for outstanding research on intelligence, intellectual giftedness and related fields.

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Muscarelle Museum of Art chief curator identifies Cézanne painting

Muscarelle Museum of Art Chief Curator John Spike knew he was looking at a Cézanne. Analysis and testing of the painting “The Miracle of the Slave” have backed up his now certainty that it was painted by French artist Paul Cézanne as a copy of an original work from 300 years earlier.

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Mandela Washington Fellows come to W&M

On July 15, 2017, William & Mary will welcome 25 of Africa’s brightest, emerging civic leaders for 15 days of leadership training, public policy seminars, mentorship and collaboration with local faculty and community members.

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Hosts’ warm embrace makes choirs’ trip to South Africa unique

William & Mary singers started off in their usual formal performance mode. But by the end of their summer trip to South Africa, the W&M Choir and Botetourt Chamber Singers had warmed up to a very different way of experiencing music.

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Grad students lead cleanup effort

As beach season heats up around Chesapeake Bay and the nation, graduate students at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science are leading a local effort to help clean the Gloucester Point shoreline.

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Jefferson Wise '21 named Beales Scholar

Jefferson Wise, a recent graduate of Buckingham County High School in Buckingham, Virginia, is the recipient of the Harriett Pittard Beales Scholarship at William & Mary for the academic year 2017-2018.

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Learning African-American history through the arts

From June 19-23, the Greater Williamsburg Women's Association and W&M's Muscarelle Museum of Art collaborated on the Cultural Arts Experience. Thirty middle school students attended.

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Interns double up on Shakespeare to gain valuable experience

Joey Ernest ’17 and Cosmo Cothran-Bray ’20 are serving as interns with the Young Shakespeare Camps while playing roles in "Hamlet" this summer in a co-production by the Theatre for Humanity of New York and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.

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For the greater green and gold

Terra Alpha Investments advocates for companies to adopt environmentally smart practices.

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Cargill, Rome CAA's top scholar-athletes, again

It's the second year in a row Christian Cargill and Regan Rome have been so honored, with Rome also winning the award after the fall cross-country season.

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FaceTime vs. face time: Diplomacy in the age of technology

Twitter may be quicker, but when it comes to matters of utmost international importance, W&M Government Professor Marcus Holmes says nothing can beat good old-fashioned face-to-face interaction between world leaders.

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Haskins joins Dickter to lead WMSURE

Natoya Haskins will become co-director of the William & Mary Undergraduate Research Experience program in July.

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VIMS recognized for efforts to improve flooding resiliency

Derek Loftis of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science was recognized by a pair of national organizations this week in Washington, D.C., for his part in collaborative efforts to make Hampton Roads more resilient to flooding from storm surge, tides and rain.

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W&M celebrates 50th anniversary of MBA program

Attendees from eight countries and 40 states came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of William & Mary’s Master of Business Administration program.

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VIMS report offers mixed news on James River Kepone

A recent report from William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science offers mixed news concerning the persistent issue of Kepone contamination in the James River.

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Former Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas to speak at Convocation

Judge John Charles Thomas, the first black justice appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia and a longtime member of the William & Mary Board of Visitors, will welcome the university’s newest students to campus at the 2017 Opening Convocation ceremony, to be held Aug. 30 at 5:15 p.m. in the Wren Yard.

W&M ranks high in NYT report on affordability

William & Mary is among the nation’s leading colleges and universities when it comes to a commitment to access and affordability for low and middle-income students, according to a recent report from the New York Times.

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Two W&M students awarded Udall Scholarships

The scholarships are awarded to sophomores and juniors nationwide who are committed to careers in the environment, Native health care or Tribal public policy.

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VIMS grad students advise international fisheries

Work by graduate students at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science is gaining attention far outside the classroom, as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea has begun to use methods developed by the students to assess the status of fish stocks worldwide.

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Six join the ranks of honorary alumni

Last Friday, the William & Mary Alumni Association celebrated its annual Honorary Alumni Ceremony by recognizing six exceptional individuals who have a distinguished record of service, support, advocacy and commitment on behalf of William & Mary and its schools, departments, organizations and boards.

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Isaacson to W&M grads: Make inclusivity your mission

Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, best-selling author and former chairman and CEO of CNN, served as the keynote speaker at William & Mary’s 2017 Commencement ceremony.

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GlueX experiment probes the properties of the strong force

A William & Mary physicist is the lead author on a paper describing the first experimental result from the newly upgraded Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

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Pettit experienced the world W&M offers

Lorraine Pettit graduates Saturday with degrees in government and French and Francophone Studies, research trips to South Africa and France on her resume, and campus memories to savor.

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Courter overcame far more than gymnastics competition

Neal Courter began suffering from depression as a sophomore at W&M, and left school. He returned to finish two degrees and earn acclaim as one of the nation's top eight senior gymnasts.

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Robert Gates’ papers open to public

The personal papers of William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 are now open to researchers and the public.

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'Power' couple to receive Prentis Award

Mary Ellen and Tom Power, owners of The Cheese Shop and Fat Canary restaurant, have had a long, mutually beneficial relationship with the university and its students.

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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.

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William & Mary celebrates For the Bold in Washington, D.C.

William & Mary celebrated its $1 billion For the Bold campaign last night against the backdrop of the nation’s capital as the university’s colors illuminated the skyline in honor of more than 20,000 alumni in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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12 W&M students receive Fulbright grants

W&M maintained its exceptional track record with the Fulbright program with 12 grads heading abroad for the 2017-18 academic year.

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The inside scoop on ringing the Wren Bell

Their coursework finished, W&M pending graduates celebrate the Last Day of Classes by ringing the Wren Bell. There's more to it than you know.

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Survey: another good year for bay’s underwater grasses

An annual survey led by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 8 percent between 2015 and 2016, continuing an upward trend initiated in 2012.

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Dance, physics and music each have a role in ‘A Life With No Limits’ production

Science and art are colliding on the William & Mary campus as part of a performance that will be staged this spring. Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre is developing its production of “A Life With No Limits,” nspired by the work of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and will perform the Virginia premiere of the show at the Kimball Theatre May 6-7.

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W&M Board of Visitors approves 2017-18 budget

The Board unanimously approved the university’s fiscal 2018 budget, reflecting additional financial aid for students, funds for faculty diversity, and support for the COLL curriculum, a new engineering and design program, and undergraduate enrollment growth.

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Snowden streamed to campus in student-organized event

Edward Snowden spoke via webcast to a full house in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium as part of a student-organized event co-hosted by the campus media council and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

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In debate world, Demsas reigns supreme

Jerusalem Demsas '17 finished the recent debate season as the top-ranked debater in the American Parliamentary Debate Association.

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A story well told

For these alumni at Disney, bringing magic to life is all in a day’s work.

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Faculty on topic: the historical cost and consequences of using force

According to Clayton J. Cleveland, governments of countries around the world are more likely to work together in joint military operations because the monetary costs of unilateral action are becoming too high and are being viewed as politically inappropriate.

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Grover caps career of service to W&M with Aceto Award

Susan Grover has served the university in several capacities: – law professor, director of equal opportunity and vice provost for academic and faculty affairs. She will retire in June.

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Live from W&M. Well, sort of.

It's another pop-culture reference for William & Mary. This time, ABC's "Designated Survivor."

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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.

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‘Political chameleons’ conform to avoid discomfort

Around one group of people, he seems to be a Democrat. Around another, a Republican. In yet another, a Libertarian. He’s a political chameleon, someone who engages in a type of social shape-shifting in order to blend in with those he is surrounded with, and his behavior is not unusual, according to researchers at William & Mary.

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The worlds of psychology and science fiction collide

William McIntosh is living a dream as a science fiction author, spending his days writing, revising and brainstorming new ideas for his stories — some of which may soon be on television.

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Taking a drive to Venus? W&M physicist does the math

In the spirit of learning more about the complexities of space exploration, W&M News recently sat down with Eugeniy E. Mikhailov, an assistant professor of physics, to pose a question. Just how long it would take to travel to the planet of Venus, in a car?

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William & Mary celebrates For the Bold in California

Last week, William & Mary celebrated its $1 billion For the Bold campaign in California against the backdrop of the iconic Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel shining brightly in green and gold.

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New book explores infamous scandals in college sports

Education professor Jamel K. Donnor co-edited Scandals in College Sports, an academic text that looks at 21 notable sports scandals and how they could have been handled differently

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Students prepare to take flight with aviation ground school

William & Mary students and faculty now have the opportunity to get one step closer to earning a private pilot certificate by attending the on-campus ground school taught by a Federal Aviation Administration-certified flight instructor.

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Tribe men ready for CAA basketball tourney

W&M beat every team in the league at least once during the regular season. Can the Tribe seniors, who've compiled the most wins in school history, go out with a conference title?

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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.

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W&M a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers

William & Mary is one of the country’s top producers of Peace Corps volunteers, according to a report released by the organization today.

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Tribe women, men rule the water

William & Mary's swim teams dominated the Colonial Athletic Association championships last weekend, again.

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'Sarajevo Roses' blossoms in U.S. debut at W&M

The documentary film on the Bosnian War, was shown first at the university on Feb. 21, in part in response to W&M's 20-year-old Bosnia Project. It will continue being shown at other American colleges and universities.

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Charles honored as a NAKHE fellow

Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences John Charles came to W&M in 1979 and has made a major contribution to the university and his profession. The National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education recognized that in January.

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Bringing community engagement into the classroom

The Office of Community Engagement has begun offering courses for students who want to delve into community engagement concepts — and earn academic credit at the same time.

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Moving pictures

Caitlin Lewis Smallwood ’88 directs a team of around 50 data scientists, engineers and mathematicians at Netflix in Los Gatos, California.

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Alumnus plays it forward with gift of cello

Jeffrey Doyon ‘85 donated a cello to the William & Mary Department of Music to repay its loan of one to him during his youth and while he was a student.

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W&M law alumnae share advice at annual leadership conference

The day-long event — titled “Intentionality & Serendipity: Creating a Career and a Life” — saw 15 alumnae return to campus to share advice, strategies and career wisdom with students and guests alike.

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Study: long-term eelgrass loss due to joint effects of shade, heat

A new study led by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science links a long-term decline in Chesapeake Bay’s eelgrass beds to both deteriorating water quality and rising summertime temperatures.

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Clemons at Charter Day: ‘It’s what we all add’

It is a community’s collective greatness that makes it special, Michael “Pinball” Clemons ’89 told students, faculty, staff and students gathered in Kaplan Arena Friday afternoon.

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Four awarded W&M Alumni Medallion

These recipients will be honored during Charter Day weekend, on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.

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Renaissance Woman Zuber wins Jefferson Award

Since arriving at W&M in 1986, Zuber has quietly been pivotal to the teaching of writing, the pursuit of collaborative and interdisciplinary inquiry, internationalization and international students and to teaching of film and video production.

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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.

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First batch of royal Georgian papers released

The first phase of the Georgian Papers Programme – roughly 33,000 digitized documents, including some penned by King George III regarding the American Revolution – will be publicly released and accessible at no cost beginning Saturday, Jan. 28. William & Mary and the Omohundro Institute are the primary U.S. partners on the international project.

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The college that's a university

Thomas Jefferson's honorary degree diploma, on loan from the Massachusetts Historical Society, will be on view at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art at the beginning of February, providing a highlight for the 2017 Charter Day celebration on Feb. 10.

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Honoring King by sharing hope

Approximately 40 William & Mary students participated in service projects across the area as part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day.

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W&M IT makes upgrades to cable, classroom tech

Not only were IT professionals performing the usual equipment maintenance and system updates, they were also implementing some highly-visible upgrades.

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W&M alumnus to serve in White House

William & Mary alumnus Vince Haley '88 will serve on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s White House policy team, according to announcement made Jan. 5.

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From bees to LEDs, grants support sustainability projects across W&M

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability this fall awarded more than $50,000 in funding to faculty, students and staff for sustainability projects on campus and in the local community through Green Fee grants.

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High-tech mooring will measure beneath Antarctic ice

Elizabeth Shadwick, an assistant professor at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has deployed a high-tech mooring beneath the seasonally ice-covered waters around Antarctica to better understand ocean acidification in polar regions.