2018 News Stories

Nikki Giovanni headlines Lemon Project Symposium

Giovanni, a distinguished university professor at Virginia Tech who has authored more than 27 poetry collections, urged her audience to acknowledge that the first slaves played a crucial, often ignored, part in the formation of America.

Classics students learn drawing, 3-D modeling

Students in Professor Jessica Paga's classical studies class The Archaeology of Ritual are learning to do scale drawings and use photogrammetry to make 3-D computer models of artifacts.

Natural and computational sciences escape island in annual Raft Debate

Armed with his tousled wig, bountiful box of donuts and distinctly fervent enthusiasm, Associate Professor of Chemistry Doug Young bore the attire of Buddy the Elf as he claimed his hard-fought victory for the natural and computational sciences at William & Mary’s annual Raft Debate.

Building a community of support for students in recovery

A new student-led initiative, the W&M Collegiate Recovery Program, seeks to offer a safe space and a community of support for students in recovery — while also reducing the stigma of addiction on campus

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At the symposium: Insights into the monarch-milkweed relationship

Monarch butterflies are, along with honeybees, among the most charismatic insects of North America. David De La Mater has been researching the Eastern population of the butterflies, and most specifically Asclepias syriaca — the common milkweed.

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Exposing the ghost in our machines

The threat started making headlines around New Years. Publications around the globe warned of the biggest computer chip vulnerability ever discovered. Dmitry Evtyushkin had been studying the root of it for years.

Researchers issue first-annual sea-level report cards

Researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science are launching new web-based “report cards” to monitor and forecast changes in sea level at 32 localities along the U.S. coastline from Maine to Alaska.

More events honor 50 years of black students at W&M

William & Mary continues to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first African-American students in residence with special events, performances, exhibitions and guest speakers.

Ceramics professor makes objects for ‘moments’

For Mike Jabbur, associate professor of ceramics in art and art history at William & Mary, teaching and creating his own utilitarian pottery inform one another.

Tack Faculty Lecture: Fake news for real people

William & Mary Associate Professor of English and American Studies Liz Losh will delve into one of the hottest issues in media today during her Tack Faculty Lecture on March 22.

McLaughlin set to sail the seven seas

Chosen to be a crew member aboard the Picton Castle, Andrew McLaughlin '20 will cover 30,000 sea-miles on a voyage that achieves a five-year goal, part of which is to distribute medicine and books to island people in dire need of both.

Jaime Settle is W&M's latest 'Rising Star'

The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia will honor her as such on March 1 as part of its annual Outstanding Faculty Awards presentation.

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William & Mary announces Katherine Rowe as 28th President

William & Mary’s Board of Visitors today unanimously elected Katherine A. Rowe, currently provost of Smith College and a leader in digital innovation of the liberal arts, as the 28th president of the university. She will begin on July 1.

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Data science: Because data isn’t just for scientists

William & Mary's new data science program was designed to give students in any discipline the computational chops to create and analyze giant data sets. So far, it has exceeded expectations.

'Transformational' teacher Braxton wins Jefferson Award

Joanne Braxton, the Francis L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of the Humanities and director of the W&M Middle Passage Project, will be honored at Charter Day for her 37 years of service to the university.

Despite divisions, Gates optimistic about America’s future

Although the Washington Post once called him “the Eeyore of national security,” former Secretary of Defense and William & Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65 is optimistic about the nation’s future.

New ombuds is eager to help W&M community

Mark Patterson, who retired after 24 years of service as a military lawyer, is William & Mary’s new university ombuds.

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Drunkenness and cosmology in Sufi poetry

Associate professor of religious studies Oludamini Ogunnaike discusses his efforts to bring West African Sufi poetry to a wider audience.

4th annual #WMGoldRush set for Saturday

The William & Mary Athletics Department and Tribe basketball will host its annual Gold Rush Game on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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Likhitha Kolla ’18 awarded Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy

Likhitha Kolla is this year’s recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy. The award is endowed by the trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation to recognize excellence in the sciences and mathematics in an undergraduate student.

2018 Global Film Festival opens Feb. 15

The 11th annual event features four days of films, special guests, workshops and receptions. Nearly 20 alumni working in the arts will be present to facilitate workshops on their area of expertise.

TribeLink a 'Rising Star'

W&M's first year of work on a student engagement platform that would better support student organizations is honored by Campus Labs, the company that partnered with it. It is the only university so feted.

Chick-fil-A coming to Tribe Square

The William & Mary Real Estate Foundation has announced that Chick-fil-A will open in Tribe Square for the fall 2018 semester.

22nd annual Road to Richmond: Putting knowledge into practice

Jan. 16 marked the university’s 22nd annual Road to Richmond, an event sponsored by the W&M President’s Office and the Office of Government Relations as an opportunity for students to act as lobbyists, engaging with members of the General Assembly and the governor’s office during the legislative session.

2018 Alumni Medallion recipients announced

The highest and most prestigious award given by the Alumni Association, the Alumni Medallion recognizes outstanding alumni for commitment, dedication and assistance to William & Mary.

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#MeToo continues to evolve, says W&M professor

Visiting Assistant Professor of government Caitlin Brown studies social movements. By strictest definition, #MeToo didn't qualify as one at its inception. But times have changed.

Performances, music and art fill a busy spring of arts at W&M

The Muscarelle Museum of Art will present "In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums" as the new semester brings with it a vast array of opportunities for people to enjoy the arts at William & Mary.

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Century-old botany records may hold key to monarch butterfly survival

Jack Boyle has been using the web to mine millions of century-old botany records to track abundance patterns of milkweed in America. His hope is to solve the puzzle of how innovations in agriculture have affected the natural habitat for monarch butterflies.

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Buddy: The worm that launched a million ‘icks’

Buddy, the worm, died in December, 2012, shortly after Jon Allen peered into his bathroom mirror and fished the nematode out of his cheek. The worm may be no more, but Buddy, the legend, lives on in social media.

2017 President’s Report now live

William & Mary’s 2017 President’s Report is now available online, offering all members and friends of the university a review of the last calendar year at the Alma Mater of the Nation.

Educating the leaders of tomorrow

Stuart Flanagan, professor emeritus, believes education can improve both individual lives and society at large.

Miller Hall wing named for MBA graduate

The graduate wing of Alan B. Miller Hall is now officially the Edward T. Tokar Graduate Wing.