Arts & Humanities

An artifact and its documentation
Recording antiquity

Disparate methods involving pencils and computer software each had their place as students explored new ways of studying artifacts.

Susan Verdi Webster
Indigenous, literate…and talented

Combing through volume after volume of archival records, the lives of artists in colonial Quito, Ecuador, started to take shape. That’s how Susan Verdi Webster, Jane W. Mahoney Professor of Art and Art History and American Studies at William & Mary, did the groundbreaking research for her new book.

Shelle Butler (left) a graduate student in chemistry, adjusts optics for the SERS apparatus with her mentor, Kristin Wustholz.
Ready for Rembrandt?

Shelle Butler is going to Amsterdam this summer to work with some of the world’s most highly valued works of art. “But I won’t be actually touching the Rembrandts,” she said, affecting a little wide-eyed shudder of horror. “I’ll be back over there in the corner with my lasers.”

Brafferton steps stone and drawings
Eye of the beholder

Chuck Bailey says it is some of the ugliest stone he’s ever seen. Bailey has looked at a lot of stone. He’s professor and chair of William & Mary’s Department of Geology.

Paul Davies and Matt Haug
Science and philosophy

The methods of inquiry for science and philosophy may be different, but sometimes their questions align. And if there were a Venn diagram of both, two William & Mary philosophers would be settled smack in the middle.

Latin-literate physics student Jackson Olsen ’16 displays William & Mary’s copy of Isaac Newton’s Principia
An open-book mystery

There is a bit of a mystery surrounding a book at William & Mary.

Lessons from Polynesia

Environmental change is nothing new in Polynesia. For centuries, the inhabitants of the volcanic, sea-battered islands have been employing a variety of strategies to adapt to their changing landscapes.

An 18th-century brewery?

All signs indicate that a brew house once stood in the shadow of the Wren Building, but those inclined to toast the rediscovery of a facility that slaked thirsts at William & Mary 300 years ago should really wait until the lab results are in.

students working at the Bray School dig site
Digging for a smoking lunchbox

Archaeologists have a month to find the smoking lunchbox of the Bray School, and Terry Meyers has lost none of his optimism.

Be there…or be 1/r²

The hyper-rational world of science has always made a bit of room to accommodate legend and William & Mary will soon be home to a living piece of one of the most well known scientific legends: a descendant of Isaac Newton’s apple tree.

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