Spring 2008

Where the Villages Have No Name

"Kenya literally felt like The Lion King every day, with a big sunrise behind the acacia tree and lions and elephants everywhere," said Patel.

The Eagle Trappers

Aberdeen Proving Ground, up at the head of the Chesapeake Bay, is a busy place.

The Mentor

Some people go into a lab, look at the work in progress, and ask "What is it good for?"

The Museum is a Lab

So how do you put your best face forward when the audience is constantly changing?

A people and a religion

The Jewish presence in what is now the United States began in 1654, with the arrival of 23 refugees in what was then New Amsterdam, stepping off the boat from Brazil, of all places.

Plumeri starts faculty support fund

Joseph J. Plumeri, a member of William and Mary Board of Visitors, has committed $2 million to establish the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence.

Roberts honored for contributions to environmental sociology

J. Timmons Roberts, professor of sociology and director of William and Mary's environmental science and policy program, was recently awarded the Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award for his contribution to the field of environmental sociology.

Kinesiology students win research fellowships

Two William and Mary kinesiology students will be performing laboratory research as undergraduate fellows of the American Physiological Society during the summer of 2008.

Law professors receive Fulbright grants

Glenn George and Trotter Hardy of William & Mary Law School will lecture overseas in 2009 in China and Portugal, respectively, as part of the Fulbright Scholars Program.

Oceanographer named 'Outstanding Faculty'

Carl Friedrichs, an oceanographer at the School of Marine Science/Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary, has received the Commonwealth's highest honor for professors.

College participates in HHMI initiative

This fall, a group of freshmen will begin their first year participating in a long-term biology research project, part of an initiative to reform science education by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

A birdhouse for the Chancellor

It's probably the world's only birdhouse with the scales of justice on one side and the William and Mary cipher on the other.

Musick honored for lifetime opus

Jack Musick of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has been awarded the Commonwealth's Lifetime Achievement in Science award for his work on the ecology and conservation of marine fishes and sea turtles.

VIMS scientists to study blue-crab disease

Jeffrey Shields of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science received a five-year, $2.4-million federal grant to study how fishing pressure and declines in water quality affect the emergence and spread of a blue crab disease in the seaside bays of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Are we losing terrapins to crab pots?

Megan Rook, a graduate student in William and Mary's Department of Biology, has received $20,000 in funding to allow her to continue her studies of diamondback terrapins.

Beginnings: From the fryer into the van

In a corner of the Keck Environmental Field Laboratory sit an old water heater, a plastic holding tank and a few pumps, set up in a purple-painted particleboard frame with the air of an eighth grade science project.

Mercury: It's not just in fish anymore

Songbirds feeding near the contaminated South River are showing high levels of mercury, even though they aren't eating food from the river itself.