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Editor's Note: You Know, I've Never Been to Spain

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

But Cindy and Steve have, and they brought back a story and some pictures so that you can read about William and Mary’s study-abroad program in Cádiz, Spain.

En Español, Por Favor: Undergraduates Conduct Research Projects in Spain, and in Spanish

By Cindy Baker
December 20, 2007

You feel the music, taste it, see it, smell it. Skirts twirl and flash like the jumble of colors in a kaleidoscope’s eye.

Reves Center Helps Build Study-Abroad Programs

December 20, 2007

Guru Ghosh arrived at the College in 2000 to become director of global education at the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies.

Student Playwrights Take their Plays and Companies to New York International Fringe Festival

By Erin Zagursky
December 20, 2007

When Michael Johnson talked to his composition professor about taking what is widely regarded as Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy and turning it into a musical comedy, he wasn’t expecting the response he got. She told him it was a great idea.

Optical Illusions can be Deceiving . . . But are We Just Fooling Ourselves?

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

Optical illusions are everywhere. You see them in the comics sections in newspapers and in little books full of odd facts and trivia. The caption is usually a question: Which of the two lines is longer? Do you see faces…or a vase? Do you see a young woman or an old hag?

Digging Up the Old Garden (the Really Old Garden)

By Suzanne Seurattan
December 20, 2007

Digging up the past isn’t a favored pastime for most. But this summer a number of William and Mary undergraduates did just that, and they relished it.

Mystery Surrounds Parkland Archaeology

By Lillian K. Stevens
December 20, 2007

“I’m intentionally going to be a little vague,” warns Joe Jones, director of William and Mary’s Center for Archaeological Research, as he sits down to discuss the center’s latest project.

We Call Them GIGs: They’re Interdisciplinary, They’re International, They Incorporate Research

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

Every other Monday, behind closed doors, a group of people huddle over a platter of sandwiches in Millington Hall to discuss and refine their plans to disperse mercury throughout the College of William and Mary.

What’s All This GIG Stuff?

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

As soon as Laurie Koloski became director of the Reves Center in August of 2006, she began thinking. “Faculty are doing amazing things here, but I found from my own experience in the history department that it’s often very difficult to find out what people outside your own department are doing,” she said.

The Movies Come to Town (& Vice Versa)

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

The Global Film s-GIG has hit the ground running, scheduling its first film program for mid-February at Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

The Giants Upon Whose Shoulders We All Are Standing

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

The bathtub scene made the cut...but just barely.

Conference in Ghana

By Suzanne Seurattan
December 20, 2007

Scholars from around the globe gathered this summer in Ghana to discuss the history of efforts to end the Atlantic slave trade.

Moving Up the Rankings: Two Economists Propose a Better Way to Compare Graduation Rates

By Erin Zagursky
December 20, 2007

It’s not so much comparing apples to oranges. It’s more like comparing apples to pizza, airplanes and kangaroos.

Corsets and Doublets and Fans. Oh, My!

By Lillian K. Stevens
December 20, 2007

“The audience doesn’t leave singing the costumes.” It’s a bit of advice Patricia Wesp has carried from her undergraduate days at William and Mary. But Wesp, associate professor of theatre and veteran costume designer, knows how to make a costume sing. Or laugh.

A Visit to the “Whomping Pit”

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

The Costume Shop in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall looks like the result of an experiment that spliced genes from Hogwarts Academy, your grandmother’s basement, an Elizabethan fabric store and one of the world’s classier sweatshops.

Art and Artifact

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

What possibly could be controversial about an art museum in Paris? You have no idea.

Biology Students Receive Grants for Environmental Research

By Lea Brumfield
December 20, 2007

Two graduate students in William and Mary’s biology program received external grants totaling $42,900 to continue their work on environmentally sensitive projects.

Professor Greenia Honored by Spanish Government

By Erin Zagursky
December 20, 2007

A professor at the College of William and Mary known for his work in medieval studies and on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage received Spain's highest cultural achievement distinction for foreign nationals on Oct. 11.

African Burial Ground in NYC is Now a National Monument

By Erin Zagursky
December 20, 2007

Professor Michael Blakey’s work as lead scientist at the New York African Burial Ground led to the designation of the site as a national monument. A memorial at the site was dedicated Oct. 5.

NSF Grant Funds Undergraduate Computational Math Initiative

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

The College of William and Mary has entered the vanguard of undergraduate computational mathematics instruction, fueled by a multiyear $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Noise Disrupts Monogamous Bonds in Birds

By L.H. Brumfield
December 20, 2007

Loud levels of white noise have been shown to disrupt monogamous bonds between zebra finches. In a series of on-going experiments, William and Mary biologists are testing the connection between environmental noise and bird behavior.

ISC Update: Looking Forward to Spring Break

By Joe McClain
December 20, 2007

We’ve passed the halfway point in the three-year construction process of Phase I and II of William and Mary’s Integrated Science Center and progress is on track to meet the first important deadline—spring break.

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