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Spring in the Air

Joan Edwards’ Field Botany class took a trip to south Williamstown recently to see the area’s first spring wildflower in bloom, the impressive–and impressively smelly–skunk cabbage.

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Model Behavior

The little brown bat native to this region could be extinct by 2030. That’s a possibility mathematician Julie Blackwood and her thesis student, David Stevens ’14, hope to help prevent. Blackwood, an assistant professor in her first year at Williams, is an applied mathematician whose models help biologists study the spread of infectious diseases. With

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Summer Science Research

Nearly 200 Williams students participate in what is arguably one of the largest summer science undergraduate research programs at a liberal arts college.

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Illuminating Eclipses

Solar physicists have known for more than a century that the surface temperature of the Sun is between 5,000 and 6,000 degrees K, but what they are less sure about is why the temperature of the Sun’s atmosphere, known as the corona, is so much hotter—millions of degrees hotter, in fact. Much of what solar

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Award-Winning Student Research

In a corner of his office, Steven Swoap, professor and chair of biology, has a stool with two dancing mice drawn on it. While the pair more closely resemble Beatrix Potter characters than actual rodents, Swoap and his thesis students Rebecca Maher, Uttara Partap, and Christine Schindler have a strictly scientific interest in mice. In

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Elementary Physics

Students and faculty members walking through Thompson Physics on Monday afternoon found themselves peeking into a classroom full of 60 fourth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School eagerly watching a demonstration by David Tucker-Smith, associate professor of physics. Frani Micelli, a teacher at Williamstown Elementary, said the annual demonstrations by the physics department are always a highlight

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Computer Science 25th Anniversary

When Andrea Danyluk joined the computer science faculty in 1993, the college asked what equipment she would need for her work. Her request of a SPARCstation 20, with four 50MHz processors, 512 MB of memory, and 1.05 GB of disk space and a separate 10 GB external hard drive was unprecedented, and extraordinarily expensive—the computer

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