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Geoscience Across the Curriculum

With a $10 million NSF grant, Cathryn Manduca ’80 is working to infuse undergraduate curricula with a better understanding of the planet.

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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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The Gritty Side of Historical Research

Frank Pagliaro ’14 and history professor Alexandra Garbarini are developing a digital archive of images to illustrate history.

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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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