Articles by Angela Schaeffer

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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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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Inspiring Collaboration

“Light is a source of inspiration,” says Williams art major Nicolei Gupit ’13. “And I wanted this space to be inspirational.” The space to which she’s referring is a small room called Studio 1781 in Williamstown’s Mount Greylock Regional School. Gupit spent the week between exams and Commencement transforming the space by painting its white

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Guided Entry

Early last fall, a group of first-year students who didn’t know each other very well walked to the tennis courts carrying large posters and wearing as much purple and gold as they could find. They settled on the grass and cheered as loudly as they could for their classmate, Maya. Together they were part of

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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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Winter Storm Information

Governor Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and banned cars from the road beginning at 4 p.m. today. Staff should coordinate with their supervisors for early release, allowing time for individuals to arrive home by 4pm. Essential staff providing critical services are exempt from the ban and will be able to travel after

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A historic Olympic swim for Faye Sultan ’16

Congrats to incoming first-year Faye Sultan, who finished 48th in the 50M freestyle, making history as Kuwait’s first female Olympic swimmer.

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Bicentennial Medalists to be Conferred at Convocation, Sept. 8

Erin Burnett ’98, Kathleen Merrigan ’82, David Paresky ’60, Norman Spack ’65, and Charles Waigi ’72 will receive medals at this year’s ceremony, at which Burnett will deliver the Convocation address. A Friday conversation with the medalists in the ’62 Center precedes the event.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

On Sunday, June 3, 2012, President Adam F. Falk conferred bachelor’s degrees on 513 seniors at the college’s 223rd Commencement. Master of Arts degrees were awarded to 12 students in the Program in the History of Art, and 30 fellows from the Center for Development Economics received M.A. degrees in Policy Economics.

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