Feature Stories

Zipline: A Lifeline for Rwanda

Photo of a Zipline International drone delivering blood to a village in Rwanda.

Emma (Lehman) Schott ’10 with a Zipline drone that delivers blood to doctors in Rwanda. Emma (Lehman) Schott ’10 is putting her aerospace and satellite operations background to use helping make drones that save lives every day. Thanks to Zipline International, when doctors in Rwanda are treating a postpartum hemorrhage… Continue reading »

Bringing FamKeepa to Life

A photo of Tafara Makaza, Class of 2020, on the left, and Sean Ninsing, Class of 2019, creators of FamKeepa

After coming in second place in the Williams College Business Plan Competition last semester, Sean Ninsing ’19 and Tafara Makaza ’20 spent the summer at Lever, a North Adams-based nonprofit that seeks to increase economic development in the region by recruiting, developing and supporting local entrepreneurs and providing them with… Continue reading »

Ending Dengue Fever

Photo of a mosquito provided by CDC Global

The summer before her senior year at Williams, Leah Katzelnick ’10 was in Nicaragua, studying the complex relationship between international aid workers and the communities they serve, when she contracted dengue fever. Today she is one of a handful of researchers working to find an effective vaccine for the mosquito-borne illness. Continue reading »

Art and Inclusion

Clarence Otis ’77 didn’t become an art collector to try to correct the historical record, but he acknowledges that the art he and his wife Jacqui Bradley collect helps to tell a truer story about this country’s past and its politics. “When museums exhibit art that is not diverse, it… Continue reading »

WCMA’s Summer School

What do you imagine when you hear the word “archives”? Could it include seeds? Or scents? Or colors? Or perhaps artists’ sketchbooks? If not, it should, and much more, according to the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), which is hosting its annual Summer School. This year’s theme, “The Library… Continue reading »

Math Games

Grace Mabie ’19 and Elena Teaford ’17 paired up last spring to make a game that helps young children learn math. With several two-colored spinners and a game board with moveable parts, players ages 5-7 can use their natural intuition about proportions to deepen their understanding of fractions. The game… Continue reading »

A Longstanding Commitment

Fred Clifford ’58 says he is “connected to Williams at the hip,” and it seems he’s not far off. He’s the planned giving chair for his class, a former President of the Society of Alumni, a founding member and onetime leader of the 63 year-old Williams Reunion Jazz Band (he… Continue reading »

Rauschenberg: Art & Archives

Close up of Rauschenberg lithograph called

The Williams College Museum of Art’s (WCMA) exhibition of the work of Robert Rauschenberg, one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, draws on his art as well as on his life—and students were involved in the exhibition process every step of the way. “The Rauschenberg Foundation recently… Continue reading »