Feature Stories

Microeconomics: From Billsville to the Beltway

By Julia Munemo What happens when someone steeped in economic research and theory spends some time in Washington D.C. developing policies? Associate Professor of Economics Tara Watson found out when she served as the deputy assistant secretary of microeconomics at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from August 2015 to… Continue reading »

Environmental Impact

In high school at St. Andrew’s in Delaware, Luke Baumann ’19 led a student task force in developing a proposal to install a small solar array on campus. They succeeded—researching the technology, meeting with contractors, presenting to the board of trustees, and securing funding through grants and donations—and the experience… Continue reading »

Welcome, Everyone, to Computer Science

By Julia Munemo It’s a play on words—or rather on acronyms. UnICS is the name of a student-led group, and it stands for Underrepresented Identities in Computer Science. The pun is that its homophone, UNIX, is an operating system some of those students have learned to master. “UnICS was created… Continue reading »

From Williams to Africa

By Julia Munemo A friendship born at Williams in the early 1990s has had a tremendous effect on health care in rural Africa. In December, a nonprofit founded by the two classmates announced the first winner of the Gerson L’Chaim Prize, a $500,000 award given to someone who moved to… Continue reading »

Leehom Wang ’98 Wows Williams

Leehom Wang ’98 delighted a Williams audience during his free concert in Chapin Hall Monday night, beginning the show by singing a bit of the alma mater song “The Mountains.” Over the course of the intimate, 90-minute show, he performed a mix of old and new hits, including some he… Continue reading »

Physics’ Newest Hires

By Julia Munemo With the departure of three long-time members of the physics department and the arrival of three newcomers, physics at Williams is in the midst of a transition. Physics professor and former dean of the college Sarah Bolton was named president of the College of Wooster, a post… Continue reading »

Soup, Sandwich, and Study

By Natalie DiNenno ’18 On Halloween, Williams College staff filled the lower level of the Faculty Club to hear Deborah Brothers, costume designer and lecturer in theater, discuss her creations in the timely talk “Gowns and Monsters.” The talk was the latest installment of the Faculty Research Luncheon for Staff series,… Continue reading »

Boots to Books

Williams welcomed two veterans to the Class of 2020 as part of a partnership with Service to School (S2S) and VetLink, which is designed to connect high-achieving veterans with some of the most selective colleges and universities in the country and mentor them through the application process. Benton Leary ’20… Continue reading »

MOOLA Improves Students’ Financial Literacy

By Malcolm Moutenot ’17 Williams students will have several opportunities this year to improve their financial literacy, thanks to a new program called MOOLA. The program offers both in-person sessions and online training on a variety of financial topics, including how to make the most of meal-plan dollars, understanding the… Continue reading »

An Unusual Election Cycle

By Julia Munemo With apologies for stating the obvious, professor of political science Nicole Mellow says the 2016 election cycle is highly unusual—and not because of one out of the ordinary element, but the combination of many. “We’ve never before elected a president with no record of public or military… Continue reading »