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Summer Research Discoveries

By Julia Munemo On a sunny Friday in August, Schow Science Library is crammed with people. Nearly 200 students, mostly from Williams and some from other colleges, are presenting their findings from a summer spent conducting in-depth research. The college’s Summer Science Research Program always ends this way, with a session in which each group’s

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Towards Justice

By Julia Munemo When asked about his work helping low-wage workers, including undocumented immigrants, receive proper payment for the work they do in this country, Alexander Hood ’02 is unequivocal. “People should be paid for their work,” he says. The Denver-based nonprofit legal organization Towards Justice, which Hood co-founded with friend Andrew Schmidt, provides legal

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Geosciences 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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Mathematical Discovery

On a recent steamy summer day, a classroom in Bronfman Science Center is filled with students delving deep into the mysteries of numbers. The Williams College Math Camp (WCMC)—a free, 10-day residential camp for mathematically gifted high schoolers—gives students a taste of discovery and the rigor of college-level mathematics. The program, led by math professor

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Finding Her Voice

By Julia Munemo Acclaimed artist, poet, writer, and performer Mayda Del Valle ’00 returned to campus in June for a Reunion Weekend performance. Watching her on the MainStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, it was hard to imagine that, just 15 years before, she’d been uncertain of her career path—and whether to

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Nurturing Families

By Julia Munemo On any given day in associate professor of psychology Amie Hane’s Early Experience and Physiology lab, students are gathered around a TV monitor, reviewing video of mothers and tiny infants. They stop the recording every few seconds to take note of the slightest change in glance, touch, or tone of voice. Hane’s

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ScienceBlast

By Julia Munemo Early on a recent spring morning, physics professor Tiku Majumder asked more than 70 Mount Greylock Regional High School students gathered in Wege Auditorium to consider a different view of science. “It’s easy for everyone to see that writing a novel or a piece of music is creative,” he told them. “What

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Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron

Professor Jim Shepard contributes to the conversation of the Holocaust in his new novel.

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Prisoners’ Advocate

Melanie Velez ’95 champions the rights of those in America’s prisons and jails

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Finding Home in Vietnam

By Julia Munemo Long Dang ’15 emigrated from Vietnam with his parents when he was 7 years old. The family settled in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, and Dang—in pursuit of an education beyond what had been available to his parents—immersed himself in the language and culture of his new country. Although he returned to

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