Feature Stories

Understanding the Gut-Brain Axis

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Sarah Becker ’18 has had an interest in the microbiome—the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microscopic organisms that live in our guts—since she was in eighth grade. That’s when she came back from a family trip to Cambodia with a bad case of intestinal parasites. The doctor put her on… Continue reading »

Making an Impact

Illustration of two people planting a tree with the words How Will You Teach It Forward written above them.

One thing that unites Williams alumni across generations is their commitment to making a difference in their communities. Last January and February, for 10 days during the Teach It Forward: Impact challenge, 325 alumni amplified their impact to both their communities and to Williams by… Continue reading »

No Agenda

Photo of Alex Jen, Williams Class of 2018, center, who curated the exhibition

How does place influence art? That’s the question Alex Jen ’19 posed with “No Agenda,” an exhibition he curated in Williamstown’s Municipal Building, featuring works by five visiting art professors. Jen got the idea for a site-specific installation in the building—which was once a college fraternity house and now home… Continue reading »


GallopNYC, founded in Queens, N.Y., 12 years ago by Alicia Kershaw ’75, offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children with disabilities and special needs. Kershaw started riding when she was 5 and fox hunting when she was 8, but as time went on she had less time to devote to formal… Continue reading »

Mountain Day 2017 Recap

Friday, Oct. 13, dawned crisp and clear—perfect weather for Mountain Day. President Adam Falk rang the chapel bells to cancel classes kick off a day packed with outdoor activities for students, faculty and staff. Check out photos from Mountain Day and our social media coverage.    … Continue reading »

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, Tafara Makaza ’20 (above, left) and Sean Ninsing ’19 (right) 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… 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 »