Feature Stories

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Come Back to the Log

If the walls of the Log could talk, one can only imagine the tales they would tell. Within its friendly confines, generations of Williams students and alumni mingled over frosty beverages and snacks, blew off steam at the foosball table, celebrated homecoming victories or settled in for Monday Night Football. Friends were made and future

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Storm Waves and Coastal Erosion

After proving that storm waves crashing into Ireland’s Aran Islands were responsible for shifting extremely large rocks high above sea level and far inland, geosciences professor Ronadh Cox and her students are working to understand the long-term effects of coastal erosion. With a three-year, $277,509 grant from the National Science Foundation, Cox and her students will study the effects

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Burns and FDR: A Conversation

Williams professor Susan Dunn and presidential historian Michael Beschloss ’77 are paying tribute to the late James MacGregor Burns ’39 and his deep knowledge of the life and presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt at the FDR Presidential Home and Library in Hyde Park, N.Y. Burns, Williams’ Woodrow Wilson Professor Emeritus of Government, drew powerful lessons

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Helping Families Manage OCD

By Julia Munemo What Abbe Marrs Garcia ’93 does for a living can’t be easily summed up on a business card. Her official title is assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, but that doesn’t come close to communicating all that she does. Garcia mentors graduate and post-graduate students, she co-directs the

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Honoring an Actress

A brush with greatness that eventually formed a friendship is bringing Omar Sangare, an associate professor of theatre at Williams, home to his native Poland for the second time in two years for the 40th Gdynia Film Festival. Last year, Sangare was a jurist at the festival, which celebrates Polish film. This year, he will

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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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