Feature Stories

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Where Policy and Health Care Intersect

Binney McCague ’03 says she’s known since middle school that she wanted to be a doctor. What she didn’t know until she came to Williams was that public policy was as important to her as working with patients. “It all started in an introductory political science course my freshman year,” she says. “It opened my

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A Violinist’s Path: Alicia Choi ’09

By Julia Munemo Violin has always been important to Alicia Choi ’09. As a student at New York’s Stuyvesant High School, she spent every Saturday at Juilliard, where she studied chamber music and orchestra in their pre-college division. She double majored in music and Chinese at Williams, and then returned to Juilliard for her master

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From Navy SEAL to Student

When Jake Bingaman ’19 started college for the first time, in 2004, the U.S. had recently invaded Iraq. Although he wanted to earn a college degree—and had a scholarship from Miami University to do just that—Bingaman also felt a growing sense of commitment to his country. “We as a nation were doing something important, and

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Toward a Cleaner Hoosic River

By Julia Munemo Juniors Linda Shin ’17 and Matthew Goss ’17 spent this summer measuring polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels in crayfish and trout from the Hoosic River. Their goal was to help determine if levels of the synthetic chemical compound have decreased in recent years. The production of PCBs, which cause cancer in animals and

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Mountain Day!

Williams students headed for the hills for a day of outdoor community celebration.

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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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