Feature Stories

Storm Waves and Coastal Erosion

Geosciences Professor Ronadh Cox 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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

Honoring an Actress

Prof. Omar Sangare in a still image from the film “Aktorka.” 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. Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

Nurturing Families

Courtsey of Shutterstock 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… Continue reading »