Faculty

Physics’ Newest Hires

By Julia Munemo With the departure of three long-time members of the physics department and the arrival of three newcomers, physics at Williams is in the midst of a transition. Physics professor and former dean of the college Sarah Bolton was named president of the College of Wooster, a post… Continue reading »

Soup, Sandwich, and Study

By Natalie DiNenno ’18 On Halloween, Williams College staff filled the lower level of the Faculty Club to hear Deborah Brothers, costume designer and lecturer in theater, discuss her creations in the timely talk “Gowns and Monsters.” The talk was the latest installment of the Faculty Research Luncheon for Staff series,… Continue reading »

An Unusual Election Cycle

By Julia Munemo With apologies for stating the obvious, professor of political science Nicole Mellow says the 2016 election cycle is highly unusual—and not because of one out of the ordinary element, but the combination of many. “We’ve never before elected a president with no record of public or military… Continue reading »

Round Trip: The Life of Jorge Semprún

The first comprehensive biography of Jorge Semprún (1923-2011), whose sprawling life includes exile during the Spanish Civil War, working for the French Resistance in World War II and being nominated for Academy Awards, is receiving a lot of attention in Spain since its May release there. Written by Soledad Fox,… Continue reading »

A Supreme Stalemate

By Julia Munemo Associate Professor of Political Science Justin Crowe ’03, whose book Building the Judiciary: Law, Courts, and the Politics of Institutional Development examines the development of the federal judiciary, says the current stalemate between the Senate and President Obama over the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland has… Continue reading »

Spring in the Air

Joan Edwards' Field Botany class took a trip to south Williamstown recently to see the area's first spring wildflower in bloom, the impressive--and impressively smelly--skunk cabbage. Continue reading »

Gigapan: Big Tech Meets Tiny View

Gigapans are panoramic photos containing billions of pixels. Developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon and NASA’s Ames Research Center for use in Mars Rover expeditions, Gigapan technology captures images with a robotic camera mounted on a tripod. As the mount slowly and automatically swivels, hundreds or even thousands of individual… Continue reading »

Model Behavior

The little brown bat native to this region could be extinct by 2030. That’s a possibility mathematician Julie Blackwood and her thesis student, David Stevens ’14, hope to help prevent. Blackwood, an assistant professor in her first year at Williams, is an applied mathematician whose models help biologists study the… Continue reading »

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