A New Approach to Neuroscience

mouse brain

A mouse is hungry, so it eats. If it’s thirsty, it drinks. If it’s tired, it sleeps. And while these behaviors appear to be carried out with very little thought on the mouse’s part, a complex process is taking place in its brain, telling it what to do.

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Studying Study Habits

Nate Kornell, assistant professor of psychology, has received a $600,000 grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to conduct research on students’ study habits.

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Scholar’s Rock

A recent gift to the college of a Zhan Wang sculpture will bring the ancient Chinese tradition of “scholar’s rocks” to the 21st century—and to Williams’ new library.

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New Science, Fiction

The characters in the five stories that make up Andrea Barrett’s latest book, Archangel, live at the junction of history and science in the early 20th century. All are members of the scientific community trying to make sense of what in hindsight we know will be profound change but in the moment is less definitive.

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The Art of Astrophysics


Muzhou Lu ’13 has dedicated three summers and his senior thesis to tracking total solar eclipses in an effort to study the sun’s corona.

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John Brown Song!


For years art professor Laylah Ali ’91 has been captivated by the history of John Brown, the white abolitionist who took up arms to end slavery and was hanged in 1859 for crimes including treason and inciting slaves to rebel. But it wasn’t until the Dia Art Foundation commissioned Ali to do a web-based project that she saw a way to create something about Brown and his legacy.

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Behind the Butterfly

music box

A chance encounter with a nearly 140-year-old Swiss music box has led professor of music W. Anthony Sheppard to a major discovery about two of the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s most well-known operas.

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