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Varieties of Understanding

Our smartphones are always within reach. Any question we have can be Googled in seconds from almost anywhere—the car, the kitchen, the classroom. We have access to more information than ever before, and that access is only becoming more immediate as devices become smaller. But what do we do with all this knowledge, and does it help—or hinder—our understanding of the world?

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An Award-Winning Exhibition

Sol LeWitt

The Williams College Museum of Art has won the 2012 award for Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum for Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid.

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Celebrating CS:25

Celebrating CS:25

In 1993, five years after Williams first established its computer science program, a new faculty member named Andrea Danyluk was asked what equipment she’d need to do her work. Her request—a SPARCstation 20 with four 50 MHz processors, 512 MB of memory and 1.05 GB of disk space, plus a separate 10 GB external hard drive—was unprecedented.

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On Being 18 in America

Two months before enrolling in Williams College, Williamstown native Dylan Dethier ’14 deferred admission, loaded up his Subaru with golf clubs, collared shirts and granola bars, and set out to drive solo across the country.

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Student Research Wins Awards

Student Research

In much of basic science, mice serve as important models of human conditions. Researchers can manipulate their genes, linking them with specific functions, and can translate the findings to humans. But the many ways in which mice differ from humans can present challenges to that research—and to the mice themselves.

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History Professor Pursues “New Directions”

Two new research projects are taking Williams history professor Sara Dubow ’91, the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, back to school in the fall.

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Mystery of the Mummified Hand

Mummified Hand

Each semester, Antonia Foias’ anthropology students visit the Rose Study Gallery at the Williams College Museum of Art to view ancient artifacts. And, each semester, her students have the same reaction to one object in particular—a mummified hand.

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