A Universe of Possibilities

Night time photo of observatory with campus in background.

Williams astronomy professors and students are helping to shape research at some of the nation’s most important observatories and facilities as new members of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). Membership was restricted to large research universities until last May, when Williams and seven other liberal arts colleges that make up the

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Support for Big Ideas

Assistant Professor of Biology Matt Carter, Professor of Computer Science Stephen Freund and Professor of Mathematics Chad Topaz have each won prestigious three-year grants to pursue research projects with students. Carter’s $369,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will support his research with a student team to better understand the role of parasubthalamic nucleus

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Recently Published

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A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass (University Press of Kentucky, 2018), edited by Neil Roberts, associate professor of Africana studies and faculty affiliate in political science, examines how Douglass’ autobiographies, essays and speeches analyzed and articulated core American ideals. History professor Eiko Maruko Siniawer ’97 explores how the Japanese have thought about waste “in terms of

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Joyner Gives Convocation Address

Photo of Bicentennial Medalist Cheryl C. (Robinson) Joyner, Class of 1985, reading convocation program.

In her Convocation address to the Class of 2019, Cheryl C. (Robinson) Joyner ’85 emphasized the importance of mentoring. She challenged each senior to make a connection with a younger student and maintain it after graduation. “While you may not be able to imagine it now,” she told those gathered in Chapin Hall for the

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At A Glance: ’68 Center for Career Exploration

Detail of graphic illustration representing various programs offered by the 68 Center for Career Exploration

Career Services at Williams has a new name: The ’68 Center for Career Exploration. The result of a 50th reunion gift from the Class of 1968, the name reflects new programming that engages students early and often. Design Your Williams introduces first-year students to the center and to the idea that “major rarely equals career,”

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A Closer Look: Modern Science

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Though the South Science Center opened in June, September was the first time many students had the opportunity to use it for their work. The new, 77,000-square-foot building houses research and teaching laboratories, a microscopy suite and faculty offices for the biology, chemistry and physics departments. It’s phase one of the Science Center Renewal Project,

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Beyond the Museum Walls

Shot of installation piece by Diana Al Hadid

Delirious Matter, a temporary public art project by Diana Al-Hadid, will be on view through March 24 at sites across the Williams campus. The four architecturally scaled sculptures were commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City and combine aluminum, steel, fiberglass, concrete, polymer modified gypsum and pigment. Al-Hadid’s work draws on a

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Robinson to Chair Williams’ Board of Trustees

Liz Beshel Robinson ’90 has been named chair of the Williams College Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2019. She will succeed Michael Eisenson ’77, whose 12-year board term, including five years as chair, ends June 30. Robinson spent 25 years at Goldman Sachs, ultimately becoming partner and global treasurer before retiring in 2016. Her

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Williams Read Features Jesmyn Ward

Photo of Jesmyn Ward speaking in Chapin Hall.

MacArthur Fellow and two-time National  Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, whose Sing, Unburied, Sing is this year’s Williams Reads selection, visited campus on Oct. 11  for a talk and book signing. Ward told a rapt audience in Chapin Hall how she was an avid reader as a child, gravitating to stories of “girls who triumphed”

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In Memoriam

Three longtime members of the Williams community passed away over the summer. Nicole Desrosiers taught French and art history to undergraduates and graduate students at Williams and The Clark Art Institute for more than four decades. She died on Aug. 31 at the age of 77. She came to Williams in 1974 and was known

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