The College of William & Mary in Virginia (also known as The College, William & Mary, or W) is a public research university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Privately founded in 1693 by letters patent issued by King William III and Queen Mary II, it is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States after Harvard University.
Blue herons are nesting among the bald eagles, but why?
In February, the great blue herons of the Chesapeake Bay region will begin their nest building or repair chores and their mating rituals—perhaps in a tree they've been sharing with bald eagles.
Un-beaching the whale: A non-trivial task to unearth important evolutionary insights
Cornwallis sank as he died, making a couple of revolutions on his way down, finally ending belly up and flippers akimbo, making a sort of "whale angel" on the ocean bottom.
Knock, knock, knocking on the proton's weak charge
(Phys.org) —The weak force is, for laymen, the least known of the quartet of interactions that run the universe as we know it.
VIMS alumna strives to put Africa on climate-change map
For years, scientists have been using computer models to simulate climate change and its effects, but not all areas of the world have the scientific infrastructure needed to gather or monitor the environmental data that inform ...
English language variation in the classroom
Anne H. Charity Hudley has spent 11 years bringing her message about linguistic and cultural diversity to teachers involved in kindergarten through 12th grade. Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation and the ...
Ph.D. students make advances in tethering & network security
The average American spends about seven hours a day looking at an electronic screen. With this much of a role in our daily lives, our electronic devices must be updated frequently with the newest technology ...
Persistence of 'urban' organics downstream favors dead-zone formation
(Phys.org) —Each time it rains, runoff carries an earthy tea steeped from leaf litter, crop residue, soil, and other organic materials into the storm drains and streams that feed Chesapeake Bay.
Daylight Saving Time spurs drop in crime rate
(Phys.org) —Researchers are no longer in the dark about when criminals are most likely to attack. William & Mary economist Nicholas Sanders teamed up with the University of Virginia's Jennifer Doleac to study the connection ...
Study shows restored oyster reef worth its weight in nutrients
A study led by researcher Lisa Kellogg of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that a restored oyster reef can remove up to 10 times more nitrogen from Chesapeake Bay waters than an ...
Bay's underwater grasses decline for third year
(Phys.org) —An annual aerial survey led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers declined 24% between ...
The Higgs boson looks just like Marc Sher said it would. Now what?
It turns out that the Higgs boson looks exactly like Marc Sher always said it would, and now he's a little bummed.
Face the facts: Researchers predict selection of the next pope
Could you pick the next pope out of a lineup just by looking at his face? Two William & Mary professors say "yes."
Aftermath of Alaskan 'Snowpocalypse': Coring of seafloor sediments may give long-term record of changing Arctic climate
(Phys.org) —In January of last year, a series of epic snowstorms struck Alaska's panhandle, with one dumping 18 feet of snow in less than a week. That's six times more snow than fell during the blizzard ...
UN report on nutrient threats and benefits
Professor Emeritus Bob Diaz of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science has co-authored a new report—commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)—that provides recommendations ...
Study calls for flexible, multi-step approach to deal with flood risk
(Phys.org)—Recurrent coastal flooding—think Isabel, Ernesto, Irene, Sandy, the "Son of Ida," and numerous other unnamed nor'easters—is a significant and growing threat to the people and places of Tidewater ...