Spotlights

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Biochemist Katie Hart and her students have been studying the structural components of enzymes that cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. She recently received a three-year, $387,000 grant from the National Institutes for Health.

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John Berry-Candelario ’99 and Matt Sigrist ’99 met as first-year students on the football field. Fast forward 20 years, and they’re both leaders in their respective fields of neuroscience and education. Still close friends, John and Matt discussed the impact of their Williams education and experiences—and how the relationships they formed on campus shaped their lives.

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Assistant Professor of Economics Greg Phelan and economics and math major William Chen ’19 spent nearly two years developing a model that predicts how countries respond to the economic policies of other countries.

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Kathryn Stack Morgan ’08 is just one of several Williams alumni playing an important role in the ongoing Curiosity mission. The article “Mission Possible” tells her story and those of other alumni leading the way in space exploration and travel—and how Williams influenced them.

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Imagine getting this close to a tiny, 17th century portrait of Shah Jahan, who ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal, and learning how the art influenced the Mughal era and vice versa. Emperors of Heaven and Earth, taught by history professor Aparna Kapadia and art history professor Murad Mumtaz, involves just that.

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As an economics and history major, Dan Wohl ’15 didn’t always expect to go into a career in sustainability, but a summer internship at Goldman Sachs changed that.

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Digital data is leaping out of the screen and onto the body, as Iris Howley teaches her students in Electronic Textiles, a computer science course where students learn both coding and sewing to create technology they—or their siblings’ pug—can wear.

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A music major at Williams, Jordan LaMothe ’17 also brought his love of blacksmithing to campus, and taking a job in the Williams Science Shop helped him build on those skills—in the spring semester of his senior year he competed in the History Channel’s reality show Forged in Fire and won!

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Professor Michelle Apotsos taps into a newly donated art collection to illustrate a shift in thinking about art from the African continent, giving her students a firsthand look at how museum curators have created targeted experiences of these objects over the course of the 20th century.

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Eunice (Lin) Nichols ’97 wrote a paper for a history class with K. Scott Wong that changed her life. The class on immigration history “asked us to take a personal lens to our own family history.” After interviewing her parents and grandparents about their journeys to the U.S. from Taiwan, she saw how important inter-generational connections are. Today, she works for Encore.org, whose mission is to bridge divides and collaborate across generations to create a better future together.

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Geosciences professor José Constantine, who just won a $135,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, says of his research: “I try to answer questions that might unlock the mysteries of why rivers move, jump and reshape the landscape.” He and his students are studying everything from the evolution of Amazon rivers to the human impact on the meandering Housatonic as it cuts through nearby Pittsfield, Mass.

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As a Williams student, Jaelon Moaney ’19 started a book club for young men of color at an area high school; now he serves as a legislative correspondent in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Learn more about his work—and that of other students—to make meaningful connections with Pittsfield school students in the article “The Power of Presence.”