Writings and Remarks

Catching Up at the Beginning of the Semester

To the Williams Community, In thinking about this spring semester, there’s no better place to start than Claiming Williams. What a marvelous event—people from across campus engaged together with topics of such importance to us all and to the college. Every event I attended or heard about was either full… Continue reading »

The Passing of Henry J. Bruton

To the Williams Community, I am sad to report the death of a central figure in the recent history of the Department of Economics and particularly of the Center for Development Economics—Henry Bruton, the John J. Gibson Professor of Economics, Emeritus. Henry was worldly wise, in the… Continue reading »

The Passing of Robert H. Odell

To the Williams Community, I am sad to report the death this weekend at the age of 90 of former Head Football Coach Bob Odell. A two-way star at Penn, Bob came second in the Heisman Trophy voting for 1943 and was eventually inducted into the College Football Hall of… Continue reading »

The Passing of Olga R. Beaver

To the Williams Community, I am very sad to report the death this morning of a true stalwart of our faculty, Professor of Mathematics Ollie Beaver, who taught as recently as this semester despite advancing illness. While a small girl in her native Prague, she and her family fled the… Continue reading »

Exciting Particles: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson

From the Fall 2012 Williams Magazine Colleges are, perhaps more than anything, places of intellectual excitement. Since I last wrote in this column, my field of particle physics experienced one of its most riveting moments in the past half-century. That was when scientists at the… Continue reading »

Nancy Roseman Named President of Dickinson

To the Williams Community, I write with the wonderful news that Nancy Roseman, professor of biology, has been named the 28th president of Dickinson College. The announcement can be seen here. Nancy is certainly well prepared for this position, with her… Continue reading »

Starting the Weston Field Project

To the Williams Community, I write with the great news that the Weston Field renovation project is now going ahead. Those of you who were at Williams in 2008 recall that one of the first steps the college took in response to the global financial crisis was to suspend two… Continue reading »

What Goes Around Comes Around

To the Williams Community, In this case, what’s coming around again is the wonderful cycle of the academic year. Welcome to those of you who are joining our campus for the first time, and welcome back to all the rest of you. This semester, even more than usual, will be… Continue reading »