Faculty Webinars

William & Mary Esports
Originally aired on March 28, 2023
Presented by Michele King, Marissa Hibbert ’22, Alondra Burton ’22

Welcome to W&M Esports — the world of organized competitive video gameplay that requires critical thinking, communication and creativity. Join Michele King, W&M professor and director of the esports program, and hear from alumni Marissa Hibbert ’22 (who is also a graduate student at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business) and Alondra Burton ’22, and students Matthew Villca-Rocha ’23, Paris Bredehoft ’24, Sam Wilson ’24 and Max Simon ’24, about their experience with the program and careers in the gaming industry. Students have developed leadership skills, published, presented and networked with people in the esports industry, which is estimated to generate revenues of up to $25 billion annually.

W&M APIM Professionals: Celebrating and Strengthening our Community
Originally aired on June 17, 2021
Presented by Clem Cheng ’86, Clarissa Delgado ’09, Baiyin Murphy ’10, Amandeep Sidhu ’00

W&M alumnus Clem Cheng ’86, SVP of HR at Comcast, moderates a discussion with fellow alumni, Clarissa Delgado ’09, COO and co-founder of Teach for the Philippines, Baiyin Murphy ’10, general partner at Indicator Ventures, and Amandeep Sidhu ’00, partner at Winston & Strawn, on overcoming career challenges and their thoughts on the current environment for the APIM community.

Data Privacy: Now and in the Future
Originally aired on June 3, 2021
Presented by Michael Lewis, Glenn Ballard ’00, Melody Balcet ’98, Jay Sinha J.D. ’12

W&M alumni Glenn Ballard ’00, Melody Balcet ’98, and Jay Sinha J.D. ’12 join Professor Michael Lewis, chair of W&M's computer science department for a conversation on domestic and international legal, policy and technology issues impacting data privacy.

Diverse Voices in Hollywood
Originally aired on May 27, 2021
Presented by Franklin jin Rho ’96, Milan Chakraborty ’00, Chitra Sampath ’06, Prof. Francis Tanglao Aguas

Franklin jin Rho ’96, TV writer and producer, Milan Chakraborty ’00, head of film at Marginal MediaWorks, and Chitra Sampath ’06, creator and executive producer at Netflix, discuss diversity in the arts and entertainment industry and the focus on amplifying voices of underrepresented artists and creators. This discussion was moderated by Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas.

Environmental Resilience in Virginia
Originally aired on May 26, 2021
Presented by Robert Rose, Elizabeth Andrews ’84, Molly Mitchell ’99, M.S. ’03, Ph.D. ’18

As sea levels continue to rise, towns and cities across the world must address disaster planning efforts for flooding and natural resource damage. Learn more on Virginia's climate change, sea level rise, and policy efforts to protect our coast.

Food for Thought: Faculty Q&A with Prof. Jon Pineda
Originally aired on May 12, 2021
Presented by Prof. John Pineda

Novelist-poet-flyfisher Professor Pineda shares his creative work and some thoughts on the creative process. Biography:“I’m writing books because I have questions,” says author and professor Jon Pineda. He has published a memoir (listed as a Barnes and Noble Discover selection), two novels (in 2018, Let’s No One Get Hurt), and three poetry collections (the third won a Library of Virginia Literary Award).

Food for Thought Faculty Q&A with Prof. Doug Young
Originally aired on May 5, 2021
Presented by Prof. Doug Young

Proteins, comprised of 20 natural amino acids, are the driving force behind most cellular functions and are vital to most life processes. Given how useful proteins already are, it’s exciting to imagine how much more powerful they could be if we could expand the genetic code to incorporate unnatural amino acids that have novel chemical functionalities. Adding these chemical tools to the biological toolbox opens the door to new therapeutics and diagnostics for biological diseases and disorders, including cancer.

Food for Thought Faculty Q&A with Prof. Claire Pamment
Originally aired on April 28, 2021
Presented by Prof. Claire Pamment

Performed by socially marginalized gender variant hijra and khwaja sira communities in South Asia, the badhai repertoire includes songs, dances, prayers and comic repartee that customarily commemorate births, weddings, and other celebratory heteronormative occasions. Professor Pamment considers badhai’s negotiations across restrictive social scripts, taking place within the changing landscape of transnational LGBTQIA+ movements and religious nationalism.

The Lemon Project: What We've Learned and What's Next
Originally aired on April 22, 2021
Presented by Prof. Jody Allen Ph.D. ’07

Join Professor Jody Allen Ph.D. ’07 and her team to explore the Lemon Project, which is taking a multifaceted approach to examine and learn from the relationship between African Americans and W&M that extends over three centuries. Hear from Professor Jajuan Johnson about his work on genealogy and community engagement efforts and graduate assistant Caroline Watson about her study of archaeological research on W&M’s campus. If you are interested in supporting the Lemon Project, the Class of 1971 has started a fundraising initiative for an Endowment that will provide support for the most pressing needs of the Lemon Project at William & Mary.

Art History Keynote Lecture The Future of Winckelmann's Classical Form by Prof. Elizabeth Prettejohn
Originally aired on April 15, 2021
Presented by Prof. Elizabeth Prettejohn

Elizabeth Prettejohn is Professor of History of Art and Head of Department, History of Art, at the University of York (UK). Her books on the Pre-Raphaelites and the Aesthetic Movement assessed the achievements of Victorian artists and placed them in relation to European Modernism. Her work on the critical fortunes of Victorian art has led to a more general interest in taste and aesthetics, explored in her books Beauty and Art 1750-2000 (2005) and The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture: Greek Sculpture and Modern Art from Winckelmann to Picasso (2012). Her most recent book, Modern Painters, Old Masters: The Art of Imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War (2017), argues that Victorian artists were, paradoxically, at their most original when they imitated the Old Masters most faithfully. Liz is an active guest curator and has co-curated exhibitions on Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In 2011 she gave the Paul Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery, London, on ‘The National Gallery and the English Renaissance of Art.'

Women's Health Series: Improving Maternal Health
Originally aired on March 9, 2021
Presented by Pamela Northam; Professor Claire McKinney; Dr. Camille Hammond; Kelly Cannon ’05; Dr. Vanessa Walker Harris

Join us as health experts explore increases in U.S. maternal deaths over the last two decades, pronounced racial disparities in maternal mortality and the interventions that can reverse these trends. President Katherine Rowe introduces First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam for a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Rachel Becker ’19, policy advisor to the secretary of health and human resources. Panelists include W&M Professor Claire McKinney; Dr. Camille Hammond, CEO of the Cade Foundation; Kelly Cannon ’05, senior director for Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association; and Dr. Vanessa Walker Harris, deputy secretary of health and human resources for Virginia.

Adjusting Your Crown: The History of Black Hair and the CROWN Act
Originally aired on December 7, 2020
Presented by Prof. Latasha N. Eley, Tunisia Lumpkin, Lenise Robinson

The CROWN Coalition established the CROWN Act in 2019. This is a movement to eliminate discrimination of race-based hairstyles. Watch three panelists for a discussion of the history and language around black hair. They discuss the CROWN Act and its implications for people of color in America. Interested in learning more about the CROWN Act in addition to the discussion? Visit The Crown Act.

Food for Thought: Faculty Q&A with Prof. Fabricio Prado
Originally aired on November 18, 2020
Presented by Prof. Fabricio Prado

Early nineteenth-century trade networks across the Americas wrought profound effects throughout the Western hemisphere. With ready access to South American silver — then the global currency — the United States laid the foundation of a national economy, a banking system, westward expansion and reaching out to China and India. This is a tale of bold capitalism, cross-border dynamics, contraband trade and corruption, as the United States takes its first steps onto the world stage. For his current book manuscript, Professor Prado is researching the social and commercial networks linking New England to the Rio de la Plata region in South America during the last decades of colonial rule in Latin America.

Expedition Nepal
Originally aired on November 17, 2020
Presented by Professor Mary Fabrizio

In 2019, a team of fisheries biologists from VIMS, led by Professor Mary Fabrizio, traveled to Nepal to study the country's freshwater fishes. Their goal was to understand how national parks - primarily designed to protect large land animals - may also protect fish habitats and diversity. Along the way they learned a great deal about the rewards and challenges associated with conducting international research. Join us as Professor Fabrizio provides a first-hand account of the expedition — from extreme heat to wild rhinoceros encounters — and what they hope to discover with the information they gathered.

Food for Thought: Faculty Q&A with Prof. Patricia Vahle
Originally aired on November 11, 2020
Presented by Prof. Patricia Vahle

The NOvA particle physics experiment uses nature’s most aloof particle, the neutrino, to investigate the absence of an expected asymmetry of the universe. Physics in the early universe should have produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter. Stars, planets, interstellar gas and dust are all made up of matter, but today antimatter is a rarity. How did this excess of matter develop? Do neutrinos hold the key?

Food for Thought with Prof. Silvia Tandeciarz
Originally aired on October 21, 2020
Presented by Prof. Silvia Tandeciarz

How do nations recover from the trauma of dictatorship? What can the arts and humanities contribute to democratization? Can transitional justice initiatives enhance a shared commitment to human rights in the after-generations? Prof. Tandeciarz explores these questions in the post-dictatorship context of her native Argentina.

Rising Tides, Sinking Coast: How Coastal Communities Can Adapt to Surging Sea Levels
Originally aired on October 13, 2020
Presented by Professor Molly Mitchell

Rising seas, frequent flooding, and subsiding land threatens coastal communities around the globe. Professor Molly Mitchell, a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has made it her life's work to understand these threats and how they affect communities. Professor Mitchell gives us a primer on sea level rise — what causes it, how it is affecting the United States, and what can be done to address it. She also shares her work to promote resilience in coastal communities.

Food for Thought: Faculty Q&A with Prof. Margaret Saha
Originally aired on August 5, 2020
Presented by Prof. Margaret Saha

The award-winning W&M International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team uses the transformative field of synthetic biology to address global issues. This year the W&M iGEM team is investigating novel COVID-19 therapeutics and improved models to predict future outbreaks.

Winning with Resiliency
Originally aired on August 5, 2020
Presented by Anne McGeorge ’83, Fran Engoron ’70, Professor Sarah Stafford

This panel-style webinar engaged participants in a conversation about resilient leadership in turbulent times. Our panelists approach challenges, opportunities and winning tactics from three perspectives: nonprofit organizations, corporations and entrepreneurial ventures, and academia. Panelists Anne McGeorge ’83, Fran Engoron ’70, Professor Sarah Stafford each have leadership experience in one or more of those sectors. In each of those organizational spheres, crises may look a bit different but all are often opportunities to win by exercising resiliency. Panelists offer insights on how they have approached uncertainty, capitalized on opportunities to pivot towards success and rescued difficult situations. They also provide tips for developing an adaptive leadership style.

Food for Thought: Faculty Q&A with Prof. Omiyemi Artisia Green ’00
Originally aired on July 29, 2020
Presented by Prof. Omiyemi Artisia Green ’00

Drawing on places deep within the text, Professor Green works with students to illuminate the inner rhythms of a play to deepen our understanding of one another. How can Theater transform the moment, and also be the means of seeing and understanding in new ways?

The Intersection of COVID-19 and Race
Originally aired on July 16, 2020
Presented by Mo Barbosa, Prof. Iyabo Obasanjo, Prof. Angela Odoms-Young

The Intersection of COVID-19 and Race is an honest discussion surrounding health disparities and the ways in which COVID-19 effects marginalized populations. We will be joined by three panelists.

Food for Thought: Faculty Q&A with Prof. Chris Nemacheck
Originally aired on July 15, 2020
Presented by Prof. Chris Nemacheck

Professor Chris Nemacheck addresses a new undergraduate requirement years in the making (COLL 350: Difference, Equity, Justice), how these new courses tackle complex and sometimes contentious subjects and how faculty collaborate with student partners in the classroom.

Women’s Health and Well-Being in the time of COVID-19
Originally aired on June 17, 2020
Presented by Dr. Camilla Buchanan ’66, Professor Iyabo Obasanjo and Professor Ashleigh Queen Ed.D. ’20

Join Dr. Camilla Buchanan ’66, Professor Iyabo Obasanjo and Professor Ashleigh Queen Ed.D. ’20 to examine how women’s biology and immune function is impacted by diseases, including COVID-19. How social roles interact with biology to affect women in the current COVID-19 pandemic? Join us next time for the second part of the webinar on how race and ethnicity interact with biology to affect women in the pandemic.