10 Years of Big Ideas

'Tis the season to celebrate! During this anniversary year, we’ve been reflecting on some of the great steps we’ve taken with all of you, including:

  • Projects and programs that have engaged more than 1,000 students, from participating in expedition-based coursework in Guatemala and briefing policymakers in DC to implementing project evaluations in Liberia and conducting data analysis on the campus supercomputer.
  • Research projects that have attracted over $50 million in external funding, creating intellectual partnerships with organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NSF, Carnegie Corporation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, World Bank, MacArthur Foundation, United Nations, U.S. State Department, and USAID.
  • New knowledge published in premier outlets including Science, World Development, Stanford University Press, and Oxford University Press, and covered by leading news outlets, such as the Washington Post, Economist, Guardian, WSJ, Foreign Policy, New York Times, NPR, CNN, and BBC.

To learn more about what we are celebrating and how you can be a part of our next 10 years, visit our campaign page online. Or if you already know you want to contribute, support us here.

If you haven't yet seen our new video or branding, take a three-minute trip from Liberia to Tyler Hall and from the Philippines to our house on Scotland Street.

Blockchain Innovation: From W&M to South Korea
What began as a class kickstarted by Tory Wiipongwii MPP '18 and taught by Institute Co-Director Mike Tierney '87 has catalyzed partnerships with W&M alumni in East Asia and launched several new business ventures.

America's Role in the World: New Findings from the TRIP Project
More than 90% of international relations experts surveyed in a new snap poll believe the United States is less respected internationally than in the past. Read about this finding and more in Foreign Policy.

$1.1 Million for AidData's GeoQuery
The Cloudera Foundation announced that AidData will receive over $1 million to scale up GeoQuery, an initiative that provides geospatial data in an easy-to-use form for the organizations that need it most. The project blends faculty, students, and staff from across campus. "To learn as a global community, we need to make it easy for anyone to access big data," said William & Mary President Katherine Rowe. "A flagship initiative of the AidData research lab, GeoQuery provides just one example of how William & Mary students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines are working together to identify, test, and scale these kinds of innovative solutions to real world problems.
Learn more about how GeoQuery helps policy analysts, program evaluators, and social scientists conduct rigorous analysis of development policies and programs.
Check Neuroscientists and Diplomats off your Holiday Shopping List
Last month, the Institute hosted a launch event for "Face to Face Diplomacy: Social Neuroscience and International Relations," a book previously workshopped at the Institute. Professor Marcus Holmes presented his work to a spellbound crowd as he whisked them through major diplomatic events including the end of the Cold War and the 2018 North Korea-United States Summit. Read W&M News' article about the book, or purchase it as a holiday gift for your special diplomatic loved one here.
W&M associate professor of government Marcus Holmes discusses insights from his book "Face-to-Face Diplomacy."

Public Goods, Geospatial Data, and High-Performance Computing
Interested in learning more on why major foundations are investing in AidData's GeoQuery? In a new article in Computers & Geosciences, AidData researchers present the innovative technology and methods used by GeoQuery to process geospatial data.

Celebrating Student Innovation
Earlier this month, we celebrated our students' hard work with a series of lightening talks (and a lot of pizza!). Catch the highlight reel below in this edition of our Institute in 30 video series.
A 30-second lightening tour of our annual student appreciation event.
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