Williams College Senior Wins Carnegie Junior Fellowship

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Jeremy Smith has been named a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Each year, approximately 12 to 14 students are selected to work as research assistants at the Carnegie Endowment, one of the world’s leading think tanks, which specializes in international affairs.

Acceptance into the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program is highly competitive, with approximately 5 percent of applicants ultimately selected as fellows. Junior Fellows are given the opportunity to conduct research, co-author journal articles and policy papers, organize briefings, and participate in meetings with senior-level officials. Junior Fellows are paid a salary of $39,500 per year and provided a benefits package.

Smith, a Chinese and economics major from St. Louis, Mo., will participate in the Asia Program, working at the Economics Desk, beginning Aug. 1.


"From the moment I saw the advertisement for the position put out by the Fellowships Office, I knew I would be hard-pressed to find an opportunity that better matched my strong interests in the Chinese economy, Chinese language, and international affairs," Smith said. "I am looking forward to the unique opportunity to work intimately with accomplished China experts and to advancing the cause of mutual understanding between the two nations."

During Smith's junior year at Williams, he participated in an intensive language program in Hangzhou, China. Inspired by that experience, he is writing an honors thesis in economics titled "Globalization and Regional Inequality in China." Smith, who plans to return to China to continue his interest in U.S.-China relations, also serves as a teaching assistant in the Chinese department and is captain of the college's Ultimate Frisbee Organization.

"The Fellowships Office played a vital role in supporting my application by providing me with the contacts and resources needed to prepare me for the process," Smith said. "I owe a great debt of gratitude to the professors of the Chinese department, who encouraged and cultivated my interest in China and its many aspects throughout my time at Williams. I would also be remiss not to thank Professor Steve Sheppard, my thesis adviser, for his constant support and guidance throughout the process."

The last Carnegie Junior Fellow from Williams was William Hayes, Class of 2014.

 


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Williams Geosciences Professor Awarded NSF Grant to Study Boulder Beach Response to Storms

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Rónadh Cox, the Edward Brust professor of geology and mineralogy at Williams College, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The three-year, $340,000 grant will support her research on how boulder beaches respond to storms and how they change over time.

Boulder beaches record wave action on stormy coastlines, but surprisingly little is known about them. Cox's NSF-funded project, titled "Boulder Beaches: The Understudied Archive on High-Energy Coasts," aims to increase understanding of their dynamic evolution. The study focuses on 22 sites in Ireland, which has a wide range of boulder-beach settings, so that the results will be applicable to other locations world-wide. 

Using a combination of state-of-the-art aerial photogrammetry and hands-on field measurements, she will determine how factors such as wave energy, coastal geometry, topography, geology and boulder sizes control beach morphologies. As the first multi-parametric study of boulder beaches and how it responds to storms, Cox's project, which will engage students in every phase of the work, will be the most comprehensive examination yet undertaken of this dynamic and long-ignored environment.

"The moment is ripe, because as sea level rises and high-energy wave attack on coastal infrastructure becomes more frequent, there is a growing need for studies of high-energy coasts, both to understand coastal response to storms and coastal hazards, and also as a resource for engineers as they work to improve coastal protection approaches," Cox said. "As the main depositional record of wave action on rocky coasts, boulder beaches should be playing a central part in this conversation, but the lack of data and understanding have prevented their integration into coastal geomorphologic thinking. I’m particularly excited to involve Williams students in this work, and I have an excellent rising senior, Aria Mason, who has already begun research on the project."

Cox's research interests include sedimentology, sedimentary petrology, geochronology and planetary geomorphology. At Williams since 1996, she has taught courses on oceanography, geochemistry, planetary geology, and earth resources, among other subjects. Her work has been widely published and cited. She received her B.Sc. from University College Dublin, Ireland, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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