Williams Women's Basketball Improves to 8-0

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maggie Meehan scored 22 points Saturday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 64-45 win over Babson as the Ephs improved to 8-0 this season.
 
Mikaela Topper scored 15 points, and Emily Chang had eight points and eight rebounds.
 
The Ephs are off until Dec. 18, when they meet Delaware Valley in Miami, Fla.
 
Men's Basketball
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Springfield's Heath Post hit two free throws with 16 seconds left, and Williams missed a pair of shots in the final 16 seconds as the Pride earned a 76-75 win.
 
Jake Ross scored 26 points, and Post finished with 23 for Springfield (7-0).
 
Williams (4-3) got 29 points and 20 rebounds from Matt Karpowicz.
 
Williams is off until Dec. 29 when it goes to the Salem State Holiday Tournament.
 
Men's Hockey
AMHERST, Mass. -- Mac Carso scored a pair of goals, and Nick VanBelle had three assists as Wiliams beat Amherst, 3-1.
 
Nick Altmann scored a goal, and Evan Ruschil made 37 saves to earn the win in goal.
 
Williams (6-2, 5-1 NESCAC) is off until Jan. 3, when it goes to Oswego State to play the University of New England.
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Williams Anthropologist Receives Grant to Support Climate Change Research

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kim Gutschow, lecturer in religion and anthropology at Williams College, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Geographic Society to fund a project titled "Climate Change Adaptation: By the People & For the People" in the Ladakh region of India.

The grant was co-written and co-conceived with Robin Sears, research associate in anthropology at Williams, and includes an international team comprised of Gutschow, Sears and four Ladakhi individuals who have been active in climate change adaptation and social justice work for the past 30 years.

Climate change and modernization have introduced unprecedented risk in high-altitude Himalayan societies such as Ladakh, which spans the upper Indus watershed. Gutschow and Sears will direct a team of Ladakhi youth and women to conduct research and advocate for specific interventions that can best address the local impacts of climate change in their region, such as water shortages from variably shrinking glaciers and reduced snowfall; declining food security due to rising temperatures and more frequent locust plagues; and occasional glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) or floods from extreme cloudbursts.

The project examines local strategies for coping with the effects of climate change and modernization as men and youth have left villages to seek jobs and education in urban centers, leaving the bulk of farming in the hands of women and the elderly.

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