Cute squirrel captured by Paul Gregory
Mid-February 2023 
Mid-Month Update
February is the shortest month of the year, and that can only mean it deserves two newsletters! Here's the news:
Adams' Professorship Lecture Rescheduled
Edward's talk is in the process of being rescheduled due to The Johnson Program interviews taking place during the original selected date. We will inform you all of the new date and time as soon as it is selected.
Thank you Rich for the Nobel symposium lecture on the Peace prize!
Professor Rich Bidlack offered an overview of the three recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, all advocates for democracy and the protection of human rights. He provided moving images and information about jailed Belarus human rights activist, Ales Bialiatski; the Russian organization, Memorial, which documents abuses and war crimes committed against the civilian population by Russian and pro-Russian forces; and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties, which began documenting crimes against the civilian population in the Crimean peninsula in 2014, and after the invasion of Ukraine in 2022, has been reporting crimes committed by the Russian army against the civilian population. Thanks Rich!
Thank you Nadia for the Nobel symposium lecture on the Physiology or Medicine prize!
The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Svante Pääbo for his discoveries "concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution."  Professor Nadia Ayoub explained how Dr. Pääbo and his colleagues developed techniques to sequence the genomes of our closest extinct relative, the Neanderthal, and another extinct hominin, the Denisova.  Prof. Ayoub also explained the physiological relevance of gene transfer from these extinct hominins to us.  Great job and thank you, Nadia!
Do you work with or know some amazing people at W&L?
Do you know someone who's accomplishing great things? Take the time to show them your appreciation by submitting their name and info to The Office of Communications and Public Affairs. If selected, the person may be featured in the Employee Accolades portion of The Columns Weekly newsletter. W&L is filled with amazing people, let's tell each other all about them!
Allyship for All in the Workplace: Suggest that your students attend. 
Tuesday 2/28 at 7:00 pm | Harte Center (Leyburn Library 119) 
 Join CPD Senior Associate Director and Diversity Initiatives Lead Lorri Olán P'17 for a discussion with Lee Dyer, inaugural Director of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) at James Madison University and owner of E. Lee Dyer Consulting Group.   
 A DEI strategist, consultant, and trainer, Lee delivered the 2021 National Trans March of Visibility call-to-action speech. Before joining JMU, he worked in higher education advocating for equity and inclusion at the University of Richmond, the University of Cincinnati, and North Carolina Central State.   
 This program is designed to prepare ALL students for the world of work. Lee will demystify what it means to be an "ally" and discuss why allyship at school, work, and in life is important. As such, he will clarify commonly used terms, explain challenges some underrepresented people may face, and identify best practices for how we can all partner in fostering a more diverse and inclusive workplace as allies and co-conspirators. This is an interactive session with time for Q&A. 
 This program is co-sponsored by the Office of Career and Professional Development, The Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement, and the LGBTQ Resource Center. 
Have your students register on Handshake
Dates and Deadlines
2023-24 Catalog Proofing Due to Registrar
Midterm Grades Due by 12:00pm to Registrar
Washington Break - No Classes February 20 - 24
Spring Term Study Abroad 2024 Course Proposals Due to International Ed Committee
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