News in Brief: November 6

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November 6, 2009

2:54 AM

*Baseball team volunteers with Arc*

The College of William and Mary baseball team will be volunteering for The Arc of Greater Williamsburg Nov. 10 for its Fitness Night.

Fifteen athletes participated in the Oct. 20 Fitness Night, which included activities such as relay races, baseball drills and an indoor baseball game. The athletes also spoke about the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits.

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg is the local chapter of a grassroots organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and organizes activities to improve their quality of life.

*Geology professor wins Neil Miner Award*

College of William and Mary Chancellor Professor of Geology Heather MacDonald won the Neil Milner Award for her work in transforming geoscience education.

“All of us in the geology department are so pleased that Heather has been recognized in this way,” geology department chair Brent Owens said. “She has been a role model and an inspiration to us as teachers and to countless others across the country.”

MacDonald, who has received over $4 million in grants from the National Science Foundation for work in geoscience education, has organized workshops on research, teaching and career management for faculty, as well as workshops for graduate and post-doctoral students.

“There is no one in our community so well known or so well loved by young faculty as Heather MacDonald,” geology professor Greg Hancock, who nominated MacDonald, said.

MacDonald has also received the Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award, given by The Geological Society of America, and the Thomas Jefferson Award from the College.

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