William and Mary Digest for April 6

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William and Mary news digest for April 6

Mattachine Research Project presents findings

Students in the William and Mary Mattachine Research Project have spent the past semester researching the history of legal battles over gay rights in Virginia. On Monday, the students presented their findings in Swem Library's first floor research room.

The project was funded by a $2,500 grant from the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C..

The participating students did their research both on campus at William and Mary and searched through archives at the Library of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University's James Branch Cabell Library.

William and Mary's gay and lesbian alumni organization, GALA, plays a role in the history.

In 1991 a Ramada Inn refused to issue a Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or ABC, permit to the group. GALA joined as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging Virginia's state law that prevented the ABC from issuing permits to known gay groups.

The Mattachine project is enjoying wide support at William and Mary, according to a press release from the university.

"We're seeing this project as potentially paralleling the Lemon Project in terms of being an ongoing research project that allows us to not only consider William and Mary in relation to how a broader LGBTIQ community has functioned, but also in the Commonwealth and in the South," said Leisa Meyer, faculty advisor and professor of American studies and history. "It's a way also of making William and Mary more visible in terms of this work, and in some ways in the vanguard of this work."

W&M professor has patent pending on fish filter

William and Mary ichthyologist Laurie Sanderson has invented a better kind of filtration system for fish tanks.

Rather than screening out particles like a traditional filter, Sanderson's invention concentrates particles and redirects them. She said the innovative design prevents clogging and could inspire a new approach toward filters in various products.

"There are many cases in industry in which we need to do something quite similar to what these filter-feeding fish are doing," Sanderson said. "For example, in filtration of dairy products or fruit juices, we separate the hard parts — the fruit pulp, some of the congealed milk products — from the liquid. But here's the situation today in industry. There is a filter, and that filter always clogs."

Sanderson, who has spent 30 years studying fish, said the design was inspired by the inside of a fish's mouth.

"When you look at a live fish, the water and the particles come into this black box, and then only water exits from the sides of the head," she said. "So — water and particles go in the mouth. Then, something mysterious happens."

William & Mary students Jill Lineburg and Erin Roberts co-authored Sanderson's paper on the new filter.

She has a patent pending on the filter.

Chainsmokers to perform Thursday

The Chainsmokers, an electronic dance music DJ duo, will be performing at William & Mary Hall on Thursday, April 7.

Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall are the DJ's behind the Chainsmokers sound, and the pair released its first EP in October 2015. Their full-length debut album is expected out later this year, and it will include the single "Don't let me down" featuring Daya.

The Chainsmokers will be joined by special-guest New Politics. The band is a veteran of the music scene, with a resume that includes three major albums, appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and "Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!" and tours with P!nk and Neon Trees.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available to the public for $30 in advance or $40 at the door. William and Mary students can get tickets for $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and tickets for faculty and staff are $25 in advance with a special discount code or $40 at the door.

The event is sponsored by the W&M Student Assembly and Alma Mater Productions, William and Mary's student programming board.

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