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Shea Quoted in Bloomsberg | Quint Article on White House Jobs

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:38:32 +0000

Professor of Government Dan Shea was quoted in a Bloomsberg | Quint article titled, “A Trump White House Job Won’t Be Much of a Career Booster.” Because of the “reputational nightmare” associated with the Trump administration, few Republicans want to work in the White House, the article states. “There will be lots of places that steer clear of anyone...

Photograph by Green One of Seven Covers of New York Times’ T Magazine

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:35:03 +0000

A photograph of the band Run-DMC, taken by Associate Professor of Art Gary Green, will be one of seven covers of the April 22 New York Times’ T Magazine, which will focus on how the early 1980s changed the culture in New York. Green’s photo, which has never before been published, was taken in the mid-80s during a 30-minute...

Colby College Names Smithsonian Curator to Lead Lunder Institute for American Art

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:30:48 +0000

Colby College has named Lee Glazer the founding director of the Lunder Institute for American Art. Currently curator of American art for the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Freer|Sackler), Glazer is a leading scholar of American art with expertise in a range of areas, including the work of artists...

Colby College to Receive $2.5 Million to Support Financial Aid for Maine Students

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:04:15 +0000

A significant new gift to Colby College will go entirely to support financial aid for students from Maine, the College announced April 19. The $2.5-million commitment from Steve Ford ’68, P’05 and Mary Ford P’05 is only the most recent support that Ford, a native of Gardiner, Maine, has provided to Maine students at Colby,...

Theaster Gates Announcement Makes Media Splash

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:51:15 +0000

Colby’s announcement that artist Theaster Gates has been named the first distinguished visiting artist and director of artist initiatives at the Colby Museum of Art’s new Lunder Institute for American Art garnered media attention nationwide. Here is a list of the publications that covered the announcement: New York Times (online April 4 / in print April...

Taylor Coauthors Paper Published in Algebraic & Geometric Topology

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:16:03 +0000

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor has coauthored a paper titled “Thin position for knots, links, and graphs in 3-manifolds,” which appeared in volume 18, issue 3 of Algebraic & Geometric Topology. The paper develops a new way of looking at knotted one-dimensional objects in three-dimensional spaces.

Boston Fed Chief, Colby Board Chair to Speak on the Economy

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:43:26 +0000

Eric S. Rosengren ’79, P’12, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and chair of the Colby College Board of Trustees, will deliver the annual Grossman Lecture at Colby College on April 18 at 7 p.m. The talk is titled Monetary, Fiscal, and Financial Stability Policy Tools: Are We Equipped for the...

Sheehan Wins Terra Foundation Publication Grant

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:50:49 +0000

The College Art Association announced the 2018 recipients of the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant. Among this year’s author awardees is Tanya Sheehan, the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art. Her book Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor will be published in fall 2018 by Penn State University Press. In this volume,...

Johnson and Students Coauthor Paper on Gene Expression in Journal of Visualized Experiments

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:09:36 +0000

Professor of Biology Russell Johnson coauthored a paper titled “Measuring Gene Expression in Bombarded Barley Aleurone Layers with Increased Throughput,” which appears in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. The paper’s coauthors include Grace Uwase ’18, Taylor Enrico ’17, David Chelimo ’17, and Benjamin Keyser ’10. The paper discusses an improved protocol that “is presented for the measurement of...

Gastaldo Paper Published Online in Geological Society of America Bulletin

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 20:39:21 +0000

Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, coauthored a paper that appears in the online Geological Society of America Bulletin. The paper provides an in-depth analysis of the authors’ findings at one of the classic areas in South Africa where the end-Permian extinction is reported and is the follow-up manuscript to the internationally acclaimed paper published in Geology in 2015. The...

Colby Appoints Theaster Gates as its Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Artist and Director of Artist Initiatives at the Lunder Institute For American Art

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:00:20 +0000

Three-Year Appointment Will Provide Opportunity for Gates to Convene Creative Minds and Advance His Practice, Culminating with a Major Exhibition of his Work at the Colby Museum of Art in 2021 Colby College today announced the appointment of one of the most admired, influential, and innovative figures on the contemporary scene, Theaster Gates, as the...

Burke Essay on Fiddleheading Appears in Down East Magazine

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:49:15 +0000

Professor of English Michael Burke wrote an essay he’s always wanted to write—on fiddleheading, and it appears in the April 2018 issue of Down East magazine. Burke’s essay follows a fiddlehead forager, Colis Blood, into the woods and then traces his bounty to a fiddlehead processing plant in Wilton. “Some fiddleheaders go foraging for the income,”...

Coach Whitmore Interviewed on Bill Green’s Maine”

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:58:52 +0000

Former men’s basketball coach Dick Whitmore was the subject of an interview on Bill Green’s Maine. Green interviewed Whitmore, whom he hailed as one of Maine’s greatest basketball coaches, at Pine Tree Seafood and Produce in Scarborough, where Whitmore works in retirement. The store has a “coaches table” with the Colby athletics logo on it where wins...

Four Distinguished Individuals to be Honored at Colby Commencement; U.S. Senator Susan Collins and Artist Theaster Gates to Speak

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 14:58:34 +0000

Journalist Rebecca Corbett and Harold Alfond Foundation Chairman Gregory Powell will also receive honorary degrees As Colby College celebrates the accomplishments of its 2018 graduating class, it will honor four accomplished individuals for their important contributions to society and culture. U.S. Senator Susan Collins, LL.D.’14 (R-ME) will deliver the commencement address May 27, and renowned...

Downtown Development Adds Jobs, Money to Area

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:10:58 +0000

As the Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons rapidly become a reality on Waterville’s Main Street, the brick cladding and spacious windows of the 100,000-square-foot apartment complex represent more than an upcoming infusion of activity on the street. The project has also brought a significant economic boon to the area. The Alfond Commons project alone...

Morning Sentinel Highlights Impact Houston ’18 Makes “On and Off Track”

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:45:11 +0000

Marcques Houston ’18 was profiled in a March 22 Morning Sentinel story about the impact he makes as a sprinter on Colby’s track team and as an advocate for social justice. Drawing a parallel with the writing of William Faulkner, one of Houston’s favorite authors, the article describes Houston as “making the complex and difficult seem easy.”  Track and...

Demand for Colby Rises Among High-Achieving Students

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:28:08 +0000

New programs and partnerships and increasing excellence in existing areas of strength have made Colby a sought-after liberal arts college among high-achieving students. This year Colby received 12,313 applications—a 10-percent increase over last year. From that cohort, the College has admitted 1,602 students who represent 923 high schools, 67 countries, and 47 states. Among those...

Blaise MacDonald Is AHCA Division III Coach of the Year

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:17:11 +0000

Blaise MacDonald, who has led the Colby men’s hockey team to the NCAA “Frozen Four” Division III Championship,  has been named Coach of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association. The Edward Jeremiah Award for Division III was announced March 22 at the student athlete banquet celebrating the playoffs in Lake Placid, N.Y., where...

Hanlon Quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education Article on Free Speech

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:58:31 +0000

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon was quoted extensively in a Chronicle of Higher Education article titled “After a Comedian Makes an Off-Color Joke, Loyola Chicago Silences His Mic,” referring to an incident with comedian Hannibal Buress, who reportedly broke his contract with Loyola. “By telling jokes about difficult subjects,” Hanlon told the Chronicle, “comedians often illuminate...

Author Kim Stanley Robinson to Speak at Colby March 21

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:17:35 +0000

Award-winning science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson has been selected as Colby’s 2018 Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Humanities. He will hold a short residency on campus in March to visit classes, meet with faculty and students, and give a public lecture March 21.    “We are honored and excited to have Kim Stanley Robinson...

Kibet ’18 Wins Prestigious Watson Fellowship

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:25:30 +0000

Benard Kibet ’18 has been named a 2018 Watson Fellow, one of 40 U.S. college seniors named to the highly competitive and prestigious program that sends new graduates to explore projects around the world for a year. Kibet, an economics and mathematics major from Tinet, Kenya, will use his fellowship to examine the challenges of...

Bhimull Writes Essay on Black Panther for NYU Press’s From the Square Blog

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:15:07 +0000

Chandra Bhimull, associate professor of anthropology and African-American studies, was asked to write an essay for New York University Press’s From the Square blog, which she titled “In Black Panther and Wakanda, extraordinary possibilities are realized.” Bhimull, an anthropologist and historian who has “researched and written about race and flight in the black Atlantic world for nearly two...

Corrado Authors CED Report on Unfair Redistricting Practices

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:59:29 +0000

Professor of Government Anthony Corrado authored a policy brief for the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) titled “Let the Voters Choose: Solving the Problem of Partisan Gerrymandering.” The report “addresses this problem so the political marketplace can function properly, and the principles of representative government can be maintained,” according to PR Newswire, which reported...

Winter Storm Bears Down

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:23:45 +0000

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Central Maine including the Waterville area. Near blizzard conditions are expected and snow accumulation up to 18” are projected today into Wednesday morning. The College is not closing, and the dining halls, Alfond Athletic Center, and Miller Library will remain open. Downtown shuttle service...

Nuss Commissioned to Write Program Essay for Opera Premiere in France

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:13:57 +0000

Christian Longchamp, noted artistic adviser and dramaturg with the Opéra national de Paris and Strasbourg’s Opéra national du Rhin, has commissioned Associate Professor of Music Steven Nuss to write the program essay for the first performance in France of Japanese composer Toshiro Mayuzumi’s grand opera Kinkakuji (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion). Based on the novel of the...

Men’s hockey beats UNE, advances to NCAA quarterfinals

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 14:34:33 +0000

The Mules, unbeaten in their last eight games, will play at Geneseo in a quarterfinal game next Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m.. The Mules hosted Geneseo last year in the Colby/Bowdoin Face-Off Classic and fell 4-3 in overtime. For more information:

On Path to Championship, Colby Men’s Hockey Believed in Themselves—and Each Other

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 01:44:46 +0000

“They’re connected, maybe the most connected team I’ve ever coached,” said head coach Blaise MacDonald. “The guys tell me this is the closest team they’ve ever played on. When you have those bonds, that brotherhood, you can overcome anything."

Ardam Paper Published in ASAP/Journal

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:47:51 +0000

Jacquelyn Ardam, visiting assistant professor of English, had an academic article published in ASAP/Journal titled “On Not Teaching Art: Baldessari, Pedagogy, and Conceptualism.” The article discusses conceptual artist John Baldessari, whose “art practice and pedagogy are deeply intertwined, and a number of his best-known works explicitly thematize and engage in pedagogy,” Ardam writes in her intro. The journal recently won the best new...

Men’s Hockey NESCAC Championship Draws Media Attention

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:22:06 +0000

Colby College, the New England Small College Athletic Conference champions, will have a familiar opponent in the NCAA Division III Tournament when the Mules head to University of New England for a first-round men’s hockey game Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner of Saturday’s game will meet the Geneseo/Hobart winner in a quarterfinal game on March 17. The Colby...

Another Placement for Paper on LakeSmart Program by Bevier, Cole, Nyhus, and Junker ’16

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:40:42 +0000

The team consisting of professors F. Russell Cole (environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), Philip Nyhus (environmental studies), and alumna Alexa Junker ’16 has published another paper on the lake protection program LakeSmart. This time, the paper appears in LakeLine, a publication of the North American Lake Management Society. The program, “an innovative voluntary certification program … promotes...

Bevier Paper on Parasite Infection in Mink Frogs Published in Journal of Herpetology

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:08:39 +0000

Professor of Biology Cathy Bevier has a new publication in the March 2018 Journal of Herpetology. Her paper, “The Effect of Parasite Infection on Phonotactic Response in the Mink Frog, Lithobates septentrionalis,” describes how hearing in mink frogs is affected by a parasite infection and the presence of the digenean flatworm, Halipegus eccentricus, which inhabits the eustachian tube. Bevier...

Colby Secures $2-Million Commitment for Contemporary Gallery in Downtown Arts Center

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:59:53 +0000

Through the generosity of longtime supporter and great friend of Colby College Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf, LL.D. ’06, the Colby College Museum of Art will expand into downtown Waterville, offering the community and visitors a chance to engage with spectacular works in a vibrant setting. The contemporary gallery will be named in his honor....

Colby Hires Foundation Leader Jane Phillips in Senior Role

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:57:41 +0000

Colby College has named Jane Phillips, the highly successful leader of The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, as associate vice president for college advancement. A 2001 graduate of Colby, Phillips’s extensive experience in philanthropy will support her critical role in the College’s ambitious and innovative Dare Northward campaign. “Jane’s work at Maine’s community college foundation,...

Gastaldo Narrative Featured on NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:20:44 +0000

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo provided context for the March 6 Image of the Day of the Sarawak River Delta on the island of Borneo, where Gastaldo studied in the early 1990s. In his narrative, he discusses the “snake-like nature and sharp turns of these waterways [which] resemble a painting when viewed from space,”...

Poem by Blevins on Poetry Daily

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:05:43 +0000

A poem by Adrian Blevins, associate professor English, was featured on Poetry Daily March 6. “First Elegy for the Appalachians” comes from Appalachians Run Amok, her newest book from Two Sylvias Press and winner of the Wilder Series Book Prize.

Tickets Available for Cornel West Talk at Colby College April 3

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:21:45 +0000

Prominent author Cornel West, professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University, will speak at Colby College April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. The event is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public Monday, April 2,...

Noh Lead Author for Paper in PNAS on Social Amoebas

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:11:56 +0000

Assistant Professor of Biology Suegene Noh was the lead author on a paper recently published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Titled “Genetic signatures of microbial altruism and cheating in social amoebas in the wild,” the authors “use approaches from population genetics and molecular evolution to test the adaptive relevance of social behavior...

Colby and Waterville Creates! Partner to Establish New Downtown Arts Center

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:22:42 +0000

Colby College and Waterville Creates! have announced plans to transform a historical downtown building into a new center for contemporary art and film, making Waterville a singular destination for the arts in Maine. The project, which includes a significant fundraising effort, features new and renovated space at 93 Main Street to support leading programs in...

Donihue’s Study Cited in MaineBiz Story on Lobster Industry

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:33:27 +0000

A study by Michael Donihue, the Herbert E. Wadsworth Professor of Economics, was cited in a March 2 MaineBiz article about Maine’s lobster industry. The article, “Lobster landings drop 16% in 2017, value drops almost $100M,” includes numbers from Donihue’s recently released “groundbreaking study” done in conjunction with the Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association “that identifies for the first...

MaineBiz Reports on Downtown Development Progress

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:06:31 +0000

In a story titled “Colby’s first Waterville downtown development piece is in place,” MaineBiz highlights the completed renovation of 173 Main Street. “There are some ways development progress is easy to measure,” MaineBiz reports Feb. 28. “For instance, a fully-occupied four-story, 22,000-square-foot building that had been mostly vacant for decades.” The story also tells of the historical connection the...

McClenachan and Dissanayake Partner on Paper in Frontiers in Marine Science

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:51:54 +0000

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Sahan Dissanayake, former assistant professor of economics, and Ryunosuke Matsuura ’17 have a new paper in Frontier in Marine Science titled “Shifted Baselines Reduce Willingness to Pay for Conservation.” The authors “investigate how perceptions of change in coral reef ecosystems affect stakeholders’ willingness to pay for the...

Student Entrepreneurship Featured in Portland Press Herald Article

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:30:57 +0000

Students using the downtown business incubator space at 173 Main Street in Waterville were featured in a Feb. 23 story that ran in the Portland Press Herald. The story focuses on EuroPiste, a company founded by students “described as a marketplace where winter sports professionals can buy discounted gear,” the Press Herald reports. Theo Satloff told the paper that...

Colby statement on admissions, protests

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:11:56 +0000

In response to protests on gun violence, the College released the following statement: “Colby College values freedom of expression and encourages thoughtful, peaceful dissent. Our community of scholars and learners is strongest when we are passionate about ideas and issues and committed to the pursuit of truth. We seek applicants who will thrive intellectually in this...

El-Shaarawi and Razsa Receive ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:32:31 +0000

Nadia El-Shaarawi, assistant professor of global studies, and Maple Razsa, associate professor of global studies, have received a prestigious ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for their project “Insurgent Mobilities: An Ethnography of the Balkan Route as Movement.” Anthropologists El-Shaarawi and Razsa “will coauthor an ethnography of the Balkan route that tells the story of the migrants who...

Spectacular Set of German Expressionist Prints Given to Colby Museum

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:15:23 +0000

The Colby College Museum of Art has acquired a significant collection of German Expressionist prints, the gift of Norma Boom Marin. The remarkable gift of 28 prints, many of them brilliant or rare impressions, will make its first public appearance at Colby later this year. Marin, widow of John Marin Jr. and daughter-in-law of the...

Colby Appoints Maine State Police Chief Robert Williams Next Director of Security

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:00:21 +0000

Robert A. Williams, head of the Maine State Police for the past seven years, has been named director of security at Colby College. His appointment follows an extensive national search. In his 33 years in law enforcement, Williams rose through the ranks, from trooper to ultimately being nominated by Governor Paul LePage to become colonel...

Murphy ’82 Interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:52:52 +0000

Finn Murphy ’82, a long-haul truck driver, was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air Feb. 14. Murphy, who has written a book, The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road (Norton, 2017), “describes life on the road as a ‘reaction against regimentation,” NPR reports.

Shea on Maine Public Responding to LePage’s State of the State Address

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:36:02 +0000

Professor of Government Dan Shea was tapped by Maine Public to give a response to the Feb. 13 State of the State Address by Maine Governor Paul LePage. Shea’s remarks begin at 1:28:52 in the video on this Maine Public web page.

Poet, Visionary Richard Blanco to Be Artist in Residence at Colby’s Lunder Institute

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:44:59 +0000

Acclaimed poet and artistic visionary Richard Blanco, whose stirring words celebrated the 2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama and whose creative spirit has been recognized around the world, will be in residence at the Colby College Lunder Institute for American Art starting this month. Blanco, the spring-semester artist in residence for the institute’s inaugural year,...

Kletzer Writes Article on Technology and Labor for Harvard Business Review

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:24:12 +0000

Lori Kletzer, professor of economics, wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review titled “The Question with AI Isn’t Whether We’ll Lose Our Jobs—It’s How Much We’ll Get Paid” published Jan. 31. “The fear that machines will replace human labor is a durable one in the public mind,” Kletzer writes. “Yet most economists have viewed ‘the...

Community Space, Speaker Series Supported by $1-Million Chace Family Gift

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:28:43 +0000

Adding to a decades-long family commitment to the revitalization of historic areas, Colby alumnus and parent Malcolm Chace has made a major commitment to Colby in support of a stunning feature in the College’s new student residence complex in downtown Waterville. The Chace Community Forum—an intentionally integrated civic and institutional space—will enhance the ways Colby,...

Portland Press Herald Reports on Kloppenberg’s Collaboration with Portland Ballet

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:40:32 +0000

A collaboration between Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Annie Kloppenberg and the Portland Ballet was featured in a Feb. 5 Portland Press Herald article. The collaboration includes choreographer Yury Yanowsky, a French-born Spanish dancer who “has been working with dancers from Portland Ballet and Colby on a piece called ‘Origins,’ which explores society’s fascination with digital...

Besio, Wang, and Weitz Receive Grant from National Foreign Language Center

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:19:02 +0000

Kim Besio, Ziskind Professor of East Asian Studies, and Andie Wang, assistant professor of East Asian Studies, with Ankeney Weitz, the Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, as consultant, received a STARTALK grant of $102,074.97 from the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. The grant, titled “Learning Chinese through...

Eric DeCosta ’93 Named General Manager of Baltimore Ravens

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:23:41 +0000

The Baltimore Ravens announced Feb. 2 that Eric DeCosta ’93 will become the team’s general manager next season, following the departure of long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome. DeCosta, a Colby overseer, has been with the Ravens since 1998 and is currently the organization’s assistant general manager, a position he’s held since 2012. Baltimore Ravens owner Steve...

Board of Trustees announces contract renewal of President David A. Greene

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:18:24 +0000

The following is a message from the Colby College Board of Trustees, dated January 21, 2018. Dear Colby Community, I am pleased to report that the Board of Trustees and Colby President David A. Greene have agreed to an early contract renewal that continues his presidency through at least 2024. While David’s contract was slated...

Etch a Sketch Art by Tilden Featured in Ellsworth American

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:04:07 +0000

Andrea Tilden may be a world-class computational biologist at Colby, but she’s also an impressive Etch a Sketch artist. A profile about her and her artwork appeared in a Feb. 1 Ellsworth American article written while Tilden, the J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology, is on sabbatical and working as a visiting professor at the MDI...

Condron ’92 Solo Exhibition at Goucher Gallery Makes News

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:41:16 +0000

A solo exhibition by artist Jim Condron ’92, Diminishing Returns, is on view through March 25, 2018, at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery. “Through the paintings in this exhibition, Condron presents a haptic convergence of scale, size, color, texture, and dimensionality,” according to a press release from the college. reported on the exhibit, noting, “This exhibition...

Nelson and Jan Plan Class Mentioned in Yale University Article

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:55:00 +0000

A Jan Plan course titled The Good Life, taught by Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Kurt Nelson, was mentioned in an article from Yale University. The course was developed by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School and taught at schools in China, England, and the United States, including Colby....

Taylor and Collaborators Receive SQuaRE Grant from American Institute of Mathematics

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:50:25 +0000

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor and four collaborators are the recipients of a SQuaRE grant from the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) to study the unknotting of spatial graphs. The grant will fund travel to AIM headquarters for a week in 2019. Spatial graphs are networks of nodes and connections positioned, often in knotted ways,...

New York Times Op-Ed by Gross on Hollywood Liberalism

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:06:47 +0000

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross penned an op-ed for the New York Times titled “Why is Hollywood so Liberal” in advance of the Oscars. “It’s award season in Hollywood, and it looks like the big winner will be progressive politics,” Gross wrote Jan. 27, then tries to explain why actors are liberal, offering several...

Center for Small Town Jewish Life Receives Prestigious Grant

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:46:48 +0000

Colby College’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life, which provides educational and cultural programs aimed at invigorating Jewish life in Maine communities, has been awarded a prestigious Signature Grant from the Covenant Foundation. The three-year award of $149,693 will be used by the center to enhance its year-round training and mentorship programs, rabbinical internships, leadership...

Brown and Ray ’93 in Bangor Daily News Story on Fixing Rural Education

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:39:29 +0000

Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown and Brittany Ray ’93, P’18 were included in a Bangor Daily News story about a new program called TREE, Transforming Rural Experience in Education. The article looks how the program strives to improve the odds of students in poor, rural towns in Washington County, Maine, by using brain science to...

Game Time: Iconic Sports Photographer’s Work on View at Colby

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:28:26 +0000

From baselines and sidelines, courtsides and ringsides, Walter Iooss has captured the angles and action of sports for more than 50 years. His photos of some of the biggest sporting events and most accomplished athletes of all time have shaped our vision of what sports looks and feels like. Now a selection of his best...

Findlay Quoted in MaineBiz Story on Expansion of Dollar Stores

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:15:00 +0000

A Jan. 22 story in MaineBiz on the rise of dollar stores in Maine includes a quote by Pugh Family Professor of Economics David Findlay. “The growth of this industry reflects another significant change in retail spending,” Findlay said, which shows an increase in stores throughout Maine and across the United States. Dollar General and Dollar Tree have...

Corwin Quoted in Art New England on New Media Arts Consortium

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:27:54 +0000

Director of the Colby College Museum of Art Sharon Corwin was quoted in an article in Art New England about the New Media Arts Consortium, of which the museum is a member. The consortium was initially Corwin’s idea after realizing that acquisition of film and video work can be expensive. “As we wanted to build a...

Hatch Op-ed on Neoliberal Definition In Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:52:54 +0000

Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch wrote an op-ed for Monkey Cage, a Washington Post blog. Titled “Cornel West accused Ta-Nehisi Coates of being a neoliberal. Does neoliberal still mean anything?” Hatch’s op-ed defines the concept neoliberalism, which he says “is now abused so routinely that its actual meaning has become all but lost to the general...

Soto Referenced in APS Article Discussing Boston Globe Op-ed

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:12:31 +0000

As social media heats up in response to a Jan. 21 op-ed in the Boston Globe, “For better science, call off the revolutionaries” the Association for Psychological Science reported on the debate in this Jan. 22 article. Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto is mentioned in ASP’s article, which notes Soto shared on Twitter a letter he...

Calder Quotes President Greene, Evokes Robert Frost in Column

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:43:08 +0000

Columnist Amy Calder included a quote from President David A. Greene’s Martin Luther King Day talk Jan. 15 in her Jan. 22 column titled “In these times Robert Frost’s voice resonates.” The column evokes Robert Frost’s poetry, including “Fire and Ice” and “Once by the Pacific,” and pulls in a line in Greene’s talk: “So...

Gouvêa Reviews Physics from Symmetry for MMA

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:01:15 +0000

Fernando Gouvêa, Colby’s Carter Professor of Mathematics, reviewed the textbook Physics from Symmetry for the Mathematical Association of America. Gouvêa, an applied mathematician, tries to read physics but is “generally dissatisfied with what [he] found. So it was with great anticipation that I read Physics from Symmetry, where the author attempts, as the title indicates, to derive much of physics from...

Washington Post Story on MyinTuition Includes Proto Quote

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:16:08 +0000

Colby was listed as one of 31 schools now using MyinTuition, “a fast and easy financial aid calculator” in a Jan. 17 story about the tool in the Washington Post.  The story concluded with a quote from Matt Proto, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Colby, who said families often don’t consider private colleges...

Morning Sentinel Op-ed by Rooks ’76 Looks at City Manager Roy ’74, Waterville Growth

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:51:11 +0000

Douglas Rooks ’76 wrote an op-ed focusing on Mike Roy ’74, Waterville’s city manager who has “has been with Waterville through major changes, with more to come,” the Jan. 18 piece said. Rooks notes that Roy is most proud of the Quarry Road Recreation Area, which was “accomplished through a mixture of city cooperation and...

Colby Expands Commitment to Access, Adds New Financial Tool for Students and Families

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:58:36 +0000

As part of its commitment to ensuring the most talented students from all backgrounds have access to the best possible education, today Colby College launched MyinTuition, a tool designed to assist families in understanding their estimated cost to attend the College. This benefits all families, but may be especially useful to those for whom the...

President Greene’s MLK Day Speech Covered in Maine Media

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:01:25 +0000

A talk by President David A. Greene on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was covered by newspapers and radio across Maine. His talk, titled “Bending Towards Justice” was given at Waterville’s 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast. Greene argued that “all lives matter—that the value of African-American lives is equal to the lives...

Art History Book by McKay ’89 and Marlais Published

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:40:00 +0000

A book coauthored by Gretchen Kreahling McKay ’89 and Michael Marlais is about to be released. Modernism versus Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-1889 (The University of North Carolina Press, March 2018) is part of the Reacting to History Series, an innovative teaching method that came out of Columbia University. The book “considers questions surrounding artistic developments at the end...

Glasspool Quoted in Cover Story in Earth

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:22:17 +0000

Research Scientist Ian Glasspool was quoted in Earth magazine in the February 2018 cover story titled “A Flammable Planet: Fire Finds its Place in Earth History.” Glasspool is quoted in a section about oxygen history. “Hypotheses have been proposed to correlate atmospheric oxygen fluctuations with mass extinction events and the evolution of various traits in animals, including gigantism in...

Besteman Op-ed on U.S. Military Presence in U.S. News & World Report

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:01:01 +0000

Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, cowrote an op-ed titled “Where in the World Is the U.S. Military? Everywhere” that appeared Jan. 12 in U.S. News & World Report. The article includes a recently published map that shows “the U.S. is waging this war on terror in 76 countries – or more...

Colbians Carey ’01 and Nelson Named to 2018 Maine Sports Hall of Fame

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:41:44 +0000

The Maine Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class, which includes two Colbians: Reagan Carey ’01, a standout hockey player at Colby who became general manager of USA Hockey, and Carl Nelson, Colby’s former trainer and head trainer for the 1972 and 1976 Olympic games, the Lewiston Sun-Journal reports Jan. 11. Carey’s “work to grow the game...

Colby to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with Lectures, Dialogue, and Music

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:13:28 +0000

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be commemorated at Colby College with events Jan. 10-15 on campus and in downtown Waterville. National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi will deliver a keynote address Jan. 15, and Colby’s President David A. Greene will be the featured speaker at the 32nd annual Martin Luther King...

Fleming Receives Public Shout-out at Presidential Forum of American Meteorological Society

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:49:32 +0000

James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was given a shout-out from renowned glaciologist Richard Alley at American Meteorological Society’s Presidential Forum during his keynote talk (time stamp 39 minutes) at the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Three Faculty Members Granted Tenure

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:46:50 +0000

Colby has awarded tenure to three of its accomplished faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their scholarship, and in service to the College. Assistant professors Dean Allbritton (Spanish), David Angelini (biology), and Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) will be promoted to associate professor at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. “Earning...

Cosgrove Formally Introduced as Colby Head Football Coach

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:00:24 +0000

Jack Cosgrove, Colby’s newly named head football coach, was formally introduced Jan. 8 and several media outlets came to meet the former University of Maine coach. “One day on this campus, you feel a vision and a set of aspirations and expectations that really complement the leadership here,” the Morning Sentinel reported Cosgrove as saying. “I...

Rueger Elected District Chairman of Kennebec Valley Boy Scouts

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:44:00 +0000

Bruce Rueger, assistant professor of geology, was unanimously elected to the position of district chairman of Kennebec Valley Boy Scouts, Turner Publishing reports. Involved with scouting for more than 50 years, Rueger, an Eagle Scout, “has been recognized with the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow, and bestowed the District Award of Merit...

Blevins Poem Posted for the CDC Poetry Project

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:16:50 +0000

A poem titled America Ain’t Easy by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins was posted for the CDC Poetry Project Jan. 8. The project posts poems using the “seven words forbidden in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents for 2018.” Blevins poem was inspired by “the Trump Administration’s very scary authoritarian bent.”

Burns ’79 Q&A with WCSH6 on Lessons in Leadership

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:46:48 +0000

Trustee Sara Burns ’79 answered questions for NEWS CENTER Maine, WCSH-6, on lessons on leadership during a Q&A held during her final days as CEO of Central Maine Power, from which she retired at the end of 2017. One of her early lessons came during the 1998 ice storm in Maine when “one of the...

Colby Campus Closed as Nor’easter Bears Down

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:19:41 +0000

Colby’s campus is closed Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, as a heavy winter storm moves through Maine. While some scheduled events may still take place, visitors should check with organizers before coming to Mayflower Hill. The storm, with forecasted high winds and blowing snow, may cause dangerous driving conditions. With safety a paramount concern, Colby officials...

McClenachan’s Paper on Coral Reef Loss Covered in The Guardian Story

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:53:47 +0000

A paper published in Science Advances Sept. 6, 2017, by Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, was referenced in a story published by The Guardian Dec. 27. The Guardian story, “How did half of the great Florida coral reef system disappear?” referenced McClenachan’s story, “Ghost reefs: Nautical charts document large spatial scale of coral...

Soto Quoted in FiveThirtyEight Article on The Big Five

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:04:08 +0000

Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto was tapped for an article about personality tests in a FiveThirtyEight article titled “Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t.” The Big Five “is a system that organizes personality around five broad clusters of traits: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience,” the article states. Soto is referenced...

Angelini Publishes Article, is Guest Coeditor in Current Opinion in Insect Science

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:39:41 +0000

Assistant Professor of Biology David Angelini cowrote an article recently published online in Current Opinion in Insect Science. The article, “By land, air, and sea: hemipteran diversity through the genomic lens,” reviews the state of genomics research in true bugs (Hemiptera), the group of insects on which Angelini focuses his research. In the same issue, Angelini was guest...

Mackenzie Quoted in Boston Globe Article on Trump

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:06:44 +0000

Cal Mackenzie, Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of Government, emeritus, was quoted in a Dec. 30 Boston Globe article titled “In 2017, Trump dominated national discourse.” The article discusses the amount of news President Trump has generated in 2017. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a president make news like this president makes news,’’ Mackenzie was quoted saying. “He...

Denoeux Reviews Books for Middle East Policy Council

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:55:56 +0000

Professor of Government Guilain Denoeux wrote reviews of two books for the Middle East Policy Council. Denoeux says the book Building a Palestinian State: The Incomplete Revolution by Glenn E. Robinson “is a must-read for anyone interested in the historical backdrop to current political developments in the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA),” Denoeux writes in the...

Hanlon Essays in New Republic and Ploughshares

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:44:23 +0000

Two recent essays by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon appeared at the end of the month. “The Decline of Debate on College Campuses” appeared in the New Republic Dec. 28 and “Why Not Social Reading?” appeared in a Ploughshares blog Dec. 31.

Colby Names Cosgrove New Head Football Coach

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:55:22 +0000

WATERVILLE, Maine — Jack Cosgrove, the winningest coach in University of Maine football history, is bringing his passion and skills to Colby College as the new head football coach, the College announced Dec. 29.Cosgrove, head coach of the Black Bears for 23 years, takes over at Colby on January 8. “Jack’s extensive experience, energy, and proven...

Kusiak Quoted on Maine Calling on Certification Standards

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 01:57:17 +0000

Assistant Professor of Education Karen Kusiak was quoted on a Maine Public Maine Calling program discussing a proposal from the Maine Department of Education that would relax teaching certification standards to bring more teachers to Maine classrooms. Kusiak told Maine Public that teacher preparation is vital for education students to understand the ideas behind best teaching practices....

Jan Plans Get Rolling With New DavisConnects Support

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:56:36 +0000

DavisConnects, Colby’s innovative new program to facilitate and fund research, internship, and global experiences for every student, is off to a roaring start with 134 Jan Plans funded for 2018. Students received support for experiences ranging from research in Eastern Europe, to travel courses in Asia and Africa, to internships in Washington, D.C. DavisConnects is...

Colby Announces New Financial Aid Commitment

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:22:31 +0000

  Beginning with next fall’s incoming class, admitted Colby students from households with a total income of $60,000 or less, and assets typical of that income range, will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0. In Maine, where the median household income was $53,000 last year, this new policy is expected to make an...

New Book, Empire in the Air, by Bhimull Released

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:33:07 +0000

A new book by Chandra Bhimull, associate professor of anthropology and African-American studies, has been released by New York University Press. Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora, “examines the role that race played in the inception of the airline industry,” the Press says. “Bhimull offers a unique analysis of early airline travel, illuminating...

Taylor Reviews Mathematics Textbook for MAA

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:51:02 +0000

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor reviewed a new textbook, From Groups to Geometry and Back (American Mathematical Society, 2017), for the Mathematical Association of America. “Readers will need a solid background in algebra and some form of topology or analysis,” he recommends. “All the needed definitions are included in the book, along with extremely helpful remarks to help...

Colby Astronomers Among First to Study Distant Galaxies with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:06:02 +0000

Dale Kocevski and Elizabeth McGrath, assistant professors of physics and astronomy at Colby, will be among the first astronomers to use the new James Webb Space Telescope as part of NASA’s Early Release Science Program, the space agency recently announced. McGrath and Kocevski were granted initial access to the instrument to test its capabilities as...

Colby Research on Toxic Beauty Products in

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:57:56 +0000

An article in Reader’s Digest titled “Your Beauty Products Could Be Sabotaging Your Fertility—Here’s How” encourages readers to check a list of products containing PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) that was compiled by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson and her students, notably Sarah Hart ’10. The project emerged from Carlson’s course “The Environment and Human Health,” where...

Moland Receives NEH Grant for Continuing Research on Book on Hegel’s Aesthetics

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:51:17 +0000

Lydia Moland, associate professor of philosophy, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the upcoming year. The grant will allow Moland to complete research on her book Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism, which she’s been working on during her sabbatical year. Moland previously was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of...