Through its many efforts to strengthen the campus and the surrounding community, Colby continues to develop collaborations with a wide range of organizations. Grant-funded projects have had significant impact on learning and teaching.
Belgrade Lakes Watershed Economic Impact Study
Michael Donihue, Colby Professor of Economics, and two co-authors, published a study which measured expenditures generated by the existence of recreational lakes in the Belgrade Lakes Watershed. “A Case Study of the Economic Impact of Seasonal Visitors to a Lake Watershed”, co-authored by Assistant Professor Sahan T.M. Dissanayake and Colby student Lucy O’Keefe, found that 705 households generated an estimated $6.8 million in spending (including multiplier effects) and supported 68 full- or part-time jobs in the Watershed.
The study was based on in-person interviews and mail surveys of both seasonal and year-round residents in the 13 towns covering the Belgrade watershed. Although the study is not comprehensive, it does indicate, according to Donihue that, “there is great potential to expand seasonal ventures that cater to summer residents.” Two example for private business opportunities are in the areas of sustainable landscaping and ecotourism.
Colby College is delighted to be working with the Up East Foundation and the Herring Gut Learning Center to explore collaborations that expand research and instructional opportunities for our students and the community on the Saint George peninsula using the facilities of Allen Island, Maine.
Among the first collaborations include:
- A course where student will produce documentary short films about the lobster industry in Maine. These films will explore the lives of lobster men, how they contribute to the economy, and how the industry has changed in recent decades. Allen Island will provide a distinctive visual setting for examining these issues—setting the scene for what it is like to live and work on mid-Coast Maine.
- A project to build a long-term climate monitoring station on Allen Island and to use the island infrastructure to support a scientific research buoy to monitor water column properties, current, and sea state in Muscongus Bay. Muscongus Bay is a highly productive fishery located to the west of Allen Island. Rapid warming and ocean acidification is changing the ecosystem of the bay with potentially harmful effects on a major lobster fishery.
The Changing Oceans program comprises 14 weeks of intense research. Focused on ocean science within a changing global climate, the program covers topics such as microbial oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle, molecular approaches to biological oceanography, and pelagic ecology. Implications for public policy are explored within each topic.
The Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab will connect students from many disciplines to organizations in Maine and beyond that are focused on these important issues. Students will conduct research on Maine’s coast, lakes, and forests, working closely with faculty to understand changes to complex systems and the far-flung effects of those changes. Their internships in organizations focused on environmental issues will be paid through the Buck Lab, and they will travel to and learn from leaders in the field. These opportunities are made possible through the generosity of Trustee Sandy Buck ’78 and Sissy Buck, whose commitment to the next generation of environmental leaders inspired them to invest in this way.
Faculty and Institutional Grants
- ASIANetwork awarded grant to Ellerton M. and Edith K Jette Professor of Art Ankeney Weitz and to Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Mariola Alvarez for their research project titled “New Museum Culture in Beijing 2016”.
- The Hudson River Foundation awarded a grant to Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Denise Bruesewitz for her research project “Mechanisms of Nutrient Retention in Restored Salt Marshes”.
- The Spencer Foundation awarded a grant to Professor and Director of Education Mark Tappan in support of his research project “Boys to Men: The Development of Healthy Masculine Gender Identity”.
- The James S. McDonnell Foundation awarded a grant to Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer Coane in support of her research project “Integrating New and Prior Knowledge in Semantic Memory”.
- NASA: Space Telescope Science Institute awarded a grant to Faculty Fellow in Physics and Astronomy Matthew Bayliss in support of his research project “Resolving Lyman-alpha Emission on Physical Scales”.
- The National Institutes of Health / National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Professor of Psychology Martha Arterberry for her the International Conference on Infant Studies 2016-2020.
- The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory awarded a grant to Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dale Kocevski for his research project titled “Black Hole Fingerprints from Cosmic Dawn to Cosmic Noon”.
- The State of Maine awarded a grant to Professor of Economics Michael Donihue for lobster industry research.
- The National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo for his research project “Where in the Karoo Basin is the Permian”.
- The Maine-USGS Water Resources Initiative awards a grant to several Colby professors in support of a research project titled “Plankton N Cycling and Detection of Cyanobacterial Blooms”.
- NASA: Space Telescope Science Insitute awarded a grant to Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dale Kocevski for his research project “CANDELS Program: Are Compton Thick AGN the Missing Link Between AGN and Mergens”.
- NIH: IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence awarded a grant to Assistant Professor of Biology Syed Tariq Ahmad for his research on the effect of expression of human mutant CHMP2B.
- Professor of Chemistry Dasan M. Thamattoor received a grant from the National Science Foundation for his research project, “RUI: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Alkylidenecarbenes from Methylenecyclopropanes.”
- The National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Professor of Chemistry Jeffry L. Katz in support of his project, “RUI: Developing Acetylene-Activated SNAr Reactions.”
- Professor of Geology Robert A. Gastaldo received a grant from the National Science Foundation for his research project, “Terrestrial Age Constraints for the Dicynodon Assemblage Zone, South Africa: Implications for the Timing of the End-Permian Mass Extinction.”
- Professor of Physics Duncan Tate received a National Science Foundation grant for his project, “RUI: Rydberg Atoms and their Effect on Ultra-Cold Plasma Dynamics.”
- The National Science Foundation awarded Professor of Physics Charles Conover a grant for his proposal, “MRI: Development of an Ultracold Potassium Rydberg Source for Experiments in Quantum Optics and Many-Body Physics.”
- National Institutes of Health awarded a grant to Professor of Biology Andrea Tilden for a “Comparative Functional Genomics INBRE in Maine” project.
- Colby College was awarded a grant for a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation for a student fellowship.
- The Zao Wou-ki Foundation awarded a grant in support of the ZWK exhibition in the Colby College Museum of Art.
- The National Collegiate Athletic Association awarded a grant to support the Garrison Foster Health Center and Colby College Athletics with the Jan Plan Choices Program.
- The Alden Trust awarded a grant in support of renovations for the teaching laboratories in the Physics and Astronomy Departments.
- The Alice Ayling Scholarship Foundation granted scholarship assistance for four students.
- The Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust awarded a grant for a scholarship for two students with minors in managerial economics.
- The Terra Foundation for American Art awarded a grant in support of the Colby College Museum of Art’s James McNeill Whistler Exhibition.
- The National Endowment for the Arts awarded a grant for “Art Works Program: Marsden Hartley’s Maine”.
- The Charles Irwin Travelli Foundation awarded a grant in support of Colby College’s financial aid scholarships.
- Colby College was awarded a grant in support of Davis Projects for Peace by the Davis United World College Scholars Program for a student project.
- The Elfrieda P. Frank Foundation awarded a grant to support summer student research in the area of archaeological field work.
- The William and Joan Alfond Foundation awarded a two-year commitment designated for the College’s Maine Concussion Management Initiative.
- Colby College was awarded a grant for Davis Projects for Peace by the Davis United World College Scholars Program for two student projects.
- The Davis Educational Foundation awarded a three-year grant for “A Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative for Colby College.”