Assistant Professor of Computer Science Hannah Wolfe

Something Doesn’t Compute

Data allows computers to build what’s called neural networks—computing systems inspired by human brains. It’s the fodder from which machines learn, find patterns, and build artificial intelligence. But here’s the catch: data isn’t neutral. It’s littered with human biases, says Assistant Professor of Computer Science Hannah Wolfe, whose work in robotics and interactive art brings […]

Who Gets Ahead in the Workplace?

Prepare yourself, agreeable person, for some good news. Because a group of researchers, including Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto, found that it doesn’t. The team, led by Cameron Anderson from the University of California, Berkeley, carried out two longitudinal studies (recently published), where they measured more than 650 participants’ personality traits and then revisited […]
Assistant Professor of Biology Suegene Noh working with Emily Larson ’21 in her lab.

The Mystery of Infection

The research aims to identify genes that impact infection between amoebas (the host) and bacteria (the symbiont). Noh’s goal, she explained, is to better understand how and why fitness—a general term describing health—outcomes of amoebas vary when they encounter the same bacteria. In the study, Noh will infect single-cell Dictyostelium discoideum amoebas with Burkholderia bacteria. […]
mobile phone with Twitter on the screen

Hints in the Language

Younger and older adults both better remember content of tweets, but when trying to recall the source information, older adults rely a lot more on content to determine where something might have come from, according to a new study, which compared tweets and news headlines, by Kimberly Bourne ’16, Sarah Boland ’17, Grace Arnold ’17, […]
Genomic epidemiology of novel coronavirus map of transmitions

Big Questions

Pivoting to adapt, she learned through one of her colleagues about a database documenting COVID-19 virus’s own evolution as it sweeps around the globe. This platform by Nextstrain, an open-source project to harness the scientific and public health potential of pathogen genome data, brings together COVID-19 samples from across the world and uses data visualization […]
Stress illustration

Stressed about Stress? Think again—and differently

Are you someone who sees the glass half-full or half-empty? How about when you’re stressed? Those who think positively about stress have better mental health, according to a study by Nathan Huebschmann ’19 and Associate Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets published in Anxiety, Stress, & Coping: An International Journal March 5. “I think a lot […]
Liam O’Brien and Alane O’Connor ’96 confer in O’Brien’s office at Colby

A Better Way

Before she became an addiction-medicine specialist, O’Connor ’96 studied environmental economics at Colby, and for several years consulted on pollution cleanup and nuclear waste storage. O’Brien first studied physics and mathematics, eyed medical school, and early on put his analytical skills to work for a psychiatric hospital. O’Connor went on to earn a doctorate in […]
Students working in robotics lab

One Step at a Time

Last summer Eaton, assistant professor of computer science, hired three students to collaborate with her in the Colby College Computational Physiology and Optimization Lab (C3PO) to make and test those parts—specifically three-dimensional synthetic tendons. Eaton, who did her doctoral research at the University of South Florida, isn’t the first roboticist to consider using pliable materials in […]
Graphic showing higher and lower probabilities of a vehicle having a moose-vehicle collision

Crash Course

  The project began in 2004 when Alex Jospe ’06, a Nordic skier who traveled Maine roads to meets, decided to use skills learned in a GIS class taught by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus. Jospe used data supplied by state transportation officials to map moose-collision hot zones. On a trip to Vermont, […]
Short Bigeye fish

Small Fish, Big Discovery

Andy Li ’18, from Salt Lake City, was also on the trip. After a quick search that didn’t turn up any common fish in the Gulf of Maine that are bright orange, Li posted a photo—along with other geo-tagged photos of crabs, seaweed, etc.—on iNaturalist.org. Next day he looked at his phone and there were […]