Data and DNA illustration

Big Data

Imagine that the resulting product, that huge number, represents tiny bits of data: information about what makes you human, what gives you brown eyes, and why your hair is curly. Now, take these data, these trillions of facts, this micro-universe of information, and use them to change the world. Far-fetched? Not anymore, and not at […]
Colby College student Nick Pattison ’18 and William “Brownie” Brown in a nursing home, Waterville, Maine

Common Ground

Every Sunday for more than a year and a half, Pattison has been “barging in” at Lakewood Continuing Care Center where Brownie lives. Pattison arrived as a hospice volunteer assigned to the then-99-year-old former hunting guide and retired paper mill worker. “He turned out to be a pretty good guy, too,” Brownie said between long […]
Austin Nantkes '19 and Chris Marcello '19

Up to Code

CGI, Inc., a Montreal-based computer consulting firm that Colby recruited to Waterville as part of ongoing downtown revitalization efforts, chose to do more than the usual application process for the paid summer positions. “During Jan Plan we competed with another team to pitch an idea,” Nantkes said. Based on the pitches, the company would decide […]
Colby student Celeste Murtha ’17

For the Children

Last summer Celeste Murtha ’17 tackled all three. She was awarded an internship organized by Colby medical director Dr. Paul Berkner and Professor of Psychology Edward Yeterian, to which six or fewer students are accepted each year. “I couldn’t have been luckier,” she said. The internship connected Murtha with Dr. Stephen Meister, a pediatric behavioral […]
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 […]
Ray Nakada '17

Connecting with his culture

Ray Nakada ’17 spent his early years in New Jersey, then moved to Tokyo with his Japanese parents when he was 9. When he returned to the United States to attend a private high school near Boston, he said he immersed himself in “whatever it means to be an American.” “I left out a lot […]

Winning on the Court—and in the Classroom

Lydia plans to study neuropsychology and is working as a research assistant in the neuroscience lab of Associate Professor of Psychology Melissa Glenn this summer. Gabriela Venditti is planning to major in government and psychology, and has great things to say about her classes with Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch and Goldfarb Family Distinguished […]
Experience the World at Home

When Immigrants Teach Students

Dipping into the Melting Pot Colby students live and work in Portland’s vibrant immigrant community There’s no need to leave Maine to study immigration, varied cultures, and the modern diaspora. Six students did earlier this year, living and working with refugee families in the Portland area for the Jan Plan Study Abroad: Living and Working […]
Colby student Sam Willson playing basketball

Court Musician

If he was tired from the win—Willson contributed eight points and five rebounds in the 66-64 upset—he didn’t show it. He expertly accompanied each hymn and played pieces of his choosing before and after the service. “I love this church,” he said of his four-year gig. “They’ve been very, very good to me.” It’s a […]
Members of Colby Posse '13

A Posse Comes East

For Parker and other members of the Houston Posse, coming to Mayflower Hill meant leaving a sprawling metropolis and one of the most diverse cities in the United States. “If you took New York City and just spread it out more, that’s Houston,” Parker said. Parker is one of nine students in Colby Posse 13, […]