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 […]

Teaching

Natalie Zelensky Assistant Professor of Music What’s in a picture? Or, rather, what is in a musical note? For the music collected and transcribed by the students of MU493 (Sounds of Maine: Research Methods and Practice in Ethnomusicology), these notes have encompassed a migration history and legacy fraught with joy, hardship, tears, and camaraderie. These […]
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 […]

Teaching

Associate Professor of French Mouhamédoul Niang What I like in a classroom is to have students who come in with a very high level of awareness of their responsibility for their involvement in the learning process. I believe that they must share the responsibility for their learning, and respond as engaging learners. It’s something that […]
Professor of Biology Frank Fekete

Science phobic?

Fekete, who studies the effects of environmental mercury pollution on the evolution of antibiotic strains of bacteria, teaches advanced courses like Pathogenic Bacteriology. But for more than 30 years he’s taught a course called Microorganisms and Society, an introductory microbiology course he created for non-science majors. It’s one of the most popular classes at Colby. […]
Colby College Museum of Art

Teaching

Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art Ankeney Weitz Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Mariola V. Alvarez Weitz: Last summer, my experience on the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows (SFF) program was one of the highlights of my entire teaching career. Although I have done collaborative research with students on the Colby campus, this […]
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies Cheryl Townsend Gilkes

What’s the Word? W.E.B. Du Bois

Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, was steeped in the influence of the great sociologist and scholar from a young age. Her father, Murray Townsend Jr., who worked at the Internal Revenue Service, was a sociology major at Morehouse College. And as Gilkes put it, “If you took […]

Why a dorm room is like a climate treaty

Assistant Professor of Economics Nathan Chan likes to study situations in which the participants, acting in their own interest, aren’t necessarily creating the best outcomes for the group. In economic theory, it’s called the “tragedy of the commons.” It’s applicable to climate treaties—and dorm rooms. “Why is the common room not being cleaned up when […]
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 […]

Kevin Rice ’96, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Four years at Colby is often just not long enough. As motivated as I was to move beyond Mayflower Hill upon graduation, reflection during the succeeding years reinforced the unique and finite opportunities Colby students have to embrace the immersive breadth of a liberal arts education. Fortunately for me, I was able to come back […]