New York Times Story on White’s Book Biddy Mason Speaks Up

Biddy Mason Speaks Up, a new book by Arisa White, assistant professor of English, was the focus of the Feb. 8 New York Times “California Today” article “Meet Biddy Mason, a Black Woman Who Helped Build Los Angeles.” The Times reporter was curious about why White decided to write about Biddy Mason and alternative ways of portraying historical figures. “A...

Fleming Cited in CNN Piece on Cli-fi at the Movies

James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was quoted in a Feb. 8 CNN piece titled “Cli-fi (climate fiction) on the big screen changes minds about real climate change.” Climate change fiction genre—cli-fi—”seems to help people believe in actual climate change, even when Hollywood’s version of the science is a bit...

Howard Article on Social Class Published, Discussed on “The Voice”

Professor of Education Adam Howard’s article “Making Class: Children’s Perceptions of Social Class Through Illustration” was published by Teachers College Record and was the topic of discussion on TCR’s “The Voice” Jan. 23. Howard cowrote the article with his former student Karlyn Adler ’11, now a lead kindergarten teacher at The School at Columbia University, and Katy...

Howard on WPFW’s “Monday Morning QB”

Professor of Education Adam Howard was interviewed Jan. 28 by Askia Muhammad on WPFW’s “Monday Morning QB” show. Howard discussed his research on what lessons students at elite schools are taught about themselves and others, focused particularly on all-boy schools. Listen to the interview starting about 28 minutes into the show. WPFW-FM Pacifica is a Washington, D.C.,...

Howard Interviewed on Vox Regarding Silence of Nick Sandmann

Professor of Education Adam Howard conducted a Q&A with Vox regarding the confrontation between a Native elder and Kentucky teenager Nick Sandmann. There has been “increasingly contentious public conversation around the episode,” Vox wrote, and Howard says we may be missing the point. “The student’s behavior was the embodiment of privilege,” Howard told Vox, “and nothing that came after...

Shea Op-ed in Portland Press Herald on Partisan Identification

Dan Shea, professor of government, wrote an opinion piece in the Portland Press Herald titled “Can average citizens rise to the occasion in response to Mueller’s findings?” The Jan. 18 piece questions if average citizens are still able to see their role as fundamental in a democracy, or if they’re swayed by partisan identification. “Can we break...

Soto’s Big Five Personality Test Featured by FiveThirtyEight

The FiveThirtyEight data journalism site recently featured an interactive personality test developed by Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto and collaborator Oliver John. The test, known as the BFI-2, measures the Big Five personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, negative emotionality, and open-mindedness. The FiveThirtyEight feature shows how your personality compares with the average American adult. You can take the test and see...

Angelini’s “Bugs in our Backyard” Project in Top 18 of 2018 by SciStarter

“Bugs in our Backyard,” a citizen science project by Associate Professor of Biology Dave Angelini and Biology Research Technician Josh Steele, was named one of the Top 18 projects for 2018 on the CitSci aggregator site SciStarter. The project encourages K-12 students to take surveys of bugs in their backyards, schoolyards, and neighborhoods; the surveys are...

Mayrl Awarded Project Grant for Researchers from Louisville Institute

Damon Mayrl, assistant professor of sociology, was awarded a Project Grant for Researchers grant from the Louisville Institute for his project titled “A Changing Wall: Local Religious Leaders and Church-State Interaction in a New Era.” Mayrl and his co-researchers plan to interview 150 religious leaders across the country “to document the changing landscape of church-state relations...

McClenachan’s Work Cited in PNAS Article on Historical Ecology

The article “Science and Culture: Journal entries, maps, and photos help ecologists reconstruct ecosystems of the past” recently posted by PNAS, includes the work of Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. The article mentions her 2017 study, in which “her team used 18th-century British nautical charts to estimate changes...

Mitchell Included in Portland Press Herald Arts Review for 2018

Garry Mitchell, deemed “an excellent painter,” was included in a Portland Press Herald art review about Maine’s 2018 arts scene. Mitchell, associate professor of art, topped the list for what reviewer Daniel Kany called “his elegant and poignant show at Speedwell Projects.” The show “was a lesson in how to begin to take on political subjects,”...

Chronicle of Higher Education Prints Hanlon Article on Lies About the Humanities

An article by Aaron Hanlon, associate professor of English, was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education Dec. 7. Titled “Lies About the Humanities—and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” Hanlon outlines four categories of what he says are “bad theories about the humanities,” including “the humanities are ‘noncognitive’ and humanities professors push left-wing ideas on students.”...

Millones Highlighted in Washington Post Article on Personalized Learning

Luis Millones, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish, was the lead in a Washington Post story about personalized learning at King Middle School in Portland, Maine. Millones, an immigrant from Peru, was interviewed by seventh-grade girls for a project on immigrant stories. What did he miss about his country, the girls asked. “I miss the sound of...

Crosscut Op-ed by Hatch on Think Tanks in Washington State

Walter Hatch, associate professor of government, penned an op-ed for Crosscut titled “Why conservative think tanks thrive in liberal WA.” The Dec. 20 piece looks at the history and influence of conservative think tanks in the progressive state of Washington. Hatch focuses on three think tanks: Washington Policy Center, the Discovery Institute; and Freedom Foundation, noting that “conservative organizations...

Chakdar Selected as UC Santa Barbara KITP Scholar for 2019-21

Shreya Chakdar, visiting assistant professor in physics and astronomy, has been named a KITP Scholar by the University of California Santa Barbara. KITP, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, targets its scholar’s program specifically for physics professors at primarily undergraduate institutions and invites them to make three two-week visits to the institute over three years. Chakdar,...

Gross New York Times Op-Ed Asks “Is Environmentalism Just for Rich People?”

In a Dec. 14 New York Times op-ed titled “Is Environmentalism Just for Rich People?” Neil Gross, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, discusses the issue of whether or not environmentalism is a “boutique issue, a cause only the well-off can afford to worry about.” Gross compares the situation with the recent Yellow Vest protests in France and the...

New York Times “Match Book” Column Rich with Colby-Connected Women Writers

The Nov. 29 “Match Book” column in the New York Times, titled “Women and Maine,” includes many writers associated with Colby, such as Professor of English Debra Spark and her novel Unknown Caller, described as having “a sharply hooked premise and well-conceived structure.” Other Colby-affiliated writers in the column include Monica Wood, who taught multiple times as a sabbatical replacement; speakers...

Gilkes Quoted in Religion News Service Article on Jamal Bryant

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, was quoted in a Religion News Service story about megapastor Jamal Bryant and his move from Baltimore to a church in Lithonia, Ga., which has lost two pastors since 2017. Bryant’s transition demonstrates the problem of continuity in churches with nationally significant pastors,...

Sheehan Article Published in Panorama

Tanya Sheehan, the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art, has published an article in the journal Panorama on Thomas Le Clear’s High, Jack, Game. This genre painting depicts two Irish newspaper boys engrossed in a card game called Seven Up as an African-American whitewasher dressed in a mismatched military uniform observes their play. Sheehan’s article follows the...