Colby Adds $1.2 Million for Grants to First-Year Students

Colby College Trustees approved an additional $1.2 million in financial aid for first-year students at their fall meeting. The funds will enable the College to admit many more highly qualified students to the Class of 2019 regardless of their families’ financial need. This year Colby awarded institutional grants totaling $7.5 million for the Class of...

Taylor’s Book to Be Published in Dutch

Dutch publisher Veen Media has purchased the rights to Professor of History Larissa Taylor’s book The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc. Veen Media will translate and publish the book under the title Joan of Arc in the next 18 months. The Virgin Warrior was originally published in 2009 by Yale/London...

Gastaldo, Knight ’10 Coauthor Geological Society of America Article

Robert A. Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, published an article, “Latest Permian Paleosols from Wapadsberg Pass, South Africa: Implications for Changhsingian Climate,” in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 126, in May 2014. Coauthors on the article include Cassi Knight ’10. A PDF is available online.

Gastaldo, Pludow ’11 Coauthor Journal of Sedimentary Research Article

Robert A. Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, published an article, “Mud Aggregates from the Katberg Formation, South Africa: Additional Evidence for Early Triassic Degradational Landscapes” in the June 2013 Journal of Sedimentary Research. Among coauthors on the article is Bryce Amelia Pludow ’11. A PDF of the article is online.

Sheehan Edits Collection Exploring Photography and Its Histories

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan edited a collection of essays that represents new ways of thinking about photography and its histories. Over the past decade, historical studies of photography have embraced a variety of cultural and disciplinary approaches to the medium while shedding light on non-Western, vernacular, and “other” photographic practices outside the Euro-American...

Josephson Lectures in Prague

Professor of History Paul Josephson will give a series of lectures in Prague, Czech Republic, Nov. 12-14, including “Technological Symbolism in Putin’s Russia: Continuity With Soviet Icons?,” “Marxism and Environmentalism,” and “Postwar Cultural and Social History of Environmentalism in the West.”

Ameri Co-chairs Electronic Art Conference in Dubai

Assistant Professor of Art Marta Ameri is co-chair of the Academic Conference at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai Nov. 2-6, 2014. ISEA is one of the world’s most important academic media-arts events for the interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions that apply new technologies in interactive and digital media. Accompanying exhibitions...

Nuss to Speak at International Conference on Music and Consciousness

Currently on sabbatical, Associate Professor of Music Steven Nuss has been invited to speak at the 2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness, to be held at Oxford University April 14-17, 2015. The conference brings together scholars from neuroscience, psychology, musicology, cognitive archaeology, philosophy, and many other disciplines whose research explores the phenomenological complexity of...

Sheehan Contributes to Disfarmer Exhibition

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan contributed to the catalog of a major exhibition of vintage photographs made by Mike Disfarmer between 1914 and 1950 in Heber Springs, Ark. Becoming Disfarmer opens at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. At the opening Sheehan will join curator Chelsea Spengemann, Disfarmer Project...

Career Event Pairs Students with Alumni and Parents

Colby students interested in finance got a chance to jump-start their careers Oct. 14 by attending Paving the Road to a Future in Finance. The event connected students with parents and alumni who shared their experiences working in finance and advised students on how to get started in the field. Sophomores and juniors in attendance...

Davis Science Center Earns LEED-Gold Certification

The Davis Science Center earned LEED-gold certification in October, continuing a 10-year streak of successful LEED projects and underscoring Colby’s commitment to sustainability. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED-gold certification in recognition of the building’s environmentally sustainable design and construction features. The geothermally heated and cooled center, which opened this summer, is Colby’s 12th...

Conference Explores Gender and Human Rights Issues

How do sexual violence survivors discuss their experiences when their language doesn’t have a word for “rape”? That question and others like it were posed by scholars, activists, and artists who gathered Oct. 8-10 for “Exploring Women’s Testimony,” an international conference on human rights held at Colby and the University of Maine at Augusta. Assistant...

Conner Provides Creative Input on Arizona Campus Project

Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner joined 12 other arts policy experts from around the country Oct. 1-3 in a think tank retreat hosted by the Consolari Foundation in Mesa, Ariz. According to Stephen Tepper, dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and the event’s convener, the...

Matthews ’13 Awarded Second Fulbright

Abbott Matthews ’13 has been awarded a second Fulbright year in Brazil. Matthews, who was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2013, will serve both as a scholar and as a mentor to new scholars. She was one of only 10 Fulbright Scholars in her program chosen for this honor.

Mills Publishes Commentary on Political Crisis in Thailand

In September Professor of Anthropology Mary Beth Mills published a commentary about the ongoing political crisis in Thailand. Mills’s commentary, “Questioning Thailand’s Rural-Urban Divide,” appeared as part of the series “The Wheel of Crisis in Thailand,” an online collection of scholarly reflections published by Cultural Anthropology.

Josephson Writing and Presenting While on Sabbatical

While on sabbatical Professor of History Paul Josephson is working on “Stalin’s Water Workers,” a history of Russian nature transformation projects, 1900-present. In August Josephson lectured on “Russia: The State and Nature Transformation in 20th-Century Russia” at a conference in Rio de Janeiro for a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) dialog on...

Sheets to Publish Research on Depression in Emerging Adults

A research paper coauthored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets will be published in December 2014 in Behaviour Research and Therapy. Titled “Comparing Chronic Interpersonal and Noninterpersonal Stress Domains as Predictors of Depression Recurrence in Emerging Adults,” the article provides evidence that interpersonal stress—intimate relationship stress, close friendship stress, family relationship stress, personal health,...

Lakes Studies Featured in Portal of Outstanding Undergrad Research

Among a half dozen exemplary undergraduate research initiatives featured on the homepage of the Undergraduate Research Commons is the Colby Environmental Assessment Team. The team, part of the Environmental Studies Program’s capstone experience, has students take an intensive research course gathering data for an annual report about water ecology in nearby lakes, especially the Belgrade...

Sheehan and Lessing to Speak at Third Biennial AHAA Symposium

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan and Colby College Museum of Art Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing will each deliver papers at the Third Biennial Association of Historians of American Art Symposium to be held in Philadelphia Oct. 9-11. Lessing’s talk is titled, “Flat-Breasted Maidens: Winslow Homer’s Depictions of Natural Girlhood in the 1870s.” Sheehan’s talk,...

Greene Shares Vision for Colby on Welcome Tour

Meeting with 285 Colby supporters in Boston Sept. 30, President David A. Greene shared his thoughts on lifting Colby to new heights and the role of the Colby community in the College’s future. Greene said a sharp divide is growing in the higher education landscape and he wants to see Colby among the best. “There...