A Full First Day for President Greene

With a quick walk across campus and up to his new office in Eustis, President David A. Greene commenced work July 1. He spent most of the day meeting members of the Colby community (see slideshow below). Greene’s tour took him to the Physical Plant Department, the Colby Museum of Art, the biology labs, and...

Josephson Publishes Research on Russian River Crisis

Professor of History Paul Josephson published “Russian Rivers in Crisis,” a scholar research brief that examines the contributing factors—pollution, accidents, decay of infrastructure, and the government’s systematic response—responsible for the environmental crisis plaguing Russia’s rivers. Published on July 1, Josephson’s scholar research brief was developed as part of the Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program,...

Alumni Discuss Justice and Colby in L.A.

Colby alumni gathered in Los Angeles June 22 for an alumni panel focused on issues of social justice. Thirty alumni attended the brunch at the Sofitel Los Angeles to tackle questions including “What will be the key social justice issues in the coming years?” and “How can Colby alumni be leaders in ensuring justice for...

Besteman Elected President of Association of Political and Legal Anthropologists

Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman was elected as the next president of the Association of Political and Legal Anthropologists (APLA), beginning in December, 2014. Besteman plans to foster several APLA initiatives during her time in office, including developing mentoring opportunities for younger scholars and graduate students working on...

Could Microbes Hitchhike to Mars?

If we do find life on Mars, it would be good to know it isn’t something that stowed away on the trip from Earth. That’s the goal of an ongoing study of microorganisms on spacecraft—including some that have been found to be surprisingly tolerant of extreme dryness, cold, and massive doses of radiation. “Could these...

Colby Students Ace Business German Test

For the third year, Colby students have taken the Test WiDaF (Business German as a Foreign Language Exam) through the German program’s certified WiDaF testing center—one of only five centers of its kind in the United States. Two Colby students, Anhduy Nguyen ’14 and Deanna Morris ’17, not only took the test, they received the...

Tortora Tapped for Insights on Mascot Controversy

Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora answered questions June 20 on the sports talk show The Morning Jab, discussing recent developments in the Washington Redskins mascot controversy and Indian mascots in sports. Tortora, who teaches Native American and early American history, covers Indian mascot controversies in detail in two of his courses at Colby. Students...

Besteman Awarded Bellagio Fellowship

Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman was awarded a Bellagio Fellowship in March by the Rockefeller Foundation. The fellowship included a month in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s villa in Bellagio, Italy, where Besteman finished her book manuscript on Somali Bantu refugees.

Waldkirch Presents at University in Turkey

Associate Professor of Economics Andreas Waldkirch gave a presentation at TED University in Ankara, Turkey, May 22. Titled “Teaching and Research in the Liberal Arts,” Waldkirch’s talk focused on how to balance the demands for both excellent teaching and an active research agenda in the liberal arts environment. TED is the Turkish Education Association. TED...

Gastaldo Co-organizer of National Geology Teaching Workshop

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo is co-organizer of a workshop titled “Innovative Approaches to Teaching Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology,” to be held June 15-20, 2014, at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. The workshop is designed to explore which innovative strategies can be used to develop a more integrated approach to...

Reconnecting at Reunion 2014

With record-breaking attendance, President Bro Adams’s final State of the College address, and a Blue Light 5K that included Rumbidzai Sundire ’04 wearing her baby on her back, Reunion 2014 was anything but ordinary. Running Thursday though Sunday, Reunion Weekend brought more than 1,600 graduates and guests from 13 classes back to Mayflower Hill to eat...

History and Financial Aid Dominate State of the College Address

At the State of the College talk Saturday morning, June 7, President Bro Adams focused on the long sweep of Colby history instead of talking solely about his own administration’s accomplishments. Alumni in the audience were most responsive to news of progress in the financial aid program, applauding the increase in the endowment for financial aid (all...

Ciccarelli ’16 Contributes to Washington Post Blog

On June 5 Dylan Ciccarelli ’16 contributed to Washington Post blog The Monkey Cage. His post poses questions about political security, indigenous rights, and environmental issues arising as Arctic ice melts and new shipping routes open—topics he explored in a research paper for Jan Plan course Resource Politics taught by Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay.

First-Year Presidential Scholars: NSF Grant Recipient and Coauthor on Research Paper

Thomas Thornton ’17 NSF Grant Recipient Presidential Scholar Thomas Thornton ’17 knew that he and his Colby Academic Research Assistant (CARA) mentor, Zacamy Professor of English Peter Harris, had at least one thing in common even before they met: an interest in meditation and contemplative practices. The two worked together on a contemplative studies research...

Sheets Spends Sabbatical Presenting Research with Students and Serving as Visiting Scholar

Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets spent three months of her yearlong sabbatical as a visiting scholar in the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked with collaborators in the UCLA Addictions Lab and developed new collaborative projects with faculty at the University of Southern California and the Claremont Colleges. She...

Soto Appointed to Editorial Board of Assessment

Assistant Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Assessment in April. Published by Sage, Assessment focuses on methods for measuring personality and psychopathology.

Reid Has Papers Accepted for Publication, Appointed to Editorial Board

Assistant Professor of Psychology Allecia Reid recently had three coauthored papers accepted for publication. She was also appointed to the editorial board of Addiction Research and Theory in March. “Gender-Specific Effects of Depression on Drinking Outcomes Following Brief Motivational Interventions” finds that the level of depressive symptoms differentially affects changes in alcohol use following an...

Psychology Students Present at Professional Conferences

Abby Cooper ’14, Jackie Charlton ’14, Caroline Southwick ’14, and Rebecca Stoutamyer ’15 gave a presentation titled “Learning Assertive and Compassionate Expressions of Anger: Abuse Intervention Programming as a Gateway to Masculine Empowerment” at the 2014 New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) Conference in Dover, Vt., on May 1. Their presentation included data from Colby...

Coane Is Awarded Grant, Presents Research

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jen Coane was awarded a $4,800 Social Sciences Division grant to study individual differences in effective study strategies. Coane presented a poster at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in April. The research, with coauthors at Montana State University and Washington University in Saint Louis, examines false memory in younger...

Carter Chairs Psychology Symposium at Conference

Assistant Professor of Psychology Travis Carter chaired a symposium titled “Group Identity and Prejudice: New Findings from an Implicit Social Cognitive Perspective” at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Austin, Texas, in February.