Turner Interviewed on New Books Network

Associate Professor of History John P. Turner was interviewed by the New Books Network about his 2013 book, Inquisition in Early Islam: The Competition for Political and Religious Authority in the Abbasid Empire. The 75-minute interview, conducted by Matt Long on July 23, 2014, is featured in the Islamic Studies section of the New Books...

Postdoc Reuben Hudson Wins Green Chemistry Research Grant

Hydrogen-powered cars may be more efficient and practical in the future thanks in part to a grant recently awarded to Reuben Hudson, a postdoctoral fellow working at Colby with Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz. The National Science Foundation grant—$378,000 over three to four years—was awarded through a program called Science, Education, and Engineering for...
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INBRE Research Grant Ensures Biomedical Collaboration

Thanks in part to a new five-year, $18.4-million grant that funds collaboration between the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) and 13 Maine institutions, a multifaceted relationship between Colby and the lab will continue into the foreseeable future. The grant, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health,...

Colby Dedicates Davis Science Center

Colby celebrated the dedication of its newest building, the Davis Science Center, July 18. The $17.8-million center is on the north side of the Colby Green, between the Colby Museum of Art and the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center. It opened this summer, housing the Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology departments, and it represents Colby’s...

Two Senior Administrative Staff Receive New Titles

Two members of Colby’s senior administrative staff have received new titles to better reflect the critical nature of their work. Lori Kletzer, formerly vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, has become provost and dean of faculty. The change ensures that the College’s chief academic officer plays a lead role in resource allocation...

Lu Named Mathematics Teaching Fellow

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Lu Lu has been named a NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow by the Mathematical Association of America. The yearlong fellowship is for new and recent Ph.D.’s and focuses on professional development, specifically preparation for a career as a scholar-teacher. The fellowship hones teaching skills and research and scholarship...

Conner to Present at Renowned Dance Festival

Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner has been invited to present ideas from her new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era, at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival July 11. She will participate in a “Pillow Talk” panel discussion titled “Talking About Dance.” Jacob’s Pillow is an internationally renowned...

CUSRR Celebrates Summer Research at Colby

D’mitri Farthing ’17 finished his first year at Colby in May, and then he decided he liked it enough to stick around. All summer. Farthing is one of more than 100 students spending June and July engaged in full-time research at Colby. They live on campus, collaborate closely with faculty, and present the results of...

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...