Soto Named to Editorial Board of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychology Chris Soto was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a monthly publication from the American Psychological Association. Each edition is divided into three independently edited sections. Soto joins a group of national and international scholars as a consulting editor on the Personality Processes and...

Reynolds and Collins Awarded NSF Grant for Student Research in Ethiopia’s Church Forests

Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) and Cat Collins (biology) have landed a $390,000 National Science Foundation grant that will allow eight student researchers to work each summer in Ethiopia’s church forests, tracts preserved for hundreds of years by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates grant establishes Colby as a center for training...

Geneticist Angelini Awarded $800,000 NSF Grant

Colby geneticist David Angelini has been awarded an $800,000 NSF grant to intensify research on the mechanism that controls organ development. The project focuses on the soapberry bug, an insect that features two different wing lengths, a phenomenon called wing polyphenism. The five-year grant will allow Colby students to learn the principles of molecular biology...

Grant To Fund Eight Student Researchers in Ethiopia

Few Western scientists have experienced Ethiopia’s church forests—religious sanctuaries preserved for centuries by the country’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the belief that a church site should resemble heaven on earth, the Biblical Garden of Eden. And while Colby student researchers have had just that opportunity over the past three years, as reported in Colby magazine,...

Salman Rushdie’s Stories Captivate Colby Audience

Writer Salman Rushdie acknowledged a brim-full Lorimer Chapel (and almost 100 people watching video feeds around campus) by thanking Colby for coming out in such numbers on April 17 to “hear a writer speak.” “There’s no reason why writers should be able to do this,” he said. “And in an hour or so you may...

Coane Coauthors Paper for Behavior Research Methods

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer Coane coauthored a paper titled “A Behavioral Database for Masked Form Priming,” published online in Behavior Research Methods in February 2014. Coane joined a team of researchers from a number of universities in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia to produce the article. In November Coane presented a poster...

Taylor Publishes Chapter in New Book

Professor of History Larissa Juliet Taylor wrote “Apostle to the Apostles: The Complexity of Medieval Preaching about Mary Magdalene,” a chapter in Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture: Conflicted Roles. Published by Routledge in January 2014, the book employs theoretical methodologies to address conflicting depictions of female saints in medieval artworks, literature, and music.

Stone Paper Accepted by Journal Evolution

Professor of Biology Judy Stone has had a paper accepted for publication in the journal Evolution. The paper, “Transmission Advantage Favors Selfing in Experimental Populations of Self-Incompatible Witheringia Solanacea,” was written with coauthors Jennifer Hale ’13 and Emily VanWyk ’11. Eleven other Colby students are acknowledged for their fieldwork with Stone in the laboratory or in...

Agreement Reached on Club Rugby

Today, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer announced that the College has reached a cost-sharing agreement that will help ensure the continuity of club rugby at Colby. The agreement divides the expense among three parties. The College will assume the majority of the expense at $35,500 annually. Supporters—primarily alumni and...

Reisert Appointed to Editorial Board of Oxford Political Science Online Bibliography

Wiswell Associate Professor of Constitutional Law Joseph Reisert was appointed to the editorial board of the Oxford University Press Online Bibliography in Political Science. Reisert and political scientists from Tufts, Vanderbilt, University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore, and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro were appointed to the editorial board by Colby’s...

Maisel’s Political Presentation Leads to Contribution in New Book

In 2013 William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel presented material on the American Democratic Party at an international symposium in China, “Modern Political Party Management: Chinese and International Practices.” Due to intense interest in international political practices, Maisel was asked to contribute a chapter to a new publication, Modern Party Management:...

Adams Tapped by President Obama

Today, the White House announced President Barack Obama’s intention to nominate Colby President William D. Adams to become Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation. Though the precise timing of the appointment depends on the successful completion of the confirmation process, President Adams will remain in his...

Colby Alums Dominate ASIANetwork Profiles

When asianetwork.org recently launched its online feature “I Am ASIANetwork,” it included profiles of six graduates of liberal arts colleges. Three of the six are Colby grads. All three were students of Associate Professor Hong Zhang, and all are former ASIANetwork fellows. ASIANetwork is a consortium to strengthen the role of Asian studies in liberal...

Fleming Publishes Book, Toxic Airs

Jim Fleming, professor of science, technology, and society, is co-editor of a 2014 book titled Toxic Airs: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective. The book of essays, co-edited by Ann Johnson of the University of South Carolina, is an interdisciplinary look at atmospheric issues on scales from body to place to planet. It analyzes airborne...

Pukkila Publishes Study of Student Research Methods

Scholarly Resources and Services Librarian Marilyn R. Pukkila recently published jointly with Ellen Freeman, formerly of Colby’s Academic ITS, the paper “Co-Viewing: Creating Broader Participation Through Ethnographic Library Research” in Participatory Design in Academic Libraries, a publication of the Council on Library and Information Resources. The paper reports on a study that uncovered the remarkably varied (and often surprising)...

Brody Award Highlights Privacy, Changes in the Courts

The Brownie Camera, Texting, and Edward Snowden In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of City of Ontario v. Quon on the government’s right to private messages sent from a police officer’s text-message pager. When privacy experts convened April 6 at Colby to discuss “Techno-Snooping: Privacy, Technology, and the Evolving...

Conner to Present at University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center

Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner has been invited to give a talk at the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center on May 20. Offering material from her new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era, Conner will investigate what she terms “social interpretation”—audience-produced meaning making about the arts that...

Webb Publishes The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa

Professor of History James L.A. Webb Jr.’s The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa was released March 31. Published by Cambridge University Press and available April 6 on Amazon, the 275-page book is the first history of malaria control efforts in tropical Africa. Integrating several fields—parasitology, entomology, and biomedicine—the book details the struggle for malaria...

McFadden’s Book The L Word Joins TV Milestones Series

Margaret McFadden (American studies), Colby’s Christian A. Johnson Associate Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning, published a book in February on the TV series The L Word, which debuted on Showtime 10 years ago. The book is part of the Wayne State University TV Milestones Series, which is in turn part of the university’s Contemporary Approaches to Film...

Millones Named Book Review Editor of Journal

In March Luis Millones, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish and director of the College’s interdisciplinary Latin American Studies Program, was named book review editor of the Colonial Latin American Review. CLAR, founded in 1992 and published three times per year, is the leading academic journal in the field of Latin American colonial studies.