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.

Tortora Publishes Book on Winslow’s Fort Halifax

Twenty-seven years ago, an April 1 flood devastated the Kennebec River valley, washing away among other things the historic Colonial-era blockhouse at Fort Halifax across the river from Colby in Winslow, Maine. On the anniversary of that flood, Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora has published a new book, Fort Halifax: Winslow’s Historic Outpost. Tortora...

Sheehan Writes with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan coauthored with Henry Louis Gates Jr. the essay “Marketing Racism: Popular Imagery in the United States and Europe,” recently published in The Image of the Black in Western Art, Vol. 5: The Twentieth Century, Part I. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the...

Sophomores Win Two Projects for Peace Grants

Three Colby students won two Projects for Peace grants that will take them to Africa and Central America on educational missions this summer. Mackenzie Kennedy ’16 of Marietta, Ga., will travel to Katito, Kenya, to start the Tumaini (Hope) Learning and Development Center for girls orphaned as a result of AIDS. Sarah LoTemplio ’16 of...