Students Present Research

At the 13th Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 25-27, students representing 29 departments or programs presented 127 posters and delivered 153 oral presentations. Abstracts are online.

Sakhi Khan Is NESCAC Women’s Squash Coach of the Year

In February head men's and women's squash coach Sakhi Khan was named women's NESCAC Squash Coach of the Year. Khan recently completed his 11th year at Colby, coaching a women's team that finished 21st in the nation. A four-time All-American player at Tufts and two-time World Teaching Professional Champion, Khan has twice been named College Squash Association Chaffee Award winner as coach of the year in sportsmanship while at Colby.

Apuzzo Wins Pulitzer

Matt Apuzzo ’00 was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting this week as part of an Associated Press investigative team that revealed the New York Police Department’s secret surveillance of Muslims.

Besteman Wins Guggenheim, ACLS Fellowships

Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman was awarded two fellowships for 2012-13: one from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and one from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Fleming Speaks to Students—at Grinnell

Professor and Director of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming recently spoke at Grinnell College about his 2010 book Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. The student newspaper conducted this Q&A prior to his talk.

Jenny Chen ’13J Wins Projects for Peace Grant

Jenny Chen ’13J is the latest Colby student to win a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant from philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis. This year Chen’s successful grant proposal is “Connecting the Dots: Peace Tour 2012.”

Larissa Taylor’s Travels

Larissa Taylor (history) was invited to give an open question/discussion session March 30 based on her book The Virgin Warrior at the off-Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan.

Roots in Slavery Tell Bigger Story

To illustrate the key points in his Brody Award address April 1, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson invoked the memory of his great-great-great-grandfather, a slave whose owner was a Texas judge.

Student’s Original Score Wins Kennedy Center Award

Luke Martin ’14, who wrote a score for the fall Theater and Dance Department play, The Long Christmas Ride Home, won a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I best original music award.

Yiyuan Qin ’12 Wins Watson Fellowship

Selected as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Yiyuan Jasmine Qin '12 was awarded $25,000 to spend next year traveling to four continents to study river communities.

International Students Discuss American Elections

Students from Afghanistan, China, Germany, and Zimbabwe discussed how they and people from their countries view the American presidential primaries and election at a recent Goldfarb Center event.

Sunil Thakor ’99: Investing in Education

Sunil Thakor '99, who manages a $3-billion global growth fund, explains what he does (e.g. watching Brazilians eat cheeseburgers in the name of research) what's special about Colby grads.

Alums Make Business List

Of 27 "game changers" listed by Business Insider—including the CEO of Twitter and the president of J. Crew—two Colby alums made the cut: Bob Diamond '73, CEO of Barclays, and Betsy Morgan '90, president of The Blaze. Both are Colby trustees.

Student-Faculty Research Award Granted

A team of students, under the guidance of Professor Hong Zhang (East Asian studies) has won an ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation fellowship to conduct research in China this summer.

Renowned Cultural Theorist Advocates Humanities Education

One of the world’s leading cultural theorists spoke on the state of the humanities Feb. 22, and the event provided a focused attention on efforts to develop an interdisciplinary center for the arts and humanities.

Boyle ’78 in AAA Magazine, Times Three

Crime novelist Gerry Boyle '78 scored a hat trick in the March/April AAA Northern New England Journey magazine. There's a letter to the editor about his recent toboggan-racing article, he's featured in "A Landscape to Die For" about northern crime writers, and that's him in a fedora (from Colby's theater and dance wardrobe) on the cover.

On Feb. 27, Colby Turns 199

When Colby was founded, in 1813, Maine was still a district of Massachusetts. So we observe the anniversary of the day the Massachusetts Legislature approved our charter, Feb. 27.