Tate Elected to Waterville City Council

Winifred Tate, associate professor of anthropology, was elected Waterville’s City Council representing Ward 6, the Morning Sentinel reports Jan. 17. Tate, a nine-year resident of Waterville with two children in public schools, said she was raised to value public service. She’s also “concerned about how to balance the needs of all community members and manage the city’s...

Allbritton Coedited Book Performance and Spanish Film Published

Assistant Professor of Spanish Dean Allbritton’s coedited volume Performance and Spanish Film has been published with Manchester University Press. Coedited by Alejandro Melero (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Tom Whittaker (Liverpool University), Performance and Spanish Film is the first book to provide a detailed study of screen acting in Spanish film. With 15 original essays by leading...

Museum of Art Reviewed in Portland Press Herald

Art historian Daniel Kany reviewed the Colby Museum of Art in the Sunday Portland Press Herald Jan. 8, in which he examines the “museum’s status as a cultural leader.” Kany recognizes Colby as not just the largest museum in Maine, but “among the most significant and largest college art museums in the United States” and thus...

Fleming Teaches, Lectures, and Writes in Sweden

Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming will be a guest of Linköping University, Sweden, in January and will present a seminar on “Climate Engineering: Barking Mad, WEIRD, and Male Dominated.” Fleming was part of a proposal-writing team that garnered more than 50 million SEK ($6 million USD) for the...

Article by Fleming Published in Physics Today

An extensive article on the Swedish meteorologist Carl-Gustaf Rossby by Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming was published in the January 2017 issue of Physics Today. Fleming traces Rossby’s career from its start at the Bergen School of Meteorology through the establishment of Stockholm’s International Meteorological Institute and to his involvement in the International...

WCSH TV Features Downtown Revitalization Update

A seven-minute story on downtown Waterville revitalization efforts—and Colby’s leading role in the effort—aired on WCSH (Channel 6) Jan. 4. Host Rob Caldwell spent time with President David A. Greene and Mayor Nick Isgro on Main Street discussing the progress to date as well as plans for the future. Caldwell says, “there’s never been anything...

Reynolds Article Featured on Cover of Ecography

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds and Janice Liang ’16 published an article in the journal Ecography illustrating how sacred natural sites can inform ecological theories on habitat fragmentation in developing countries. The research, conducted in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Biology Cathy Collins and other U.S. and Ethiopian partners, combines remote sensing data...

Weitz Featured in Asia Society Video

Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jette Professor of Art and co-curator of No Limits: Zao Wou-ki, is featured in a video showing the painting that inspired the exhibit currently on view at the Asia Society in New York. In the two-minute video, produced by the Asia Society, Weitz explains why the painting Traces dans la ville (Tracks of...

Plesch Lectures via Skype at University of Coimbra, Portugal

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a lecture via Skype titled “Words, Images, and Materiality in Early Performance” for students in the advanced studies in the materialities of literature Ph.D. program at the School of Arts and Humanities and the Centre for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra. Plesch’s Dec. 20 lecture is part of a seminar...

Soto’s Personality Test Featured in New York Magazine Interactive Article

A New York Magazine interactive article highlights research by Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto. The Dec. 21 article summarizes research by Soto and others investigating the “big five” personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and open-mindedness. It also asks readers to predict their own scores on these traits, then take a personality test developed...

Fleming in TIME Helps Define When Winter Starts

As the winter solstice approached, TIME turned to scientists, including Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming, to point out that “the idea of the first day of winter is more complicated than you may think.” Meteorological winter differs from astronomical winter because “the alignment of the Earth’s axis doesn’t line...

Rabbi Isaacs Gives Invocation at White House Reception

At a White House Hanukkah reception, Rabbi Rachel Isaacs delivered an invocation with President and Mrs. Obama on either side of her. The President introduced Isaacs and called out Colby and Waterville’s Beth Israel Congregation, where Isaacs is spiritual leader. Isaacs spoke of Hanukkah as a “festival that teaches us it is always darkest before the...

Benissan and Students Prepare West African Dinner as Prelude to New Restaurant

Opening a Tongolese restaurant has been a dream of Director of African Drumming Messan Jordan Benissan’s for years. A dinner that he and students Tristan Friedman ’17 and Theo Satloff ’19 prepared for the Wiscasset (Maine) Area Chamber of Commerce members Dec. 8 took the entrepreneur one step closer to achieving that dream. The dinner...

Besteman’s Making Refuge Named a Best Book by Foreign Affairs

Making Refuge, the latest book by Catherine Besteman, Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, was named one of the best books of 2016 by Foreign Affairs magazine. Subtitled Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine, the book chronicles Besteman’s coincidental reunion in Lewiston with Bantu refugees she had met as a doctoral student in Somalia in...

Wilson Addresses UNE’s Center for Global Humanities

Ornithologist Herb Wilson, Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, presented a talk “The Patterns of Maine’s Migratory Breeding Birds” as part of the University of New England Center for Global Humanities’ lecture series. In this Dec. 12 lecture, Wilson summarized findings from his 22-year citizen-science project that monitors the arrival of more than 100 bird species in Maine...

Colby Students at Bigelow Lab Engage in Genetic Study of Toxic Algae

An unprecedented harmful algae bloom off the coast of New England this fall provided a unique opportunity for Colby students studying at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Students in Bigelow’s semester-in-residence program conducting research along the Damariscotta River collected seawater samples during a large bloom of the harmful algae Pseudo-nitzschia, detected first near the Canadian...

Carlson Writes Op-Ed on Reality of Climate Change

An op-ed by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson details an increase in many deadly and debilitating diseases that are linked to climate change. “Make no mistake about it: Climate change is deadly,” Carlson writes Dec. 10 in the Morning Sentinel. She cites research from the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change and the U.S. Global...

Mackenzie Quoted in Wall Street Journal on Trump’s Choice of Generals

Cal Mackenzie, Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of Government, emeritus, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story about concerns over Donald Trump’s choice of generals for top posts in his administration. “Just categorizing them as generals is a disservice to them,” said Mackenzie, who has studied presidential transitions. More striking, perhaps, is the unfamiliarity Trump has with his cabinet...

Blevins Offers “Craft Tip of the Month” in Lockward’s Poetry Newsletter

“Asphyxiating the Silence in Your Neck of the Woods: On the Importance of Speech Tones” is the title of Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevin’s “Craft Tip of the Month” in the December poetry newsletter by Diane Lockward. “There are many methods and techniques for meaning more than you say,” Blevins offers, “but my favorite is...

Razsa and Guillén Awarded Kindling Fund Grant

Associate Professor of Global Studies Maple Razsa and Video Journalist Milton Guillén were awarded a Kindling Fund Grant from SPACE Gallery, in Portland, Maine, for their film The Maribor Uprisings: A Live Participatory Documentary. The grant will allow the filmmakers to work with a theater director and an activist facilitator to further develop the live experience of the film. The fund,...