Coulter Publishes Book on Gao Xingjian

Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Todd J. Coulter has published a new book, Transcultural Aesthetics in the Plays of Gao Xingjian, with Palgrave. The book traces how Gao Xingjian, through the unique blending and borrowing of aesthetic forms from both Chinese and French theatrical traditions, creates an aesthetic of transcultural identity. Coulter approaches Gao’s work...

Fleming to Address Conference on Climate Models

Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Jim Fleming will be a keynote speaker at a conference Oct. 24-26 in London, Ont., titled “Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives.” Fleming’s talk is titled “Dynamic Climatology: Historical Perspectives on Shape-Shifting Nouns.” The conference is the second annual conference put on by the...

President Greene Pledges to Lift Colby to New Heights

Asserting “This is Colby’s moment; this is Colby’s time,” President David A. Greene called in his inaugural address for Colby to “move to a preeminent position among the world’s liberal arts colleges.” He called for the College to shape more broadly the evolution of the liberal arts for our time, and he proposed that Colby...

Faculty Showcase Conjures the Magic of Liberal Learning

Colby’s presidential inauguration weekend began Friday, Sept. 12, with a faculty showcase: six professors speaking for 15 minutes each about their scholarship, their teaching, and their students—a forum elegant in its simplicity. And like liberal arts education itself, the widely varied components added up to considerably more than a sum of the parts. “It was...

Taylor Organizes International Conference on Knot Theory

Scott Taylor, assistant professor in  Mathematics/Statistics) and Maggy Tomova, associate professor at University of Iowa, in August 2014 organized The Thin Manifold: a conference on knots and 3-manifolds. The conference brought together experts in knot theory and the theory of 3-dimensional spaces from the U.S., Mexico, and Japan. The conference poster and T-shirt was designed...

President Greene to New Students: Take Intellectual Risks

Slideshow: Orientation 2014 Following a week of orientation activities that included First Class (sessions with professors to set the tone for academic dialogue), Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips (from canoeing to theater improv), and community service, President David A. Greene addressed assembled first-year students at Colby’s 197th First-Year Convocation in Lorimer Chapel Sept. 2. “It’s time...

Wamsley ’15 Selected for DAAD Ambassador Program

Christine Wamsley ’15, a German studies and biochemistry double major, was selected as a Young Ambassador by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the largest German support organization in the field of international academic cooperation. DAAD Young Ambassadors promote study in Germany at their home universities, and Wamsley is one of only 33 undergraduates in the United...

Brunetaux Organizes Conference on Holocaust and Human Rights

Assistant Professor of French Audrey Brunetaux is organizing, along with Professor Robert Katz of the University of Maine at Augusta, the conference Exploring Women’s Testimony: Genocide, War, Revolution, the Holocaust, and Human Rights to be held Oct. 8-10, 2014, on the campuses of Colby and the University of Maine at Augusta. The conference will examine gendered...

Plesch Elected President of IAWIS

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch was elected to serve a three-year term as president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS) at the general assembly of the 10th triennial conference on word and image studies held Aug. 14 in Dundee, Scotland. The IAWIS seeks to foster the study of word and image relations in...

Better than Vacation: Summer Research at Colby

While some people associate summer in Maine with beaches and lobster, others have a different view. At Colby, more than 100 students stay on campus in the summer to conduct full-time academic research with Colby faculty. In late July student researchers present their work to their peers and professors at the annual Colby Undergraduate Summer...

Prindle Joins Journal Board

Oak Professor of East Asian Language and Literature Tamae Prindle has been invited to join the editorial board of the journal Asian Studies (previously Asian and African Studies).

Webb Delivers Keynote Address

In June Professor of History James L.A. Webb delivered the keynote address, “The Globalization of Antimalarial Therapeutics,” for the Flying University of Transnational Humanities conference “Globalization and Health: East and West,” hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. In July Webb chaired a panel titled “Intersections of Human Disease and Environment” at the annual meeting of...

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...
Chris Krasniak ’16

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...