Geologist Gastaldo Finds New Clues to Mass Extinction

The Economist magazine says Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo’s work on the End-Permian mass extinction (published in GEOLOGY magazine) “has undermined the case for a coincidence in which almost all palaeontologists had until now believed.” (See also Colby Magazine on Gastaldo’s and students’ work on the project.)

President Greene and Waterville Mayor Sharpen Vision for Downtown

Planning for a more vibrant downtown Waterville continues apace with President David A. Greene and area officials discussing ideas and options, the Morning Sentinel reports. Student housing, new retail stores and art galleries, an improved pedestrian experience, and upgrades to buildings are on the table, and investors are showing interest. “We want to be a catalyst...

Chan Weighs in on Volkswagen Recall

Will the scandal over Volkswagen’s software emissions cheat cause buyers to lose faith in the automaker in the long run? Probably not, says Nathan Chan, assistant professor of Economics at Colby. In a Sept. 29 Kennebec Journal article, Chan asserts that “loyalty for auto brands is stronger than it is for other products.”

Proto Supports New Coalition to Attract Diverse Students

An Inside Higher Ed article announcing the formation of a coalition aimed at easing the college application process quotes Matt Proto, dean of admissions and financial aid, praising the initiative. Proto “welcomes having an alternative to the Common Application, and views the coalition application as creating ‘another pathway’ for students to college.” Eighty colleges and...

Nathan ’16 Honored by the National Association of Professional Women

The National Association of Professional Women in Garden City, N.Y., inducted Karunya Nathan ’16 into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle, according to PRWeb. Nathan, a senior biochemistry and studio art double major, was selected for her leadership in academics and commitment within her profession. When serving her community, she says her “attention is...

Alton, Illinois, Newspaper Highlights Colby’s Journalism Award

Warren Watson, editor of the Alton Telegraph, celebrates the Colby Lovejoy Award as a coveted honor for journalists who share the courageous spirit of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American journalist and abolitionist and martyr to freedom of the press. He writes that Katherine Boo, this year’s winner, “has taken on the vital issues of her time...

Mazzeo Is Featured Faculty at Wine Writers’ Symposium

Associate Professor of English Tilar Mazzeo, author of the bestselling The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It, joins other elite wine experts and writers on the faculty for the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley, Feb. 16-19, 2016, in California, according to PR Newswire....

Colby Security Invited to Raising of New Police Tower

Colby Security officials stood by for the raising of a new Waterville police communications tower Sept. 17. The 140-foot-tall steel radio tower Waterville Police Department headquarters will enhance communications capabilities for emergency services in Waterville, Colby, and eight surrounding communities, the Central Maine Morning Sentinel reports.

Sarris ’86 Volunteers Help to Refugees

Andrea Sarris ’86 lives on the Greek island of Lesbos where she’s an eyewitness to thousands of refugees coming ashore. Despite feeling overwhelmed, Sarris told the Boston Globe of her sympathy for the migrants fleeing war. “They have the clothes on their backs. They have babies,” Sarris says in a feature story.

Connolly ’87 Named President of Sussex County Community College

Jon Connolly ’87 was elected president of Sussex County (N.J.) Community College in September. According to the Sparta Independent, Connolly will work on curriculum, budget, and participatory governance. SCCC’s board of trustees expressed optimism and excitement for an “era of excellence” under Connolly’s leadership. Connolly is former vice president and academic dean at Kennebec Valley...

Professor Dan Cohen’s TED Talk Cited in Entrepreneur Article

Professor of Philosophy Dan Cohen ’75 gave a talk titled “For Argument’s Sake” at a TedXColby event in 2013. The 10-minute video, which now has 1.2 million views, is mentioned in a sarcastic Entrepreneur Magazine article on defending arguments. Cohen’s talk suggests we should re-evaluate what winning an argument means and recommends that we engage in active disagreement rather than going to war.

Simone Leung ’17 Interviews Yale Psychologist on Memoir

Simone Leung ’17 delves into the thoughts and motivations of Yale Medical School professor and psychologist Dr. Annita Sawyer in a Q&A about Sawyer’s memoir, Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass. The book recounts Sawyer’s personal experience with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Leung, a global studies major at Colby, interned at the Bellevue Literary Review this summer. The interview...

Joanna Ko Siu-man ’07 Takes Center Stage

Joanna Ko Siu-man ’07 is a rising star at the Chung Ying Theater company in Hong Kong, according to the Hong Kong Free Press. After Colby, Ko received a master’s degree in drama from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where she had studied musical dance for three years as a teen.

O’Halloran ’03 Crucial to Red Sox President’s Success

Amid front-office transitions, Boston Red Sox Senior Vice President/Assistant GM Brian O’Halloran ’03 could be essential to new team president Dombroski and his success, according to O’Halloran, who has been with the Red Sox since 2002, earned an M.B.A. from UCLA after graduating from Colby.

Esther Mathieu ’17 Named YesPoetry’s Poet of the Month

Esther Mathieu ’17, an independent major in environmental planning, media, and design, was named August’s Poet of the Month at YesPoetry. In a Q&A with the editor, Mathieu discusses the “separation between the discrete, living breaths,” the truths about mental health issues, and the voices below her rib cage.

Carlos Beason ’19 Learns Key Lessons from Harlem Lacrosse

Incoming first-year student Carlos Beason ’19 reflects on the opportunity to discover passion beyond the streets through Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership (HLL). This nonprofit, funded by Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, is what program director Joel Censer calls an ‘intervention’ program: “It causes [the kids] to see a world they never knew existed but also to become...

Gouzie ’08 and Holstein ’08 Take S’mores to Portland Streets

Madison Gouzie ’08 and Eric Holstein ’08 joined the food cart boom in Portland when they took their Marshmallow Cart to the streets. As a summertime spinoff of their Brooklyn, N.Y., s’mores and hot chocolate business, Gouzie said, “It’s a neat time to be building a food cart in Maine.” The Portland Press Herald reported...

Jesse Salisbury ’95 Unveils Sculpture at Gardiner Art Walk

Jesse Salisbury ’95 unveiled his granite sculpture titled “Motion” at the Gardiner (Maine) Main Street “Art in the Park” exhibit in August. This program began with a $10,000 grant from the Harry Faust Art Fund, a memorial to Harry Faust ’70, who owned the Framemakers in Waterville. The Central Maine Newspapers reported that the piece will return...

Anthony Corrado Provides Campaign Analysis for the World

From the Wall Street Journal to NPR, CNBC to USA Today, the media is turning again to Professor of Government Anthony Corrado for insights on money and politics. Corrado, a leading expert on campaign finance, saw his inbox fill up this summer as trade deals and the 2016 presidential race put campaign dollars in the...

Fleming Talks Climate Engineering on The Adaptors

The Adaptors—a podcast that explores the notion that “Climate change is calling; the adaptors are responding”—tapped Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Fleming for a segment titled “Fixing the Sky” for its Aug. 13 episode. The 16-minute interview covers Fleming’s research about “sincere but deluded” practitioners of climate engineering, the topic of his bestselling...