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...

Kapupu ’12 Youth Ambassador at Budapest Water Summit

Chishala Kapupu ’12, a former Davis United World Scholar at Colby, was one of two youth ambassadors at the Budapest Water Summit in December 2016. Discussions during a youth forum led to the formulation of the Budapest Water Summit Youth Statement that will enhance youth capacity and knowledge sharing as young people strive to have their...

Kveller Q&A with Rabbi Isaacs About Being a Lesbian Jewish Mom

Rabbi Rachel Issacs, assistant professor of Jewish studies, engaged in a Q&A with Kveller.com, a website for Jewish parenting with a twist. Isaacs talks about being a rabbi in rural Maine, family life, and giving the benediction at the White House Hanukkah party last December. The best part of her trip to Washington, D.C., Isaacs told...

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...

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...

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...

Hanlon Writes in New Republic on Myth of Liberal Echo Chamber

An article by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon titled “The Myth of the Liberal ‘Echo Chamber’ on Campus” in the New Republic magazine challenges the notion in essays by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof “that liberals in academia—people like me—are intolerant of, and politically biased against, conservatives on campus.” Highlighting events at Colby pre- and post-election,...

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...

Gross Pens Op-Ed in New York Times on Collective Trauma

Sunday’s Dec. 16 New York Times ran an op-ed by Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross titled “Are Americans Experiencing Collective Trauma?” in which Gross defines the psychological phenomenon and recounts its origins. Gross recounts past collective traumatic events including the 1972 Buffalo Creek flood in West Virginia and the 1989 Polish revolution, concluding, “Last month’s presidential election...

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...

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...

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,...

Hatch Quoted in Bloomberg on Precedent Setting

Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch was quoted in the Dec. 1 Bloomberg story “Trump is Setting a Terrible Precedent. Ask Japan.” The story points to Japanese bureaucrats who meddled with Japan’s economy much as Trump’s done by “badgering corporate America to keep manufacturing jobs at home,” Bloomberg reports. In Japan, “administrative guidance ‘became counter-productive, limiting...

Kearns Goodwin ’64 on The Axe Files Podcast with David Axelrod

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64 spoke with host David Axelrod on his show The Axe Files Nov. 28. The conversation covered a range of topics, including Kearns Goodwin’s love of baseball, how she ended up at Colby (at 09:30), and the “winning temperament” of Donald Trump. “I think overcoming adversity is an extraordinarily important trait for a leader,”...

Newspapers Cover Student March on Campus Against Hate

The Portland Press Herald and the Morning Sentinel ran a story and photos about a student-led march on campus against hate and Trump’s immigration policy. More than 300 students marched across Miller Quad in solidarity and “called on people to stand up and take action against injustice, bigotry, hate and violence,” the Herald reported Dec. 1. “In being here today, we affirm...

Lester ’18 in Boston Globe About Grandfather’s Photo of Castro

A photo of Fidel Castro taken in 1959 by the grandfather of Jake Lester ’18 was the focus of a Nov. 28 Boston Globe article. The Lester family gathered to recall the events surrounding the photo—taken when Castro’s train stopped at their Westwood, Mass., station—at a time when Jake Lester, who developed a sense of adventure through...