Bevier Coedits Book On Amphibian and Reptile Adaptations

Associate Professor of Biology Catherine R. Bevier is one of three editors of the book Amphibian and Reptile Adaptations to the Environment: Interplay Between Physiology and Behavior (CRC Press, 2016). Bevier, an expert on animal behavior and behavioral ecology, wrote one of the chapters in the volume, “Physiological and Biochemical Correlates of Calling Behavior in Anurans with...

Doyle ’87 in Runner’s World For Chasing Down Robber

Connecticut state senator and running enthusiast Paul Doyle ’87 made news last fall when he ran after a robber in Rocky Hill, Conn. With the trial starting, Runner’s World reports July 21 on Doyle’s chase across traffic and down an alley—in the rain—until the robber threw the money in the air. “In life you just do what...

Gross in Inside Higher EdFact Checks GOP Message On “Lost” Generation

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross counters the message put forth by pundit Frank Luntz at the Republican National Convention that academia is to blame for young people voting for Bernie Sanders. “Luntz doesn’t have his facts straight,” said Gross, who has studied politics and the professoriate. “Young Americans are leaning to the left these days,...

Findlay Tapped for Feature on Labor Statistics

In a month when American jobs were high on the lists of concerns at national political conventions, Colby’s Pugh Family Professor of Economics David Findlay was interviewed for an article on jobs and employment in the MaineToday newspapers July 23. He helped explain the dynamics of employment data beyond the simple unemployment rate. Though the...

Hannum Publishes Article on Developing Immunologists

An article by Associate Professor of Biology Lynn Hannum appears in the July issue of Trends in Immunology. Titled “Developing Immunologists: A Role for Undergraduate Education,” Hannum’s article stresses the importance of teaching immunology early. “When undergraduates combine an immune system literacy with their interests in fields such as economics, sociology, or environmental studies,” she writes,...

Brown Named One of 50 Forward-Thinking Mainers in Maine Magazine

Maine Magazine includes Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown on its 2016 list 50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future. Co-founder of Hardy Girls, Healthy Women, Brown was selected for her passion about girl-led social change efforts and her “commitment to working with schools and communities facing the challenges that arise from poverty,” Maine Mag reports in its...

Feldstein ’16 Writes Letter to The New Yorker Editor on Activism

Molly Feldstein ’16 responded to a Nathan Heller May 30 piece on student activism with a letter to the editor in The New Yorker July 25. An article, she says, that “could have been written about my school, Colby.” Concerned that Heller’s piece “casts the activist community in a negative light,” Feldstein noted that she “learned a...

Spark’s Latest Novel Reviewed in Kirkus

Professor of English Debra Spark’s latest novel, Unknown Caller, was reviewed in Kirkus July 20 and called “an emotional and surprising story of a fractured family” written with “vibrant prose.” Spark, who also directs Colby’s Creative Writing Program, is said to offer “nuggets of poignant wisdom” in the book, which will be released Aug. 22. “Spark’s principal...

Gastaldo’s Paper Published in PALAIOS

A paper by Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert A. Gastaldo has been published in the journal PALAIOS. Gastaldo’s paper, titled “New Paleontological Insights into the Emsian-Eifelian Trout Valley Formation, Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area, Aroostock County, Maine,” appeared in the journal’s July volume. A PDF of the paper is available on Professor Gastaldo’s professional website.

Fortune Reports Nardini ’98 Named CEO of Barstool Sports

Erika Ayers Nardini ’98 has been named the new CEO of the sports and comedy website Barstool Sports. Nardini, called an accomplished digital media executive, will focus on growing the audience and expanding distribution, Fortune reported July 19. “As a person, I feel that Barstool is funny and incredibly engaging,” Nardini told Fortune. “As a woman,...

Reviews of Museum’s Picasso Exhibit in Maine Newspapers

The Colby Museum of Art’s exhibition Picasso: The Vollard Suite was reviewed in the Portland Press Herald July 17 and the Lewiston Sun-Journal July 15. Danny Kaye, writing for the Press Herald says, “These works embody imagination in the classic sense of the word. And to look at them this way allows the viewer to stand beside Picasso and share...

Maisel Comments in Los Angeles Times on Party Platforms

Sandy Maisel, Kenan Professor of Government, notes the importance of context in a July 13 Los Angeles Times article about the consequences of party platforms. Even though platforms “tend to be more aspirational than fail-safe forecasts of what will happen,” the Times reports, they are “promises that never take into account political context, and political context is really...

Tamae Prindle Receives Commendation from Japan Foreign Minister

Tamae Prindle, Oak Professor of East Asian Language and Literature, received a foreign minister commendation for her promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. The July 13 commendation reflects the numerous lectures and published books about Japanese literature, movies, history, culture, and society that Prindle has produced. An author of Hyper Card grammar drills, Prindle has...

McGrath Discusses Current Astronomical News on Maine Public Radio

Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Physics Elizabeth McGrath was a guest on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling July 11 discussing recent astronomical news. Host Irwin Gratz talked with McGrath and two other astronomers about subjects such as the Juno spacecraft mission to Jupiter and the exoplanet 131399Ab.

Gross on Wisconsin Public Radio

Professor of Sociology Neil Gross conducted an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio about the abundance of liberal professors on college campuses. WPR’s Kathleen Dunn talked with Gross July 11 about the need to advocate for hiring more conservative professors, similar to that of affirmative action. “It’s true that professors are a liberal lot,” Gross said. “But against...

Baldwin ’16 Named Gift of Life College Ambassador MVP

Grace Baldwin ’16 was named the 2016 College Ambassador MVP by the Gift of Life Marrow Registry. Baldwin, a college ambassador since 2014, recruited more than a thousand people as potential donors and raised more than $12,000 for the organization that matches donors with blood cancer patients. “Her commitment to increasing the size and diversity...

Soto Reviews Personality and Behavior in NPR Essay

In an NPR commentary, Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto examines why people act as they do. His essay, “Personality Can Change over a Lifetime, and Usually for the Better,” was published June 30 on NPR’s “Shots” page, which covers health news. “The nature, development and consequences of personality traits remain hot topics of research,...

Moore ’14 to Conduct Microbial Research in Antarctica

Kathryn Moore ’14 will spend eight weeks at Palmer Station on the Antarctic coast as part of a Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team conducting microbial research there. Starting in December, the four-person team will benefit from a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation to “study microbial communities in Antarctica to better understand the...

Shea to Address Annual Warren G. Harding Symposium

Dan Shea, professor of government and director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, is one of the lecturers at this year’s Harding Symposium. Hosted by Ohio State University at Marion, the symposium includes nationally recognized political experts and is held at the home of former President Warren G. Harding. Shea speaks July 16,...

Shea Addresses 27th Annual Maine Town Meeting

Professor of Government Dan Shea gave a talk titled “Dazed and Confused: What We Now Know … and Don’t Know About Presidential Elections” at the 27th Annual Maine Town Meeting at the Margaret Chase Smith Library. Columnist George Smith agreed with Shea’s opening comment, which came from Charlie Cragin, chairman of the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation: “Ethics...