Gastaldo Featured in Undark Story on South Africa Research

Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, was featured prominently in an Undark story about research in South Africa’s Karoo region. Gastaldo has been researching the South African region where the end-Permian extinction is reported, and this story looks at what researchers are discovering in the rocks. “’If the marine and continental biota collapsed simultaneously, or even a...

Jewish Life Conference Covered by WABI-TV

The Maine Conference for Jewish Life, held June 8-10 in Waterville and hosted by Colby’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life, was covered by WABI-TV news. The center director Rabbi Rachel Isaacs told WABI that “more and more the word is getting out about what makes Jewish life in Maine quirky, and fun, and unique,...

Hatch Shares North Korea Expertise on FOX News Rundown

Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch was interviewed on FOX News Rundown June 11 by anchor Eric Shawn P’17 about North Korea’s human rights record and its history with the United States as President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepared to meet June 12 in Singapore. It was expected that terms of denuclearization would be the...

Sheehan Edits New Book on Photography and Migration

Tanya Sheehan, the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art, has edited a new collection of essays that thinks through photography’s long and complex relationship to human migration in the context of unprecedented dislocation and a global refugee crisis. Published by Routledge, Photography and Migration places into conversation media images and other photographs from diverse national, regional, and...

Blevins Poem on Verse Daily

A poem by Adrian Blevins, associate professor English, was featured on Verse Daily June 5. “Was Losing My Joie De Vivre Really Like” comes from Blevins’s newest book, Appalachians Run Amok, winner of the Wilder Series Book Prize.

Gross Quoted in CNN Story about Double Standards for Ugly Speech

Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, was included in a CNN story by conservative commentator Carrie Sheffield titled “Let’s acknowledge the political double standard for ugly speech.” Sheffield writes, “The list of the blind hypocrisy of the American entertainment complex goes on and on, but it’s symptomatic of its deep liberal leanings. Neil Gross,...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

Loren McClenachan, assistant professor of environmental studies, coauthored a paper recently published in the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 2). “Missing the Boat? Measuring and Evaluating Local Groundfish Purchases by New England Institutions” reports on a case study that evaluated purchases of local groundfish by schools and colleges in New England, and finds,...

Becknell Coauthors Paper on Legume Trees in Nature Ecology & Evolution

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Justin Becknell coauthored a paper recently published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Titled “Abundance of Neotropical legumes during secondary succession across a rainfall gradient. Nature Ecology & Evolution,” this work examines the poorly understood role of nitrogen-fixing legumes trees in replenishing the nutrient supply of tropical forests recovering from deforestation. By combining...

Senator Collins to Colby Graduates: Choose Respect Over Divisiveness

U.S. Senator Susan Collins urged Colby College graduates Sunday to choose respect for civil discourse over divisiveness, adding that she believes polarization in the United States created the opportunity for Russia to meddle in U.S. elections and undermine confidence in American democracy. Collins received a standing ovation following her speech to a crowd of more...

Gross New York Times Op-ed Discussed in National Review Episode

A recent New York Times op-ed by Neil Gross, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, titled “Is the United States Too Big to Govern?” was discussed in a May 14 episode on National Review. Hear the discussion beginning at 21:30 on the National Review’s website.

Catherine Besteman Awarded $40,000 NEA Grant for Upcoming Art Exhibition

Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby, is among the recipients selected to receive a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for an upcoming exhibition organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (MECA). Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks...

Travis Reynolds Honored With Bassett Teaching Award

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds was honored with the Charles W. Bassett Teaching Award, presented annually by the senior class. On Monday, May 21, he will deliver the Last Lecture to the Class of 2018 at 4 p.m. in Page Commons Room in Cotter Union. Reynolds, awarded tenure at Colby earlier this year,...

El-Shaarawi on Maine Public’s “Maine Calling” Discussing Anthropology

Nadia El-Shaarawi, assistant professor of global studies, was a guest on “Maine Calling” explaining the relevance of anthropology to our everyday lives. El-Shaarawi was one of four panels discussing topics such as the difference in anthropological research, why human separate into different groups, the human dimensions of climate change, and the anthropology of war. Listen here.

Stokes Essay in Not That Bad Debuts on New York Times Bestseller List

An essay by Elisabeth Stokes, visiting assistant professor of English, is included in Not That Bad, a collection of essays that debuted this week as a New York Times bestseller. The book, edited by Roxane Gay, focuses on the violence and harassment that women worldwide face. Stokes is originally from Alaska. Her writing has appeared in numerous national and international...

Koffman Coauthors Paper on Denali Ice Core Records

Assistant Professor of Geology Bess Koffman coauthored a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Titled “Denali ice core methanesulfonic acid records North Pacific marine primary production,” the paper focuses on developing a tool for assessing past changes in primary production in the North Pacific, i.e., the base of the marine food web. The paper developed...

Gross Op-Ed in New York Times Asks “Is U.S. Too Big to Govern?”

“Is the United States Too Big to Govern?” is the title of the latest op-ed by Neil Gross, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology. “What if trust in American democracy is eroding because the nation has become too big to be effectively governed through traditional means?” he writes May 11. “There are clear economic and...

New Colby Library Director Brings Creativity, Commitment

Lareese M. Hall, an experienced academic librarian and educator with a commitment to social justice and creative interdisciplinary practice, will join Colby College this summer as the director of Colby Libraries. Currently the dean of libraries at the Rhode Island School of Design, Hall has worked in libraries at MIT; the University of North Carolina,...

Student Achievement Recognized at Colby Awards Ceremony

Only one student award is traditionally noted at Colby’s commencement ceremony—the Condon Medal. The coveted honor for engaged citizenship, chosen by the senior class, this year goes to a deeply involved senior whose four years at Colby have been marked by her passion for activism and civic engagement as well as her academic excellence. Adrienne...

Fulbright Fellowships Dispatch Students, Alumni Around the World

Three students have been awarded Fulbright fellowships to do research around the world, and two alumnae have been awarded Fulbright awards to teach, one in Brazil and another in New Zealand.   Alyssa Kullberg ’18, an environmental science and Spanish double major from Lexington, Mass., won a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award, which will fund work...

Free Wireless Will Make Waterville’s Downtown Among Most Connected in Maine

Through a partnership between Colby College and the Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC), Waterville will soon have free wireless in public spaces downtown, making access to the Internet available to all. The investment is designed to support local businesses and attract new ones, enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors to downtown, and...