Ahmad, Liao ’15, and Morin ’14 Publish Parkinson’s Research

Assistant Professor of Biology Tariq Ahmad and researchers Jennifer Liao ’15 and Laura Morin ’14 published a paper stemming from their Colby research. “Methods to characterize spontaneous and startle-induced locomotion in a rotenone-induced Parkinson’s disease model of Drosophila” was published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments in August 2014.

NSF Grant Offers Undergrads Summer Research in Ethiopia

A $390,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to professors Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) and Cat Collins (biology) will fund a summer 2015 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby and in Ethiopia. Eight undergraduate students from U.S. colleges and universities will be chosen to conduct interdisciplinary research on ecological, economic, and cultural...

Colby Team Finds 400-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Plants in Baxter State Park

The Baxter State Park Authority received a holiday gift in December courtesy of a group of Colby student geologists led by Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo. The authority was given the report of a Colby team that last fall surveyed bedrock in what is known as the Trout Valley Formation, an area of the...

Matthews ’13 Awarded Second Fulbright

Abbott Matthews ’13 has been awarded a second Fulbright year in Brazil. Matthews, who was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2013, will serve both as a scholar and as a mentor to new scholars. She was one of only 10 Fulbright Scholars in her program chosen for this honor.

Lakes Studies Featured in Portal of Outstanding Undergrad Research

Among a half dozen exemplary undergraduate research initiatives featured on the homepage of the Undergraduate Research Commons is the Colby Environmental Assessment Team. The team, part of the Environmental Studies Program’s capstone experience, has students take an intensive research course gathering data for an annual report about water ecology in nearby lakes, especially the Belgrade...

Masland ’12 Wins Fellowship in Taiwan

Fiona Masland ’12, a global studies and East Asian studies double major, received a prestigious 2014-15 Blakemore Freeman Fellowship for Advanced Language Study in Taiwan. Masland already spent two years on successive Fulbright grants teaching English in Taiwan. The highly competitive Blakemore Freeman grants are awarded to less than 10 percent of applicants and require...

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...

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,...

Could Microbes Hitchhike to Mars?

If we do find life on Mars, it would be good to know it isn’t something that stowed away on the trip from Earth. That’s the goal of an ongoing study of microorganisms on spacecraft—including some that have been found to be surprisingly tolerant of extreme dryness, cold, and massive doses of radiation. “Could these...

Colby Students Ace Business German Test

For the third year, Colby students have taken the Test WiDaF (Business German as a Foreign Language Exam) through the German program’s certified WiDaF testing center—one of only five centers of its kind in the United States. Two Colby students, Anhduy Nguyen ’14 and Deanna Morris ’17, not only took the test, they received the...

Ciccarelli ’16 Contributes to Washington Post Blog

On June 5 Dylan Ciccarelli ’16 contributed to Washington Post blog The Monkey Cage. His post poses questions about political security, indigenous rights, and environmental issues arising as Arctic ice melts and new shipping routes open—topics he explored in a research paper for Jan Plan course Resource Politics taught by Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay.

First-Year Presidential Scholars: NSF Grant Recipient and Coauthor on Research Paper

Thomas Thornton ’17 NSF Grant Recipient Presidential Scholar Thomas Thornton ’17 knew that he and his Colby Academic Research Assistant (CARA) mentor, Zacamy Professor of English Peter Harris, had at least one thing in common even before they met: an interest in meditation and contemplative practices. The two worked together on a contemplative studies research...

Psychology Students Present at Professional Conferences

Abby Cooper ’14, Jackie Charlton ’14, Caroline Southwick ’14, and Rebecca Stoutamyer ’15 gave a presentation titled “Learning Assertive and Compassionate Expressions of Anger: Abuse Intervention Programming as a Gateway to Masculine Empowerment” at the 2014 New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) Conference in Dover, Vt., on May 1. Their presentation included data from Colby...

Katy Lindquist ’14, Oak Human Rights Champion, Finds Footing in Africa

Katy Lindquist ’14 found her footing in Africa after majoring in anthropology and getting involved in Colby’s Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. She won student awards for both pursuits, and she reflects on her work and research abroad in this Colby magazine online Q&A.

Justin Owumi ’14 Wins Condon Medal for Constructive Citizenship

Justin Owumi ’14, winner of the Condon Medal, credits family, mentors, and friends for keeping him on the track toward a career in medicine. The Condon Medal for constructive citizenship is the only student award highlighted at commencement. Read a profile of Owumi in Colby magazine online.

Students, Professor Present Panel on Environmental Research in Africa

Three Colby students and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds will present a thematic panel to discuss “Community Forest Governance in a Globalizing World: Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Africa” as part of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences’ annual meeting June 11-14 at Pace University in New York City. The panel will...

Students to Present at International Marine Conservation Congress

Two Colby students will present original research about marine conservation issues at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, Aug. 14-18. Samantha Lovell ’16 is the presenting author on a project titled “Restoration of Historical Fisheries and Ecosystem Services: Alewife Fisheries in Maine,” evaluating the return of the anadromous species following dam removal and...

Paper Coauthored by Coane and Student Named Editor’s Pick in Memory & Cognition

A paper coauthored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer Coane and psychology graduate Chelsea Stillman ’10 was named Editor’s Pick in the February issue of Memory & Cognition. The article, “The Effects of Healthy Aging on the Mnemonic Benefit of Survival Processing,” incorporates honors thesis research conducted by Stillman during her time as a research...

Morrione Awarded $10,000 to Continue Learning By Giving Course

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Thomas Morrione ’65 has been awarded $10,000 from an anonymous Colby alumna/alumnus for use in Sociology 322, Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy: Learning By Giving, a course that pairs students with local nonprofits and offers real-world experience in writing and assessing grant proposals. The grant will allow the course to...