Marine Science Semester Is Big Success

At Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Dec. 12, students who spent the fall semester learning and working in the labs presented posters on their independent research projects.

Distinguished Bicentennial Lecture Series Begins Dec. 6

A lecture series beginning in December will focus on the future of the liberal arts tradition from the perspectives of leaders from different areas of the academic spectrum. The series begins with artist and international documentarian Wendy Ewald on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

History Faculty on C-SPAN Book TV

C-SPAN2's Book TV aired interviews with three history professors Oct. 6. All three are online: Elizabeth Leonard on Joseph Holt, Raffael Scheck on Hitler's African victims, and Larissa Taylor on Joan of Arc.

The Economic Impact of Lakes

Keeping Maine lakes healthy is the goal of a multidisciplinary initiative by Colby professors and students, and their efforts are being noticed by Maine media.

Biologist Creates Natural Anesthetic

Working with Colby students, Russell Danner (biology) has developed an all-natural fish anesthetic made of spearmint and wintergreen oils. The Morning Sentinel reports.

Writing Project Set to Begin

A new initiative to improve students’ writing skills across the disciplines—the Colby Writing Project—begins with phase one this academic year.

Adams Awards Named Professorships

Four members of the Colby faculty have been appointed to named professorships by President William D. Adams. “It is the highest affirmation that a college can give,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer.

Colby to Launch Center for Arts and Humanities

Colby will launch a center for the arts and humanities this fall thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The center will support the curriculum, lectures and events, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Student Coauthors Science Article

Michael Stephens '13 cowrote a Science magazine article about a surprising discovery in the Arctic, and CNN.com reported on the findings June 11. Stephens made the scientific expedition with Bigelow Laboratory last summer.

Commencement Honorees Named

Sam Deeran '12 of Falmouth, Maine, will address about 470 classmates at Colby's 191st Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Nicole Sintetos '12, a Winslow, Maine, resident, will be recognized for receiving the Condon Medal for constructive citizenship, and five influential individuals will receive honorary doctoral degrees.

2012 Student Awards Presented

An awards ceremony May 1 in Lorimer Chapel recognized students, faculty, and staff with College-wide and departmental awards for contributions to Colby and for outstanding academic achievement. The full list is online.

Students Present Research

At the 13th Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 25-27, students representing 29 departments or programs presented 127 posters and delivered 153 oral presentations. Abstracts are online.

Besteman Wins Guggenheim, ACLS Fellowships

Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman was awarded two fellowships for 2012-13: one from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and one from the American Council of Learned Societies.

New Director of Goldfarb Center Named

Daniel M. Shea, a political scientist and coeditor of a new book about the degradation of civil discourse in American politics, will be the next director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.

Student-Faculty Research Award Granted

A team of students, under the guidance of Professor Hong Zhang (East Asian studies) has won an ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation fellowship to conduct research in China this summer.

Renowned Cultural Theorist Advocates Humanities Education

One of the world’s leading cultural theorists spoke on the state of the humanities Feb. 22, and the event provided a focused attention on efforts to develop an interdisciplinary center for the arts and humanities.