Chicago Public Library Selects White’s Biddy Mason Best of the Best in 2019

The Chicago Public Library selected Biddy Mason Speaks Up, cowritten by Arisa White, assistant professor of creative writing, as one of it’s 2019 Best of the Best in the “Best Informational Books for Older Readers” category. The book, part of the “Fighting for Justice” series, tells the story of healer, midwife, and civil rights champion Biddy Mason, who...

On NPR, Corrado Discusses Trump’s Self-Funded Candidacy

A November 21 NPR feature headlined “Why Money Can’t (Usually) Buy You a Successful Campaign” featured Professor of Government Anthony Corrado, an expert on campaign finance. The story, on scores of stations and websites across the country, discussed wealthy candidates currently seeking the nomination and noted that while President Donald Trump’s successful self-funded bid for...

Allbritton Presents Work on Spanish AIDS Crisis at Stony Brook

Dean Allbritton, associate professor of Spanish at Colby, spoke about his academic research at Stony Brook University in New York Nov. 6 as part of a distinguished alumni speakers series in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature. Allbritton, who earned a Ph.D. at Stony Brook in 2011, presented “Bad Blood: Visions of Hemophilia in...

Peterson Presents Philosophy Paper in Cologne, Germany

On Nov. 9, Associate Professor of Philosophy Keith Peterson presented a paper in Germany on the work of Nicolai Hartmann as part of a conference, “Philosophical Anthropology as an Interdisciplinary Praxis: Historical & Systematic Perspectives.” Peterson’s lecture, titled “Hartmann’s Contribution to an Ecological Materialist Anthropology,” was presented at the University of Cologne. The conference was...

Gastaldo Publications Cast More Shade on Long-held Extinction Model

Robert Gastaldo, Colby’s Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, and colleagues recently published an article in the journal PALAIOS, that upsets long-held beliefs about the End-Permian mass extinction 252 million years ago. Gastaldo is coauthor of an article titled “Testing the Daptocephalus and Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zones in a Lithostratographic, Magnetostratigraphic, and Palynological Framework in the Free State,...

In National Geographic, Nyhus Provides History of Captive Tigers in U.S.

The December issue of National Geographic has an extended feature on the thousands of tigers kept in captivity in the United States, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies is quoted about the history of the animals in the country. The article is headed, “Captive Tigers in the U.S. Outnumber Those in the Wild. It’s a...

Katz Publishes in Journal of Polymer Science

Colby’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz is coauthor of an article in the Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry published in October 2019. The article, “Evaluation of carboxylic, phosphonic and sulfonic acid protogenic moieties on tunable poly(meta-phenylene oxide) ionomer scaffolds,” which appears in volume 57 of the journal, is...

English Professor Megan Cook Gives Chaucer Lecture in Texas

Assistant Professor of English Megan Cook lectured Nov. 14 in Austin, Texas, giving a talk titled “The First First Folio: Editing Chaucer in Renaissance England.” The lecture, sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center and the University of Texas English Department, examined the lasting impact of Geoffrey Chaucer and his place in literary history. Details are...

Singh Cites Sikh Hymn at Baccalaureate as Transcendent Moment

In connection with the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth, India’s largest independent news service quoted Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh about celebrations. On OutlookIndia.com the IANS story relates Singh’s observation that Sikhs and non-Sikhs are increasingly coming together to celebrate Guru Nanak, the first Sikh. Such celebrations, including when Colby’s...

Spanish-language News Site Infobae Interviews Corrado

Infobae.com, a major news website based in Argentina, interviewed Professor of Government Anthony Corrado about the 2020 U.S. presidential election one year out from the vote. In the story Corrado discussed differences between Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren as well as issues dividing Republicans and Democrats. Corrado also considered potential effects of the...

Seay Discusses Cold-War Politics in Africa in the Atlantic

Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay is quoted discussing China’s role in Africa and the development of self-governance in African countries during the Cold War in an online article in theatlantic.com. Published in August 2019, the piece begins, “No belief in the history of the United States has been more threatening to democracy than the...

Lewiston Sun Journal Interviews Besteman about Election of Somali

When Safiya Khalid, an immigrant from Somalia, was elected to the Lewiston, Maine, city council with 70 percent of the vote Nov. 5, the Lewiston Sun Journal interviewed Catherine Besteman, Colby’s Bartlett Professor of Anthropology and author of a book about Somali Bantus who sought refuge and established a substantial community in Lewiston. Khalid, 23,...

McClenachan Article Urges Consulting History for Environmental Management

In the journal Global Ecology and Conservation, an article coauthored by Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Loren McClenachan concludes that there are “opportunities to integrate findings from historical ecology with other perspectives to create forward-looking management strategies that are rooted in place and past.” The article,”Past Forward: Recommendations from historical ecology for ecosystem management”...

NBC Today Taps Soto for List about Introverts

When Today on NBC compiled its list “Five Things Introverts Can Teach People,” the show quoted Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto on knowing when to say “no” and on not oversharing. “Extroverts are more at risk of … just dumping things on people and disclosing too much information and not having a filter,” Soto...

In Newsday, Corrado Explains Value of Campaign Cash

In a Newsday story about the war chests of leading Democratic presidential candidates, campaign finance expert Professor of Government Anthony Corrado said money is important “because it’s an indication of who’s ahead, who’s in the top tier and who can finance a viable campaign.” And in this particular race it’s also a standard for who...

Maisel in Boston Globe on Nixon’s 1969 “Silent Majority” Speech

On the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s “silent majority” speech, writer David Shribman draws a line to current politics and divisions and quotes Sandy Maisel, Colby’s Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government. In analysis published in the Boston Globe, Shribman writes that Nixon was convinced that “the leading news organizations and antiwar protesters...

Donihue on Impact of China Lobster Tariffs in Washington Post

Wadsworth Professor of Economics Michael Donihue ’79, who served at the president’s Council of Economic Advisors in a prior administration, provided economic data about the scale of the lobster industry in Maine for a Nov. 1 Washington Post business article headlined “Lobster on the Line: China loves Maine lobster, but Trump’s trade war means Canada...

Washington Times Taps Corrado on Senate Fundraising

The Washington Times quoted Professor of Government Anthony Corrado on early fundraising for upcoming elections for U.S. Senate races. “Some of the Democratic challengers have been unusually successful for this point in the campaign and a number of the Republican incumbents are not showing much fundraising momentum,” Corrado told the paper for an Oct. 28...

Economists to Analyze Use of Seaweed to Curb Cows’ Methane

Wadsworth Professor of Economics Michael Donihue ’79 is part of a multi-institution study to determine if Maine seaweed added to the diet of cows can curb bovine methane emissions, which contribute to climate change. Donihue, Assistant Professor of Economics Jennifer Meredith, and students in the Economics Department’s laboratory for economic studies will see if a...

Robinson Coauthors Article on Climate Finance and Climate Justice

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Stacy-ann Robinson coauthored a journal article, “Twenty-Five Years of Adaptation Finance through a Climate Justice Lens.” The article specifically explores whether adaptation finance has become more justly governed and delivered. It will be published in the journal Climatic Change, and it is currently available online.