Corrado Authors CED Report on Unfair Redistricting Practices

Professor of Government Anthony Corrado authored a policy brief for the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) titled “Let the Voters Choose: Solving the Problem of Partisan Gerrymandering.” The report “addresses this problem so the political marketplace can function properly, and the principles of representative government can be maintained,” according to PR Newswire, which reported...

Nuss Commissioned to Write Program Essay for Opera Premiere in France

Christian Longchamp, noted artistic adviser and dramaturg with the Opéra national de Paris and Strasbourg’s Opéra national du Rhin, has commissioned Associate Professor of Music Steven Nuss to write the program essay for the first performance in France of Japanese composer Toshiro Mayuzumi’s grand opera Kinkakuji (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion). Based on the novel of the...

Ardam Paper Published in ASAP/Journal

Jacquelyn Ardam, visiting assistant professor of English, had an academic article published in ASAP/Journal titled “On Not Teaching Art: Baldessari, Pedagogy, and Conceptualism.” The article discusses conceptual artist John Baldessari, whose “art practice and pedagogy are deeply intertwined, and a number of his best-known works explicitly thematize and engage in pedagogy,” Ardam writes in her intro. The journal recently won the best new...

Another Placement for Paper on LakeSmart Program by Bevier, Cole, Nyhus, and Junker ’16

The team consisting of professors F. Russell Cole (environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), Philip Nyhus (environmental studies), and alumna Alexa Junker ’16 has published another paper on the lake protection program LakeSmart. This time, the paper appears in LakeLine, a publication of the North American Lake Management Society. The program, “an innovative voluntary certification program … promotes...

Bevier Paper on Parasite Infection in Mink Frogs Published in Journal of Herpetology

Professor of Biology Cathy Bevier has a new publication in the March 2018 Journal of Herpetology. Her paper, “The Effect of Parasite Infection on Phonotactic Response in the Mink Frog, Lithobates septentrionalis,” describes how hearing in mink frogs is affected by a parasite infection and the presence of the digenean flatworm, Halipegus eccentricus, which inhabits the eustachian tube. Bevier...

Gastaldo Narrative Featured on NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo provided context for the March 6 Image of the Day of the Sarawak River Delta on the island of Borneo, where Gastaldo studied in the early 1990s. In his narrative, he discusses the “snake-like nature and sharp turns of these waterways [which] resemble a painting when viewed from space,”...

Poem by Blevins on Poetry Daily

A poem by Adrian Blevins, associate professor English, was featured on Poetry Daily March 6. “First Elegy for the Appalachians” comes from Appalachians Run Amok, her newest book from Two Sylvias Press and winner of the Wilder Series Book Prize.

Noh Lead Author for Paper in PNAS on Social Amoebas

Assistant Professor of Biology Suegene Noh was the lead author on a paper recently published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Titled “Genetic signatures of microbial altruism and cheating in social amoebas in the wild,” the authors “use approaches from population genetics and molecular evolution to test the adaptive relevance of social behavior...

McClenachan and Dissanayake Partner on Paper in Frontiers in Marine Science

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Sahan Dissanayake, former assistant professor of economics, and Ryunosuke Matsuura ’17 have a new paper in Frontier in Marine Science titled “Shifted Baselines Reduce Willingness to Pay for Conservation.” The authors “investigate how perceptions of change in coral reef ecosystems affect stakeholders’ willingness to pay for the...

El-Shaarawi and Razsa Receive ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Nadia El-Shaarawi, assistant professor of global studies, and Maple Razsa, associate professor of global studies, have received a prestigious ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for their project “Insurgent Mobilities: An Ethnography of the Balkan Route as Movement.” Anthropologists El-Shaarawi and Razsa “will coauthor an ethnography of the Balkan route that tells the story of the migrants who...

Besio, Wang, and Weitz Receive Grant from National Foreign Language Center

Kim Besio, Ziskind Professor of East Asian Studies, and Andie Wang, assistant professor of East Asian Studies, with Ankeney Weitz, the Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, as consultant, received a STARTALK grant of $102,074.97 from the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. The grant, titled “Learning Chinese through...

Taylor and Collaborators Receive SQuaRE Grant from American Institute of Mathematics

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor and four collaborators are the recipients of a SQuaRE grant from the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) to study the unknotting of spatial graphs. The grant will fund travel to AIM headquarters for a week in 2019. Spatial graphs are networks of nodes and connections positioned, often in knotted ways,...

New York Times Op-Ed by Gross on Hollywood Liberalism

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross penned an op-ed for the New York Times titled “Why is Hollywood so Liberal” in advance of the Oscars. “It’s award season in Hollywood, and it looks like the big winner will be progressive politics,” Gross wrote Jan. 27, then tries to explain why actors are liberal, offering several...

Hatch Op-ed on Neoliberal Definition In Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog

Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch wrote an op-ed for Monkey Cage, a Washington Post blog. Titled “Cornel West accused Ta-Nehisi Coates of being a neoliberal. Does neoliberal still mean anything?” Hatch’s op-ed defines the concept neoliberalism, which he says “is now abused so routinely that its actual meaning has become all but lost to the general...

Gouvêa Reviews Physics from Symmetry for MMA

Fernando Gouvêa, Colby’s Carter Professor of Mathematics, reviewed the textbook Physics from Symmetry for the Mathematical Association of America. Gouvêa, an applied mathematician, tries to read physics but is “generally dissatisfied with what [he] found. So it was with great anticipation that I read Physics from Symmetry, where the author attempts, as the title indicates, to derive much of physics from...

Art History Book by McKay ’89 and Marlais Published

A book coauthored by Gretchen Kreahling McKay ’89 and Michael Marlais is about to be released. Modernism versus Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-1889 (The University of North Carolina Press, March 2018) is part of the Reacting to History Series, an innovative teaching method that came out of Columbia University. The book “considers questions surrounding artistic developments at the end...

Besteman Op-ed on U.S. Military Presence in U.S. News & World Report

Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, cowrote an op-ed titled “Where in the World Is the U.S. Military? Everywhere” that appeared Jan. 12 in U.S. News & World Report. The article includes a recently published map that shows “the U.S. is waging this war on terror in 76 countries – or more...

Three Faculty Members Granted Tenure

Colby has awarded tenure to three of its accomplished faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their scholarship, and in service to the College. Assistant professors Dean Allbritton (Spanish), David Angelini (biology), and Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) will be promoted to associate professor at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. “Earning...

Blevins Poem Posted for the CDC Poetry Project

A poem titled America Ain’t Easy by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins was posted for the CDC Poetry Project Jan. 8. The project posts poems using the “seven words forbidden in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents for 2018.” Blevins poem was inspired by “the Trump Administration’s very scary authoritarian bent.”

Angelini Publishes Article, is Guest Coeditor in Current Opinion in Insect Science

Assistant Professor of Biology David Angelini cowrote an article recently published online in Current Opinion in Insect Science. The article, “By land, air, and sea: hemipteran diversity through the genomic lens,” reviews the state of genomics research in true bugs (Hemiptera), the group of insects on which Angelini focuses his research. In the same issue, Angelini was guest...