NSF Grant Awarded to Gastaldo and Glasspool

A $231,571 National Science Foundation grant was awarded to Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, and Ian Glasspool, research scientist in geology, for their project titled “RUI: The Timing and Evolution of Devonian Fire Systems and Their Implications for Atmospheric Oxygen Concentration.” This marks the 10th NSF grant Gastaldo has received since he began at the...

Moland Edits New Book, All Too Human

Lydia Moland, associate professor of philosophy, has edited a book just out—All Too Human: Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (Springer). The book offers an analysis of humor, comedy, and laughter as philosophical topics in the 19th century,  traces the introduction of humor as a new aesthetic category, and suggests important distinctions within the aesthetic philosophies...

Duff Publishes Guest Post on The Historical Cooking Project About Race, Food, and Purity in Interwar South Africa

Sarah Emily Duff, visiting assistant professor in history, wrote a guest post titled “Dried Fruit and the Cocktail Menace: Race, Food, and Purity in Interwar South Africa” for The Historical Cooking Project. Drawing upon her research, Duff discusses the South African Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and how the “preoccupation with clean eating is part...

Thomas Article on “This is America” Published in ASAP J

Sonja Thomas, assistant professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, published an article titled “‘This is America’ and the Global Erasure of Black Vernacular Traditions” in ASAP/J, where she compares the song and the video with imitations, including the cartoon “This is South India,” which, she writes, “flips the entire narrative of ‘This is America.’” Thomas also points...

Blevins Publishes Five Poems in Three Publications

Five new poems from Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, have been published this summer. Click through to read her poems at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, “Love Poem for Leonardo da Vinci” and “Status, Alas;” diode, “Cult Status” and “Social Status;” and Storyscape Literary Journal, “Southern Status Anxiety.” These poems come from a new manuscript-in-progress by Blevins. Watch...

Halvorson New Book, Conversionary Sites, Released

A new book by Britt Halvorson, faculty fellow in anthropology, has been released. Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota (University of Chicago Press, June 2018) draws on more than two years of participant observation in the American Midwest and in Madagascar among Lutheran clinicians, volunteer laborers, healers, evangelists, and former missionaries,...

Plesch Contributes Essay to Book, Gives Two Talks

Véronique Plesch was invited to contribute an essay in a volume published by the French Center of National Monuments: “Espace et temps, individu et communauté: Le Graffiti comme parole collective.” In Sur les murs: Histoire(s) de Graffitis. Ed. Laure Pressac. Paris: Éditions du Patrimoine/Centre des Monuments Nationaux, 2018, 74–78. There was a book launch June 6 at the Château de Vincennes in Paris. The...

Burke Wins Maine Literary Award for The Town Meets Script

Michael Burke, professor of English, has won a Maine Literary Award in the drama category for his script of the play The Town Meets. The award, presented by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, recognized Burke’s script based on the phenomenon of a small New England town’s town meeting.

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.

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...

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...

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...

Ameri Editor of Newly Released Seals and Sealing in the Ancient World

Assistant Professor of Art Marta Ameri is an editor of the newly released book Seals and Sealing in the Ancient World (May 2018, Cambridge University Press). The volume will serve as an essential resource for scholars, students, and others interested in glyptic studies, seal production and use, and sealing practices in the ancient Near East, Egypt, ancient...

Angelini and Students Publish Paper in Nature Communications

Assistant Professor of Biology Dave Angelini has published a paper in the journal Nature Communications, one of the leading journals in biology. Angelini’s paper, “Manipulation of insulin signaling phenocopies evolution of a host-associated polyphenism,” is the result of a five-year research project conducted with students Meghan Fawcett ’16, Mary Parks ’16, Alice Tibbetts ’14, Jane Swart ’18,...

Fleming Elected to Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was elected to the council of the AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected an AAAS Fellow in 2003; held the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship during his sabbatical year of 2006-07; served as chair of Section L on History and...