Washington Post Taps Seay

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, was named a regular contributor to the Washington Post‘s political science blog, the Monkey Cage. Seay studies African politics, conflict, and development, with a focus on central Africa. Her contributions will explain political science research on African development and conflict, and they will likely draw on research conducted with...

Lakes Research Continues—Through the Ice

Lake study by Colby faculty and student researchers doesn’t stop for the Maine winter. Colby science students, working with Denise Bruesewitz, assistant professor of environmental studies, recently cut through 32 inches of ice on Great Pond in the Belgrade Lakes at the location where a Colby research buoy is moored when the ice is out....

Maisel Edits Oxford Political Science Site

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel recently was named editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Press Online Bibliography in Political Science. In that role he named a new editorial board, which includes political scientists at Tufts, Vanderbilt, University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro,...

Four Professors Awarded Tenure

Four assistant professors were granted tenure at the winter meeting of the Colby Board of Trustees. Valérie Dionne (French and Italian) is an author and scholar of early modern French literature, culture, and philosophy. Melissa Glenn (psychology) is a behavioral neuroscientist who studies prenatal nutrition as it affects psychopathology later in life. James Scott (mathematics...

Student Dancers Shine at New England Conference

At the 2014 American College Dance Festival’s New England Conference, a dance piece created by Sara Gibbons ’15 was selected for the conference’s culminating gala concert—one of fewer than a quarter of the entries so honored. Gibbons’s dance titled Between the Folds was performed by Gibbons, Maggie Bower ’15, and Jack Gobillot ’14 at the...

Student, Professor Coauthor Biology Article

Sarah Flanagan ’11 and Associate Professor of Biology Cathy Bevier coauthored a paper published Feb. 4, 2014, in Ethology: The International Journal of Behavioural Biology. Titled “Do male activity level and territory quality affect female association time in the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei?” the article concludes that in that species of Caribbean lizard, females prefer associating...

Conner Book Explores Audience Engagement

Professor and Chair of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner’s new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era, published by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2013, explores environmental, social and psychological conditions that allow us to engage meaningfully with the arts. She also writes an Arts Journal blog, We the Audience,...

As Classes End, Research Presentations Proliferate

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS SPAN THE DISCIPLINES Among many presentations of scholarship, December 2013 saw Theater and Dance: Architectural imaging project exhibition in Runnals lobby through January. Environmental Studies:  Presentations on “Missing Players in Environmental Governance in Ethiopia” and “The Importance of Headwater Streams in Preserving Water Quality: A Case Study of the Kennebec Highlands and Long...

Renard Releases Album of Romani Music

Faculty Music Associate Stan Renard and the Bohemian Quartet will release an album of traditional Romani music at a special event and concert in Providence, R.I., Thursday, Dec. 5.

Boylan Named National Co-Chair of GLAAD

Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English and author of novels and bestselling memoirs, has been named the first transgender co-chair of GLAAD, the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization. “Proud. Excited. Psyched,” Boylan said about her new responsibilities helping to lead an organization with a $6-million annual budget. The naming of a transgender person...

Respite from Burma’s Violence

Colby's 2013 Oak Fellows faced jail and prosecution as they worked to stem ethnic and religious violence. "You can be attacked at any time," said Maung Maung "Tony" Than.

Mazzeo’s Widow Cliquot Bio Goes to Hollywood

Professor Tilar Mazzeo's The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It has been picked up by Hollywood producer Taylor Hackford for a film version.

Gastaldo Addresses Brazilian Geology Congress

Robert Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, is a keynote speaker at the 23rd Congresso Barsiliero de Paleontologia Oct. 13-18 in Gramados, Rio Grande Sul, Brazil. He will lecture on his research in South Africa.

Mandolfo Elected to Editorial Board

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Carleen Mandolfo was elected to the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the magazine of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Her official four-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014. The Quarterly, the official organ of the CBA, first appeared in 1939. It carries scholarly articles and notes in Scripture and related fields, an extensive book review section, news of the association's annual meeting, and other pertinent notices.

Gubernatorial Candidate Cutler Cites Student Research

Colby students' environmental studies research is cited by Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor of Maine, in the book he published this month to support his candidacy (see page 15 in A State of Opportunity online.) Credit is given to Professor Philip Nyhus's students: "The State of Coastal and Marine Management in Maine," Chapter 1, The State of Maine’s Environment, Colby College, Environmental Policy Group, Environmental Studies Program (2009)."

Paliyenko to Publish on French Women Poets

Penn State University Press will publish Charles A. Dana Professor of French Adrianna Paliyenko's forthcoming book Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900. The work will be published in 2014 or 2015.

Wilson Attends SABR Conference

Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson participated in the 43rd annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research Aug. 1-3 in Philadelphia. Wilson serves on the education, science and baseball, and statistics committees of the society. He will teach The Science of Baseball (Biology 123) in the fall and Science and Baseball (Biology 223) next spring. At the convention he met Jeff Schatzki '87, SABR director of operations.

In D.C. Fleming Speaks on Geoengineering

Professor Jim Fleming, a leading scholar of climate geoengineering, will speak at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10. The panel discussion is titled "Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change."  Update September 2013: The event attracted an audience of 500 and was covered in the Sept. 24 entry of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy blog.  Fleming is professor of science, technology, and society at Colby. This Oct. 7-9 he is convening an international conference on technology and public policy at Colby supported by the Goldfarb Center. In 2009 he organized an international conference, Climate and Cultural Anxiety, which brought 32 international scholars to Colby to discuss historical perspectives on climate change.

Professor Tortora Writes About Fort Halifax

Dan Tortora, assistant professor of history, had help from David Thomas '15 researching this online article about the history of Fort Halifax in Winslow for the Journal of the American Revolution.

Four Faculty Members Say Farewell

Professors Harriett Matthews, Barbara Nelson '68, Thane Pittman, and David Simon are retiring from classroom teaching this spring and were recognized at the annual faculty dinner May 24.