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...

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...

Denoeux Reviews Books for Middle East Policy Council

Professor of Government Guilain Denoeux wrote reviews of two books for the Middle East Policy Council. Denoeux says the book Building a Palestinian State: The Incomplete Revolution by Glenn E. Robinson “is a must-read for anyone interested in the historical backdrop to current political developments in the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA),” Denoeux writes in the...

Hanlon Essays in New Republic and Ploughshares

Two recent essays by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon appeared at the end of the month. “The Decline of Debate on College Campuses” appeared in the New Republic Dec. 28 and “Why Not Social Reading?” appeared in a Ploughshares blog Dec. 31.

New Book, Empire in the Air, by Bhimull Released

A new book by Chandra Bhimull, associate professor of anthropology and African-American studies, has been released by New York University Press. Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora, “examines the role that race played in the inception of the airline industry,” the Press says. “Bhimull offers a unique analysis of early airline travel, illuminating...

Taylor Reviews Mathematics Textbook for MAA

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor reviewed a new textbook, From Groups to Geometry and Back (American Mathematical Society, 2017), for the Mathematical Association of America. “Readers will need a solid background in algebra and some form of topology or analysis,” he recommends. “All the needed definitions are included in the book, along with extremely helpful remarks to help...

Moland Receives NEH Grant for Continuing Research on Book on Hegel’s Aesthetics

Lydia Moland, associate professor of philosophy, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the upcoming year. The grant will allow Moland to complete research on her book Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism, which she’s been working on during her sabbatical year. Moland previously was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of...

Shea Op-ed in Portland Press Herald on Partisan Divide

Professor of Government Dan Shea contributed an op-ed to the Portland Press Herald titled “Maine Voices: Partisan divide may benefit Moore, as it did Trump.” Shea notes that in the last 10 years, elections have become partisan and “straight-ticket voting, for example, has reached unprecedented levels.” Voters band together like teams without a shared sense of purpose,...

Wilson Column on Birding in Portland Press Herald

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, wrote a birding column for the Portland Press Herald titled “Why do grebes eat their feathers?” Wilson starts off with a description of grebes, their characteristics and behaviors. He then cites a recent paper that “provides a definitive study of the functional significance of feather-eating in grebes,” which aids...

Livshits and Hews ’17 Publish in Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra

Professor of Mathematics Leo Livshits and Joshua Hews ’17 have published an original research article in the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. Titled “Groups of Matrices That Act Monopotently” the paper deals with the properties of the eigenvalues of a complex matrix, which are complex numbers associated with the matrix that capture some essential information about its...

Moore Coauthors Paper on Theoretical Ecology in Ecological Modelling

Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Moore and colleagues have authored a paper in theoretical ecology in the journal Ecological Modelling. Titled “Population dynamics of mutualism and intraspecific density dependence: How θ-logistic density dependence affects mutualistic positive feedback,” Moore et al. challenge a 40-year paradigm that positive species interactions are prevented from positive feedback through diminishing benefits...

Hanlon Writes Piece on Identity Politics for NBC News “Think”

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon penned a piece titled “The use of dubious science to defend racism is as old as the Founding Fathers” that appeared on NBC News’s digital platform “Think.” Hanlon delves into the “less palatable elements of 18th century Enlightenment history” to argue that a “sloppy application of scientific knowledge in...

Cole, Bevier, Nyhus, and Students Coauthor Paper on Lake Protection Program

Professors F. Russell Cole (environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), and Philip Nyhus (environmental studies) coauthored a paper in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Titled “Assessing LakeSmart, a community-based lake protection program,” the paper included contributions from Alexa Junker ’16 and Sophie Sarkar ’11. The paper assesses the LakeSmart program, which was created in...

Nyhus and Students Publish Two Papers on Conservation

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus has collaborated with students in two recently published papers. “Global patterns and trends in human-wildlife conflict compensation,” coauthored with Jeremy Ravenelle ’18, appears in the December 2017 issue of Conservation Biology, which is the flagship journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. The team “reviewed research on wildlife-damage compensation...

van der Meer Article Appears in Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia

An article by Assistant Professor of History Arnout van der Meer was published in the Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, volume 173, issue 4. Titled “Performing Colonial Modernity: Fairs, Consumerism, and the Emergence of the Indonesian Middle Classes,” the article “argues that the Dutch colonizers organized these fairs as part of a...

Scheck Participates in French Conference and Dedication via Video

Raffael Scheck, the Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz Professor of History, was asked to be part of a conference and monument dedication in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, a town in southwestern France, honoring the poet and philosopher Léopold Sédar Senghor, who served as Senegal’s first president (1960-1980). Unable to attend in person, Scheck recorded a six-minute video that opened a...

Fleming to give the Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecture in New Orleans

Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Fleming will be presenting the Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecture sponsored by the Global Environmental Change Focus Group at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in New Orleans this December. Fleming’s topic is “Gordian Knots of Prevision: The lessons of history.” The annual Tyndall lecture offers a historical...

Sheehan Publishes in New Book on Before-and-After Photos

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan is one of 12 contributors to a new book edited by Jordan Bear and Kate Palmer Albers. Published by Bloomsbury, Before-and-After Photography: Histories and Contexts examines the central position of this photographic genre in a wide range of contexts from the 19th century to the present. Sheehan’s essay,“Staging Emancipation: Race and Reconstruction...