Mayrl Awarded Project Grant for Researchers from Louisville Institute

Damon Mayrl, assistant professor of sociology, was awarded a Project Grant for Researchers grant from the Louisville Institute for his project titled “A Changing Wall: Local Religious Leaders and Church-State Interaction in a New Era.” Mayrl and his co-researchers plan to interview 150 religious leaders across the country “to document the changing landscape of church-state relations...

Chronicle of Higher Education Prints Hanlon Article on Lies About the Humanities

An article by Aaron Hanlon, associate professor of English, was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education Dec. 7. Titled “Lies About the Humanities—and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” Hanlon outlines four categories of what he says are “bad theories about the humanities,” including “the humanities are ‘noncognitive’ and humanities professors push left-wing ideas on students.”...

Crosscut Op-ed by Hatch on Think Tanks in Washington State

Walter Hatch, associate professor of government, penned an op-ed for Crosscut titled “Why conservative think tanks thrive in liberal WA.” The Dec. 20 piece looks at the history and influence of conservative think tanks in the progressive state of Washington. Hatch focuses on three think tanks: Washington Policy Center, the Discovery Institute; and Freedom Foundation, noting that “conservative organizations...

Peck, Graham, and Gregory ’19 Coauthor Paper in Journal of Bacteriology

Assistant Professor of Biology Ron Peck coauthored a paper “Species Widely Distributed in Halophilic Archaea Exhibit Opsin-Mediated Inhibition of Bacterioruberin Biosynthesis” recently published in the Journal of Bacteriology, a publication of the American Society of Microbiology. The paper’s other two authors are Serena Graham, lab instructor in biology, and Abby M. Gregory ’19. This paper builds on the team’s...

Chakdar Selected as UC Santa Barbara KITP Scholar for 2019-21

Shreya Chakdar, visiting assistant professor in physics and astronomy, has been named a KITP Scholar by the University of California Santa Barbara. KITP, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, targets its scholar’s program specifically for physics professors at primarily undergraduate institutions and invites them to make three two-week visits to the institute over three years. Chakdar,...

Thomas’s Privileged Minorities on Page 99 Test Blog

Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Sonia Thomas put her new book, Privileged Minorities, to the “Page 99 Test” and reported her findings on the project’s blog. The Page 99 Test, sponsored by the Campaign for the American Reader, encourages readers to “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality...

Gross New York Times Op-Ed Asks “Is Environmentalism Just for Rich People?”

In a Dec. 14 New York Times op-ed titled “Is Environmentalism Just for Rich People?” Neil Gross, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, discusses the issue of whether or not environmentalism is a “boutique issue, a cause only the well-off can afford to worry about.” Gross compares the situation with the recent Yellow Vest protests in France and the...

Marine Policy Publishes McClenachan Article on “Sea to School” Purchases

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, published the article “Factors influencing ‘Sea to School’ purchases of local seafood products” in the journal Marine Policy. The paper argues that even though “local seafood procurement aligns with the objectives of ‘farm to school’ programming in the United States, local seafood purchases by schools are...

Sheehan Article Published in Panorama

Tanya Sheehan, the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art, has published an article in the journal Panorama on Thomas Le Clear’s High, Jack, Game. This genre painting depicts two Irish newspaper boys engrossed in a card game called Seven Up as an African-American whitewasher dressed in a mismatched military uniform observes their play. Sheehan’s article follows the...

Study in Black and White Published by Sheehan, Wins Publication Grant

In her new book, Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor (Penn State Press, 2018), Tanya Sheehan, William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art, explores how photographic humor was used in the United States and transnationally to express evolving ideas about race, Black emancipation, and civil rights. Sheehan employs a trove of understudied materials to write a...

Osborne Coedits Shakespeare and the ‘Live’ Theatre Broadcast Experience, Writes Epilogue

Laurie Osborne, the NEH/Class of 1940 Distinguished Professor of Humanities, English, coedited a recently released volume of essays titled Shakespeare and the ‘Live’ Theatre Broadcast Experience (Bloomsbury/Arden) and contributed the epilogue, “Revisiting Liveness.” The collection “is the first to examine the phenomenon of how, in the twenty-first century, Shakespeare has been experienced as a ‘live’ or ‘as-live’ theatre broadcast...

Three Placements for Blevins: Poems Published and Performed, Review Written

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins has had more poems published. Her most recent placement is in Waxwing, which published “Exile Status” and “Renegade Status” in its fall 2018 edition. Translations of these poems, and other new work by Blevins, were performed by Kathryn Butler ’17, Sara Gibbons ’15, and Delaney McDonough ’13 as a dance choreographed Annie Kloppenberg, associate...

Lovell ’16 and McClenachan Publish Paper in Oryx on Shifting Baselines in Conservation

A paper cowritten by Sam Lovell ’16 and Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, was published in Oryx Oct. 18. The paper, “Shifted baselines and the policy placebo effect in conservation,” is based on Lovell’s senior honors thesis and aims to understand how island communities perceive long-term and recent ecosystem degradation and recovery, changes...

Howard and Students Publish Article in British Journal of Educational Studies

Adam Howard, professor of education, and three former students have published an article in the British Journal of Educational Studies titled “In service of the Western world: Global citizenship education within a Ghanaian elite context.” Coauthored by Pat Dickert ’18, Gerald Owusu ’17, and DeVaughn Riley ’18, the paper “employs postcolonial perspectives to examine the possibilities and...

Plesch Publishes Essay, Has Photo in Exhibition, Gives Museum Tour

Véronique Plesch, professor of art, has one of her photos of early modern graffiti in an interactive database map of world graffiti at the exhibition “Sur les murs, Histoire(s) de graffitis,” organized by the Centre des monuments nationaux, château de Vincennes through Nov. 11, 2018. The database will be available after the exhibition ends. Plesch also...

Howard Essay in Vox; Interview With Salon and Fifteen Minutes

Professor of Education Adam Howard has a first-person essay in Vox about his research on the culture at elite schools and how it relates to the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. “The culture of elite schools encourages sexual assaults and humiliation as well as covering them up,” Howard wrote Sept. 27. “As Kavanaugh himself put it during a speech...

Mazzeo Discusses New Book on NHPR’s The Exchange Podcast

Tilar Mazzeo, the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English, appeared Sept. 26 on The Exchange, an NHPR podcast, discussing her new biography, Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton. Listen to Mazzeo talk about her book, which “follows Eliza Hamilton through her early years, to the ups and downs of her...

McClenachan Receives Grant from NOAA’s Bluefin Tuna Research Program

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and her colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium received a grant for $46,012 from NOAA’s Bluefin Tuna Research Program. Their collaborative project, “Historical data mining to inform Bluefin tuna stock assessments” has involved several Colby students, including Duncan Coles ’19, a 2017-18 F. Russell Cole Student...

Howard Interviews on NPR, Publishes Paper, Is Nominated for 21st Century Award

Professor of Education Adam Howard was interviewed Sept. 21 on NPR’s Here and Now show in an episode titled “‘Incredible’ Privilege At Elite Prep Schools Like Those Kavanaugh And His Accuser Attended.” Howard, who studies privilege and elite secondary education, commented on the role schools play for elite people. “Part of what elite schools do is teach students...

Millard Leads Team on Paper Published in Journal of Chemical Education

Julie Millard, Colby’s Dr. Gerald and Myra Dorros Professor of Chemistry, led a team of students and staff that led to the paper “Genotype and Phenotype of Caffeine Metabolism: A Biochemistry Laboratory Experiment” that appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education Aug. 9. Coauthors include students Tenzin Passang ’19, Jiayu Ye ’18, and Gabriel M. Kline ’19, and staff members Tina M....