Josephson Writing and Presenting While on Sabbatical

While on sabbatical Professor of History Paul Josephson is working on “Stalin’s Water Workers,” a history of Russian nature transformation projects, 1900-present. In August Josephson lectured on “Russia: The State and Nature Transformation in 20th-Century Russia” at a conference in Rio de Janeiro for a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) dialog on...

Sheets to Publish Research on Depression in Emerging Adults

A research paper coauthored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets will be published in December 2014 in Behaviour Research and Therapy. Titled “Comparing Chronic Interpersonal and Noninterpersonal Stress Domains as Predictors of Depression Recurrence in Emerging Adults,” the article provides evidence that interpersonal stress—intimate relationship stress, close friendship stress, family relationship stress, personal health,...

Sheehan and Lessing to Speak at Third Biennial AHAA Symposium

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan and Colby College Museum of Art Mirken Curator of Education Lauren Lessing will each deliver papers at the Third Biennial Association of Historians of American Art Symposium to be held in Philadelphia Oct. 9-11. Lessing’s talk is titled, “Flat-Breasted Maidens: Winslow Homer’s Depictions of Natural Girlhood in the 1870s.” Sheehan’s talk,...

Plesch and Cook Host Premodern Scholars Meeting

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Professor of Art Véronique Plesch and Assistant Professor of English Megan Cook hosted the 33rd annual meeting of the Premodern Scholars of Maine. More than 30 colleagues from colleges and universities in Maine working in late antiquity through the early modern period met to share research and socialize.

Conner Essay to Appear in Chamber Music Magazine

Lynne Conner’s new essay, “Music Talk,” will be published in the October issue of Chamber Music Magazine. Conner was invited to contribute to a special issue on audience engagement. Chamber Music is the journal of Chamber Music America, serving 6,000 professional ensemble musicians and presenters in all musical genres.

Coulter Publishes Book on Gao Xingjian

Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Todd J. Coulter has published a new book, Transcultural Aesthetics in the Plays of Gao Xingjian, with Palgrave. The book traces how Gao Xingjian, through the unique blending and borrowing of aesthetic forms from both Chinese and French theatrical traditions, creates an aesthetic of transcultural identity. Coulter approaches Gao’s work...

Fleming to Address Conference on Climate Models

Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Jim Fleming will be a keynote speaker at a conference Oct. 24-26 in London, Ont., titled “Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives.” Fleming’s talk is titled “Dynamic Climatology: Historical Perspectives on Shape-Shifting Nouns.” The conference is the second annual conference put on by the...

Taylor Organizes International Conference on Knot Theory

Scott Taylor, assistant professor in  Mathematics/Statistics) and Maggy Tomova, associate professor at University of Iowa, in August 2014 organized The Thin Manifold: a conference on knots and 3-manifolds. The conference brought together experts in knot theory and the theory of 3-dimensional spaces from the U.S., Mexico, and Japan. The conference poster and T-shirt was designed...

Brunetaux Organizes Conference on Holocaust and Human Rights

Assistant Professor of French Audrey Brunetaux is organizing, along with Professor Robert Katz of the University of Maine at Augusta, the conference Exploring Women’s Testimony: Genocide, War, Revolution, the Holocaust, and Human Rights to be held Oct. 8-10, 2014, on the campuses of Colby and the University of Maine at Augusta. The conference will examine gendered...

Plesch Elected President of IAWIS

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch was elected to serve a three-year term as president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS) at the general assembly of the 10th triennial conference on word and image studies held Aug. 14 in Dundee, Scotland. The IAWIS seeks to foster the study of word and image relations in...

Prindle Joins Journal Board

Oak Professor of East Asian Language and Literature Tamae Prindle has been invited to join the editorial board of the journal Asian Studies (previously Asian and African Studies).

Webb Delivers Keynote Address

In June Professor of History James L.A. Webb delivered the keynote address, “The Globalization of Antimalarial Therapeutics,” for the Flying University of Transnational Humanities conference “Globalization and Health: East and West,” hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. In July Webb chaired a panel titled “Intersections of Human Disease and Environment” at the annual meeting of...

Turner Interviewed on New Books Network

Associate Professor of History John P. Turner was interviewed by the New Books Network about his 2013 book, Inquisition in Early Islam: The Competition for Political and Religious Authority in the Abbasid Empire. The 75-minute interview, conducted by Matt Long on July 23, 2014, is featured in the Islamic Studies section of the New Books...

Postdoc Reuben Hudson Wins Green Chemistry Research Grant

Hydrogen-powered cars may be more efficient and practical in the future thanks in part to a grant recently awarded to Reuben Hudson, a postdoctoral fellow working at Colby with Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz. The National Science Foundation grant—$378,000 over three to four years—was awarded through a program called Science, Education, and Engineering for...

Lu Named Mathematics Teaching Fellow

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Lu Lu has been named a NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow by the Mathematical Association of America. The yearlong fellowship is for new and recent Ph.D.’s and focuses on professional development, specifically preparation for a career as a scholar-teacher. The fellowship hones teaching skills and research and scholarship...

Conner to Present at Renowned Dance Festival

Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner has been invited to present ideas from her new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era, at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival July 11. She will participate in a “Pillow Talk” panel discussion titled “Talking About Dance.” Jacob’s Pillow is an internationally renowned...

Josephson Publishes Research on Russian River Crisis

Professor of History Paul Josephson published “Russian Rivers in Crisis,” a scholar research brief that examines the contributing factors—pollution, accidents, decay of infrastructure, and the government’s systematic response—responsible for the environmental crisis plaguing Russia’s rivers. Published on July 1, Josephson’s scholar research brief was developed as part of the Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program,...

Sheehan Essay Reviewed by the New Yorker

A book containing an essay Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan coauthored with Henry Louis Gates Jr. was reviewed on the New Yorker website. The essay, “Marketing Racism: Popular Imagery in the United States and Europe,” explores the effect of white fantasies of blackness in illustrated children’s literature, advertisements, postcards, and other forms of popular...

Besteman Elected President of Association of Political and Legal Anthropologists

Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman was elected as the next president of the Association of Political and Legal Anthropologists (APLA), beginning in December, 2014. Besteman plans to foster several APLA initiatives during her time in office, including developing mentoring opportunities for younger scholars and graduate students working on...

Could Microbes Hitchhike to Mars?

If we do find life on Mars, it would be good to know it isn’t something that stowed away on the trip from Earth. That’s the goal of an ongoing study of microorganisms on spacecraft—including some that have been found to be surprisingly tolerant of extreme dryness, cold, and massive doses of radiation. “Could these...