Tortora Tapped for Insights on Mascot Controversy

Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora answered questions June 20 on the sports talk show The Morning Jab, discussing recent developments in the Washington Redskins mascot controversy and Indian mascots in sports. Tortora, who teaches Native American and early American history, covers Indian mascot controversies in detail in two of his courses at Colby. Students...

Besteman Awarded Bellagio Fellowship

Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman was awarded a Bellagio Fellowship in March by the Rockefeller Foundation. The fellowship included a month in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s villa in Bellagio, Italy, where Besteman finished her book manuscript on Somali Bantu refugees.

Waldkirch Presents at University in Turkey

Associate Professor of Economics Andreas Waldkirch gave a presentation at TED University in Ankara, Turkey, May 22. Titled “Teaching and Research in the Liberal Arts,” Waldkirch’s talk focused on how to balance the demands for both excellent teaching and an active research agenda in the liberal arts environment. TED is the Turkish Education Association. TED...

Gastaldo Co-organizer of National Geology Teaching Workshop

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo is co-organizer of a workshop titled “Innovative Approaches to Teaching Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology,” to be held June 15-20, 2014, at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. The workshop is designed to explore which innovative strategies can be used to develop a more integrated approach to...

Sheets Spends Sabbatical Presenting Research with Students and Serving as Visiting Scholar

Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets spent three months of her yearlong sabbatical as a visiting scholar in the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked with collaborators in the UCLA Addictions Lab and developed new collaborative projects with faculty at the University of Southern California and the Claremont Colleges. She...

Soto Appointed to Editorial Board of Assessment

Assistant Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Assessment in April. Published by Sage, Assessment focuses on methods for measuring personality and psychopathology.

Reid Has Papers Accepted for Publication, Appointed to Editorial Board

Assistant Professor of Psychology Allecia Reid recently had three coauthored papers accepted for publication. She was also appointed to the editorial board of Addiction Research and Theory in March. “Gender-Specific Effects of Depression on Drinking Outcomes Following Brief Motivational Interventions” finds that the level of depressive symptoms differentially affects changes in alcohol use following an...

Coane Is Awarded Grant, Presents Research

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jen Coane was awarded a $4,800 Social Sciences Division grant to study individual differences in effective study strategies. Coane presented a poster at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in April. The research, with coauthors at Montana State University and Washington University in Saint Louis, examines false memory in younger...

Carter Chairs Psychology Symposium at Conference

Assistant Professor of Psychology Travis Carter chaired a symposium titled “Group Identity and Prejudice: New Findings from an Implicit Social Cognitive Perspective” at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Austin, Texas, in February.

Singh Contributes Chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies

Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh contributed two chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies, including “Sikh Art” and “A Feminist Interpretation of Sikh Scripture.” The Oxford University Press will publish the handbook May 27, 2014.

Waldkirch Presents Paper on Foreign Presence and Productivity in Developing Countries

Associate Professor of Economics Andreas Waldkirch presented a new paper, “Foreign Presence and Productivity in Developing Countries,” at the Maine Economics Conference, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Washington State University—all within the last two weeks. The paper shows that in a sample of 118 low-income countries, foreign-owned firms are consistently more productive than...

Sheehan Edits Major Photography Update to Grove Art Online

As guest editor of photography for Grove Art Online, Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan oversaw a major update to this scholarly art encyclopedia. The update consists of 44 new and significantly revised articles on the subject of photography in a global context. It includes new subject entries on vernacular photography, photojournalism, photo books, and street...

Freidenreich Contributes to Jewish Studies Book

Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies David Freidenreich wrote “Jews, Pagans, and Heretics in Early Medieval Canon Law,” a chapter in Jews in Early Christian Law: Byzantium and the Latin West, 6th–11th Centuries. Brepols published the book April 30, 2014.

Singh Delivers Guest Lectures

Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh delivered a lecture about Sikh mysticism at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in April 2014. Her lecture, titled “Expressing the Inexpressible: The Heartbeat of Sikh Mysticism,” was featured as part of the Comparison Project, an annual series of lectures, dialogues, and comparisons on a common religious...

Dimow wins national flute competition

Music Associate in Guitar Carl Dimow’s “Klezmer Suite for Flute and Guitar” is one of the winners of the 2014 National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition. The suite is on Dimow’s album Border Crossings, released in 2010. “Klezmer Suite for Flute and Guitar” was picked up by ALRY Publications and enjoyed several national performances before...

Immunology Students Consider Abstract Art

Lunder Curator of American Art Elizabeth Finch and Associate Professor of Biology Lynn Hannum recently collaborated on a project that brought Hannum’s immunology students to the Colby College Museum of Art to seek out cellular imagery in the abstract art of Terry Winters, particularly his Fourteen Etchings. The project was deemed a success, and there are...

Hubbard Publishes Article in Journal of Applied Econometrics

Assistant Professor of Economics Timothy P. Hubbard coauthored an article titled “Replacing Sample Trimming with Boundary Correction in Nonparametric Estimation of First-Price Auctions.” The article was published online in March 2014 and will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Applied Econometrics.

Macke Publishes Chapter in Queering Religion, Religious Queers

Faculty Fellow in Sociology Karen Macke wrote a chapter titled “Que(e)rying Methodology to Study Church-Based Activism: Conversations in Culture, Power, and Change” in Queering Religion, Religious Queers, edited by Yvette Taylor and Ria Snowdon. Published by Routledge in March 2014, the book considers the intersection of religious and sexual identities.

Hannum Is Panelist at Biomedical Career Fair

Associate Professor of Biology Lynn Hannum served as a panelist at the inaugural Yale Biomedical Career Fair April 24 at Yale Medical School. Hannum represented small liberal arts colleges within the Teaching & Academic Research panel and talked informally with a crowd of interested students at a networking lunch. Approximately 500 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows...

Weitz and Donihue Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Professor of Art Ankeney Weitz and Professor of Economics Michael R. Donihue have been honored with endowed chairs. Weitz has been appointed to the Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jette Professorship in Art, and Donihue has been appointed to the Herbert E. Wadsworth 1892 Professorship in Economics. Both are effective September 2014.