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...

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...