McClenachan Paper on Coral Reef Loss in Science Advances

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, was the lead author of a paper in Science Advances Sept 6. In “Ghost reefs: Nautical charts document large spatial scale of coral reef loss over 240 years,” McClenachan and her coauthors, including Grace O’Connor ’14, used “high-resolution historical nautical charts to quantify changes to...

Gastaldo and Li ’16 Coauthor Paper in Earth Science Reviews

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo and Jiawen “June” Li ’16 coauthored a paper titled “A multidisciplinary approach to review the vertical and lateral facies relationships of the purported vertebrate-defined terrestrial Permian–Triassic boundary interval at Bethulie, Karoo Basin, South Africa” published Aug. 8 in Earth Science Reviews. The paper, Li’s second, peer-reviewed publication, was invited for...

Blevins Latest Essay—On Rules—in Vox Populi

Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, added an essay to her series in Vox Populi. Titled “My Problem with Rules,” Blevins lyrically explains why she opposes rules. “My problem with the rules is that they too often throw common sense out the window. My problem with the rules is that they can sometimes subvert justice. They just...

Koffman Publishes Two Geology Papers—On Education and on Ash Transport

Assistant Professor of Geology Bess Koffman published two papers in August. Koffman and University of Maine coauthors wrote “Integrating Scientific Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Writing and Learning in a Global Environmental Change Course” which appeared in the August issue of Journal of Geoscience Education. The paper describes the authors’ approach for incorporating scientific argumentation into a global...

Paper by Biology Professors and Students Accepted by Journal of Bacteriology

A paper cowritten by Assistant Professor of Biology David R. Angelini, Biology Laboratory Technician Serena M. Graham, Assistant Professor of Biology Ronald F. Peck, Alexandru M. Pleşa ’17, and Emily L. Shaw ’19 was accepted by the Journal of Bacteriology and will be featured on the cover of the September issue. Titled “Opsin-mediated inhibition of bacterioruberin synthesis...

Hatch Op-Ed on North Korea in Seattle Times

In a Seattle Times op-ed titled “North Korea is nuclear: Live with it, and help it feel less cornered,” Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch writes that “the regime in Pyongyang is actually quite rational and is driven toward one simple goal: survival.” Instead of war games and economic sanctions, “Washington could help Pyongyang feel less...

Boston Globe Publishes Op-Ed by Moland on North’s Racial Blindness

Associate Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland wrote an op-ed in the Aug. 19 Boston Globe titled “The North’s racial blindness.” Based on her recent research on American abolitionist Lydia Maria Child, Moland writes that “Child was the first to publicly diagnose what might be called ‘Boston Blindness’ — an affliction not confined to the city, to be sure,...

Plesch Delivers Keynote at International Conference in Switzerland

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a keynote address titled “Copies: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” at “La reproduction des images et des textes,” 11e colloque international de l’IAWIS/AIERTI, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, July 10–14. In her lecture, Plesch considered the remarkably heterogeneous and unstable way in which copies and the practice of copying have been...

Plesch Concludes Third Term as President of International Association of Word and Image Studies

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch concluded her third term as president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies. At the association’s triennial conference in July in Lausanne, Switzerland, Plesch stepped down from the position she has fulfilled since 2008. She will continue serving on the association’s advisory board. Founded in July 1987, the International...

Halvorson Contributes Chapter on Religiously Based Aid Work Book

A research publication by Britt Halvorson, faculty fellow in anthropology, is included in a new book of essays, The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors (Pp. 65-92, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Halvorson’s chapter is titled ” When God Is a Moral Accountant: Dilemmas and Requests of Accountability in U.S. Medical Relief in Madagascar” and “examines how...

Mazzeo Interviewed on WBUR’s Here & Now

Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English Tilar Mazzeo spoke with Robin Young on WBUR’s Here & Now in a piece titled “Returning ‘Once More to the Lake’ Through Literature.” Mazzeo mentions Colby several times, in reference to its proximity to Maine’s lake district, the Belgrade Lakes, and about her teaching E.B. White’s essay “Once More to...

Finch Discusses Hartley Book on New Books Network

Marsden Hartley’s Maine (Yale University Press, 2017), a book that accompanies the museum exhibit by the same name, was the topic of a podcast on New Books Network. Coauthor Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art, conducted a podcast interview July 28 with Kirstin L. Ellsworth and the other coauthors. Listen here.

Gordon Article on Coates in Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal

An essay by Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy Jill Gordon was published in Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal. In her essay “Black Bodies Matter: A Reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me” Gordon argues the book “provides an anti-idealist argument that violence against the Black body is the cause of, not merely the effect of, various racial...

Ardam Interviews Elkin in Public Books Article

In the article “Aslant to the Flâneur: A Conversation with Lauren Elkin,” Visiting Assistant Professor of English Jacquelyn Ardam interviews Elkin about her new book, Flâneuse, a book that’s “cultural history and memoir, criticism and travelogue.” Ardam and Elkin share a lively conversation about writing, growing up in the suburbs, and women’s relationships to cities in a July 10 article that...

Moland Essay on Abolitionist Child in The Paris Review

Lydia Moland, associate professor of philosophy, had her piece “For Our Cause is Just” published in the web edition of The Paris Review July 7. The essay discusses the writings and views of American abolitionist Lydia Maria Child, “a crusader for justice.” Child “devoted her formidable talents for research, rhetoric, and philosophical argument to pricking her fellow citizens’...

Nyhus and Students Author Article in China Policy Institute: Analysis

Philip Nyhus, associate professor of environmental studies and program director, Yue (Anna) Yu ’19, and Jiaqi (Carmen) Wu ’19 coauthored “Of Stripes and Spots: Can a Growing Dragon Save a Tiger?” in the June 27 China Policy Institute: Analysis, the online journal of the China Policy Institute. The article looks at China’s conservation challenges, especially as they...

New Book by Lisle on Modern Coliseums and American Culture

Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies Ben Lisle has a new book out: Modern Coliseum Stadiums and American Culture (UPenn Press, 2017). The book “tracks changes in stadium design and culture since World War II” and shows that “stadiums have taken many shapes and served different purposes throughout the history of American sports culture.”

Gastaldo Research Teams Have Two Publications

Two research teams led by Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo have recently had manuscripts published. One manuscript, in which Gastaldo took the lead, was published in PALAIOS (v. 32, p. 349-366) and titled “Paleontology Of The Blaauwater 67 And 65 Farms, South Africa: Testing The Daptocephalus/Lystrosaurus Biozone Boundary In A Stratigraphic Framework.” The full paper can...

Sheehan Guest Lecturer at Terra Foundation in France

In July 2017 Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan will be a guest lecturer at the Terra Foundation’s summer program in Giverny, France. Founded in 2001 the Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in the historic village of Giverny. Sheehan will share her...

Green’s Photos in Show at Portland Art Museum

Associate Professor of Art Gary Green’s photographs are included in the Portland Art Museum’s (Portland, Ore.) exhibition Recent Photography Acquisitions. The two photographs, from his series Terrain Vague, are part of a group of eight that the museum acquired in 2016. The show, which runs until July 22 and includes the work of such notable photographers as...