Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson participated in the 43rd annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research Aug. 1-3 in Philadelphia. Wilson serves on the education, science and baseball, and statistics committees of the society. He will teach The Science of Baseball (Biology 123) in the fall and Science and Baseball (Biology 223) next spring. At the convention he met Jeff Schatzki '87, SABR director of operations.
Professor Jim Fleming, a leading scholar of climate geoengineering, will speak at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10. The panel discussion is titled "Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change." Update September 2013: The event attracted an audience of 500 and was covered in the Sept. 24 entry of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy blog.
Fleming is professor of science, technology, and society at Colby. This Oct. 7-9 he is convening an international conference on technology and public policy at Colby supported by the Goldfarb Center. In 2009 he organized an international conference, Climate and Cultural Anxiety, which brought 32 international scholars to Colby to discuss historical perspectives on climate change.
Photographer Gary Green, assistant professor of art, is one of 28 artists chosen from among almost 900 applicants to exhibit his work in the Portland Museum of Art's 2013 biennial exhibition. The 2013 PMA Biennial, Piece Work, opens Oct. 3. The show, announced by the museum March 15, was also reported in the Portland Press Herald.
Professor Joseph Roisman (classics) received the Association of American Publishers' Prose Awards honorable mention in the category Classics and Ancient History for his groundbreaking book Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors (University of Texas Press, 2012).
The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts presents "Terrain Vague," photos of abandoned, ambiguous, or marginalized urban land, Feb. 7-May 31 at USM's Glickman Family Library in Portland. Green offers an artist's talk at 2 p.m. March 15.
Professor James R. Fleming (STS) was elected to chair the section on societal impacts of science and engineering of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014-15. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. Fleming chaired the AAAS section on history and philosophy of science 2006-09.
A Goldfarb Center poll released Jan. 3 confirms what Maine voters—who supported retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe and elected Angus King—seem to have signaled. Americans are tired of partisanship and want Congress to start working together in civil, productive ways.
Associate Professor Adam Howard (education) was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist and will participate in a project titled "Enhancing Social Inclusion in Universities" in Australia in March and April 2013. Currently on sabbatical, Howard studies and writes about educational inequality. He will work with the University of Melbourne and with Monash and Victoria universities to enhance social inclusion practices in an efforty to get more students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to attend universities and to succeed there.
Professor Paul Josephson (history) spoke on nuclear power, nature, and politics in Barcelona Nov. 6 and will speak in Vilnius, Lithuania, Nov. 16. His talks at universities there reflect on Fukushima, the shutdown of nuclear reactors as a result of superstorm Sandy, and continued efforts to rejuvenate nuclear power in Russia, the United States, and elsewhere.