Noh Lead Author for Paper in PNAS on Social Amoebas

Assistant Professor of Biology Suegene Noh was the lead author on a paper recently published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Titled “Genetic signatures of microbial altruism and cheating in social amoebas in the wild,” the authors “use approaches from population genetics and molecular evolution to test the adaptive relevance of social behavior...

McClenachan and Dissanayake Partner on Paper in Frontiers in Marine Science

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Sahan Dissanayake, former assistant professor of economics, and Ryunosuke Matsuura ’17 have a new paper in Frontier in Marine Science titled “Shifted Baselines Reduce Willingness to Pay for Conservation.” The authors “investigate how perceptions of change in coral reef ecosystems affect stakeholders’ willingness to pay for the...

El-Shaarawi and Razsa Receive ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Nadia El-Shaarawi, assistant professor of global studies, and Maple Razsa, associate professor of global studies, have received a prestigious ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for their project “Insurgent Mobilities: An Ethnography of the Balkan Route as Movement.” Anthropologists El-Shaarawi and Razsa “will coauthor an ethnography of the Balkan route that tells the story of the migrants who...

Besio, Wang, and Weitz Receive Grant from National Foreign Language Center

Kim Besio, Ziskind Professor of East Asian Studies, and Andie Wang, assistant professor of East Asian Studies, with Ankeney Weitz, the Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, as consultant, received a STARTALK grant of $102,074.97 from the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. The grant, titled “Learning Chinese through...

Taylor and Collaborators Receive SQuaRE Grant from American Institute of Mathematics

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor and four collaborators are the recipients of a SQuaRE grant from the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) to study the unknotting of spatial graphs. The grant will fund travel to AIM headquarters for a week in 2019. Spatial graphs are networks of nodes and connections positioned, often in knotted ways,...

New York Times Op-Ed by Gross on Hollywood Liberalism

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross penned an op-ed for the New York Times titled “Why is Hollywood so Liberal” in advance of the Oscars. “It’s award season in Hollywood, and it looks like the big winner will be progressive politics,” Gross wrote Jan. 27, then tries to explain why actors are liberal, offering several...

Hatch Op-ed on Neoliberal Definition In Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog

Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch wrote an op-ed for Monkey Cage, a Washington Post blog. Titled “Cornel West accused Ta-Nehisi Coates of being a neoliberal. Does neoliberal still mean anything?” Hatch’s op-ed defines the concept neoliberalism, which he says “is now abused so routinely that its actual meaning has become all but lost to the general...

Gouvêa Reviews Physics from Symmetry for MMA

Fernando Gouvêa, Colby’s Carter Professor of Mathematics, reviewed the textbook Physics from Symmetry for the Mathematical Association of America. Gouvêa, an applied mathematician, tries to read physics but is “generally dissatisfied with what [he] found. So it was with great anticipation that I read Physics from Symmetry, where the author attempts, as the title indicates, to derive much of physics from...

Art History Book by McKay ’89 and Marlais Published

A book coauthored by Gretchen Kreahling McKay ’89 and Michael Marlais is about to be released. Modernism versus Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-1889 (The University of North Carolina Press, March 2018) is part of the Reacting to History Series, an innovative teaching method that came out of Columbia University. The book “considers questions surrounding artistic developments at the end...

Besteman Op-ed on U.S. Military Presence in U.S. News & World Report

Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, cowrote an op-ed titled “Where in the World Is the U.S. Military? Everywhere” that appeared Jan. 12 in U.S. News & World Report. The article includes a recently published map that shows “the U.S. is waging this war on terror in 76 countries – or more...

Blevins Poem Posted for the CDC Poetry Project

A poem titled America Ain’t Easy by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins was posted for the CDC Poetry Project Jan. 8. The project posts poems using the “seven words forbidden in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents for 2018.” Blevins poem was inspired by “the Trump Administration’s very scary authoritarian bent.”

Angelini Publishes Article, is Guest Coeditor in Current Opinion in Insect Science

Assistant Professor of Biology David Angelini cowrote an article recently published online in Current Opinion in Insect Science. The article, “By land, air, and sea: hemipteran diversity through the genomic lens,” reviews the state of genomics research in true bugs (Hemiptera), the group of insects on which Angelini focuses his research. In the same issue, Angelini was guest...

Denoeux Reviews Books for Middle East Policy Council

Professor of Government Guilain Denoeux wrote reviews of two books for the Middle East Policy Council. Denoeux says the book Building a Palestinian State: The Incomplete Revolution by Glenn E. Robinson “is a must-read for anyone interested in the historical backdrop to current political developments in the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA),” Denoeux writes in the...

Hanlon Essays in New Republic and Ploughshares

Two recent essays by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon appeared at the end of the month. “The Decline of Debate on College Campuses” appeared in the New Republic Dec. 28 and “Why Not Social Reading?” appeared in a Ploughshares blog Dec. 31.

New Book, Empire in the Air, by Bhimull Released

A new book by Chandra Bhimull, associate professor of anthropology and African-American studies, has been released by New York University Press. Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora, “examines the role that race played in the inception of the airline industry,” the Press says. “Bhimull offers a unique analysis of early airline travel, illuminating...

Taylor Reviews Mathematics Textbook for MAA

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor reviewed a new textbook, From Groups to Geometry and Back (American Mathematical Society, 2017), for the Mathematical Association of America. “Readers will need a solid background in algebra and some form of topology or analysis,” he recommends. “All the needed definitions are included in the book, along with extremely helpful remarks to help...

Moland Receives NEH Grant for Continuing Research on Book on Hegel’s Aesthetics

Lydia Moland, associate professor of philosophy, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the upcoming year. The grant will allow Moland to complete research on her book Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism, which she’s been working on during her sabbatical year. Moland previously was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of...

Shea Op-ed in Portland Press Herald on Partisan Divide

Professor of Government Dan Shea contributed an op-ed to the Portland Press Herald titled “Maine Voices: Partisan divide may benefit Moore, as it did Trump.” Shea notes that in the last 10 years, elections have become partisan and “straight-ticket voting, for example, has reached unprecedented levels.” Voters band together like teams without a shared sense of purpose,...

Wilson Column on Birding in Portland Press Herald

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, wrote a birding column for the Portland Press Herald titled “Why do grebes eat their feathers?” Wilson starts off with a description of grebes, their characteristics and behaviors. He then cites a recent paper that “provides a definitive study of the functional significance of feather-eating in grebes,” which aids...

Livshits and Hews ’17 Publish in Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra

Professor of Mathematics Leo Livshits and Joshua Hews ’17 have published an original research article in the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. Titled “Groups of Matrices That Act Monopotently” the paper deals with the properties of the eigenvalues of a complex matrix, which are complex numbers associated with the matrix that capture some essential information about its...