Gross on Wisconsin Public Radio

Professor of Sociology Neil Gross conducted an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio about the abundance of liberal professors on college campuses. WPR’s Kathleen Dunn talked with Gross July 11 about the need to advocate for hiring more conservative professors, similar to that of affirmative action. “It’s true that professors are a liberal lot,” Gross said. “But against...

Soto Reviews Personality and Behavior in NPR Essay

In an NPR commentary, Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto examines why people act as they do. His essay, “Personality Can Change over a Lifetime, and Usually for the Better,” was published June 30 on NPR’s “Shots” page, which covers health news. “The nature, development and consequences of personality traits remain hot topics of research,...

Nyhus Edits Biodiversity Book Series for Leading Science Publisher

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus is the editor of a new book series, “Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes,” published by Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. Books in the series focus on specific species or taxa across disciplinary boundaries and spatial scales....

Shea to Address Annual Warren G. Harding Symposium

Dan Shea, professor of government and director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, is one of the lecturers at this year’s Harding Symposium. Hosted by Ohio State University at Marion, the symposium includes nationally recognized political experts and is held at the home of former President Warren G. Harding. Shea speaks July 16,...

Arellano Edits Special Issue of Radical History Review

A special issue of the journal Radical History Review coedited by Associate Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lisa Arellano will be released in September. Titled “Reconsidering Gender, Violence and the State,” the issue brings together a broad range of interdisciplinary scholarship to fulfill the promise of its title as contributors,...

Fleming Discusses Geoengineering on Berkshire Bookworld Podcast

Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Rodger Fleming discusses speculative technological solutions to climate change, a subject he wrote about in the 10th and final volume of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. That volume is titled The Future of Sustainability. Berkshire Bookworld podcast host Karen Christensen interviews Fleming in the 21-minute audio interview...

Hudson Receives Maine Technology Institute Grant

Chemist and postdoctoral fellow Reuben Hudson received a $5,000 grant—and an $11,463 match—from the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), the Portland Press Herald reports June 9. With recent funding from the National Science Foundation, Hudson and Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz have designed new materials that show promise for hydrogen fuel cell applications. Compared with competing materials, theirs have the potential for increased fuel cell...

Allbritton Article Examines First AIDS Cases in Spain

Assistant Professor of Spanish Dean Allbritton’s article “It Came from California: The AIDS Origin Story in Spain” has been published in the March 2016 Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Adapting work from his book project, Allbritton analyzes the mediated response to the first reported cases of AIDS in Spain, along with the construction of an origins...

Angelini Presents Seminars and Develops Outreach Program on Bugs

Assistant Professor of Biology David Angelini presented two invited seminars in April, one at the University of Rochester and another at the University of Montana. Titled “Eco-evo-devo and morphogenomics: The integrative biology of wing polyphenism in a true bug,” these presentations relayed Angelini’s recent work into the environmental and genetic causes and evolutionary consequences of multiple developmental outcomes in...

Zelensky Article on Russian Church Music Published as Book Chapter

Assistant Professor of Music Natalie Zelensky’s article “Russian Church Music, Conundrums of Style, and the Politics of Preservation in the Emigre Diaspora of New York” was included as a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). Zelensky’s chapter examines discourses of authenticity as they are articulated within the realm of sacred...

Burke on Ephemeral Architecture in A/B Architecture Boston

The summer 2016 issue of A/B Architecture Boston has a feature titled “Now You See It,” a series of vignettes about temporary structures that leads off with Professor of English Michael Burke’s piece called “Season’s Fleetings.” In it Burke describes the pop-up village of ice-fishing shacks that appears each winter on the pond in his...

Matsuura ’16 and Dissanayake Publish on Maine North Woods Park

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and Ryu Matsuura ’16 published an article in the Maine Policy Review on preferences for the proposed Maine North Woods Park. Their research, conducted with Andrew Meyer of Marquette University, contributes to the ongoing public dialogue about the proposed park by analyzing the preferences of out-of-state visitors....

Janice Liang ’16 and Professors Collaborate on Article about Agriculture and Food in Ethiopia

Janice Liang ’16, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds, and Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology Cathy Collins are coauthors on an article published in April 2016 in AIMS Agriculture and Food. The article (online here) is titled “Effects of exotic Eucalyptus spp. plantations on soil properties in and around sacred natural sites...

Students, Professors Collaborate on Ethiopia Church Forests Paper

Two assistant professors of environmental studies, Travis Reynolds and Denise Bruesewitz, and three Colby students have published an article in African Journal of Ecology. The paper, titled “Ethiopian Orthodox church forests provide regulating and habitat services: Evidence from stream sediment and aquatic insect analyses,” is available in an early online version. Sara LoTemplio ’16, an...

Hanlon Considers Ageism in Chronicle Essay

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon describes many ways he’s mistaken for a younger person, often a student, in his essay “I’m Not a Student, I Just Look Like One” in the May 25 Chronicle of Higher Education. Considering how ageism works, he writes, “I’m also sharing these examples to draw attention to the fact...

Rueger Wins 2016 Bassett Teaching Award

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology Bruce Rueger received the Charles Bassett Teaching Award May 16 from the Class of 2016.   Since 1993 each senior class has voted to recognize a Colby faculty member with the award, named for the late professor of American studies and English who taught at Colby from 1969 to 2000...

Gross’s L.A. Times Op-Ed Examines Political Imbalance in Higher Education

On May 20 Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times titled “Professors are overwhelmingly liberal. Do universities need to change hiring practices?” The article concludes: “As a rule, politics should play no role at all in academic employment decisions; we should neither keep conservatives out nor fast-track their...

Plesch to Deliver Keynote at Word and Image Conference

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will be the plenary speaker at the international conference Crossing Borders: Appropriations and Collaborations, held June 29–July 1 at the College of the Holy Cross. Plesch, an expert in Word and Image studies, is currently president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies. This event is sponsored by the international...

Hanlon Considers Free Speech on Campus in TNR Essay

In a New Republic essay, Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon takes issue with a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Why Free Speech Matters on Campus” by Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch. “If Bloomberg and Koch really want ‘robust dialogue with their fellow citizens,’ they could start by acknowledging that they wield more stifling influence,...

Gross Publishes N.Y. Times Essay, “Why Are the Highly Educated So Liberal?”

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross published an opinion piece in the May 15 Sunday New York Times titled “Why Are the Highly Educated So Liberal?” In it he draws connections between a 1979 book by sociologist Alvin Gouldner, The Future of Intellectuals and the Rise of the New Class, and a recent Pew Research Center...