Wilson on the Audubon Bien Edition at Colby and the Carolina Parakeet

In his April 17 ornithology column in the MaineToday newspapers, Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson wrote about the Bien edition of Audubon’s Birds of North America that is currently on view in the Colby Special Collections library. Apropos of the coming Earth Day, Wilson provides a eulogy for the extinct Carolina parakeet, which is...

Fleming Essay on Meteorology Published in Boston Globe “Ideas” Section

An essay by Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Rodger Fleming about Carl Rossby and his early efforts to study weather using hydrogen balloons and radiosondes was published April 17 in the Boston Globe’s “Ideas” section. Under the headline “Oysters, beer, and a meteorological breakthrough” Fleming describes Rossby’s early efforts to study the...

Spark on “Protecting Calvin Trillin” in Huffington Post

Professor of English Debra Spark offers an alternative way to view Calvin Trillin following the recent dust-up surrounding his poem about Chinese food in The New Yorker April 4. “Does Trillin’s poem mean he is a racist? No, of course not,” Spark writes in an April 8 Huffington Post essay. “Is he oblivious? Yes, indeedy,...

Fleming’s Book on History of Meteorology in Nature Magazine

A review of Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming’s latest book, Inventing Atmospheric Science: Bjerknes, Rossby, Wexler, and the Foundations of Modern Meteorology (MIT Press, 2016), appears in the April 7 issue of Nature. Reviewer Alan Thorpe writes, “Fleming’s fascinating account clarifies why these [first] two were giants of leadership,” and...

Gross in Inside Higher Ed Article on “Passing on the Right” Study

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross was quoted in a March 30 Inside Higher Ed article about a new book, Passing on the Right, a study of the challenges of being a conservative professor in the humanities and social sciences. Higher Ed reports “Gross said he disagreed with the book’s premise that social science would ‘be...

Burke Awarded Artist’s Writing Residency in Ireland

Professor of English Michael Burke has been awarded an artist’s residency in creative writing for 2016 at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. Founded by and named for renowned theater director Sir William Tyrone Guthrie, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and...

Tappan and Carmack ’18 Present to American Men’s Studies Association

Professor of Education Mark Tappan and Adrienne Carmack ’18 will present a research paper titled “From Boys to Men: Exploring Resistant Masculinities During Emerging Adulthood” at the 2016 annual conference the American Men’s Studies Association April 1. The conference is at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 31-April 3. Carmack, a Presidential Scholar, worked...

Professor Nikky Singh Lectures on Sikhism in U.S. and U.K.

Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Singh, an expert on Sikhism, has lectured at numerous conferences and events this academic year. She is scheduled to speak on “Navigating Religious Identity in Our New Worlds” as an interfaith scholar in Fresno, Calif., April 8. Previous engagements include “Sacred and Secular Lyrics from the Punjab” at Wolfson College,...

Tate’s Book on U.S. Colombia Policy Published in Spanish

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Winifred Tate’s 2015 book, Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia (Stanford University Press), was recently published in Spanish under the title Drogas, Bandidos y Diplomáticos by the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia. Tate will attend Colombia’s largest publication event, the Feria del Libro (Book Fair), in Bogota in late...

Wilson on Irruption of Bohemian Waxwings on Campus

Ornithologist and Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson looked no farther than Mayflower Hill for his latest column on birds and birding. Eagerly awaiting the late arrival of Bohemian waxwings, he was pleased on Feb. 18 to see thousands of them—”by far the biggest group of Bohemian waxwings I have seen on campus...

Besteman to Talk about Somali Bantu Refugees in Lewiston

Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman will speak at the Lewiston, Maine, Public Library Tuesday, April 26, about her new book, Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine. The library talk, at 6:30 p.m., will feature a conversation about the work with two leaders from the local Somali community, Muhidin Libah and Rilwan Osman....

Dissanayake Publishes Various Articles on Conservation

Sahan T. Dissanayake, assistant professor of economics, recently published or has forthcoming four articles in a variety of journals and a book project. Several of the articles have Colby students as coauthors. His recent publications: “Policies with varying costs and benefits: A land conservation classroom game,” with  S. Jacobson, in the Journal of Economic Education....

Burke Writes on Italian Writer-in-Residence Experience for Boston Globe

Professor of English Michael Burke published a travel article in the Boston Globe in March about his experience as an artist in residence in Noepoli, in southern Italy. Burke had a Palazzo Rinaldi Artist’s Residency during his sabbatical year. The article is online.

Siodla Publishes in Journal of Urban Economics

James Siodla, assistant professor of economics, recently published an article, “Razing San Francisco: The 1906 Disaster as a Natural Experiment in Urban Redevelopment,” in the Journal of Urban Economics, 89: 48-61, September 2015. The paper examines residential density across razed and unburned areas between 1900 and 2011 and concludes that a large density differential still exists...

Montgoris Professor Allecia Reid Wins Fulbright Award

  Allecia Reid, the William and Margaret Montgoris Assistant Professor of Psychology, researches how social factors influence health behaviors, including young adults’ consumption of alcohol. Now, as the winner of a Fulbright research award for 2016-17, she will spend a sabbatical at the University of Liverpool, in England, testing a novel strategy for reducing alcohol...

Corrado Quoted in The Atlantic on Sanders

Professor of Government Anthony Corrado comments in The Atlantic on Bernie Sanders’s ability to raise money from small donors in unprecedented numbers. “Small-dollar donations have become the bedrock of his campaign,” Corrado told The Atlantic. “And he has been able to motivate more donors more quickly to raise more money from small amounts than was the...

Tortora Book Receives Award

A recent book by Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora was named best book of 2015 by the South Carolina Historical Society. Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763, published by the University of North Carolina Press, reveals the ways the Anglo-Cherokee War reshaped the colonial south. Tortora explores how the war...

Hubbard Publishes Book on the Essentials of Auctions

Assistant Professor of Economics Timothy Hubbard’s new book, Auctions (MIT Press), is part of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series. Cowritten with Harry J. Paarsch, the book explains both the theory and the practice of auctions. “The authors explain what constitutes an auction and how auctions can be modeled as games of asymmetric information,” MIT...

Students to Perform, Kloppenberg to Speak at Portland Ovations Dance Performance

Three Colby theater and dance majors will perform Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Portland, Maine, alongside the internationally renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the company’s performance that is part of the Portland Ovations series. Leah Bilodeau ’17, Julia Borges ’18, and Kathryn Butler ’17 will be part of the dance program, “Play and...

Dissanayake Publishes on Pedagogy in Journal of Economic Education

An article on innovative teaching pedagogy, written by Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake, was published in the Journal of Economic Education, the premier journal for economic pedagogy. In the article titled “Using STELLA Simulation Models to Teach Natural Resource Economics” Dissanayake discusses how he incorporates graphical simulation models created using STELLA, a dynamic simulation...