Duke University Press Publishes Besteman Q&A

In a Q&A published online by Duke University Press in support of her new book, Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine, Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman talks about her research in Somalia, her unexpected reunion with refugees in Lewiston, her work with refugee communities, lessons from Somalia that apply to the current...

EARTH Magazine Covers Gastaldo’s Geology Research

An article in the January 2016 edition of EARTH: The Science Behind the Headlines summarizes research conducted in South Africa by Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo. Under the headline “Permian-Triassic extinctions timed differently on land and at sea,” the article explains how research by Gastaldo and colleagues, including dozens of Colby student researchers, has...

Burke Essay Published in Boston Globe

Professor of English Michael Burke published an essay in the Boston Globe‘s “My First Home” series Jan. 10. The piece, titled “It Didn’t ‘Ad’ Up,” describes the Maine farmhouse he and his wife have renovated since purchasing it in 1987.

Conner Featured on Carnegie Mellon Podcast

Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner was invited to speak about her book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era, with “Dialogues” host Stewart Urist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Arts Management and Technology Lab. In the 22-minute segment, Conner discusses her theory of social interpretation through productive talk and reflects...

Josephson on “New Books in STS” Podcast

Professor of History Paul Josephson conducted a podcast interview with New Books in Science, Technology, and Society Jan. 29. Josephson discusses his book Fish Sticks, Sports Bras, and Aluminum Cans: The Politics of Everyday Technologies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), which explores everyday objects through social, political, and cultural lenses.

Dissanayake Conducts Training Workshop in Sri Lanka

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake conducted a two-day capacity-building workshop on the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity Jan. 26 and 27 in Sri Lanka. The training targeted officers and researchers from multiple ministries including the Ministry of the Environment, the National Planning Ministry, the Forest Department, the Department of Coastal Conservation, the Biodiversity...

Wilson Speaks on How Birds Survive Winter

Herb Wilson, Colby’s Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences and author of a regular ornithology column in Maine newspapers, will present a talk, “How Birds Survive the Winter,” at the Jan. 29 PechaKucha Night Waterville. Wilson will be one of eight presenters at the quarterly creative networking event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Thomas...

Kletzer in Harvard Business Review on Wage Insurance

Provost and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer makes an argument for wage insurance in a Harvard Business Review article published Jan. 25. A member of the economics faculty at Colby, Kletzer writes: “Typically, workers who lose their jobs can qualify for unemployment insurance, a regular payment to help with the transition. But unemployment insurance ends once you...

Shea Article in The Forum Considers Young Voters

Professor of Government and Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Daniel M. Shea published an article titled “Young Voters, Declining Trust and the Limits of ‘Service Politics,'” in The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, Vol. 13, Issue 3, October 2015.

Ahmad and Liao Publish Ethanol Brain Research

S. Tariq Ahmad (biology) and Jennifer Liao ’15, with Joseph A. Seggio, have published the article, “Mutations in the circadian gene period alter behavioral and biochemical responses to ethanol in Drosophila,” in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. The article, reporting results of Liao’s senior thesis research, shows faster ethanol-induced sedation and slower recovery with age....

Soto’s Work on Personality Traits in APS Observer

Research by Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto was featured in the January 2016 Association for Psychological Science’s Observer. Soto’s research, Personality Traits in Childhood and Adolescence: Structure, Development, and Outcomes, was referred to in the Observer‘s article about teaching cutting-edge psychological science and was originally published the APS Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Shea Publishes Volumes on Campaign Craft and Democracy

Professor of Government and Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Daniel M. Shea recently published the fifth edition of Campaign Craft: The Strategy, Tactics and Art of Political Campaign Management (Praeger Books, 2015) with coauthors Michael John Burton of Ohio University and William Miller of Flagler College (Fla.). Shea also recently...

Blevins To Read from Essay Collection

Associate Professor of English (creative writing) Adrian Blevins will join with other Appalachian writers as they read from Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, March 17 at CitySpace-Piedmont Council for the Arts in Charlottsville, Va. Blevins is editor of the collection of essays, which explores forbidden subjects in Southern literary culture.

McFadden Publishes Article in Studies in American Humor

Margaret McFadden, the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning and Professor of American Studies, published an articled titled “‘Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity!: Eddie Cantor and the Great Depression” in the fall 2015 issue of Studies in American Humor, the premier humor studies journal in the United States.

Benissan Leads African Music Ensemble at UU Church

Messan Jordan Benissan, applied music associate at Colby, will lead an African drumming ensemble comprising 33 student musicians at the Waterville Unitarian-Universalist Church at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 as part of the church’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The ensemble includes students participating in Benissan’s Jan Plan course, African Music, a hands-on introduction...

Dissanayake and McClenachan Paper Accepted for Publication

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan Dissanayake and Ainslie Assistant Professor Environmental Studies Loren McClenachan had their paper, “Fair Trade Fish: Consumer Support for Broader Seafood Sustainability,” accepted for publication in Fish and Fisheries, the number-one ranked journal in fisheries. A Goldfarb Center grant provided funding for data collection, and data analysis was conducted by students, including...

Sheehan Speaks on Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr Colloquium

Tanya Sheehan, associate professor and chair of the Art Department, will speak in the Bryn Mawr College Colloquium in Visual Culture Jan. 27. Her lecture, titled “Changing the Joke: Racial Humor and American Vernacular Photography,” will examine the cultural work that amateur comic photographic tropes performed in progressive-era United States.

Hudson Publishes Op-Ed on Climate Change

In a Bangor Daily News op-ed, Reuben Hudson, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry, challenges industry to apply the lessons learned in the 1980s about ozone depletion to climate change today. “Until industry can further bring down the cost and widen the availability of solar, wind and other alternatives through continued innovation,” Hudson wrote, “its powerful voice will...

Tortora Featured on New Books in Military History Podcast

Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora is featured in an hour-long interview on the podcast New Books in Military History discussing his new book, Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763, published in 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. Interviewer Bob Wintermute of Queens College, CUNY, praises the...

Leonard Signs Contract for Biography of Gen. Benjamin Butler

Professor Elizabeth Leonard, Colby’s John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, recently received an advance book contract from the University of North Carolina Press for a biography of Benjamin Franklin Butler, a renowned Union general in the Civil War  and a member of Colby’s Class of 1838. The book, slated for publication in...