Visionary Professor and Leader of Education Program Marilyn Mavrinac Dies at 93

Colby remembers the life of Marilyn “Lyn” Sweeney Mavrinac, associate professor of education and history, emerita, who died Nov. 29, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wis. A dedicated teacher, scholar, and activist, Mavrinac provided the vision and leadership that broadened Colby’s Education Program into its current liberal arts-based exploration of education and its role in society. “Lyn...

Spark Q&A on New Book, Writing in Portland Press Herald

Professor of English Debra Spark spoke with the Portland Press Herald‘s Joan Silverman about her new book, And Then Something Happened: Essays on Fiction Writing. In the book, Spark “combines memoir, problem solving and lessons on the writer’s craft,” Silverman writes. “Vivid, warm and entertaining, the book includes references to a wide range of modern literature.”

Spark Featured on First Draft Podcast, Picked Up by LitHub

Professor of Creative Writing Debra Spark and her new book, And Then Something Happened: Essays on Fiction Writing, were the subject of an interview on the podcast First Draft: A Dialogue of Writing. In the interview, Spark talks about how much she enjoys interviewing people. “It’s fun for me, meeting people and talking to them. I feel like...

This Green Earth Interviewed Carlson on PFAS in Ski Wax

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson was interviewed on the radio program This Green Earth on Sept. 22. In the 30-minute conversation, they talked about Carlson’s new research on PFAS in ski wax, “it’s surprising findings, and why changes in the use of this type of ski wax are being pursued. These ‘forever’ chemicals can get into...

Six Colby Faculty Receive Promotions

President David A. Greene, in consultation with the Committee on Promotion and Tenure and Provost and Dean of Faculty Margaret McFadden, and the approval of the Board of Trustees, has recently promoted six faculty members. Yuri “Lily” Funahashi, music, has been promoted to associate professor while professors receiving a promotion to full professor include James...

Remembering Professor Suellen Diaconoff, Champion of the Humanities

Colby has recently learned that Suellen Diaconoff, professor of French, emerita, passed away Feb. 12, 2020, of heart disease at her home in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 79. During the 20 years she taught at Colby, she was a constant advocate for the humanities who also broadened the French major to include the larger...

More Reason to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve

The COVID-19 curve may be emblematic of the global pandemic, but the ubiquitous graphic doesn’t accurately represent the dynamics of the spread of the disease—or the full benefits of slowing its spread. That’s according to Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Moore, an ecologist who studies the distribution and abundance of organisms—and disease, disease ecology, and...

Professor Robert Gastaldo Published in Nature Communications

Current Ocean Crisis Indicates Land May Be Experiencing Even More Stress New research from an international team of scientists led by Colby College Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo appears this week in Nature Communications, the world’s leading multidisciplinary science journal. Titled “The base of the Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zone, Karoo Basin, predates the end-Permian marine extinction,”...

Leskiw ’21 Writes and Illustrates Article About Abalone in Earth Island Journal

Dominick Leskiw ’21, an English and environmental studies double major, wrote and illustrated an article titled “Holding Fast, or Failing?” that was printed in Earth Island Journal about his experiences on a “600-mile road trip up the California coast from La Jolla to just north of Bolinas, tracking down abalone devotees from all walks of...

Fleming Interviewed on Denver Art Museum Podcast about Monet

In an unusual pairing, James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was interviewed for the Denver Art Museum’s podcast on Claude Monet. In the episode, titled “Beyond Monet: You Can Smell it in the Paintings,” Fleming “closely examines Monet’s paintings of snowy landscapes and talks about how the artist captured...

In Guernica Essay, Hanlon Dissects Campus Talk

In an essay in Guernica titled “Anatomy of a Successful Campus Talk,” Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon discusses a recent campus visit by former Maine Governor Paul LePage and ways that campuses can make the most of a “less than admirable speaker.” Hanlon issue isn’t with bringing conservative speakers to campus, but rather with a format...

Three Faculty Members Granted Tenure

Colby has awarded tenure to three of its accomplished faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their scholarship, and in service to the College. Assistant professors Dean Allbritton (Spanish), David Angelini (biology), and Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) will be promoted to associate professor at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. “Earning...

Marvin Quoted in New York Times Story on CUNY

Cate Marvin, visiting assistant professor of English, was quoted in “How CUNY Became Poetry U,” a story in the June 2 New York Times about the appeal of teaching poetry at the City University of New York. “New York is a city where poets really want to live,” said Marvin, the founder of VIDA, an organization for women...

Lauren Duca Quotes Carlson in Teen Vogue Article

Lauren Duca, who writes an op-ed column called Thigh-High Politics for Teen Vogue, quoted Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, in her March 31 column titled “Climate Change Doesn’t Care Who You Voted For.” Fresh from a March 28 talk at Colby, Duca quotes Carlson in regards to President Trump’s executive order revoking environmental regulations enacted...

Angelini and Simmons ’17J Publish Article in Scientific Reports

Assistant Professor of Biology Dave Angelini and Will Simmons ’17J collaborated to produce a paper on the effects of pesticides on bumblebees published in the March 21 Scientific Reports, which is affiliated with the prestigious journal Nature. In an effort to find physiological mechanics that link “the effect of increased pesticide use and the spread of disease,”...

Blevins Wins Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins won the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize—a poetry contest for women over age 50—for her third book of poems, Appalachians Run Amok, which will be published in spring 2018. The Wilder Series Book Prize draws its inspiration from American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her...

Paliyenko Receives Fellowship, Gets New Book on Front List

Adrianna Paliyenko, Charles A. Dana Professor of French, makes news again with a fellowship award from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The visiting research fellowship for January 2018 will support her new book project, Passion and Its Discontents: Rethinking Louisa Siefert’s Body of Work, with archival research to be conducted at the Beinecke...

New English Chair Examines Poetry Through Interdisciplinary Lens

Mary Ellis Gibson, the newly arrived Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature and chair of the English Department, brings remarkable breadth and depth to Colby as a scholar of literature in English, including works by British, American, and Indian authors. Arriving last fall from the University of Glasgow, Gibson is excited about the desire in...
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INBRE Research Grant Ensures Biomedical Collaboration

Thanks in part to a new five-year, $18.4-million grant that funds collaboration between the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) and 13 Maine institutions, a multifaceted relationship between Colby and the lab will continue into the foreseeable future. The grant, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health,...

Professors Arendell, Marlais, and Reich Retire

Three teaching professors—Teresa J. Arendell (sociology), Michael A. Marlais (art), and Leonard S. Reich (science, technology, and society)—are retiring from Colby this year. Librarians Toni Katz and Margaret Menchen, both faculty members without rank, and President William D. Adams, formally a professor of philosophy, also are retiring. Terry Arendell, professor of sociology, arrived at Colby...