Professor Leads Lego Protest

Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown is leading the charge against a new line of Legos aimed at appealing to girls, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Mackenzie Receives Fulbright

G. Calvin Mackenzie (government) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi, Vietnam, this spring, and to assist major Vietnamese universities in developing American studies programs.

Research To Be Presented in Ethiopia, in Amharic

Senior environmental policy majors researched issues in Ethiopia this fall and, with help from Professor Travis Reynolds and Abebu Kassie '14, who is from Ethiopia, their findings will be presented in Ethiopia in the local language.

Students Present Semester Research

In this last week of classes, students from various disciplines will present semester-long research projects on topics ranging from marginalized groups in Brazil and central Africa to water quality in the Belgrade Lakes.

Jewish Scholars on New Testament

An essay by David Freidenreich (Jewish studies) appears in The Jewish Annotated New Testament, which the New York Times recently called "an unusual scholarly experiment: an edition of the Christian holy book edited entirely by Jews."

Neuroscience Students to Blog from National Meeting

Four Colby students have been selected to blog from this year's annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Nov. 12-16 in Washington, D.C. Theirs is the only undergraduate student blog among the 10 chosen.

Fleming Wins Book Awards

Professor Jim Fleming (science, technology, and society) recently won best-book prizes in two different disciplines for his book Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control.

Campaign Finance in the News

With the recent release of presidential fundraising numbers, reporters looked to campaign finance expert Anthony Corrado (government) for analysis. This week he appears in the Economist, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and other publications.

Chemical Factors in Obesity Examined

Environmental health experts at an Oct. 14 conference titled “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us to Action” said eating too much and exercising too little are not the only causes of a growing obesity epidemic.

Corrado Analyzes Campaign Fundraising on NPR

NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday tapped Professor Tony Corrado (government) to explain the effects of the recession and of an accelerated primary schedule on fundraising for the 2012 presidential election.

Leonard and Shettleworth to Appear on C-SPAN

Professor Elizabeth Leonard (history) and Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth '70 will appear on a live C-SPAN broadcast of The Contenders Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. The focus is James Blaine, a Maine senator who was the Republican nominee in 1884. Online video at

Colby Community Marks 9/11 Anniversary

Students, faculty, and staff marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with on-campus events aimed at honoring victims and eliciting questions.

Mackenzie on Berwick Appointment

G. Calvin Mackenzie (government) comments on the controversial appointment of Donald M. Berwick, who now oversees Medicare and Medicaid. "'So the president could have nominated someone else but the situation probably would have been the same,' said Calvin Mackenzie, a professor of government at Colby College and author of Innocent Until Nominated: The Breakdown of the Presidential Appointments Process."

Corrado on Obama’s Fundraising

President Obama has participated in more fundraising events than Bush and Clinton had at this point in their first terms. "'We have entered the era of the permanent campaign,' said Anthony Corrado, a campaign-finance expert at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 'This is a reflection … of the enormous sums that are anticipated for the election.'"

Corrado on Super PACs

The establishment of super PACs, as allowed by the Supreme Court in 2010, chips away at the campaign finance reform established by McCain-Feingold. Anthony Corrado (government) says the change could benefit the Obama campaign.

Op-ed by Jennifer Finney Boylan: All My Old Haunts

Guest columnist Jennifer Finney Boylan (creative writing) looks back at "old haunts" and considers how her father would have approached the issue of raising the debt ceiling.  “Only when you try to argue your opponents’ point of view,” he'd have said, “does your own begin to make sense.”

Plesch and Libby to Present

Veronique Plesch (art) and Maggie Libby '81 (art, Special Collections) will present "Commemorating Colby Women" at the ninth International Association of Word and Image Studies Conference in Montreal, August 22-26.

Math Professor’s Take on Tax Cuts

Professor of Math Emeritus Tom Berger looks at the tax cut question from the perspective of two hypothetical families—one with average income for Maine and one wealthy according to President Obama—and shows how the math works now and into the future.