Geology Students to Present Research at GSA Meeting

Six geology students will present their research at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting Oct. 22-25 in Seattle. The following students undertook their research at Colby and elsewhere through summer Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) programs. Alyson Churchill ’18, who participated in a summer REU program at Oregon State University, with a poster titled “Discharge...

Catherine Carey ’17 Receives Research Fellowship from Dartmouth

Catherine Carey ’17 was recently awarded the Mazilu Engineering Research Fellowship from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. Carey, from Seattle, Wash., is majoring in environmental science at Colby and spent her junior year at Dartmouth as part of Colby’s engineering dual-degree program. The fellowship will cover Carey’s research costs this summer and during the...

CLAS: A Fist Bump for Student Scholars

More than 650 students participated in the annual Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS). Perhaps more than the impressive numbers, the energy around the symposium tells the story. Christopher Abbott ’15 listing the disciplines applied to his investigation of small-scale grain growing and processing: anthropology as the framework; environmental science; botany and the biochemistry of malting; physics,...

Hunsicker ’15 Wins Eastern Sociological Society Poster Award

Madeline Hunsicker ’15 is one of six undergraduate winners of the Eastern Sociological Society‘s Undergraduate Poster Session Award for her honors thesis in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Her project, titled “Swipe: Affective and Experiential Implications of the First Sex Act,” was chosen from a pool of approximately 150 posters. She presented her poster at the annual...

Douds ’14 Presents on Ethiopia Research Trip

Erik Douds ’14 gave a presentation in South Orange, N.J., on a three-month research trip he took to Gambella, Ethiopia, after he graduated from Colby. Gambella is normally closed to foreigners, Douds said, but with government permission, he and his team had the opportunity to establish and monitor a national park. The trip sprung from...

Ahmad, Liao ’15, and Morin ’14 Publish Parkinson’s Research

Assistant Professor of Biology Tariq Ahmad and researchers Jennifer Liao ’15 and Laura Morin ’14 published a paper stemming from their Colby research. “Methods to characterize spontaneous and startle-induced locomotion in a rotenone-induced Parkinson’s disease model of Drosophila” was published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments in August 2014.

NSF Grant Offers Undergrads Summer Research in Ethiopia

A $390,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to professors Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) and Cat Collins (biology) will fund a summer 2015 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby and in Ethiopia. Eight undergraduate students from U.S. colleges and universities will be chosen to conduct interdisciplinary research on ecological, economic, and cultural...

Colby Team Finds 400-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Plants in Baxter State Park

The Baxter State Park Authority received a holiday gift in December courtesy of a group of Colby student geologists led by Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo. The authority was given the report of a Colby team that last fall surveyed bedrock in what is known as the Trout Valley Formation, an area of the...

Tate Presents U.S. Drug Policy Research at Women and Shadow Powers Workshop

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Winifred Tate was invited to present her research on U.S. drug policy at the Women and Shadow Powers workshop in Mexico City on Nov. 12. The workshop brought together women human rights defenders from Mexico, Central America, and South America to strategize about their work in regions experiencing drug-related violence and...

Gastaldo, Knight ’10 Coauthor Geological Society of America Article

Robert A. Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, published an article, “Latest Permian Paleosols from Wapadsberg Pass, South Africa: Implications for Changhsingian Climate,” in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 126, in May 2014. Coauthors on the article include Cassi Knight ’10. A PDF is available online.

Sheets to Publish Research on Depression in Emerging Adults

A research paper coauthored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets will be published in December 2014 in Behaviour Research and Therapy. Titled “Comparing Chronic Interpersonal and Noninterpersonal Stress Domains as Predictors of Depression Recurrence in Emerging Adults,” the article provides evidence that interpersonal stress—intimate relationship stress, close friendship stress, family relationship stress, personal health,...

Lakes Studies Featured in Portal of Outstanding Undergrad Research

Among a half dozen exemplary undergraduate research initiatives featured on the homepage of the Undergraduate Research Commons is the Colby Environmental Assessment Team. The team, part of the Environmental Studies Program’s capstone experience, has students take an intensive research course gathering data for an annual report about water ecology in nearby lakes, especially the Belgrade...

Fleming to Address Conference on Climate Models

Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Jim Fleming will be a keynote speaker at a conference Oct. 24-26 in London, Ont., titled “Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives.” Fleming’s talk is titled “Dynamic Climatology: Historical Perspectives on Shape-Shifting Nouns.” The conference is the second annual conference put on by the...

Postdoc Reuben Hudson Wins Green Chemistry Research Grant

Hydrogen-powered cars may be more efficient and practical in the future thanks in part to a grant recently awarded to Reuben Hudson, a postdoctoral fellow working at Colby with Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz. The National Science Foundation grant—$378,000 over three to four years—was awarded through a program called Science, Education, and Engineering for...
Chris Krasniak ’16

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,...

First-Year Presidential Scholars: NSF Grant Recipient and Coauthor on Research Paper

Thomas Thornton ’17 NSF Grant Recipient Presidential Scholar Thomas Thornton ’17 knew that he and his Colby Academic Research Assistant (CARA) mentor, Zacamy Professor of English Peter Harris, had at least one thing in common even before they met: an interest in meditation and contemplative practices. The two worked together on a contemplative studies research...

Sheets Spends Sabbatical Presenting Research with Students and Serving as Visiting Scholar

Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets spent three months of her yearlong sabbatical as a visiting scholar in the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked with collaborators in the UCLA Addictions Lab and developed new collaborative projects with faculty at the University of Southern California and the Claremont Colleges. She...

Psychology Students Present at Professional Conferences

Abby Cooper ’14, Jackie Charlton ’14, Caroline Southwick ’14, and Rebecca Stoutamyer ’15 gave a presentation titled “Learning Assertive and Compassionate Expressions of Anger: Abuse Intervention Programming as a Gateway to Masculine Empowerment” at the 2014 New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) Conference in Dover, Vt., on May 1. Their presentation included data from Colby...

Katy Lindquist ’14, Oak Human Rights Champion, Finds Footing in Africa

Katy Lindquist ’14 found her footing in Africa after majoring in anthropology and getting involved in Colby’s Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. She won student awards for both pursuits, and she reflects on her work and research abroad in this Colby magazine online Q&A.

Students, Professor Present Panel on Environmental Research in Africa

Three Colby students and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds will present a thematic panel to discuss “Community Forest Governance in a Globalizing World: Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Africa” as part of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences’ annual meeting June 11-14 at Pace University in New York City. The panel will...