Four Colby professors were awarded Fulbright fellowships in the 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars competition, and all four will spend all or some of next year abroad working on their academic research and teaching at the university level.
"It's a measure of the broad strength of Colby's faculty that we see professors from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences all receiving Fulbright awards in the same year," said Lori Kletzer, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. "And to see four Fulbrights in a single year is remarkable—a reason for pride for everyone associated with Colby."
Assistant Professor of English Paula Harrington will spend the spring semester as a Fulbright Scholar in France, researching Mark Twain's dislike for the French and the ways that the French teach and translate Twain's writings as a result. She will be in Paris for research and will conduct seminars with French graduate and undergraduate students of American literature in Paris, Lille, Lyon, and Tours. She hopes to organize a Mark Twain Day at one of the campuses.
Grossman Professor of Economics Patrice Franko will be a Fulbright Scholar at the Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. William R. Kenan Professor of Government Sandy Maisel will hold the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American Studies at the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. Franko and Maisel, who are married, will each work on a research project and teach graduate students. Maisel was a Fulbright Fellow in the Philippines in 1998.
Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo will spend January through August 2013 as a Fulbright Scholar at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, in a teaching and research position. He will continue his research in the Karoo Basin investigating the world's largest mass extinction and its effects on the terrestrial landscape. Gastaldo was a Fulbright Fellow in the Netherlands in 1982.