Blair Braverman

Tough Sledding

“Every day I look for something from the taxidermist,” she says, rooting around in a chest freezer in the barn. After rejecting a bag of rock-solid, wine-red mink flesh, then nixing the pale remains of trophy freshwater fish, she appraises a frozen soccer ball of marbled meat with an approving eye. “I don’t know what […]

In Lewiston, a Cosmic Event

Besteman and her husband, Jorge Acero, had lived in a remote Somali village, Banta, in 1987 and 1988, and Besteman’s role in Lewiston was to give some background on the civil war that broke out shortly afterward. But when Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, introduced herself to the […]

Judging a Book

Cook, assistant professor of English, is an expert in Middle English, Geoffrey Chaucer, and the history of the book. As such, she recently requested that Colby acquire a 1602 folio edition of Chaucer’s works (purchased at auction by Colby Libraries’ Assistant Director for Collections Management Anna Noriega), not because it’s valuable in a rare-books sense, […]
They Care About What You Eat

They Care What You Eat

  Ben Rooney ’10 Wild Folk Farm Tucked into sprawling cornfields of the Kennebec Valley in Benton, Maine, is a series of rectangular troughs dug into the dense marine clay. The troughs, covering an acre, are filled with green grasses and irrigated with water from an adjacent manmade pond. The grasses are rice—varieties with names […]

Logging on to the Future

Post remembers her final showcase at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. “It’s really stirring to think about how to make a whole performance look a certain way just with the lights. You can use the lights to emphasize whatever emotion is going on.” Post is one of the first interdisciplinary computation majors to graduate […]
Alyson Churchill '17 and Oriana Battifarano '17 examine late Permian rocks on the Bethel Farm, Free State, South Africa, where the end Permian extinction event was thought to have occurred.

New Clues to a Mass Extinction

An article in the October GEOLOGY magazine concludes that we need to reconsider the global collapse model long used to explain how ecosystems responded during those mass extinctions. Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo is the lead author, with scientists from South Africa, Canada, and the United States as coauthors. Their latest evidence suggests that […]
Ariel Oppong ‘16


“Where is the advocacy? Where is the publicity? Where is the compassion? Where is the health care? And why is this continuing?” —Ariel Oppong ’16 on substandard health-care conditions in Appalachia Eyes Wide Open From Africa to Appalachia, Ariel Oppong is asking tough questions about health care The Jan Plan internship working in hospitals in […]
Peter Agelasto ’96

Eying Past, Present, and Future

So what does the dusty ocarina have to do with Starchive, the media-archiving software that Agelasto and his team have developed that is now being used to provide digital access to hundreds of thousands of long-buried artifacts for Dylan? And what does a Colby independent major have to do with cutting-edge technology? According to Agelasto, […]

Extragalactic Explorers

From their offices on the fourth floor of the Mudd Science Building, Elizabeth McGrath and Dale Kocevski enjoy a view that takes in the terraced lawn of the academic quad, the rooftops of Lovejoy and Cotter Union—and distant galaxies as they appeared when the universe was young. McGrath and Kocevski are extragalactic astronomers, tied to the […]

Hidden No More

After months of anxious waiting, they finally heard the knock on the door. This was in Amsterdam, in August 1942. Three generations of a Jewish family lived in the home: grandparents, their daughter and son-in-law, and the couple’s two children, ages 8 months and 2 years. The men at the door were police. They told […]