For Eric Roy ’04, Flint Water Crisis Created a Company

In the spring of 2015, Eric Roy ’04 got a tip from someone in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about high lead levels in the water in Flint, Mich. This was before the people of Flint fully understood what was in their water. And way before Flint became a public health crisis. A chemist trained...

Zelensky Gives Presentation on Franco-American Music at USM-LAC

Natasha Zelensky, associate professor of music, gave a multi-media presentation titled “Franco Memory Through Song” at the University of Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus on April 11. Zelensky, an ethnomusicologist who studies the role of music in immigrant communities, discussed her project, undertaken with her students, “to collect and preserve some of Lewiston’s most unique—and treasured—Franco-American chanson,” the Lewiston...

Soto Published Article in Psychological Science Confirming Replicability

Christopher Soto, associate professor of psychology, has published a paper in the journal Psychological Science addressing the replicability crisis in psychology. His paper, “How Replicable Are Links Between Personality Traits and Consequential Life Outcomes? The Life Outcomes of Personality Replication Project,” presents the findings of his project, which “provide grounds for cautious optimism about the personality–outcome...

Besteman Q&A on Books and Ideas

Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, conducted a Q&A for Books and Ideas, a project of the Collège de France. Yasmine Bouagga interviewed Besteman about her book Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine. Among the questions asked were “How can social service practices be reconciled with the customs and habits...

Fan Offers “Expert” Advice on WalletHub Piece on Mastercard

Assistant of Professor of Economics Yang Fan was an “expert” in a WalletHub piece on Mastercard credit cards. Fan provided answers to four questions, including “Should every person have at least one Mastercard credit card?” to which he responded, “Yes, it limits the risk that the vendor you are purchasing from does not accept your...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in Science Advances

“The historical development of complex global trafficking networks for marine wildlife” is the title of the latest published paper by Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. The article, which McClenachan coauthored, appeared in the journal Science Advances and chronicles how the team “curated 150 years of tortoiseshell transactions and derived biologically...

LeVan Op-ed in Bangor Daily News on Ranked-Choice Voting

Carrie LeVan, the Montgoris Family Assistant Professor of Government, wrote an op-ed titled “What Mainers really think of ranked-choice voting” in the March 12 Bangor Daily News in which she discusses the complexity of whether Mainers support the expansion of ranked-choice voting. “Because ranked-choice voting has become a partisan issue, simply asking Maine’s voters whether they want to expand it seems...

Colby Museum of Art in New York Times Article on College Art Museums

The Colby College Museum of Art is profiled in a March 12 New York Times piece titled “Raising the Cultural Bar on Campuses.” The profile mentions a new exhibit by Theaster Gates, Colby’s distinguished artist and director of artist initiatives. “While not typically top of mind as a go-to destination, college and university art museums have a common...

Article on Benjamin, Written by Murray ’18, in Bahamian Digest

Fulbright Scholar Clare Murray ’18 interviewed Jordia Benjamin, the Colby Museum of Art Mirken Senior Coordinator of Programs and Audience Engagement, for the blog Superstars of Culture that Murray created to highlight cultural change-makers. The interview was picked up by Smith & Benjamin’s e-magazine Bahamian Art & Culture and appeared in its March 8 issue. Benjamin, a native of the Bahamas, has traveled...

Braverman ’11 Draws Media Buzz for First Iditarod

Blair Braverman ’11 started her first Iditarod March 3, but she’s not new to mushing. Her social media posts about her dogs and their races have a large following—dubbed “Ugly dogs”—and the media has been interested in her story. National Public Radio’s All Things Considered aired an interview with Braverman March 1 and posted a...

Wells ’11 Awarded Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Grant to Study in Iceland

Greta Wells ’11, a geology and French studies double major, has been awarded a Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research grant to study in Iceland this year. Wells is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation project investigates a series of glacial lake outburst floods (jökulhlaups) that drained from the Kjölur region in Iceland at...

Herb Wilson in the News: Mexico Bird Trip Report, Public Talk on Bird Migration

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, is in the news this week. Two reports of his January birding trip to Mexico were published: in the Portland Press Herald and in Yucatán Ex-Pat Life. Both articles recount a particularly successful day birding at Rio Lagartos, a “well-known birding hot-spot” on the Yucatán Peninsula.  “Altogether we saw 83 species...

Angle News Quotes Fleming in Article on History of Terms Climate Change and Global Warming

Is it climate change or global warming? James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was quoted in a March 3 Angle News article that dissects how the two terms came to be. Fleming talked of Svante Arrhenius, “the first scientist to calculate the impact that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had on temperature,” he told Angle News. “The...

Gastaldo Article on Plants and Mass Extinction Published in Nature

The journal Nature has published an article by Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, in its News and Views section. The March 1 article, “Ancient plants escaped the end-Permian mass extinction,” details what two papers (one by Fielding et al., the other by Nowak et al.) “reveal about what happened to terrestrial plants during the end-Permian crisis,” Gastaldo writes. Written for a general...

Brown and Flaumenhaft ’19 Article on Curricular Change Published in Phi Delta Kappan

An article by Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown and Jenny Flaumenhaft ’19 was published in Phi Delta Kappan Feb. 25. Titled “Student-empowered curricular change,” the article details their work using an initiative called TREE—Transforming Rural Experience in Education—at Maine’s Seabrook Elementary School. TREE uses a bottom-up approach and recognizes that empowerment is key to student success. At...

Blevins Essay “Our Maine Ruinlust” Published in Decor Maine

Decor Maine published the essay “Our Maine Ruinlust” by Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, that chronicles two homes Blevins refurbished in her 15 years in Maine. The essay mainly focuses on her second home in East Winthrop, a house with beauty that eases her, a “huge house that the original owners unironically named ‘Olympus’ [that] also...

Physics Today Article by Joseph Martin Includes Bern Porter Map

A Physics Today artcle titled “When condensed-matter physics became king” includes two Colby connections. Its author, Joseph Martin, was a faculty fellow in Science, Technology, and Society 2013-14. While at Colby, he became familiar with the Bern Porter Collection in the Special Collections Department. Porter, a 1932 Colby graduate, drew a Map of Physics in 1939, which...

Maisel Quoted in Portland Press Herald Article on Mills’ Style

Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, was quoted in the Feb. 17 Portland Press Herald article “Maine governor looks ahead after turbulent LePage era” that compares the style of Maine’s Governor Janet Mills to her predecessor, “viewed by critics as a blabbermouth and bully systematically shifted the course of state government to the right...

New York Times Story on White’s Book Biddy Mason Speaks Up

Biddy Mason Speaks Up, a new book by Arisa White, assistant professor of English, was the focus of the Feb. 8 New York Times “California Today” article “Meet Biddy Mason, a Black Woman Who Helped Build Los Angeles.” The Times reporter was curious about why White decided to write about Biddy Mason and alternative ways of portraying historical figures. “A...

Fleming Cited in CNN Piece on Cli-fi at the Movies

James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was quoted in a Feb. 8 CNN piece titled “Cli-fi (climate fiction) on the big screen changes minds about real climate change.” Climate change fiction genre—cli-fi—”seems to help people believe in actual climate change, even when Hollywood’s version of the science is a bit...