President William D. Adams welcomed the Class of 2017 at a formal assembly Sept. 3, and several campus construction projects and other developments were completed for the start of the new academic year.
Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson participated in the 43rd annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research Aug. 1-3 in Philadelphia. Wilson serves on the education, science and baseball, and statistics committees of the society. He will teach The Science of Baseball (Biology 123) in the fall and Science and Baseball (Biology 223) next spring. At the convention he met Jeff Schatzki '87, SABR director of operations.
Professor Jim Fleming, a leading scholar of climate geoengineering, will speak at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10. The panel discussion is titled "Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change." Update September 2013: The event attracted an audience of 500 and was covered in the Sept. 24 entry of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy blog.
Fleming is professor of science, technology, and society at Colby. This Oct. 7-9 he is convening an international conference on technology and public policy at Colby supported by the Goldfarb Center. In 2009 he organized an international conference, Climate and Cultural Anxiety, which brought 32 international scholars to Colby to discuss historical perspectives on climate change.
Professor of Philosophy Dan Cohen '75 spoke at the student-organized TEDxColbyCollege in February. His 10-minute talk, "For Argument's Sake," made the TED homepage in August and has more than 100,000 views.
A weekend that began with fireworks and a symposium about art in education concluded with a Community Day celebration that attracted hundreds of visitors for an early look at the expanded museum and the seven exhibitions that opened July 13. See highlights.
Because the high chance of rain and colder than normal temperatures, commencement will be held in the Harold Alfond Athletic Center at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 26. Tickets are required for admission to the gymnasium but not to the field house, where a live stream will be shown on large screens. A live webcast will be available here.
In his baccalaureate address to graduating seniors, President William D. Adams echoed messages from over Colby’s two centuries to remind students that, as much as times have changed, some things remain constant.
Peter Harris, Zacamy Professor of English, won the Charles Bassett Teaching Award from the Class of 2013. In what is called the "Last Lecture," he invoked poets and advised graduating seniors on living the good life.
Some 800 students showcased their work in the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 1-3. “This represents the heart of what we do here at Colby,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer, “and each year this gets bigger.”