First Stacey Dubois '08 was accepted as a member of Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society. Then she won first place in the Psi Chi J.P. Guilford Undergraduate Research Award Competition. Her paper, "Stereotype Threat Affects False Memory Susceptibility in Younger and Older Adults," was named overall best research paper. In July she presented the research, from her junior year, at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition meeting at Bates.
While some Colby researchers are spending the summer in the lab, two biology research assistants and Professor of Biology Herb Wilson have spent a good part of it in Colby's Perkins Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, quietly recording -- then analyzing -- the songs of the red-eyed vireo. InsideColby podcaster Martin Connelly '08 took a walk through the arboretum with Wilson in July and talked with Andrew McEvoy '09 and Josh Lord '08 about their analysis. Listen at insideColby.com.
Since the College moved from downtown Waterville to Mayflower Hill more than a half-century ago, both entities have worked together to benefit the community. But it's not always simple or easy. The latest issue of Colby magazine explores the ups and downs of this complicated relationship.
Frequently quoted in the media, Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government G. Calvin Mackenzie is known as an expert on the American presidency. But when Mackenzie isn't teaching, writing, or commenting on national affairs, he is traveling the globe -- camera at the ready. Colby magazine asked him to provide a few of the thousands of photographs he has taken, and 10 of them appear in the latest issue.
Baseball legend John "Colby Jack" Coombs and his nephew are featured in a new museum exhibit in their hometown, Kennebunk, Maine. As a rookie for the Philadelphia Athletics just after graduating from Colby in 1906, Jack pitched and won a 24-inning game and was featured on sports pages in a photo from his Colby days, earning the nickname. The exhibit of rare photographs, clippings, video, vintage baseball memorabilia, and personal ephemera, runs through December at the Brick Store Museum.
Potential effects of climate change range from severe hurricanes to drought -- and a new study outlines economic implications. A report issued July 11 by the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that Maine's timber, fishing, farming, and ski industries are in jeopardy. Mitchell Family Professor of Economics Tom Tietenberg, a contributor to the Northeast report, told the Portland Press Herald, "The economically prudent decision is to take action now."
With the news of the death of Lady Bird Johnson, Doris Kearns Goodwin '64 has been called on by the media to help remember this former First Lady. Goodwin wrote the best-selling book Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. On NBC Nightly News, Goodwin said of Johnson, "She gave him a love that was steady and never fickle the way politics was." See the video clip by clicking on "Lady Bird Johnson recalled" and then "Lady Bird's Legacy."
Eric Rosengren '79 takes over as the new president of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank on July 22. Rosengren has made "significant contributions to scholarly research in macroeconomics, monetary policy, international banking, and risk management," according to the bank's board chair. He remains active with his alma mater, serving on the national advisory board of Colby's Goldfarb Center and having spoken on campus about globalization in banking.
Construction on the Pulver Pavilion will wrap up in the coming weeks and students will return to a new and improved student center, re-engineered to be the heart of social life on campus. Expansion continues, though, with a 9,000-square-foot bookstore being added to the west side of Cotter Union, Colby's student center since 1985.
Patrick Duddy '72 was confirmed June 28 as the new U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela. El Universal, Venezuela's leading newspaper, reported that Duddy is likely to be one of the "highest-ranking career diplomats in the Western hemisphere" and to improve diplomatic ties, which were strained under his predecessor.
The second edition of insideColby, the magazine written and illustrated by Colby students, is hot off the press, and all of the content is now online. Read about the new Spanish dialogue house, about the cherished International Extravaganza, see student photos from the end of the year, and tons more.
Sixteen Colby students earned All-America honors in eight sports during 2006-07, including a record four women's lacrosse players in one season. The list of All-Americans for each of the past five years is online, along with 2007 fall schedules and recent news.
Allie Libby '07, Liz Morbeck '07, and Kate Sheridan '09 made womenslacrosse.com's Division III All-America team. They and Lauren Barrett '08 (Fairfield, Conn.) also were named Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association D-III All-Americans following the season, which concluded with a trip to the NESCAC championship final.
Professor Jim Fleming and the American Meteorological Society received the top award for best writing, content, design, photos, and packaging from the Society of National Association publishers in June. The Callendar Effect, about the scientist who established the carbon dioxide theory of climate change, also won the 2006 Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Award at the AMS meeting last winter.
Once again Colby is a presenting sponsor of the Maine International Film Festival, July 13-22 on screens in downtown Waterville. Each year since 1998 film enthusiasts have flocked to Waterville and Colby students and staff have helped as volunteers, sampling from almost 100 films screened during the festival and hobnobbing with award winners including Ed Harris, Sissy Spacek, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme.
A clear, acrylic cube from Lihua Lei's currents3 exhibit, featured at Colby last fall and winter, is back in Johnson Pond this month as an intentionally inaccessible part of Lei's current exhibit at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Writing on the cube is inaccessible from the shore, and the cube itself is inaccessible from the D.C. exhibit, which features works in new media by artists with disabilities.
Thousands of Maine athletes are expected to compete at the Maine Games at Colby and around Waterville this weekend. This Olympic-style sporting event will include events ranging from tennis to arm wrestling, field hockey to Ultimate Frisbee. At the opening ceremonies on Friday, June 22, at 5 p.m., the winner of a contest will sing the national anthem, and games will continue throughout the weekend.
Tara Allain '08, a biology and Spanish double major, earned the Miss Maine title last weekend and will represent the state at the Miss America pageant. Allain, a native of Worcester, Mass., is involved in many activities including the Colby Dance Team, volunteering at the Waterville Homeless Shelter, and as a choreographer for the Theater and Dance Department. She aims to earn a Ph.D. in biology and work in biomedical technology.
Four Colby women's lacrosse players are considered some of the best in the nation after being named All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association in May. Allie Libby '07 (Needham, Mass.), Liz Morbeck '07 (Seattle, Wash.), Kate Sheridan '09 (Hingham, Mass.) and Lauren Barrett '08 (Fairfield, Conn.) set a new Colby record, too -- this is the largest number of women's lacrosse players ever to earn this honor in one season. This spring Colby's team played in the NESCAC championship for the first time in history.
One of the high-tech features in the new Diamond Building is the touch-screen display in the lobby. The interactive tour of the building's green features allows users to zoom in to see recycled content, energy-saving components, and low-impact features in Diamond's classrooms, offices, exterior, and restrooms. It also offers fun facts about Colby's newest building, which is expected to receive LEED green building certification.