Digging Into Democracy

Graduating seniors Alec Worsnop and Kelly Benvenuto will serve as paid interns at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C., this summer. Competing for two of just eight positions against college graduates and graduate students nationwide, Worsnop and Benvenuto will join NDI's Middle East program to work on the Maghreb, the Machrek (Levant), and the Gulf. The NDI is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide.

Symposium Stats

The eighth annual Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium wrapped up last week with three full days of presentations including 111 oral presentations and 99 posters representing 233 separate authors and co-authors. There were 27 departments and programs and 72 different faculty mentors involved. Abstracts for scores of projects are online. Additional creative projects are listed on the Celebration of Scholarship site.

Research Symposium

"It All Started With Some Drunk Mice: AQTL Analysis of the LxSRI Panel." Huh? This physics project is one of hundreds of research topics to be explained at the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium. Interested in elephant and bat interactions? How about African-American influences on barbershop harmony or implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act in Maine? Ever wonder if lobsters use chemical clues to detect other lobsters? Learn from Colby's student experts May 2-4 in Roberts.

Video of Mandala Online

More than 2,500 people visited Colby's museum to watch former Buddhist monk Losang Samten create The Wheel of Life sand mandala in February. For those who missed it, a video is now online. Using grains of colored sand, Samten created this elaborate circular "painting" that symbolizes of the cyclical nature of life, and after it was finished he swept it into a pile. Watch the video.

Degrees of Honor

At Commencement, May 27, five distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees while some 475 Colby seniors get their bachelors' degrees. One honorary recipient is saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who was profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. More details on Commencement are online.

Global Warming a Hot Issue

Wondering what you can do to help combat climate change? Don't bother, says former University of Connecticut physics professor Howard Hayden, who spoke at Colby on April 24. His argument, that humans contribute minimal carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, sparked debate between leaders of the Colby Republicans, who sponsored the speaker, and the Colby Democrats. Read more in a page-one Morning Sentinel article.

Expanded Horizons

A column in Tuesday's Morning Sentinel describes the extraordinary facilities and programs associated with the new Diamond Building, dedicated earlier this month. David Offer writes that the dedication brought into focus the fact that "we seldom think about what a great asset the college is to Maine -- especially central Maine." Read more.

Environmental Ed

Students from Colby's senior seminar in environmental education will lead a variety of environmental education activities on campus for children ages 8 to 14 on Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. Children should check in at the Diamond Building atrium before 1 p.m.

Students’ Spring Cleaning

Colby students work in the community all year long, but every year, around Earth Day, they put forth a special effort to help with spring projects around Waterville. On Saturday, April 21, students involved in Colby Cares Day engaged in activities ranging from cleaning fire trucks and Castonguay Square to working on the playground at the Maine Children's Home. An estimated 200 students dispersed to more than a dozen locations as part of the Colby Volunteer Center effort. Read more in the Morning Sentinel.

Respect Your Mother

Earth Week is in full swing at Colby. Students have organized many events, such as the Green House ("GoHo") barbeque on Friday and a three-mile walk/run on Sunday to benefit the Penobscot River Restoration Trust. Trayless days in the dining halls on Thursday and Friday are expected to save thousands of gallons of water -- and to remind students to only take what they can eat.

Probing Changes in China

Professor of East Asian Studies Hong Zhang and five students won an ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Research award of $29,846 to conduct fieldwork research in China this summer. With projects around the topic "Tradition, Transition, and Modernity: Reconfiguration of Public Spaces in a Globalizing China," Zhang and students Robert Ferriter '08, Thomas Huff '08, Stella Kim '08, Keane Ng '08, and Jessie Tang '08 will spend a month working in four Chinese cities.

Fleming Channels Weather History

A Weather Channel series running this week called "100 Biggest Weather Moments" will feature Colby Science, Technology, and Society Professor Jim Fleming describing five of the weather events. The show started April 15; Fleming's appearances are scheduled for April 17-19 and provide the commentary for events number 50, 40, 23, 8, and 3.

Anchor to Anchor

While at Colby for the Diamond Building dedication on Friday, Dan Harris '93, anchor of ABC's World News Sunday, talked with an anchor at the Portland station where he worked early in his career. Viewers in Maine can tune into WCSH-6's "207" on Monday at 7 p.m. to hear Harris share his thoughts on Iraq, on helping to bring a young Iraqi to college in the U.S., and on what it's like to be a national TV anchor.

Guggenheim For Brox

Writer Jane Brox '78 was one of 189 artists, scholars, and scientists selected this week for a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship Award from among some 2,800 applicants. Brox, who has written about family farms in books and in Colby magazine is a nonfiction writing faculty member in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Lesley University. The title of her Guggenheim project is "A History of Controlled Light."

Some Modest Proposals

Science, technology, and society Professor Jim Fleming has an article, "The Climate Engineers," in the spring 2007 Wilson Quarterly. Fleming, a historian of meteorology and of climate change, provides historical perspective for the radical notion that, since politicians and bureaucrats are unable to deal effectively with greenhouse gas emissions, we need a "technological quick fix for global warming."

National Academy Honors Katz, Lunders

The National Academy will honor prominent arts figures Alex Katz and Peter and Paula Lunder next month in New York at the Academy's Beaux-Arts mansion on Fifth Avenue. Katz will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lunders will be recognized "for their contribution and commitment to the study, preservation, and exhibition of American art."

A Look Inside Colby

Students interested in learning more about Colby have a new place to go. InsideColby -- a new Web site that includes stories, photos, podcasts, blogs, and more -- launched into in April. Current Colby students produce all the content, much of which is included in a printed magazine. The magazine is mailed to high schoolers who express interest in Colby, and it is available on campus. It's all online at www.insideColby.com.

Osborne Honored in Boston

Hockey forward Greg Osborne '07, who already earned the honor of NESCAC Player of the Year, has been chosen to receive the Joe Concannon Award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The award is given to "New England's best American-born Division II-III hockey player." Osborne is from Stoughton, Mass.

Campaign Keeps Corrado Busy

After appearances on Marketplace on Friday and NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, Dana Professor of Government Anthony Corrado has an op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post. It's all about money and the campaigns for the presidency.

Doris On The Daily Show

Pulitzer Prize-winning alumna Doris Kearns Goodwin '64 mediated a dust-up between Jon Stewart and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton on The Daily Show last week. On March 21 Stewart got laughs accusing Doris of lying to him about Abraham Lincoln. Watch it online.