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

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.

Scholars and Athletes

The field hockey team earned the National Field Hockey Coaches Association academic team award for having a composite GPA of 3.0 or higher, and eight players were named to the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad.

Katz Wins NSF CAREER Award

Colby has been awarded more than $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund research in chemistry and to attract and retain minority students in the sciences. Jeffrey Katz, assistant professor of chemistry, submitted the winning proposal. Colby was the only four-year undergraduate institution on the list of 35 chemistry winners. Katz's proposal also contains a mentoring component and aims to make research an integral part of the first-year experience.

Creative Odyssey

Creative young thinkers from throughout Maine will congregate at Colby on Saturday, March 24, for Odyssey of the Mind's Maine State Tournament. This international program provides students from kindergarten through college an opportunity to develop and use problem-solving skills in a team environment. Maine's winners will travel to Michigan to compete in the world finals against teams from China, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Poland, and more.

Town Meeting Memorial

The late E. Parker Johnson, a dean of faculty at Colby in the 1970s, was remembered in a letter to the Morning Sentinel this week for his record of civic engagement. It's town meeting season in Maine, and coverage of that prompted a letter from Paul Mills recalling that Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice, suffering a fatal stroke at the end of a six-hour town meeting in New Vineyard.

Colby’s Weather

Curious about the weather on Mayflower Hill? Now you can go online to check out a live on-campus weather station set up by the enterprising Dan Opalacz '10. Data from Mayflower Hill is updated at least every 30 minutes. Opalacz's site, "Weather Jolt: Maine Active Weather," also has photos from campus as well as a range of weather information including ski and surf weather forecasts.

Recyclemaniacs Recognized

Colby is in second place for per capita recycling as of week six of "Recyclemania," a contest among colleges and universities. This category measures how much is recycled per person, including paper and bottles and cans. For composting, Colby remains in fifth place. More than 200 schools are participating in the contest that runs through April 7.


Colby's streaming radio is now easier to find than ever. WMHB 89.7 FM has been added to the iTunes radio library, the station announced March 20. In iTunes under radio, users can simply click on "alternative" or "eclectic" and scroll down the selective list of stations. WMHB can also be heard through its Web site. A recent student-produced podcast about the station and what makes it unique is online.

Caribbean Bound

Michelle Presby '09 of Buxton, Maine, received an Osher Scholars Summer Grant to study marine protection and management in the Turks and Caicos Islands beginning in June. An Osher Scholar finishing her sophomore year, she received $5,000 to work with the island population on managing tourism in ways that will protect their coral reefs. Presby is a biology major with a concentration in environmental science.

And the Ivory-Bill Debate Rages On

It's been three years since an ivory-billed woodpecker reportedly was seen and heard in a remote Arkansas swamp, but the debate is as fresh as ever. In this week's Science magazine, a letter from a research team -- including Colby Research Associate Louis Bevier -- provides compelling evidence that the bird's plumage is consistent with that of a pileated woodpecker.

Xerxes, Leonidas, Bush, and Cheney

Commentators are drawing parallels between the Hollywood blockbuster "300" and current American foreign policy, and Colby Classics Professor Kerill O'Neill was tapped by ABC News for his views. The film depicts the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. In an article titled "Does Bush Resemble Leonidas or Xerxes?" O'Neill, who works at an archaeological site near Thermophylae, said he can understand why people are making comparisons with modern politics.