Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English and author of novels and bestselling memoirs, has been named the first transgender co-chair of GLAAD, the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization. “Proud. Excited. Psyched,” Boylan said about her new responsibilities helping to lead an organization with a $6-million annual budget. The naming of a transgender person...
His focused energy captivated the audience in Lorimer Chapel, and his story left student journalists inspired and encouraged. A.C. Thompson, an investigative reporter for ProPublica, was given the 2013 Lovejoy Award this year for courage in journalism. His work led to federal charges against seven New Orleans police officers for shootings of civilians in the aftermath...
One student’s trash is another’s treasure. Colby has taken advantage of this since 2001, when it established the RESCUE (Recycle Everything, Save Colby’s Reusable Excess!) program. This year's sale was another big success.
Robert Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, is a keynote speaker at the 23rd Congresso Barsiliero de Paleontologia Oct. 13-18 in Gramados, Rio Grande Sul, Brazil. He will lecture on his research in South Africa.
Bestselling author of Diet for a Small Planet Frances Moore Lappé encouraged students to think beyond the world's problems during her first visit as the 2013 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Studies.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Carleen Mandolfo was elected to the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the magazine of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Her official four-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014. The Quarterly, the official organ of the CBA, first appeared in 1939. It carries scholarly articles and notes in Scripture and related fields, an extensive book review section, news of the association's annual meeting, and other pertinent notices.
Colby students' environmental studies research is cited by Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor of Maine, in the book he published this month to support his candidacy (see page 15 in A State of Opportunity online.) Credit is given to Professor Philip Nyhus's students: "The State of Coastal and Marine Management in Maine," Chapter 1, The State of Maine’s Environment, Colby College, Environmental Policy Group, Environmental Studies Program (2009)."
Penn State University Press will publish Charles A. Dana Professor of French Adrianna Paliyenko's forthcoming book Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900. The work will be published in 2014 or 2015.
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.