David Bodine '76 of the National Institutes of Health has been named to lead the Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute. As part of an effort to translate genomic discoveries into health benefits, his research aims to improve the effectiveness of bone marrow transplantation. Bodine, who has lined up numerous opportunities at NIH for science students and graduates, said, "Gene therapy is still in its infancy, but it has great potential for treating a number of human diseases."
Besides keynote speaker Nick Spitzer of NPR, two people are quoted in a story about the rebirth of downtowns in Maine and Waterville's revitalization. One is Paul Boghossian '77, developer of the Hathaway Creative Center; the other is Karen Heck '74, co-founder of the downtown nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women. "There has been a different spirit in the last two years about downtown," said Heck. "It just seems to me in the 35 years I've been here, there has never been more excitement than there is now." To read the piece, click here.
More students than ever before participated in this year's Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium and associated events, presenting research on topics ranging from alternative medicine to Wal-Mart, climate change to open-source software.
For his efforts leading to the convictions of criminals from the Civil Rights era, including the murderer of NAACP worker Medgar Evers, as documented in the film Ghosts of Mississippi, investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will receive the 2006 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College.
Alex Katz (American, b. 1927)
Oil on canvas, 126 x 96 inches
The Paul J. Schupf Wing
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
Gift of the artist
For museum visitors who wonder what artists were contemplating when they created their artwork, an upcoming exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art promises a glimpse. Titled The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years, the show, on view July 22 through October 29, also offers an overview of American art from the post-World War II era to the present.
About 1,400 people from 35 states and as far as Japan and Thailand will arrive on Mayflower Hill for the college's annual Reunion Weekend, June 9-11. While visitors will make their way to Waterville's shops and restaurants, local residents also are invited to Colby's campus for a variety of events.
As Colby College honored Trustee Paul J. Schupf for 15 years of service on the Board of Trustees, the philanthropist and astute art collector made yet another gift to the college. At a luncheon in Schupf's honor on May 27, President William D. Adams announced that Colby would receive Schupf's collection of a sculpture and 150 works on paper by renowned artist Richard Serra -- the largest Serra collection outside of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Messages of courage dominated Colby's 185th Commencement Sunday, May 28. Francis Chapuredima left his village in Zimbabwe four years ago and became one of the most admired members of his class, the student-elected class speaker and recipient of the prestigious Condon medal. Acknowledging that this is a time of anxiety for graduates, Newsweek columnist and Pulitzer-prize winner Anna Quindlen used Chapuredima's triumphs to exemplify the importance of confronting -- and conquering -- fears. With Miller Library as a backdrop, President William D. Adams presented the 465 members of the Class of 2006 with diplomas on a glorious sunny day.
A student from rural Zimbabwe will serve as class speaker at Colby College's 185th commencement, and, by coincidence, the benefactors of his scholarship fund will be present to receive honorary degrees. Francis Tapiwa Chapuredima will share the stage with Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen on Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The roughly 465 seniors in the Class of 2006 elected Chapuredima, an Oak scholar at Colby, to give the address.
The seventh annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Wednesday through Friday, May 3-5, on the Waterville campus. More than 100 students will make presentations on research they have conducted in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. All symposium events are open to the public and free of charge.
The Colby South End Coalition (CSEC) presents the second-annual week-long program dedicated to strengthening bonds between Colby and Waterville. "Burst the Bubble, Build a Bridge" week begins Sunday, April 23, with a "Do-it-Yourself Fair" at the Alfond Youth Center and wraps up Saturday, April 29, with Colby Cares Day, a Colby Volunteer Center program.
A lot has been made of the creative economy in Maine -- especially with Governor Baldacci's creation of a Creative Economy Council last year. At the 55th Annual Colby College Institute for Leadership, "The Creative Economy," on Wednesday, April 5, Baldacci will be on-hand to hear the first public announcement of the council's formal recommendations about how Maine can leverage the creative economy.