Commencement Receives Expansive Media Attention

Colby’s 196th Commencement and its commencement speaker, Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., were covered in the media across the country and around the globe with more than 230 AP pickups in major markets such as Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami, as well as several publications overseas, including in...

Hennessey ’14 and Dissanayake Article Accepted for Publication

An article by Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and Meagan Hennessey ’14, focused on understanding the importance of accounting for sea-level rise for coastal conservation, was accepted for publication in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, a journal hosted by Cambridge Press. In their paper, Dissanayake and Hennessey first show that ignoring climate...

Stokes Essay on Cancer and Gardening in Organic Life

An essay by Elisabeth Stokes, visiting assistant professor of English, ran in Rodale’s Organic Life May 12. Titled “I Didn’t Know How To Help My Friend Dying Of Cancer, So I Taught Her Son To Garden. Here’s Why,” the essay recounts the time Stokes spent helping her neighbor’s son plant a garden box. “He carefully tended his...

Women’s Lacrosse Gets Media Attention Ahead of NCAAs

As the Colby women’s lacrosse team heads to the NCAAs this weekend, they’re getting attention from the media. WABI-TV5 ran a story on the team May 10, interviewing players and head coach Karen Henning. The IWLCA featured Henning on its blog Behind the Whistle, asking Henning three questions, including what traits she sees in student athletes...

Singh One of #350SikhWomen

Nikky Guninder Singh, the Crawford Family Professor of Religion, was included in #350SikhWomen, a Twitter project by The Sikh Network. Singh, who is “Day 41” of the project, was noted for lecturing all over the world and airing on television and radio globally.

Yates Talk at Colby Makes Headlines

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates made front page news on the Morning Sentinel following her talk at Colby. Yates “outlined what she thinks still needs to be done in terms of criminal justice reform,” the Sentinel reports May 3. The explosion in the U.S. prison population, caused, in part, by sentencing laws, comes “at a...

Groundbreaking Covered by MaineToday Media

Colby broke ground on its new mixed-use development in downtown Waterville May 3 and “about 100 Colby and city officials, as well as students, residents and economic development organizations, turned out for the groundbreaking at 150 Main St.,” MaineToday Media reported. The 100,000-sqaure-foot building, slated to open in 2018, will house community space, retail locations, and...

Josephson Contributes to Rachel Carson Center Blog

Professor of History Paul Josephson wrote a blog post on Seeing the Woods, a blog for the Rachel Carson Center. Titled “The Need for Public Environmental History,” Josephson urges historians to “take a much more public voice in describing problems and setting the agenda, and engage a greater number and diversity of audiences through public environmental history.”...

Wiley ’03 Wins James Beard Award for Best Chef

Mike Wiley ’03 and his business partner Andrew Taylor have come up big with a James Beard Award in the Best Chef: Northeast category. Co-owners and chefs of three restaurants in Portland, Maine—Eventide Oyster Co., The Honey Paw, and Hugo’s—won this year following three nominations and making it to the finals twice. “The Portland chefs went...

Essay by Heather Hansman ’05 in Skiing Magazine

In “Pivot Point,” a personal essay by Heather Hansman ’05 in Skiing Magazine, three Colby friends return to Colorado to ski 10 years after their first trip west following graduation. Their friendship anchored their “chick trip,” which, in the ski world, “is and isn’t a big deal—the three of us skiing together feels normal, but it’s also...

New Republic Essay by Hanlon on Disinviting Speakers

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon writes again for the New Republic, this time about “Why Colleges Have the Right to Reject Hateful Speakers like Ann Coulter.” In his April 24 article, Hanlon writes that “rejecting campus speakers is not an assault on free speech. Rather, like so many other decisions made every day by college...

Uzoma Orchingwa ’14 Awarded Soros Fellowship

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Born in Illinois to Nigerian immigrants, Orchingwa received a Truman Scholarship in 2013, earned his degree in philosophy and sociology from Colby, and went on to earn an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (England). The Soros Fellowship “honors the contributions of immigrants to the United States...

Fleming Essay Finalist for Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing

Terraforming Planets, Geoengineering Earth, an essay by Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming, has been selected as a finalist in the original non-fiction category for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing. The organization 100 Year Starship (100YSS) announced the finalists April 11, noting that the winners would...

Shea Writes a Piece on Elections in The Nation

Professor of Government Dan Shea wrote a piece, “Our Addiction to Elections is Killing American Democracy,” in which he advocates “embracing other avenues of political engagement” because “our democracy is in big trouble.” In the April 12 issue of The Nation, Shea summarizes America’s history of elections and momentous shifts in our democracy that have led to the...

Justine Ludwig ’08 Featured in Cultured Magazine

“A Champion for Change” is the title of a Cultured magazine profile on Justine Ludwig ’08, senior curator at the Dallas Contemporary art museum. The article describes Ludwig as “critical to establishing the identity of this emerging art capital,” Dallas, her adopted hometown. “The Dallas audience is very unique,” Ludwig says in the article. “There is a...

Carlson’s Testimony to Legislature Quoted in Maine Media

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson testified at a public hearing on a bill before the Maine legislature to incentivize testing of well water for contaminants, including arsenic. The Portland Press Herald and Maine Public both covered the Health and Human Services Committee hearing and cited Carlson. “Carlson detailed the impacts of arsenic poisoning in her testimony,...

Stone and Students Publish Seed Dispersal Article in Biotropica

Judy Stone, professor of biology and Dr. Charles C. and Pamela W. Leighton Research Fellow, has published an article in Biotropica, the journal of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. The article, “Diversity of seeds captured by interception exceeds diversity of seeds deposited in traps,” was written with a team of six Colby students who...

Fleming Reviews Make it Rain in Nature

In the April 5 issue of Nature, James R. Fleming, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, reviews Make it Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America by Kristine C. Harper. In the new book, “historian Kristine Harper treats weather control as a political agent in the hands of the American state,” Fleming writes....

Lauren Duca Quotes Carlson in Teen Vogue Article

Lauren Duca, who writes an op-ed column called Thigh-High Politics for Teen Vogue, quoted Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, in her March 31 column titled “Climate Change Doesn’t Care Who You Voted For.” Fresh from a March 28 talk at Colby, Duca quotes Carlson in regards to President Trump’s executive order revoking environmental regulations enacted...

Gross Quoted in New York Times Article on Ferguson Effect

Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross contributed to a March 29 New York Times article attempting to deconstruct the Ferguson Effect. Gross comments on the “perception that police are unjust” and the effect on communities. “In cities where there was more concern about police violence, homicide and other violent crimes rose more,” he wrote. But reducing calls for...