Colby Takes Dare Northward Campaign to New York City

Dare Northward, Colby’s innovative and ambitious comprehensive campaign, was launched and celebrated in New York City Dec. 5-6 with a series of events for alumni, parents, and friends. Support from generous trustees made these “only-in-New-York” moments possible; the celebration included lighting the Empire State Building in Colby blue and a special event at Jazz at Lincoln...

Livshits and Hews ’17 Publish in Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra

Professor of Mathematics Leo Livshits and Joshua Hews ’17 have published an original research article in the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. Titled “Groups of Matrices That Act Monopotently” the paper deals with the properties of the eigenvalues of a complex matrix, which are complex numbers associated with the matrix that capture some essential information about its...

Moore Coauthors Paper on Theoretical Ecology in Ecological Modelling

Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Moore and colleagues have authored a paper in theoretical ecology in the journal Ecological Modelling. Titled “Population dynamics of mutualism and intraspecific density dependence: How θ-logistic density dependence affects mutualistic positive feedback,” Moore et al. challenge a 40-year paradigm that positive species interactions are prevented from positive feedback through diminishing benefits...

Hanlon Writes Piece on Identity Politics for NBC News “Think”

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon penned a piece titled “The use of dubious science to defend racism is as old as the Founding Fathers” that appeared on NBC News’s digital platform “Think.” Hanlon delves into the “less palatable elements of 18th century Enlightenment history” to argue that a “sloppy application of scientific knowledge in...

Brown Part of Youth Activism Toolkit’s American Launch

Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown collaborated with Emma Renold of Cardiff University and Dana Edell to bring AGENDA, a youth activism toolkit, to the United States. “Together, they have expanded AGENDA’s change-making ideas toolkit with support for intergenerational partnerships, extended tactics and examples, and additional information and resources specific to sexual violence prevention,” a...

Grocke ’09 Contributes to Multimedia Project on Volcano Expedition

Volcanologist and National Geographic Explorer Stephanie Grocke ’09 participated in a month-long expedition to Xela, Guatemala, to study the active Santiaguito volcano there. Grocke collaborated with two other explorers to create a “multimedia outreach campaign that will highlight the risks associated with living near an active lava dome,” and includes an online photo exhibit. Grocke, a geology...

Cole, Bevier, Nyhus, and Students Coauthor Paper on Lake Protection Program

Professors F. Russell Cole (environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), and Philip Nyhus (environmental studies) coauthored a paper in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Titled “Assessing LakeSmart, a community-based lake protection program,” the paper included contributions from Alexa Junker ’16 and Sophie Sarkar ’11. The paper assesses the LakeSmart program, which was created in...

Nyhus and Students Publish Two Papers on Conservation

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus has collaborated with students in two recently published papers. “Global patterns and trends in human-wildlife conflict compensation,” coauthored with Jeremy Ravenelle ’18, appears in the December 2017 issue of Conservation Biology, which is the flagship journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. The team “reviewed research on wildlife-damage compensation...

Fleming Quoted in New Atlas Article on Geoengineering Debate

Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Fleming was quoted in a New Atlas articled titled “The geoengineering debate: Can imitating volcanic eruptions combat climate change?” While combatting climate change through geoenginnering has slowly gained popularity, some call it untestable, such as Naomi Klein. “…you could not conduct meaningful tests of these technologies without enlisting...

New Osborne House Recognizes Colby History, Progress

A front-page story in The Boston Globe explores Colby’s decision to name the President’s House for the family of “Janitor Sam” Osborne, the College’s beloved custodian in the late 19th century. Samuel Osborne, born into slavery, worked for nearly four decades at Colby and his daughter, Marion Osborne, was the first female African-American graduate in...

Senator Collins Tour of Colby’s Downtown Properties in Maine Media

President David A. Greene gave Senator Susan Collins a tour of Colby’s downtown properties Nov. 21, and the tour was covered by the Morning Sentinel and published in the Portland Press Herald. The tour included the 100,000-square-foot mixed-use building currently under construction, about which Collins commented, “I was so stunned by the size. This is a game changer...

Ellsworth American Article on Benissan’s Restaurant

Me Lon Togo, the Togolese restaurant that Jordan Messan Benissan, Colby’s director of African drumming, opened in Searsport, Maine, last summer, was covered by the Ellsworth American Nov. 16. “Benissan said the qualities that make West African food what it is include it being made from scratch, taking time to prepare it, the use of fresh ingredients, and...

Tilden Spends Sabbatical Year, Displays Art at MDI Biological Laboratory

Andrea Tilden, the J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology, is spending her sabbatical year as a visiting scientist in comparative genomics at the MDI Biological Laboratory, a press release from the lab said Nov. 14. “Tilden is using the science of bioinformatics, also referred to as computational biology, to study how genomes evolve, and what science can...

Brown ’16 Quoted in New York Times Story on Gerrymandering

Emma Brown ’16, campaign manager for Wendy Gooditis, who recently won a race to represent the District 10 in the Virginia House of Delegates, was quoted in a Nov. 12 New York Times story titled “Despite Recent Wins for Democrats, Gerrymanders Dim Hopes for 2018.” Gooditis won, in part, due to volunteer efforts. “We knocked on every single...

Carlson Wins Science Champion Award

Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, won the 2017 Science Champion Award from the Environmental Health Strategy Center. Actively engaged in public policy debates on environmental issues in Maine, Carlson has testified at key committee hearings of the Maine Legislature and was “especially impressive as the clear winner of a debate at a committee briefing on...

Condron ’92 Art Exhibit at Loyola University in ArtDaily.org and BmoreArt

Pollock-Krasner award winner Jim Condron ’92 showed 35 of his works of art at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery in an exhibition titled “Picking Up the Pieces.” ArtDaily.org reviewed the exhibit and said, “The artist draws on humor and memory, and finds unexpected beauty in juxtaposing everyday objects and cast-off remnants with the traditional medium of paint.”...

Blevins’s Poem in Portland Press Herald Column on Maine Poems

A weekly column called “Deep Water: Maine Poems” in the Portland Press Herald featured a poem by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins. Titled Kitchen Confessions, the poem speaks of the poet’s hatred for President Trump: “apparently this poem / needs to be about how I like / my Trump hate pinned right here / to my sad American breast.”  

Center for Small Town Jewish Life Inspires Tablet Article

Tablet‘s editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse centered her article “Introducing Tablet en Español” around her participation in an annual conference sponsored by Colby’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life. Unsure what she was getting herself into, it ‘turned out to be one of the most meaningful events I’ve done in years.” Newhouse gives special thanks to Rabbi Rachel Isaacs...

Colby Mentioned in Chronicle Story on Career Center Changes

A story in the Oct. 22 Chronicle of Higher Education highlights “a sea change in how liberal-arts institutions view the role they play in shaping a student’s post-college life” by offering new or expanded career programs. Colby is listed as an institution that is “investing heavily in undergraduate career-development programs.”

Ardam Quoted in Huffington Post Article on Diversity in English Curriculum

Jacquelyn Ardam, visiting assistant professor of English, lent her voice to an Oct. 27 Huffington Post article titled “When Booting Dead White Guys Off Reading Lists Is A Good Idea.” The story stems from a recent tabloid scandal in the U.K. involving student recommendations to Cambridge University about including diversity in their curriculum. “For example,...