Biomedical research at Colby got a boost with the recent announcement that the College would receive $1.9 million of a five-year, $17.8 million federal grant to the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Colby's portion of the grant, known as the IDeA Network of Biological Research Excellence (INBRE), will be used for scientific equipment, training of students and faculty in molecular techniques, and the hiring of a molecular technician to aid in research programs.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colby, Kevin Convey '77 recently became managing editor of the Boston Herald and is one step away from becoming editor, according to the paper. What are his plans in his new role? "I want us to set the water cooler agenda," he said. Convey has been with the Herald since 1981.
Alex Katz, an artist of international renown who has dedicated himself to painting for more than half a century, takes a turn as museum curator this summer. Contemporary Painting: Curated by Alex Katz will be on view at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, June 27 through September 19. Katz has selected 22 works by eight contemporary painters from the U.S. and United Kingdom—artists who are among the most exciting working in the medium today. In the adjacent Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Art of Alex Katz, Colby has three galleries permanently dedicated to Katz's work.
Sites Unseen: Photographic Visions of the Vernacular Landscape, an exhibit of photographs exploring different conceptions of what constitutes landscape, opens on June 20 at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. It will remain on view through October 10. The exhibition of 34 color photographs from eight different artists living and working in the United States was curated by Sharon Corwin, Colby's Lunder Curator of American Art.
The Venezuelan group Cuarteto Millennium (The Millennium String Quartet) will perform at Colby College in Waterville on Tuesday, April 27. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center and will include works by Tschaikovsky, Ginastera and Plaza. The concert is sponsored by Colby's music and Latin American studies departments and is open to the public free of charge.
Frederica Mathewes-Green will speak at Colby on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. The title of her talk is "Does Character Matter?" The lecture and follow-up discussion are sponsored by Gail '62 and Allan Gerrish in an effort to raise student awareness of spiritual, moral and ethical issues.
Alan Rabinowitz, explorer, author and founder of the world's first jaguar sanctuary, will give the keynote address of the fifth annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Rabinowitz's lecture is titled "A Journey of Discovery in Asia's Forbidden Wilderness" and will be in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center.
Vincent Cassone will speak on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Lovejoy 100 on the topic "Time's Arrow Flies Like a Bird: Biological Clock Research in the Post-Genomics World." Cassone, a 1975 Colby graduate, is chair of the biology department at Texas A&M University. He is a well-known circadian rhythm biologist who studies the avian circadian system. His talk is sponsored by the Biology Department.
At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, New York University Professor of Anthropology Emily Martin will give a lecture titled "Taking the Measure of Moods: Toward an Anthropology of Moods." The talk will be in Colby's Olin Science Center, Room 01. Martin is most well known for her studies of the gendered use of language in reproductive technology and for her book The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction. Her talk is part of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Colloquia Series and is sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Biology, the Integrated Studies Program and the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies.
The Colby College campus is often described as one of the prettiest in the nation, but right now it boasts sweeping views of mud, construction equipment and gravel piles as groundwork continues for a $50-million campus expansion over the next 10 years.
Colby Dance Theater, Colby's repertory dance company, will perform April 23, 24 and 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. The performances will feature five compositions in contemporary dance, choreographed and performed by professional choreographers and advanced students in the Department of Theater and Dance at Colby. Admission is charged.
Amy E. Rowe of St. Johnsbury, Vt., a 1999 Colby graduate who recently earned a master's degree at Harvard University, was one of 31 U.S. scholars named a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar this year. She will attend Cambridge University in England to pursue a Ph.D in social anthropology. The prestigious Gates Scholars program was begun in 2001 to develop leaders who will find creative approaches to addressing injustices and inequities around the world.
Professor Zachary Abuza, an expert on terrorism specifically within the Muslim community in Southeast Asia, will speak on "Fascism in the Name of God: The Case of Islam Today" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, in Page Commons, Cotter Union. Abuza is an associate professor of international relations and political science at Simmons College. The talk is sponsored by the Colby Muslim Group.
United States Circuit Judge Richard Sheppard Arnold of Little Rock, Ark., was honored as the 2004 recipient of the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award on Tuesday, March 30, at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Judge Sheppard is a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth District.
Bill and Joan Alfond of Boston, Mass., have issued a challenge grant through the William and Joan Alfond Foundation to help Colby raise $2.7 million for a synthetic grass athletic field. The name "Alfond" graces several major facilities at Colby, but this is the first time it will be the name of Bill Alfond, a 1972 graduate of Colby, on the sign. The son of Harold and Bibby Alfond launched Colby's fund raising for the project by promising to give up to $1.35 million, of which $850,000 is in the form of a challenge grant that will match, dollar-for-dollar, every gift Colby can raise for the project.
Master drummer Obo Addy will perform two concerts of West African music at Colby College in Waterville. On Friday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Addy will perform West African drumming and highlife (urban dance/party) music with master drummer Jordan Benissan, an applied music associate in Colby's Department of Music, and Benissan's band Sankofa. The concert will be in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center. On Saturday, April 3, at 4 p.m. Addy, Benissan and Sankofa will perform a second concert in Lorimer Chapel. Both concerts are free of charge and open to the public.
Native American poet, author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will deliver the lecture "Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World" on Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Humanitarian, hostage negotiator and former hostage Terry Waite will deliver the lecture "Moral and Ethical Decisions" on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow the lecture.