Borthwick to Speak at University of Arkansas Feb. 7

Assistant Professor of Art Bradley Borthwick has been invited by the Contemporary Sculpture Society to speak at the University of Arkansas. Borthwick “has completed stone-carving residencies in Country Donegal, Ireland, and Gunnison County, Colorado. He has also received research grants supporting travel to Rome, Italy, and the Orkney Islands of Scotland, where studies of remnant cultural...

Plesch Joins Editorial Board of Maine Arts Journal

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch has been invited to join the editorial board of the Maine Arts Journal. Appearing on a quarterly basis, the Maine Arts Journal is the official online publication of the Union of Maine Visual Artists. In addition to writing the introduction to the issues (which she did for the first time in the fall issue...

Bevier Publishes Paper in Ecology and Evolution

Professor of Biology Catherine Bevier coauthored a paper in the January 2020 issue of Ecology and Evolution titled “Environmental influences on and antimicrobial activity of the skin microbiota of Proceratophrys boiei (Amphibia, Anura) across forest fragments.” Together with her research colleagues in Brazil, Bevier’s research seeks to answer such questions as “what factors determine the microbial community...

New York Times Op-Ed by Simon on Hypersonic Missles

In a New York Times op-ed, Steve Simon, professor of the practice of international relations, discusses hypersonic missiles, weapons that “have long been an object of desire by Russian, Chinese and American military leaders, for obvious reasons: Launched from any of these countries, they could reach any other within minutes,” Simon wrote in the Jan. 2 opinion piece. “The biggest...

American Poetry Review Published Five New Poems by Blevins

Adrian Blevins, professor of English and creative writing, has five new poems published in the January-February 2020 issue of American Poetry Review. The poems, including “Crone Status,” “Old Boyfriend Prison Status,” and “Academician Abecedarian Status,” come from her forthcoming collection, Status Pending. 

Smithsonian Continues Gastaldo’s Appointment as Academic Researcher

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) has continued the appointment of Robert Gastaldo as an academic researcher. Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, had been associated with the Smithsonian for close to 35 years. His current research with SIFP is with the Smithsonian’s William DiMichele, and together they seek to understand what happened to Deep Time...

Chicago Public Library Selects White’s Biddy Mason Best of the Best in 2019

The Chicago Public Library selected Biddy Mason Speaks Up, cowritten by Arisa White, assistant professor of creative writing, as one of it’s 2019 Best of the Best in the “Best Informational Books for Older Readers” category. The book, part of the “Fighting for Justice” series, tells the story of healer, midwife, and civil rights champion Biddy Mason, who...

On NPR, Corrado Discusses Trump’s Self-Funded Candidacy

A November 21 NPR feature headlined “Why Money Can’t (Usually) Buy You a Successful Campaign” featured Professor of Government Anthony Corrado, an expert on campaign finance. The story, on scores of stations and websites across the country, discussed wealthy candidates currently seeking the nomination and noted that while President Donald Trump’s successful self-funded bid for...

Allbritton Presents Work on Spanish AIDS Crisis at Stony Brook

Dean Allbritton, associate professor of Spanish at Colby, spoke about his academic research at Stony Brook University in New York Nov. 6 as part of a distinguished alumni speakers series in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature. Allbritton, who earned a Ph.D. at Stony Brook in 2011, presented “Bad Blood: Visions of Hemophilia in...

Peterson Presents Philosophy Paper in Cologne, Germany

On Nov. 9, Associate Professor of Philosophy Keith Peterson presented a paper in Germany on the work of Nicolai Hartmann as part of a conference, “Philosophical Anthropology as an Interdisciplinary Praxis: Historical & Systematic Perspectives.” Peterson’s lecture, titled “Hartmann’s Contribution to an Ecological Materialist Anthropology,” was presented at the University of Cologne. The conference was...

Gastaldo Publications Cast More Shade on Long-held Extinction Model

Robert Gastaldo, Colby’s Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, and colleagues recently published an article in the journal PALAIOS, that upsets long-held beliefs about the End-Permian mass extinction 252 million years ago. Gastaldo is coauthor of an article titled “Testing the Daptocephalus and Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zones in a Lithostratographic, Magnetostratigraphic, and Palynological Framework in the Free State,...

In National Geographic, Nyhus Provides History of Captive Tigers in U.S.

The December issue of National Geographic has an extended feature on the thousands of tigers kept in captivity in the United States, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies is quoted about the history of the animals in the country. The article is headed, “Captive Tigers in the U.S. Outnumber Those in the Wild. It’s a...

Katz Publishes in Journal of Polymer Science

Colby’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz is coauthor of an article in the Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry published in October 2019. The article, “Evaluation of carboxylic, phosphonic and sulfonic acid protogenic moieties on tunable poly(meta-phenylene oxide) ionomer scaffolds,” which appears in volume 57 of the journal, is...

English Professor Megan Cook Gives Chaucer Lecture in Texas

Assistant Professor of English Megan Cook lectured Nov. 14 in Austin, Texas, giving a talk titled “The First First Folio: Editing Chaucer in Renaissance England.” The lecture, sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center and the University of Texas English Department, examined the lasting impact of Geoffrey Chaucer and his place in literary history. Details are...

Singh Cites Sikh Hymn at Baccalaureate as Transcendent Moment

In connection with the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth, India’s largest independent news service quoted Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh about celebrations. On OutlookIndia.com the IANS story relates Singh’s observation that Sikhs and non-Sikhs are increasingly coming together to celebrate Guru Nanak, the first Sikh. Such celebrations, including when Colby’s...

Spanish-language News Site Infobae Interviews Corrado

Infobae.com, a major news website based in Argentina, interviewed Professor of Government Anthony Corrado about the 2020 U.S. presidential election one year out from the vote. In the story Corrado discussed differences between Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren as well as issues dividing Republicans and Democrats. Corrado also considered potential effects of the...

Seay Discusses Cold-War Politics in Africa in the Atlantic

Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay is quoted discussing China’s role in Africa and the development of self-governance in African countries during the Cold War in an online article in theatlantic.com. Published in August 2019, the piece begins, “No belief in the history of the United States has been more threatening to democracy than the...

Lewiston Sun Journal Interviews Besteman about Election of Somali

When Safiya Khalid, an immigrant from Somalia, was elected to the Lewiston, Maine, city council with 70 percent of the vote Nov. 5, the Lewiston Sun Journal interviewed Catherine Besteman, Colby’s Bartlett Professor of Anthropology and author of a book about Somali Bantus who sought refuge and established a substantial community in Lewiston. Khalid, 23,...

McClenachan Article Urges Consulting History for Environmental Management

In the journal Global Ecology and Conservation, an article coauthored by Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Loren McClenachan concludes that there are “opportunities to integrate findings from historical ecology with other perspectives to create forward-looking management strategies that are rooted in place and past.” The article,”Past Forward: Recommendations from historical ecology for ecosystem management”...

NBC Today Taps Soto for List about Introverts

When Today on NBC compiled its list “Five Things Introverts Can Teach People,” the show quoted Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto on knowing when to say “no” and on not oversharing. “Extroverts are more at risk of … just dumping things on people and disclosing too much information and not having a filter,” Soto...