Tortora Tapped for Insights on Mascot Controversy

Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora answered questions June 20 on the sports talk show The Morning Jab, discussing recent developments in the Washington Redskins mascot controversy and Indian mascots in sports. Tortora, who teaches Native American and early American history, covers Indian mascot controversies in detail in two of his courses at Colby. Students...

Besteman Awarded Bellagio Fellowship

Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman was awarded a Bellagio Fellowship in March by the Rockefeller Foundation. The fellowship included a month in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s villa in Bellagio, Italy, where Besteman finished her book manuscript on Somali Bantu refugees.

Waldkirch Presents at University in Turkey

Associate Professor of Economics Andreas Waldkirch gave a presentation at TED University in Ankara, Turkey, May 22. Titled “Teaching and Research in the Liberal Arts,” Waldkirch’s talk focused on how to balance the demands for both excellent teaching and an active research agenda in the liberal arts environment. TED is the Turkish Education Association. TED...

Gastaldo Co-organizer of National Geology Teaching Workshop

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo is co-organizer of a workshop titled “Innovative Approaches to Teaching Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology,” to be held June 15-20, 2014, at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. The workshop is designed to explore which innovative strategies can be used to develop a more integrated approach to...

Ciccarelli ’16 Contributes to Washington Post Blog

On June 5 Dylan Ciccarelli ’16 contributed to Washington Post blog The Monkey Cage. His post poses questions about political security, indigenous rights, and environmental issues arising as Arctic ice melts and new shipping routes open—topics he explored in a research paper for Jan Plan course Resource Politics taught by Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay.

First-Year Presidential Scholars: NSF Grant Recipient and Coauthor on Research Paper

Thomas Thornton ’17 NSF Grant Recipient Presidential Scholar Thomas Thornton ’17 knew that he and his Colby Academic Research Assistant (CARA) mentor, Zacamy Professor of English Peter Harris, had at least one thing in common even before they met: an interest in meditation and contemplative practices. The two worked together on a contemplative studies research...

Sheets Spends Sabbatical Presenting Research with Students and Serving as Visiting Scholar

Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets spent three months of her yearlong sabbatical as a visiting scholar in the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked with collaborators in the UCLA Addictions Lab and developed new collaborative projects with faculty at the University of Southern California and the Claremont Colleges. She...

Soto Appointed to Editorial Board of Assessment

Assistant Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Assessment in April. Published by Sage, Assessment focuses on methods for measuring personality and psychopathology.

Reid Has Papers Accepted for Publication, Appointed to Editorial Board

Assistant Professor of Psychology Allecia Reid recently had three coauthored papers accepted for publication. She was also appointed to the editorial board of Addiction Research and Theory in March. “Gender-Specific Effects of Depression on Drinking Outcomes Following Brief Motivational Interventions” finds that the level of depressive symptoms differentially affects changes in alcohol use following an...

Psychology Students Present at Professional Conferences

Abby Cooper ’14, Jackie Charlton ’14, Caroline Southwick ’14, and Rebecca Stoutamyer ’15 gave a presentation titled “Learning Assertive and Compassionate Expressions of Anger: Abuse Intervention Programming as a Gateway to Masculine Empowerment” at the 2014 New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) Conference in Dover, Vt., on May 1. Their presentation included data from Colby...

Coane Is Awarded Grant, Presents Research

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jen Coane was awarded a $4,800 Social Sciences Division grant to study individual differences in effective study strategies. Coane presented a poster at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in April. The research, with coauthors at Montana State University and Washington University in Saint Louis, examines false memory in younger...

Carter Chairs Psychology Symposium at Conference

Assistant Professor of Psychology Travis Carter chaired a symposium titled “Group Identity and Prejudice: New Findings from an Implicit Social Cognitive Perspective” at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Austin, Texas, in February.

Katy Lindquist ’14, Oak Human Rights Champion, Finds Footing in Africa

Katy Lindquist ’14 found her footing in Africa after majoring in anthropology and getting involved in Colby’s Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. She won student awards for both pursuits, and she reflects on her work and research abroad in this Colby magazine online Q&A.

Justin Owumi ’14 Wins Condon Medal for Constructive Citizenship

Justin Owumi ’14, winner of the Condon Medal, credits family, mentors, and friends for keeping him on the track toward a career in medicine. The Condon Medal for constructive citizenship is the only student award highlighted at commencement. Read a profile of Owumi in Colby magazine online.

Students, Professor Present Panel on Environmental Research in Africa

Three Colby students and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds will present a thematic panel to discuss “Community Forest Governance in a Globalizing World: Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Africa” as part of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences’ annual meeting June 11-14 at Pace University in New York City. The panel will...

Students to Present at International Marine Conservation Congress

Two Colby students will present original research about marine conservation issues at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, Aug. 14-18. Samantha Lovell ’16 is the presenting author on a project titled “Restoration of Historical Fisheries and Ecosystem Services: Alewife Fisheries in Maine,” evaluating the return of the anadromous species following dam removal and...

Singh Contributes Chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies

Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh contributed two chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies, including “Sikh Art” and “A Feminist Interpretation of Sikh Scripture.” The Oxford University Press will publish the handbook May 27, 2014.

Waldkirch Presents Paper on Foreign Presence and Productivity in Developing Countries

Associate Professor of Economics Andreas Waldkirch presented a new paper, “Foreign Presence and Productivity in Developing Countries,” at the Maine Economics Conference, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Washington State University—all within the last two weeks. The paper shows that in a sample of 118 low-income countries, foreign-owned firms are consistently more productive than...

Sheehan Edits Major Photography Update to Grove Art Online

As guest editor of photography for Grove Art Online, Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan oversaw a major update to this scholarly art encyclopedia. The update consists of 44 new and significantly revised articles on the subject of photography in a global context. It includes new subject entries on vernacular photography, photojournalism, photo books, and street...

Freidenreich Contributes to Jewish Studies Book

Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies David Freidenreich wrote “Jews, Pagans, and Heretics in Early Medieval Canon Law,” a chapter in Jews in Early Christian Law: Byzantium and the Latin West, 6th–11th Centuries. Brepols published the book April 30, 2014.