Coulter Publishes Book on Gao Xingjian

Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Todd J. Coulter has published a new book, Transcultural Aesthetics in the Plays of Gao Xingjian, with Palgrave. The book traces how Gao Xingjian, through the unique blending and borrowing of aesthetic forms from both Chinese and French theatrical traditions, creates an aesthetic of transcultural identity. Coulter approaches Gao’s work...

Fleming to Address Conference on Climate Models

Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Jim Fleming will be a keynote speaker at a conference Oct. 24-26 in London, Ont., titled “Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives.” Fleming’s talk is titled “Dynamic Climatology: Historical Perspectives on Shape-Shifting Nouns.” The conference is the second annual conference put on by the...

Taylor Organizes International Conference on Knot Theory

Scott Taylor, assistant professor in  Mathematics/Statistics) and Maggy Tomova, associate professor at University of Iowa, in August 2014 organized The Thin Manifold: a conference on knots and 3-manifolds. The conference brought together experts in knot theory and the theory of 3-dimensional spaces from the U.S., Mexico, and Japan. The conference poster and T-shirt was designed...

Wamsley ’15 Selected for DAAD Ambassador Program

Christine Wamsley ’15, a German studies and biochemistry double major, was selected as a Young Ambassador by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the largest German support organization in the field of international academic cooperation. DAAD Young Ambassadors promote study in Germany at their home universities, and Wamsley is one of only 33 undergraduates in the United...

Brunetaux Organizes Conference on Holocaust and Human Rights

Assistant Professor of French Audrey Brunetaux is organizing, along with Professor Robert Katz of the University of Maine at Augusta, the conference Exploring Women’s Testimony: Genocide, War, Revolution, the Holocaust, and Human Rights to be held Oct. 8-10, 2014, on the campuses of Colby and the University of Maine at Augusta. The conference will examine gendered...

Plesch Elected President of IAWIS

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch was elected to serve a three-year term as president of the International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS) at the general assembly of the 10th triennial conference on word and image studies held Aug. 14 in Dundee, Scotland. The IAWIS seeks to foster the study of word and image relations in...

Prindle Joins Journal Board

Oak Professor of East Asian Language and Literature Tamae Prindle has been invited to join the editorial board of the journal Asian Studies (previously Asian and African Studies).

Webb Delivers Keynote Address

In June Professor of History James L.A. Webb delivered the keynote address, “The Globalization of Antimalarial Therapeutics,” for the Flying University of Transnational Humanities conference “Globalization and Health: East and West,” hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. In July Webb chaired a panel titled “Intersections of Human Disease and Environment” at the annual meeting of...

Turner Interviewed on New Books Network

Associate Professor of History John P. Turner was interviewed by the New Books Network about his 2013 book, Inquisition in Early Islam: The Competition for Political and Religious Authority in the Abbasid Empire. The 75-minute interview, conducted by Matt Long on July 23, 2014, is featured in the Islamic Studies section of the New Books...

Postdoc Reuben Hudson Wins Green Chemistry Research Grant

Hydrogen-powered cars may be more efficient and practical in the future thanks in part to a grant recently awarded to Reuben Hudson, a postdoctoral fellow working at Colby with Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Katz. The National Science Foundation grant—$378,000 over three to four years—was awarded through a program called Science, Education, and Engineering for...
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INBRE Research Grant Ensures Biomedical Collaboration

Thanks in part to a new five-year, $18.4-million grant that funds collaboration between the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) and 13 Maine institutions, a multifaceted relationship between Colby and the lab will continue into the foreseeable future. The grant, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health,...

Lu Named Mathematics Teaching Fellow

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Lu Lu has been named a NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow by the Mathematical Association of America. The yearlong fellowship is for new and recent Ph.D.’s and focuses on professional development, specifically preparation for a career as a scholar-teacher. The fellowship hones teaching skills and research and scholarship...

Conner to Present at Renowned Dance Festival

Professor of Theater and Dance Lynne Conner has been invited to present ideas from her new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era, at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival July 11. She will participate in a “Pillow Talk” panel discussion titled “Talking About Dance.” Jacob’s Pillow is an internationally renowned...

Josephson Publishes Research on Russian River Crisis

Professor of History Paul Josephson published “Russian Rivers in Crisis,” a scholar research brief that examines the contributing factors—pollution, accidents, decay of infrastructure, and the government’s systematic response—responsible for the environmental crisis plaguing Russia’s rivers. Published on July 1, Josephson’s scholar research brief was developed as part of the Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program,...

Sheehan Essay Reviewed by the New Yorker

A book containing an essay Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan coauthored with Henry Louis Gates Jr. was reviewed on the New Yorker website. The essay, “Marketing Racism: Popular Imagery in the United States and Europe,” explores the effect of white fantasies of blackness in illustrated children’s literature, advertisements, postcards, and other forms of popular...

Besteman Elected President of Association of Political and Legal Anthropologists

Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman was elected as the next president of the Association of Political and Legal Anthropologists (APLA), beginning in December, 2014. Besteman plans to foster several APLA initiatives during her time in office, including developing mentoring opportunities for younger scholars and graduate students working on...

Could Microbes Hitchhike to Mars?

If we do find life on Mars, it would be good to know it isn’t something that stowed away on the trip from Earth. That’s the goal of an ongoing study of microorganisms on spacecraft—including some that have been found to be surprisingly tolerant of extreme dryness, cold, and massive doses of radiation. “Could these...

Colby Students Ace Business German Test

For the third year, Colby students have taken the Test WiDaF (Business German as a Foreign Language Exam) through the German program’s certified WiDaF testing center—one of only five centers of its kind in the United States. Two Colby students, Anhduy Nguyen ’14 and Deanna Morris ’17, not only took the test, they received the...

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.