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.

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...