Jill Gordon’s New Book on Plato

Dana Professor of Philosophy Jill Gordon's new book, Plato's Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death, was published by Cambridge University Press in August 2012.

Nikky Singh on Being Sikh in America

Crawford Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh was tapped by national media, including Business Insider, as an expert on Sikhism following the tragic mass shooting in Wisconsin.

Katz Receives $312K NSF Grant

Professor Jeffrey Katz (chemistry) received a $312,000 grant from the National Science Foundation including funding for Colby student researchers and their travel to present at national conferences.

Biologist Creates Natural Anesthetic

Working with Colby students, Russell Danner (biology) has developed an all-natural fish anesthetic made of spearmint and wintergreen oils. The Morning Sentinel reports.

Writing Project Set to Begin

A new initiative to improve students’ writing skills across the disciplines—the Colby Writing Project—begins with phase one this academic year.

Economic Impact of Maine Lakes

Professors Michael Donihue '79 (economics) and Whitney King (chemistry) discuss a Colby study that is looking at the economic impact of the Belgrade Lakes on the state's economy. Maine Public Broadcasting reports.

Professor Gilkes on Black Women and Faith

The Washington Post tapped Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes for a story headlined "Black women are among the country's most religious groups." She suggests gospel music is part of the appeal.

Adams Awards Named Professorships

Four members of the Colby faculty have been appointed to named professorships by President William D. Adams. “It is the highest affirmation that a college can give,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer.

Fleming Speaks at Cold War Conference in UK

Professor James R. Fleming (science, technology, and society) spoke on "Cold War Technologies for Weaponizing the Atmosphere: From Cloud Wars to Geo-Engineering" at the University of Manchester (UK) June 30, at a conference titled "Cold War/Blue Planet: The Rise of the Environmental Sciences in a Divided World." A report on his talk is online.

Colby to Launch Center for Arts and Humanities

Colby will launch a center for the arts and humanities this fall thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The center will support the curriculum, lectures and events, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Student Coauthors Science Article

Michael Stephens '13 cowrote a Science magazine article about a surprising discovery in the Arctic, and CNN.com reported on the findings June 11. Stephens made the scientific expedition with Bigelow Laboratory last summer.

Freidenreich Named NEH Summer Scholar

Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David M. Freidenreich was selected as a summer scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, “Networks and Knowledge: 
Synthesis and Innovation in the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Medieval Mediterranean.” The institute will be held in Barcelona July 2-27.  Freidenreich plans to research the attitudes toward Christians and Muslims expressed in Jewish legal literature from Christian Spain.

Gouvêa Article in Best of 2012 Anthology

An article by Carter Professor of Mathematics Fernando Gouvêa, "Was Cantor Surprised?" will be included in Best Writing in Mathematics 2012, to be published in November by Princeton University Press.

Sadoff’s “Self-Portrait” Chosen as Poem of the Day

 "Self-Portrait," a poem by Ira Sadoff (English) was selected by the Academy of American Poets as the www.poets.org poem of the day May 21. Other poets featured in May included Whitman, Rossetti, and Lowell. "Self-Portrait" is from Sadoff's new collection, True Faith.

Debra Spark Publishes New Novel

For characters in The Pretty Girl, a new book by Debra Spark (English), it's the journey not the destination.

Commencement Honorees Named

Sam Deeran '12 of Falmouth, Maine, will address about 470 classmates at Colby's 191st Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Nicole Sintetos '12, a Winslow, Maine, resident, will be recognized for receiving the Condon Medal for constructive citizenship, and five influential individuals will receive honorary doctoral degrees.

Green’s Photographs on Display

Photographs taken by Assistant Professor of Art Gary Green in the 1970s and early 1980s are featured in an exhibition at Phantom Gallery in St. Louis. Babylon's Burning: Images from the Punk Rock Era is on view through May 20. More about Green's photography is available at www.garygreenphotographs.com. Phantom gallery specializes in contemporary art, contemporary, and vintage photography.