Whipple-Coddington Professor Robert Gastaldo is presenting the lead talk in the Triassic Recovery Symposium at the centennial meeting of the Palaeontologische Geselleschaft in Berlin, Germany, in late September. The talk, “Constraining the End-Permian Crisis in the Karoo Basin, South Africa: New Data from the Eastern Cape Province,” is coauthored with colleagues from University of Toronto, University of California–Berkeley, Southern Methodist University, the Council for Geosciences, and Rhodes University in South Africa. Gastaldo returns to South Africa in January under a Fulbright Fellowship to continue his studies at Rhodes.
Professor Gary Green (art) photographed the New York music scene in the 1970s and '80s, and his images appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, and on album covers. An exhibit of his work at Waterville's Common Street Arts runs through October.
Press Herald cites a study by Visiting Assistant Professor Finley Edwards's (economics) showing that starting middle school at 8:30 a.m. rather than 7:30 increased standardized test scores at least two percentage points in math and one point in reading.
Foreigners and Their Food, a groundbreaking book by Professor David Freidenreich, has won the American Academy of Religion's award for excellence in the study of religion in the textual studies category.
Civilwarmonitor.com posted a 20-minute video interview with Gibson Professor of History Elizabeth Leonard about Joseph Holt, the subject of her latest award-winning book, and about her approach to teaching the Civil War. Civilwarmonitor.com is the digital arm of The Civil War Monitor magazine.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.