Sheehan Coauthors Smithsonian Book on African-American Photography

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan coauthored the latest installment in the Smithsonian’s “Double Exposure” book series. Pictures with Purpose: Early African American Photography (2019) examines photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Sheehan’s contribution to the book focuses on vernacular, or everyday, photos and what they can tell us about the African-American...

Howard Awarded Visiting Fellowship at University of Copenhagen

Professor of Education Adam Howard has been awarded a visiting fellowship in the Department of Sociology at University of Copenhagen for the fall 2019 term. The fellowship is designed to “attract world-leading social scientists who spend three months collaborating with members of the faculty” according to the university.  During the fellowship, Howard will mainly work...

Gross Reviews Book Biased in New York Times

Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, reviewed Biased, a new book by Jennifer Eberhardt, in the Sunday New York Times. Gross called the book an “unexpectedly poignant overview of the research on cognitive biases and stereotypes, especially racial bias in criminal justice.”

Blevins Poem Included in Bounty Everlasting Poetry Collection by Southern Cultures

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins has a poem in Bounty Everlasting, a new collection of poetry by Southern Cultures. “Semantic Relations” comes from Blevins’s collection of poems Live from the Homesick Jamboree. “My people are not killers—they are romantics—they like to sit around on porches and tell false stories…,” the poem begins.

Scott Taylor Publishes Paper in American Mathematical Monthly

Scott Taylor, associate professor of mathematics, cowrote the paper “Two More Proofs that the Kinoshita Graph is Knotted” published in the American Mathematical Monthly. According to the abstract, “The Kinoshita graph is a particular embedding in the 3-sphere of a graph with three edges, two vertices, and no loops. It has the remarkable property that although the...

Howard Published Article in Zeitschrift für Pädagogik

Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, the leading education journal in Germany, published an article by Professor of Education Adam Howard titled “Enduring Privilege: Schooling and Elite Formation in the United States.” The abstract, translated from German, says, “Drawing on two studies of American elite schools, the author explores the ways in which both private and publicly funded elite...

Hanlon Essay on Adjunct Professors in Chronicle of Higher Education

An essay by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon, titled “The University Is a Ticking Time Bomb” appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education April 19. The essay highlights the large number of adjunct professors at colleges and universities and what Hanlon calls “the cruelty of adjunctification,” where professors work year-to-year without the prospect of tenure. “We...

Sheehan Elected to American Antiquarian Society

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan has been elected to the membership of the American Antiquarian Society. AAS members—who currently number over one thousand individuals around the world—are elected by their colleagues in recognition of their eminent works of scholarship, artistic endeavors, or public engagement in pre-20th-century American history and culture. Members include scholars, educators, publishers, collectors,...

Zelensky Gives Presentation on Franco-American Music at USM-LAC

Natasha Zelensky, associate professor of music, gave a multi-media presentation titled “Franco Memory Through Song” at the University of Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus on April 11. Zelensky, an ethnomusicologist who studies the role of music in immigrant communities, discussed her project, undertaken with her students, “to collect and preserve some of Lewiston’s most unique—and treasured—Franco-American chanson,” the Lewiston...

Soto Published Article in Psychological Science Confirming Replicability

Christopher Soto, associate professor of psychology, has published a paper in the journal Psychological Science addressing the replicability crisis in psychology. His paper, “How Replicable Are Links Between Personality Traits and Consequential Life Outcomes? The Life Outcomes of Personality Replication Project,” presents the findings of his project, which “provide grounds for cautious optimism about the personality–outcome...

Gouvêa Reviews Two Books for MAA

Fernando Gouvêa, Colby’s Carter Professor of Mathematics, recently reviewed two books for the Mathematical Association of America. Linear Algebra I, a textbook for both undergraduates in need of advanced material with full proofs and graduate students “in need of a deeper and more complete introduction to linear algebra.” Gouvêa concludes that “a course based on this book...

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in Science Advances

“The historical development of complex global trafficking networks for marine wildlife” is the title of the latest published paper by Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. The article, which McClenachan coauthored, appeared in the journal Science Advances and chronicles how the team “curated 150 years of tortoiseshell transactions and derived biologically...

Plesch Organizes, Chairs Session at College Art Association Annual Conference

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch organized and chaired the session “Beyond the Mirror: Specularity and Its Uses” at the 107th College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City, Feb. 15. The session was sponsored by the International Association of Word and Image Studies, and Plesch also presented a response to the four papers in the panel.

Hollander Poetry Collections Wins Anthony Hecht Prize

Katherine Hollander, faculty fellow in the History Department, has been awarded the Anthony Hecht Prize from Waywiser Press. Hollander won the prize for her collection of poems My German Dictionary, forthcoming this fall from Waywiser Press. The book grows “directly out of my experiences as a historian of Central Europe and is, I think, a reflection of my...

LeVan Op-ed in Bangor Daily News on Ranked-Choice Voting

Carrie LeVan, the Montgoris Family Assistant Professor of Government, wrote an op-ed titled “What Mainers really think of ranked-choice voting” in the March 12 Bangor Daily News in which she discusses the complexity of whether Mainers support the expansion of ranked-choice voting. “Because ranked-choice voting has become a partisan issue, simply asking Maine’s voters whether they want to expand it seems...

McClenachan Article “Views from the Dock” Published in Ambio

Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, has published an article in Ambio, a peer-reviewed scientific journal of the human environment. “Views from the dock: Warming waters, adaptation, and the future of Maine’s lobster fishery” discusses how Maine fishermen perceive and prepare for climate-related threats. “Those with adaptation plans demonstrated...

Borthwick One of 23 Artists at deCordova New England Biennial 2019

Work by Bradley Borthwick, assistant professor of art, will be included in the deCordova New England Biennial 2019 at the deCordova Sculptor Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass. Borthwick, a sculptor, will represent Maine with three other Maine artists, along with the remainder of chosen artists from remaining New England states. A press release from the...

Gastaldo Article on Plants and Mass Extinction Published in Nature

The journal Nature has published an article by Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, in its News and Views section. The March 1 article, “Ancient plants escaped the end-Permian mass extinction,” details what two papers (one by Fielding et al., the other by Nowak et al.) “reveal about what happened to terrestrial plants during the end-Permian crisis,” Gastaldo writes. Written for a general...

Brown and Flaumenhaft ’19 Article on Curricular Change Published in Phi Delta Kappan

An article by Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown and Jenny Flaumenhaft ’19 was published in Phi Delta Kappan Feb. 25. Titled “Student-empowered curricular change,” the article details their work using an initiative called TREE—Transforming Rural Experience in Education—at Maine’s Seabrook Elementary School. TREE uses a bottom-up approach and recognizes that empowerment is key to student success. At...

Blevins Essay “Our Maine Ruinlust” Published in Decor Maine

Decor Maine published the essay “Our Maine Ruinlust” by Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, that chronicles two homes Blevins refurbished in her 15 years in Maine. The essay mainly focuses on her second home in East Winthrop, a house with beauty that eases her, a “huge house that the original owners unironically named ‘Olympus’ [that] also...