Isaacs Writes Letter on Small Town Jewish Life for eJewish Philanthropy

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs wrote a letter titled “Small Town Jewish Life Takes Center Stage” printed in the “Readers Forum” section of eJewish Philanthropy June 11, 2019. In it, she chronicles how she came to settle in Waterville and create Colby’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life. “Our core values of economic accessibility, dynamic learning, and collaboration...

Carlson Receives Romeo and Martha Paganucci Volunteerism Award from Alfond Youth Center

Waterville’s Alfond Youth Center honored Gail Carlson with its Romeo and Martha Paganucci Volunteerism Award at the center’s Annual Appeal event June 12. Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, was given the award for her “great work in coordinating volunteer services for our youth in the Growing Dome and beyond.” Carlson was instrumental in starting Colby students volunteering in...

Martin Coauthors Paper in Journal of Experimental Biology

Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Martin coauthored the paper “Predatory behavior changes with satiety or increased insulin levels in the praying mantis (Tenodera sinensis)” published June 3 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The paper discusses how animal behavior is controlled “by a combination of external stimuli and an animal’s internal state,” the abstract says. The authors...

New Book by Zelensky Out from Indiana University Press

Associate Professor of Music Natalie Zelensky has a new book out. Performing Tsarist Russia in New York: Music, Émigrés, and the American Imagination (Indiana University Press, 2019) offers a “rare look at the musical life of Russia abroad as it unfolded in New York City” by examining “the popular music culture of the post-Bolshevik Russian emigration and...

Plesch Organizes Session at CAA Annual Conference; Conducts Review of Trinity College’s Art History Program

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch was active off campus during the spring semester. On Feb. 15 she was the organizer, chair, and respondent of the session “Beyond the Mirror: Specularity and Its Uses” at the 107th CAA Annual Conference in New York City. And in April she was invited to conduct a review of Trinity College’s Art History Program, which she undertook...

Mayka and Lovón ’21 Coauthor Article in Washington Post

An article by Assistant Professor of Government Lindsay Mayka and government and economics major Andrés Lovón ’21 was published in the May 23 Washington Post. Titled “How one company’s deep web of corruption took down governments across Latin America,” the article breaks down a large bribery scandal that played out across several Latin American countries, including...

Plesch Delivered Public Lecture at Bates College

Professor of Art Véronique Plesch delivered a public lecture at Bates College May 15. Her lecture, “’Desiring Italy’ and Taking Her Home,” took place in the context of the short-term course “Desiring Italy,” taught by Rebecca Corrie, the Phillips Professor of Art and Visual Culture.

Reisert Completes Term as President of the New England Political Science Association

Christian A. Johnson Professor of Liberal Integrated Study Joe Reisert just completed his term as president of the New England Political Science Association by chairing the group’s 2019 annual meeting in Portland. Political scientists have gathered annually under the NEPSA banner since 1949, and this year’s NEPSA gathering broke the association’s record for attendance and conference papers....

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...