Shea Op-ed in Portland Press Herald on Partisan Divide

Professor of Government Dan Shea contributed an op-ed to the Portland Press Herald titled “Maine Voices: Partisan divide may benefit Moore, as it did Trump.” Shea notes that in the last 10 years, elections have become partisan and “straight-ticket voting, for example, has reached unprecedented levels.” Voters band together like teams without a shared sense of purpose,...

Wilson Column on Birding in Portland Press Herald

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, wrote a birding column for the Portland Press Herald titled “Why do grebes eat their feathers?” Wilson starts off with a description of grebes, their characteristics and behaviors. He then cites a recent paper that “provides a definitive study of the functional significance of feather-eating in grebes,” which aids...

Livshits and Hews ’17 Publish in Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra

Professor of Mathematics Leo Livshits and Joshua Hews ’17 have published an original research article in the Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra. Titled “Groups of Matrices That Act Monopotently” the paper deals with the properties of the eigenvalues of a complex matrix, which are complex numbers associated with the matrix that capture some essential information about its...

Moore Coauthors Paper on Theoretical Ecology in Ecological Modelling

Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Moore and colleagues have authored a paper in theoretical ecology in the journal Ecological Modelling. Titled “Population dynamics of mutualism and intraspecific density dependence: How θ-logistic density dependence affects mutualistic positive feedback,” Moore et al. challenge a 40-year paradigm that positive species interactions are prevented from positive feedback through diminishing benefits...

Hanlon Writes Piece on Identity Politics for NBC News “Think”

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon penned a piece titled “The use of dubious science to defend racism is as old as the Founding Fathers” that appeared on NBC News’s digital platform “Think.” Hanlon delves into the “less palatable elements of 18th century Enlightenment history” to argue that a “sloppy application of scientific knowledge in...

Cole, Bevier, Nyhus, and Students Coauthor Paper on Lake Protection Program

Professors F. Russell Cole (biology, environmental studies, emeritus), Cathy Bevier (biology), and Philip Nyhus (environmental studies) coauthored a paper in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Titled “Assessing LakeSmart, a community-based lake protection program,” the paper included contributions from Alexa Junker ’16 and Sophie Sarkar ’11. The paper assesses the LakeSmart program, which was created...

Nyhus and Students Publish Two Papers on Conservation

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus has collaborated with students in two recently published papers. “Global patterns and trends in human-wildlife conflict compensation,” coauthored with Jeremy Ravenelle ’18, appears in the December 2017 issue of Conservation Biology, which is the flagship journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. The team “reviewed research on wildlife-damage compensation...

van der Meer Article Appears in Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia

An article by Assistant Professor of History Arnout van der Meer was published in the Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, volume 173, issue 4. Titled “Performing Colonial Modernity: Fairs, Consumerism, and the Emergence of the Indonesian Middle Classes,” the article “argues that the Dutch colonizers organized these fairs as part of a...

Scheck Participates in French Conference and Dedication via Video

Raffael Scheck, the Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz Professor of History, was asked to be part of a conference and monument dedication in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, a town in southwestern France, honoring the poet and philosopher Léopold Sédar Senghor, who served as Senegal’s first president (1960-1980). Unable to attend in person, Scheck recorded a six-minute video that opened a...

Fleming to give the Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecture in New Orleans

Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Fleming will be presenting the Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecture sponsored by the Global Environmental Change Focus Group at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in New Orleans this December. Fleming’s topic is “Gordian Knots of Prevision: The lessons of history.” The annual Tyndall lecture offers a historical...

Sheehan Publishes in New Book on Before-and-After Photos

Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan is one of 12 contributors to a new book edited by Jordan Bear and Kate Palmer Albers. Published by Bloomsbury, Before-and-After Photography: Histories and Contexts examines the central position of this photographic genre in a wide range of contexts from the 19th century to the present. Sheehan’s essay,“Staging Emancipation: Race and Reconstruction...

Carlson Wins Science Champion Award

Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, won the 2017 Science Champion Award from the Environmental Health Strategy Center. Actively engaged in public policy debates on environmental issues in Maine, Carlson has testified at key committee hearings of the Maine Legislature and was “especially impressive as the clear winner of a debate at a committee briefing on...

Beranek Essay Published in Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck: New Research

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Saskia Beranek has a newly published essay, “Govert Flinck and the Houses of Orange and Brandenburg: Networks and Influence,” in Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck: New Research, ed. Stephanie Dickey (Zwolle: WBooks, 2017). The book accompanies exhibitions currently on view at both the Rembrandthuis Museum and the Amsterdam Museum highlighting the work of Flinck...

Plesch Leads Alumni Trip to Italy

In October Professor of Art Véronique Plesch lead a tour for Colby alumni in northern Italy and southern France. Undiscovered Italy took the participants to a slew of stunning sites, most of which are seldom visited by tourists, and many of which Plesch has written about. Alumni viewed Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, visited churches and monasteries,...

Weitz Lectures in Taiwan

Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jette Professor of Art, presented her lecture “Zao Wou-Ki’s Synthetic Vision” for the opening of the exhibit Infinities of Zao Wou-Ki in Taichung, Taiwan, Sept. 19. The lecture was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Taipei, Taiwan.

Duff Writes Blog Post for Nursing Clio

Sarah Emily Duff, faculty fellow in history, wrote a blog post about her research of the history of sex education in South Africa for Nursing Clio. Titled “Race, Sex Education, and the Age of Consent in South Africa,” the Oct. 26 post recounts a lecture Duff gave to a “group of clever, articulate young women at...

Seay Writes Slate Article, Cited in Multiple Media Outlets on Niger Attack

Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay has appeared on news shows and been cited by media outlets about the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger. In addition to writing an Oct. 20 article in Slate—”This is Not Trump’s Benghazi“—Seay, an expert on African politics and conflict in Central Africa, can be found in these...

Green Exhibits Photos, Sits on Panel, at University of Southern Maine

Associate Professor of Art Gary Green will show his photographs from Along the Golden Road (2008) and Along the Golden Road, Part II (2017), in a group show organized by the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts and the University of Southern Maine. The exhibition, a celebration of the bicentennial of the birthday of Henry David Thoreau, is titled after...

Wildlife Publication Award Given to Volume in Nyhus Series

Snow Leopards, the first volume in the series Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscape edited by Philip Nyhus, has won the Wildlife Society‘s 2017 Wildlife Publication Award in the book category. Announced by Elsevier, the award “recognizes excellence in scientific literature of wildlife biology and management issued within the last three years,” according to PR Newswire....

Nyhus Tapped as Expert on Greenest Cities on WalletHub

WalletHub tapped Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus as an expert on a piece about America’s greenest cities. When asked “What policies or investments offer the biggest bang for the buck?” Nyhus answered, in part, “Cities that focus on green transportation infrastructure, energy efficiency and the built environment, green space, wise zoning, and waste...