Plesch Contributes Essay to Book, Gives Two Talks

Véronique Plesch was invited to contribute an essay in a volume published by the French Center of National Monuments: “Espace et temps, individu et communauté: Le Graffiti comme parole collective.” In Sur les murs: Histoire(s) de Graffitis. Ed. Laure Pressac. Paris: Éditions du Patrimoine/Centre des Monuments Nationaux, 2018, 74–78. There was a book launch June 6 at the Château de Vincennes in Paris. The...

Burke Wins Maine Literary Award for The Town Meets Script

Michael Burke, professor of English, has won a Maine Literary Award in the drama category for his script of the play The Town Meets. The award, presented by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, recognized Burke’s script based on the phenomenon of a small New England town’s town meeting.

Sheehan Edits New Book on Photography and Migration

Tanya Sheehan, the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art, has edited a new collection of essays that thinks through photography’s long and complex relationship to human migration in the context of unprecedented dislocation and a global refugee crisis. Published by Routledge, Photography and Migration places into conversation media images and other photographs from diverse national, regional, and...

Blevins Poem on Verse Daily

A poem by Adrian Blevins, associate professor English, was featured on Verse Daily June 5. “Was Losing My Joie De Vivre Really Like” comes from Blevins’s newest book, Appalachians Run Amok, winner of the Wilder Series Book Prize.

McClenachan Coauthors Paper in Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

Loren McClenachan, assistant professor of environmental studies, coauthored a paper recently published in the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 2). “Missing the Boat? Measuring and Evaluating Local Groundfish Purchases by New England Institutions” reports on a case study that evaluated purchases of local groundfish by schools and colleges in New England, and finds,...

Becknell Coauthors Paper on Legume Trees in Nature Ecology & Evolution

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Justin Becknell coauthored a paper recently published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Titled “Abundance of Neotropical legumes during secondary succession across a rainfall gradient. Nature Ecology & Evolution,” this work examines the poorly understood role of nitrogen-fixing legumes trees in replenishing the nutrient supply of tropical forests recovering from deforestation. By combining...

El-Shaarawi on Maine Public’s “Maine Calling” Discussing Anthropology

Nadia El-Shaarawi, assistant professor of global studies, was a guest on “Maine Calling” explaining the relevance of anthropology to our everyday lives. El-Shaarawi was one of four panels discussing topics such as the difference in anthropological research, why human separate into different groups, the human dimensions of climate change, and the anthropology of war. Listen here.

Stokes Essay in Not That Bad Debuts on New York Times Bestseller List

An essay by Elisabeth Stokes, visiting assistant professor of English, is included in Not That Bad, a collection of essays that debuted this week as a New York Times bestseller. The book, edited by Roxane Gay, focuses on the violence and harassment that women worldwide face. Stokes is originally from Alaska. Her writing has appeared in numerous national and international...

Koffman Coauthors Paper on Denali Ice Core Records

Assistant Professor of Geology Bess Koffman coauthored a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Titled “Denali ice core methanesulfonic acid records North Pacific marine primary production,” the paper focuses on developing a tool for assessing past changes in primary production in the North Pacific, i.e., the base of the marine food web. The paper developed...

Gross Op-Ed in New York Times Asks “Is U.S. Too Big to Govern?”

“Is the United States Too Big to Govern?” is the title of the latest op-ed by Neil Gross, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology. “What if trust in American democracy is eroding because the nation has become too big to be effectively governed through traditional means?” he writes May 11. “There are clear economic and...

Ameri Editor of Newly Released Seals and Sealing in the Ancient World

Assistant Professor of Art Marta Ameri is an editor of the newly released book Seals and Sealing in the Ancient World (May 2018, Cambridge University Press). The volume will serve as an essential resource for scholars, students, and others interested in glyptic studies, seal production and use, and sealing practices in the ancient Near East, Egypt, ancient...

Angelini and Students Publish Paper in Nature Communications

Assistant Professor of Biology Dave Angelini has published a paper in the journal Nature Communications, one of the leading journals in biology. Angelini’s paper, “Manipulation of insulin signaling phenocopies evolution of a host-associated polyphenism,” is the result of a five-year research project conducted with students Meghan Fawcett ’16, Mary Parks ’16, Alice Tibbetts ’14, Jane Swart ’18,...

Fleming Elected to Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was elected to the council of the AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected an AAAS Fellow in 2003; held the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship during his sabbatical year of 2006-07; served as chair of Section L on History and...

Photograph by Green One of Seven Covers of New York Times’ T Magazine

A photograph of the band Run-DMC, taken by Associate Professor of Art Gary Green, will be one of seven covers of the April 22 New York Times’ T Magazine, which will focus on how the early 1980s changed the culture in New York. Green’s photo, which has never before been published, was taken in the mid-80s during a 30-minute...

Taylor Coauthors Paper Published in Algebraic & Geometric Topology

Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor has coauthored a paper titled “Thin position for knots, links, and graphs in 3-manifolds,” which appeared in volume 18, issue 3 of Algebraic & Geometric Topology. The paper develops a new way of looking at knotted one-dimensional objects in three-dimensional spaces.

Sheehan Wins Terra Foundation Publication Grant

The College Art Association announced the 2018 recipients of the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant. Among this year’s author awardees is Tanya Sheehan, the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art. Her book Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor will be published in fall 2018 by Penn State University Press. In this volume,...

Johnson and Students Coauthor Paper on Gene Expression in Journal of Visualized Experiments

Professor of Biology Russell Johnson coauthored a paper titled “Measuring Gene Expression in Bombarded Barley Aleurone Layers with Increased Throughput,” which appears in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. The paper’s coauthors include Grace Uwase ’18, Taylor Enrico ’17, David Chelimo ’17, and Benjamin Keyser ’10. The paper discusses an improved protocol that “is presented for the measurement of...

Gastaldo Paper Published Online in Geological Society of America Bulletin

Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, coauthored a paper that appears in the online Geological Society of America Bulletin. The paper provides an in-depth analysis of the authors’ findings at one of the classic areas in South Africa where the end-Permian extinction is reported and is the follow-up manuscript to the internationally acclaimed paper published in Geology in 2015. The...

Burke Essay on Fiddleheading Appears in Down East Magazine

Professor of English Michael Burke wrote an essay he’s always wanted to write—on fiddleheading, and it appears in the April 2018 issue of Down East magazine. Burke’s essay follows a fiddlehead forager, Colis Blood, into the woods and then traces his bounty to a fiddlehead processing plant in Wilton. “Some fiddleheaders go foraging for the income,”...

Bhimull Writes Essay on Black Panther for NYU Press’s From the Square Blog

Chandra Bhimull, associate professor of anthropology and African-American studies, was asked to write an essay for New York University Press’s From the Square blog, which she titled “In Black Panther and Wakanda, extraordinary possibilities are realized.” Bhimull, an anthropologist and historian who has “researched and written about race and flight in the black Atlantic world for nearly two...