Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English and author of novels and bestselling memoirs, has been named the first transgender co-chair of GLAAD, the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization. “Proud. Excited. Psyched,” Boylan said about her new responsibilities helping to lead an organization with a $6-million annual budget. The naming of a transgender person...
Robert Gastaldo, Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, is a keynote speaker at the 23rd Congresso Barsiliero de Paleontologia Oct. 13-18 in Gramados, Rio Grande Sul, Brazil. He will lecture on his research in South Africa.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Carleen Mandolfo was elected to the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the magazine of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Her official four-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014. The Quarterly, the official organ of the CBA, first appeared in 1939. It carries scholarly articles and notes in Scripture and related fields, an extensive book review section, news of the association's annual meeting, and other pertinent notices.
Penn State University Press will publish Charles A. Dana Professor of French Adrianna Paliyenko's forthcoming book Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900. The work will be published in 2014 or 2015.
Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson participated in the 43rd annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research Aug. 1-3 in Philadelphia. Wilson serves on the education, science and baseball, and statistics committees of the society. He will teach The Science of Baseball (Biology 123) in the fall and Science and Baseball (Biology 223) next spring. At the convention he met Jeff Schatzki '87, SABR director of operations.
Professor Jim Fleming, a leading scholar of climate geoengineering, will speak at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10. The panel discussion is titled "Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change." Update September 2013: The event attracted an audience of 500 and was covered in the Sept. 24 entry of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy blog.
Fleming is professor of science, technology, and society at Colby. This Oct. 7-9 he is convening an international conference on technology and public policy at Colby supported by the Goldfarb Center. In 2009 he organized an international conference, Climate and Cultural Anxiety, which brought 32 international scholars to Colby to discuss historical perspectives on climate change.
Photographer Gary Green, assistant professor of art, is one of 28 artists chosen from among almost 900 applicants to exhibit his work in the Portland Museum of Art's 2013 biennial exhibition. The 2013 PMA Biennial, Piece Work, opens Oct. 3. The show, announced by the museum March 15, was also reported in the Portland Press Herald.
Professor Joseph Roisman (classics) received the Association of American Publishers' Prose Awards honorable mention in the category Classics and Ancient History for his groundbreaking book Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors (University of Texas Press, 2012).
The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts presents "Terrain Vague," photos of abandoned, ambiguous, or marginalized urban land, Feb. 7-May 31 at USM's Glickman Family Library in Portland. Green offers an artist's talk at 2 p.m. March 15.
Professor James R. Fleming (STS) was elected to chair the section on societal impacts of science and engineering of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014-15. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. Fleming chaired the AAAS section on history and philosophy of science 2006-09.