More Reason to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve

The COVID-19 curve may be emblematic of the global pandemic, but the ubiquitous graphic doesn’t accurately represent the dynamics of the spread of the disease—or the full benefits of slowing its spread. That’s according to Assistant Professor of Biology Chris Moore, an ecologist who studies the distribution and abundance of organisms—and disease, disease ecology, and...

Professor Robert Gastaldo Published in Nature Communications

Current Ocean Crisis Indicates Land May Be Experiencing Even More Stress New research from an international team of scientists led by Colby College Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo appears this week in Nature Communications, the world’s leading multidisciplinary science journal. Titled “The base of the Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zone, Karoo Basin, predates the end-Permian marine extinction,”...

Leskiw ’21 Writes and Illustrates Article About Abalone in Earth Island Journal

Dominick Leskiw ’21, an English and environmental studies double major, wrote and illustrated an article titled “Holding Fast, or Failing?” that was printed in Earth Island Journal about his experiences on a “600-mile road trip up the California coast from La Jolla to just north of Bolinas, tracking down abalone devotees from all walks of...

Fleming Interviewed on Denver Art Museum Podcast about Monet

In an unusual pairing, James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was interviewed for the Denver Art Museum’s podcast on Claude Monet. In the episode, titled “Beyond Monet: You Can Smell it in the Paintings,” Fleming “closely examines Monet’s paintings of snowy landscapes and talks about how the artist captured...

In Guernica Essay, Hanlon Dissects Campus Talk

In an essay in Guernica titled “Anatomy of a Successful Campus Talk,” Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon discusses a recent campus visit by former Maine Governor Paul LePage and ways that campuses can make the most of a “less than admirable speaker.” Hanlon issue isn’t with bringing conservative speakers to campus, but rather with a format...

Three Faculty Members Granted Tenure

Colby has awarded tenure to three of its accomplished faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their scholarship, and in service to the College. Assistant professors Dean Allbritton (Spanish), David Angelini (biology), and Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) will be promoted to associate professor at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. “Earning...

Marvin Quoted in New York Times Story on CUNY

Cate Marvin, visiting assistant professor of English, was quoted in “How CUNY Became Poetry U,” a story in the June 2 New York Times about the appeal of teaching poetry at the City University of New York. “New York is a city where poets really want to live,” said Marvin, the founder of VIDA, an organization for women...

Lauren Duca Quotes Carlson in Teen Vogue Article

Lauren Duca, who writes an op-ed column called Thigh-High Politics for Teen Vogue, quoted Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, in her March 31 column titled “Climate Change Doesn’t Care Who You Voted For.” Fresh from a March 28 talk at Colby, Duca quotes Carlson in regards to President Trump’s executive order revoking environmental regulations enacted...

Angelini and Simmons ’17J Publish Article in Scientific Reports

Assistant Professor of Biology Dave Angelini and Will Simmons ’17J collaborated to produce a paper on the effects of pesticides on bumblebees published in the March 21 Scientific Reports, which is affiliated with the prestigious journal Nature. In an effort to find physiological mechanics that link “the effect of increased pesticide use and the spread of disease,”...

Blevins Wins Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins won the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize—a poetry contest for women over age 50—for her third book of poems, Appalachians Run Amok, which will be published in spring 2018. The Wilder Series Book Prize draws its inspiration from American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her...

Paliyenko Receives Fellowship, Gets New Book on Front List

Adrianna Paliyenko, Charles A. Dana Professor of French, makes news again with a fellowship award from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The visiting research fellowship for January 2018 will support her new book project, Passion and Its Discontents: Rethinking Louisa Siefert’s Body of Work, with archival research to be conducted at the Beinecke...

New English Chair Examines Poetry Through Interdisciplinary Lens

Mary Ellis Gibson, the newly arrived Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature and chair of the English Department, brings remarkable breadth and depth to Colby as a scholar of literature in English, including works by British, American, and Indian authors. Arriving last fall from the University of Glasgow, Gibson is excited about the desire in...
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INBRE Research Grant Ensures Biomedical Collaboration

Thanks in part to a new five-year, $18.4-million grant that funds collaboration between the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) and 13 Maine institutions, a multifaceted relationship between Colby and the lab will continue into the foreseeable future. The grant, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health,...

Professors Arendell, Marlais, and Reich Retire

Three teaching professors—Teresa J. Arendell (sociology), Michael A. Marlais (art), and Leonard S. Reich (science, technology, and society)—are retiring from Colby this year. Librarians Toni Katz and Margaret Menchen, both faculty members without rank, and President William D. Adams, formally a professor of philosophy, also are retiring. Terry Arendell, professor of sociology, arrived at Colby...

Last Lecture Offers Humor, Advice to Seniors

Guilain Denoeux, professor of government, received the 22nd annual Charles Bassett Teaching Award by a vote of the Class of 2014. In the recent tradition, he gave the Last Lecture immediately following final exams. Speaking in Ostrove Auditorium May 19, he began his remarks with tongue firmly in cheek: “I’d like to start by recognizing...

Four Professors Awarded Tenure

Four assistant professors were granted tenure at the winter meeting of the Colby Board of Trustees. Valérie Dionne (French and Italian) is an author and scholar of early modern French literature, culture, and philosophy. Melissa Glenn (psychology) is a behavioral neuroscientist who studies prenatal nutrition as it affects psychopathology later in life. James Scott (mathematics...

Colby Museum of Art Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Colby College Museum of Art, which expanded in 2013 with the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, has received $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its role as a teaching museum. The grant will enhance curricular engagement between the museum and faculty, bolster collaborations with other museums, and implement seminars for faculty at Colby...

Boylan Named National Co-Chair of GLAAD

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...

Gubernatorial Candidate Cutler Cites Student Research

Colby students' environmental studies research is cited by Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor of Maine, in the book he published this month to support his candidacy (see page 15 in A State of Opportunity online.) Credit is given to Professor Philip Nyhus's students: "The State of Coastal and Marine Management in Maine," Chapter 1, The State of Maine’s Environment, Colby College, Environmental Policy Group, Environmental Studies Program (2009)."