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Adam Howard, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Education, presented a paper at a featured symposium at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. His paper, "Secret Brotherhoods: Accessing the Hidden Worlds of Elite All-Boys Schools," was for the symposium "Elite private boys' schooling, feminism and gender justice: Reimagining research in a post #metoo world."
Professor of Art Véronique Plesch served as a member of the jury for the defense of Augustto Corrêa Cipriani’s doctoral thesis at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 2018-19, Cipriani (majoring in literary studies with a concentration in literary theory and comparative literature) spent six months at Colby conducting research under Plesch’s supervision. His thesis, “Contemporary Brazilian Writing: Handwriting in the Work of Guilherme Zarvos e Gustavo Speridão,” combines word and image studies, intermediality, and, in particular, graffiti as a framework for considering poems and visual works.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Alison Bates has been invited to deliver remarks and conduct a panel discussion at a public webinar organized by Resources for the Future. The workshop, "Offshore Wind: Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities,” will take place Thursday, Dec. 2, and is freely available to the public. Bates will share major lessons learned from her research and deliver remarks about developing local benefits alongside government, advocacy, industry, and university representatives. The event is contextualized within the current White House goals of meeting climate targets through offshore wind. More information about the event, including registration, can be found here.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Veronica Romero '09 and Margaret Hall '20 has coauthored a new paper, "Emotion in Motion: Investigating the Relationship between Interpersonal Motor Coordination and Emotional States," accepted in the Journal of Modern Psychological Studies, which focuses on undergraduate research. This paper came from the study Hall designed and conducted as part of Romero's seminar Collaborative Research in Human Movement.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor has coauthored a paper published in the Pacific Journal of Mathematics. In their paper, "Tunnel number and bridge number of composite genus 2 spatial graphs," the authors' "main tool is a family of recently defined invariants for knots, links, and spatial graphs that detect the unknot and are additive under connected sum and vertex sum. In this paper, we also show that they detect trivial θ-curves," according to the paper's abstract.  
Adam Howard, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Education, coauthored a paper recently published in the journal Curriculum Inquiry. Titled "Elite Universities: Their monstrous promises and promising monsters," it deploys "zombie, werewolf, and vampire metaphors [to] identify various ways that elite universities are monstrous and the kinds of student monsters that they produce, honour, harbour, and reject."
Assistant Professor of Geology Bess Koffman has published a new paper, "Late Holocene dust provenance at Siple Dome, Antarctica," with scientists from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, the University of Maine, Orono, and the University of Lille in France. Appearing in Quaternary Science Reviews, "the paper documents the composition of dust in the Siple Dome ice core from Antarctica and uses geochemistry to identify likely dust sources," she explained. "Siple Dome mineral dust has an unusual composition compared to other Antarctic ice cores, and we demonstrate that a key source of dust must be the ancient bedrock underlying parts of East Antarctica. We suggest that this old source of dust is more widespread than previously recognized and may be a unique tracer of atmospheric circulation patterns around Antarctica." 
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Alison Bates is an organizing committee member of the international webinar series "Winds of Change: Offshore Energy Production and the Social Sciences.” This webinar highlights major findings from Europe and research needs for the emerging offshore wind industry in the United States. Each webinar is free and open to students, faculty, and practitioners, including this one on Nov. 11. Bates is presenting her research during the series and is an organizing committee member along with colleagues at the University of Maine and Bates College.

Associate Professor of French Mouhamédoul A. Niang has written a new novel, Rêves d’adolescents en terre noire, published by L'Harmattan. The book tells the story of four young characters, living in a poorly planned neighborhood on the outskirts of an African city. "Rêves d’adolescents en terre noire denounces urban discrimination, institutional corruption, and traditional violence while offering an alternative through an escape to nature, the love of which proves more fulfilling," he explained.

 
Professor of Art Véronique Plesch organized and chaired a session for the 2021 conference from the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Binghamton University), “Medieval Cultural Heritage Around the Globe: Monuments, Literature, and the Arts, Then and Now.” Her session, “Graffiti and Cultural Heritage,” considered graffiti (both medieval graffiti and later graffiti on medieval sites) as a cultural heritage. Plesch’s paper, “On the Patrimonialization of Graffiti,” discussed the issues at stake, retraced the history of scholarship on graffiti, and the subsequent recognition of their significance and need for preservation. Scholars from the UK and Italy presented projects that demonstrate the new awareness of graffiti as cultural heritage.