Dartmouth Engineering

On Tuesday, September 30, Eric Hansen from Dartmouth will visiting Colby to answer questions about the Dartmouth dual degree engineering program and, in particular, to discuss how it is appropriate for Colby students with a variety of majors.  Prof. Hanson will be available to answer student questions during a drop-in session in Keyes 104 from 9-11:30 AM.

"The Physics of Molecular Self-Assembly on Surfaces - An Exploration of the Nano-World That Will Build Itself"

Professor Karsten Pohl
Physics Department
University of New Hampshire

3:00 p.m. Keyes 105
(Refreshments at 2:30 in Mudd 323)

Dear ACS Member,

The staff at ACS Careers is working hard to create new added value programs to you our members. I would like to make you aware of several of our new services:

ACS Careers Industry Forum:
Monthly Teleconferences featuring Luminaries in the Chemical Sciences

The Department of Career Management and Development and Industry Programs are launching a Monthly Teleconference featuring Luminaries in the Chemical Sciences. The first teleconference is scheduled for September 11th from 2 to 3 pm EST.

We feel this is a great opportunity for practitioners in the chemical sciences to listen in to top industry leaders in their industries and will assist in making informed career decisions. Guest speakers include:

September:    Dr. Abou-Gharbi - Senior Vice President & Head of Chemical & Screening Sciences, for Wyeth Drug Discovery & Development.
October:    Carolyn Ribes - Process Analytical, Dow Benelux, B.V., Terneuzen, The Netherlands.
November:    Michael Strem, Ph.D. - President, Strem Chemicals, Inc. founded Strem Chemicals in Newburyport, MA.
December:    No teleconference to be scheduled.
January:    Tom Lane, ACS President-elect.
February:    Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. - Vice President, Chlorovinyl Issues for OxyChem and works on public policy issues and communications related to chlorine and PVC. He is also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana where he teaches polymer chemistry.
Please join us to discuss economic and employment trends with top industry executives in the chemical sciences. Go to register now.

This is a free service via conference call. Check us out for future new and innovative career services programs. We want to hear from you.

The Colby Chemistry Club welcomes all majors, minors, and students interested in chemistry to join students and faculty in a welcome back to school BBQ in front of Keyes 105 at 5 PM on Friday, 9/12/2008.   Signup sheets will be posted on the second floor of Keyes.   Please contact Zac Helm (zrhelm@colby.edu) for more details.

Professors Thamattoor and King received Waterville Board of Education Community Awards for their support of educational programs in the local schools.   Professor Dasan Thamattoor was recognized for providing an innovative, hands-on science program for 1st and 2nd grade students.   Professor Whitney King was recognized for his support Waterville High School's Science Olympiad Team.

The next scheduled power outage is Aug. 14 at 17:00. This outage will last 12 to 14 hours. I just wanted to get the current schedule out as soon as I heard, to keep you all informed. Thanks, Tom

Dear retreaters,

For those sick and tired of getting my emails (yeah, you Maxwell lab), this should be the last . . . and if it's not, tough.

Here are the final considerations for this week's research retreat:

1) Transportation:  Again, please make sure you have a ride - and know that students driving other students need to be certified "Colby Drivers."  Directions are pasted below.  I've been advised by Crab Apple, do not use GPS navigation.  You'll end up in Greenville I guess.

From I-95 N, take exit 133 for Rt-201 N toward Skowhegan.  Follow Rt-201 north through Skowehegan (you'll have to make a couple of turns in downtown Skowhegan to stay on 201).  The Forks is another 45 miles or so on Rt-201 (through Solon and Bingham).  Crab Apple Whitewater is just off 201 (you'll see a sign) - you'll take a right just shy of a bridge over the river and it's right there on your right.


Count on a good 1.5 hours from Waterville, so if you're leaving from campus you'll need to depart between 7:30 and 8 AM on Thursday. For those coming up for rafting on Friday, you'll need to depart between 6:30 and 7 AM.

2) Symposium:  For those giving talks, make sure to seek out one of the session co-chairs soon after you arrive to get your presentation loaded into a computer.  A USB stick is ideal.  We will have a PC and a Mac laptop.  Posters can be set up during the lunch break.  Easels and push pins will be provided.  There are no specific guidelines or formats for the posters.

3) Rafting:  You will need to clear out of your room before the river trip, by 8:30 AM. The Friday raft trip will be preceded by a breakfast buffet - then lifejacket fitting and safety instruction.  We will raft rain or shine.  Should the sun shine, the only thing you'll need for the river is a bathing suit and some manner of footwear (Teva sandals are ideal).  Should there be clouds and the temp on the cool side, wearing some sort of synthetic top is recommended.  DO NOT WEAR A COTTON T-SHIRT under any circumstances - you will freeze.  All other equipment and instruction will be provided.

4) Our gracious hosts:  Crab Apple Whitewater, owned and operated in part by a Colby alumnus, is taking us in for this retreat at substantial discounts.  I ask all participants to be gracious and responsible guests.  You can also show your appreciation by buying a T-shirt, a photo, etc.  It is also quite customary to tip your raft guide (e.g. $2-5 a person in the raft).  At the very least, please thank our hosts:  Rob, Carrie, Chuck, Sharyn, and Sharon for their hospitality.  While all meals (incl. gratuity) is covered, you might want to have some cash for miscellany, including in the pub for those of you of proper age.

Finally, thank you to all those who've helped make this possible!

See you on Thursday!


Power was transferred after testing this morning via hot work, so we will not shut down on 7.14.08. There will not be another planned power outage associated with the Roberts Row dorm construction. There will be two more outages coming this summer that will affect your areas. We are currently thinking we will do them at night, they will last about 6 to 8 hours each, and they will be within a couple of days of each other. The entire south end of campus will be affected during these outages as well because of safety issues. These next two outages will replace the cable that shorted last fall in the Keyes electrical manhole from the Miller Library switch to Olin to ensure reliability. We will be in touch as soon as we start to firm up plans with Special Programs, ITS, Colby Tel/Com, Dining Services and others who will be affected, but tentative plans are to shut power off on July 21 and 23, if possible. Again, sorry for these issues, but we need to replace this cable this summer

Gus Libby
Assistant Director for Operations and Maintenance
Colby College
Physical Plant Department
5008 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901
Tel     207-859-5008

The time has come to secure your commitments to attend the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat (or a subset of events therein)!  Student abstracts are starting to roll in - and the date is fast approaching.

As a reminder, those who plan to attend the research symposium should be in The Forks, ME by 9:30 AM or so on July 24th (1.5 hour drive from Waterville, straight up Rt. 201).  There will be refreshments provided for the symposium and a lunch.  The poster session is in the afternoon, followed by dinner and then a keynote speech by Dr. Dave Bodine at 7 PM.  Overnight accommodations are available in very nice lodge rooms and cabins.  On Friday, July 25th we go whitewater rafting.

Faculty must pay their own way - the cost is $120, which includes all meals (except Thurs. dinner), refreshments, use of the facility, overnight accommodations, and the rafting trip.  Please send an email to me and Amy Poulin (kprice, ampoulin) as soon as you can and then bring a check to Amy soon there after.

At this time, I'd like to extend an invitation for faculty to also bring their families along.  There are activities available on the Thursday while we are in session, including hiking, a swimming pool, and volleyball.  The price for family members will be $100 and does not include the lunch and refreshments during the symposium (they'd be on their own for that).  Children have to be 12 years old to go rafting.  Please indicate in your email whether you'd be willing to share a multi-room cabin with another faculty member.

I would also like to invite staff members from the participating departments to join us for the Friday rafting trip.  The discounted price for this will be $50 and includes all equipment, guided river trip, and a cookout lunch.  Interested staff members can drive up on Friday morning and meet us at Crab Apple Whitewater for the adventure.  I've cc'd a few members of the staff in this email, but I ask department chairs to forward this invitation to others who might be interested.

Please let Amy and I know as soon as you can and I will be following up with more details.

Please check out the website for more information and feel free to ask me any questions you might have.


The Department of Chemistry softball team plays ITS/Library on Thursday at 5:30 PM.

We will be leaving our temporary power panels and cords stored in Arey and Keyes. We are starting to plan the next outage for July 14th, from 5 am until 8 am. There is a distinct possibility that we only need one hour to make the final connections, so we may limit what we power up temporarily as most freezers and refrigerators will not gain in temperature during a short outage. We will be prepared for the worst though and may still deploy the temporary panels and power based on responses I receive from you. Thanks in advance for your input.  -Gus

The power will be shutoff at Arey, Keyes, Mudd and Bixler on July 7, 2008 at 12:01 am. Temporary power will be provided to Arey and Keyes via a diesel generator. We will cut back over to normal power by 8:00 am, if not sooner. If needed, we can provide some temporary power into Mudd. Bixler will remain down without temporary power for the duration of this outage.

The power will be shut off again on July 14, 2008 from 5:00 am until 8:00 am, to allow us to finalize the cable tie ins. Again, temporary power will be provided to the same pieces of equipment in Arey and Keyes and Bixler will remain off.

These outages are to allow PPD to tie the Roberts Row dorms into the primary power grid and to supply them enough power as they are upgraded. If you have any questions or concerns, please either email me or call me at extension 5008. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Free Radical Softball starts this Thursday, 7/3, at 5:30 (see full schedule). 

The research retreat is scheduled for July 24-25, 2008.  Abstracts are due on July 14, 2008.  See web page for full details: research retreat.