Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

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Community Lecture Series: "Challenges and Opportunities of the Contemporary Arctic"

February 5, 2015 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Join Susan Kaplan, director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, and Genevieve LeMoine, curator of the Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, as they discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary Arctic.

Community Lectures include time for questions from the audience. Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Beverages and cookies provided. 

The lectures are free and open to the public. Questions? Call 207-725-3253.

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Dinnertime Film and Discussion: 'Growing Local'

February 10, 2015 6:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

Growing Local is a short series by Maine Farmland Trust about small farms and the uncertain fate of the local food movement. The series weaves together three separate but connected stories to create a coherent narrative about local food and local farms. The goal of the project is to help fellow Mainers, and hopefully others around the country, better understand the agrarian landscape surrounding us and the important role it plays in growing community as well as food. The film makers hope to inspire viewers to actively seek out local foods for their own health, the health of their communities and that of the planet. 

We will be joined by Kristin Pierson, Apprentice, Crystal Spring Farm; Tristan Noyes, '05 GroMaine, Aroostock County, and Sarah Wiederkehr, Winterhill Farm

Join us for dinner (get dinner 'through the line' and eat in Daggett Lounge), watch the film (starting at 6:30) and participate in conversation with table mates and local farmers. Open to students with Board Plan and others at Polar Plus rates.

This event is being hosted at Bowdoin by the Environmental Studies Program, Sustainable Bowdoin, and Bowdoin Dining.

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Environmental Consulting: An Alumni Career Conversation

February 12, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Are you curious about the broad field of environmental consulting?  Alumni from large and small consulting firms will come and share their insights, advice and experience about the numerous career paths in environmental consulting.

Our panelists are:

Matt Savard ’14 (Environmental Studies/Earth & Oceanographic Studies), Engineer II with GZA Environmental in Portland, ME.
Dan Peckham ’12 (Environmental Studies/Economics), Environmental Analyst, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
Liza Cohen ’08 (Self-designed Urban Studies/Built Environment) Associate, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates
Patrick Coughlin ’89 (Environmental Studies/Chemistry), Principal and Senior Scientist, St. Germain Collins

This event is co-sponsored by Career Planning and the Environmental Studies Program.

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Nat Wheelwright presents: "Crowdsourcing for Conservation: Making Tropical Cloud Forest Science Available in Spanish"

February 18, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge


Nat Wheelwright, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences is the featured speaker. The title of his talk is: "Crowdsourcing for Conservation: Making Tropical Cloud Forest Science Available in Spanish."

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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Andreas Muenchow: "The American Passage to the North Pole: Ice, Oceans, Glaciers, and Climates of Nares Strait"

February 19, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Andreas Muenchow, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, is a sea-going oceanographer interested in how physics of polar and coastal oceans impacts global climate. He will discuss the work he and colleagues did between 2003 through 2012 to understand the physics of water and ice movement in Nares Strait, using icebreakers, remote sensors, computers, and innovative engineering to collect and analyze data on the ice, the water, and the air.

Nares Strait is the narrow passage between Greenland and Canada's Ellesmere Island. Few people realize that it carries as much water from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean as the much wider Fram Strait between Greenland and the Svalbard Islands to the east. Understanding the dynamics of ice and water transport through this strait is crucial to developing accurate models of current and future Arctic Ice and climate.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

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Film and Discussion with David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg: 'From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction'

February 26, 2015 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This award-winning documentary tells the incredible forgotten story of the passenger pigeon, its unlikely extinction, and its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. Almost 100 years ago on September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon in existence (named after Martha Washington) died in the Cincinnati Zoo. A superabundant species of billions that darkened the entire sky disappeared in a matter of decades. 

What happened to the passenger pigeon? You could say we happened. Discover how and why this bird went extinct, and how this anthropogenic extinction foreshadows more recent, rapid, ongoing destruction of species in the wake of the deforestation, rising ocean temperatures, acidification of bodies of water, and melting of polar ice shelves that are of vital concern to the current generation of students. 

Director and co-writer David Mrazek and co-producer and co-writer Joel Greenberg enter into discussions with biologists concerning the current unsustainable taking of sharks, acidification of oceans and bleaching of coral reefs, destruction of reptile habitat, and "de-extinction" of lost species through genetic manipulation. 

View the trailer and information on the filmmakers at passengerpigeon.org.

Sponsored by Bowdoin College Departments of Art History, Biology, Cinema Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, Bowdoin Outing Club, Visual Arts and The Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

Open to the public.

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Hester Blum: "Polar Imprints: The News from the Ends of the Earth"

March 2, 2015 6:00 PM  – 7:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

Narratives of polar voyages enjoyed wide circulation in Anglo-American cultural and political spheres during the long nineteenth century. Yet the familiar travel accounts of adventurous voyage and their fictional counterparts were not the only forms of literary production generated by Arctic and Antarctic exploration. Many expeditions brought a surprising piece of equipment aboard ship: a printing press. With such presses, polar-voyaging sailors wrote and printed newspapers, broadsides, plays, and other reading matter beyond the Arctic and Antarctic Circles; these publications were produced almost exclusively for a reading audience comprised of the expedition’s crew members. 

In this presentation, Hester Blum, associate professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, will examine the first printed polar newspapers. What does this drive toward what she calls “extreme printing” tell us about the state of print culture and coterie publication in the nineteenth century Anglo-American world? Her talk will be attentive to the rhetorical distance between mass-published voyage accounts, and the coterie publications produced and circulated aboard ship. 'Polar Imprints' is attuned to the tension between the global ambitions of polar voyages, and the remarkably circumscribed conditions of their practice.

Sponsored by Africana Studies, Arctic Studies, and the English Department.

Free and Open to the Public

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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Home Weatherization Talk (Brown Bag Lunch)

March 9, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 208

University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Professor Emeritus, Richard Hill
Monday, March 9th - Noon-1pm
Adams Hall Room 208

This talk will cover information that will help Bowdoin employees understand where they can get the best bang for their buck in terms of efficiency projects (insulation, caulking, windows, etc) focusing primarily on building envelop. Home energy flows cannot be managed until they can be monitored. Richard Hill will focus on ?how do we know where the energy goes?. The brown-bag lunch talk will be open to all faculty and staff that would like to join us. Feel free to bring your own lunch - cookies and coffee will be provided.

For forty-six years Professor Dick Hill was a very important part of the University of Maine?s Mechanical Engineering Department where he was also Director of the Department of Industrial Cooperation for the last thirty years of his tenure. In addition to his work as professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Hill has educated the people of Maine through numerous public speaking engagements, fourteen years of weekly radio presentations on energy matters for five MPBN stations, and his more recent weekly three hour hour-long radio call-in program on energy related matters. He has been invited to speak to Bowdoins Office EcoReps about home weatherization-- a timely topic! Please RSVP to Keisha Payson at cpayson@bowdoin.edu or x3086.
Image credit: Missouri Department of Economic Development, https://www.ulstl.com/economic-empowerment/weatherization/

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Protecting Nature in Federal Systems: Decentralization, Private Interests, and Conservation Units in Brazil

March 26, 2015 4:15 PM  – 5:15 PM
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

Benjamin Allen?s research interests include environmental conservation and green growth politics and policy in Latin America, particularly Brazil. His current work builds on sixteen months of field work in Brazil, and examines when and where state and federal governments choose to establish and implement environmental conservation areas, with case studies of the Amazonian states of
Par and Amazonas, as well as Minas Gerais and the Federal District of Braslia.

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Newell Lewey and Vera Francis on Passamaquoddy Tribe Initiatives: "Past, Present, and Building Dialogue"

April 1, 2015 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Cram Alumni House, Barn [Torrey Barn]

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has engaged in two initiatives to strengthen their community and restore the ecosystem on which their culture was founded. The first is the Maine-Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the goal of which is to begin to heal from the pain inflicted on members of the Tribe who as children were forcibly removed from their homes and, in many cases, subsequently abused. The second is an effort to rebuild the natural resource base on which the Tribe depended for thousands of years. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Council has recently set a goal of achieving fifty percent food sovereignty by 2018.

Vera Francis the Vice Chief, and Newell Lewey a Tribal Councilor are members of the Passamaquoddy Tribal at Pleasant Point near Perry, ME. They will provide the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities an opportunity to gain understanding of the tribes struggle to
move forward from hundreds of years of discrimination, disenfranchisement and loss of self-determination.

Co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and the Environmental Studies Program with funding support from the Concerts and Lectures Committee.

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Stacy Vandeveer: "Climate Politics Are Everywhere! Hope and Change in Transnational, National, and Local Spaces"

April 6, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

The world of climate politics is increasingly no longer confined to the activities of national governments and international negotiations. Critical to this transformation of the politics of climate change has been the emergence of new forms of transnational governance that cut across traditional state-based jurisdictions and operate across public and private divides. 

In this presentation, Stacy Vandeveer will examine the world of climate change governance and the implications for the field of global environmental politics. He is currently professor of political science and chair of the department of political science at the University of New Hampshire. His teaching and research interests include international environmental policymaking and its domestic impacts, comparative environmental politics, connections between environmental and security issues, the roles of expertise in policy making and the global politics of consumption and environmental and humanitarian degradation. 

In addition to authoring and co-authoring over seventy articles, book chapters, working papers and reports, he co-edited six books: Comparative Environmental Politics (MIT Press 2012); The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy (CQ Press 2010); Changing Climates in North American Politics (MIT Press 2009); Transatlantic Environment and Energy Politics (Ashgate 2009); EU Enlargement and the Environment (Routledge 2005); and Saving the Seas (1997). He co-edits the journal Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press).

This event is free and open to the public.

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Jessica Lefevre and the Arctic Marine Mammal Coalition: "Modern Ecological, Political, and Social Change in the Alaskan Arctic"

April 9, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Have you ever wondered what it is like to watch major portions of the coast on which you depend destroyed by massive storms, discover that waters from which you make a living are becoming an international shipping route, and observe that the marine mammals on which you depend are suddenly acting strangely? 

Jessica Lefevre is an attorney who specializes in natural resources issues and serves as counsel and advisor to Alaskan indigenous groups. She will be joined by seven Yup'ik and Inupiat hunters and leaders representing the Arctic Marine Mammal Coalition. These Alaskan maritime hunting groups are on the front lines of climate change and globalization. They will discuss what it is like to live through rapid social, economic, and legal transition and how they are responding to challenges to their environment and way of life. 

Sponsored by the Oak Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Photo of Inupiat hunters by Bill Hess.

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#Carbonfeed: A New Media Installation and Conversation about Technology, Art, and the Environment

April 13, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

With the advent of social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, humans have increased their production of digital content and consequently their carbon emissions. Even a simple Google search has been estimated to generate 0.2 grams of CO2. To keep pace with growing online media, there is an increasing dependence upon data centers, which now account for two percent of US electricity consumption. 

#Carbonfeed, a new media project on view at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library April 13 through May 13, directly challenges the popular notion that virtuality is disconnected from reality. Through sonifying Twitter feeds and correlating individual tweets with a physical, data visualization in public spaces, the work reveals the environmental cost of online behavior and its supportive physical infrastructure.

Join project creators John Park and Jon Bellona at a reception to discuss and introduce the installation and to encourage all participants to take part by tweeting #carbonfeed and #bowdoin throughout its placement. Your tweet will trigger the installation while emitting 0.02g/C02e. 

Park received his M.F.A. in Computer Art from State University of New York, Buffalo in 2006, and his B.A. in Multimedia Design from the University of Oregon in 2003.

Bellona received his M.Mus. in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon, audio engineering degree from the Conservatory for Recording Arts & Sciences, and B.A. from Hamilton College. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) at University of Virginia and is part of the art collective Harmonic Laboratory.

Learn more about #CarbonFeed or listen to your own Twitter feed at http://carbonfeed.org. 

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts along with support from DCSI, Visual Arts, Music, Art History, Environmental Studies, Physics, and Government

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What is Digital and Computational Studies and How Can this Bowdoin Initiative Help you Build your Future?

April 14, 2015 6:30 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, 303 [South]

Join professors Crystal Hall and Mohammad Irfan for a discussion of what is Digital and Computational Studies - including previous and upcoming courses, and the difference between Computer Science and DCS. Find out why learning the use of digital tools in your area of study will give you a leg-up in your chosen profession.

Sponsored by the Bowdoin Digital and Computational Studies Initiative. Refreshments will be served.

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Mark Patterson, Northeastern University "Perforate and imperforate body plans in scleractinian corals: implications for coping with environmental stress"

April 16, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

The physical biology of invertebrates (sponges, cnidarians, squid), plants (macroalgae, sunflowers, seagrasses), and fishes is another area in which I am broadly interested. The allometry of metabolism is an area where I apply chemical engineering theory to lower aquatic invertebrates and algae. Contrary to the predictions of “universal scaling laws” that have appeared in the literature, e.g., the West, Brown, Enquist (WBE) theory, these taxa do not follow 3/4 power scaling of metabolic rate with body mass. Instead they exhibit a diversity of scaling exponents for which I have developed a predictive theory based on first principles from fluid transport and mass transfer. This “flow modulated allometry” model is now being tested in my laboratory and in the field using the NOAA underwater habitat Aquarius. Since 1984, I have used saturation underwater habitats to conduct research in situ on corals and their allies. Recent work using Aquarius has examined how reef corals respond to water motion during bleaching episodes by altering their photobiology and expression of stress proteins. Our lab has recently developed a predictive electrical network model of the gastrovascular system of corals of the two types of coral bauplan, perforate (where an extensive plumbing connects the polyps) and imperforate (where polyps are not connected directly). This model will help us understand how corals respond to environmental stress including that posed by global warming and ocean acidification.


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Climate change and Arctic landscapes: Understanding modern and future changes using lessons from the past

June 29, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The winds of change are sweeping across Arctic landscapes. 

Warming is occurring at a rapid rate, landscapes are thawing, and ecosystems are poised for dramatic change.  Given the vast area of the Arctic, changes to the biosphere have the potential to influence the atmosphere, thereby altering the rate and magnitude of global climate change.  To understand how modern and future impacts might unfold, a team of scientists-- Zicheng Yu, Lehigh University, David Beilman, the University of Hawaii, and Phil Camill, Bowdoin College have recently examined how soil carbon storage and emissions might respond to warming.

Using historical archives in peat records from across the Arctic, this
team is looking back in time 12,000 years for clues to how past climate change might improve understanding of changes in the modern world. To learn more see the webpage.

This research has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation. This event is co-sponsored at Bowdoin by the Peary-MacMillian Arctic Museum, the Earth and Oceanographic Science Department and the Environmental Studies Program.

Image: Churchill Manitoba, Summer of 2012