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Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

Bowdoin Academic Spotlight - 3 hours 33 min ago
Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.
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Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

Bowdoin Campus News - 3 hours 33 min ago
Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.
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Bowdoin Economist: New Football Playoff Lacks Suspense (Boston Globe)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - 8 hours 53 min ago
Daniel Stone

Daniel Stone

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Lewis mentions the research of Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone in a recent round-up of surprising insights from the social sciences.

In his Ideas column, Lewis refers to a paper that Stone co-wrote on “how to make football suspenseful.” Stone and his collaborator, Jarrod Olson, use mathematical analysis to argue that college football’s new four-team, two-round championship, which replaces the single-game championship, will “cut down on narrative drama,” Lewis writes.

“The authors note that a large playoff with many teams reduces the suspense of regular-season games by making the outcome of each regular-season game less critical. Meanwhile, the gain in total playoff-game suspense is not enough to make up for the loss of total regular-season suspense.”

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Post-College Job: Cleaning the Oceans

Bowdoin Daily Sun - 8 hours 54 min ago

hannah-tennentUp to 15 million tons of trash slips into our oceans every year, endangering the marine mammals, fish, seabirds and sea turtles that may eat the rubbish, get entangled in it or be affected by endocrine disruptors.

Although scientists are skeptical about the feasibility of cleaning up the ocean’s gigantic floating garbage patches, a small Maine organization is attempting to rid the seas of trash. Instead of tackling the ocean’s far-off gyres of rubbish, however, Rozalia Project is trying to prevent trash from entering the ocean in the first place. Most marine debris moves into the marine environment from beaches, harbors and tidal rivers.

This summer, a Bowdoin alumna joined the Rozalia Project, sailing with the organization on its 60-foot boat, American Promise. Hannah Tennent graduated from Bowdoin in May with an earth and oceanographic science major. With free time before starting a 10-month post in September with the Student Conservation Association, Tennent took a temporary position with the ocean-cleaning nonprofit. Read the full story. 

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Grace Butler ’16 Pushes Bicycle Coalition Forward

Bowdoin Daily Sun - 8 hours 54 min ago

This summer, junior Grace Butler received a Psi Upsilon Environmental Fellowship from Bowdoin to intern with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, an advocacy organization based in Portland. Butler, a sociology and environmental studies major, took on the task of completing an economic benefit analysis of bicycling in Maine. She surveyed the businesses that support the bicycle economy here to assess how much money bicyclists contribute to the state.

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How Photography Provides Release for Those With Mental Disorders (NYTimes)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - 8 hours 55 min ago
Abandoned, by Danielle Hark

Abandoned by Danielle Hark

Living with anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder or other mental disorders can make it an uphill battle to stay present and engaged. Danielle Hark found no release from debilitating depression until the day she began snapping photos with her iPhone. “It doesn’t matter how the photos come out,” she says, “it’s a mindfulness process that brings me into my body. I’m not worrying about the past or the future, just looking through the lens.” She turned her experience into the Broken Light Collective, which allows people to come together and articulate their state of mental health through images. Read more from the New York Times.

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Bowdoin Announces Fall 2014 Webcast Schedule For Northeast Sports Network

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - 17 hours 9 min ago
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Northeast Sports Network, has announced an extensive webcast schedule for the 2014 fall sports season.
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What I Did This Summer: French Professor Hanétha Vété-Congolo

Bowdoin Campus News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:23
Associate Professor of Romance Languages Hanétha Vete-Congolo tell us about her summer researching gender and society in her native Martinique.
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What I Did This Summer: French Professor Hanétha Vété-Congolo

Bowdoin Academic Spotlight - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:23
Associate Professor of Romance Languages Hanétha Vete-Congolo tell us about her summer researching gender and society in her native Martinique.
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Investigating Religious Identity in Sri Lanka

Bowdoin Academic Spotlight - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:20
When is a religious identity also an ethnic identity, and how is that connection influenced by a history of colonization and conflicts? Omar Sohail ’15 has been exploring this question and others as he examines the Muslim concept of identity in Sri Lanka.
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Investigating Religious Identity in Sri Lanka

Bowdoin Campus News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:20
When is a religious identity also an ethnic identity, and how is that connection influenced by a history of colonization and conflicts? Omar Sohail ’15 has been exploring this question and others as he examines the Muslim concept of identity in Sri Lanka.
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What I Did This Summer: Studying the Science of Red Tide

Bowdoin Academic Spotlight - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:21
Sasha Kramer ’16 tells a captivating story about doing research at Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center, where she has been uncovering the science behind red tide and paralytic shellfish poisoning.
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What I Did This Summer: Studying the Science of Red Tide

Bowdoin Campus News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:21
Sasha Kramer ’16 tells a captivating story about doing research at Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center, where she has been uncovering the science behind red tide and paralytic shellfish poisoning.
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Bowdoin Deans Offer Top 10 Tips for First-Years (WCSH 207)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:12

On the Maine TV show 207, Janet Lohmann and Michael Wood, dean and assistant dean of first-year students at Bowdoin, give their best tips for students and parents on adjusting to the first year of college.

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Tapping Liberal Arts Training in the Business World (Harvard Business Review)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:10

Innovation creativity imagination
They’re trained to solve complex problems. Navigate ambiguity. Innovate. Communicate. These are some of the reasons why liberal arts graduates are sought after by the biggest consulting firms, and why other employers should target them too, says Harvard Business Review. 

Read more about why hiring from the humanities is the way to go for CEOs worldwide.

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Claudia Villar-Leeman ’15 Studies the Future of Forests

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:05

Claudia Villar-Leeman with her mentor, Ahmed A.H.Siddig, a PhD candidate at UMass

Claudia Villar-Leeman lived in the woods for 11 weeks this summer to investigate the “chaotic” changes that a bug the size of a dot is wreaking on East Coast forests.

The biology major won a National Science Foundation fellowship to work with scientists who are looking into the decline of eastern hemlock trees. In 18 states, the conifers are being wiped out by the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia.

First accidentally introduced to the United States in the 1950s — possibly by someone importing an ornamental hemlock from Japan — the pest is at this point unstoppable. “Hemlocks are doomed,” Villar-Leeman said. “I am not sure if they will go extinct, but the bug is uncontrollable and scientists are studying how the forests will change after the die-off.”

With 22 undergraduates (selected from an applicant pool of over 700), as well as graduate students and seasoned scientists, Villar-Leeman worked in the Harvard Forest, the university’s 107-year-old, 3,750-acre ecological research area in Western Massachusetts. Read the full story.

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Where Did the Black-and-White Cookie Come From? (Eater)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:04

Black and White Cookies with a Cup Of CoffeeThis pastry, associated with New York City and its numerous delis, is more of a flat cake than a cookie – which may have to do with the Dutch word koekje (pronounced “cookie”), meaning little cake. The Dutch settled on the East Coast in the 17th and 18th centuries, a time during which other cake-like cookies – such as the madeleine – were also making an appearance.

The cookie’s fondant topping, split down the middle in flavor and color, is said to represent the half-moon, a medieval symbol that draws a connection with New York’s European past.

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Bowdoin Economist: New Football Playoff Lacks Suspense (Boston Globe)

Bowdoin Academic Spotlight - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:18
A Boston Globe columnist included Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone in a recent round-up of "surprising results from the social sciences."
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Bowdoin Economist: New Football Playoff Lacks Suspense (Boston Globe)

Bowdoin Campus News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:18
A Boston Globe columnist included Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone in a recent round-up of "surprising results from the social sciences."
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Screening of ‘Herb & Dorothy 50X50’ Highlights Museum’s Vogel Exhibition

Bowdoin Campus News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:00
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will present a free screening of the 2013 film Herb & Dorothy, 50X50 at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
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