Parents and Families
Quick: what’s something that Singapore, Japan, and Cape Horn have in common? They were all destinations for a booming shipping industry of the late 1800s – one that was based in Brunswick, Maine. This summer, Lucy Knowlton ’15 has been working under a Gibbons Fellowship to explore the Brunswick shipping industry, using ArcGIS maps and the resources available in Bowdoin’s Special Collections.
Knowlton began her research by looking at payrolls and other documents that belonged to the Pennells, a prominent shipbuilding family, and went on to investigate individual members of the community through the Ancestry search engine. “One of the first things I learned how to do was to read this really old handwriting,” she said. “It was like another language.” Her research also included using ship logbooks to identify the latitude and longitude of the boats on their journeys, and visually mapping the voyages in ArcGIS. Continue reading about her project.
The numbers 52 and 17 apparently hold some productive significance. Using the tracking application DeskTime to study the habits of the most productive employees showed that they did focused work for 52 minutes at a time – then took a focused break for 17 minutes. Rather than sneaking quick peeks at a phone or email, they let themselves be wholly invested in what they were doing for these periods of time, whether working or taking time to walk around the office and chat.
Justin J. Pearson ’17 has founded a new summer program this summer in his home city of Memphis, Tenn., for teenagers growing up in the city’s poorest, and sometimes violent, districts. He designed Camp Hope to give young people a chance to connect with their communities in a positive way.
“The best way for me to help back home was to bring an opportunity to students who might otherwise be involved in activities they shouldn’t,” he said, such as gangs, “and to give them an opportunity to come together and attach themselves to a better side of the community.” A critical component, he added, was “to give them a sense of the benefits of education — to show them there is a way they can move forward.”
Pearson grew up in poverty in Memphis in a family of five boys. In time, his mother and father went back to school to first earn bachelor’s and then master’s degrees. Now his mother is a teacher and his father a pastor. Watching his parents build a new life impressed Pearson. “I know education can be a ladder out of poverty,” he said. Read the full story.
The United Nations has crafted many a resolution to further women’s rights worldwide. But how do women factor into U.N. peacekeeping efforts in areas of conflict? As it turns out, encouraging women to participate in the peace process makes ending violence in conflict regions 24% more likely within one year. The U.N. has been criticized for its numbers-based quota for female involvement in peace, however; the same research shows that it is specifically local women from within the conflict who are vital to improving peace prospects.
A show of Susan Williams ’81 work opens August 20 at Pascal Hall in Rockport, Maine. Willliams aims to “follow instinct and emotion” in her dreamy paintings of trees, rocks and landscapes, which incorporate texturizing from razor blades and sable brushes.
Williams has already displayed several exhibitions in New York, Maine and Texas’s Barry Whistler Gallery, and groups of her paintings have been acquired by McKinsey & Co., and Goldman Sachs & Co.
The Pascal Hall show will remain on display through September 30, 2014.
By now, you have “coffeed-up” and begun to rally amid your Monday, but, as is the case with so many things — it doesn’t have to be this way. Chances are — your sleeping, eating, exercise, and drinking habits are different during the week than they are on the weekend, disrupting circadian rhythms and contributing to “social jet-lag” — that groggy, grumpy feeling that starts off your Monday on a not-so-high note. Little life-hacks on the weekend can set you up for a great week.
The NCAA is celebrating former student-athletes with the launch of “NCAA After the Game,” a compilation of stories that recognize the accomplishments scored after their playing days. Among those featured — former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen ’62, H’75, a standout basketball player during his years at Bowdoin.
One of the classic traveler fantasies about Europe is the ability to hop from one renowned location to another in a matter of hours, thanks to the extensive railway network connecting cities and countries alike. But who says you can’t have the same multi-city cultural experience in the U.S.? National Geographic‘s “Digital Nomad” made the trek by train from Washington D.C., to Philadelphia, Boston and New York in one trip — and he already looks forward to doing it again.
Toph Tucker ’13 wore various hats during his tenure at the Bowdoin Orient, who would have guessed he would be modeling as part of his job as graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek? He posed as the quintessential Silicon Valley Tech Bro — a nod to the Mark Zuckerberg archetype in his nonchalant hoodie. The cover article explores the truth behind this schema and the dynamics that tech companies have created in cities such as San Francisco.
For the past few years, doctors have been recommending 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day for better health. But what if there was a shortcut to fitness that would also help you live longer? As it turns out, even just five minutes of running can add extra years onto your life and decrease your risk of dying from heart disease — significantly more so than moderate exercise. For those who can’t stand running, the good news is that any vigorous exercise counts.
Stage and screen legend Lauren Bacall died earlier this week at the age of 89. The Tony- and Oscar-winning actress, known to generations of fans for her smoky voice and smoldering look, was known to friends as Betty, the name with which she had been born.
Cynthia McFadden ’78, H’12, senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News, counts herself among those who knew the real Betty, and shared a look at Bacall’s life and career on The NBC Nightly News.
While many Bowdoin students stay on campus to do research over the summer, there are always some who pursue research opportunities elsewhere, sometimes on another university campus, a laboratory, or even an oceangoing vessel.
For instance, Margaret Lindeman ’15 and Sara Hamilton ’16 joined scientists in Greenland this summer to study the effects of climate change. Erin Voss ’16 traveled to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to look into yellow-bellied marmot habitats and species distribution.
The Bowdoin Daily Sun caught up with two off-campus researchers, Davis Unruh ’16 and Karl Reinhardt ’15, who are, respectively, investigating the skies and the seas. Read about the summer experiences of Unruh and Reinhardt.
If you were born prior to the 1980s, at what age did you start walking to school? Walking alone at night? Playing without an adult on the playground? Chances are, you walked and played without a whole lot of supervision at a much younger age than those born after the Reagan era would report.
The rise of media attention to kidnappers and other hazards to children during that time frame is one of the factors that has heightened parental vigilance. Changing attitudes toward some aspects of young life are also a factor. Slate asks, are we putting too short of a leash on our kids now – or should we have been paying more attention back then?
The end of a meal is a less-than-ideal, yet it’s the culturally sanctioned time to find yourself doing math (at least in America). “It makes no sense,” New York City chef Amanda Cohen laments, “at the end of the meal, just when people are very drunk, or very full, or very ready for romance,” they have to calculate a tip.
But it’s not just the buzzkill element that worries her: servers are relying on the generosity of customers to make up for sub-minimum wages. Studies have shown that the smallest of server behaviors and attributes, such as hair color or a smiley on the check, can affect how much gratuity they receive. And even if a diner leaves an extra-generous amount, the low-paid kitchen staff do not benefit from the surplus — not to mention that choosing how much to tip puts the burden on the customer to alert the manager of good or bad service. Cohen makes the case for service charges and the end of restaurant tipping.