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Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies and Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.
The $83,700 award will allow Lichter and co-investigator Eileen Johnson to determine whether Atlantic cod and other predatory groundfish in the Gulf of Maine are responding to recent restoration of key prey species – such as alewife – in the Kennebec River. These findings will inform other conservation projects in the state.
“We suspect that restoration of major alewife and blueback herring runs in the Kennebec system will lead to growing populations of nearshore groundfish like cod,” Lichter said. “If so, we will better understand the underlying ecology of Maine’s coastal ecosystems and how to restore and better steward these natural resources.”
This little gem from Meryl Streep has been making the rounds on social media; in case you’ve not seen it, in a quote posted on Ioadicaeu’s Blog, the multiple Oscar-winning actress muses about the inconsequential things in life for which she no longer has patience. Read it here.
Every year, once first-year students have returned to campus from their orientation trips, they gather at the Museum of Art steps for a welcome from some of Bowdoin’s administrators. They also sing the alma mater together. This spot on the Quad is symbolic, for in four years, the students will gather once again in front of the Museum to walk up its stairs and receive their degrees. Dean of First-Year Students Janet Lohmann introduced the two speakers, Dean of Admissions Scott Meiklejohn and President of Bowdoin College Barry Mills.
“I always think of today a little like gift giving,” Meiklejohn told the class. “All of us in admissions have put together a really nice gift for the rest of Bowdoin college. And the college is about to take the bow off and open the box and find out how cool you are. …I’m excited about the impact you’re going to have on this place and the pathways you will take.” Read more, and see the slideshow.
When researchers scanned the brains of young adults as they listened to music, the scientists discovered changes in brain activity that correlated with introspection, self-awareness, mind-wandering and, “possibly,” imagination, Smithsonian magazine reports.
The music “enhanced connections between different regions of the brain, a pattern called the default mode network (DMN),” the article explains. This network tends to be focused on inner-thoughts. When it is active, another network that is more involved in goal-oriented tasks quiets. Because people with autism often have problems with DMN activity, the study’s authors suggest that they may be receptive to music therapy.
Evan Ecklund ’16, a government and legal studies major and economics minor from Falmouth, Maine, spent the summer in Manhattan as an intern at Berens Capital Management, of which College Trustee Kathleen Kimiko Phillips ’99 is president and COO. Ecklund and Phillips served up heaping helpings of Bowdoin spirit during a cooking class held by their firm.
“I was able to meet people from all around the world with different perspectives on any number of financial markets, companies or geopolitical issues,” says Ecklund. “My time was focused largely on learning about the alternative investment industry and building a foundation of professional experience.”
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.”
Up 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.
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.
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.