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Eric Goldwyn ’03, investigator of urban affairs, has written a compelling article for The New Yorker on how ride-sharing networks like Uber are changing the landscape for professional taxi- and other drivers out there. There have always been cheaper and more expensive transportation options when it comes to hiring a driver, with some more knowledgeable than others – London’s black-cab drivers complete a 5 year training on the fastest routes through the city, for example. Yet combined with GPS technology, Goldwyn argues, “startups like Uber argue that technology can transform the casual driver into a professional.” Part-time ride-sharers are sure to make it more difficult to earn a living driving cabs, and it is up to the taxi companies to figure out how to compete.
As part of its mission to preserve Maine’s fishing communities and help rebuild the Gulf of Maine’s fish stocks, a Brunswick-based advocacy group has been collecting oral histories from fishermen.
Sitting on a trove of these stories, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association this summer hired Audrey Phillips ’16 to put together videos based on the recordings. Phillips selects segments from the taped narratives and overlays them with photographs. To fund her summertime work, she has a Psi Upsilon Environmental fellowship through the Environmental Studies Program. This grant is part of the Community Matters in Maine Program, which is administered jointly by the McKeen Center and Environmental Studies.
The Fishermen’s Association will use the videos to help educate the public about Maine’s fishermen and the changing fishing industry. “We want to build interest in the general community about why we need to protect our fishing communities, our fishermen and our fisheries resource,” Ben Martens ’06, the association’s executive director, said. Read the full story.
A lot of thought goes into packing a suitcase. We have a finite amount of room for our stuff, and it’s a nuisance to get to a destination and realize that you left something important at home. But what if all these material goods are weighing us down as baggage of the worst kind?
NPR shares one man’s insights after his luggage temporarily disappeared into the national airport labyrinth: “If you have enough for the day, then everything is all right.”
Bowdoin’s endowment was honored with the Institutional Investor “Endowment of the Year” award at the magazine’s 12th annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards gala June 26, 2014.
The Bowdoin endowment surpassed the $1 billion mark for the first time in the College’s history, generating an investment return of 16% for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. Approximately 45% of the endowment is restricted to the support of student financial aid.
“This impressive award is recognition by professionals in a highly specialized and competitive industry of the exceptional work done by Paula Volent, our senior vice president for investments, and by our Investment Committee, chaired by Jes Staley,” said Bowdoin President Barry Mills.
“It tells the world what many of us already know — that Bowdoin is tremendously fortunate to have this talented and nimble team working on our behalf and that their success is something truly extraordinary. It also tells our alumni and other donors that their gifts are managed in a way that maximizes their investments in the College. A strong endowment is critical to the pursuit of excellence at Bowdoin and to our ability to preserve access and opportunity for students of promise, regardless of their economic circumstances. That’s why everyone associated with our College ought to be proud of this recognition and grateful to those who made it possible.”
Volent and Staley and were on hand to accept the award at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. Read more about the event in Institutional Investor.
On June 30, 2013, Bowdoin’s endowment was valued at $1,038,640,000. During the fiscal year, the College received approximately $33 million in endowment gifts and additions, and provided $38.1 million to the annual operations of the College. Of this, approximately $17 million supports financial aid.
Returns for the fiscal year just ended will be released in the fall.
Bowdoin’s endowment had previously been recognized as Institutional Investor’s “Small Endowment or Foundation of the Year” in 2010.
Emmy’s aren’t just for TV anymore. Amy Kunhardt ’83 recently won a Boston/New England regional Emmy award for her story “Three Shots on Roy Road,” which reported the event and aftermath of an officer involved shooting. This is the second Emmy that Kunhardt has won, following one she earned for a story about a man losing 100 pounds. Her entry was part of the “Societal Concerns” category, and she is self-taught in video editing. The story was accompanied by a print article by reporter Matt Bryne. Though the number of Emmys awarded to newspapers is still small in comparison with those awarded to TV stations, Kunhardt expects that these numbers will continue to grow. Read more and watch her award-winning video on the Newspaper Guild.
This June, America wished its National Archives a happy 80th birthday. In 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the act that brought the Archives into existence as an independent agency — even though numerous agencies had been keeping records before this. The records flooded in, and are now housed across 40 facilities nationwide. See videos, photographs, and more of the National Archives’ history as an agency on their blog.
David Mather ’68 turns his own experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer and in forestry into his second thrilling novel. A sequel to One For the Road, When the Whistling Stopped centers around a young couple’s efforts to stop the decimation of South America’s black-necked swan population by going up against the pulp mill responsible for harmful pollution.
One For the Road follows an isolated Peace Corps volunteer named Tom through the cultural changes and struggles he encounters as he assists with a reforestation project in southern Chile. Mather has lived “off-grid” for more than 40 years.
Bowdoin is one of 13 participating institutions in a program that just received an $18.4 million grant to strengthen biomedical research and workforce training in Maine. The National Institute of Health awarded the five-year grant to the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), a coalition of Maine colleges, universities, and research institutions.
MDI Biological Laboratory, the coalition’s lead organization, noted in its recent announcement that this funding ensures the continuation of the INBRE program, which since 2001 “has brought more than $93 million in federal funds into Maine, improved the state’s research infrastructure, and trained more than 2,000 Maine students in biomedical research techniques.” At Bowdoin, INBRE funds a variety of biomedical research opportunities for both students and faculty each year, in addition to helping the College acquire equipment, supplies, and electronic journals to enhance research.
Every summer, Bowdoin students join professors and researchers from other colleges and universities at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, a small Canadian island in the Bay of Fundy. This year’s student researchers are working on a wide variety of projects, from electronic music created using island sounds to a study of sea squirts and sponges — and from what we can see on their blogs, it looks like they’re thriving on the joys and trials of island life. Get a peek into their experiences.
No, we’re not talking about blueberry or apricot. NPR has compiled a list of some top summer songs from 1962 — the “ear worms” that seem to get stuck in your brain and remind you of the summer you heard them first no matter how much time passes. Scroll through the long list or listen to radio streaming, and you’ll notice certain things stay the same — they have catchy hooks and are easy to sing, while the overall tone changes, shifting from beach-y rock to boy bands to hip hop and many genres in between.
U.S. Senator George Mitchell returned to campus during Reunion Weekend to speak for Bowdoin’s “Back to School Series,” a series of lectures offered to returning alumni. Mitchell served as U.S. Attorney for Maine and U.S. District Court Judge for Maine. In 1980, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate. He left the Senate in 1995 as the majority Leader. He served as chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland and chairman of the international fact-finding committee on violence in the Middle East. In 2009, Mitchell became a special envoy for the Middle East. He is also the founder of the Mitchell Institute, a scholarship program for Maine students.
The new Sugar Hill Apartment complex in Harlem, which includes more than 100 units for low-income and homeless people, is readying for occupancy in August. Ahead of its opening, it will be the stage for an “ambitious” group exhibition of contemporary artists, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The organization behind Sugar Hill is Broadway Housing Communities, a nonprofit founded by Ellen Baxter ’75 in 1983 to provide affordable housing to New Yorkers. Broadway Housing invited an arts organization to install an art show at Sugar Hill that reflected the neighborhood. This organization, No Longer Empty, specializes in staging exhibitions in places that rarely see contemporary art.
Farmers’ markets are on the rise, with over 6,000 new markets opening within the past two decades. If you’ve never been to a farmers’ market before, you might have some misconceptions about uppity neighborhoods (low-income areas love farmers’ markets, too) and excessive price markups. But Huffington Post gives the low-down on five farmers’ market myths.