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Stand-up comedian and Bowdoin grad Hari Kondabolu recently joined Jennifer Egan and Andrew Bird at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a show discussing different types of fears — the one that keep us on track and the ones that make us want to hide under the covers. He pokes a little fun at himself in the process: “I remember my father working seven days a week, sending me to college, and telling me, ‘Waste this. If you come back a doctor or a lawyer, it’s like killing me.’” Kondabolu’s biggest fear? Saying things the wrong way.
Happy eighth online birthday to the series of lectures that continuously boggles the mind. The aim of TED talks is to spread ideas on all subjects, from linguistics to mental disorders, from physics to life satisfaction. Speakers aim to transmit their messages in 18 minutes or less, at conferences across the globe. The first conference took place in 1984, and in late June 2006, TED put its first six videos up online. It has since expanded to include TEDx, independently organized events that take place at universities, high schools, and more. In honor of the anniversary of its online presence, the TED site has published a list of the first six videos it ever uploaded to the web (now six among over 1700), which are full of ideas that are still relevant today.
Shapeways 3D printing company has increased its employee base to help with Google’s Made with Code initiative. After disclosing that a mere 30% of Google employees are female, Google has created this program to get more girls interested in science and technology at a young age. Spokeswomen include Chelsea Clinton and Mindy Kaling, as well as organizations such as Seventeen Magazine and Girl Scouts. Shapeways 3D will expand and use four of EOS’s largest 3D printers to allow daily printing of 8,000 bracelets coded by girls. Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen hopes the initiative will encourage girls to create and run their own Shapeway shops in the future.
So you sent an email by mistake. And a text. And maybe forgot to include some important hashtags in your latest Instagram caption. Never fear: there are more ways to undo things online than you think. Did you know that both Gmail and Microsoft Outlook have “retract message” features? You can even recover a group of accidentally closed tabs with a quick Ctrl+Shift+T. Check out these tips and more in a slideshow from PureWow.
Born on the fourth of July in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne, a member of the Class of 1825, would go on to become one of America’s most illustrious novelists and short story writers, publishing many classics, including The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables.
On this Independence Day, it would also be apropos to point out that among Hawthorne’s published works is a biography of his friend — and fellow Bowdoin alumnus (Class of 1824) — Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States.
Some Americans make it a tradition to read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. But what if they’re not reading it as it was actually intended? Recent research has called into question a period in a sentence that we would really hope to be accurate: the one that begins with “We hold these truths to be self evident…” This spot of ink separates “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” from the roles of government subsequently described, which makes the latter seem subordinate and disconnected from the first, even though the argument could be made that one should lead into the other. The National Archives have made it a “top priority” to find ways of re-examining the delicate original document in order to assess their possible mistake and make any necessary subsequent changes to their online presentation of the Declaration.
Rain or shine, you’re about to win any patriotic trivia games you play today. What day did most signatories of the Declaration of Independence actually sign the document? (Hint: it’s not July 4.) Who started the annual Fourth of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and why? What other countries throw celebrations in honor of American Independence Day? (Hint: there are five.) Learn the answers to these questions and more.
As students and faculty embark on another summer of research at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, here’s a throwback to last summer’s whirlwind of research activities: take a voyage through Harpswell Sound with Karl Reinhardt ’15 and Earth and Oceanographic Science Associate Professor Collin Roesler, who spent summer 2013 studying the tiny phytoplanktonic organism that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. See the slideshow.
One year later, a new batch of students is pursuing a variety of summer research projects based at the Coastal Studies Center, including Schuyler Nardelli ’15 and Sasha Kramer ’16, who have taken up the torch in studying aspects of phytoplankton bloom in the Sound. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to learn more about this summer’s activities, while the Marine Laboratory undergoes renovations and the College prepares to significantly expand its unique offerings in Coastal Studies. Read more here.
Dean Clegg, a guide at the Chamberlain House Museum and Maine native, is hoping to raise $1,630 to place a stone marker at the exact location where Joshua Chamberlain was shot in battle 150 years ago this year.
Chamberlain survived the attach and would live another 50 years before passing away due to complications from his original wound in 1914.
Renowned for having led the Union army at Little Round Top, this former Maine governor and Bowdoin College president is portrayed on stage in the Maine State Music Theater’s production of Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.
Here we are on the cusp of a long holiday weekend, with time not only to celebrate our nation’s birth, but to get in some extra running, cycling, hiking, or play monster match-ups on the courts, courses and fields.
Those who put themselves through rigorous training on the weekends are indeed better off than people who are totally sedentary — but (you knew there was a “but” coming) they can be at greater risk for heart attacks and muscle tears than those who make a habit of moderate exercise, says The New York Times.
These “weekend warriors” are more likely to overtax muscles, the heart included, by exercising sporadically and vigorously, since exercise puts the heart at a greater risk for heart attack during activity but a decreased risk overall. Celebrate — and exert — responsibly.
Psychology professor Tania Lambrozo highlights the psychological findings that she learned during her career path but wishes she’d known in high school, including taking time for creative play and learning that you are your own harshest critic.
A rare reunion is set to take place Wednesday, July 2, as Civil War general Joshua Chamberlain’s original Medal of Honor, owned by the Pejepscot Historical Society, will be displayed alongside its redesigned replacement, owned by the College. The exhibition of the two medals takes place between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick.
Representatives from Brunswick’s Post Office will be on site at the Chamberlain Museum 3-5 p.m. to sell Medal of Honor stamps and offer a special one-day-only Chamberlain pictorial cancellation.
The cancellation, designed by Pejepscot Historical Society and approved by the United States Postal Service, celebrates Chamberlain’s distinguished service in the Civil War and the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, for actions at which Chamberlain received his own Medal of Honor.
Performers from Maine State Music Theatre will be on hand singing standards. Throughout the day on July 2, guests showing ticket stubs from Maine State Music Theatre’s performance of “Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance” will receive 50% off admission at the Chamberlain Museum. “Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance” runs June 25 through July 12. A short program will take place at 3:30 pm. More on the history of the medals here.