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Former Treasury secretary Robert Rubin tells Fortune that it is still hard to get people to see climate change as something we should all be immediately concerned about. But when you look at the business aspects of global warming, the numbers are clear. Costs from storm damages and higher sea levels will likely increase by $1.5 billion in the next 15 years, while midwestern farmers could be looking at as much as a 73% yield loss by the end of the century. Approaching the business side of climate change is important, given that businessmen often make decisions with widespread impact and have influence in the political system.
“Your sense of time is pliable – stretching, compressing, coming to a standstill,” says Business Insider. So why does it seem that time speeds up more and more as we get older? And more importantly, what can we do to stop it? When we are younger, we are constantly using our brains in novel ways, whether through growing, learning, or stepping out of our comfort zones. But as we get older, we fall into routine and even seek out information that confirms what we already expected. This can shrink our retrospective sense of how fast time is passing. Filling your time with meaningful progress and purposefully breaking routine are just two ways that Business Insider suggests to make the most out of our time each day.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art opens two summer exhibitions this week. Offering new insight into his artistic practice, and organized in close collaboration with the artist, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective is the first-ever comprehensive examination of the prints of Richard Tuttle. The exhibition opens June 28 and runs through October 19, 2014.
“It’s What You Do With What You View”: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, also opening June 28, and running through September 14, 2014, highlights selections from an extraordinary gift made to the Museum of Art by the celebrated collectors earlier this year. Read also about the Vogel Volunteers, nine Bowdoin students who donated their time, brainpower and hard work to creating the Vogel installation.
In her retirement, Professor of Russian Emerita Jane Knox has committed herself to working with Special Olympics athletes. She is the assistant coach for the Maine track team, which recently competed with thousands of athletes at the Special Olympics 2014 USA’s competition in Princeton, N.J.
Two new studies have found that experience on sports teams in high school can prepare individuals for successful careers later on in life. “People who played high school sports more than 50 years after high school still seemed to demonstrate this persistent profile of more leadership, self respect, self-confidence than people who were not part of high school sports,” Cornell’s Kevin Kniffin said. This may provide an explanation deeper than common interests for the disproportionate number of hockey or lacrosse players on Wall Street, suggests a recent Fortune article.
Vision Zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s traffic safety legislation, recently passed through the New York City council. But that does not mean it will be easy to meet the initiative’s goal of eliminating traffic deaths in the city by 2024. New possible measures include installing more speed cameras, reducing traffic speeds around certain zones and intersections, and increasing penalties for those who violate existing traffic rules. Certain other measures, such as installing speed bumps, would require expensive upgrades in infrastructure. Read this article by Eric Goldwyn ’03 on The New Yorker’s website. Goldwyn focuses his writing on urban affairs.
Seeking neither money nor credit, they delved into historical research, explored the narratives of 20th-century artists and their works, and made possible a sophisticated exhibition of world-class art. Who are they?
They’re the Vogel Volunteers, nine Bowdoin students who donated their time, brainpower, and hard work to create the upcoming installation “It’s What You Do With What You View:” Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection in the Zuckert Seminar Room at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
After an undefeated regular season, and a first-time win at the international Reading Amateur Regatta, Bowdoin’s varsity rowing team this weekend lost a close race with Yale.
The team, made up of Captain Katie Ross ’14, Emily Martin ’15, Courtney Payne ’15, Mary Bryan Barksdale ’15 and coxswain Sophie Berubé ’16, advanced to the quarter finals of the Henley Women’s Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England. “In the single elimination knockout format, or ‘side by side, Bowdoin found itself in the harder bracket and drew Yale for the quarter final,” head coach Gil Birney said in a statement. It was to be the fastest heat in the round.
“Bowdoin jumped out to the lead with a perfect start, but Yale drew even and the two crews raced level through the body of the race. As they approached the line, Yale was slightly ahead, but Bowdoin began its final push and started to surge on the Eli,” Birney described. “Sadly, a missed stroke caused a crab and stopped the boat dead in the water just as we were moving up, and Yale was able to pull away to win.”
While overseas, the team appreciated the outpouring of support from home. “Hearing from parents, alumni, and friends in the college and town has meant the world to the team,” Birney said. “We have raced, and won, and lost in the highest level available to us, on a river of historic racing and beauty.”
It was on this day, June 24, in 1794, that the College was chartered by the General Court of Massachusetts, meeting in the Old State House in Boston – the District of Maine still being part of the Commonwealth. Governor Samuel Adams signs the bill. More on Bowdoin’s history here.
In his 2003 book, This Splendid Game: Maine Campaigns and Elections, 1940-2002, Christian Potholm, Bowdoin’s DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, discusses The Walk, a 1972 event during which Republican candidate William Cohen ’62 trekked 600 miles on foot through most of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District to garner votes as well as listen directly to what people and communities needed from their government. He served three terms for the district before going on to serve in the Senate and under Bill Clinton as U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Since then, Republican candidates have completed variations of Cohen’s highly successful Walk, but this year it’s Democrat Shenna Bellows who will be walking through 63 Maine communities to discuss jobs and economy and speak face to face with Maine citizens.
“The one thing about it is, if you start it, you cannot stop it, because then it’s a fiasco,” Potholm says. “You can’t just go out there for three days and quit.” Read more quotes from Professor Potholm, a discussion of the impact of social media on Bellows’ walk, and more from the Sun Journal.
For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world. With this submitted data — which includes geographic locations, photos and quirky anecdotes, among other tidbits of info — Nina Underman ’15 is creating an interactive map, one she will continue updating throughout the summer.
The first summertime job map, also managed by Underman last summer, contained information provided by 202 students. Underman hopes to increase that number this time around. “My main goal is to get submissions,” she said. Students can fill out an online submission form.
During their time at Bowdoin, Sam Plattus ’12, Jill Eddy ’12 and Nate Houran ’13 often discussed their shared desire to write and perform a play about crime. The story, they agreed, would be loosely based on The Tragedy of Macbeth, one of their favorite plays, and on two of their favorite miscreants, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
While as students they never found the time to work on the project, this summer all three were at points in their careers where they could come together. The play they created, Holler: An Appalachian Tragedy, will debut at the PortFringe theater festival in Portland on June 27 and 28. Eddy wrote the script and composed the music. Plattus is directing the production. Houran and Eddy play the two main characters: MacCoy, a low-level drug dealer in his early 20s, and his teenage wife, Little Lady. Read the full story.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” Yes, this quote may have come from Star Wars’ little green guru, but there may be real-world truth to his message. Rather than assuming language can only be used to describe a situation, Huffington Post tells us how we have the power to change it. Start by shifting how you respond to a simple “How are you?” from “Not bad” to a strong “Terrific!” It’s hard to say without a smile, and your mind responds so that your feelings are consistent with your words. Other changes include “I will make the time,” rather than “I don’t have time.”