Parents and Families
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.
Rodin’s sculptures now have a new role outside their revered spot in the art world. At Stanford University, Dr. James Chang noticed a similarity between the medical conditions he was treating and the hands of the Rodin sculptures on the lawn. Rodin’s innovation lay in his choice not to idealize the human form, depicting conditions such as disease and disfigurement.
Chang recognizes, through Rodin’s work and his own work, that “a patient’s emotions are very much tied into their hands.” Now, with the help of iPad technology, he uses CT scans of his patients superimposed on similar Rodin hands to demonstrate certain conditions in the classroom. Chang is hopeful that doctors can one day use this art-meets-science technology to explain anatomy face-to-face with real patients.
Geoffrey Canada spoke at Bowdoin on May 31 for Bowdoin’s “Back to School Series,” a series of lectures offered to returning alumni during Reunion Weekend. Canada founded Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., a nationally recognized full-service community organization geared toward improving the lives of low-income children and families in New York City through education.
Michael ’04 and Melissa Fensterstock know the secret to a good vacation: it has to be bug-free. While on their honeymoon in Southeast Asia, the couple was introduced to a local mix of essential oils to help them repel the numerous mosquitos. Most bug sprays smell less than appealing, but this one was a decadent combination of vanilla, exotic citrus and more. The duo saw their business opportunity, and Michael quit his job to develop the fragrance product – called Aromaflage – full-time. The product is now sold in resort areas such as Canyon Ranch and Martha’s Vineyard, where vacationers are bound to spend time outside. It has also been picked up by larger online retailers such as Circle & Square and Uncommon Goods.
“There are Burmese refugee women that hand-craft Aromaflage,” Michael said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, “so we have a social impact to our supply chain, which is really inherent in our business. Doing well by doing good is important to both Melissa and myself.”
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.