Parents and Families
Jerrod Dobkin ’15 first heard of Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation from his government professor, Janet Martin. She mentioned in class that the nonprofit, which had taught her how to ski, was holding its annual fundraiser. Dobkin, a lifelong skier and a member of the Bowdoin alpine team, decided he’d pitch in.
Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, headed by Peter Adams ’75, offers recreational sports to adults and children with disabilities. It relies on its annual Ski-A-Thon fundraiser to be able to provide free ski lessons and other athletic opportunities throughout the year to between 400 and 500 students.
Dobkin said he wholeheartedly believes in the mission of opening the sport of skiing to anyone who wants to try. “I think it’s awesome to let other people get joy out of this,” he said. Read the full story.
Referred to by many as “America’s Dad,” Tom Brokaw has been informing us about world events in a soothing baritone voice for more than 50 years. In a series of conversations with Fortune Magazine, Brokaw reflects on his career in broadcasting and his life in general, noting that he did not seem destined for greatness early on.
In response to a March 30 Washington Post op-ed by 2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo ’12, the U.S. Marine Corps commandant has ordered a change in the policy preventing female recruits from having more than one chance to pass the Marine Corps Infantry Officers Course.
In her article, Santangelo questioned why only men, and not women, were given a second pass. She also suggested ways to better train and prepare women for the rigorous 17-week course in Quantico, Va. So far, 14 women have tried and failed to pass the infantry officers course, including Santangelo.
After issuing an order to allow women a second chance, Gen. James F. Amos not only praised Santangelo but also offered her a chance to go to Afghanistan while she waits for her flight training, Seapower reports.
The Marine Corps and the Army are determining if they can open ground combat jobs, including infantry, to women. Although military women are now able to serve in many combat-related positions, including aviation, military police and field artillery, they are banned from the infantry.
It’s great to be able to upload pictures of your child’s first day of school to share with family members around the world. But what happens when privacy settings don’t keep things private? According to the Pew Research Center, half of Americans are worried about having so much personal data on the internet, up from 33% in 2009. Read about popular ways to cover your online footprints.
Compared to an American childhood, does a Danish upbringing make for a happier kid? Traditionally, temperament has been considered an innate trait, but Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Putnam and Ariye Krassner ’14 have reason to believe that there’s more to the story. Under Putnam’s supervision, Krassner has developed a senior honors project focusing on the effects of Danish versus American culture on infant disposition.
It all started when Krassner, while studying abroad in Denmark last spring, worked with researchers at the University of Copenhagen to examine interactions between mothers and young children throughout development. While her study began as an exploration of parental and environmental influences on temperament, it turned into a cross-cultural analysis upon her return to the United States. Krassner worked with Putnam to replicate the same procedures, this time using American families as her study subjects.
Krassner has made some tentative conclusions: for instance, Danish children appear to experience less negative emotion – such as frustration, fear, and sadness – than their American counterparts. This July she and Putnam will be presenting their research at an international conference in Berlin, Germany. Read about their findings here.
Which book is most popular in your state? In partnership with Parade Magazine, the digital library Scribd analyzed its 300,000 ebooks and measured how many times a title was read by users in each state in the country. Find out the results here.
Bowdoin College has announced the 11th class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Honor on Homecoming Weekend this fall.
The six individuals to be welcomed on Saturday, October 18, span in class years from 1968-2000 and include some of the most recognizable names in the history of Polar Bear athletics. The 2014 Bowdoin Athletic Hall of Honor class is as follows:
— Men’s basketball trailblazer Bob Patterson ’68
— Three-sport athlete Joe Bonasera ’73 (football, men’s lacrosse, track & field)
— Men’s ice hockey playmaker Joe Gaffney ’95
— Women’s basketball star Laura Schultz Landry ’96
— Two-sport All-American Heather Hawes ’00 (field hockey, women’s lacrosse)
— Legendary women’s soccer head coach John Cullen
More information about the induction ceremony will be available in the coming weeks. The Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor was founded in 2002 to perpetuate the memory of those persons who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to Bowdoin through their accomplishments in athletics. For a complete list of past inductees, visit the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor web page.