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Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

Bowdoin Academic Spotlight - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:52
In the most recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine, “Bring on the Science” offers a taste of what it means to do science research at Bowdoin. Here, students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop.
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Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

Bowdoin Campus News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:52
In the most recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine, “Bring on the Science” offers a taste of what it means to do science research at Bowdoin. Here, students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop.
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Students Pursue Business Training in Diverse Fields

Bowdoin Campus News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 18:57
Eight students this summer received grants from the Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internships Fund to learn about the business world. We managed to catch up with two: Christa Villari ’15, who is interning for a neuromarketing firm in Boston, and Katherine Gracey ’16, who is with Christie's in Hong Kong.
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Community Matters Fellows Tackle Social, Environmental Issues

Bowdoin Campus News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:48
Twenty-two students had 2014 Community Matters in Maine Fellowships this summer to work on a range of social and environmental issues in the state. They recently gathered to present on their internship experiences.
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Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Ever Greening the Beach to Beacon

Bowdoin Campus News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:04
Marathon matriarch and Trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is all about goals. With a track record that includes the gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, not one but two Boston Marathon wins, and one in the Chicago Marathon, it’s clear Joanie, as she’s known to friends and admirers the world over, is a force […]
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Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Tips for Runners

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:03

Some 6,000 runners will be lining up early tomorrow morning to take part in the 17th running of Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79′s TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Each year the race attracts elite runners from across the globe, as well as recreational runners and first-time racers, too. Joanie shares pearls of Olympic gold-winning wisdom for those taking their first steps across a starting line, including the existential: “Run your own race; don’t run anyone else’s race.”

Read how Joanie’s commitment to sustainability has informed the race she founded.

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The Ascent of Instagram (Fortune)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:02
One of among 500+ photos on @bowdoincollege's Instagram feed

One of among 500+ photos on @bowdoincollege‘s Instagram feed

 

It’s a social media platform that seems to engage and addict people more than many others. By incorporating a few filters and an old-timey square frame, Instagram has turned average web users into photographers. Recently, these insta-photographers have been showing their dedication through InstaMeets — large gatherings of instagrammers who come together to meet and photograph one another in locations like London, New York and South Africa — mixing digital media with some “old-school socializing,” if you will.

So how did Instagram become so popular? How does parent company Facebook play into how Instagram is run? And what plans does the free application have to increase its profits?  Learn more from Fortune

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Bowdoin Environmental Fellows Work for a Healthier Maine

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:01

This summer, 11 Bowdoin students with environmental fellowships are working in Maine and contributing, in a range of ways, to protecting our natural resources. One is interning for a consulting and engineering firm; another is creating an economic impact study of bicycling in Maine. Others are working for town planning offices, environmental advocacy groups and land trusts.

The students all have fellowships from Bowdoin’s Community Matters in Maine environmental program. Two grants in this program — the Psi Upsilon and the Logan Environmental fellowships — focus on the environment; the other grants provide students with opportunities to work on civic or social issues. With these donor-backed fellowships, students can explore potential careers and help nonprofits that might not have the budgets to pay them a wage.

This video features three Psi Upsilon fellows and two Maine organizations: Madeline Davis ’16 and Simon Pritchard ’16 at Portland’s Environmental Health Strategy Center, and Wilder Nicholson ’16 at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

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Here Are The Craziest Ice Cream Flavors to Try in Maine This Summer (BDN)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:00

Capture d’écran 2014-07-23 à 4.18.14 PMThis summer, Maine ice cream makers seem to be bent on proving that there’s nothing you can’t mix with ice cream. Lobster, cayenne, cilantro, and avocado are among the most unexpected ingredients in these five crazy flavors available in shops from Bar Harbor to Kennebunkport, including Brunswick favorite Gelato Fiasco. Which ones would you try?

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Reviews and Media Coverage for ‘Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective’

Bowdoin Campus News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:57
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective, called "an exciting and important exhibition," has earned rave reviews and mentions in local and national publications. The show, comprising more than 100 works, runs through October 19, 2014.
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Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Ever Greening the Beach to Beacon

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:43

Marathon matriarch and Trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is all about goals. With a track record that includes the gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, not one but two Boston Marathon wins, and one in the Chicago Marathon, it’s clear Joanie, as she’s known to friends and admirers the world over, is a force of nature.

Saturday, August 2, 2014, brings the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, which she founded, back to her hometown, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The race, attracting some 6,000 runners in its 17th year, becomes increasingly greener each year.

The greening of the B2B includes efforts ranging from composting and recycling (diverting an estimated 67% of the event’s waste from the landfill), to the elimination of all pre-race printed marketing materials, and a commitment to providing locally produced food and beverages to runners. “I believe that conservation is to environment what prevention is to health,” says Benoit Samuelson. “The two are really inextricably linked.”

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The Search for Dark Matter Continues (Scientific American)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:42

outer space, galaxy, universe, Dark matter: invisible and untouchable, yet a prominent gravitational force tugging on the Universe’s normal matter. With recent funding, three projects now move forward to attempt to identify the particles behind these gravitational forces. They differ in the types of detectors they will use to search for particles that currently only exist in theory (WIMPs and axions). These labs are confident that they will be able to either detect particles or reject their hypothesis within this next stage of research.

“In science the ruling out is as important as discovery,” says Stanford University physicist Blas Cabrera, “but of course discovery is always more fun.”

Cabrera, a spokesperson for the CDMS collaboration, also presented a Kibbe lecture at Bowdoin this past spring.

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Summer Harvest: Bowdoin Garden Crew Brings New Plot to Life

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:42

The new garden on Harpswell Road is producing a bounty of vegetables and flowers this year under the direction of Bowdoin Organic Garden manager Sara Cawthon and her crew. Earlier in the summer, the radishes were the size of plums, and were so abundant that the dining hall chefs had to be inventive in how they used them.

In this video, garden interns Elina Zhang ’16 and Tara Palnitkar ’16 give a brief tour of the plot, showing off the basil, lettuce, watermelon and other crops that the carefully amended and tended soil is producing. The 1/3-acre garden joins the Bowdoin gardens out on Pleasant Street and South Street for a total of 1.5 acres.

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People Who Like Instant Coffee Better Than the Good Kind (Time)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:39

CoffeeDo not mess with a person’s coffee — especially before they’ve had their first morning cup. Coffee drinkers, a formidable lot, generally are creatures of habit, with biases about their brew. That said, would you believe that half the world prefers clumpy instant?

I mean, gag me with a coffee stirrer.

Time magazine looks at this phenomena in its aptly headlined article, “These Maps Show Why Half the World Prefers Kind of Gross Coffee.

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Frogpocalypse: Bowdoin’s Wheelwright on Mysterious Frog Die-off (NBC News)

Bowdoin Academic Spotlight - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:06
Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin's Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, and chair of the Biology Department, documents what "was like a nuclear detonation" in his backyard pond when more than 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died within a day.
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Frogpocalypse: Bowdoin’s Wheelwright on Mysterious Frog Die-off (NBC News)

Bowdoin Campus News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:06
Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin's Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, and chair of the Biology Department, documents what "was like a nuclear detonation" in his backyard pond when more than 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died within a day.
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Interning at Maine’s Iconic Store — In Japan

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:04

STASIW_LLBEAN_062514-5Greg Stasiw ’15 has a paid internship this summer with L.L.Bean, working for its inventory team. This seems a normal enough job for a college student in Maine — until you learn that he’s based in Tokyo.

L.L. Bean, which has had its headquarters in Freeport, Maine, for 102 years, expanded into Japan in 1992 and now has 19 stores throughout the country. This is the first summer the outdoor retailer has hired a Bowdoin intern to work in one of its Japanese branches. Read the full story.

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Save the Family Dinner (The Atlantic)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:03

smart phone dinnerIncreasingly, people are eating alone. And not just the twenty-somethings you’re picturing eating takeout while they binge-watch Netflix. The majority of Americans living with a family member report fewer mealtimes together today than when they were growing up. Not to mention that the average American eats one in every five meals in his or her car.

So what do we lose when we forgo eating with others? Children who eat separately from their parents are more likely to be obese, whereas those who eat with their parents are healthier and show better performance in school. We lose the sense of community that comes from taking time to put away phones and work worries and catch up with one another over food.

Read more from The Atlantic on how to “eat better, not just from a nutritional perspective, but from a psychological one as well.”

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The Top 10 Things You Never Knew About the Bicycle (Slate)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:02
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source: Slate

The invention and progression of what we recognize as the modern bicycle is not as cloudy as historians once thought. The history of bicycle technology has been “long neglected,” but now Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing have compiled much information into their recently published Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History.

Take a look at Slate’s visual list of the top 10 innovations to 19th century bicycles, that took them from a contraption propelled by the feet on the ground t0 one that could generate the energy to light an electric bulb.

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Cash Points, Car Parks and Gardens, Oh My! (Mental Floss)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:00

Confused book128If you’re an American who’s ever been told to put your rubbish in the bin, you were probably mildly bemused. And you were probably talking to someone British, who wanted you to toss your trash in the garbage can.

The language might still be called English, but there are a number of surprising discrepancies that occur when you cross the pond. For example, on this side of the pond, we would refer to the things in the headline above as ATMs, garages and backyards.

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