Parents and Families
On a recent trip to Kent Island, a small Canadian island in the Bay of Fundy and home to the Bowdoin Scientific Station, photographer Gail Hines Claypool ’76 captured this image of the building known as the Warden’s House against illuminated clouds on the horizon. Read what students have been up to on the island this summer in the article, “Summer Researchers Discover Kent Island (And Blog About It).”
American presidents haven’t always been so media-wary in the name of “national security” and “executive privilege.” President Richard Nixon was convinced that reporters were out to turn the public against him, despite clear evidence of support from certain newspapers. As a result, he “intimidated journalists, avoided White House reporters, and staged events for television” — presidential practices that many take for granted now, 40 years after Nixon’s resignation.
When Conor Williams ’05 was growing up, his incentive to eat breakfast came from a single Cheerios commercial and from his three younger brothers – who would “eat me alive on the field, on the court, or at the card table” if he skipped his morning meal, writes Williams in EdCentral.
Adding to these compelling reasons to eat breakfast, it has long been thought that students who miss the meal are worse off in school. However, with new changes to school breakfast programs comes new research on their efficacy – and it proves to be a mixed bag. Some studies report that providing in-class breakfast can improve student health and obesity rates; others show no increases in test scores and attendance. So is it worth policymakers’ time to push for breakfast funding? Read Williams’ take.
The 22 students granted 2014 Community Matters in Maine Fellowships recently gathered in front of advisors and peers to present on their summer internship experiences. The fellows worked on a wide range of social and environmental issues, including food insecurity, fisheries conservation, access to higher education for Mainers, and town planning in Brunswick and Topsham. Take a look at the projects they accomplished and some photos from the fellowship celebration.
Maine native Morgan Rielly ’18 has plans to study history when he begins at Bowdoin in the fall, but he has already proven himself quite a historian, having published the book, Neighborhood Heroes: Life Lessons from Maine’s Greatest Generation, a series of profiles of World War II veterans.
As he tells WCSH’s 207 (while wearing a Bowdoin Polar Bear necktie), Rielly began interviewing veterans who were his neighbors in the town of Westbrook when he was still in eighth grade.
Though the mere mention of the word networking sends some folks spiraling into dread, there are all kinds of benefits — from additional business opportunities to increased creative innovation. Whether you tend to be shy, or you think of such interactions as forced and unnatural, Business Insider has you covered, with tips from moving your desk to using genuine favors to your advantage.
At a research hub on the coast of Maine, scientists are busy investigating the biology and ecology of bats and rats, lobsters and crickets, bacteria and yeast, eelgrass and elderberry. Shedding light on the inner workings of marine and terrestrial landscapes. Exploring the functionality of computer systems and the mystery of particles that cannot be seen. Answering questions with serious implications for human health, cyber security, the environment, and our understanding of the universe.
You might not immediately picture a small college campus as the site of this vibrant research culture, or liberal arts students as the scientists. But it’s all happening at Bowdoin, where undergraduates in the full range of scientific disciplines are becoming seasoned researchers well before graduation, working alongside faculty members who are leaders in their fields.
Read the full story, which originally appeared in the most recent edition of Bowdoin Magazine. Also, check out the online bonus material: students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop on what it’s like to do science research at Bowdoin.
Introducing Jibo: A robot that takes family photos so that nobody gets excluded from behind the camera, syncs and reads you reminders, and lets your children send you a message if they’re too young for a phone. Jibo founder, robot researcher and MIT Media Lab professor Cynthia Breazeal believes that Jibo begins to bridge the gap between all the interconnected application technology we currently have and the “heightened interpersonal, emotional engagement” that humanizes technology, which we associate more with science fiction. So will families actually want to introduce such a companion into their home?
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.”
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.
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.