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Learning About Geoscience in the Himalayas

Bowdoin Campus News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:37
This summer, Bowdoin students Hannah Marshall ’16 and Alex Reisley ’16 trekked through the world’s deepest gorge in Nepal’s Kai Gandaki valley and investigated geological phenomena.
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Students Harness Tech Tools for History, Art, Literature, Education, Politics, and More

Bowdoin Academic Spotlight - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:29
Sixteen Bowdoin students have been harnessing digital technology in impressively original ways through this year's Gibbons Summer Research Program.
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Students Harness Tech Tools for History, Art, Literature, Education, Politics, and More

Bowdoin Campus News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:29
Sixteen Bowdoin students have been harnessing digital technology in impressively original ways through this year's Gibbons Summer Research Program.
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Beauty Surrounds: Alumna Captures Kent Island

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:58
The Warden's House at Kent Island. Photo by Gail Hines Claypool '76.

The Warden’s House at Kent Island. Photo by Gail Hines Claypool ’76.

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).”

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Nixon’s Legacy On Presidential Media Tactics (The Atlantic)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:56

American Union Flag (XXL)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.

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Conor Williams ’05 Reports New Findings on School Breakfast (EdCentral)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:51
Conor Williams '05

Conor Williams ’05

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.

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Community Matters Fellows Tackle Social, Environmental Issues

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:40

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.

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Back row (from left): Marisa Browning-Kamins ’16, Elena Schaef ’16, Bryan Golger ’15, Justin Ehringhaus ’16, Marko Peraica ’15, Emily Weinberger ’15, Katherine Churchill ’16, Hugh Ratcliffe ’15, Mariana Guzman Marquez ’16. Front row (from left): Wilder Nicholson ’16, Audrey Phillips ’16, Grace Butler ’16, Caitlin Schaffer ’16, Madeline Davis ’16, Kaylee Wolfe ’15, Violet Ranson ’16, Simon Pritchard ’16, Elizabeth Szuflita ’15, Tenzin Tsagong ’16, Nora Hefner ’16, Jordan Lantz ’15

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Women's Volleyball Earns Seventh Consecutive AVCA Academic Award

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 04:00
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team has been honored for its work in the classroom last academic year.
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Published Author Morgan Rielly ’18 Talks ‘Neighborhood Heroes’ (207)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:36

Morgan Rielly

 

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.

 

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Ten Tips for Better Networking (Business Insider)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:35

Businessman and businesswoman standing at water cooler.

 

 

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.

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Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:35

bring-on-the-scienceAt 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.

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This New Robot’s Job Is to Be Part of the Family (Slate)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:35

RobotIntroducing 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?

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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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