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Anyone who lives in the suburbs has most likely cringed at the thought of trying to find parking in their respective downtowns. But this hardship might be for the better — large surface parking lots do not benefit cities economically, as some proponents would purport. Instead, they create environments unfriendly to pedestrians and can even negatively impact the number of people and jobs in an urban area. Recently, cities such as Cambridge, Mass., and Washington, D.C., have begun an effort to keep massive parking lots out of their future plans.
The interview game is changing. Many interviewees have been taught strategies and common questions to help them prepare for business oriented questions, but interviewers are using new tactics to analyze something intrinsic: personality. Your “soft skills,” or “emotional intelligence,” often reveal to an employer whether he or she believes you would work well with their team. But the abstract nature of the discussion of these skills often makes it hard to identify when employers are directly probing for interpersonal skills, initiative, optimism, and more. There are also the “think fast” questions: “A penguin walks in through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” Fast Company identifies some of these strategies for interviewers and interviewees alike.
NBC News chief legal investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78 sat down for a one-on-one interview with Hillary Clinton, with topics ranging from Benghazi and the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, to her relationship with President Obama and being a grandmother. Watch excerpts from the interview.
Private collector Jean Paul Michaud, a Maine native and resident of Brooklyn, New York, has donated his library of bookbindings designed by Sarah Whitman to Bowdoin College.
Numbering 328 volumes, this collection is among the larger and more complete collections of Whitman bindings anywhere, comprising 85 percent of her known designs. Read more about the Sarah Whitman bookbindings.
At first glance, the New York Times‘ chart of industries that have bounced back or continued to decline after the 2009 recession looks like a tangled mess. But with a couple of quick scrolls, the graph clarifies how certain industries — whether in fast food, consulting, or health care — have recovered and even grown while others, such as home building and manufacturing, have not. Trace over individual industry-representative lines to see an industry’s progression in number of jobs, average salary, and recovery status.
Nutrition can be confusing, since often we can’t see an immediate positive or negative effect from what we consume. To complicate matters further, health trends keep changing (for example, new research shows that fats like butter and cheese might not be as evil as we thought). Panera is the latest in a series of restaurants to introduce and promote a “clean ingredients” policy, a more recent trend in healthy eating.
What does “clean ingredients” mean? No artificial sweeteners, flavoring, and preservatives — in Panera’s case, you should actually be able to read and pronounce the names of all ingredients in the restaurant’s products by 2016. This signals a change in what people value in their diets: instead of flocking to “low calorie” and “low fat” claims, Millenials and Generation-X-ers especially love to hear that their food is all-natural. Read more about the implications of this change from Fortune.
NBC News senior legal investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78 sat down with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for an interview that is to air tonight on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
The interview is part of a media blitz Clinton is undertaking in support of her latest book, Hard Choices, which hits store shelves today. Some have said the book tour serves as a dry run for a 2016 presidential campaign.
McFadden reportedly will interview Clinton about her new book, focusing on her accomplishments, future plans and her record as a world diplomat.
A “delightfully macabre” neo-gothic psychological thriller, Gustavo Faverón Patriau’s debut novel, The Antiquarian, “has hundreds of intricate pieces” and is “intelligently conceived and well executed,” according to a New York Times book review. “Once you finish reading, you may feel compelled to take it apart, figure out how it works and begin again.”
A Peruvian writer and scholar, Faverón Patriau is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and director of Bowdoin’s Latin American Studies Program. His novel, first published in Spanish in 2011 and released in English just last week, has been praised by none other than the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.
Global consulting firm Teneo recently hired two “political powerhouses” to advise clients. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell ’54 and former U.K. government minister Mervyn Davies will serve as two of the company’s dozen senior advisors, advising on politically relevant issues such as international policy concerns. According to Fortune, this recent hire represents a larger trend of increasing overlap between business and government.
You don’t know what you’ve been missing. The Huffington Post has compiled 14 Google search tricks that turn the site into a dictionary, currency converter, jokester and more. Did you know that you can perform Google searches specifically for phrases in the title of an article, for articles within a specific site, or for particular words missing from phrases, just to name a few? Google can even set a beeping timer so that you don’t watch crazy cat videos for too long — as long as you remember to set the timer for yourself in the first place.
What’s the best part about teaching at Bowdoin? Just ask these twelve professors of government, film studies, Africana studies, biology, art history, Romance languages, Asian studies, chemistry, biochemistry, and history. (And preferably, ask them while they’re decked out in academic regalia for Bowdoin College Commencement 2014.)
Nicole Fossi ’13 grew up in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., so it’s no wonder her artwork was influenced by her transition from city life to small-town Maine when she came to Bowdoin. Themes of human and environment, biology, and patterns all appear in her intriguing paintings; Fossi also crafts illustrations and metal jewelry. Fossi’s new exhibition “Point of Divergence” was on display at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery June 7-8, in Maryland’s Glen Echo Park.
Fidelity Investments is privately owned, not focused on acquisition, and low profile despite its powerful influence and size. So when Abby Johnson, president of Fidelity’s parent company FMR LLC, spoke at the TiECON summit in Boston, a room full of entrepreneurs eagerly listened. Johnson said Fidelity is eager to invest and partner with unique startups, and acknowledged that young investors are looking beyond the traditional 401(k). Read more of Johnson’s insights on Fidelity, family and finance in Fortune.
If you’re looking for a summer read, Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Bershire Hathaway and investment partner to Warren Buffet, has you covered. He firmly believes that near-endless reading is imperative in gaining wisdom in life. “My children laugh at me,” he says, “they think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.” Business Insider provides a selection of 20 books Munger recommends. Their topics range from the history of physics and business, to persuasion, genetics and evolution. Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies comes recommended by Charlie Munger and Bill Gates.