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Bowdoin Team Heads to Brazil for Robot Soccer World Cup

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:24

Soccerball with flags in net

Now that the FIFA World Cup contenders have finished battling it out, another international soccer competition is just getting started in Brazil — only this time, the players aren’t human.

Five Bowdoin students are on their way to Logan Airport this morning for a flight to João Pessoa, Brazil, for RoboCup 2014 — an annual competition between teams of autonomous, knee-high robots whose soccer-playing prowess reflects the skill and hard work of their programmers.

“Everything the robots do on the field is the result of a program written by students,” said Professor of Computer Science Eric Chown, coach and faculty advisor to the team, noting that the technology has made remarkable advances in the past decade. “We make progress every year, and over the years that’s a lot of progress.”

Read more about the exploits of Bowdoin’s robotic soccer team.

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Druckenmiller ’75 on Investors Who Still Have ‘Guts’ (CNBC)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:22

Investor Stanley Druckenmiller ’75 talks about two of the investors he says still have the “guts” to make the big market calls in this clip from CNBC.

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Read Like Bill Gates (Farnham Street)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:21

booksIn addition to his numerous other contributions, Bill Gates offers an annual summer reading list to the world. This year’s six picks are all books that Gates read earlier this year. The topics include business, science, history — and even a novel. John Brooks’ Business Adventures also comes recommended by Warren Buffett (who recommended it to Gates himself).

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Infographic: How Long to Nap (Visual.ly)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:20
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Coastal Studies Symposium Previews Summer Research, Marine Lab Expansion

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:14

 Abby McBride)Summer may be a break from classes, but right now things are busier than ever at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center: students and faculty have launched into scientific research projects investigating green crabs, blue mussels, lobsters, sea stars, eelgrass, fish, clams, and more. This week they converged to share their research with each other and with visiting audience members during the Coastal Studies Summer 2014 Research Symposium.

Fifteen students and seven faculty members from several departments and programs presented their research, ranging from studies that use marine organisms as models for understanding fundamental biological processes – locomotion in sea stars, for instance, or cardiac neural control in lobsters – to investigations of how coastal organisms and ecosystems are responding to environmental shifts such as rising ocean temperature and acidity.

In his introductory remarks, Coastal Studies Center director and Associate Professor of Biology David Carlon described not only the ecological changes that are taking place in the Gulf of Maine but also the changes in store for the Center and its on-site Marine Lab. Read more about it.

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Arctic Museum Wins Two First-Place Awards

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:14

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum has taken home two first-place awards in the New England Museum Association’s 2014 Publication Award Competition.

 Your Favorite Things" event.

Award-winning invitation for Arctic Museum’s “Pop-Up Museum: Your Favorite Things” event.

The Museum’s invitation to its “Pop-Up Museum: Your Favorite Things” event won first place in the Invitations category and the Museum’s brochure “Spirits of Land, Air, and Water” won first place in the Exhibit Supplementary Materials category. Fifty-seven museums submitted 168 publications to this year’s competition.

“We are gratified by the recognition of the thought, care, and humor that went into developing both pieces,” said Susan Kaplan, director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, “and we are thrilled that our colleagues in the museum world chose to recognize our work.”

Both publications were developed by Arctic Museum staff in consultation with Bill Fall of Fall Design. The brochure features Inuit art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection, photographed by Dean Abraham. Penmor Lithographers printed both pieces.

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Our Friends Share Our Genes (Time)

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:12

DNA flipDNAGood friends are often genetically similar, sharing as much as one percent of the same gene variants, according to a new study by researchers from Yale University and University of California at San Diego.

“In genetic terms, that’s a lot,” says Time, “as close as, say, fourth cousins.” More than this, the genes friends share also evolve more quickly than others, opening up the question of whether friendship plays a role in evolution.

The scientists looked at 1.5 million gene variants from a dataset that contains details on the participants’ friendships and genetics.

 

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Infographic: How to Nap Effectively (Visual.ly)

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:11

Continuing our series on productivity, we delve into best practices for napping, because a well rested person is a productive person.

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Bowdoin’s Whitney Soule: ‘Low-Income Students’ Success in College Starts in High School’ (Diverse)

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:44
Whitney Soule

Whitney Soule

In an op-ed piece for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Whitney Soule, Bowdoin’s director of admissions, writes of the necessity of diversity on college campuses amid the challenges involved in recruiting low-income and first-generation students.

Soule, with co-author Jessica Pliska, founder and CEO of The Opportunity Network, says getting inside the mind of just such a high school student requires partnerships between colleges and organizations where students live. Read “Low-Income Students’ Success in College Starts in High School.” 

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A French Lesson in Honor of Bastille Day (Los Angeles Times)

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:44

Communication concept - Speech cloudEven if you didn’t celebrate Bastille Day, you can still celebrate the simplicity of speaking a language (English) that includes only one form of “you.” In other languages, such as Spanish and French, there are both formal and informal ways of addressing someone in second person (usted/ustedes vs. and vous vs. tu, respectively) and knowing which one to use can be tricky. This witty flowchart from The Los Angeles Times helps you brush up on this distinction in French in any situation, whether you are an adult conversing with a younger member of a royal family, your coworkers, your father in law, and even God.

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Would You Name Your Daughter or Son After a Movie Character? (Huffington Post)

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:43

BabyMany parents are looking to to popular culture — especially films — for inspiration in naming their children. The Huffington Post reveals the mid-year top picks for baby names in 2014, and some might seem familiar: Katniss (#14 for girls and lead character of The Hunger Games book and movie trilogy), and Django (#46 for boys and lead character in Quentin Tarrantino’s Django Unchained), among others.

 

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Infographic: Boost Your Productivity (Visual.ly)

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:43
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Museum of Art Tuttle Exhibition ‘Most Exciting and Important Exhibition of Contemporary Art’ (Portland Press Herald)

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:02

 

"Trans Asian," 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper.

“Trans Asian,” 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper.

 

Calling the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospectivethe most exciting and important exhibition of contemporary art to have been mounted in Maine in many years,” Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram art reviewer Dan Kany extols the virtues of the show, saying “A Print Retrospective is not only an exciting show, but it will make you a better viewer of contemporary art.” Read the review.

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Interning at NYC Arts Orgs with Bowdoin Grants

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:01
Raisa Tolchinsky ’15

Raisa Tolchinsky ’15

Sarah Haimes ’15 is spending many of her summer mornings traveling around New York City’s five boroughs to check on public art installations. Raisa Tolchinsky ’17 is working in a Brooklyn office, reading unsolicited manuscripts and and corresponding with writers. These two are among a handful of students who are taking advantage of summertime grants from Bowdoin to explore arts and literature jobs around the world — or in New York City. Read more about their work.

 

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Why Giving With No Strings Makes Good Business Sense (Inc.)

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:00

 

Giver, taker or matcher? Most of us are said to be matchers, along the lines of “you bought last time, so I’ve got this one.” Wharton School of Business professor Adam Grant says such transactional behavior of maintaining a balance of giving and taking is a mistake in business. He says givers, by extending their contributions more widely, cultivate a broader and more diverse network. Read more.

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Infographic: A Productive Day (Visual.ly)

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:58

Lazy days of summer? Maybe for some. Whether things slow down, giving you a chance to assess and regroup, or still have you “out straight,” as some Mainers say, we’re taking the next two weeks to pass along tips to help your productivity.

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Museum of Art’s Frank Goodyear on the Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:01
Frank Goodyear

Frank Goodyear

 

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has opened an exhibition of vintage photographs by William P. Gottlieb capturing jazz musicians in performance. Museum of Art Co-Director Frank Goodyear puts in context the exhibition On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb, on view through September 14, 2014.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is pleased to present On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb. To be on view from July 10 to September 14, 2014, the exhibition features 42 vintage photographs of jazz musicians in performance from the collection of the photographer’s family.

Gottlieb created these images during the 1940s, a period when New York’s 52nd Street was the epicenter of a music revolution with broad social reverberations. Known as “Swing Alley,” or simply “The Street,” it was “heaven on earth for jazz fans and jazz musicians,” Gottlieb recalled.

In the dozen or so nightclubs located there — mostly in the converted basements of former speakeasies — jazz emerged as a distinct concert music with featured soloists. No longer simply dance music, jazz as exemplified by the burgeoning bebop tradition became to Gottlieb a “rebellion against the rigidities of the old order.” “The Street” was also one of the few racially integrated places in the city. As trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie remembered, there was “very little racist feeling,” though “once you left 52nd Street, look out.”

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong 1901-1971 Born New Orleans, Louisiana Gelatin silver print, 1947 © 2014 Louis Armstrong House MuseumLouis “Satchmo” Armstrong 1901-1971 Born New Orleans, Louisiana Gelatin silver print, 1947 © 2014 Louis Armstrong House Museum

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong 1901-1971 Born New Orleans, Louisiana Gelatin silver print, 1947 © 2014 Louis Armstrong House Museum

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1947Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1947

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1947

Sidney Bechet, 1897–1959 Born New Orleans, Louisiana gelatin silver print, 1947Sidney Bechet, 1897–1959 Born New Orleans, Louisiana gelatin silver print, 1947

Sidney Bechet, 1897–1959 Born New Orleans, Louisiana gelatin silver print, 1947

Cab Calloway 1907-1994 Born Rochester, New York Gelatin silver print, 1947Cab Calloway 1907-1994 Born Rochester, New York Gelatin silver print, 1947

Cab Calloway 1907-1994 Born Rochester, New York Gelatin silver print, 1947

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1946Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1946

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1946

John “Dizzy” Gillespie 1918-1993 Born Cheraw, South Carolina Gelatin silver print, 1947John “Dizzy” Gillespie 1918-1993 Born Cheraw, South Carolina Gelatin silver print, 1947

John “Dizzy” Gillespie 1918-1993 Born Cheraw, South Carolina Gelatin silver print, 1947

Born in Brooklyn, Gottlieb began photographing jazz musicians in 1938 to illustrate a weekly feature, “Swing Sessions,” that he wrote for The Washington Post.  Over the next decade he created almost 2,000 portraits of more than 250 musicians.

In The NewsRead about the Museum of Art’s Gottlieb exhibition in ArtDaily.

At this time he also had a regular jazz program at WRC Radio and served as an assistant editor for Down Beat magazine. Gottlieb’s black and white photographs are notable for their artistic originality and the intimate relationship he formed with many of his subjects.

In 1948, he retired from the jazz world in order to found a company that produced educational filmstrips. Gottlieb’s jazz photographs took on a new life after the publication in 1979 of his book The Golden Age of Jazz.

Further recognition came in 1995 when the Library of Congress purchased more than 1,600 of his negatives. While displays of modern prints from these negatives have been organized in the past, this exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents for the first time a large collection of vintage prints from the 1940s that Gottlieb and his family retained.

These images bring forward the leading jazz musicians of this era and tell the remarkable story of 52nd Street. A musical soundtrack accompanies the exhibition.

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Christine Parsons ’15′s Summer Job: Helping to Cure Cancer

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:59

christineparsonsFor the second summer in a row, Christine Parsons ’15 is working at Yale University’s Slack Lab, which studies the intricately linked processes of aging, cancer and development in the model organism C. elegans. In particular, the lab’s researchers are trying to better understand microRNAs, which are tiny regulatory molecules that control gene expression and are implicated in many diseases.

Parsons has a summertime grant from Bowdoin’s Career Planning office to fund her internship. Her grant, from the Bowdoin College Alumni Council, is one of several fellowships awarded to students who want to pursue interesting internships or projects around the world. Read the full story.

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On Happiness, Optimism, and Setting Goals (TED)

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:59

Smiley FaceSean Achor is a happiness expert. No, really. As CEO of Good Think and author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage, he has devoted his life to researching positive psychology and its effective application. In a recent TED talk, Achor discussed how, contrary to the belief that success brings happiness, the brain works the other way around — meaning that being happy can make you more successful. So what are the mental obstacles that keep people “stuck in their ways”? From being irrationally optimistic to setting goals that are too far off in the future, this Q&A with Achor may bring you one step closer to happiness.

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For Profit For Good: Environmental Studies Students Explore Business World

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:04
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Emil Gaal ’15 and Bridgett McCoy ’15

Big business is often blamed for environmental degradation, but two students are turning to the for-profit world to fulfill their ambitions to help the environment. This summer Emi Gaal ’15 is working for an international energy corporation — one that is building renewable energy plants. And Bridgett McCoy ’15 is working for a large commercial bank, but one founded on the mission to use “finance to deliver sustainable development for unserved people, communities and the environment.” Read the full story.

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