Parents and Families
By now, there’s general consensus that the winter of 2013-14 has been too long, too cold, and too snowy (not to mention too icy and too weird, with thaws and re-freezes as well as an occasional thunderstorm). Fact is, it really hasn’t been all that bad. Just read what Maine’s “Humble Farmer,” Robert Skogland, has to say about what it used to be like in Maine, or consult this recent article in the Portland Press Herald that list this as only the 16th worst winter in these parts since 1946. And as for America’s snowiest 25 colleges and universities, Bowdoin doesn’t even make the list.
The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air tomorrow night on ABC, which means there’s just one more day to knock these nominees for Best Picture off your list: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” and the “Wolf of Wall Street.” But even if you can’t speak with authority about this year’s nominees, that doesn’t mean you have to be a bore during what promises to be a late night for movie buffs. Just absorb these little-known facts about the Oscars and you too can be a filmophile.
The prevailing thought in academia for 30 years has been that the “hot hand” phenomenon — when an athlete is playing well above his or her typical level — is a myth, or just “random statistical noise,” as NYT’s columnist David Brooks puts it.
But Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone argues that researchers are overlooking a real pattern in behavior when they dismiss the possibility that athletes, or indeed anyone, can achieve exceptional streaks of success. He and Jeremy Arkes, an associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School, write in the Pacific Standard that several recent papers based on their research are proving “that the laymen seem to have been right all along.” For while economists and psychology researchers thought they had disproved the hot hand, coaches, players and fans continued to believe.
Besides “enhancing our understanding of basketball,” the work of Stone and Arkes might have deeper implications into the “potential importance of psychological factors, confidence and momentum in performance in a range of contexts,” such as childhood education. “Better results early can give children confidence, making them more likely to achieve better results later,” the authors speculate.
Two Bowdoin alumni are included in Mashable’s list of the Top 15 people shaping Boston’s technology sector — John Harthorne and Andy Palmer. Harthorne is the founder and CEO of MassChallenge, an organization that supports fledgling entrepreneurs. Palmer founded Koas Labs, a shared workspace in Harvard Square for promising start-ups.
Hobie Alter, founder of the foam and fiberglass surfboard, is known shore to shore as the father of the surfing industry. Alter shares his extraordinary tale of success, starting from his humble beginnings in Laguna, Calif., to his experience as a member of the Ocean Pacific Board. He recounts three important lessons he acquired during his journey towards success, reminding readers of the importance of passion — and the customer.
Watch time and weather of all kind go by in this time-lapse compilation of images taken between January 2013 and January 2014 atop Mount Washington.
In his introductory remarks, sociology professor Roy Partridge describes former NCAAP leader Benjamin Jealous as a “vital thinker and inspirational orator who can help people of all ages define how they will change the world through their individual and collective efforts.” Jealous spoke at Bowdoin for the Feb. 21 Common Hour. His talk is part of a series of events at Bowdoin related to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jealous stepped down from his post as CEO and president of the NAACP in December. The youngest president in the organization’s history, he has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality and free wrongfully incarcerated people. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford universities. He has been named to the “40 under 40″ lists of both <em>Forbes</em> and <em>Time</em> magazines, and labeled a Young Global Economic Leader by the World Economic Forum.
In his talk, Jealous spoke about his activism, as well as that of others, especially the work of a 16-year-old woman who helped eradicate the U.S. death penalty for juveniles. As he spoke, he recounted some of the wisdom he has picked up along the way.
The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team will continue pursuit of its first NESCAC Championship since 2009 when they travel to play in the NESCAC Semifinals Saturday against Amherst College on the campus of Tufts University. The Polar Bears will battle the Jeffs at 4 p.m. Saturday and fans can watch live online here.
Check out a video preview of the game with Polar Bears Sara Binkhorst ’15 and Anna Prohl ’14.
For a complete preview of the game, visit here.
Explore the radical and multilayered nature of Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, featuring photographs created by leading Surrealist artists, such as Eugène Atget, André Kertész, René Magritte, Man Ray and Maurice Tabard. The exhibition is on view through June 8, 2014. Read more about Under the Surface and related events, including lectures, film screenings and gallery talks.
Today’s edition of the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor honors Bowdoin’s own Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Class of 1825), 207 years after the illustrious poet’s birth in Portland, Maine.
He entered Bowdoin College at the age of 15, and one of his classmates was Nathaniel Hawthorne; the two would remain lifelong friends. When Longfellow graduated, the college gave him a chair in modern languages, and he worked with translations for the rest of his life.
Awards honoring outstanding leadership and service to the College will be presented May 31, 2014, during Reunion Convocation.
The Common Good Award, selected by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees, this year has three recipients, each of whom embody a profound and sustained commitment to the common good: Communities Without Borders co-founder Dr. Richard Bail ’64, San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor Ed Lee ’74, and Forest Foundation founder Mike Poor ’64.
The Alumni Service Award and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, chosen by the Alumni Council, recognize members of the Bowdoin community for their exemplary achievement and dedication. The Alumni Service Award will be presented to Bowdoin College Trustee Emerita Tracy Burlock ’81, and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff goes to 40-year Dining Service veteran Patricia Pye.
Acclaimed feminist writer Susan Faludi, currently Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin, will deliver a lecture called ”Feminism, Interrupted: Why Can’t the Women’s Movement Pass Down Power?” as part of her 2013-2014 Tallman residency. The lecture will be held Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Nation, Faludi is also a bestselling author. Her book Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
“This is someone who can take knowledge and theory and research, and package it in a way that a lot of people will read and be interested in,” Ghodsee said. “When Susan Faludi weighs in, the public listens.”
As the U.S. government becomes increasingly wary of escalating tensions in Asia, Christopher Hill ’74 offers his insight on China’s hawkish diplomatic strategy and its potential repercussions. China has been described as a “bully” by Southeast Asia, evidenced by its desire to “turn the South China Sea into a southern Chinese lake” and its declared sovereignty over the South China Sea and Diaoyu Islands (known by Japan as the Senkaku Islands). China has also “unilaterally established an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea,” asserting its claim over the Diaoyu Islands.
What, beyond for purely economic reasons, drives China’s recent aggressive foreign policy in East and South Asia? Hill posits that China’s domestic political tensions have led President Xi Jinping to “pick his battles and set his priorities.” Xi has chosen to prioritize adjudicating domestic institutional competition and “maintaining a strong relationship with the security and military bureaucracy” over pacifying international tensions.
Hill cautions against China’s current international tactlessness; he asserts, “Unless China improves its relations with its neighbors, its international image will continue to take a beating.” If China continues its “unilateral assertions of [territorial] claims,” it will only continue to ”create tension and increases the threat of violent conflict – often the result of miscalculation or accident.”
Hill is a former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia and Poland. He served as a U.S. special envoy to Kosovo and was a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords. Hill is currently the Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Diamonds, perennially a girl’s best friend, now also count investors among their besties. The demand for diamonds has been on the rise recently in the emerging world, and investors are setting their sights on a new investment asset to replace gold. The growing demand, is due, in part, to Chinese brides looking for diamond engagement rings, a concept foreign to China until recently. Read more about the growing interest in diamonds.
Mark Wethli, Bowdoin’s A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art, is curating the first show of a new gallery in New York City. The Curator Gallery, founded by former Time Inc. chairman and CEO Ann Moore, will differ from other commercial galleries by inviting guest curators to organize its exhibitions.
The Curator Gallery wanted to open with a show of Maine art that focuses on mid-career artists doing “important work that deserves wider exposure in the city,” according to Wethli. The inaugural exhibition, called “Second Nature,” will include work by John Bisbee, Meghan Brady, Clint Fulkerson, Cassie Jones ’01, Joe Kievitt and Andrea Sulzer. In addition to Bisbee’s and Jones’s Bowdoin connections, Brady has taught at the College and Andrea Sulzer is a former lab instructor in biology here. Read the full story.
Climate change might not be all bad — at least for English winemakers. Once deemed “undrinkable” land, warmer climates have helped sparkling English wine compete favorably with its French cousin. However, England still has a ways to go before it can truly be on par with France. Last year, England developed four million bottles of wine, while France supplied eight billion.
Lego, which has come to fore even more prominently recently with the success of The Lego Movie (“the greatest movie ever assembled,” proclaims the film’s trailer) and Apple (“the greatest consumer electronics company,” say lots of people) have more in common than their respective shiny, candy-like appeal. As Fortune magazine points out, they share a key quality every company should attempt to build.
American Express president and CEO Ken Chenault ’73, and artist and 2012 honorary degree recipient Carrie Mae Weems are among those being lauded on BET Honors, airing Monday, February 24, 2014, at 9 p.m. EST (check local listings for channel). Other honorees include Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ice Cube and Nelson Mandela. Watch video clips of Chenault and Weems.