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President Barry Mills was among more than 100 college and university presidents from around the country convened for the White House College Opportunity Summit, which opened with remarks from both President Obama and the first lady. College leaders discussed with President and Mrs. Obama ways to increase access to higher education for lower-income students.
President Mills tells the Portland Press Herald that Bowdoin is committed to raising more money for its endowment in order to pay for financial aid to support these lower-income students, adding that roughly half of the student body receives financial aid at Bowdoin. Read the story.
What do zesty chicken wings, orange juice, and belligerent (yet fictional) characters have in common? According to a recent study, each is preferred over its mild counterpart by participants in brightly lit conditions. As it turns out, emotional responses are greatly influenced by light intensity. The Atlantic explains why these results give a whole new meaning to the phrase “mood lighting.”
Acclaimed journalist and author Russ Rymer, currently a visiting writer at Bowdoin, talks about his National Geographic article “Vanishing Languages” on the Rick Steves’ Europe radio program. Rymer discusses what is lost when an endangered minority language disappears from earth.
Listen to the interview in iTunes by clicking this link, selecting “Listen to the entire show,” and then the clip with the release date 1/4/14. Rymer’s segment begins at 32:20.
Also watch a video of Rymer speaking about his latest novel, Paris Twilight, with Professor of English Brock Clarke.
Hypochondriacs rejoice: those pesky bacteria lurking on the surface of your smartphone are no match for Corning’s antimicrobial glass, soon to hit markets. The secret? This astounding product incorporates silver ions, which demolish all but a tiny fraction of your touchscreen’s resident bacteria. But don’t be too quick to hail this almighty, germ-resistant development. The New Yorker reminds consumers that — while this invention may have a place in medical wards — not all bacteria are bad.
Nearly two dozen Bowdoin faculty members are taking a turn as students in a four-day course for faculty titled “Digital Humanities @Bowdoin,” taught January 13-16 as part of the College’s new Digital and Computational Studies Initiative. Read the full story.
One notion of intelligent design holds dear that despite selfish and sometimes even cruel behavior, people are also capable of “great sacrifice and deep moral insight.” Paul Bloom, Yale University’s Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology, and author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, expands on this in the New Republic article, “Did God Make These Babies Moral?“
From long-lost relatives to potential crushes, social media promotes clandestine investigations and covert judgments. Yet, “Facebook stalking” takes on an entirely new meaning when companies assess job candidates based on their online profiles. According to Scientific American, a recent study showed that many applicants found this practice unsettling, and were more likely to negatively view an employer thereafter. Consequently, ambiguous social media policies could lead to discrimination lawsuits in the future.
What do commercial food photographers do in their spare time? They continue to contemplate edible creations, but this time of a slightly more whimsical flavor. From meatball monsters to lemon-powered lights, these savory scenes are sure to whet your creative appetite — and even provide some food for thought. NPR’s Robert Krulwich P’11 shares insights and images that will leave you craving seconds.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced a nationwide war on poverty and launched legislation that included new financial aid and college-access programs. The following year, Bowdoin College embraced the mission to help fight poverty here in Maine by establishing the state’s first Upward Bound program.
Despite the waxing and waning of federal support, Bowdoin has maintained the project continuously since its inception at the College in 1965. Running out of a small campus office in Dudley Coe, Upward Bound identifies, with help from guidance counselors and high school teachers, promising high school freshmen and sophomores in Maine who are living in entrenched poverty, with slim chances of making it to college. Through an application process, the program invites 25 to 30 students each year to participate in its intensive multi-year academic program to give them the skills and motivation to succeed at college.
In the past 49 years, Bowdoin Upward Bound has worked with over 2,000 students. Many have gone on to become first-generation students at colleges and universities, including Bowdoin. Read the full story.
The hotel minibar is a dying breed. Free parking, complementary personal hygiene products, and room service are in jeopardy as well — threatened by reduced revenues and a decrease in guest enthusiasm for such offerings. Market Watch examines seven hotel perks on the decline.
Shoppers beware: retailers gain power over your wallet from the moment you walk in the door — or catch a whiff of that inviting lemon scent. From select odors to uneven tiles, these seemingly benign decisions actually promote spending. It appears even the most adept consumers are no match for soft carpets, soulful music, and “Try Me” labels. The Huffington Post lists five shopping traps to avoid.
Babble is a student magazine launched last year, filled with student writing and art, with each issue loosely gravitating around a single theme.
Babble’s editors, Emily Talbot ’16 and Tomás Donatelli-Pitfield ’16, describe their publications as a “satire and editorial magazine filled with scrumptious textual and artistic goodies.” Talbot credits Babble with being a “breath of fresh air,” a magazine that “addresses serious issues with a sense of humor.” She said the magazine reflects the common tendency for people to lighten hard topics with humor.
There is more behind the official poverty line than cold hard statistics, according to The Atlantic. Most fail to recognize that the accepted definition of poverty infers a good deal about the hypothetical American family. Namely, that the household in question includes a dutiful (and highly “skillful”) housewife.
In today’s job market, image may be just as important as ability. In fact, these days online marketplaces are more like a dating sites than one might care to think. From facial hair to farming out, Wired gives freelancers tips on how to attract potential employers.
Green-eyed seahorses that glow red in the dark, luminous camouflage fish, and florescent stingrays — such creatures may seem like the stuff of dreams, but aquatic species like these abound in the Caribbean, the Solomon Islands, and many other locations. Indeed, scientists studying biofluorescent coral received quite a shock when they discovered fish could emit vibrant colors as well. This New York Times ScienceTake video reveals a magnificent light show, which takes place far below the ocean.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has announced its acquisition of 320 works of art from the celebrated collection of Dorothy and Herbert (Herb) Vogel — a gift that will dramatically enhance the Museum’s contemporary art holdings.
Comprising works by nearly 70 artists such as Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Julian Schnabel, James Siena, Pat Steir and Richard Tuttle, Dorothy Vogel’s gift to the Museum ranks among the largest contributions of objects from the Vogel Collection since their major gift to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1992.
In addition to works by prominent modern and contemporary artists, the gift includes many works with which the Vogels lived personally for many years — and rare examples of paintings by Dorothy and Herb Vogel themselves. The Vogel Collection gift is among the most significant contributions in the Museum’s more than 200-year history. Read more about the Vogel gift.
“Word blindness” may seem like something out of a sci-fi novel, but this condition is all too real. After a stroke that rendered her virtually illiterate, teacher and reading specialist M.P. devised a unique, non-visual strategy to regain the ability to read. Discover blogs highlights this intriguing story.
From quantum foam to the reaches far beyond our galaxy, Cary and Michael Huang take us through an interactive tour of the universe. The appealing visuals and informative textual descriptions — not to mention the eerie sound effects — really have a way of putting things into perspective.
In need of a pick-me-up? In addition to playing and mastering the art of drinking from a dish, this little guy is just learning to walk. Watch an adorable polar bear cub take his first steps, courtesy of the Toronto Star.