Parents and Families
The Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance was formally dedicated Friday, October 11, 2013, during Homecoming Weekend. Amid tours and a reception, Bowdoin College President Emeritus Robert H. Edwards and Blythe Bickel Edwards, for whom the building is named, joined President Barry Mills in delivering remarks before those gathered in Main Lounge, Moulton Union.
Milton Ring, a WWII veteran, was speechless as he saw the 1942 Ford GPW Jeep, the same model he drove in service, pull up in front of him where he was standing near Smith Union. Ring’s wife and daughter were not silenced, however. Both shouted, “Doug set this up for you, Dad! You get to drive the jeep!”
When Doug Caplan, a junior at Bowdoin College, found out that Bowdoin chemistry lab instructor Rene Bernier had fixed up the same jeep model his grandfather drove, Caplan asked if Bernier would be willing to let Ring take a ride in it as a special surprise during Homecoming weekend. Bernier agreed and even offered to let Ring drive the vintage WWII jeep himself.
The last time Ring took the wheel of this type of jeep was 70 years ago, but he had no trouble maneuvering the vehicle around the circle. He took his hat off to wave it at passersby.
“[That] was a lot of fun,” Ring said, after he had disembarked. “I was a teenager then so it was the first convertible I had.”
Story and photos by Kiyomi Mino ’16
Successful relationships, whether personal or professional, begin with trust–and yet this key facet remains chronically nonexistent in up to 70% of disengaged employees. Why is this? Forbes‘ Victor Lipman explores this dynamic between employees and managers, delving into factors that may lead to the absence of trust in managerial relationships. Lipman admits his own faults as a past manager that led him to lose an employee’s trust, a critical mistake in managment; he argues “[trust] can make all the difference between an employee who is emotionally committed to an organization – engaged – and highly productive, and one who is disengaged or even destructive.”
Why do humans kiss? Do we risk contracting a virus hidden in our partner’s mouth simply for love or do we kiss to achieve some other goal? While findings by psychology graduate student at the University of Oxford, Rafael Wlodarski, support two of the existing hypothesis; we kiss to assess potential mates and we kiss to maintain attachment to the mate we’ve found, he also says that even though kissing may result in arousal it isn’t the driving reason why people in romantic relationships kiss each other. NPR explains the findings.
This weekend at Homecoming, alumni were treated to a football victory on home turf, as well as lots of other athletic games, family activities and tours of the organic gardens and the Museum of Art. Other events included a remembrance of Frederic “Tilly” Tillotson by Glee Club alumni, a special get-together for the Class of 2013 with President Mills on the Museum of Art terrace, and the opportunity to see the new Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance.
The newly published “Blessed Boyhood!” The ‘Early Memoir’ of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain covers Chamberlain’s boyhood in Brewer up to his early years teaching at Bowdoin.
Bowdoin published the typescript this year to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Richard Lindemann, director of Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives, served as general editor of the book. Lindemann discusses the project with the Portland Press Herald in a recent article.
“Chamberlain had the ability to lead and was a visionary at Bowdoin,” Lindemann said. “He introduced a lot of notions that were considered absurd at the time, such as co-education, which did not come to pass then. He suggested technical education, to teach people to work as opposed to liberal arts, which was very progressive. In other ways he was an old fogey, insisting on military drills.”
Biology enthusiasts of all ages filed into Druckenmiller Hall on Oct. 3 to learn about spiders and evolution from Jessica Garb, professor of biological sciences at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Garb spoke of her research on spider silk and venom, two biomaterials that enable her to study evolution through comparative genomics.
“Spiders are an enormously diverse group of species,” said Garb, who isolates and analyzes polypeptides of silk and venom from different species. By comparing these protein segments, which vary in length and amino acid composition, she can begin to determine the complex evolutionary relationships between spider groups. “Diversity at a molecular level parallels diversity at an ecological level,” Garb said.
The task is no mean feat, with more than 4 million unique proteins seen in spider venom alone. Silk proteins, called spidroins, are equally intricate (Garb’s study used spidroins from tubuliform silk, the silk used to construct egg cases). Bowdoin Senior Wai Srifa, a biochemistry major, noted that some of Garb’s laboratory techniques were similar to those used in the Bowdoin biology department. “It’s nice to see what we’re learning about in a different context,” Srifa said.
Garb’s talk made it clear that given the more than 40,000 spider species inhabiting our planet, we have much to learn about these creepy crawlers — and much to learn from them. For instance, Garb’s evolutionary research facilitates discovery of spider toxins, both helpful and harmful, that can have medical significance for humans.
By Amanda Spiller ’17
A Bowdoin team of 15 staff, students and alumni participated in the 5th annual Dempsey Challenge this year. All together, the team raised $7,360, which will support the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine.
Event organizers said the total raised over the two-day event will surpass $1 million. Roughly 2,400 people took part in the 5K and 10K walk/run on Saturday morning and another 1,100 were registered to cycle routes around Western Maine on Sunday, according to the Sun Journal.
The Dempsey Center provides free support, education and integrative medicine services to anyone impacted by cancer. Patrick Dempsey, a Maine native and 2013 Bowdoin honorand, founded the center in 2008 after his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Mark Leaman, Bowdoin webmaster, raised the highest amount of any Bowdoin participant, $3,715. He is cycling in the 100-mile ride today in memory of his son’s mother, Ginger Putnam, who passed away from breast cancer on Sept. 26. He also wants to honor his brave son “who stood by his mom during her final fight.”
He said, “[Ginger] was a strong fighter and wanted to see me cross the finish line on this ride, which I had dedicated to her ongoing battle.”
While multiple studies have found a connection between the study of music and academic achievement, Joann Lipman of the New York Times digs deeper to look at the link between music study and “outsize success in other fields.” She writes, “Look carefully and you’ll find musicians at the top of almost any industry.”
Successful people in tech, finance and media “told me music opened up the pathways to creative thinking,” Lipman says. “And their experiences suggest that music training sharpens other qualities: Collaboration. The ability to listen. A way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas. The power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously.”
Lipman warns that while the merits of studying music seem to be clear, we live in “a time when music as a serious pursuit — and music education — is in decline in this country.”
Football — The Bowdoin College football team picked up its second-straight win in a 27-21 Homecoming victory over Hamilton Saturday at Whittier Field.
Women’s Rugby — Due to fall break, the Amherst College women’s rugby team could not gather enough players to make the trip to Brunswick to play Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. Therefore, the Polar Bears earned a 28-0 forfeit victory.Field Hockey — The Bowdoin field hockey team kicked off Homecoming Weekend with a 9-1 victory over visiting Hamilton this afternoon.
Women’s Soccer — The Bowdoin women’s soccer team scored three second half goals in a come-back 3-1 win over visiting Hamilton this afternoon in Brunswick.
Men’s Soccer — The Bowdoin men’s soccer team earned its second straight conference win in a 2-0 shutout against Hamilton this afternoon.
Sailing — The Bowdoin sailing team is competing in regattas around the region this weekend, including the Nicholas Barnett Trophy at Bethel Point, where they currently sit in second place. In-progress scores are available here.
Men’s Golf — Bowdoin’s Matt Mathias took medalist honors as the Polar Bear men’s golf team won its second-straight CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) Championship Saturday at Brunswick Golf Club.
Cross Country — The Bowdoin College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Open New England meet Saturday at Franklin Park.
Women’s Volleyball — The Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team completed a weekend sweep of NESCAC opponents with a 3-1 win over Tufts University Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
Hornets are a top predator, the lions of the insect world, due to their poisonous venom and ability to sting multiple times. In recent months, more than 40 people in Central China have been killed and over 1,600 injured from attacks by these poisonous insects, causing the Chinese government to mobilize a special medical response team. Perhaps more worrying is the correlation between the rising populations of these insects and warmer global temperatures, NPR reports.
A proposed solar power complex at Bowdoin would be nearly eight times larger than any existing solar installation in Maine and would generate much of the energy used to power the school’s largest athletic facilities. The 1,300-kilowatt system, to be built partially on former Brunswick Naval Air Station land acquired by the College, would be supplemented by the installation of solar panels on the roofs of Bowdoin’s largest athletic facilities. Currently, a 170-kilowatt system at Thomas College in Waterville is the largest solar panel installation in Maine.
The proposed Bowdoin project would be a collaboration between the College and SolarCity Corp., headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. Under the proposal, SolarCity would finance, build, own, and maintain the solar installations on College property, with Bowdoin purchasing all generated power. The proposed multi-million dollar solar installation would be expected to generate approximately 1.6 million-kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, offsetting about 8% of Bowdoin’s annual electricity usage.
“Our college is proud to propose this significant investment in clean and renewable solar energy,” said President Barry Mills. “Our partnership with SolarCity reduces Bowdoin’s dependence on fossil fuels and makes sense for the College economically. It also provides meaningful educational opportunities for students and faculty focused on alternative energy and sustainability, and underscores Bowdoin’s continuing commitment to the responsible stewardship of our environment.”
“This is an important step forward for renewable energy in Maine and I am pleased to see Bowdoin College taking such an environmental leadership position,” — Everett “Brownie” Carson, former executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine
The proposal calls for approximately 600-kW of solar power capacity to be installed on the roofs of Farley Field House and Watson Arena, part of Bowdoin’s athletics complex located just south of the central campus. An additional 700-kW installation would be constructed on ground-mounted panels on three acres of the more than 127-acres of land recently acquired by Bowdoin at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, located less than a mile from campus. Local, state and federal approvals will be required including approval from the U.S. Department of Education, which conveyed the Navy land to Bowdoin.
“This is an important step forward for renewable energy in Maine and I am pleased to see Bowdoin College taking such an environmental leadership position,” said Everett “Brownie” Carson, former executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and a Bowdoin alumnus. “I hope this project inspires others to make significant investments in renewables in the State.”
Bowdoin’s solar power initiative is the latest effort to support renewable energy and efficiency at the Brunswick campus. Earlier projects include the installation of a cogeneration steam turbine in the central heating plant and the installation of solar thermal panels on the roof of Thorne Dining Hall and the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center.
Women’s Volleyball — The Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team avenged its only home loss of the last five seasons in a 3-0 win over Connecticut College on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears (15-4, 4-1 NESCAC) are 47-1 at home over the last five years with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Camels last fall. Bowdoin has won its last eight matches overall.
Within sprawling cities all over the world, photographer Bradley Garrett has managed to chronicle the forgotten, elusive urban spaces, from sewers to metro tunnels to churches. Garrett describes his activities as “place hacking,” saying that his ability to access “secret spatial information available to those willing to dive through the loopholes in the system” is not so different from virtual hacking. See these images for yourself here.
Although running, bicycling and swimming are solitary activities, triathletes Dan Lesser, Soichi Hirokawa and Mara Chin-Purcell believe in the benefits of belonging to a sports team. Hoping to find the camaraderie and support they’ve experienced before as varsity athletes, the three seniors have created a triathlon club at Bowdoin for aspiring triathletes.
Besides training for triathlons, the club organizers say their club also aims to help students achieve fitness and find a balanced life.
“The club is designed so people can incorporate training for their athletic goals, whether it’s their first 5k or fifth triathlon, while keeping up with other priorities, such as schoolwork or having a social life,” Hirokawa said.