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Keep Calm and Carry a Toothbrush (NPR)

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:43

Flying over HimalayasA lot of thought goes into packing a suitcase. We have a finite amount of room for our stuff, and it’s a nuisance to get to a destination and realize that you left something important at home. But what if all these material goods are weighing us down as baggage of the worst kind?

NPR shares one man’s insights after his luggage temporarily disappeared into the national airport labyrinth: “If you have enough for the day, then everything is all right.”

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Bowdoin Endowment Named ‘Endowment of the Year’ in NYC

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:56
Institutional Investor's "Endowment of the Year" award was presented to Bowdoin College June 26, 2014.

Institutional Investor’s “Endowment of the Year” award was presented to Bowdoin College June 26, 2014.

 

Bowdoin’s endowment was honored with the Institutional Investor “Endowment of the Year” award at the magazine’s 12th annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards gala June 26, 2014.

The Bowdoin endowment surpassed the $1 billion mark for the first time in the College’s history, generating an investment return of 16% for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. Approximately 45% of the endowment is restricted to the support of student financial aid.

“This impressive award is recognition by professionals in a highly specialized and competitive industry of the exceptional work done by Paula Volent, our senior vice president for investments, and by our Investment Committee, chaired by Jes Staley,” said Bowdoin President Barry Mills.

“It tells the world what many of us already know — that Bowdoin is tremendously fortunate to have this talented and nimble team working on our behalf and that their success is something truly extraordinary. It also tells our alumni and other donors that their gifts are managed in a way that maximizes their investments in the College. A strong endowment is critical to the pursuit of excellence at Bowdoin and to our ability to preserve access and opportunity for students of promise, regardless of their economic circumstances. That’s why everyone associated with our College ought to be proud of this recognition and grateful to those who made it possible.”

Volent and Staley and were on hand to accept the award at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. Read more about the event in Institutional Investor.

On June 30, 2013, Bowdoin’s endowment was valued at $1,038,640,000. During the fiscal year, the College received approximately $33 million in endowment gifts and additions, and provided $38.1 million to the annual operations of the College. Of this, approximately $17 million supports financial aid.

Returns for the fiscal year just ended will be released in the fall.

Bowdoin’s endowment had previously been recognized as Institutional Investor’s “Small Endowment or Foundation of the Year” in 2010.

 

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Portland Press Herald’s Amelia Kunhardt ’83 Wins Emmy Award (The Newspaper Guild)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:50

EmmyAwardEmmy’s aren’t just for TV anymore. Amy Kunhardt ’83 recently won a Boston/New England regional Emmy award for her story “Three Shots on Roy Road,” which reported the event and aftermath of an officer involved shooting. This is the second Emmy that Kunhardt has won, following one she earned for a story about a man losing 100 pounds. Her entry was part of the “Societal Concerns” category, and she is self-taught in video editing. The story was accompanied by a print article by reporter Matt Bryne. Though the number of Emmys awarded to newspapers is still small in comparison with those awarded to TV stations, Kunhardt expects that these numbers will continue to grow. Read more and watch her award-winning video on the Newspaper Guild.

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The National Archives Turns 80 (Media Matters)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:49

Birthday cupcake

This June, America wished its National Archives a happy 80th birthday. In 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the act that brought the Archives into existence as an independent agency — even though numerous agencies had been keeping records before this. The records flooded in, and are now housed across 40 facilities nationwide. See videos, photographs, and more of the National Archives’ history as an agency on their blog.

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David Mather ’68 Publishes ‘When The Whistling Stopped’

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:48

Mather cover

David Mather ’68 turns his own experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer and in forestry into his second thrilling novel. A sequel to One For the RoadWhen the Whistling Stopped centers around a young couple’s efforts to stop the decimation of South America’s black-necked swan population by going up against the pulp mill responsible for harmful pollution.

One For the Road follows an isolated Peace Corps volunteer named Tom through the cultural changes and struggles he encounters as he assists with a reforestation project in southern Chile. Mather has lived “off-grid” for more than 40 years.

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Bowdoin and INBRE Collaborators Receive $18.4 Million Grant

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:52

Bowdoin is one of 13 participating institutions in a program that just received an $18.4 million grant to strengthen biomedical research and workforce training in Maine. The National Institute of Health awarded the five-year grant to the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), a coalition of Maine colleges, universities, and research institutions.

Danielle Dube (third from left) is one of two Bowdoin faculty members selected as individual investigators to be funded by Maine’s INBRE program. Van Tra ’13 (second from right) held a postbaccalaureate research position at Bowdoin through INBRE.

Danielle Dube (third from left) is one of two Bowdoin faculty members selected as individual investigators to be funded by Maine’s INBRE program. Van Tra ’13 (second from right) held a postbaccalaureate research position at Bowdoin through INBRE.

MDI Biological Laboratory, the coalition’s lead organization, noted in its recent announcement that this funding ensures the continuation of the INBRE program, which since 2001 “has brought more than $93 million in federal funds into Maine, improved the state’s research infrastructure, and trained more than 2,000 Maine students in biomedical research techniques.” At Bowdoin, INBRE funds a variety of biomedical research opportunities for both students and faculty each year, in addition to helping the College acquire equipment, supplies, and electronic journals to enhance research.

Continue reading about the Bowdoin research activities that will be funded by the new award.

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Slideshow: Museum of Art’s Richard Tuttle Exhibition Opening

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:52
Richard Tuttle opening

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The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Richard Tuttle: A Print Perspective opened June 28 and runs through October 19, 2014. View a slideshow from the exhibition’s opening.

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Summer Researchers Discover Kent Island (And Blog About It)

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:52

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Every summer, Bowdoin students join professors and researchers from other colleges and universities at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, a small Canadian island in the Bay of Fundy. This year’s student researchers are working on a wide variety of projects, from electronic music created using island sounds to a study of sea squirts and sponges — and from what we can see on their blogs, it looks like they’re thriving on the joys and trials of island life. Get a peek into their experiences.

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The Perfect Summer Jam (NPR)

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:51

Retro RadioNo, we’re not talking about blueberry or apricot. NPR has compiled a list of some top summer songs from 1962 — the “ear worms” that seem to get stuck in your brain and remind you of the summer you heard them first no matter how much time passes. Scroll through the long list or listen to radio streaming, and you’ll notice certain things stay the same — they have catchy hooks and are easy to sing, while the overall tone changes, shifting from beach-y rock to boy bands to hip hop and many genres in between.

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Back to School Series: Conversation with U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell ’54, H’83

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 13:06

U.S. Senator George Mitchell returned to campus during Reunion Weekend to speak for Bowdoin’s “Back to School Series,” a series of lectures offered to returning alumni. Mitchell served as U.S. Attorney for Maine and U.S. District Court Judge for Maine. In 1980, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate. He left the Senate in 1995 as the majority Leader. He served as chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland and chairman of the international fact-finding committee on violence in the Middle East. In 2009, Mitchell became a special envoy for the Middle East. He is also the founder of the Mitchell Institute, a scholarship program for Maine students.

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Art Show to Open at Ellen Baxter ’75′s Sugar Hill Complex (Wall Street Journal)

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:32
Ellen Baxter '75

Ellen Baxter ’75

The new Sugar Hill Apartment complex in Harlem, which includes more than 100 units for low-income and homeless people, is readying for occupancy in August. Ahead of its opening, it will be the stage for an “ambitious” group exhibition of contemporary artists, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The organization behind Sugar Hill is Broadway Housing Communities, a nonprofit founded by Ellen Baxter ’75 in 1983 to provide affordable housing to New Yorkers. Broadway Housing invited an arts organization to install an art show at Sugar Hill that reflected the neighborhood. This organization, No Longer Empty, specializes in staging exhibitions in places that rarely see contemporary art.

 

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Your Guide to Farmers’ Market Shopping (Huffington Post)

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:31

grainFarmers’ markets are on the rise, with over 6,000 new markets opening within the past two decades. If you’ve never been to a farmers’ market before, you might have some misconceptions about uppity neighborhoods (low-income areas love farmers’ markets, too) and excessive price markups. But Huffington Post gives the low-down on five farmers’ market myths.

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Where Rodin Intersects With Science and Technology (NPR)

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:30

PARIS 2010 267Rodin’s sculptures now have a new role outside their revered spot in the art world. At Stanford University, Dr. James Chang noticed a similarity between the medical conditions he was treating and the hands of the Rodin sculptures on the lawn. Rodin’s innovation lay in his choice not to idealize the human form, depicting conditions such as disease and disfigurement.

Chang recognizes, through Rodin’s work and his own work, that “a patient’s emotions are very much tied into their hands.” Now, with the help of iPad technology, he uses CT scans of his patients superimposed on similar Rodin hands to demonstrate certain conditions in the classroom. Chang is hopeful that doctors can one day use this art-meets-science technology to explain anatomy face-to-face with real patients.

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Back to School Series: Talk by Geoffrey Canada ’74, H’07

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:28

Geoffrey Canada spoke at Bowdoin on May 31 for Bowdoin’s “Back to School Series,” a series of lectures offered to returning alumni during Reunion Weekend. Canada founded Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., a nationally recognized full-service community organization geared toward improving the lives of low-income children and families in New York City through education.

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It’s a Perfume! It’s a Bug Repellent! It’s Aromaflage (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:58

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Michael ’04 and Melissa Fensterstock know the secret to a good vacation: it has to be bug-free. While on their honeymoon in Southeast Asia, the couple was introduced to a local mix of essential oils to help them repel the numerous mosquitos. Most bug sprays smell less than appealing, but this one was a decadent combination of vanilla, exotic citrus and more. The duo saw their business opportunity, and Michael quit his job to develop the fragrance product – called Aromaflage – full-time. The product is now sold in resort areas such as Canyon Ranch and Martha’s Vineyard, where vacationers are bound to spend time outside. It has also been picked up by larger online retailers such as Circle & Square and Uncommon Goods.

“There are Burmese refugee women that hand-craft Aromaflage,” Michael said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, “so we have a social impact to our supply chain, which is really inherent in our business. Doing well by doing good is important to both Melissa and myself.”

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“As the Nation Warms Up, There Will Be Winners and Losers” (Fortune)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:55

Stormy Weather Ahead Road SignFormer Treasury secretary Robert Rubin tells Fortune that it is still hard to get people to see climate change as something we should all be immediately concerned about. But when you look at the business aspects of global warming, the numbers are clear. Costs from storm damages and higher sea levels will likely increase by $1.5 billion in the next 15 years, while midwestern farmers could be looking at as much as a 73% yield loss by the end of the century. Approaching the business side of climate change is important, given that businessmen often make decisions with widespread impact and have influence in the political system.

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How to Slow Down Time (Business Insider)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:51

Alarm clock256“Your sense of time is pliable – stretching, compressing, coming to a standstill,” says Business Insider. So why does it seem that time speeds up more and more as we get older? And more importantly, what can we do to stop it? When we are younger, we are constantly using our brains in novel ways, whether through growing, learning, or stepping out of our comfort zones. But as we get older, we fall into routine and even seek out information that confirms what we already expected. This can shrink our retrospective sense of how fast time is passing. Filling your time with meaningful progress and purposefully breaking routine are just two ways that Business Insider suggests to make the most out of our time each day.

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Museum of Art: Richard Tuttle and Vogel Collection Exhibitions Open Saturday

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:05
(Left) Richard Tuttle, “Trans Asian,” 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk backened with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper; (right) “Untitled,” 1995, oil and polymer resin on canvas by Julian Schnaibel, from the Museum of Art's Vogel collection.

(Left) Richard Tuttle, “Trans Asian,” 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk backened with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper; (right) “Untitled,” 1995, oil and polymer resin on canvas by Julian Schnaibel, from the Museum of Art’s Vogel collection.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art opens two summer exhibitions this week. Offering new insight into his artistic practice, and organized in close collaboration with the artist, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective is the first-ever comprehensive examination of the prints of Richard Tuttle. The exhibition opens June 28 and runs through October 19, 2014.

It’s What You Do With What You View”: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collectionalso opening June 28, and running through September 14, 2014, highlights selections from an extraordinary gift made to the Museum of Art by the celebrated collectors earlier this year. Read also about the Vogel Volunteers, nine Bowdoin students who donated their time, brainpower and hard work to creating the Vogel installation.

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Bowdoin’s Knox and Burkhardt Represent ME at Special Olympics

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:04

Coach Jane Knox with David Ellington, 15, after he won a bronze medal

In her retirement, Professor of Russian Emerita Jane Knox has committed herself to working with Special Olympics athletes. She is the assistant coach for the Maine track team, which recently competed with thousands of athletes at the Special Olympics 2014 USA’s competition in Princeton, N.J.

Team member Joel Burkhardt, who works in Thorne Dining Hall, competed in the 800-meter race, the 1,500-meter run, the 4×100-meter relay, and the shot put competition. See more photos.

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High School Sports Help A Career in Business (Fortune)

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:04

Rat raceTwo new studies have found that experience on sports teams in high school can prepare individuals for successful careers later on in life. “People who played high school sports more than 50 years after high school still seemed to demonstrate this persistent profile of more leadership, self respect, self-confidence than people who were not part of high school sports,” Cornell’s Kevin Kniffin said. This may provide an explanation deeper than common interests for the disproportionate number of hockey or lacrosse players on Wall Street, suggests a recent Fortune article.

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