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What People Are Reading Across the Country (Scribd)

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:42

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Which book is most popular in your state? In partnership with Parade Magazine, the digital library Scribd analyzed its 300,000 ebooks and measured how many times a title was read by users in each state in the country. Find out the results here.

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Bowdoin Announces Six New Inductees to Athletic Hall of Honor

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:08

HOH_2012Bowdoin College has announced the 11th class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Honor on Homecoming Weekend this fall.

The six individuals to be welcomed on Saturday, October 18, span in class years from 1968-2000 and include some of the most recognizable names in the history of Polar Bear athletics. The 2014 Bowdoin Athletic Hall of Honor class is as follows:

— Men’s basketball trailblazer Bob Patterson ’68
— Three-sport athlete Joe Bonasera ’73 (football, men’s lacrosse, track & field)
— Men’s ice hockey playmaker Joe Gaffney ’95
— Women’s basketball star Laura Schultz Landry ’96
— Two-sport All-American Heather Hawes ’00 (field hockey, women’s lacrosse)
— Legendary women’s soccer head coach John Cullen

More information about the induction ceremony will be available in the coming weeks. The Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor was founded in 2002 to perpetuate the memory of those persons who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to Bowdoin through their accomplishments in athletics. For a complete list of past inductees, visit the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor web page.

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Brunswick Chef Named One of Nation’s Best Cooks (Food and Wine)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:03

Place Setting forks knives napkins Food and Wine has decided that Cara Stadler, chef and owner of Tao Yuan restaurant in Brunswick, is one of this year’s top 10 best new chefs in the United States. The magazine announced the winners yesterday, calling its chosen 10 “the men and women who will become culinary superstars of the future.”

The 2014 winners are an eclectic group, according to the magazine editors. “One chef creates exquisite tasting menus on a gritty block in downtown Los Angeles; another makes ingenious Chinese dumplings in a town on the coast of Maine.” Click here for a full list.


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Online Book Talk with Author Anne Fadiman

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:02

In case you missed it, you can still watch the recorded online book discussion of Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Viewers participated by emailing questions to Fadiman and the moderators — Susan Bell, Bowdoin’s A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences and chair of the sociology and anthropology department, and Steven Loebs ’60, research associate at the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good and professor emeritus, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University. The event was also live tweeted from @BowdoinTalks and a summary is provided here. For more Bowdoin videos visit Bowdoin Talks.

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Annual Student Art Show Takes Over Smith Union

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:51

For several days before and after the annual Delta Sigma/Delta Upsilon Art Show reception last week, student art was practically everywhere you looked in Smith Union. Sculptures stood guard in front of the bookstore, big oil paintings adorned hallways, drawings were tucked into nooks, and paintings, jewelry, photographs, prints and watercolors were set up throughout the rest of the union.

This was the 15th year of the Delta Sig art contest, and the largest show yet, with works from more than 120 students. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16 and see the slideshow of student art.

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Watch ‘The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down’ Online Book Talk Tonight

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:55

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The online book discussion of Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down takes place at 8 p.m. (EST), tonight, April 1, 2014. Watch it online.

Viewers may participate by emailing questions to Fadiman and the moderators — Susan Bell, Bowdoin’s A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences and chair of the sociology and anthropology department, and Steven Loebs ’60, research associate at the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good and professor emeritus, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University — at Follow the discussion on Twitter with #spiritcatchesyou.

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Filming the Sea: David Conover at Bowdoin

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:54

Award-winning documentary filmmaker David Conover ’83, who is slated as Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Scholar for 2014-2015, comes to campus this week to present an April 2 lecture in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, at 7-9 p.m.

David Conover ’83“We’re thrilled that Dave Conover will be joining us as Coastal Studies Scholar for the coming academic year,” said Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Barry Logan, who noted the strength of Conover’s “creative sensibilities, knowledge of climate change impacts on the oceans and coasts, and commitment to effective communication through film.”

In this week’s talk – sponsored by the Film Studies Program and open to the public – Conover offers a preview of his background and expertise, sharing stories and clips from 25 years of filming the dynamic interface between land and sea. Conover has toted a camera along some of the most extreme coasts on earth, from Newfoundland to Madagascar and Svalbard to the Galápagos. His past includes adventures such as an around-the-world voyage with geneticist Craig Venter, an excavation of the pirate Captain Kidd’s ship, and the journey from an analog era into the digital age.

Read more.

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The Virtues of Self-Love (Economist)

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:51

Thermometer - Confidence LevelFinding the right value to put on oneself is a balancing act: too little and you lose yourself in the wills of others, too much and you lose yourself within yourself. However, in today’s world where the popularity of the ‘selfie’ has been viewed by many as a sign of increased self-regard or selfishness in society, many scholars are beginning to question whether the poor boy Narcissus has been unfairly judged for 2,000 years. Read more about the Americanization of narcissism.

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A Tax on Livestock Emissions to Fight Climate Change? (The Atlantic)

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:44

cowsThe United Nations believes it is crucial to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. To meet this target, a sharp decrease in greenhouse gas emissions is essential, with reductions coming from both the energy and agricultural industries. One possible solution, put forward by a Swedish research team, is implementing a tax or emissions trading scheme on livestock’s greenhouse gas emissions to modify consumer prices and encourage less meat eating. “Reduced ruminant meat and dairy consumption will be indispensable for reaching the 2 °C target with a high probability, unless unprecedented advances in technology take place,” the scientists assert. Tinkering with “food economics,” might just do the trick. Read more about their findings.

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Watch Online Book Discussion: ‘The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down’ April 1

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:50
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Anne Fadiman, author of “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,” will be participating in an online book talk April 1, 2014.

Join alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and others in a discussion of Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, moderated by Susan Bell, Bowdoin’s A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences and chair of the sociology and anthropology department, and Steven Loebs ’60, research associate at the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good and professor emeritus, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University. Fadiman is to join the conversation by phone and field questions.

The talk, which is sponsored by the McKeen Center, will be streamed live on Bowdoin’s website starting at 8 p.m. (EST). Watch it here. Viewers can participate by emailing questions to Fadiman and the moderators at Follow the discussion on Twitter with #spiritcatchesyou.

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Peckham ’95 Receives Pew Award To Expand Sustainable Fishing Project

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:39

Hoyt Peckham ’95. Photo by Brian Wedge ’97.

Hoyt Peckham ’95 has been awarded a 2014 Pew fellowship to continue his work incentivizing sustainable fishing. Peckham is the founder and director of La Paz, Mexico-based SmartFish, a nonprofit that enables small-scale fishermen to produce high quality, sustainably caught seafood by using ocean-friendly practices that reduce by-catch. Pew’s award will allow him to expand this program, first developed in Baja California Sur, throughout northwest Mexico to determine whether it could be replicated to restore value in fisheries around the world. The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation awards recipients $150,000 for a three-year project to address conservation challenges facing the oceans.

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Closing the Gap (Forbes)

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:32

Resume256The American job market is currently struggling with a skills problem. Employers increasingly say that they can’t find qualified applicants, while young adults scramble to find jobs. To fix this problem, educators, nonprofits and industry captains joined together to discuss the issue at the Forbes Reinventing America forum. Suggestions include adding employers to the curriculum and teaching students about burgeoning industries, as well as training them on the types of basic skills needed to thrive in growing fields.

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A Pill For Learning (The Atlantic)

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:31

CapsulesResearchers have recently discovered surprising new benefits to behavioral drugs. Studies indicate that drugs used to treat epilepsy or vision can actually return the brain to early periods of development — the times during childhood when the brain is acquiring new skills. Such medications can be utilized to rehabilitate alzheimer’s patients or stroke victims, and can even help adults quickly master new skills, such as learning an entire language.

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Saturday Scoreboard: Baseball, Lacrosse, and Tennis

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 13:30

BearHeadBaseball: The Bowdoin College baseball team claimed a doubleheader split with Trinity on Saturday to earn a NESCAC East Division series win against the Bantams. The Polar Bears earned a 6-0 win in the opener before falling in a rain-shortened 4-3 loss in the nightcap. Bowdoin is now 10-4-1 on the year and 2-1 in conference play, while Trinity moves to 5-10 and 1-2 in league contests.

Men’s Lacrosse: The Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team jumped to an early lead and used a stifling defensive effort to defeat Trinity, 9-5, Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field. The Polar Bears improve to 7-2 (4-1 NESCAC) with the win while the Bantams fall to 3-5 (1-4 NESCAC).

Women’s Lacrosse: The Trinity College women’s lacrosse team scored four times in the final 2:44 to stun Bowdoin on Saturday, 9-8, at Sheppard Field. Seventh-ranked Trinity improves to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the NESCAC with its third consecutive win, while 18th-ranked Bowdoin drops to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the league with their second setback in a row.

Men’s Tennis: The Bowdoin College men’s tennis team came away with a win in its first northern match of the season, 6-2, Saturday over Brandeis. The 12th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 5-4 on the season while the 24th-ranked Judges fall to 5-4. The competition was called following eight matches due to rain.

Women’s Tennis: The seventh-ranked Bowdoin College women’s tennis team swept doubles play and coasted to a 7-2 win over #18 Tufts on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears are now 8-2 on the season, and 2-0 in NESCAC play.

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Profile: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Elizabeth Strout Coming to Bowdoin (ME Sunday Telegram)

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 13:29

Elizabeth StroutBates graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout is heading back to Maine—the site of a real-life horrific act that made it into the pages of her most recent novel, “The Burgess Boys.” Strout, who will speak at Bowdoin on Thursday, April 17, is profiled in the March 30 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

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How Many Polish Guys Does It Take To…? (Slate)

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 13:29

iStock_000001288967SmallWe’ve all heard them, even if we claim we never tell them: so-called “stupidity jokes” that target a certain nationality or ethnic group. A British researcher has found this to be something of a global phenomenon, and just about everyone gets picked on. There’s one exception: “The Great American Lawyer Joke Cycle of the 1980s” didn’t make it outside the U.S.

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Tony Molinari ’96: Stunt Double (Huff Post)

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 13:29

iStock_000001956089SmallActing can be tough, especially when the script calls for a dangerous action scene. Good thing the stars can call on stunt doubles willing to do the scary stuff—folks who look just enough like the real thing that they can fool an audience. That’s just what Bowdoin’s Tony Molinari (Class of 1996) does for actor Mark Ruffalo. Here’s a look at Tony and a bunch of other stunt doubles who make it all look so easy.

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Bowdoin Grad: Women Should Train As Hard As Men in the Marine Corps (Washington Post)

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:52
Sage Santangelo '12

USMC Second Lieutenant Sage Santangelo ’12 is congratulated by Bowdoin President Barry Mills at her commissioning ceremony in front of the Bowdoin Chapel on Memorial Day 2012.

Sage Santangelo ’12 grew up playing ice hockey on boys’ teams and spent her weekends at Bowdoin stopping hockey pucks as the goalie for the women’s ice hockey team. She’s a competitor. That’s why today, as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, she is urging the military to allow women to train to the same strength and endurance standards as their male counterparts. Only then, Santagelo argues, will women be able to excel in combat.

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Friday Scoreboard: Baseball (9-3-1) Wins at Trinity

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:51

Erik Jacobsen ’15 went seven innings for the win, scattering six hits and striking out two.

Baseball: The Bowdoin College baseball team won its northern debut on Friday at Trinity, 4-2, behind seven strong innings from Erik Jacobsen. The Polar Bears improve to 9-3-1 (1-0 NESCAC) with the win while the Bantams fall to 4-9 (0-1 NESCAC).

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Video: A Breathtaking Look at ‘Slow Life’

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:51

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

All of are used to watching fast-moving human and animal life. Slow moving things like coral and sponges? Not so much. Here’s a stunning look at “slow life” that doesn’t take very long to watch. For an explanation, visit Director Daniel Stoupin’s photography blog.

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