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John Lockwood ’01 Joins Winemakers to Watch List (San Francisco Chronicle)

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 13:06

Hermitage wine glass isolated on white background

A Washington, D.C., native, John Lockwood moved west after graduating from Bowdoin 2001.

Four years later, winemaker David Mahaffey happened into the Oakland, California, wood shop where he was working and began a conversation that ended with Lockwood’s moving north and working in wine country.

The San Francisco Chronicle proclaims Lookwood a “Winemaker to Watch.”

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Economists: ‘The Wealthy Hand-to-Mouth’ a Real Thing (Washington Post)

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 13:04

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These days the phrase “living paycheck to paycheck”  may bring to mind low-income households right up through much of the middle class, and economists at Princeton and NYU say you can loop in a sizeable number of wealthy households, as well. As The Washington Post reports, demographically speaking, “the wealthy hand-to-mouth are older, more educated, and have substantially higher incomes than their poor counterparts.”

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What Makes Us Appear — And Behave — More Honestly (Smithsonian)

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 13:02

Laughing out loud guy


We hear often we should “listen to our bodies,” but we need to watch ourselves, too, for our actions have more influence over our behavior than we might realize.

New research shows when we place our hands over our hearts, we actually tend to be more honest with others.


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Canada ’74, Chenault ’73 Amid ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ (Fortune)

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:48
Geoffrey Canada '74 and Kenneth Chenault '73

Geoffrey Canada ’74 and Ken Chenault ’73


Harlem Children’s Zone President and CEO Geoffrey Canada ’74 and American Express CEO Ken Chenault ’73 are among Fortune magazine’s list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” comprising those who energize their followers and make the world a better place.


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Nyhus Grants Open Up World to History Students

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:46

Nyhus Grants Open Up World to History Students from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

This January, a small number of Bowdoin history majors visited cities in France, Chile and England to dig deep into archives and pull out primary documents that opened windows onto history. Over the summer, two students did archival research in Chile and in Wisconsin.

Jennifer McMorrow ’14, Hillary Miller ’14, Georgia Whitaker ’14 and Jack Mensik ’14 traveled during winter break with funding from the Bowdoin history department’s Paul Nyhus Travel Grants. Eduardo Castro ’14 and Whitaker used the grants for research trips this summer. The awards range from $250 to $2,000, and are given to students to do archival research anywhere in the world, whether that’s in a community in Maine or half the world away. Read more.

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You Lift Me Up: The Elevator at 150 (Boston Globe)

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:42

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That unsung hero — the elevator — has reached a milestone, and finally, after a century and a half of service, has earned some of the attention it so richly deserves.

Following disappointment bordering on aggravation by at least one history scholar and elevator expert that more has not been written about these small rooms that dangle from cables (“The lack of interest scholars have shown in the cultural life of elevators,” he writes, “is appalling.”) comes a new book, Lifted, by a German journalist who notes that even after 150 years, “We still have not exactly learned to cope with this … mixture of intimacy and anonymity.”

Read Leon Neyfakh’s Boston Globe piece “How the Elevator Transformed America,” which includes a clever video.

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Weekend Scoreboard

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:16

Logo-circle-and-name1282Men’s Lacrosse — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team held Bowdoin scoreless for a stretch of 41:18 and pulled away for a 10-4 win on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.

Softball — The Bowdoin softball team closed out spring break by splitting a pair of close one-run games Friday afternoon after beginning the day with a comfortable 7-4 win.

Scores listed are those available at time of publication.


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Study Finds Driverless Cars Equals Less Congestion, Pollution (The Atlantic)

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:15

Traffic, carsA team of researchers has calculated that if people in Singapore adopted a shared fleet of driverless cars, they’d need one-third the vehicles they have now.

While this statistic would vary depending on the city or town, it’s fairly certain that communal fleets of autonomous cars would vastly cut down the number of cars on the road. “Today [in America], the average private vehicle is in use less than 10 percent of the time. Most of the day, cars are just sitting parked somewhere,” Rebecca Rosen writes in The Atlantic. “But with a shared fleet of autonomous cars, we’d be able to drastically increase the hours per day each cars was in use. Instead of driving your car to work and leaving it at the lot all day until you used it again, you’d only need the car for the duration of the drive. Then it’d go on to other things.”

While this would be bad news for the car industry and taxi drivers, it would also mean fewer parking lots and traffic jams. And in Singapore, at least, the average person would save $15,000 dollars each year.

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To Fib or Not To Fib? (Inc.)

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:14

Devil and angel pulling 3d person for handsWhy lie? It may be tempting to stretch the truth a bit when you’re trying to sell someone on your product or performance capabilities. But the closer you stick to the facts, the better you can maintain credibility, manage expectations, and build trust (not to mention you avoid alienating those cynics who just don’t believe that a beauty product can make you look 30 years younger). Read more about the dangers of lies and exaggerations in Inc.

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Christopher Hill ’74: ‘Reckoning with Russia’ (Project Syndicate)

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:24
Christopher Hill '74

Christopher Hill ’74


Career diplomat Christopher Hill ’74 writes of the need for what he calls real statesmanship in dealing with the Ukraine crisis.

“It is truly, as former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher said of the Balkans, ‘a problem from hell,’” writes Hill in his latest piece for Project Syndicate. “Worse, resolving it will require a temperament and clarity of thought that has become increasingly rare at a time when leaders must be seen to emote, rather than to reason their way to wise choices.”

Currently Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Hill is former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, was U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia and Poland, a U.S. special envoy for Kosovo, a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords, and the chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009.

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The Continuing Debate Over Same-Sex Schools (The Atlantic)

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:23

PencilAlthough many parents and educators are more interested than ever in same-sex education for both girls and boys, no existing studies show that segregating students by sex has any tangible benefits. Some even argue that separating children in this way is sexist and leads to damaging stereotyping, The Atlantic reports. Backers of all-girls or all-boys education were also dealt a blow last month when “a meta-analysis of 184 studies covering 1.6 million students from 21 countries indicated that any purported benefits to single-sex education over coeducation, when looking at well-designed, controlled studies, are nonexistent to minimal.” 

In a March 20 article, The Atlantic takes a closer look at the debate around same-sex classes or schools, and suggests reasons why it’s challenging for researchers to come to conclusions about all-boys or all-girls classrooms. “Science has not come down definitively proving that single-sex education is better. But it has not proven that it is harmful either, which makes it all the more intriguing that the controversy continues to rage,” Christine Gross-Loh writes.


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Friday Scoreboard

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:01

Full bear bowdoin logo 256Women’s Lacrosse — The Bowdoin women’s lacrosse team took a 14-6 loss in a battle of the nationally ranked.

Softball — Julia Geaumont and Melissa DellaTorre led the Bowdoin softball team to a pair of victories.

Scores listed are those available at time of publication

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The Coffee Chain That Dominates Your Region (Fast Company)

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:58

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Though most people might automatically assume Starbucks is the dominate coffee chain in their area, statistician Nathan Yau proves otherwise. According to Yau’s map, Dunkin’ Donuts is king in New England  and along the East Coast. In San Francisco, Peet’s edges out Starbucks. “Our coffee preferences tend to be regional,” Fast Company concludes.


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Bowdoin Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:23
Mary Bonauto, Christopher Hill '74, Richard O. Prum, Harriet Wallberg

Mary L. Bonauto, Christopher R. Hill ’74, Richard O. Prum, Harriet Wallberg

Bowdoin College will award four honorary degrees at its 209th Commencement exercises Saturday, May 24, 2014. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the Quad in front of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to a civil rights advocate, a career diplomat, and two renowned scientists in the fields of ornithology and physiology. Read about the 2014 honorary degree recipients.

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Bowdoin to Host NCAA Division III Ice Hockey Championship at Colisee

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:22

Hockey host logo


Although the Polar Bears fell just short of advancing, Bowdoin College will serve as the host school for the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship this weekend at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. The NCAA requires 3,000-seat arenas for hosting national championship events. Bowdoin’s state-of-the-art Sidney J. Watson Arena seats approximately 2,000.

The Lewiston Sun Journal ran a series of articles on the tournament this week, featuring the long-standing ties between the area and Bowdoin hockey, as well as the financial boost the championship is expected to bring to the area.

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Frank Goodyear’s ‘American Cool’ Irresistibly Up for Debate (New York Times)

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:22
 STEVE MCQUEEN by William Claxton,1962. Gelatin silver print, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.; © William Claxton Estate, courtesy Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif. AUDREY HEPBURN by Philippe Halsman,1955. Gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © Philippe Halsman Archive MADONNA by Kate Simon, 1983 (printed 2013). Gelatin silver print, Collection of the artist. © Kate Simon

JAMES DEAN by Roy Schatt, 1954. Gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Schatt. © Roy SchattGallery, Los Angeles, Calif.


American Cool, the National Portrait Gallery exhibition featuring 100 photographs of icons who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture, and co-curated by Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, “is the kind of exhibition many people will find irresistible,” writes Patricia Cohen in The New York Times.

Cohen points out that Goodyear’s and his co-curator’s selections for this exclusive collection — and those omitted — provide fodder for lively debate.

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Video: Twin Polar Bear Cubs at Munich Zoo

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:21

Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo revealed twin Polar Bear cubs for their first public viewing Wednesday. The 14-week-old brother-and-sister duo (no names yet) can be seen hanging out with mom Giovanna.

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Q&A: Marjorie Hassen, Director of the Bowdoin College Library

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:27
Marjorie Hassen

Marjorie Hassen


Marjorie Hassen began as director of the Bowdoin College Library in July, succeeding Sherrie Bergman, who retired as Bowdoin’s librarian in 2012 after 20 years of service to the College. In a Q&A, which originally appeared in Bowdoin Magazine’s Winter 2014 issue, Hassen speaks to the role of libraries in the 21st century and about projects underway at Hawthorne-Longfellow.

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