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Bowdoin Professor Christian Potholm: Maine Senate Hopeful to Re-Create ‘The Walk’ (Sun Journal)

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:34
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Christian Potholm

In his 2003 book, This Splendid Game: Maine Campaigns and Elections, 1940-2002, Christian Potholm, Bowdoin’s DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, discusses The Walk, a 1972 event during which Republican candidate William Cohen ’62  trekked 600 miles on foot through most of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District to garner votes as well as listen directly to what people and communities needed from their government. He served three terms for the district before going on to serve in the Senate and under Bill Clinton as U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Since then, Republican candidates have completed variations of Cohen’s highly successful Walk, but this year it’s Democrat Shenna Bellows who will be walking through 63 Maine communities to discuss jobs and economy and speak face to face with Maine citizens.

“The one thing about it is, if you start it, you cannot stop it, because then it’s a fiasco,” Potholm says. “You can’t just go out there for three days and quit.” Read more quotes from Professor Potholm, a discussion of the impact of social media on Bellows’ walk, and more from the Sun Journal.

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Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:48


For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world. With this submitted data — which includes geographic locations, photos and quirky anecdotes, among other tidbits of info — Nina Underman ’15 is creating an interactive map, one she will continue updating throughout the summer.

The first summertime job map, also managed by Underman last summer, contained information provided by 202 students. Underman hopes to increase that number this time around. “My main goal is to get submissions,” she said. Students can fill out an online submission form.

Read the full story.

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Alumni Play to Debut at Portland Theater Festival

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:47

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During their time at Bowdoin, Sam Plattus ’12, Jill Eddy ’12 and Nate Houran ’13 often discussed their shared desire to write and perform a play about crime. The story, they agreed, would be loosely based on The Tragedy of Macbeth, one of their favorite plays, and on two of their favorite miscreants, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

While as students they never found the time to work on the project, this summer all three were at points in their careers where they could come together. The play they created, Holler: An Appalachian Tragedy, will debut at the PortFringe theater festival in Portland on June 27 and 28. Eddy wrote the script and composed the music. Plattus is directing the production. Houran and Eddy play the two main characters: MacCoy, a low-level drug dealer in his early 20s, and his teenage wife, Little Lady. Read the full story.

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Eliminate Doubt By Changing Your Vocabulary (Huffington Post)

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:46

alphabet letters and numbers“Do or do not. There is no try.” Yes, this quote may have come from Star Wars’ little green guru, but there may be real-world truth to his message. Rather than assuming language can only be used to describe a situation, Huffington Post tells us how we have the power to change it. Start by shifting how you respond to a simple “How are you?” from “Not bad” to a strong “Terrific!” It’s hard to say without a smile, and your mind responds so that your feelings are consistent with your words. Other changes include “I will make the time,” rather than “I don’t have time.”

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15 Students Receive National Fellowships For Study, Research, Teaching, Humanitarian Work

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:46

This year, 15 Bowdoin students received prestigious fellowships to dive into the research, regions, languages and community service projects that fascinate them. They include a student who won a Fulbright grant to do neurological research in Germany, two who received fellowships to travel and become fluent in languages not commonly taught at U.S. schools, and a couple of adventurous graduates who were awarded Watson grants to support a full year of travel. Read the full story. 


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A Former Bowdoin Professor on Rocks and Cairns (Down East Magazine)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:45

Cairns. You’ve seen them on most rockyImage credit Catherine Yochum beaches – little towers of rock that decrease in size as they teeter towards the sky. Are they a fun celebration of nature’s beloved beach environment, or are they an eyesore? For as long as he can remember, retired Bowdoin geology professor Arthur Hussey has marveled at Ogunquit’s Marginal Way, a mile-long path along the Maine shore, and its stunning geological features. “I regard the rocks there as a park,” he tells Down East magazine, “and the cairns are messing up its natural beauty.” Read the rest of the article for more opinions on whether we should let sleeping rocks lie, in Ogunquit and beyond.

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A New Reason to Trust Your Gut (Slate)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:02

 Abby McBride)A new frontier of medicine is in its early stages of discovery — not in a faraway land, but in our own digestive tracts. Research within the past 10 years has been increasingly able to identify connections between the mind and gut, between the microbiome and disease — be it anxiety, autism, obesity, Crohn’s disease, diabetes or another issue. Studies have identified connections between certain kinds of microbes and activity in certain brain areas, and are now examining whether certain probiotics influence the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Read more from Slate.

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Stop Procrastinating on Sleep (Huffington Post)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:00

Sleep256It may seem crazy, but even when we’re exhausted, sometimes we still fight the urge to go to bed. And we know one last email or one last episode on Netflix isn’t going to help. So how do we stop? The Huffington Post lays out a few simple tricks —  from creating situational bedtime cues to stopping your snacking two or three hours before bed — that will help you reap the wide-ranging benefits of a full night’s sleep.

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Watch Bowdoin Rowing Compete in the Henley Women’s Regatta Today

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:58
Bowdoin's Varsity 1 women race (and win gold) in the Reading Amateur Regatta

Bowdoin’s Varsity 1 women race (and win gold) in the Reading Amateur Regatta

After two weeks of training and preparation in England, the moment has arrived: the Henley Women’s Regatta (HWR) begins Friday, June 20, when the Bowdoin Women’s Varsity 1 and Varsity 2 boats will compete for gold in the Senior 4+ category. The three-day HWR  has a record 1615 competitors this year across its events, during which boats race head-to-head down a straight 1500 meter course.

In the Varsity 1 boat, called the Gibbons, Katie Ross ’14, Emily Martin ’15, Courtney Payne ’15, Mary Bryan Barksdale ’15 and coxswain Sophie Berubé ’16 face off in the first round against Thames RC, who they beat by 1.5 boat lengths in the semifinals of the Reading Amateur Regatta’s Elite 4+ event last Saturday. In the Varsity 2 boat, called the Brown, Amy Spens ’15, Audrey DeFusco ’16, Nora Hefner ’16, Erica Hummel ’16 and coxswain Maddie Livingston will race against Henley RC.

You can watch the Gibbons crew race Friday, June 20, at 11:06 am EST (4:06 pm GMT) here. If Bowdoin moves on to the next round, you can watch them compete against the winner of the Oxford Brookes/Yale race at 12:40 pm EST (5:40 pm GMT) on Saturday. The semifinals and finals will then occur on Sunday at 6:18 am EST (11:18 am GMT) and 9:50 am EST (2:50 pm GMT), respectively.

You can watch the Brown crew race live Friday, June 20, at 11:54 am EST (4:54 pm GMT) here. If they advance, they will race on Saturday at 12:48 pm EST (5:48 pm GMT) against the victor of the Thames RC/Riverside B race.

Row U Bears!

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The Net Result in ‘Soccer’ vs. ‘Football’ (The Atlantic)

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 13:04

Soccer BallIt should be “football,” says the rest of the world… Right? Actually, a popular New Zealand newspaper had to take a readership poll to figure out whether they should be reporting on World Cup “soccer” or “football” matches. Football was the winner, but the word “soccer” isn’t as random or American as you might think. Once upon a time in a kingdom far away (the United Kingdom, that is) a large group of college men got together in a London pub – forming the Football Association – to standardize the rules of a long-time recreational field game played with a ball and a bunch of feet. Two different schools of thought emerged about the rules, one stemming from the Rugby School (who incorporated the use of hands into play); they were differentiated as Rugby Football, or ‘”rugger,” and Association Football – which presumably was shortened to “soccer.”

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Eric Goldwyn ’03: Transportation Network Companies Are Here to Stay (CityLab)

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 13:02

Smartphone couple256Something that would make transportation in LA easy without owning a car? This isn’t a dream — it’s UberX, an app that connects ride-seekers with drivers willing to take along passengers in their location. Ride services like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar are competing with taxis as a more affordable, customizable transportation service. They are still regulated – going as far as criminal background checks, drug testing and driver education in California – and unified across cities to make for a branded experience. It is largely the prominence of the smartphone that has made it possible for ride-seekers to connect so easily with drivers. Eric Goldwyn ’03 reports on why this innovation is here to stay in The Atlantic‘s CityLab.

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How to Maneuver Through Tough Arguments At Work (Harvard Business Review)

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:58

handshake“Use your words,” a common piece of parenting advice, is just as useful for adults in the workplace. Have you ever told someone to “calm down,” just to find them angrier than they were before? The key, says Harvard Business Review, is using language to focus on resolving the conflict, rather than telling someone what to do or feel, or why you’re right and they’re wrong. Phrases like, “If I understand you correctly…”, “Why did that upset you?” and “I want to discuss this to see how we can move forward” shift the focus of the discussion from blame to progress — and that’s something everyone can agree on.

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NESCAC Announces Spring All-Sportsmanship, All-Academic Honorees

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:21




Eighty-seven Bowdoin College students were recognized as Academic All-NESCAC selections for the spring season in awards announced by the conference office this week. In addition, eight students were honored as All-Sportsmanship honorees by the league. Read more about these honorees.

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Mind-Control Technology and World Cup Collide (Scientific American)

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:20

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Neuroengineer Miguel Nicolelis has “a surprise for a billion people.” His team will be demonstrating new technology that uses a paralyzed wearer’s brain waves to control a robotic body suit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The device uses external sensors to convert electrical signals from the brain into digital commands, which in turn translate into movement. The robotic suit then provides feedback to limbs where the wearer still has sensation to create the feeling of actually walking, rather than controlling a robotic device. It is an early prototype, but Nicolelis envisions that this technology will one day be available to paralyzed people all over the world.

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‘Parking Craters’ a Detriment to American Cities (City Lab)

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:19

Traffic, carsAnyone who lives in the suburbs has most likely cringed at the thought of trying to find parking in their respective downtowns. But this hardship might be for the better — large surface parking lots do not benefit cities economically, as some proponents would purport. Instead, they create environments unfriendly to pedestrians and can even negatively impact the number of people and jobs in an urban area. Recently, cities such as Cambridge, Mass., and Washington, D.C., have begun an effort to keep massive parking lots out of their future plans.

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The Tricky Techniques of Savvy Interviewers (Fast Company)

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:14

job interviewThe interview game is changing. Many interviewees have been taught strategies and common questions to help them prepare for business oriented questions, but interviewers are using new tactics to analyze something intrinsic: personality. Your “soft skills,” or “emotional intelligence,” often reveal to an employer whether he or she believes you would work well with their team. But the abstract nature of the discussion of these skills often makes it hard to identify when employers are directly probing for interpersonal skills, initiative, optimism, and more. There are also the “think fast” questions: “A penguin walks in through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” Fast Company identifies some of these strategies for interviewers and interviewees alike.

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NBC’s Cynthia McFadden ’78′s One-on-One with Hillary Clinton (NBC News)

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:43

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NBC News chief legal investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78 sat down for a one-on-one interview with Hillary Clinton, with topics ranging from Benghazi and the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, to her relationship with President Obama and being a grandmother. Watch excerpts from the interview.

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Library Acquires Sarah Whitman Bookbindings

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:42

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Private collector Jean Paul Michaud, a Maine native and resident of Brooklyn, New York, has donated his library of bookbindings designed by Sarah Whitman to Bowdoin College.

Numbering 328 volumes, this collection is among the larger and more complete collections of Whitman bindings anywhere, comprising 85 percent of her known designs. Read more about the Sarah Whitman bookbindings.

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Recession Recovery is a Mixed Bag (New York Times)

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:42

At first glance, the New York Times‘ chart of industriesGrowth chart that have bounced back or continued to decline after the 2009 recession looks like a tangled mess. But with a couple of quick scrolls, the graph clarifies how certain industries — whether in fast food, consulting, or health care — have recovered and even grown while others, such as home building and manufacturing, have not. Trace over individual industry-representative lines to see an industry’s progression in number of jobs, average salary, and recovery status.

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