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Beauty Surrounds: Alumna Captures Kent Island

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:58
The Warden's House at Kent Island. Photo by Gail Hines Claypool '76.

The Warden’s House at Kent Island. Photo by Gail Hines Claypool ’76.

On a recent trip to Kent Island, a small Canadian island in the Bay of Fundy and home to the Bowdoin Scientific Station, photographer Gail Hines Claypool ’76 captured this image of the building known as the Warden’s House against illuminated clouds on the horizon. Read what students have been up to on the island this summer in the article, “Summer Researchers Discover Kent Island (And Blog About It).”

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Nixon’s Legacy On Presidential Media Tactics (The Atlantic)

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:56

American Union Flag (XXL)American presidents haven’t always been so media-wary in the name of “national security” and “executive privilege.” President Richard Nixon was convinced that reporters were out to turn the public against him, despite clear evidence of support from certain newspapers. As a result, he “intimidated journalists, avoided White House reporters, and staged events for television” — presidential practices that many take for granted now, 40 years after Nixon’s resignation.

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Conor Williams ’05 Reports New Findings on School Breakfast (EdCentral)

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:51
Conor Williams '05

Conor Williams ’05

When Conor Williams ’05 was growing up, his incentive to eat breakfast came from a single Cheerios commercial and from his three younger brothers – who would “eat me alive on the field, on the court, or at the card table” if he skipped his morning meal, writes Williams in EdCentral.

Adding to these compelling reasons to eat breakfast, it has long been thought that students who miss the meal are worse off in school. However, with new changes to school breakfast programs comes new research on their efficacy – and it proves to be a mixed bag. Some studies report that providing in-class breakfast can improve student health and obesity rates; others show no increases in test scores and attendance. So is it worth policymakers’ time to push for breakfast funding? Read Williams’ take.

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Community Matters Fellows Tackle Social, Environmental Issues

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:40

The 22 students granted 2014 Community Matters in Maine Fellowships recently gathered in front of advisors and peers to present on their summer internship experiences. The fellows worked on a wide range of social and environmental issues, including food insecurity, fisheries conservation, access to higher education for Mainers, and town planning in Brunswick and Topsham. Take a look at the projects they accomplished and some photos from the fellowship celebration.


Back row (from left): Marisa Browning-Kamins ’16, Elena Schaef ’16, Bryan Golger ’15, Justin Ehringhaus ’16, Marko Peraica ’15, Emily Weinberger ’15, Katherine Churchill ’16, Hugh Ratcliffe ’15, Mariana Guzman Marquez ’16. Front row (from left): Wilder Nicholson ’16, Audrey Phillips ’16, Grace Butler ’16, Caitlin Schaffer ’16, Madeline Davis ’16, Kaylee Wolfe ’15, Violet Ranson ’16, Simon Pritchard ’16, Elizabeth Szuflita ’15, Tenzin Tsagong ’16, Nora Hefner ’16, Jordan Lantz ’15

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Published Author Morgan Rielly ’18 Talks ‘Neighborhood Heroes’ (207)

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:36

Morgan Rielly


Maine native Morgan Rielly ’18 has plans to study history when he begins at Bowdoin in the fall, but he has already proven himself quite a historian, having published the book, Neighborhood Heroes: Life Lessons from Maine’s Greatest Generation, a series of profiles of World War II veterans.

As he tells WCSH’s 207 (while wearing a Bowdoin Polar Bear necktie), Rielly began interviewing veterans who were his neighbors in the town of Westbrook when he was still in eighth grade.


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Ten Tips for Better Networking (Business Insider)

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:35

Businessman and businesswoman standing at water cooler.



Though the mere mention of the word networking sends some folks spiraling into dread, there are all kinds of benefits — from additional business opportunities to increased creative innovation. Whether you tend to be shy, or you think of such interactions as forced and unnatural, Business Insider has you covered, with tips from moving your desk to using genuine favors to your advantage.

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Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:35

bring-on-the-scienceAt a research hub on the coast of Maine, scientists are busy investigating the biology and ecology of bats and rats, lobsters and crickets, bacteria and yeast, eelgrass and elderberry. Shedding light on the inner workings of marine and terrestrial landscapes. Exploring the functionality of computer systems and the mystery of particles that cannot be seen. Answering questions with serious implications for human health, cyber security, the environment, and our understanding of the universe.

You might not immediately picture a small college campus as the site of this vibrant research culture, or liberal arts students as the scientists. But it’s all happening at Bowdoin, where undergraduates in the full range of scientific disciplines are becoming seasoned researchers well before graduation, working alongside faculty members who are leaders in their fields.

Read the full story, which originally appeared in the most recent edition of Bowdoin Magazine. Also, check out the online bonus material: students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop on what it’s like to do science research at Bowdoin.

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This New Robot’s Job Is to Be Part of the Family (Slate)

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:35

RobotIntroducing Jibo: A robot that takes family photos so that nobody gets excluded from behind the camera, syncs and reads you reminders, and lets your children send you a message if they’re too young for a phone. Jibo founder, robot researcher and MIT Media Lab professor Cynthia Breazeal believes that Jibo begins to bridge the gap between all the interconnected application technology we currently have and the “heightened interpersonal, emotional engagement” that humanizes technology, which we associate more with science fiction. So will families actually want to introduce such a companion into their home?

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Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Tips for Runners

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:03

Some 6,000 runners will be lining up early tomorrow morning to take part in the 17th running of Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79′s TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Each year the race attracts elite runners from across the globe, as well as recreational runners and first-time racers, too. Joanie shares pearls of Olympic gold-winning wisdom for those taking their first steps across a starting line, including the existential: “Run your own race; don’t run anyone else’s race.”

Read how Joanie’s commitment to sustainability has informed the race she founded.

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The Ascent of Instagram (Fortune)

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:02
One of among 500+ photos on @bowdoincollege's Instagram feed

One of among 500+ photos on @bowdoincollege‘s Instagram feed


It’s a social media platform that seems to engage and addict people more than many others. By incorporating a few filters and an old-timey square frame, Instagram has turned average web users into photographers. Recently, these insta-photographers have been showing their dedication through InstaMeets — large gatherings of instagrammers who come together to meet and photograph one another in locations like London, New York and South Africa — mixing digital media with some “old-school socializing,” if you will.

So how did Instagram become so popular? How does parent company Facebook play into how Instagram is run? And what plans does the free application have to increase its profits?  Learn more from Fortune

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Bowdoin Environmental Fellows Work for a Healthier Maine

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:01

This summer, 11 Bowdoin students with environmental fellowships are working in Maine and contributing, in a range of ways, to protecting our natural resources. One is interning for a consulting and engineering firm; another is creating an economic impact study of bicycling in Maine. Others are working for town planning offices, environmental advocacy groups and land trusts.

The students all have fellowships from Bowdoin’s Community Matters in Maine environmental program. Two grants in this program — the Psi Upsilon and the Logan Environmental fellowships — focus on the environment; the other grants provide students with opportunities to work on civic or social issues. With these donor-backed fellowships, students can explore potential careers and help nonprofits that might not have the budgets to pay them a wage.

This video features three Psi Upsilon fellows and two Maine organizations: Madeline Davis ’16 and Simon Pritchard ’16 at Portland’s Environmental Health Strategy Center, and Wilder Nicholson ’16 at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

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Here Are The Craziest Ice Cream Flavors to Try in Maine This Summer (BDN)

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:00

Capture d’écran 2014-07-23 à 4.18.14 PMThis summer, Maine ice cream makers seem to be bent on proving that there’s nothing you can’t mix with ice cream. Lobster, cayenne, cilantro, and avocado are among the most unexpected ingredients in these five crazy flavors available in shops from Bar Harbor to Kennebunkport, including Brunswick favorite Gelato Fiasco. Which ones would you try?

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Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Ever Greening the Beach to Beacon

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:43

Marathon matriarch and Trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is all about goals. With a track record that includes the gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, not one but two Boston Marathon wins, and one in the Chicago Marathon, it’s clear Joanie, as she’s known to friends and admirers the world over, is a force of nature.

Saturday, August 2, 2014, brings the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, which she founded, back to her hometown, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The race, attracting some 6,000 runners in its 17th year, becomes increasingly greener each year.

The greening of the B2B includes efforts ranging from composting and recycling (diverting an estimated 67% of the event’s waste from the landfill), to the elimination of all pre-race printed marketing materials, and a commitment to providing locally produced food and beverages to runners. “I believe that conservation is to environment what prevention is to health,” says Benoit Samuelson. “The two are really inextricably linked.”

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The Search for Dark Matter Continues (Scientific American)

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:42

outer space, galaxy, universe, Dark matter: invisible and untouchable, yet a prominent gravitational force tugging on the Universe’s normal matter. With recent funding, three projects now move forward to attempt to identify the particles behind these gravitational forces. They differ in the types of detectors they will use to search for particles that currently only exist in theory (WIMPs and axions). These labs are confident that they will be able to either detect particles or reject their hypothesis within this next stage of research.

“In science the ruling out is as important as discovery,” says Stanford University physicist Blas Cabrera, “but of course discovery is always more fun.”

Cabrera, a spokesperson for the CDMS collaboration, also presented a Kibbe lecture at Bowdoin this past spring.

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Summer Harvest: Bowdoin Garden Crew Brings New Plot to Life

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:42

The new garden on Harpswell Road is producing a bounty of vegetables and flowers this year under the direction of Bowdoin Organic Garden manager Sara Cawthon and her crew. Earlier in the summer, the radishes were the size of plums, and were so abundant that the dining hall chefs had to be inventive in how they used them.

In this video, garden interns Elina Zhang ’16 and Tara Palnitkar ’16 give a brief tour of the plot, showing off the basil, lettuce, watermelon and other crops that the carefully amended and tended soil is producing. The 1/3-acre garden joins the Bowdoin gardens out on Pleasant Street and South Street for a total of 1.5 acres.

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People Who Like Instant Coffee Better Than the Good Kind (Time)

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:39

CoffeeDo not mess with a person’s coffee — especially before they’ve had their first morning cup. Coffee drinkers, a formidable lot, generally are creatures of habit, with biases about their brew. That said, would you believe that half the world prefers clumpy instant?

I mean, gag me with a coffee stirrer.

Time magazine looks at this phenomena in its aptly headlined article, “These Maps Show Why Half the World Prefers Kind of Gross Coffee.

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Interning at Maine’s Iconic Store — In Japan

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:04

STASIW_LLBEAN_062514-5Greg Stasiw ’15 has a paid internship this summer with L.L.Bean, working for its inventory team. This seems a normal enough job for a college student in Maine — until you learn that he’s based in Tokyo.

L.L. Bean, which has had its headquarters in Freeport, Maine, for 102 years, expanded into Japan in 1992 and now has 19 stores throughout the country. This is the first summer the outdoor retailer has hired a Bowdoin intern to work in one of its Japanese branches. Read the full story.

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Save the Family Dinner (The Atlantic)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:03

smart phone dinnerIncreasingly, people are eating alone. And not just the twenty-somethings you’re picturing eating takeout while they binge-watch Netflix. The majority of Americans living with a family member report fewer mealtimes together today than when they were growing up. Not to mention that the average American eats one in every five meals in his or her car.

So what do we lose when we forgo eating with others? Children who eat separately from their parents are more likely to be obese, whereas those who eat with their parents are healthier and show better performance in school. We lose the sense of community that comes from taking time to put away phones and work worries and catch up with one another over food.

Read more from The Atlantic on how to “eat better, not just from a nutritional perspective, but from a psychological one as well.”

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The Top 10 Things You Never Knew About the Bicycle (Slate)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:02

source: Slate

The invention and progression of what we recognize as the modern bicycle is not as cloudy as historians once thought. The history of bicycle technology has been “long neglected,” but now Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing have compiled much information into their recently published Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History.

Take a look at Slate’s visual list of the top 10 innovations to 19th century bicycles, that took them from a contraption propelled by the feet on the ground t0 one that could generate the energy to light an electric bulb.

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Cash Points, Car Parks and Gardens, Oh My! (Mental Floss)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:00

Confused book128If you’re an American who’s ever been told to put your rubbish in the bin, you were probably mildly bemused. And you were probably talking to someone British, who wanted you to toss your trash in the garbage can.

The language might still be called English, but there are a number of surprising discrepancies that occur when you cross the pond. For example, on this side of the pond, we would refer to the things in the headline above as ATMs, garages and backyards.

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