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Museum of Art Curator Joachim Homann: There is a Pot for Every Lid

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:06
Lid of the “Mintianquan” Rectangular Lei 商代晚期 “皿天全”铜方彝盖 1922年桃源漆家河出土 Late Shang period, 12th–11th century BCE Unearthed in 1922 at Qijiahe, Taoyuan Hunan Provincial Museum

Lid of the “Mintianquan” Rectangular Lei
商代晚期 “皿天全”铜方彝盖
1922年桃源漆家河出土
Late Shang period, 12th–11th century BCE
Unearthed in 1922 at Qijiahe, Taoyuan
Hunan Provincial Museum

Well-known to the Bowdoin community, a famous Hunan bronze lid, exhibited at the Museum in 2011, will be reunited with the vessel it once topped. When the Bowdoin College Museum of Art presented the exhibition Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan in the fall of 2011, visitors were fascinated by the dramatic shape and intricate decoration of a sculptural lid.

The ornate piece had originally topped a wine vessel, used for ceremonial sacrifices some 3,000 years ago. Many visitors wondered where this matching vessel was located (answer: in a private collection) and whether both parts would ever find together. After the exhibition, organized by New York’s China Institute and also seen at the Museum of Art, the only other venue for the show, the work returned to display at the Hunan Provincial Museum in Southern China.

This week The Art Newspaper reported that the ancient bronze vessel with which the piece was previously associated, but from which it has been separated since the 1920s, has now been acquired by a private consortium of philanthropists from China who plan to donate the piece to the Hunan Provincial Museum.

The effort reflects ongoing interest in the important bronzes that traveled to Bowdoin in 2011 and suggests an exciting new chapter in the history of the provocative Lid of the “Mintianquan” Rectangular Lei. Read the description from the Christie’s catalog.

-Joachim Homann, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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The Gap in Infrastructure Financing (Economist)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:02

Traffic, cars

Getting places has never felt easier, but what happens when the money for infrastructure starts vanishing? A new development has been the widening gap between the amount of money that is being invested in infrastructure and the amount that ought to be.  Read more in The Economist

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Alumni Score Spots on Jeopardy! and Late Show

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:58

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From early evening to late night, Bowdoin alumni informed and entertained audiences on national television Wednesday. An article by Fortune magazine writer Beth Kowitt ’07 was the $1,200 clue in the “Management” category on Jeopardy! (Do you know the question to the answer? Check out Kowitt’s article to find out.)

Later that night The Late Show with David Letterman welcomed comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04, who performed a stand-up set.

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The Benefits of Becoming a Plumber (MarketPlace)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:57

Pipe wrench

 

Perhaps the most underrated job of the century is that of the plumber. According to Labor Bureau statistics, “the number of plumbers employed is expected to grow 21 percent by 2022, versus 11 percent across all occupations.”

Certified as a plumber at age 20, Dan Mallory says he enjoys his work, and admits the downsides are the unpredictable hours and the unpredictable weather conditions, but says long days don’t faze him and “more hours mean more income” — ranging from $49,000 to $70,000, depending on the location. Get more of a glimpse into the life of a plumber.

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Back to Bowdoin: All Atwitter Over Spring Break

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:37

students airport

It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. For many students, that could mean a spring break spent at home, or someplace warm, or perhaps volunteering somewhere to make a difference. It can also mean being at JFK’s JetBlue terminal — with a Bowdoin banner in your carry-on, no less — encountering returning students and sharing their smiling faces on Twitter. With thanks to the always-prepared Alumni Relations Associate Director Sarah Cameron.

Keep up with other events as they happen by visiting Bowdoin Social.

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A Huge Scientific Discovery Kept Secret (WIRED)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:37

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Given today’s accelerated modes of communication, few big surprises are actually that. Not so with what’s being touted as the biggest scientific breakthrough of the year.

News of primordial B-mode polarizations — echoes from the moments after the Big Bang — seemed to come out of nowhere. No rumors. No leaks. Read more about the discovery and why researchers were so tight-lipped about it.

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Despite A Cold Winter Chilling the Economy, Growth Predicted (NPR)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:36
With thanks to Coffee By Design, Portland, Maine; and WMTW.

With thanks to Coffee By Design, Portland, Maine; and WMTW.

The National Association for Business Economics released a report this week saying that despite the adverse weather conditions hurting economic growth so far this year, the economy is predicted to improve over the next two years.

The NABE report stated that many economists believed the unemployment rate will fall to 6.1 percent next year, down from the current 6.7 percent. Read more about the report on NPR.

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World’s Greatest Dynamic Duos (Fortune)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:36

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Though many think there is only room for one at the top, this list of nine unstoppable pairs may prove to you that powerful things often come is twos.

 

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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

modern lift

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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