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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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‘Clean Ingredients’ Is the New ‘Low Fat’ (Fortune)

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:41

VegetablesNutrition can be confusing, since often we can’t see an immediate positive or negative effect from what we consume. To complicate matters further, health trends keep changing (for example, new research shows that fats like butter and cheese might not be as evil as we thought). Panera is the latest in a series of restaurants to introduce and promote a “clean ingredients” policy, a more recent trend in healthy eating.

What does “clean ingredients” mean? No artificial sweeteners, flavoring, and preservatives — in Panera’s case, you should actually be able to read and pronounce the names of all ingredients in the restaurant’s products by 2016. This signals a change in what people value in their diets: instead of flocking to “low calorie” and “low fat” claims, Millenials and Generation-X-ers especially love to hear that their food is all-natural. Read more about the implications of this change from Fortune.


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Cynthia McFadden ’78 Interview with Hillary Clinton Tonight

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:38

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NBC News senior legal investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78 sat down with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for an interview that is to air tonight on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

The interview is part of a media blitz Clinton is undertaking in support of her latest book, Hard Choices, which hits store shelves today.  Some have said the book tour serves as a dry run for a 2016 presidential campaign.

McFadden reportedly will interview Clinton about her new book, focusing on her accomplishments, future plans and her record as a world diplomat.

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Novel by Bowdoin’s Faverón Patriau Lauded by New York Times

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:36



A “delightfully macabre” neo-gothic psychological thriller, Gustavo Faverón Patriau’s debut novel, The Antiquarian, “has hundreds of intricate pieces” and is “intelligently conceived and well executed,” according to a New York Times book review. “Once you finish reading, you may feel compelled to take it apart, figure out how it works and begin again.”

A Peruvian writer and scholar, Faverón Patriau is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and director of Bowdoin’s Latin American Studies Program. His novel, first published in Spanish in 2011 and released in English just last week, has been praised by none other than the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.

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George Mitchell ’54 Becomes Senior Advisor for Teneo (Fortune)

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:35

Sen. George Mitchell ’54


Global consulting firm Teneo recently hired two “political powerhouses” to advise clients. Former  Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell ’54 and former U.K. government minister Mervyn Davies will serve as two of the company’s dozen senior advisors, advising on politically relevant issues such as international policy concerns. According to Fortune, this recent hire represents a larger trend of increasing overlap between business and government.

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Google Just Got Even Better (Huffington Post)

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:34

Google256You don’t know what you’ve been missing. The Huffington Post has compiled 14 Google search tricks that turn the site into a dictionary, currency converter, jokester and more. Did you know that you can perform Google searches specifically for phrases in the title of an article, for articles within a specific site, or for particular words missing from phrases, just to name a few? Google can even set a beeping timer so that you don’t watch crazy cat videos for too long — as long as you remember to set the timer for yourself in the first place.

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Why Bowdoin Professors Love What They Do

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:15

What’s the best part about teaching at Bowdoin? Just ask these twelve professors of government, film studies, Africana studies, biology, art history, Romance languages, Asian studies, chemistry, biochemistry, and history. (And preferably, ask them while they’re decked out in academic regalia for Bowdoin College Commencement 2014.)

Why Bowdoin Professors Love What They Do from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

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Artist Nicole Fossi ’13 on Display at DC Area Gallery

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:15

FossiNicole Fossi ’13 grew up in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., so it’s no wonder her artwork was influenced by her transition from city life to small-town Maine when she came to Bowdoin. Themes of human and environment, biology, and patterns all appear in her intriguing paintings; Fossi also crafts illustrations and metal jewelry. Fossi’s new exhibition “Point of Divergence” was on display at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery June 7-8, in Maryland’s Glen Echo Park.

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Fidelity President Abby Johnson Opens Up to Entrepreneurs (Fortune)

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:02

One dollar origami money butterflyFidelity Investments is privately owned, not focused on acquisition, and low profile despite its powerful influence and size. So when Abby Johnson, president of Fidelity’s parent company FMR LLC, spoke at the TiECON summit in Boston, a room full of entrepreneurs eagerly listened. Johnson said Fidelity is eager to invest and partner with unique startups, and acknowledged that young investors are looking beyond the traditional 401(k). Read more of Johnson’s insights on Fidelity, family and finance in Fortune.

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