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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

Coffee Cup Isolated


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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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Daniel Pink)

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:23

Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, shares how to avoid meaningless labor in favor of fulfilling work in this animation by RSA, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, an enlightenment organization committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.

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All In the Wrist: Fidelity’s Investor Watch (MarketWatch)

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:22

MarketWatch sums it up pretty succinctly with its line, “if Dick Tracy and Gordon Gekko had a love child, he’d probably wear this watch.” Check out the first ever investing app for smartwatches (yes, evidently that’s a thing) unveiled by Fidelity’s research and development lab.

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Laurie Lachance ’83 to be Inducted into Maine Women’s Hall of Fame (WCSH)

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:32

Laurie Lachance ’83, who became president of Thomas College in 2012, is being inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame this weekend. Lachance worked for nearly eight years as CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, and prior to that was the state’s economist for 11 years. Lachance spoke with WCSH’s Rob Caldwell on the magazine show, 207.

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Entrepreneurs: Be Careful with These 10 Words (New York Times)

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:31

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Conversations about starting one’s own business tend to contain the same buzzwords, from passion to transparency. While these are important concepts, Jay Goltz, owner of five small Chicago businesses, offers that they ought not to be thrown around without thought.

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Students Check Out Portland’s Job Scene

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:31

DSC_0063In one day, Bowdoin students traveled from L.L. Bean’s manufacturing center in Brunswick (where the famous L.L. Bean boot is made) to a tech start-up in Portland. Along the way, they visited a veterinary diagnostics lab that employs 5,000 people, several technology companies, an international education agency, and a shared work space that houses many small businesses. They spoke to entrepreneurs, human resource directors, CEOs, engineers, scientists, software developers, marketers and more at every stop.

This was Bowdoin’s first-ever “Bowdoin Day in Portland,” designed to show students diverse and interesting career possibilities in and around Portland. The day is modeled after the popular “Biz Tech Trek” that Bowdoin Career Planning organizes every year for students to introduce them to companies in Boston. Read the full story.


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5 Pieces of Management Wisdom (Fortune)

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:31

Success FailureWith a title like The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, author Ben Horowitz must have some worthwhile wisdom to offer new CEOs in start-up companies. His first piece of advice: Tell it like it is. Horowitz argues that honesty trumps positivity any day and sets the tone for the business’s culture.

Not only does honesty build trust between the CEO and his or her employers, it also builds positive culture that encourages “people to get problems into the open where they can be solved.” Read Horowitz’s four other pearls of business wisdom.

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Bowdoin’s Potholm on a ‘Little French Going a Long Way’ (The World/PRI)

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:28
Christian Potholm

Christian Potholm

Christian Potholm, Bowdoin’s DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, is quoted in a segment for PRI’s The World looking at the number of Franco-Americans in Maine and the enduring nature of their language.

“28% of Franco-Americans are fluent in French,” says Potholm, who recently completed a study in the state. “Now, when you think about that, that wouldn’t be surprising if you were interviewing recent immigrants. But if you think of the Franco-Americans as being here for 250 years, that’s an astonishingly high number.” Listen to the segment or read the article.

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