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Arresting the Development of Corporate Fraud? (Economist)

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 13:00

Justice is served

Kroll, a security consultant, found that 70 percent of the companies it studied were affected by fraud in 2013, up from 61 percent the previous year. This increase comes at a time when companies are straining the bonds of loyalty by using more contractors and temporary workers, and outsourcing to the emerging world. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners calculates that three times as may frauds are discovered through tips than by any other method, prompting the government to provide whistleblowers with increased legal protection and financial incentives. Read more about corporate fraudsters and what can be done about them.

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Friday Scoreboard

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:45

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Softball — The Polar Bears (4-2) posted an 8-4 win over Stevenson University in its first of two games Friday morning. Bowdoin outhit Monmouth (Ill.) in its second contest, but ultimately fell 4-3.

Baseball — The baseball team remained unbeaten after rallying for a wild 15-8 win over New Jersey City University Friday afternoon.

Men’s Tennis — The men’s tennis team won, 5-3, over Pomona-Pitzer at the Stag-Hen Invitational, but then fell to Claremont-M-S, 9-0, later in the day.

Scores listed are those available at time of publication.

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Bowdoin Then and Now, According to New and Old Timers

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:02

Students gathered in Ladd House to hear about how Bowdoin has changed from the 1970s to today.

In a recent editorial David Treadwell ’64 wrote for The Bowdoin Orient, the alumnus describes his impressions of Bowdoin when he was a student.

“In the early 1960s,” he writes, “Bowdoin had no women students and no women faculty. As to ‘diversity,’ our class of 223 included only two African-Americans, two Asian-Americans and no international students. Gays? Not an issue; no one dared come out. Our class enrolled more students from my high school in Delaware (3) than from the states of Florida, Georgia, California, Oregon, Washington and Texas combined (1). …Tuition was $2,500 a year and the average GPA was 2.3 (C+).”

Intrigued by the picture Treadwell paints of this bygone Bowdoin, the students of Ladd House decided to investigate further. They invited seven representatives from different eras, spanning the 1970s to the 2010s, to speak to students in their living room about Bowdoin through the ages. Read the full story.

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Video: The Law You Won’t Be Told That Could Get You Kicked Off a Jury (CGP Grey)

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:00

There is a law that no lawyer or judge will likely ever tell you that could get you kicked off a jury, having to do with the choice beyond the usual guilty or not guilty.

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New York Times, Boston Globe Put Museum of Art In Focus

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:30

Quarter-size dry plate camera manufactured around 1880, owned by artist Winslow Homer.


The Bowdoin College Museum of Art finds itself making news in two of the nation’s leading newspapers.

The New York Times shares news of a camera, owned by artist Winslow Homer and donated to the Museum by Scarborough, Maine, resident Neal Paulsen. The camera joins an extensive collection of archival material at the Museum related to the life and art of Homer, including nearly 100 vintage photographs. Read more about the camera owned by Winslow Homer.

Boston Globe reviewer Mark Feeney visited the Museum recently and writes of two exhibitions Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography and The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections.


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Bowdoin Receives Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Award

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:25


mellonmays2013Bowdoin has received $500,000 to support another four years of participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program, along with $116,000 for continued support of a summer exchange program with the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Named in honor of Benjamin E. Mays (former president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.), MMUF was instituted by the Mellon Foundation to identify promising students from underrepresented minority groups and support them in becoming scholars, with the aim of increasing diversity among faculty in higher education across the nation. Bowdoin, one of 81 institutions working with the Mellon Foundation to offer the fellowship, has produced 91 Mellon Mays Fellows in its 22 years of participation in the program.

Continue reading about the MMUF program at Bowdoin. 

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The Fertility-Longevity Trade-Off (The Guardian)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:23


A would-you-rather dilemma that is all too real: would you rather live longer but sacrifice your fertility, or keep your fertility but lose a few years of your life? As early as 40 years ago, gerontologist Tom Kirkwood hypothesized about a “limited energy budget that can either be used to repair damaged cells and halt this decline, or saved to allow us to reproduce.”

More recent research has proven his hypothesis may be true, especially upon the discovery of a hormone that stimulates vital processes such as the repair of damaged cells.

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Snow Doesn’t Deter Bowdoin Staffer From Bicycle Commute

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:05
Photo taken on March 13, 2014

Photo taken on March 13, 2014

While much of Bowdoin struggled to drive in to work during Thursday’s fierce snowstorm, Chris Derbyshire rolled along the 22 miles of snow- and ice-covered roads on his bicycle. “It was much less stressful for me than for the people driving,” he said.

On most week days Derbyshire, who works for Bowdoin Dining, cycles five miles from his Brunswick home. But on this blustery, frigid day he was coming in from Yarmouth. He rode a Hardrock bike with a hybrid tire in front to break snow and a studded tire in back for traction. The trek took him just about two hours, and he punched in on time at 7 a.m., according to Dining Director Mary Lou Kennedy.

Derbyshire said he gave up his car and started riding his bicycle to work in 1997 to protest the U.S.’s president’s policies toward oil. Since then, the 56-year-old has ridden his bike to work every day. Nothing deters him — not rain, snow, black ice, freezing rain, hail, slush, winds, soaring temperatures, or impatient tourists on the road. “It’s like an addiction,” he said of our need for cars. “Once you’re free of an addiction, you ask why do I need it? Why do I need 4,000 pounds of metal to haul around my 130-pound body?”

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Professor Henry Sheds Light on Crimean Conflict (MPBN)

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:19

Laura Henry128Professor Laura Henry was back on the public radio show Maine Calling Tuesday, helping illuminate the ongoing Ukraine/Russia conflict. Henry, Bowdoin’s John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government, is an expert on civil society and social movements in Russia and in the former Soviet Union. Earlier in February, she was invited onto the MPBN program to talk about the Sochi Olympics. Listen to Henry on Maine Calling.

At students’ request, Henry also gave on talk on campus last week about the situation in Ukraine. Read Erica Hummel ’16′s story about Henry’s talk.

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‘Science is Fiction’: The Fanciful Films of Jean Painlevé

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:18

Seahorse, Jean Painlevé


With subjects ranging from regal seahorses to scheming mollusks to “horrific” octopi, biologist and filmmaker Jean Painlevé merged science and fantasy, creating films that informed viewers about the natural world and captured their imaginations.

Five of Painlevé’s films from the 1930s-70s were recently screened at Bowdoin as part of the documentary film course “The Reality Effect,” taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies Sarah Childress. The films were presented in conjunction with the exhibition Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography, on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through June 1.

Continue reading about Painlevé’s fanciful science films.

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Real Science Behind Zodiac Signs (The Smithsonian)

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:17


Perhaps checking your horoscope everyday might be worth it after all. Scientists have recently discovered that there is a connection between birth season and personality traits. Columbia University researchers analyzed brain scans from 550 adult men and women, then compared the scans to determine the differences between people born in different seasons. Spring babies are more likely to develop schizophrenia, researchers found, while summer babies are more sensation seeking.

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Video: The Weight of Mountains (StudioCanoe)

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:14

A short film based on the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp looks at the processes by which mountains are formed and eventually destroyed.

The Weight of Mountains from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

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Bateman Wins NSF CAREER Grant for Genetics Research and Education

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 13:30
Drosophila cookies baked by Jack Bateman's students

Drosophila cookies baked by Bateman’s students

Biology professor Jack Bateman has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award in the amount of $797,395 for his project “Mechanisms of cis-/trans-promoter competition in Drosophila.”

Recently named the Samuel S. Butcher Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences at Bowdoin, Bateman – who was also the lead investigator for a recent Maine INBRE grant project - studies the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to better understand how genes can be turned on and off. For the CAREER grant he is focusing on enhancers and promoters, pieces of DNA that are analogous to a locks and keys for activating genes.

The NSF CAREER award is given “in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars though outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” In that spirit, Bateman will use the grant not only to advance scientific understanding of gene regulation through research, but also to expand his longstanding education and outreach efforts within the field of genetics.

Read the full story.

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Men’s Hockey NCAA Opening Round Game Postponed

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 13:30

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Coming off a dramatic double-overtime NESCAC Championship game victory Sunday against Amherst, the men’s ice hockey team looks to continue its late-season surge in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament tonight at Oswego State University.

Due to current and anticipated weather conditions, the game, originally set for 7 p.m., has been postponed until Thursday, March 13, at 3 p.m.

Watch the game live here.

Get a complete preview of the game here and catch senior co-captains Jay Livermore and Harry Matheson in a video interview here.

U.S. College Hockey Online chatted with Bowdoin head coach Terry Meagher in its preview of the game.

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Karen Mills Talks Business to Students

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 13:29

karenmills—2014Karen Gordon Mills recently took time out of her schedule as a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government to deliver a talk on finance to Bowdoin students. She also gave advice on how to apply a liberal arts education toward a career in business.

Mills, who is married to President Barry Mills, discussed her education and career path, describing in particular her transition from the private sector to public service. From 2009 to 2013, she served as President Obama’s administrator for the Small Business Administration. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16.


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The Science of Texting While Walking (New York Times)

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 13:29

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While the dangers of texting while driving have been widely discussed and is now legally penalized, texting while walking has not been on the radar. Only recently has Dr. Siobhan Schabrun at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, led a study on the effects of texting while walking.

She has found that not only does texting significantly affect the gait of the person walking, but “frequent peripatetic texting also may cause or worsen neck and shoulder pain by reducing the neck joint’s natural range of motion.”

More significantly, the body typically chooses to prioritize balance over other demands while walking, but her study shows “her volunteers’ bodies and brains appeared to be ‘prioritizing texting.’” In other words, put it away and just enjoy the walk.

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Major Grants Awarded to Bowdoin Faculty and Programs

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:29

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Bowdoin continues to be a magnet for illustrious awards, with several major grants totaling more than $1.6 million awarded to faculty and programs at the College in recent months. ”Every year, Bowdoin’s faculty and programs demonstrate an impressive ability to secure prestigious support and funding for a diversity of academic undertakings,” said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.

Read About the Awards: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship • Beckman Scholars Program • Jack Bateman NSF CAREER Award • NHPRC Digitization of O. O. Howard Collection

Two of the recent awards focus on science research at the College: Assistant Professor of Biology Jack Bateman won a $797,395 NSF CAREER grant to support his lab’s genetics research, education, and outreach activities, while the Beckman Scholar’s Program awarded Bowdoin $104,000 to support four mentor-student pairs undertaking research related to chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine. “These awards are testament to the College’s success at combining intensive and cutting-edge research with the breadth and individual attention of an intimate liberal arts education – a quality that provides extraordinary opportunities for our students and distinguishes Bowdoin among its peers,” Judd said.

From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bowdoin recently received $500,000 for four more years of continued participation in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, supporting the research of promising students who will bring cultural and intellectual diversity to the teaching faculties of colleges and universities, and an additional $116,000 to support a summer exchange program with the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The College also received $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the college’s Oliver Otis Howard Papers.

See the full lists of awards received by Bowdoin faculty and programs in the previous fiscal year.

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Arthur Middleton ’01 on the Wolf’s Rightful Place in the ‘Wrong’ Yellowstone Story (New York Times)

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:14

Young wolf staring at its chase. Isolated on white.

Field biologist Arthur Middleton ’01, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, takes issue with the popular notion that wolves “fixed a broken Yellowstone by killing and frightening elk.” Read the fascinating New York Times op-ed piece, “Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?

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Students Invited to Rare Glimpse of Art Museum Archives

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:14
Unknown Artist, Buckle,ca. 220 BC, jade/jadeite 5 1/4 in. x 2 5/8 in (13.33 cm. x 6.67 cm.) Gift of Mrs. Frederick Blackmore. 1953.23.1

Unknown Artist, Buckle,ca. 220 BC, jade/jadeite
5 1/4 in. x 2 5/8 in (13.33 cm. x 6.67 cm.) Gift of Mrs. Frederick Blackmore.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, like most museums, sits on a trove of art and artifacts that rarely gets displayed. To give students a chance to see some of these treasures, the museum recently offered special tours to Bowdoin students, providing a rare opportunity to see museum areas normally restricted to staff members.

The storage facility, located beneath the museum and extending underground to the next-door Visual Arts Center, holds approximately 20,000 pieces of artwork in a space roughly the size of two classrooms. Roughly 1,200 of these works are paintings; the rest are prints, photographs and objects.

“It is always a lot of fun to assess the collection and spend time down here going through the artworks,” Museum Curator Joachim Homann told the 15 or so students on the tour. “We always find something new and always find fresh ways and angles to look at the art we have.” Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.

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Moving Mobile Phone Laws Into the Future (The Atlantic)

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:13


Mobile phones have evolved considerably since the mid-2000s. Modern mobile phones are nothing short of computers that can make calls, but laws concerning their use have not necessarily evolved accordingly. Writer William Saletan explores how the current laws against using phones while driving are irrelevant in this day and age. He explores how one small loophole in the law, such as using a mobile device hands-free, can be enough to overturn an entire court case.

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