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Maps provide representations of reality and put data into an international framework that gives us, the tiny inhabitants of Earth, a greater understanding of our place in the world. The Washington Post has compiled exactly 40 representations of our world, that is, 40 maps that show the best and worst places to be born; countries where people are the most and least emotional; countries where people are more or less racially tolerant; and much more. Where are you?
Independent workers currently comprise a third of the U.S. workforce and are projected to increase 40 percent within the next six years. As the forty-hour work week declines, freelancers utilize flexible schedules, interpersonal networks and strong communication skills to navigate the work-life balance. The result? Freelancers have developed a new model for success, one that that emphasizes both mental and physical health.
Bowdoin Organic Garden has made it onto a list of unique Maine farms, along with Crystal Spring Farm and Milkweed Farm in Brunswick, and many others.
Unique Maine Farms is a volunteer project established by a Mainer to “highlight and support the diversity of sustainable agricultural enterprises taking place in Maine.” Mary Quinn Doyle of West Newfield traveled the state for 17 months to find farms offering unique products or services, such as assisting the poor.
What makes Bowdoin’s organic garden unique, according to Doyle, is how it aligns with Bowdoin’s “long-standing commitment of working toward the common good.” Read her full statement about BOG.
Men’s Squash — The Bowdoin College men’s squash team faced little resistance in a 9-0 sweep of Tufts in Friday’s NESCAC First Round Friday evening at Hamilton College.
Women’s Squash — The Bowdoin College women’s squash team won its opening match over Tufts, 9-0, at the 2014 NESCAC Championship Friday evening at Hamilton College.
Women’s Basketball — The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team opened the second half on a 25-4 run to pull away from Trinity, 59-46, on Friday evening at Morrrell Gymnasium.
Men’s Basketball — The Bowdoin College men’s basketball team survived Trinity in a physical battle at Morrell Gymnasium Friday night, 46-39.
Women’s Ice Hockey — The William’s women’s ice hockey team used a three goal third period to come from behind and down the Polar Bears 4-2 on Friday evening.
In the age of the Internet, privacy is becoming an increasingly important issue to the public. However, in a new TED talk, health IT expert John Wilbanks argues that the need to ensure privacy can slow medical research. Wilbanks, who successfully petitioned the United States government to make taxpayer funded research free to the public, suggests that increasing public access to medical data to the public can spur innovation in healthcare.
Organized by Bowdoin athletics and the McKeen Center, the drive was “massively successful,” said Andrew Lardie, the McKeen Center’s associate director for service and leadership. Set up in Morrell Lounge, staff from Delete Blood Cancer swabbed people’s cheeks from noon to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30.
Lardie said that Bowdoin’s athletic teams and coaches, in particular football coach Dave Caputi and baseball coach Mike Connolly, were behind the drive’s success. Athletes got swabbed by the hundreds. Read the full story.
Direct from the College’s studio, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, appeared on the PBS NewsHour January 30, 2014, weighing in on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and how the president’s agenda is shaped amid partisan politics.
In a discussion moderated by Gwen Ifill, Rudalevige found himself in the middle, joining Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, and Washington Post op-ed columnist Michael Gerson, former chief speech writer for President George W. Bush. Ifill introduces the segment at 10:12.
The short film “Rooms,” by Paul Sarvis, chair of Bowdoin’s theater and dance department, will be screened Feb. 1 as part of the 42nd annual Dance on Camera Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. Featured as part of the festival’s Shorts program, the film portrays an elderly life and a youthful life through interlocking images “to suggest a relationship between the two even though one may not exist.”
Sarvis’ film premiered last fall in juried screenings at the Sans Souci Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and at DANCE:FILM 13 in Edinburgh, Scotland. It will also be included in the World of Women Festival in Sydney, Australia, this coming March.
Whether you exaggerate your height or wear three-inch heels just to feel taller, we are all socially conditioned to “valorize the tall and belittle the short.” Daniel Freeman, professor in clinical psychology at the University of Oxford, and Jason Freeman have found that paranoia, rooted in a sense of inferiority and vulnerability, can emerge when people are shorter. Using virtual reality headsets to take a simulated tube train journey, surrounded by computer-generated avatars, participants found that taking the virtual tube journey a head shorter than normal led to “increased feelings, weakness, and incompetence.” However, this study may signify simulating an increase in height would increase self-esteem, a tool that can be used to help people feel taller in VR social situations and ultimately more confident in the real world. See the VR simulation and read about the study here.
Check out this 2014 Super Bowl Matchup statistical comparison of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. This one is an interactive graphic, enabling users not only to change teams, but to segment data using the built-in filters at the top of the screen. Click to interact with full-size infographic.
Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, appears on the PBS NewsHour tonight to discuss President Obama’s State of the Union address. Check local listings.
At least five students this year have applied for U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, a competitive training and screening program that prepares students for military leadership roles. One applicant, Brendan Lawler ’16, told The Bowdoin Orient, “I just wanted to do something different. I don’t really want to sit at a desk my whole life.”
Some Bowdoin students are already enrolled in the program. The Orient reports that seniors Ben Kekeisen and Wen Barker have already completed two six-week summer training programs in Quantico, Va. Read the full story.
Many of the talking points in President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address were anticipated. Nonetheless, there were some revealing moments during the president’s address to the nation. NPR has identified five things we learned from the State of the Union.
How often do you get up to grab something from the next room only to forget what that something was? Psychologists at University of Notre Dame have found that simply the act of walking through the door can cause forgetting, also known as the “doorway effect.” Gabriel Radvansky and colleagues at Notre Dame ”propose that walking through a doorway is a good time to purge your event models because whatever happened in the old room is likely to become less relevant now that you have changed venues.” Only solution: avoid all doors. Read more about this tiny brain glitch in memory in Scientific American.
Time-management? There’s an app for that. Sleep tracker? You know it. But gamma-radiation detector? Hold the phone. Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory are developing an Android app that may detect gamma-radiation using the processing power of the phone’s built-in camera.
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell ’54, at the Maine State House January 28, 2014, for the unveiling of his official portrait, told those gathered that among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him through the years, the greatest were serving the people of Maine in the U.S. Senate, as a U.S. Attorney and a U.S. District Judge. His portrait now hangs in the Hall of Flags with those of others considered to have made significant contributions to the state. Mitchell addressed a joint session of the Maine Legislature, talking about the path his career has taken and urging lawmakers to learn to listen in order to better work together. Listen to coverage by MPBN Radio News Director Keith Shortall ’82 and read coverage by the Portland Press Herald.
Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, weighs in on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night in a Newsweek article. In it, Rudalevige speaks of the political ramifications of executive action. Read the article.
Bowdoin’s man of steel, Sculptor in Residence John Bisbee has made a name for himself forging works of art from bright common spikes, or 12-inch nails. His latest exhibition, a collection of floral-inspired pieces called “New Blooms,” described by Bisbee and others as his best work yet, is on display at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. The local CBS affiliate, WCAX, caught up with Bisbee to give viewers a closer look at this artist and his work.
A sure-fire way to have a bad day is to have a bad night of sleep. But what to do about it? Not since The Brady Bunch was on has anyone really suggested warm milk. (Really? Gross.) The folks at Prevention are keeping the milk in the fridge and spilling some secrets that may help you get the most out of your time between the sheets. Read Prevention’s “9 Top Solutions for Sleepless Nights.“