Parents and Families
Gerald Chertavian — a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1987 and trustee emeritus of the College — has been mentoring young people for most of his adult life. Today, his Boston-based company, Year Up, provides a one-year, intensive training program for urban young adults, all aimed at building opportunity. It’s “a matter of social justice,” he told The New York Times two years ago. Chertavian and Year Up are again in the news, this time on 60 Minutes. The segment, scheduled to air Sunday, January 26, 2014, also features American Express CEO Ken Chenault ’73. Watch a preview.
As the 2016 election draws closer, presidential hopefuls are beginning to stake their opinions about the current U.S. administration. GOP and Democratic contenders alike have found an opportunity to “shake their foreign-policy tail feathers” with regard to the foreign policy negotiations between Iran and the U.N. Security Council in which Iran will begin disarming its nuclear program in exchange for the U.S. providing over $6 million in relief from economic sanctions. As a few GOP candidates hope to bash the foreign policy as a means to occupy airspace and media coverage, other potential candidates are weighing the public response to the negotiation and debating whether or not Iran is worthy of electoral debate. Read more about the foreign policy stances of potential 2016 presidential candidates.
On January 24, 1984, Apple Computer introduced the first Macintosh amid a rollout that included the provocative Super Bowl ad “1984,” which TV Guide and other publications hailed as “the greatest commercial of all time.” Watch the spot. On this day, 30 years ago, Steve Jobs revealed the Mac during Apple’s 1984 Annual Shareholders meeting:
Read more about the history and evolution of the Mac in the Business Insider article, “Happy 30th Birthday Apple Mac: You Were Almost a Huge Failure.”
As you drag your feet to work and feel yourself becoming filled with existential dread, you ask yourself for the 50th time, “Why am I still here?” Forbes has the answer — three huge answers, actually. The benefits of keeping a job that you dread may not be immediately obvious, but they include self-awareness, self-respect, and the ability to define how you perceive your circumstances.
In a blog post that was featured on a Bloomberg must-read list, Bowdoin Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige writes for The Washington Post’s column “The Monkey Cage” about why U.S. presidents keep things vague — a strategy that dates back to the consummately vague Article II of the Constitution (and is still going strong today).
Many of us entertain the idea of starting our own company. We will change the world and be our own boss. It’s the perfect situation, is it not? (It is.) However, all those downsides — the constant emotional roller-coaster, the lack of a life outside the company, not to mention the often slow returns on investments — have proven to many entrepreneurs that not everyone can be a Jobs or a Zuckerberg. The Economist explores the important role this white-male dominated industry plays in today’s economy.
There is a house on Wade Avenue in Raleigh, N.C., that has all the earmarks of a home — until you begin to look closely. A reporter from WUNC, North Carolina’s public radio station, made his way inside, and found things are definitely not as they would appear.
Discover introduces the newest delectable innovation soon to hit grocery stores — oxidation-resistant GMOs (also known as “apples that don’t brown”). Thanks to a new technique that eliminates a particular fruit-related enzyme, Granny Smith will maintain her youth even past her prime. Yet, the public consensus on age-defying produce remains split. While some find altered foods unsettling, others contend these so-called “Arctic apples” will prove to be the cream of the crop. Read the story.
In a recent Mitchell Institute video featuring Abby Roy ’16, the Bowdoin junior says she promised her parents she would cover half her college tuition. During Roy’s senior year of high school, her mother drew a big thermometer on a poster to track the scholarships her daughter won, coloring the thermometer in with bands of red each time she received good news.
Being awarded a Mitchell scholarship was a particularly sweet achievement for Roy, who is from Winslow, Maine. Her father grew up in Waterville, the hometown of Sen. U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell ’54, the backer behind the scholarship. Roy’s mother is assistant principal at the George J. Mitchell School in Waterville. Read the full story.
The wealth of the world’s “one percent” is said to be 65 times as much as the poorest half of the world. The Guardian reports on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, pointing out the richest 85 people across the world, who “could squeeze onto a single double-decker” bus, have a combined wealth equal to that of the poorest 3.5 billion of the world’s population. Read the story here.
We have an “invasion” on our hands — but don’t grab your pitchforks just yet, because these newcomers are more fluffy than formidable (though their lemming prey would almost certainly disagree). Snowy owls, denizens of the Arctic, have been flocking south in record numbers this winter, thanks to fluctuating prey populations up north. One such fine-feathered friend found its way into a deserted building in Portland, Maine, where it may have been dining on pigeons before being rescued by a local falconer.
Watch a video of Portland’s very own Hedwig as the bird is set free near Rockland.
Care to improve your butter-making skills? Or spend a night at the drive-in while munching on delicious barbeque? Perhaps an evening at a local art studio is more your style? From Water Street in the “City of Dreams” to Broadway Avenue located in New York’s “Queen of Spas,” good times abound on Yahoo Travel’s top seven American main streets — including Front and Centre Streets in Bath, Maine.
The women’s soccer team received national accolades and announced team awards at its recent year-end banquet.
The Polar Bears, who finished the season with a 12-4-1 record and reached the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season, were honored with a pair of prestigious off-the-field honors.
Bowdoin was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with its Academic Team Award and was also awarded a Silver Award for Team Ethics by the organization. Read more.
Like any good caretaker, the glymphatic system (also known as the brain’s “custodian”) sweeps the floors, takes out the garbage, and performs routine chores only after hours. Since recent findings suggest that physiological waste can only be removed during slumber, this underscores the impact of rest on cognitive health. Yet, our cerebral “janitors” may be hard-pressed to find time for work in today’s sleep-deprived society. The New York Times addresses the link between a lack of shut-eye and neural degeneration.
According to Marketplace, cancer tumor profiling is the Gucci of lab tests, while run-of-the-mill cholesterol assessments are like cheap knockoffs. That’s because today’s healthcare thrives on value rather than volume. Consequently, the lab industry has shifted away from inexpensive, routine tests in favor of more costly, specialized work. In the medical world, sequencing for genetic disorders is in, and thyroid tests are out.
The bird-eating tendencies of the ferocious African tigerfish have historically been discarded as mere myth — that is, until now. Legend became fact when a group of scientists witnessed one of these magnificent creatures spring from the murky depths and sink its teeth into a passing swallow. This video and supplementary text by Nature allow viewers to observe a food chain reversal with their own eyes. The footage is truly spectacular (and the banjo music doesn’t hurt either).
It was 50 years ago this year that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Bowdoin to speak about the civil rights movement and the importance of ending segregation and discrimination in America.
Dr. Frederick J. Stoddard ’64 was one of the leaders of Bowdoin’s Political Forum, a non-partisan student organization instrumental in bringing Dr. King to campus.
Brian Purnell, assistant professor of Africana studies and history, speaks of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as one of service in a live interview conducted prior to the observance.
Purnell spoke on the program Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities, a series carried by NPR member station WAMC in Albany, N.Y. Listen to Purnell’s interview.
What can the prevalence of dismal words like “fear” or “sadness” tell us about a country’s economic situation? As it turns out, quite a lot. The use of melancholic language in 20th century books has been shown to mirror unemployment and inflation patterns in the U.S., Britain, and Germany. This recent study outlined in Smithsonian magazine explains the link between literary and financial misery.
To those who believe athletic prowess stems solely from innumerable reps at the gym, think again. The concept that superior competitors must exercise both body and mind is nothing new. However, recent findings suggest that physical aptitude has less to do with mental toughness, and instead hinges upon cognitive efficiency. The Huffington Post details the newest technologies rumored to boost brainpower.