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The Grownup Way to Eat Your Veggies (TIME)

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:35

boy and cooked vegetablesIt seems every child has at least one vegetable, usually packed with nutrients, that can induce an onslaught of reactions ranging from complaint to outrage around the dinner table. Maybe it’s the stench (read: brussel sprouts). Maybe it’s the texture (looking at you, dry broccoli). Whether you’re still managing your emotions around this issue or looking for ways to introduce such nutrients into your child’s diet, here are some ways to make those veggies more delicious than ever.

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Video: A Bowdoin Summer

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:03

A Bowdoin Summer from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Each summer, students on campus take a break from their busy schedules of work, studies, and recreation to gather at a cookout hosted by President Mills. We asked them to tell us about what they’re up to – and what they enjoy most about a Bowdoin summer.

Video by Catherine Yochum ’15 (who’s spending her summer as a multimedia reporter in Bowdoin’s Office of Communications).

To learn more about what students are doing at Bowdoin and all over the world this summer, check out this interactive map by Nina Underman ’15.

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Here’s How To Make That Vacation A Permanent One (Fast Company)

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:02

Beach chairIn 2009, Bianca Forzano took a kite surfing trip around the world — and never came back. Instead, she brought her business to the beach, tapping into a profitable industry by offering kite surfing lessons in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. She found a business environment very different from desk jobs, and quickly looked to fill another niche that she saw was lacking: effective sports bikinis that could endure a good kite surfing session without causing a wardrobe malfunction. She began making them by hand, but expanded to an Italian factory when demand grew more rapidly than she had anticipated. Fast Company offers tips based off of her inspiring experience on how to get out of a job that makes you unhappy and get off the ground in a new environment.

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Bowdoin Alumnae Come in 1,2 at Maine Kayak Race

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:01

Jane Koopman ’10 competing. Photo: Maine Mountain Media

Two Bowdoin graduates came in first and second in the women’s division at the third annual Maine Whitewater Championship Series‘ Kennebec River Race, held in June. Becca Austin, class of 2010 and assistant director of the Bowdoin Outing Club, raced the approximately three-mile course in 11:33, followed by Jane Koopman ’10 in 11:45.

Koopman was the top competitor for of all the women’s races in the championship, which included the Kennebec River Time Trials, Kennebec River Mass Start, Penobscot River Time Trials and Penobscot River BoaterX. Races took place on the Kennebec River and the West Branch of the Penobscot River, through intermediate and advanced rapids.

Several other Bowdoin students and alumni competed at the competition, including Mark Nelson ’80, Kelsey Freeman ’16, Ryan Peabody ’14 and Jeff Tillinghast ’04.

“These races are a really great way to gather the Maine/New England paddling community — and some of our friends farther afield — for a fun weekend of paddling, friendly competition, camping and hanging out,” Austin said.

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Infographic: Productivity — Work-Life Balance Realities, Threats and Motivators (

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:00

We hope you’ve enjoyed the infographic series on productivity. We wrap things up with a look at the various aspects of what threatens and motivates our productivity. View all of the infographics from the two-week series.

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Bowdoin Grad’s Start-up is Changing Sports World (Boston Business Journal)

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:41

Photo: Boston Business Journal

A new online business that matches private coaches with athletes has raised $6.7 million in a recent round of fundraising. The company, founded in 2012 by Jordan Fliegel ’08, currently pairs athletes and coaches who play team sports, but is expanding into dance, yoga and fitness.

Point Judith Capital of Boston and General Catalyst Partners of Cambridge led the new round of fundraising, according to Boston Business Journal. Sean Marsh ’95, of Point Judith, has also joined the CoachUp board. The new funding “will continue to support our core mission of helping athletes reach the next level in their training and athletic pursuits,” Fliegel said in a news release.

CoachUp serves more than 15,000 coaches and more than 42,000 athletes. Based in Boston, the company employs 18 full-time staff, and completed the 2012 MassChallenge program and the fall 2012 TechStars Boston accelerator.

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Passwords Are Still In, But Strong Ones Are Out (The Guardian)

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:38

Cyber securityThe (pass)word is in from Microsoft researchers, who say you’re wasting your time crafting unique passwords for all the sites you use that don’t really hold any secure information. Save your memory for the important ones, and use your pet’s name for everything else. Additionally, password managers might create problems rather than solve them, since the managers could always be hacked – or you could forget the password to all your passwords.

Though inconvenient, don’t expect the internet to phase out passwords anytime soon — most options for password replacement makes only “marginal gains” that aren’t worth the extra effort.

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Parenting Around the World (TED)

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:34

ChildrenAmerican parents pursue the goal “to raise the happiest, the most successful, and the most well-adjusted leaders of the future,” Amy Choi writes for TED. Mothers in this country turn to websites, books and their friends for parenting advice, but not to their mothers, seeking only the most current child-rearing strategies.

Yet, looking at how other cultures approach child rearing indicates there is no one golden formula to raising a successful child. The common Norwegian child raising strategy, for example, is “strongly institutionalized.” Most parents think toddlers should begin daycare at 12 months (where they are regularly bundled up and set outside in the Scandinavian winter to nap). Japan tries to instill independence in their children, setting young ones off to do things alone early, such as walking to school.

In the Netherlands,  parents emphasize rest, food and a pleasant environment for their kids rather than pushing them too hard at school. And Spaniards are horrified at the thought of kids going to bed at 6:30 p.m. and missing out on family life in the evenings. “We should be learning from each other,” Choi quotes a family expert, “and recognizing that there are very different successful pathways to raising children.”


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Infographic: Work Engaged, Work Inspired (

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:33
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Adam Kommel ’09 Launches Company to Track Short-Selling Campaigns

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:03

Adam Kommel ’09

Short-selling is like “betting against a company,” says Adam Kommel ’09; investors will short-sell when they believe that the price of a company’s stock is dropping rapidly. That is, they sell stock with the expectation of buying it back at a lower price and pocketing the difference.

Short-sellers often target companies that they believe are overvalued, are part of a dying industry, or are committing fraud. Some of these short-sellers, known as activist short-sellers, will then put out reports after short-selling a large quantity of stocks, causing the targeted company’s stocks to drop further. Therefore, this practice can be very influential in the stock market.

Yet Kommel calls short-selling an “underserved” area of finance, admitting that even some people working in the financial industry are not clear on the concept. He created Activist Shorts Research, a database of research tracking short-seller campaigns to fill this niche — it is the first database of its kind. Kommel serves as president of the company, and Joseph Babler ’10 is also involved as a research analyst.

The information provided by Activist Shorts Research benefits many different players in the financial field: for example, companies can research short-sellers who target their stocks, investor relations firms can glean background information on short-sellers to better protect a targeted company, and auditors can prepare themselves for short-sellers who might allege accounting fraud.

“It’s been very exciting” to start Activist Shorts Research, Kommel told the BDS in a phone interview, “we’ve gotten an even better response than we expected.” Read more in The Wall Street Journal.

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Bowdoin Blogger’s Summer Goal: Visiting Every Town in Rhode Island

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:02


This summer, Michael Colbert ’16 is on a mission to travel to every town in his home state of Rhode Island.

The rising junior was inspired to take on this challenge after reading a Boston Globe article about a couple who visited all 351 towns in Massachusetts in two weeks. Their effort appealed to Colbert’s enthusiasm for exploring — and for checking things off lists. “Anybody who knows me well knows that I’m obsessed with lists: to-do lists, bucket lists, travel lists,” he writes on his travel blog, Misadventures with Michael. “He dubbed his project RI39, for the 39 municipalities in the state.

 Read the full story.

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In Defense of Selfies (Mother Jones)

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:01

Man taking a self portraitWhile the ardor with which many young people take ‘selfies’ makes some adults cringe at the seemingly blatant narcissism, Mother Jones argues that the selfie has a “noble heritage in high art.” Rembrandt, for instance, finished more than 60 self-portraits. Of course,  taking a selfie these days, with a smart phone, takes just a second, while Rembrandt likely spent weeks if not months laboring over his works.

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Infographic: How to Focus (

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:00

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Linda Kinstler ’13 Shares Russia-Ukraine Insight on CNN, MSNBC

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:35

Former Bowdoin Orient editor Linda Kinstler ’13, now managing editor of The New Republic, has recently been featured in multiple news broadcasts to share her expertise on the situation between Russia and Ukraine. In 2013, Kinstler was one of eight students selected internationally for a prestigious Google Journalism Fellowship. She formerly wrote for Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and contributed more than 80 articles to the Orient during her time at Bowdoin.

Below, Kinstler discusses next steps for Ukraine after the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane crash with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Her segment begins at 9:50.

In the following clip, Kinstler joins congressman Gregory Meeks to discuss new evidence about the plane crash, as well as President Obama’s remarks following the tragedy, with Reverend Al Sharpton. The interview begins at 3:00; Sharpton directs questions at Kinstler starting at 4:40.

You can read the transcript from Kinstler’s appearance on CNN here.


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Video: Tracing Thoreau’s 300-Mile Journey Through The Maine Woods (CBS Sunday Morning)

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:30

In 1864, at the height of the American Civil War, Henry David Thoreau published “The Maine Woods,” a volume describing his travels to the backwoods of Maine in 1846, 1853, and 1857. One hundred and fifty years later, a group of adventurers retracing Thoreau’s steps finds a landscape that is largely the same and equally magnificent.

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So Smooth: Seven Steps to Mastering the Art of Conversation (Time)

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:29

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Some people just have it — the gift of gab. And not just small talk; they really just seem to innately know how to be engaging. If you’re not the sparkling conversationalist you would like to be, check out these seven tips to being smooth, culled by Time magazine from Catherine Blyth’s The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure.

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Infographic: Time Spent on Facebook (

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:25

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