Parents and Families
Bowdoin Green Athletics, a student-run organization that is greening Bowdoin’s sports culture, diverted 176 pounds of recyclables and 102 pounds of food waste from trashcans at last weekend’s home football game. “This would have gone to the landfill without our efforts,” said Alex Tougas ’14, one of the leaders of Bowdoin Green Athletics. “We diverted almost three-quarters of our waste from the landfill.”
Tougas organized the sustainability effort with Erica Nangeroni ’14. Sheryl Perlow, parent of Matt Perlow ’15, helped coordinate among the football parents.
Their work is part of the collegiate competition Game Day Recycling Challenge, supported by the EPA, which encourages colleges and universities to reduce waste at football games. Schools are ranked by how much trash they divert from the waste stream. Winners will be announced at the end of the 2013 football season.
Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster introduces Bowdoin’s recently completed Edwards Center for Art and Dance. The building, which was dedicated Oct. 11 and will have a public opening Nov. 2, begins an exciting new chapter for dance and the visual arts at the College.
Marathon matriarch Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is honored for her contributions to the sport in a New York Times essay by George A. Hirsch, co-founder of the New York City Marathon, longtime publisher of Runner’s World magazine and chairman of the New York Road Runners, which is inducting Benoit Samuelson to its Hall of Fame Thursday. Days later, Joanie is to make her third appearance in the New York City Marathon. The column also highlights the pioneering efforts of storied runners Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter. Rodgers is a former Olympian and four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon; Shorter won Olympic gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. Joanie won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles; she holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon, and her time at the Boston Marathon stood as the fastest for 28 years.
The next year could be a big one for the American workplace. Faced with the Affordable Care Act, many economists predict businesses will put off hiring due to healthcare reform, and choose to hire part-time employees instead. They say this, in turn, could result in an increase of employees working from home, a shift that would force changes in the traditional office setting as we know it. Forbes takes a look at this, as well as the influx of millennials, the retirement of baby boomers, and an expected decrease in the gender pay gap.
Each year, Bowdoin Career Planning enlists students, staff and faculty to present both the best and worst of professional dress. To make it fun, the office of Career Planning stages a glitzy fashion show, showing outfits that work and ones that flop. Continue here for the slideshow.
A survey by a neuropsychologist in Dublin found that about a third of adults can’t remember the birthdays of more than three immediate family members. Eric Barker’s clever Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog explains how a bloody cow in your living room — and other perhaps less disturbing images can help you remember every last thing on your grocery list.
Bowdoin’s highest-ranking scholars were recognized at the College’s Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises Friday, October 25, 2013. Sarah and James Bowdoin scholarships are awarded each fall on the basis of work completed the previous academic year.
The award is given to the 20 percent of all eligible students with the highest grade point average. Book Awards are presented to every Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar who earned a GPA of 4.00.
Almost 300 students were named Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars this year, with 16 of the scholars earning Book Awards. The Almon Goodwin Prize, presented to a member of Phi Beta Kappa chosen by vote of the Board of Trustees of the College, was awarded to Michelle Ivy Wiener ‘13.
Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, an associate director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke with the PBS program Frontline about the need for more action at the local level to combat the problem of antibacterial resistance.
Read the Q&A that explains antibiotics, how they work, what has changed and why there is now fear surrounding what’s being called the “nightmare bacteria.”
Continuing a tradition that began several years ago, the cross-country team had its annual day of running with horses from Black Fox Farm at Popham Beach, yielding a spectacular array of photographs by Brian Beard/Creative Images Photography.
“The horses love running with people; it’s a great game for them,” says Coach Peter Slovenski. “The horses are much better sprinters than we are, but we have the advantage over the long run. By the end of the afternoon, we’re still running, and the horses need to walk.”
Instead of writing their names on an attendance list, tech savvy Bowdoin students used their smartphones to scan a QR barcode to sign in at a recent “Google Tech Talk” on campus.
Bowdoin Career Planning invited Google Software Engineer Tom Hazel ’05 to campus to give Bowdoin students a peek into working in the fast-paced world of Google. Hazel shared his experience in landing a competitive job at Google and the different internship and job opportunities available there.
The Google career talks with Hazel ’05 and University Programs Recruiter Kira Chappelle ’07 over two nights brought crowds twice as large as any other recruiter this year, according to Todd Herrmann ’85, Career Planning’s associate director of employer relations.
“With all the interest brewing about careers in the tech sector, Tom was getting a lot of calls from individual [computer science] majors interested in his work. He decided that the entire community would be better served by a group discussion,” said Herrmann. “What a great opportunity it was to learn what a liberal arts student can do at Google with a little coding experience.”
Award-winning author and journalist (and Maine native) Colin Woodard gave a talk titled “Watchdog Journalism: The Vital Role of a Threatened Discipline” in Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall, on Oct. 16.
Woodard explained that investigative journalism is an important medium for checking the powers of government and protecting public interest – a role that dates back to the time of our founding fathers. To best inform the public, he continued, journalists should approach journalism “as scientists,” using scientific methodology to hone in the truth. However, many journalists of today take on roles of “idiotic neutrality,” he said, a practice that spells trouble for society. “If we lose watchdog journalism, it is democracy that will follow.”
Women’s Rugby — The Bowdoin College women’s rugby team completed its regular season with a 56-12 win over the University of Maine-Orono Saturday at Pickard Field.
Women’s Volleyball — Despite splitting their second day of matches at the Hall of Fame Invitational, the Bowdoin women’s volleyball team had a record-breaking afternoon Saturday in Massachusetts.
Men’s Soccer — Zach Danssaert tallied two assists and a goal as the Bowdoin men’s soccer team scored three in the second half to down Colby 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Field Hockey — The Bowdoin field hockey team collected its record-breaking 40th consecutive home win, dating back to 2010, this afternoon with a 4-0 second half push against Colby.
Football — LaDarius Drew rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wesleyan University football team to a 34-14 win over Bowdoin Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field.
Women’s Soccer — The Bowdoin women’s soccer team celebrated senior day with a 2-0 second half surge to defeat visiting Colby on Saturday afternoon.
Filling Ladd House on Thursday evening was a multifarious collection of artwork by 47 students — as well as 450 or so students, staff, faculty and parents (who were on campus for Family Weekend), a student pianist playing mournful tunes in a darkened room, lots of balloons to throw darts at and countless used red plastic cups.
The eclectic scene was the opening night of a student art show, “340 Miles North,” which refers to the distance between Bowdoin and New York City. Tom Rosenblatt ’16 and the new student club Bowdoin Art Society dreamed up the exhibition to “promote the vibrancy of the arts at Bowdoin,” Rosenblatt explained. “Family Weekend seemed like the perfect time to advertise this to the greater community.”
Women’s Volleyball - The Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team extended its win streak to 12 matches with a 3-0 victory over Bridgewater State on the opening night of the Hall of Fame Invitational hosted by Mount Holyoke.
There are many things that divide these United States. Income, religion, education, race and politics are some of the more obvious ones, but now a multinational team of researchers, led by psychologist and American expat Jason Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge in the U.K., have created a “mood map” of America, with state-by-state ratings of personality and temperament. The study, spanning 13 years and including nearly 1.6 million survey respondents from the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. TIME reports on the results and created a test for readers to discover which state most suits their temperament.
“I’m obsessed with maps,” said April Morris, Bowdoin’s Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History, at the start of her recent lecture “Maps, Monsters, and What it Means to be Human,” in which she argued that maps are a type of art.
Although “we give documents a great sense of authority,” Morris argued that a map is not an honest depiction of a place, but rather a record of the cartographer’s awareness of his surroundings at a certain point in time.
“A map is both a truthful lie and a lying truth,” Morris said, revealing more than just information about geography. Some medieval world maps, for instance, put Jerusalem at the epicenter or depict Jesus Christ gripping the edges of the map, showing the importance of Christianity in the 12th century.
Fortune magazine has taken note of a story by Emma Peters ’16, Orient staff writer, on the life of Reed Hastings, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1983 and went on to found Netflix, now worth $19 billion.
“You can read about Netflix just about anywhere, of course,” says Adam Lashinsky, Fortune senior editor-at-large. “But this Bowdoin piece — brought to my attention by Andy Serwer, Bowdoin class of 1981, and Fortune’s managing editor — has terrific stuff about Hastings before he became the business mogul we know today. What’s remarkable about what the Orient unearthed is that Hastings hasn’t really changed all that much over the years.”
Career diplomat Christopher Hill ’74 focuses his most recent political commentary on U.S. foreign policy and the consequences of the U.S. strategic “pivot” from the Middle East to Asia, discussing international perceptions and how the country’s current foreign policy design may prove unreliable and unpredictable — “or, worse, susceptible to [be misunderstood].”
Hill writes in his opinion piece for Project Syndicate, ”The new world order has given way to an order-less world, in which reliability and predictability have given way to rapid shifts in focus and fickle commitments. And, sadly, this state of affairs seems to be emanating not from countries in crisis, but rather from the U.S. itself.”
He argues that instead of constricting foreign policy to a location in the world, the Obama administration should “set out America’s foreign-policy priorities and explain how the US plans to pursue them.”
Hill previously served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia and Poland, as well as the chief negotiator with North Korea from 2005 to 2009. He is now Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Chemistry Lecturer Mike Danahy wields a torch on Coe Quad
The air at 6:02 p.m. was too chilly for a proper thermite reaction, which, had it worked, would have sent streams of molten metal pouring over the edge of a container. But the time was just right to make ice cream from liquid nitrogen, pleasing the crowd of gathered students hoping to be impressed by big chemistry explosions.
Students in the Kamerling Society were staging the unfortunate thermite reaction and serving up the well-received liquid nitrogen ice cream on Coe Quad in honor of Mole Day, which falls on Oct. 23 between 6:02 a.m and 6:02 p.m. Mole Day celebrates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23), a number that chemists use to make conversions between atomic mass and grams.
The Kamerling Society, which was founded in 1979 and named for Bowdoin chemistry professor Samuel Kamerling (1934-1969), is a student group of chemistry majors and other science students who try to get people young and old excited by science.
Besides celebrating Mole Day on campus, Kamerling members regularly visit local schools to perform science demonstrations. Recently, the group visited the Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School to show off chemical reactions with big wow factors to students in an after-school program. Read the full story and see the slideshow.