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October 9, 2012
Gwyneth Jones, senior lecturer in dance in the Department of Theater and Dance, appears in Cassations by New York choreographer Douglas Dunn. Jones spent her sabbatical last spring and part of the summer working with the company on developing this piece, and has danced in several company performances this fall, including a performance in Wish Theater in early October. Two recent reviews of Cassations appeared in The New York Times, by dance critic Claudia La Rocco ’00, and DanceBeat, by prominent dance critic Deborah Jowitt.

May 4, 2012
Professor of Theater Davis Robinson's award-winning Beau Jest Moving Theatre company is mounting a production of the rarely seen Tennessee Williams play Ten Blocks on the Camino Real in Charlestown, Massachusetts (May 10-20), and, for a shorter run, in Portland, Maine (May 25-27). An experimental flop when it opened on Broadway in 1953, Ten Blocks actually represents a pivotal point in the playwright's development in which he envisioned a new movement Williams called "plastic theater,"Robinson notes. A preview appears in the May 3 Boston Globe.

April 27, 2012
Peter A. Bieger '73, who served as Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Banking and Finance) at the U.S. Treasury Department, was among a select group of 54 senior government executives honored with the nation's highest civil service awards, joining the Presidential Ranks of Distinguished Executive and Distinguished Professionals. SBA Administrator Karen Gordon Mills spoke at the awards dinner. Also in April, Bieger was appointed Assistant General Counsel (Banking and Finance), one of the five assistant general counsel positions at the Department.

April 10, 2012
Mark Wethli, A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art, is one of three artists featured in the exhibition Talking to the Paint Horse, which runs from April 14 through May 5 at ParisCONCRET in Paris, France. The works of Henk Delabie and Hernan Ardila are also featured. The exhibition "brings together three artists who make objects with the scale of easel painting but without the pictorial connotations."

April 9, 2012
Concord Academy Head Squash Coach Tariq Mohammed '99 has been named the 2011 Developmental Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

March 28, 2012
The work of Bowdoin Assistant Professor of Art Carrie Scanga is featured in the group exhibition A Thickening Rhythm opening Friday, March 30, 2012, at Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick, Maine. Scanga "uses intaglio printed and delicately folded tracing paper to create architectural building blocks of increase through repetitive labor." The show was reviewed in the PortlandNow blog and the Portland Phoenix.

February 3, 2012
Boston’s MASS Design Group has been named Designer of the Year by Contract magazine for their impressive work applying architecture to improving global health. With the construction of hospitals and schools in Rwanda and Haiti among projects initiated by the organization since its 2008 founding, the firm has made impressive advances toward delivering medical and educational services to distressed communities with the contribution of Holly Jacobson ‘11.

November 29, 2011
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and English Tess Chakkalakal has been selected as one of three inaugural Visiting Faculty Fellows of the Mellon Foundation-funded Humanities Writ Large initiative at Duke University for Spring 2012. She is working with Duke Professor Maurice Wallace on the intersections between theological discourse and African American literature.

November 28, 2011
Kristen Ghodsee's book, Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity & the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press, 2010), has been awarded the 2011 John D. Bell Memorial Book Prize from the Bulgarian Studies Association. It is the fourth award the book has won in its field.

October 31, 2011
Two works by Assistant Professor of Visual Art Alicia Eggert are on exhibition during November and December, 2011. Her interactive, kinetic sculpture Wonder (2011) is part of an exhibition called "FANTAsia" at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 Conference in Hong Kong. Twittering Machine (2008) will be part of the "Eye of the Beholder: Fine Art of the Found Object exhibition" at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis.

October 24, 2011
Anne M. Murphy '83 has been selected as senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel for Rush University Medical Center. Murphy comes to Rush from Chicago law firm Holland & Knight, where she is a partner and chair of the firm’s Chicago health care and life sciences team. She begins work at Rush Jan. 1, 2012.

October 24, 2011
The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies has awarded the 2011 Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies to Kristen Ghodsee, John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, for her book, Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2009). It is the third major award the book has won in its field.

October 11, 2011
Nadia V. Celis, Assistant Professor of Spanish, recently was elected for the Executive Council of the Caribbean Studies Association, the largest professional international society.

October 1, 2011
"Tito Trivia," one of the short stories included in Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Kristen Ghodsee's new book, Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism, has won the 2011 Ethnographic Fiction Prize from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. Listen to a podcast from the book.

August 24, 2011
Bowdoin Theater and Dance Department Chair Roger Bechtel's production of Adriano Shaplin's Switch Triptych was reviewed in the Portland Phoenix. Reviewer Megan Grumbling says "Bechtel's direction emphasizes characters' roles and relationships visually in some exquisite blocking, holding his actors in tableaux that contrast watchful gazes with dropped eyes, slouching characters with kneeling, supine, or regal ones." Read the review.

June 27, 2011
Mano en Mano Executive Director Ian Yaffe ‘09 cut the ribbon to formally open Hand in Hand Apartments in Milbridge, Maine, the state's first affordable housing project for farmworkers. Several media outlets covered this event, including the Bangor Daily News, WABI and WLBZ

May 13, 2011
The College's Information Technology (IT) department is spotlighted in the book, Unleashing the Power of IT: Bringing People, Business, and Technology Together. Chapter 12, "Putting the Book into Action: Stories from the Trenches," includes the lengthy section "At Bowdoin College, Trust in IT Created a Culture of Change within a Haven of Liberal Arts," with quotes from Chief Information Officer Mitch Davis and Deputy Chief Information Officer Rebecca Sandlin.

March 27, 2011
Five chemistry students — Andrew Cardamone '11, Paggard Champasa '11, Kaitlin Clifford '12, Bo Wang '11 and Tina Zhang '11 — traveled to Anaheim, Calif., to present research posters at the four-day American Chemical Society National Conference.

March 9, 2011
Matt Nickel ‘07, a second-year graduate student at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is a finalist in the 2011 Gerald D. Hines Student Design Competition, which this year challenges teams to create a plan for the best use of more than 30 acres around the Seattle Sound Transit system’s Mount Baker station. 

March 6, 2011
Laura Trujillo '13, Maria Montes '13 and Juan Del Toro '13 traveled with Consortium for Faculty Diversity Pre-Dissertation Fellow & Lecturer Mariana Cruz to Cornell University to present the panel discussion, "Sitting at the Table? Latinos and Latinas Negotiating the Intersections between Invisibility, Visibility, and Hyper-visibility in Education" at the Youth, Identity and Transnational Flows conference held March 4-6.  

February 23, 2011
The College's report that at the end of FY 2010, Bowdoin is on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020, as a result of campus-wide conservation efforts, specific initiatives in the implementation plan, and other factors, was picked up by the Portland Press Herald. 

February 16, 2011
The article, "Hippocampal Neurons Encode Different Episodes in an Overlapping Sequence of Odors Task," by Devin Walsh '10, Matthew Ginther '09 and Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Seth Ramus, was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

February 9, 2011
Research Assistant Professor Anja Forche has received a grant from the NIH in support of her research project, "Role of Genome Plasticity in Candida Albicans during Host-Pathogen Interactions."

February 9, 2011
Assistant Professor of Education Doris Santoro has been awarded a Maine Campus Compact Faculty Fellowship to support her use of problem-based service-learning in addressing the problem of college access in Maine.

January 28, 2011
Associate Professor of German Birgit Tautz has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship.

January 26, 2011
Assistant Professor of Art Carrie Scanga’s new exhibition, Breathe, at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri, has earned rave reviews in the local press, including the West End Word and the St. Louis Beacon.

January 25, 2011
Trustee Sheldon M. Stone '74, founding member of Oaktree Capital Management, has been named chair of the board of directors for the California Community Foundation, a public, charitable organization serving the communities of Los Angeles County. CCF serves as steward of 1,600 charitable funds and foundations, and makes grants to nonprofits in the arts, education, health care, housing and neighborhoods, and human development.

January 20, 2011
Philip Freeman, a professor of classics a Luther College in Iowa and author of Alexander the Great, mentions the College in the book's acknowledgments, offering thanks to "The libraries at Luther College, Bowdoin College and Harvard University who graciously helped me find the resources I needed." 

December 16, 2010
Jeremy LeCasse '94 has been named headmaster at Kents Hill School. Originally from Augusta, LeCasse returns to his home state to step into the new role in July. He has been head of the Senior School at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa., since 2007.  

December 6, 2010
Abdullah R. Muhamad '73 was honored by the Deleware House of Representatives for his unique and informative coverage of Deleware's historical events and people from 1608 to 2007 in his book, The Making of Delaware One Day at a Time.

November 23, 2010
Bowdoin Dining's culinary creativity is showcased in the article, "Local Veggies Steal the Show," in the Fall 2010 edition of Campus Dining Today, a publication of the National Association of College & University Food Services. Director Mary Lou Kennedy, Associate Director Michele Gaillard and Moulton Head Chef David Crooker are quoted. 

November 19, 2010
The Planning and Development Division's Assistant Director of Stewardship Jim Adolf has published a novel for young readers. In I Cannot Tell a Lie at George Washington Elementary, a book aimed at readers ages 8-12, Adolf writes of the effects of truth serum on school children after a truck carrying sodium pentothal crashes, spilling its cargo into the water supply. 

November 10, 2010
Andrew J. Walker ’87 was recently appointed Director Designate of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Walker will begin at the Museum January 31, 2011, and will officially take over at the retirement of his predecessor on April 1, 2011.

November 4, 2010
In the wake of the election, DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm and Associate Professor of Government Mike Franz were in demand for their insights. The Bangor Daily News quotes Franz and Potholm in separate articles. Potholm also appears in the Lewiston Sun Journal's coverage. 

October 21, 2010
The Portland Press Herald article “Art and Theater: Pull up a Chair” spotlights the Museum of Art’s latest exhibition “Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries.”

October 18, 2010
Associate Professor of English Brock Clarke appeared on the WCSH newsmagazine 207 to discuss his latest novel, Exley, and the process of writing. 

October 15, 2010
A $13.5 million gift to the College from the estate of Bion Cram '37 is mentioned in a Portland Press Herald story about Cram's philanthropy.

October 13, 2010
Head Chef Daran Poulin and Bowdoin Dining are mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about Slow Food USA's RAFT (Renewing America's Food Traditions) program and the second annual American Harvest Picnic sponsored by Slow Food Midcoast Maine.

October 13, 2010
Sculptor John Bisbee, Bowdoin Lecturer in Art, was among the presenters at TEDx Dirigo, Oct. 10, 2010, in Brunswick. The conference brought together innovative leaders in Maine to discuss new frontiers in agriculture,education, art and science. Also presenting was Russell Libby '78, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

October 10, 2010
Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz is quoted in the Maine Sunday Telegram article,"Political Poll Sees Shift in Numbers." 

October 8, 2010
Neil Moses '80 is joining Dunkin' Brands, Inc., parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, as chief financial officer effective November 16, 2010. Moses comes to Dunkin' Brands from Parametric Technology Corporation, a Massachusetts-based billion-dollar software company, where he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer. 

October 7, 2010
Toby Kamps '87 has been appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Kamps was previously senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

October 7, 2010
DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm is quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “LePage Campaign’s New Phase: Brush Up ‘Loose Cannon’ Image.” “Television rewards coolness and punishes wildness and roughness and hot personalities,” says Potholm in the article. “If [LePage] is going to remain competitive for the next month, he has to tone down his whole approach.”

October 6, 2010
Thompson Hine LLP has announced the appointment of partner James B. Aronoff '81 to the newly created management role of administrative partner of the firm’s Cleveland office. 

October 5, 2010
DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm is quoted on the website of WTSP (Tampa, Fla.) regarding former President Clinton's recent visit to Maine and how his popularity compares with that of the current president. "Two years ago, you couldn't go down the street without meeting people who were so enthusiastic about Obama," says Potholm in the piece. "Now, that's all gone."

September 30, 2010
Associate Professor of Government Mike Franz is quoted in the September 30, 2010, Portland Press Herald article, “Governor’s Race a Dead Heat in Poll.”  

September 30, 2010
Several media outlets picked up the Associated Press item announcing the selection of L.L. Bean Chairman Leon A. Gorman ’56 as recipient of The Bowdoin Prize, the highest honor the College bestows upon one of its members. The Boston Globe, Boston station WBZ and Portland’s WMTW ran the story September 26, 2010.

September 25, 2010
The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) reviewed the Durham Art Guild exhibition “Nestor Armando Gil: Sal (campo, puente, nube)” by Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow Nestor Gil.

September 20, 2010
Coverage of pop star Lady Gaga’s September 20, 2010, appearance at the Portland rally supporting the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy included a photo of Oronde Cruger ’11 holding a sign reading “Bowdoin College loves Gaga.” Simon Bordwin ’13 sang the national anthem at the event.

September 14, 2010
DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm was quoted in the article, “LePage Outburst a Wild Card in Campaign,” in the September 14, 2010, edition of the Bangor Daily News.

September 12, 2010
As reported by ArtDaily, the Art Institute of Chicago has appointed Daniel Walker ‘67 chair of two curatorial departments at the museum. Effective October 18, 2010, Walker becomes the Pritzker Chair and Curator of Asian Art and the Chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles.