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Bowdoin in the News: December in Review

Story posted December 21, 2009

Appropriately enough, December's media hits brought mention of mistletoe (and Associate Professor of Biology Barry Logan's research). The month also brought more appearances by Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Jennifer Scanlon and DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm.

The San Francisco Chronicle (December 25, 2009)

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Initially printed November 30 in the UK's largest-circulation Sunday paper, the online Sunday Times Christmas Books list was a resource for holiday shoppers throughout December. Second among 13 selected biographies is Professor Jennifer Scanlon's Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Oxford University Press, 2009). It is the fourth time in six months Scanlon and her book have appeared in The Times.

The widely syndicated radio program, Marketplace, named Bad Girls Go Everywhere one of the best business books of 2009.

Read the article. See a compilation of Scanlon's reviews.


The article profiles acclaimed poet and scholar Willis Barnstone '48, H'81 and his latest book, The Restored New Testament — A New Translation With Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas (Norton, 2009), which seeks to restore the lyricism and mysticism of the Jesus story, and undo centuries of mistranslation designed to obscure the Jewish identity of the carpenter from Nazareth. Read the article.

The Wall Street Journal (December 16, 2009)


The merits of a liberal arts education and the book A True Liberal Arts Education (China Publishing Group, 2009), written by Yongfang Chen '10 for college-bound students in his native China, are the subject of The Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report blog.

The article notes the growing number of Chinese seeking to change their mindset through a foreign education and that while many Chinese students favor large, research-oriented U.S. schools, Chen and his co-authors attend schools "renowned for their teaching." The article notes that Chen, the book's principal author, chose Bowdoin, "a tradition-laden liberal arts school ... [that] boasts alumni such as the authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow."

NBC Nightly News (December 12, 2009)


Chris Potholm, DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, appeared in a segment profiling U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe.

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Sharing insight into Sen. Snowe's political sytle, Potholm says in the piece, "The far right and the far left don't do well here politically. It's the center of the political spectrum that holds," and is seen walking the Quad with NBC correspondent Kelly O'Donnell, telling her, "Maine people want their senators to be for the nation first, the state second, and the party third.

The New York Times (December 11, 2009)

The "Habitats" feature in the Real Estate section, tells the story of how David Carroll Ď97 and his wife, Alexandra, arrived at and furnished their Brooklyn apartment. Read the article.

World Have Your Say/BBC News (December 7, 2009)


Climate change activist Meg Boyle '05, in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15), was interviewed at length during the live news program.

The interview appears in three parts on YouTube:


Boyle represented What We Do, a Web site designed to celebrate a new generation of leadership and groundbreaking action in global sustainability.

60 Minutes/CBS (December 6, 2009)


For the second time, Geoffrey Canada '74, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), was the focus of a segment on the venerated news magazine, which follows up its 2005 story with a progress report on the non-profit, community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for children and families in a 97-block area of New York City.


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60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper mentions the College at 2:50.

The segment includes the observations of a Harvard economics professor who has conducted the first independent statistical study of Canada's effort to close the racial achievement gap in his school.

CBS News (December 4, 2009)

The CBS News blog, Political Hotsheet, included insight from Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz in the article, "Poll Shows More Trouble in Nevada for Harry Reid," which examines the numbers from a recent public opinion poll conducted for the senate majority leader in his home state of Nevada.

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Mike Franz

The poll, showing that only 38 percent of the 625 registered Nevada voters had a favorable opinion of Sen. Reid, was commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"I'd be worried," says Franz in the Review-Journal article excerpted in the blog piece. "I'd stop if I had aired ads for two or three weeks and it wasn't moving the needle." Read the article.

Itís the Economy/MSNBC (December 3, 2009)


W. Michael Donovan í75, associate professor in the Department of Business, Management and Economics at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., was interviewed live on the cable news channel. He commented on the economic climate of the Lehigh Valley and Allentown as President Barack Obama prepared to visit those areas. Watch the segment.

Scientist magazine (December 2009)

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Barry Logan

The article, "No Kissing Here," examines Associate Professor of Biology Barry Logan's research into the devastating effects of parasitic eastern dwarf mistletoe on white spruce trees.

Read the article.

In 2009, Logan led a summer research project with Shem Dixon '11, Danielle Marias '10 and Stephanie Schmiege '10.

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Infected trees are easy to spot; their "witch's brooms" — tangled masses of branches (inset) — survive while the rest of the host tree appears to suffer. Read more about the summer research project on Southport Island.

They traveled to Southport Island to see firsthand the damage done by parasitic eastern dwarf mistletoe at their field site along the coast.

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