Story posted May 10, 2012
Bowdoin College held its 16th annual Honors Day ceremony to recognize publicly the college-wide academic and extracurricular achievements of Bowdoin students and faculty. The ceremony was held May 9, 2012, at Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall.
"Tonight is an important night, for tonight we reaffirm our commitment to academic and intellectual excellence," said Mills in his welcoming remarks. "That is what we’re honoring; that is the fundamental mission of this college."
Assistant Professor of History David Hecht, recipient of the 2011 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, then delivered the Honors Day address, "Telling Stories About Science," in which he immediately amused the audience by saying he intended to relate his field of research — the atom bomb and thermonuclear war — to, of all things, the Common Good. Read the text of Hecht's address.
Following Hecht's address, Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd presented the 2012 Karofsky Prize to Lecturer in Chemistry Michael Danahy.
The prize, given by members of the Karofsky family, is awarded annually by the dean for academic affairs, in consultation with the Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee on the basis of student evaluations of teaching, to an outstanding Bowdoin teacher who "best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm, and stimulate intellectual curiosity."
The prize is given to a member of the faculty who has taught at the College for at least two years.
Departmental prizes were then presented by academic department and program chairs. Download a PDF of the 2012 Honors Day program with the names of all the prize winners.
A musical interlude was provided by pianist Sarah Liu ’13, who performed Romance from Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118 by Johannes Brahms.