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CANCELLED: Physics Talk - Bennett Goldberg - Sliding and Stretching of Two-Dimensional Crystals

February 19, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Searles Science Building, 315

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is delighted to welcome Bennett Goldberg of Boston University. Dr. Goldberg is a Professor of Physics, a Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and a Professor of Education. Professor Goldberg will be speaking about the friction of two-dimensional crystals.

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The Enigmatic Formation of Close Neutron Star Binaries - Morgan MacLeod

February 27, 2015 12:30 PM  – 2:00 PM
Searles Science Building, 315

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is excited to welcome back alum Morgan MacLeod, '09. Morgan is a graduate student at the University of California studying Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Astrophysics. Morgan will be presenting a talk called the Enigmatic Formation of Close Neutron Star Binaries on Friday, Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in Searles 315.

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Physics Talk - Alexa Staley

April 24, 2015 12:30 PM  – 2:00 PM
Searles Science Building, 315

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NSF Program Director Daniel Thornhill: "Understanding the NSF: a Guide to the Merit Review Process and Strategies for Successful Proposals"

September 30, 2015 4:15 PM  – 5:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 004

Dr. Dan Thornhill will provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding. He will give an overview of the NSF's merit review process, as well as provide strategies for successful proposals.

Dr. Thornhill's past positions include work as a conservation scientist at Defenders of Wildlife and as the Doherty Marine Biology Postdoctoral Scholar at Bowdoin College. His expertise is in the coral reef and deep sea ecology, marine conservation, the effects of  climate change on marine organisms, molecular biology, and symbiosis. In addition to his program duties at NSF, Dan conducts research on these topics.

Open to faculty and staff.

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Bowdoin's Teach-in - Connecting Racism, Climate Change and Social Justice

October 1, 2015 8:30 AM  – 5:15 PM
Miscellaneous 2


Please join the campus community for discussions, open classes, and panel presentations made by and for students, faculty and staff.  We hope that this will be a day of discovery, where we evaluate the human and financial costs of action and inaction for all the stakeholders on earth. There are events scheduled throughout the day open to all campus community members. You are welcome to attend for an hour or for the whole day.

See also - complete detailed schedule

10:00 am - Framing the Questions ? A plenary welcome with Mark Battle, Susan Kaplan and Brian Purnell.

11:30-3:30 Open Classes & Panel Discussions

11:30-3:30 Arts Stage

12:00-1:30 Campus Information Expo

4:00 Ways Forward ? A concluding plenary with Leana Amaez, Catherine Longley, Roy Partridge and Madeleine Msall.

FAQs and more information can be found on the Intersections web site. 

The Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury: Studying Star Formation with 100 Million Stars by Alexia Lewis

October 22, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Searles Science Building, 315

Phil Kutzko: "Effective Faculty Intervention to Increase Student Diversity in Mathematics and Sciences"

March 3, 2016 4:15 PM  – 5:30 PM
Searles Science Building, 217

Conversations About Diversity in STEM Education Lecture Series

A discussion/workshop on promoting effective faculty involvement in encouragement and support of historically underrepresented student group in mathematics and science education, both at the undergraduate level and in subsequent graduate studies.

Professor and Collegiate Fellow at the University of Iowa, Phil Kutzko is a nationally-ranked mathematician who has dedicated himself to issues of diversity in the mathematical sciences.  He is also Director of the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences.

Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Mathematics Department and the Faculty Development Committee-Teaching Subcommittee

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David Freeman: "All Renewable All Electric America"

April 5, 2016 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

S. David Freeman is an attorney and author who has had many key roles in energy policy. 

During the Nixon administration, he was one of the architects of the EPA, and was later appointed chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority by President Jimmy Carter. After seven years there, he served for thirty years as CEO of major public utilities including Lower Colorado River Authority, New York Power Authority, Los Angeles Department of Power and Water, and Sacramento Municipal Utility District. 

Freeman is recognized as an eco-pioneer for advancing affordable energy and efficiency. He has written and lectured extensively on energy and the environment and is the author of the influential book A Time to Choose, written in 1974 under the auspices of the Ford Foundation. He has also authored Energy The New Era, written in 1974 and Winning our Energy Independence, an Insider Shows How, written in 2007.  

His latest book was endorsed by people as varied as Robert Redford, Ralph Nader, President Jimmy Carter and T. Boone Pickens.        

In 2005 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Freeman as the President of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. The Board implemented the most aggressive Clean Air Action Plan in the nation's comprehensive strategy that reduced air emissions from port operations by 50%.  

Mr. Freeman has served most recently as L.A.'s Deputy Mayor for Energy and the Environment, and briefly as Interim Manager of LADWP until April of 2010. 

Freeman was featured in the critically-acclaimed documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? in 2006.  Freeman won awards from the Los Angeles Coalition for Clean Air, National Wildlife Association, Global Green, CEERT, CalStart 2007 Blue Sky Award and many other organizations for his devotion to clean air, water and renewable energy. 

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Kibbe Lecture - Aileen Yingst: "Roving the Red Planet: Three-Plus Years with 'Curiosity' on Mars"

April 14, 2016 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, The Pickering Room [213]

Over the last three years, the Curiosity rover has been exploring Gale crater on Mars. From the mudflats of Yellowknife Bay to the foothills of Mt. Sharp, the rover has charted new and incredible territory, revealing a red planet that may once have been habitable.

Dr. Aileen Yingst is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, a research institution headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. She works offsite in Brunswick, Maine. She is a participating scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission and deputy principal investigator for the Mars Handlens Imager instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity.

She also serves as a participating scientist on the Dawn at Vesta mission. Other missions that Yingst has worked on include the Mars Pathfinder, Mars Polar Lander, and Galileo missions. Yingst earned her AB at Dartmouth College in physics and astronomy, and her MSc and PhD in geological sciences at Brown University.

Sponsored by the Kibbe Lecture Fund.

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Water on Mars? What can we learn from Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) Data of Gale Crater and the Curiosity Mission? by Aileen Yingst

April 15, 2016 1:00 PM  – 2:00 PM
Searles Science Building, 315

Although from orbit it has a basaltic (volcanic) composition, in situ data makes it clear that Mars is a world of sediment. For over three years, the Mars Hand Lens Imager has investigated the Martian surface at the micron scale, revealing grain morphology and features that point towards water as a primary transport and alteration force at the Curiosity rover landing site in Gale crater. Dr. Yingst will present data from MAHLI and discuss implications for a wet Mars.

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Film Screening: 'A Climate of Change'

May 5, 2016 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

'A Climate of Change' is a series of four short films that examine the effects associated with climate change on the fishing industry, including warming waters, lack of biodiversity, and ocean acidification. Across New England and the nation, fishermen and scientists are observing notable shifts in the ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water. The Island Institute has held screenings of these films up and down the coast from Washington, DC to New York City to Boston to Portland.

There will be a casual networking event before the film from 6:30-7:00pm (in the lobby outside Smith Auditorium), and a Q&A panel after the screening. Collin Roesler, Bowdoin professor of earth and oceanographic science will participate on the panel.
This event is free, but attendees are asked to register online.

At Bowdoin, the screening is hosted by the student club CERES (Coalition for Expanding the Reach of Earth Sciences).

IP3 Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion: Carbon Neutral Bowdoin

May 6, 2016 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 [Common Room]

Join Alana Luzzio and Madeline Schuldt for a conversation about Bowdoin's efforts to become 'carbon neutral'.  

Family Weekend: President's Summer Research Symposium

October 21, 2016 1:45 PM  – 3:30 PM
Morrell Gym, Gymnasium

A new Family Weekend event, the Symposium is an opportunity for students to present their summer research during a poster session. Families, faculty, staff and fellow students are invited to attend this celebration of student research and creativity and engage in conversation with the student presenters about their work.

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How the Internet Affects Climate Change: A lunch time discussion with Investigative Journalist Katie Singer

November 10, 2016 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Lunch is 'through the line', faculty, staff and students without board are welcome to sign-in for lunch at the checker's station.

* If data centers were a country, they'd rank 5th in use of energy.
* Year 2000's total Internet traffic equaled one hour of 2015's traffic.
* By 2020, the Internet will demand 20% of total energy consumption.

Investigative journalist Katie Singer will outline the Internets exponentially increasing energy demands, present solutions for nations and individuals, and welcome discussion. Singer's most recent book is An Electronic Silent Spring.

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Kibbe Science Lecture - Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez: "Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and Black Holes"

March 29, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

More than hundred years ago, Einstein predicted that space time was dynamic, and there were ripples in space time traveling at the speed of light, or gravitational waves. On September 14, 2015, the two Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)  detectors in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana, registered, for the first time ever, a loud gravitational wave signal traveling through Earth, created more than a billion years ago from the merger of two black holes. A few months later in December, another signal, also from black holes, was  detected. These observations marked the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy. Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez will describe the exciting details of the observation, the status of gravitational wave detectors, and the gravity-bright future of the field.

Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez is an experimental physicist who has successfully led the LIGO Scientific Collaboration for the past five years. Gonzalez was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina and studied physics at the University of Cordoba, where she earned a Master of Science degree. She came to the US to pursue and attain her PhD from Syracuse University. Her doctorate focused on Brownian motion and gravitational waves, work that took her to universities across the US including MIT, Penn State, and LSU. She is currently a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University and was recently named one of the top ten scientists in the world by the scientific journal Nature.

Sponsored by the Kibbe Science Lecture Fund.

Free and open to the public.

  This event will be streamed live.

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Maine Public Radio and Keith Shortall '82 bring Maine Calling to Campus to Discuss Maine and the Environment

April 21, 2017 1:00 PM  – 2:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Participate in a conversation about Maine as a laboratory for environmental study. Ask questions and join the discussion in the audience or by phone with Maine Public Radio's Maine Calling, an interactive call-in program.

Maine Public Radio News Director Keith Shortall '82, host of Maine Calling, will moderate a discussion with Bowdoin faculty around Maine as a laboratory for environmental study.  

The panel is to comprise:

  • Dave Carlon, associate professor of biology and director of the Coastal Studies Center
  • Eileen Johnson, lecturer and manager of the Environmental Studies Program
  • Matthew Klingle, associate professor of history and environmental studies, and director of the Environmental Studies Program 
Listen to this program on radio channels 90.9 FM (Bangor) 89.7 FM (Calais), 106.5 FM (Fort Kent), 90.1 FM (Lewiston), 106.1 FM (Presque Isle), and 91.3 FM (Waterville)
or stream it live from Maine Public's website from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21.

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"Vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef to Climate Change and Local Pressures" with Climate Change Scientist Nick Wolff

November 20, 2017 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is under pressure from a suite of stressors including cyclones, crown-of-thorns starfish, nutrients from river runoff, and warming events that drive mass coral bleaching. Two key questions are: how vulnerable will the GBR be to future environmental scenarios, and to what extent can local management actions lower vulnerability in the face of climate change? In this lecture, Nick Wolff will present new research that addresses these questions and discuss the implications for the GBR's future.

In addition, he will present research examining the inequities that are likely to arise from climate change impacts on coral reef nations. Few countries are projected to experience coral reef impacts commensurate with their emissions. Of course, no coral reef 'wins' under climate change and ocean acidification, but some countries will likely experience relatively weak impacts of GHG emissions relative to emissions while most countries are relative losers. Not surprisingly, the greatest inequity will occur on the reefs of the world's poorer nations.

Wolff is a Climate Change Scientist with The Nature Conservancy, where he applies climate change data to support decisions and strategy development across the Conservancy's programs. His areas of expertise include spatial and climate modelling, data analysis, and the visualization, management, and dissemination of data.

Figure 1. Photos from the GBR before, during and after the 2016 mass bleaching event

Trained in biological oceanography, Wolff's PhD is based on integrating large-scale data sets with climate projections and ecological models to look at the relative benefits of different local management efforts for the Great Barrier Reef. He has thirty publications on topics such as climate change vulnerability, climate change inequity, climate change adaptation, coral reef resilience, conservation planning, connectivity, ecosystem services, biodiversity, tropical cyclones, and oceanography.

Wolff is a dual American and Australian citizen and loves exploring and photographing the diverse landscapes in both countries.

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"The Science and Pseudoscience of Earthquake Prediction": The Kibbe Science Lecture with Heather Savage

November 29, 2017 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The topic of this lecture is both timely and interdisciplinary. Earthquakes can have devastating impacts on human populations: over 9000 fatalities are attributed to the 2015 Nepal earthquake c. 150,000 to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the greatest suffering is often endured by populations living in poverty. Predicting earthquakes has thus been the primary objective of many researchers, including speaker Heather Savage.

Savage is a renowned expert in the field of seismology and is Distinguished GeoPRISMs Lecturer on the faculty of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. She will speak about earthquakes, seismic risk, the science/pseudoscience of predicting the next big quake, and the implications for society. 

This lecture is a collaborative production of the GeoPRISMS distinguished lecturer program, the Kibbe Science Lecture fund, and the Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science. 

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"How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate" with Andrew Hoffman

November 30, 2017 6:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. In this lecture, Andrew Hoffman will examine what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Hoffman makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.  

Hoffman is Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.

Copies of Dr. Hoffman's book How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate will be on sale the evening of the event, and at the Bowdoin College Bookstore.

Before the lecture, there will be a dinner, open to the Bowdoin community, from 5:00-6:00 in Mitchell North, Thorne Hall.

This event is sponsored by Bowdoin Student Scientists and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Oceanographic Science, and the Environmental Studies Program.

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Exhibit Talk: The Science of Color with Stephen G. Naculich

February 9, 2018 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
HL Second Floor Gallery

Join LaCasce Family Professor of Natural Sciences Stephen G. Naculich for a discussion of the science of color. Presented as part of the Library's exhibit talk series for the Spring 2018 exhibition On A Different Wavelength: A Celebration of Color in Books.

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"A Brief History of Environmental Success" National Academy of Sciences Arthur L. Day Lecture Series with Susan Solomon

April 11, 2018 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, 315

Humans have faced a series of national and global environmental challenges in the past half-century, including smog, the use of lead in gasoline, ozone depletion, and much more. In his talk, Susan Solomon reveals how combinations of science, public policy, industry participation, and the engagement of citizens succeeded in addressing past environmental challenges and probes how the lessons learned help us understand how to better manage today's environmental problems, including climate change.