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Off the Shelf: Professor of Anthropology Scott MacEachern

We're visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. In this video, Anthropology professor Scott MacEachern talks about an unusual book translated into English and published in 1995.

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Bill De La Rosa ’16 Named Hispanic Scholar of the Year

Bill De La Rosa ’16—a Truman Scholar, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Gates Millennium Scholar, and Michael and Susan Dell Scholar—has been selected as Hispanic Scholar of the Year.

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Analyzing African Pottery: Archaeology Meets Math in Groundbreaking Collaboration

"The key insight was realizing that you could treat pottery distributions the same way you could treat microbial distributions, which is the sort of cross-disciplinary perspective that a place like Bowdoin naturally encourages."

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Bowdoin Sociologist Wins Fellowship to Write about Mexican Farmworker Movement

Marcos Lopez recently won a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship in support of his ethnographic research. He is writing articles and a book on how the farmworkers in Baja, despite facing racism, violence and powerful employers, successfully fought to improve their living and working conditions.

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To Catch a Goat: An Interesting Approach to Invasive Species Eradication

"Anthropology is the study of human lives, but we also need to think about how the lives of humans are shaped by the animal and plant life around them."

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Maggie Acosta ’16 Presents Birthing Research at Development Conference

Senior Maggie Acosta applied to present her findings on reproduction in northern India at the International Development Conference held outside of Toronto in early February. Her submission was accepted, and she gave a talk at the event, which is geared toward students, academics and professionals engaged in international development and aid work.

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Students Study Hawai'i in Person

Professor of Sociology Nancy Riley and a group of students traveled to Hawai'i during the winter break to see first-hand what they had studied in Riley's fall sociology course, Cultural Encounters with/in Hawai'i.

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Prof. Riley: Making Sense of China's One-Child Policy

Professor of Sociology Nancy Riley has studied China's population issues for many years and has published widely on subject.

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Bowdoin's Newest Tenure-Track Faculty

Several tenure-track professors joined Bowdoin’s faculty this year to teach and do research in a number of fields — math, Romance languages, chemistry, digital and computational studies, theater and dance, Asian studies, history and sociology.

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Passamaquoddy Frances Soctomah ’14 Weaves Together Past and Present

When Frances Soctomah makes traditional Wabanki baskets, she uses softened wood cut from ash trees and sweetgrass collected from salt marshes. As she weaves, she carries on a tradition practiced for centuries by the Passamaquoddy people.

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In Chicago, Michelle Kruk ’16 Researches Gardening-Gentrification Link

This summer, Michelle Kruk '16 is volunteering at several urban gardens located in predominantly low-income, African American communities to explore the encroachment and process of gentrification in her home city of Chicago.

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Two Students Investigate Cultures Through the Lens of Food

Two Bowdoin students have academic grants from Bowdoin this summer to conduct research relating to food. While their topics are quite different — one is examining the possible impact of farm workers’ rights on small-scale farmers and the other is looking at an immigrant group’s assimilation — both are investigating areas in New York state.

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Maggie Acosta ’16 Studies Birthing and Pregnancy in India

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, set between the Himalayas to the east and the Taj Mahal to the west, is home to Maggie Acosta ’16 this summer, where she is studying how a government program affects women's experiences of pregnancy and giving birth.

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Helping One Person at a Time, Briana Cardwell ’17 Counters Racism

This summer, Briana Cardwell ’17 has a grant from Bowdoin to intern for the Boston chapter of the NAACP. She received a Preston Public Internet Career Fund Fellowship, allowing her to work at a nonprofit staffed entirely by volunteers.

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Round-Up: Fellowships, Scholarships Take Students Far Into Studies

This year, many Bowdoin seniors and alumni were awarded some of the country's most prestigious national fellowships and grants, helping them launch careers in academia, public service, medicine and more.

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Academic Awards, Karofsky Prize Presented on 2015 Honors Day

Bowdoin College held its 19th annual Honors Day ceremony on May 6 in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, to recognize the academic accomplishments of Bowdoin students.

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Professors Discuss Boko Haram, and Why We Should Pay Attention To It

Bowdoin's Africana Studies program recently organized a panel of professors to sit down and discuss the background and significance of Boko Haram.

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Bill De La Rosa ’16 Awarded Truman Scholarship

Honoring Bill De La Rosa's drive and focus to change immigration policy, the Harry S. Truman Foundation has awarded the junior with a $30,000 scholarship for graduate school.

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Courtney Chuang '15 receives the 2015 Sibley Prize in Sociology and Anthropology

Courtney Chuang '15, has been awarded the 2015 Sibley Prize. Each year the Sibley Prize is awarded to that member of the Senior class majoring in Sociology or Anthropology who has the highest mid-year general scholastic average in his/her Bowdoin Class.

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