Need an extra boost of confidence? Cross your arms. Looking for a creative breakthrough? Lie down. Want to be more empathetic with your friends? Mimic their facial expressions. Inc. has 11 positions and gestures that you can use to dramatically change your day to day interactions in the workplace or at home — a foolproof way of becoming a better you.
“I was driving back from Boston, gripping the wheel, thinking to myself, ‘Be careful what you wish for’,” Mark Swann ’84 said, describing the advent of his remarkable career to a roomful of students at the McKeen Center. While Swann dreamed of being able to make an impact on the most needy, he also knew that by accepting the Preble Street job he would be throwing himself into an all-consuming task.
Swann was 28 when he travelled from Boston to Portland to interview for an executive position with Preble Street, a homeless shelter that at the time had “daunting goals.” Its mission to help the homeless in Maine’s largest city was overwhelming the two-employee, one-room facility with a $110,000 annual budget. When he was hired, Swann, just six years out of college, was asked to transform the way Portland treated its homeless population. Read the full story by Julie Piñero ’14.
With the recent release of the federal budget comes the Obama administration’s proposal to spend an additional $5.23 billion over the next decade to help mitigate the doctor shortage. However, based on current demographic trends, today’s scarcity of primary care practitioners, the most common use of doctors, is destined to worsen, causing big hospitals to rush to hire as many primary care doctors possible. It’s projected that this run on primary care doctors will create oligopolies in markets across the nation. Read more about the issues facing health care reform and possible solutions.
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will jump into NCAA Tournament action Friday.
The men’s team will travel to Cabrini College in Pennsylvania, where they will battle Richard Stockton in a first-round contest that begins at 5:30 p.m. A complete preview of the game is available here. Watch a video interview with seniors Matt Mathias and Andrew Madlinger here. Fans can watch the game live at 5:30 here.
Meanwhile, in Morrell Gymnasium, the women’s team will host a four-team regional on Friday and Saturday. The Polar Bears will open against Castleton State on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Watch a preview of the regional. For a player’s perspective on the weekend, watch this video interview with junior Megan Phelps and sophomore Shannon Brady. Follow the game live on the Northeast Sports Network at 7 p.m. here.
Coby Horowitz, a nine-time cross-country and track All-American, ran the fastest mile race in NCAA Division 3 history. Competing in the Open New England Championships March 1, Horowitz clocked in at 4:00:41, beating the 4:00:96 record that has stood since 1997. The Boston Globe has more on Horowitz’s milestone.
Upgrade your reading experience: a soon-to-be-released Samsung app called Spritz can allow the the user to read upwards of 500 words a minute. Flashing one word at a time, Spritz marks the “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP) or “the precise point at which our brain deciphers each jumble of letters” by making the letter red and presenting the ORP of each word at the same space on the screen. This app allows people to instantly process information without having to even move their eyes. Try it out here.
Catastrophe struck in 1783 when a volcanic fissure in Iceland belched forth a lethal fog of hydrofluoric acid that spread across Europe, devastating the landscape and its inhabitants along the way. But according to volcano expert Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, that was nothing compared to the Siberian Flood Basalts eruption of 252 million years ago – which caused a change in climate that may be to blame for the largest extinction in history.
In a recent lecture titled ‘Volcanoes and the Great Dying,’ hosted by Bowdoin’s Earth and Oceanographic Science Department, Elkins-Tanton compared that major atmospheric change with the one going on today.
Elkins-Tanton is the director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science, a Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer, and an expert on all things volcano. Read more about her talk at Bowdoin.
Associate Professor of Government Laura Henry, an expert on civil society and social movements in Russia and the former Soviet Union, is tapped for her expertise in a Portland Press Herald article examining Russia’s actions in Ukraine and what’s at stake for the U.S.
Henry warns that Russian intervention in Ukraine could set a dangerous international precedent. Read the article.