We’ve all heard them, even if we claim we never tell them: so-called “stupidity jokes” that target a certain nationality or ethnic group. A British researcher has found this to be something of a global phenomenon, and just about everyone gets picked on. There’s one exception: “The Great American Lawyer Joke Cycle of the 1980s” didn’t make it outside the U.S.
Acting can be tough, especially when the script calls for a dangerous action scene. Good thing the stars can call on stunt doubles willing to do the scary stuff—folks who look just enough like the real thing that they can fool an audience. That’s just what Bowdoin’s Tony Molinari (Class of 1996) does for actor Mark Ruffalo. Here’s a look at Tony and a bunch of other stunt doubles who make it all look so easy.
Sage Santangelo ’12 grew up playing ice hockey on boys’ teams and spent her weekends at Bowdoin stopping hockey pucks as the goalie for the women’s ice hockey team. She’s a competitor. That’s why today, as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, she is urging the military to allow women to train to the same strength and endurance standards as their male counterparts. Only then, Santagelo argues, will women be able to excel in combat.
Baseball: The Bowdoin College baseball team won its northern debut on Friday at Trinity, 4-2, behind seven strong innings from Erik Jacobsen. The Polar Bears improve to 9-3-1 (1-0 NESCAC) with the win while the Bantams fall to 4-9 (0-1 NESCAC).
All of are used to watching fast-moving human and animal life. Slow moving things like coral and sponges? Not so much. Here’s a stunning look at “slow life” that doesn’t take very long to watch. For an explanation, visit Director Daniel Stoupin’s photography blog.
Right now Bowdoin is a writing powerhouse. No fewer than four illustrious writers – Susan Faludi, Russ Rymer, Jaed Coffin, and Sarah Braunstein – are on campus this year as visiting faculty members, joining Professor of English Brock Clarke to teach courses in fiction and creative nonfiction.Read excerpts from their books: Sarah Braunstein’s The Sweet Relief of Missing Children • Brock Clarke’s The Happiest People in the World • Jaed Coffin’s A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants • Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream • Russ Rymer’s Paris Twilight
Between the five of them they have authored a wide array of published works – books on feminism, articles on science, novels, memoirs, short stories, and more. “Having these distinguished writers with us is an inspiration and invaluable resource for our students,” said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.
As part of a series of readings by the visiting writers, Rymer will read from his novel Paris Twilight on March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Massachusetts Hall.
A Bowdoin ornithologist, two artists and a composer have collaborated on an evocative new art installation that warns viewers of collapsing songbird populations while mesmerizing them with its moving images and music.
The installation, called Quiet Skies, will be at the Kala Gallery in Berkeley, Calif., through Sunday, March 30. The artists behind the multimedia presentation are printmaker Barbara Putnam, a former Bowdoin Coastal Studies Scholar, and two Boston University faculty: Associate Professor of Art Deborah Cornell and Professor of Music Richard Cornell. They worked with Nat Wheelwright, who is Bowdoin’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass professor of natural sciences. Wheelwright studies the behavioral ecology of birds.
While they work in different disciplines, the artists and scientist share something in common. They are all deeply concerned about the environment, and their work touches on the deleterious effect of humans on habitats and ecosystems.
Jef Boeke, class of 1976, spoke on All Things Considered yesterday about a new synthetic yeast chromosome he and his team have created in their lab from long strings of DNA.
“It’s a milestone in the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology,” NPR’s Richard Harris reports. “In this case, the near-term goal is to understand the genetics of yeast, and eventually the genetics of us.” Humans have similar chromosomes to yeast. Boeke and other scientists are using this research to try to answer “big questions, such as what is in DNA that keeps one species separate from the next.”
Boeke is director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, and part of an international consortium that is trying to build the remaining 15 yeast chromosomes.
Exclamation points have worked their way into much of the text we write and see every day, appearing in everything from restaurant receipts (Please let us know how we did!!!) to bathroom signs (Toilet paper only in toilet!!!).
Language purists worry we’re diluting the meaning of our words, and that we should only use exclamation points to express a high degree of emotion. But other linguists argue that language is always changing, “and exclamation marks are just one example of how we alter the way we speak and write to foster social connections and adapt to changing modes of communication,” such as smart phones. ”By responding to people the same way they communicate with us, we bond.”