Harlem Children’s Zone President and CEO Geoffrey Canada ’74 and American Express CEO Ken Chenault ’73 are among Fortune magazine’s list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” comprising those who energize their followers and make the world a better place.
This January, a small number of Bowdoin history majors visited cities in France, Chile and England to dig deep into archives and pull out primary documents that opened windows onto history. Over the summer, two students did archival research in Chile and in Wisconsin.
Jennifer McMorrow ’14, Hillary Miller ’14, Georgia Whitaker ’14 and Jack Mensik ’14 traveled during winter break with funding from the Bowdoin history department’s Paul Nyhus Travel Grants. Eduardo Castro ’14 and Whitaker used the grants for research trips this summer. The awards range from $250 to $2,000, and are given to students to do archival research anywhere in the world, whether that’s in a community in Maine or half the world away. Read more.
That unsung hero — the elevator — has reached a milestone, and finally, after a century and a half of service, has earned some of the attention it so richly deserves.
Following disappointment bordering on aggravation by at least one history scholar and elevator expert that more has not been written about these small rooms that dangle from cables (“The lack of interest scholars have shown in the cultural life of elevators,” he writes, “is appalling.”) comes a new book, Lifted, by a German journalist who notes that even after 150 years, “We still have not exactly learned to cope with this … mixture of intimacy and anonymity.”
Read Leon Neyfakh’s Boston Globe piece “How the Elevator Transformed America,” which includes a clever video.
Men’s Lacrosse — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team held Bowdoin scoreless for a stretch of 41:18 and pulled away for a 10-4 win on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.
Softball — The Bowdoin softball team closed out spring break by splitting a pair of close one-run games Friday afternoon after beginning the day with a comfortable 7-4 win.
Scores listed are those available at time of publication.
A team of researchers has calculated that if people in Singapore adopted a shared fleet of driverless cars, they’d need one-third the vehicles they have now.
While this statistic would vary depending on the city or town, it’s fairly certain that communal fleets of autonomous cars would vastly cut down the number of cars on the road. “Today [in America], the average private vehicle is in use less than 10 percent of the time. Most of the day, cars are just sitting parked somewhere,” Rebecca Rosen writes in The Atlantic. “But with a shared fleet of autonomous cars, we’d be able to drastically increase the hours per day each cars was in use. Instead of driving your car to work and leaving it at the lot all day until you used it again, you’d only need the car for the duration of the drive. Then it’d go on to other things.”
While this would be bad news for the car industry and taxi drivers, it would also mean fewer parking lots and traffic jams. And in Singapore, at least, the average person would save $15,000 dollars each year.
Why lie? It may be tempting to stretch the truth a bit when you’re trying to sell someone on your product or performance capabilities. But the closer you stick to the facts, the better you can maintain credibility, manage expectations, and build trust (not to mention you avoid alienating those cynics who just don’t believe that a beauty product can make you look 30 years younger). Read more about the dangers of lies and exaggerations in Inc.