Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel (English, Film Studies), Philip Camill (Environmental Studies; Earth and Oceanographic Science), Kristen Ghodsee (Gender and Women’s Studies), Samuel Putnam (Psychology), Patrick Rael (History), Shu-chin Tsui (Asian Studies; Film Studies), and Tricia Welsch (Film Studies).
“I am delighted to recognize each of these talented, respected, and dedicated faculty members,” said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd in announcing the promotions. ”Promotion to full professor highlights the tremendous contributions that these seven teacher-scholars have made to the Bowdoin community, and particularly the opportunities they provide to our students,” Judd said. “It’s invaluable for students to work with such extraordinarily gifted and committed teachers who are at the same time distinguished scholars, engaged in shaping their fields of study nationally and internationally.”
In an article published by Columbia Journalism Review, news literacy experts express concern that news consumption through social media platforms comes with a high risk of readers taking parody news articles seriously. By sharing or retweeting links they haven’t even read, people are perpetuating the spread of fake news and exacerbating the long-standing problem faced by satirists: that some people just won’t get the joke.
Bowdoin’s most recent Santagata lecturer, an anthropology professor at the New School for Social Research in New York City, teaches courses with titles like “Humans,” “Quasi-Humans,” “Non-Humans,” and “Culture, Politics, and Nature.” So what is Hugh Raffles’ academic focus, exactly?
“While you call him an anthropologist, that label doesn’t really fit,” said President Mills in an introduction to the talk. “He studies people, animals, and objects, and the relationships among them, and his writing crosses interdisciplinary boundaries of anthropology, life science, history, economics, philosophy, and other subjects.”
Author of the award-winning book Insectopedia, Raffles is known for the unconventional perspectives he brings to his work. In this spring’s Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture, he presented a reflection on the history of Manhattan neighborhoods like Marble Hill, inspired by a long walk in the company of two friends last summer. Read more about Raffles’ talk.
The ‘lead’ in your pencil is actually graphite — the stablest element of carbon, the element that makes diamonds. Researchers at Stanford recently discovered that, by controlling the structural transition between carbon atoms at the nanoscale, they can actually turn graphite into diamonds.