The United Nations believes it is crucial to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. To meet this target, a sharp decrease in greenhouse gas emissions is essential, with reductions coming from both the energy and agricultural industries. One possible solution, put forward by a Swedish research team, is implementing a tax or emissions trading scheme on livestock’s greenhouse gas emissions to modify consumer prices and encourage less meat eating. “Reduced ruminant meat and dairy consumption will be indispensable for reaching the 2 °C target with a high probability, unless unprecedented advances in technology take place,” the scientists assert. Tinkering with “food economics,” might just do the trick. Read more about their findings.
Join alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and others in a discussion of Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, moderated by Susan Bell, Bowdoin’s A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences and chair of the sociology and anthropology department, and Steven Loebs ’60, research associate at the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good and professor emeritus, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University. Fadiman is to join the conversation by phone and field questions.
The talk, which is sponsored by the McKeen Center, will be streamed live on Bowdoin’s website starting at 8 p.m. (EST). Watch it here. Viewers can participate by emailing questions to Fadiman and the moderators at email@example.com. Follow the discussion on Twitter with #spiritcatchesyou.
Hoyt Peckham ’95 has been awarded a 2014 Pew fellowship to continue his work incentivizing sustainable fishing. Peckham is the founder and director of La Paz, Mexico-based SmartFish, a nonprofit that enables small-scale fishermen to produce high quality, sustainably caught seafood by using ocean-friendly practices that reduce by-catch. Pew’s award will allow him to expand this program, first developed in Baja California Sur, throughout northwest Mexico to determine whether it could be replicated to restore value in fisheries around the world. The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation awards recipients $150,000 for a three-year project to address conservation challenges facing the oceans.
The American job market is currently struggling with a skills problem. Employers increasingly say that they can’t find qualified applicants, while young adults scramble to find jobs. To fix this problem, educators, nonprofits and industry captains joined together to discuss the issue at the Forbes Reinventing America forum. Suggestions include adding employers to the curriculum and teaching students about burgeoning industries, as well as training them on the types of basic skills needed to thrive in growing fields.
Researchers have recently discovered surprising new benefits to behavioral drugs. Studies indicate that drugs used to treat epilepsy or vision can actually return the brain to early periods of development — the times during childhood when the brain is acquiring new skills. Such medications can be utilized to rehabilitate alzheimer’s patients or stroke victims, and can even help adults quickly master new skills, such as learning an entire language.
Baseball: The Bowdoin College baseball team claimed a doubleheader split with Trinity on Saturday to earn a NESCAC East Division series win against the Bantams. The Polar Bears earned a 6-0 win in the opener before falling in a rain-shortened 4-3 loss in the nightcap. Bowdoin is now 10-4-1 on the year and 2-1 in conference play, while Trinity moves to 5-10 and 1-2 in league contests.
Men’s Lacrosse: The Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team jumped to an early lead and used a stifling defensive effort to defeat Trinity, 9-5, Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field. The Polar Bears improve to 7-2 (4-1 NESCAC) with the win while the Bantams fall to 3-5 (1-4 NESCAC).
Women’s Lacrosse: The Trinity College women’s lacrosse team scored four times in the final 2:44 to stun Bowdoin on Saturday, 9-8, at Sheppard Field. Seventh-ranked Trinity improves to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the NESCAC with its third consecutive win, while 18th-ranked Bowdoin drops to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the league with their second setback in a row.
Men’s Tennis: The Bowdoin College men’s tennis team came away with a win in its first northern match of the season, 6-2, Saturday over Brandeis. The 12th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 5-4 on the season while the 24th-ranked Judges fall to 5-4. The competition was called following eight matches due to rain.
Women’s Tennis: The seventh-ranked Bowdoin College women’s tennis team swept doubles play and coasted to a 7-2 win over #18 Tufts on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears are now 8-2 on the season, and 2-0 in NESCAC play.
Bates graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout is heading back to Maine—the site of a real-life horrific act that made it into the pages of her most recent novel, “The Burgess Boys.” Strout, who will speak at Bowdoin on Thursday, April 17, is profiled in the March 30 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.
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.