Family Weekend (October 24, 2017)

October 24, 2017 by Office of the President

To the campus community,

On Friday, October 27, 2017, as part of Family Weekend, we will have a series of exciting programs that I cordially invite you to attend.

Our Common Hour: Arnold D. Kates Lecture speaker is Erin O’Shea, President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University.

Her talk, “How and Why Cells Keep Time: The Cyanobacterial Circadian Clock” will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Dr. O’Shea will be discussing aspects of the work that led to this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine. Among other things, she will explain how the parts of the circadian clock were identified and work together to keep time, and the similarities and differences between the simplest organism that has a circadian clock and the clock inside our cells. 

The Common Hour talk will be followed by the President’s Summer Research Symposium, which will highlight research projects conducted by our students during the summer of 2017. The symposium, which begins at 1:45 p.m. and will be held in Morrell Gym, provides an opportunity for students to present their summer research during a poster session. Families, faculty, staff and fellow students are invited to attend this celebration of student research and creativity and engage in conversation with the student presenters about their work.

We will conclude with the annual Sarah and James Bowdoin Day Ceremony, which will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. Our keynote speaker will be Hadley Horch, associate professor of biology and neuroscience and director of the Neuroscience Program. The title of her talk is “Taking a Peek at Our Brains: Zombies, Mutants, and Grandmothers.” The student speaker will be Ian Ward ’20. The title of his talk is “Homo loquens: Speaking Latin and Living the Liberal Arts.”

Traditionally Bowdoin faculty and staff have attended the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day ceremony, and I hope that those with academic regalia will march in the academic procession. I invite you to join in celebrating our students who have excelled in the classroom, and you have been important participants in their success. 

We will assemble in academic regalia at 3:40 p.m. in front of Searles Science Building. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception in Drake Lobby, Memorial Hall.

I hope to see you at these events.