Faculty Profile: Biologist, Genetics Education Advocate, and Ferocious Drummer Jack Bateman

jackbateman-256x384Jack Bateman, Bowdoin’s Samuel S. Butcher Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences, talks chromosomes, education and The Princess Bride, in this third installment in our series of faculty profiles.

In these short Q&As, faculty members answer questions about their research, teaching and non-academic interests. Read the story.

Bowdoin’s Marcos Lopez on Farmworker Rights in Mexico (Los Angeles Times)

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Marcos Lopez

The Los Angeles Times taps Assistant Professor of Sociology Marcos Lopez for his insight for the article “Mexico Growers, Striking Farmworkers to Hold Direct Talks Amid Unease.”

Lopez, who has done research in that area, is quoted on the subject of growers negotiating with labor leaders amid media scrutiny. Read the article.

Why Not to Believe Every Medical Study That Makes Headlines (Vox)

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“Real insights don’t come by way of miraculous, one-off findings or divinely ordained eureka moments; they happen after a long, plodding process of vetting and repeating tests, and peer-to-peer discussion,” writes Julia Belluz from Vox.

The notion that progress doesn’t come quickly but often is a gradual learning process rings true in many areas, but especially in medical studies, says Belluz, where medical hype often takes precedent over research quality. In one instance, a study looked at 50 randomly selected ingredients from a cookbook and found that most of the foods had medical studies claiming they both cause and prevent cancer. It’s one indication of how our insatiable desire for flashy and immediate news has gone awry. Read the article here.

‘Wandering’ Jupiter Responsible for Unusual Solar System (Science Daily)

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Scientists who have long puzzled about why our solar system differs substantially from other planetary systems may now have an important clue.

Astrophysicists Konstantin Batygin and Gregory Laughlin say that one reason why our inner planets have unusually lower masses than other planetary systems lies in Jupitar’s migration paths. Read the article here.