Bowdoin continues to be a magnet for illustrious awards, with several major grants totaling more than $1.6 million awarded to faculty and programs at the College in recent months. ”Every year, Bowdoin’s faculty and programs demonstrate an impressive ability to secure prestigious support and funding for a diversity of academic undertakings,” said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.
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Two of the recent awards focus on science research at the College: Assistant Professor of Biology Jack Bateman won a $797,395 NSF CAREER grant to support his lab’s genetics research, education, and outreach activities, while the Beckman Scholar’s Program awarded Bowdoin $104,000 to support four mentor-student pairs undertaking research related to chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine. ”These awards are testament to the College’s success at combining intensive and cutting-edge research with the breadth and individual attention of an intimate liberal arts education – a quality that provides extraordinary opportunities for our students and distinguishes Bowdoin among its peers,” Judd said.
From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bowdoin recently received $500,000 for four more years of continued participation in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, supporting the research of promising students who will bring cultural and intellectual diversity to the teaching faculties of colleges and universities, and an additional $116,000 to support a summer exchange program with the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The College also received $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the college’s Oliver Otis Howard Papers.
See the full lists of awards received by Bowdoin faculty and programs in the previous fiscal year.
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Field biologist Arthur Middleton ’01, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, takes issue with the popular notion that wolves “fixed a broken Yellowstone by killing and frightening elk.” Read the fascinating New York Times op-ed piece, “Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?“
Unknown Artist, Buckle,ca. 220 BC, jade/jadeite
5 1/4 in. x 2 5/8 in (13.33 cm. x 6.67 cm.) Gift of Mrs. Frederick Blackmore.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, like most museums, sits on a trove of art and artifacts that rarely gets displayed. To give students a chance to see some of these treasures, the museum recently offered special tours to Bowdoin students, providing a rare opportunity to see museum areas normally restricted to staff members.
The storage facility, located beneath the museum and extending underground to the next-door Visual Arts Center, holds approximately 20,000 pieces of artwork in a space roughly the size of two classrooms. Roughly 1,200 of these works are paintings; the rest are prints, photographs and objects.
“It is always a lot of fun to assess the collection and spend time down here going through the artworks,” Museum Curator Joachim Homann told the 15 or so students on the tour. “We always find something new and always find fresh ways and angles to look at the art we have.” Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
Mobile phones have evolved considerably since the mid-2000s. Modern mobile phones are nothing short of computers that can make calls, but laws concerning their use have not necessarily evolved accordingly. Writer William Saletan explores how the current laws against using phones while driving are irrelevant in this day and age. He explores how one small loophole in the law, such as using a mobile device hands-free, can be enough to overturn an entire court case.
The Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team won its second consecutive NESCAC Championship in the second-longest game in school history, 3-2, over Amherst in double-overtime Sunday. Junior John McGinnis scored the game-winning goal 22 seconds into the second extra session. Watch a replay of the game-winner here. The Polar Bears were the only NESCAC team to earn a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and will travel to play at Oswego in the first round on Wednesday evening.
The women’s hockey team was tripped up by Williams in its bid to repeat as NESCAC Champions, as the Polar Bears fell 4-1 to the Ephs Sunday afternoon. The game featured a match-up of former Bowdoin players behind the bench, as former teammates squared off as coaches with Bowdoin’s Marissa O’Neil ’05 and Williams’ Meghan Gillis ’07 leading their teams to the conference final.
That risk and return go hand in hand is fundamental to investing. Michael Kitces, a partner and director of research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, and publisher of the financial planning industry blog Nerd’s Eye View, shares insight on “The Simple Truth Investors Often Ignore.”
Last year’s Global Citizens gathered recently with the 2014 Global Citizens at the McKeen Center. The former travelers will mentor this year’s grant recipients, helping them prepare for their summertime trips.
The McKeen Center has announced its 2014 Global Citizens — seven Bowdoin students who will receive grants to spend the full summer learning through direct service in communities around the world. They are headed to Ghana, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Nepal, South Africa and Zambia to work with organizations addressing poverty, human trafficking, public health, education, and women’s empowerment. Read about the 2014 Global Citizens’ summer plans.
While cities are now distilled through Instagram filters, constructed on blueprints, and photographed for Google Street View, cities were once primarily represented in paintings. Giovanni Antonio Canal, who worked under the name Canaletto, painted paintings that are now “considered some of the great urban paintings” and give us “our sense of early 18th-century Venice and London.”
An artist in London has overlayed Google Map Street Views of Venice with Canaletto’s paintings in a striking visual comparison of how the city has evolved. See these striking pairings on The Atlantic.
Nordic Skiing - Bowdoin College nordic skiers James Crimp and Kaitlynn Miller closed out the most successful season in program history by competing in the final day’s freestyle events at the NCAA Skiing Championship.
Women’s Lacrosse - Krista Zsitvay scored four goals to lead the Amherst women’s lacrosse team to a 9-4 win over Bowdoin in NESCAC action Saturday at Pratt Field.
Men’s Lacrosse - Franklin Reis scored five goals and assisted on three others to rally the Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team to a comeback win over Amherst on Saturday at Ryan Field, 17-15.
Women’s Ice Hockey - The Bowdoin College women’s ice hockey team advanced to their second straight NESCAC Championship game following a 4-2 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon at Williams.
Men’s Ice Hockey - The Bowdoin men’s ice hockey team defeated top seeded Trinity 5-4 to advance to the NESCAC Championship on Saturday evening.
A reality of the circle of life is that many of us will find ourselves in the role of caregiver to our aging parents. For one thing, the costs associated with in-home care and assisted living residences can be prohibitive. For another, many adult children want to provide their parents with a greater level of care and attention than such services can provide. The Washington Post takes you through the laborious yet loving way Barbara Tucker Parker cares for her aging mother.