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    The College opens for the year on this Thursday, notwithstanding the provision of the by-laws setting the fourth Thursday of September as the opening date.


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Polar Bears On The Road

The action is elsewhere today as the Bowdoin Polar Bears travel to Middlebury, Williams, and several other locations for a full day of athletic competition. With the exception of the Women’s Volleyball team (which takes on Tufts in Morrell Gymnasium at 2:00 p.m.), all of Bowdoin’s teams are away. Field hockey, football, and soccer fans can watch the action live on the Northeast Sports Network.

Women’s Golf at Mt. Holyoke Invitational (The Orchards Golf Course) 8:30 a.m.

Men’s Golf at the Williams Invitational (Taconic Golf Course) TBA

Sailing at Women’s Mrs. Hurst Bowl (Dartmouth) 9:30 a.m.

Sailing at Hatch Brown Trophy (MIT/BU) 9:30 a.m.

Sailing at Boston Harbor Invitational (BC) 9:30 a.m.

Women’s Soccer at Middlebury 11:00 a.m. – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Rugby at Tufts 11:00 a.m. - WATCH LIVE

Men’s Soccer at Middlebury 12:00 p.m. - WATCH LIVE

Field Hockey at Middlebury 12:00 p.m. - WATCH LIVE

Women’s Volleyball vs. Tufts 2:00 p.m.

Football at Williams 2:00 p.m. - WATCH LIVE


Conn College Deals Women’s Volleyball First Home Loss Since 2012

VolleyballThe Connecticut College women’s volleyball team stunned Bowdoin, 3-0, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference opener for both squads on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium. The Camels improve to 3-2 (1-0 NESCAC) with the win while the Polar Bears, the top-ranked team in the latest New England Women’s Volleyball Association poll, fall to 8-2 (0-1  NESCAC) with just their second home loss in their last 54 home games.

Science research delivers humor, spurs curiosity (The Chronicle of Higher Education)


“The Stinker,” the official mascot of the Ig Nobel Prizes.

What does research on treating nosebleeds with cured pork and a study about appearing in front of a polar bear in a reindeer costume have in common? They are both imaginative works that “make people laugh and then think,” according to Annals of Improbable Research, a scientific satirical magazine that awarded the Ig Nobel Prizes to those studies, among others. The magazine awards the prizes annually to highlight unusual research that may appeal to both the scientist and layperson. Characteristic of the magazine’s promise to incorporate humor with science, the ceremony’s winners are physically given their prizes by actual (bemused) Nobel Laureates. Read the article here.


Video Preview: Bowdoin Football Opens 2014 Campaign at Williams Saturday

The Bowdoin College football team will kick off its 123rd season Saturday as they travel to play Williams College at 2 p.m. Both squads will be looking for bounce-back years, as the Polar Bears are coming off a 3-5 campaign in 2013, while the Ephs finished at 2-6. Read the full preview.  

The Northeast Sports Network will provide live coverage of the game in Williamstown

Click to watch preview on mobile devices

Zeeman on Tipping Points and Environmental Resilience

zeeman2Mathematics professor Mary Lou Zeeman kicked off this year’s faculty seminar series with a talk titled “Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points and Resilience,” stressing the importance of bringing together the studies of math and the environment. In each weekly lunch seminar, faculty from across Bowdoin’s curriculum gather for a presentation by one of their colleagues, who is typically returning from a sabbatical devoted to research or an artistic project.

Environmental sustainability depends on the integration of a whole array of disciplines, Zeeman said – policy, economics, environmental science, and more – and mathematicians have the capability of bridging all of them. “But that requires an incredible amount of interdisciplinary courage,” she said. “We’ve got to train our students to do this, and give them that courage.”

Read on to learn why it’s so important to quantify environmental resilience.

A Cappella Groups Sing For New Members

All six of Bowdoin’s student a cappella groups performed recently in the Bowdoin Chapel to show off their talents and attract inspiring vocalists to audition. The groups — The Longfellows, Bellamafia, BOKA, Miscellania, Ursus Verses and the Meddiebempsters — sang two songs each in the concert.

Eliminate Your Bad Habits in Three Steps (Fast Company)

Isolated Road Sign: Changes

From biting our nails, to buying a candy bar at lunch, to compulsively checking Facebook, many of us repeat our bad habits because they have become ingrained as part of our daily routines. According to Wendy Wood, provost professor of psychology and business at the University of Southern California, bad habits are difficult to break because cues in our daily routines remind us of the urge to engage in the habit until it’s completed. The good news is that identifying the cues that trigger our bad habits can help us change them. Read the article here.


Upcoming Bowdoin Events to Be Streamed Live on the Web

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Interested in an upcoming lecture, presentation or performance but can’t make it to campus? If so, you should know that the College keeps adding to the number of events that will be streamed live on the Internet or recorded and archived on BowdoinTalks.
Upcoming live presentations include:
New listings will appear under “Happening on Campus” on the Bowdoin homepage and on the calendar section of the website. Just go to Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page or to the Bowdoin Daily Sun on the date and time listed above, and you’ll get a front-row seat!
And for those who want to follow the Polar Bears this fall, just click on the “Live Coverage” tab on the athletics website.

On Scottish Independence: ‘It’s the Psychology, Stupid’ (The Telegraph)

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As the referendum for Scottish independence approaches, Ian Robertson, professor of psychology at Trinity College Dublinexplains why the Scottish Yes campaign is gaining momentum. The social movement behind the yes campaign reveals the class divisions in a country where “those in the lower socio-economic echelons get sick more often and die younger for reasons purely to do with their status,” according to Robertson.

While a Yes vote for Scottish independence may provide a psychological respite for the tens of thousands of working-class Scots seeking strong socially democratic policies, Robertson is cautious of the economic impact of such a move. The small heavy public-spending country would likely see tax increases and systematic cuts to income that may cause the Yes campaign to reconsider its movement. Read the article.

Ultra Sharp TV Image Proves a Hard Sell (The Economist)



Ultra HD TV

If high-definition (HD) televisions appear to be all too common among American households, then TV makers may have good reason to introduce something new. Compared to HD sets, the new ultra-high definition (UHD) televisions promises to provide quadruple the number of pixels on the screen. But with UHD prices dropping and strong content already available, TV makers have been frustrated with the slow response of consumers to replace their HD sets.

Nick Valery of The Economist hypothesizes that the fast internet connections that UHD requires may make it inaccessible for all consumers. More importantly, Valery wonders whether UHD is “merely a stop-gap measure, while screen makers devise cheaper ways of producing OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays.” Read the article.