Larry Bock, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1981, has long been concerned about the declining number of young Americans entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That’s why he founded the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering. Bowdoin was a partner in the inaugural event in 2010 that attracted over 500,000 people, including neuroscience students from Bowdoin and the College’s acclaimed robotics team, Northern Bites. On this New Year’s Day, Bock is asking Americans from across the country to make a resolution to participate in the 2012 event, scheduled for April.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art and director Kevin Salatino win high praise from Portland Press Herald art critic Daniel Kany, who calls “Edward Hopper’s Maine” “the most beloved show of the year” for 2011. The exhibition also made the paper’s list of the top ten arts and entertainment events in Maine.
None of them are out yet, but the editors of Foreign Policy magazine have made a list of “smart books” they think we ought to read in 2012.