Jeffrey Selinger, assistant professor of government at Bowdoin, spoke to NECN yesterday about the political fallout from Sen. Olympia Snowe’s recent decision to step down from her long-held Senate seat. ”The political implications couldn’t be bigger,” Selinger said. “It will become a question of who will control the Senate.” He said Snowe’s announcement gives Democrats a chance at a seat they never expected to get.
Bowdoin professors have been in demand by news reporters to comment on Snowe’s resignation announcement, as well as the possible political repercussions of her decision. Chris Potholm, a government professor with a specialty in Maine politics, has been interviewed by The Boston Globe, Bangor Daily News, MPBN, Roll Call and other media outlets.
Women’s Basketball — The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team rallied from a seven-point second half deficit to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 75-68, in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday evening at Ithaca College. The win moved the Polar Bears to the second round for the 12th straight year, according to the Portland Press Herald. Bowdoin’s NCAA streak is the longest in Division III basketball, the paper reported.
New research indicates that women 85 and older can at last stop dieting, according to scientists at Tel Aviv University, who’ve published their findings in the Journal of Aging Research.
According to the study, excess fat on women over 85 has a protective effect. “Researchers say elderly people who were overweight had a lower risk of death than those who were underweight or had a normal body weight,” according to MSN NZ’s Health Hub. “This is because heavier people have lower rates of osteoporosis — making them less likely to fall and injure themselves. Obesity also provides extra energy in times of trauma and stress, keeping older people alive for longer when they are unable to eat.”
However, the scientists warned that obesity brings other ailments to older people.