Students in Ed Laine’s Coastal Oceanography course teamed up with the Friends of Casco Bay to collect data on the health of eelgrass in Harpswell Sound and the Fore River in South Portland. The data from their multi-faceted study may help the state Department of Environmental Protection better understand the local marine ecology and draft regulations to protect it.
Continue reading Student Eelgrass Research Helping Maine Marine Effort
Recently, Sasha Davis ’13 and her boss, Jamie Silvestri, were driving down a street in Bath in the ArtVan, a bus covered in colorful murals painted by children. When they passed a troop of elementary school students, Silvestri warned Davis to “slow down and get ready,” Davis recalled. “Then all the kids looked up and started yelling, ‘ArtVan!’ ‘ArtVan!’ It was absolutely amazing.”
That kind of popularity greets the Art Van wherever it goes, Davis said, proving to her that what it does is working. ArtVan is a mobile arts therapy program run out of Bath, founded by Silvestrie to bring art classes to children and teens, and some adults, who live in low-income communities.
This summer, Davis, who is majoring in government and legal studies and minoring in education, has a McKeen Center Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship to fund her internship with ArtVan. She said the position fuses her interests in education, children, and the arts. Plus, it reflects her belief that art should be an integral part of childhood education. Continue reading A ‘Community Matters in Maine’ Fellow Rolls with the Arts
The new book Joshua Chamberlain: A Life in Letters, edited by historian Thomas Desjardin, who taught a Civil War course at the College in 2006, is reviewed in The Wall Street Journal.
“The most striking letter vividly describes his regiment’s harrowing experience at the battle of Fredericksburg, arguably the worst Union defeat in the war. On the morning of Dec. 13, 1862, Chamberlain’s men were held in reserve in the Virginia town of Fredericksburg while their comrades charged the seemingly impregnable Confederate infantry lines occupying a sunken road at the foot of Marye’s Heights, a ridge upon which enemy cannon were so thickly concentrated that one Confederate artillery officer boasted: ‘A chicken could not live on that field when we open on it.’ Observing the slaughter as blue-clad regiments were cut down while crossing the plain in front of the heights, Chamberlain scribbled in his notebook: ‘I see tears in the eyes of many a brave man looking on that sorrowful sight, yet all of us are eager to dash to the rescue.’”
Joshua Chamberlain: A Life in Letters is available from the Bowdoin College Bookstore.
Top 10 causes of death: 1900 vs. 2010. Graphic: New England Journal of Medicine
Using a chart from the New England Journal of Medicine, The Washington Post offers the piece “How We Die,” comparing causes of death in 1900 to those 110 years later. The chart, which ranks the top 10 causes of death for each year, shows the overall mortality decline, as well as the shift in what’s behind people’s deaths today. Heart disease and cancer have surged, from causing 18% of deaths in 1900 to 63% today. Meanwhile, we don’t have to worry too much any more about dying from gastrointestinal infections or tuberculosis.