The six Bowdoin students who received Global Citizens Grants to spend their summers doing humanitarian work abroad returned to campus ready to start phase two of the grant. This means, in the words of Janice Jaffe, they must now “bring it back.” Jaffe is the McKeen Center’s associate director for community-based courses and research and coordinates the grant program. Continue reading World Travelers Begin Implementing Local Plans
Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, the latest book by Professor of Government and Gary M. Pendy Sr. Professor of Social Sciences Jean Yarbrough — has just been released.
Yarbrough was invited to share insight into her book and Roosevelt with readers of the political blog Power Line.
Julia Gomez ’15
Since arriving at Bowdoin last year, Julia Gomez ’15 has become an expert on the social natures of goldfish, as well as a kind of ichthyo-neurosurgeon.
Within days of arriving at Bowdoin, Gomez was invited to work in the lab of Rick Thompson, professor of psychology and neuroscience and the director of Bowdoin’s neuroscience program. Since then, she has been studying goldfish to pinpoint where and how estradiol, a type of estrogen, acts in the brain and how this hormone affects the interest male goldfish take in their female counterparts.
“We’re looking at how hormones influence behavior, particularly in a social context,” Gomez explained. Based on the results of her research, Thompson said he hopes to co-publish a paper with Gomez next year. Continue reading Studying Goldfish Brains to Better Understand Hormone-Behavior Link
The State of Indiana has approved Indiana University’s proposal to create an official School of Philanthropy. Housed at Indiana-Purdue University’s current Center for Philanthropy in Indianapolis, which was established in 1987 and will continue to be the program’s “research arm,” the new School of Philanthropy could be the world’s first program devoted to the undergraduate and graduate-level study and teaching of philanthropy.
This summer, artist Tariq Haq started working on his mosaic, Elements, in the cafeteria of the Harriet Beecher Stowe school. He got one-third of the way through before having to pause and travel to India to start a yearlong position as an art and English teacher at a school near New Delhi. Haq does plan to return and complete the other two walls, and will decorate one with a volcano to symbolize fire and the other with a wave to represent the element of water.