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Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Tips for Runners

Some 6,000 runners will be lining up early tomorrow morning to take part in the 17th running of Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79′s TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Each year the race attracts elite runners from across the globe, as well as recreational runners and first-time racers, too. Joanie shares pearls of Olympic gold-winning wisdom for those taking their first steps across a starting line, including the existential: “Run your own race; don’t run anyone else’s race.”

Read how Joanie’s commitment to sustainability has informed the race she founded.

Bowdoin Environmental Fellows Work for a Healthier Maine

This summer, 11 Bowdoin students with environmental fellowships are working in Maine and contributing, in a range of ways, to protecting our natural resources. One is interning for a consulting and engineering firm; another is creating an economic impact study of bicycling in Maine. Others are working for town planning offices, environmental advocacy groups and land trusts.

The students all have fellowships from Bowdoin’s Community Matters in Maine environmental program. Two grants in this program — the Psi Upsilon and the Logan Environmental fellowships — focus on the environment; the other grants provide students with opportunities to work on civic or social issues. With these donor-backed fellowships, students can explore potential careers and help nonprofits that might not have the budgets to pay them a wage.

This video features three Psi Upsilon fellows and two Maine organizations: Madeline Davis ’16 and Simon Pritchard ’16 at Portland’s Environmental Health Strategy Center, and Wilder Nicholson ’16 at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Ever Greening the Beach to Beacon

Marathon matriarch and Trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is all about goals. With a track record that includes the gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, not one but two Boston Marathon wins, and one in the Chicago Marathon, it’s clear Joanie, as she’s known to friends and admirers the world over, is a force of nature.

Saturday, August 2, 2014, brings the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, which she founded, back to her hometown, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The race, attracting some 6,000 runners in its 17th year, becomes increasingly greener each year.

The greening of the B2B includes efforts ranging from composting and recycling (diverting an estimated 67% of the event’s waste from the landfill), to the elimination of all pre-race printed marketing materials, and a commitment to providing locally produced food and beverages to runners. “I believe that conservation is to environment what prevention is to health,” says Benoit Samuelson. “The two are really inextricably linked.”

Summer Harvest: Bowdoin Garden Crew Brings New Plot to Life

The new garden on Harpswell Road is producing a bounty of vegetables and flowers this year under the direction of Bowdoin Organic Garden manager Sara Cawthon and her crew. Earlier in the summer, the radishes were the size of plums, and were so abundant that the dining hall chefs had to be inventive in how they used them.

In this video, garden interns Elina Zhang ’16 and Tara Palnitkar ’16 give a brief tour of the plot, showing off the basil, lettuce, watermelon and other crops that the carefully amended and tended soil is producing. The 1/3-acre garden joins the Bowdoin gardens out on Pleasant Street and South Street for a total of 1.5 acres.

Interning at Maine’s Iconic Store — In Japan

STASIW_LLBEAN_062514-5Greg Stasiw ’15 has a paid internship this summer with L.L.Bean, working for its inventory team. This seems a normal enough job for a college student in Maine — until you learn that he’s based in Tokyo.

L.L. Bean, which has had its headquarters in Freeport, Maine, for 102 years, expanded into Japan in 1992 and now has 19 stores throughout the country. This is the first summer the outdoor retailer has hired a Bowdoin intern to work in one of its Japanese branches. Read the full story.

Save the Family Dinner (The Atlantic)

smart phone dinnerIncreasingly, people are eating alone. And not just the twenty-somethings you’re picturing eating takeout while they binge-watch Netflix. The majority of Americans living with a family member report fewer mealtimes together today than when they were growing up. Not to mention that the average American eats one in every five meals in his or her car.

So what do we lose when we forgo eating with others? Children who eat separately from their parents are more likely to be obese, whereas those who eat with their parents are healthier and show better performance in school. We lose the sense of community that comes from taking time to put away phones and work worries and catch up with one another over food.

Read more from The Atlantic on how to “eat better, not just from a nutritional perspective, but from a psychological one as well.”

Cash Points, Car Parks and Gardens, Oh My! (Mental Floss)

Confused book128If you’re an American who’s ever been told to put your rubbish in the bin, you were probably mildly bemused. And you were probably talking to someone British, who wanted you to toss your trash in the garbage can.

The language might still be called English, but there are a number of surprising discrepancies that occur when you cross the pond. For example, on this side of the pond, we would refer to the things in the headline above as ATMs, garages and backyards.

Frogpocalypse: Bowdoin’s Wheelwright on How Mysterious Frog Die-off Raises Warning (NBC News)

Mysterious Frog Die-Off Raises Warning from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, and chair of the Biology Department, documents what “was like a nuclear detonation” in his backyard pond when more than 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died within a day. As Wheelwright tells NBC News, and as he and his collaborators at the University of Tennessee reported in a study published by Herpetological Review, the culprit is likely an insidious type of virus.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Winners Present Their Research


The 2014 MMUF Fellows along with MMUF alumni Emily Coin ’14 and Tiffany Ebrahim

Last week in Druckenmiller Hall, this year’s ten Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) researchers presented five weeks worth of research to professors, faculty advisors, and fellow students at the 2014 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Summer Research Colloquium. The MMUF is named for Benjamin E. Mays, former president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. The Fellowship supports students from underrepresented minority groups in becoming scholars, with the aim of increasing the number of these students who pursue PhDs, as well as encouraging diversity in academia. This summer, the MMUF brought together students and faculty mentors from Bowdoin College and from the University of  the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Read more about the fellows.

America’s Favorite Place Is in Maine, Naturally (ABC News)

The North and South Bubble Mountains behind Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park

The North and South Bubble Mountains behind Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park













The results are in, and America’s favorite place is: Acadia National Park. Good Morning America‘s search for “your favorite place in America” brought in an “overwhelming” number of responses, which rated Acadia higher than places such as Lake Tahoe and the Chicago waterfront. The beauty of Mount Desert Island’s Cadillac Mountain, Bass Harbor Head lighthouse, and more attract — and apparently impress — hordes of visitors each year, no doubt contributing to Maine’s reputation as “Vacationland.”