Bowdoin continues to be a magnet for illustrious awards, with several major grants totaling more than $1.6 million awarded to faculty and programs at the College in recent months. ”Every year, Bowdoin’s faculty and programs demonstrate an impressive ability to secure prestigious support and funding for a diversity of academic undertakings,” said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.
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Two of the recent awards focus on science research at the College: Assistant Professor of Biology Jack Bateman won a $797,395 NSF CAREER grant to support his lab’s genetics research, education, and outreach activities, while the Beckman Scholar’s Program awarded Bowdoin $104,000 to support four mentor-student pairs undertaking research related to chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine. ”These awards are testament to the College’s success at combining intensive and cutting-edge research with the breadth and individual attention of an intimate liberal arts education – a quality that provides extraordinary opportunities for our students and distinguishes Bowdoin among its peers,” Judd said.
From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bowdoin recently received $500,000 for four more years of continued participation in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, supporting the research of promising students who will bring cultural and intellectual diversity to the teaching faculties of colleges and universities, and an additional $116,000 to support a summer exchange program with the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The College also received $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the college’s Oliver Otis Howard Papers.
See the full lists of awards received by Bowdoin faculty and programs in the previous fiscal year.
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Field biologist Arthur Middleton ’01, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, takes issue with the popular notion that wolves “fixed a broken Yellowstone by killing and frightening elk.” Read the fascinating New York Times op-ed piece, “Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?“
Unknown Artist, Buckle,ca. 220 BC, jade/jadeite
5 1/4 in. x 2 5/8 in (13.33 cm. x 6.67 cm.) Gift of Mrs. Frederick Blackmore.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, like most museums, sits on a trove of art and artifacts that rarely gets displayed. To give students a chance to see some of these treasures, the museum recently offered special tours to Bowdoin students, providing a rare opportunity to see museum areas normally restricted to staff members.
The storage facility, located beneath the museum and extending underground to the next-door Visual Arts Center, holds approximately 20,000 pieces of artwork in a space roughly the size of two classrooms. Roughly 1,200 of these works are paintings; the rest are prints, photographs and objects.
“It is always a lot of fun to assess the collection and spend time down here going through the artworks,” Museum Curator Joachim Homann told the 15 or so students on the tour. “We always find something new and always find fresh ways and angles to look at the art we have.” Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
The Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team won its second consecutive NESCAC Championship in the second-longest game in school history, 3-2, over Amherst in double-overtime Sunday. Junior John McGinnis scored the game-winning goal 22 seconds into the second extra session. Watch a replay of the game-winner here. The Polar Bears were the only NESCAC team to earn a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and will travel to play at Oswego in the first round on Wednesday evening.
The women’s hockey team was tripped up by Williams in its bid to repeat as NESCAC Champions, as the Polar Bears fell 4-1 to the Ephs Sunday afternoon. The game featured a match-up of former Bowdoin players behind the bench, as former teammates squared off as coaches with Bowdoin’s Marissa O’Neil ’05 and Williams’ Meghan Gillis ’07 leading their teams to the conference final.
Last year’s Global Citizens gathered recently with the 2014 Global Citizens at the McKeen Center. The former travelers will mentor this year’s grant recipients, helping them prepare for their summertime trips.
The McKeen Center has announced its 2014 Global Citizens — seven Bowdoin students who will receive grants to spend the full summer learning through direct service in communities around the world. They are headed to Ghana, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Nepal, South Africa and Zambia to work with organizations addressing poverty, human trafficking, public health, education, and women’s empowerment. Read about the 2014 Global Citizens’ summer plans.
Nordic Skiing - Bowdoin College nordic skiers James Crimp and Kaitlynn Miller closed out the most successful season in program history by competing in the final day’s freestyle events at the NCAA Skiing Championship.
Women’s Lacrosse - Krista Zsitvay scored four goals to lead the Amherst women’s lacrosse team to a 9-4 win over Bowdoin in NESCAC action Saturday at Pratt Field.
Men’s Lacrosse - Franklin Reis scored five goals and assisted on three others to rally the Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team to a comeback win over Amherst on Saturday at Ryan Field, 17-15.
Women’s Ice Hockey - The Bowdoin College women’s ice hockey team advanced to their second straight NESCAC Championship game following a 4-2 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon at Williams.
Men’s Ice Hockey - The Bowdoin men’s ice hockey team defeated top seeded Trinity 5-4 to advance to the NESCAC Championship on Saturday evening.
Gathered around the end of a long cedar table in Massachusetts Hall on a recent Wednesday night, three Bowdoin students were taking a study break, replacing the rigors of writing papers for the rigors of analyzing poetry.
They were there as members of Manic Semantics, Bowdoin’s newly formed poetry society. Founded by sophomores Jesse Ortiz and Peter Yanson this semester, the club aims “to provide a space for engaged and enthusiastic students to discuss poetry in a fun, but still serious, atmosphere,” club president Oritz said. “We’re not trying to publish anything or focus on a specific type of poetry.” Read the full story by Amanda Spiller ’17.
Student cooking maestros recently faced off to see who could make the most gourmet — and tastiest — vegetarian meal in one hour. Every year at the annual Polar Chef Competition in Thorne Dining Hall, two teams of students who work in Bowdoin’s dining halls compete for best dish.
Judges this year included Karen Mills, former head of the Small Business Administration and wife of President Barry Mills, chemistry professor Richard Broene, One Card Coordinator Chris Bird ’07, and Shannon Grimes ’14. Team Thorne consisted of Captain Karla Olivares ’17, Winston Antoine ’16, Sivgech Chheng and Chandy Eng (the latter two are exchange students from Cambodia). Team Moulton was made up of Captain Hunter White ’17, Kevin Ma ’17, Victor Leos ’16 and Alex Osha ’14.
Both teams were told ahead of time that they would be tasked with incorporating seitan, tofu, and/or kelp in their meal. Team Thorne made a seitan taco with mango and cilantro, served with rice, and an arugula salad with tofu and avocado dressing (plus beautiful apple swans as a plate garnish). Team Moulton – ultimately deemed the winner – made a grilled seitan kebab with chimmichurri citrus-herb sauce, served with a cucumber noodle salad featuring Maine kelp.
See a slideshow of the competition.
Women’s Basketball - Jade Desroches scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Castleton State College women’s basketball to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win in a 64-62 upset over Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
Men’s Basketball - The Bowdoin men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end in a 72-66 loss to Richard Stockton in the opening round of NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday at Cabrini College.
Mark Swann ’84
“I was driving back from Boston, gripping the wheel, thinking to myself, ‘Be careful what you wish for’,” Mark Swann ’84 said, describing the advent of his remarkable career to a roomful of students at the McKeen Center. While Swann dreamed of being able to make an impact on the most needy, he also knew that by accepting the Preble Street job he would be throwing himself into an all-consuming task.
Swann was 28 when he travelled from Boston to Portland to interview for an executive position with Preble Street, a homeless shelter that at the time had “daunting goals.” Its mission to help the homeless in Maine’s largest city was overwhelming the two-employee, one-room facility with a $110,000 annual budget. When he was hired, Swann, just six years out of college, was asked to transform the way Portland treated its homeless population. Read the full story by Julie Piñero ’14.