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Stop the Presses: Four Bowdoin Alumni Awarded Pulitzer Honors



Breaking news, rolled into a correction: As the Bowdoin Daily Sun first told you Tuesday morning, a number of alumni have earned Pulitzer honors, but sources tell us there are more than first reported.

Boston Globe reporter Joshua Miller ’08, and Globe editors Cynthia Needham ’99 and Scott Allen ’83 are part of the team awarded a Pulitzer in the Breaking News Reporting category for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt. Miller and Allen both reported for the Bowdoin Orient.

Mary Helen Miller ’09 — who was the Orient‘s opinion editor in her first year, features editor the year after, managing editor during her junior year, and co-editor-in-chief as a senior — was nominated as part of a team from the Chattanooga Times Free Press as finalists for their work on “Speak No Evil,” a series exploring the “no-snitch” culture that helps perpetuate a cycle of violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the South.



Whispering Pines: Pluck, Stuck, and High and Dry

Whispering PinesIn this month’s column, John Cross ’76 plies the waters of Lake Bowdoin.

There have undoubtedly been colder winters and snowier winters in Brunswick, but the winter of 2013-14 will be remembered for being experienced as a long and unpleasant one. Snow came early and fell late, midwinter thaws were comparatively brief interludes in a weather pattern that drew Arctic air southward. What we did not have on campus this year was the formation of a shallow lake on the quad, which in previous years inspired commentary in The Occident, the early April spoof of The Orient newspaper. Improved drainage systems underlying the grassy areas of the campus have made “Lake Bowdoin” an infrequent feature of the early spring landscape these days. As alumni can attest, it was not always thus.

Continue reading Whispering Pines: Pluck, Stuck, and High and Dry

Tony Molinari ’96: Stunt Double (Huff Post)

iStock_000001956089SmallActing can be tough, especially when the script calls for a dangerous action scene. Good thing the stars can call on stunt doubles willing to do the scary stuff—folks who look just enough like the real thing that they can fool an audience. That’s just what Bowdoin’s Tony Molinari (Class of 1996) does for actor Mark Ruffalo. Here’s a look at Tony and a bunch of other stunt doubles who make it all look so easy.

Bowdoin Grad: Women Should Train As Hard As Men in the Marine Corps (Washington Post)

Sage Santangelo '12

USMC Second Lieutenant Sage Santangelo ’12 is congratulated by Bowdoin President Barry Mills at her commissioning ceremony in front of the Bowdoin Chapel on Memorial Day 2012.

Sage Santangelo ’12 grew up playing ice hockey on boys’ teams and spent her weekends at Bowdoin stopping hockey pucks as the goalie for the women’s ice hockey team. She’s a competitor. That’s why today, as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, she is urging the military to allow women to train to the same strength and endurance standards as their male counterparts. Only then, Santagelo argues, will women be able to excel in combat.

Bowdoin Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

Mary Bonauto, Christopher Hill '74, Richard O. Prum, Harriet Wallberg

Mary L. Bonauto, Christopher R. Hill ’74, Richard O. Prum, Harriet Wallberg

Bowdoin College will award four honorary degrees at its 209th Commencement exercises Saturday, May 24, 2014. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the Quad in front of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to a civil rights advocate, a career diplomat, and two renowned scientists in the fields of ornithology and physiology. Read about the 2014 honorary degree recipients.

Laurie Lachance ’83 to be Inducted into Maine Women’s Hall of Fame (WCSH)

Laurie Lachance ’83, who became president of Thomas College in 2012, is being inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame this weekend. Lachance worked for nearly eight years as CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, and prior to that was the state’s economist for 11 years. Lachance spoke with WCSH’s Rob Caldwell on the magazine show, 207.

Bowdoin Wins Beckman Scholars Award for Scientific Research

Ketura (Kacey) Berry ’13, Bowdoin’s most recent Beckman Scholar, worked with biology professor Hadley Horch to study crickets’ ability to regrow neurons. Berry has gone on to a Fulbright research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany.Bowdoin is one of only 12 colleges nationwide to win the coveted Beckman Scholars Program award, receiving $104,000 to support the research of four student-mentor pairs over the next three years in fields related to chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine. The program’s mission is “to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation’s universities and colleges; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits.”

Even a nomination to apply for the award is an honor, said Bowdoin’s Director of Health Professions Advising Seth Ramus, who directs the Beckman Scholars program at the College. To be among the winners speaks to the exceptionally high caliber of science research and education at Bowdoin. “It says that we have a program that is excellent in the quality of our faculty and their research, and in our ability to mentor undergraduates for careers in science,” Ramus said.

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Bowdoin Receives Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Award


mellonmays2013Bowdoin has received $500,000 to support another four years of participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program, along with $116,000 for continued support of a summer exchange program with the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Named in honor of Benjamin E. Mays (former president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.), MMUF was instituted by the Mellon Foundation to identify promising students from underrepresented minority groups and support them in becoming scholars, with the aim of increasing diversity among faculty in higher education across the nation. Bowdoin, one of 81 institutions working with the Mellon Foundation to offer the fellowship, has produced 91 Mellon Mays Fellows in its 22 years of participation in the program.

Continue reading about the MMUF program at Bowdoin. 

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Arthur Middleton ’01 on the Wolf’s Rightful Place in the ‘Wrong’ Yellowstone Story (New York Times)

Young wolf staring at its chase. Isolated on white.

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?

Alumni’s Brewery Expands with MassDevelopment Loan

Night Shift Brewing founders Mike O'Mara, Michael Oxton '07 and and Rob Burns '07

Night Shift Brewing founders Mike O’Mara, Michael Oxton ’07 and Rob Burns ’07

When they were students at Bowdoin, they shared a passion for cooking and beer making. A few years later, Michael Oxton ’07 and Rob Burns ’07 teamed up with third partner Mike O’Mara to co-found Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Mass. After a successful first two years of operation, Night Shift is now expanding from a 3,000-square-foot facility to a 16,000-square-foot building. A $700,000 MassDevelopment loan will finance equipment and renovations in the new space, which will house the brewing operations and taproom. Read more about Night Shift’s expansion.