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With Summer Grant, John Branch ’16 Helps Find Poverty Solutions

johnbranch-256x340In his second summer interning with Innovations for Poverty Action, John Branch ’16 is researching many unique ways in which impoverished people are improving their lives and their communities.

Innovations for Poverty Action, founded in 2002 by a Yale economist in New Haven, Conn., has an international network of more than 200 experts (primarily academics) and 500 staff who are researching solutions to reduce global poverty. The organization uses its findings to advocate for policies that have been proven effective. Read the full story.

Bowdoin Team Heads to Brazil for Robot Soccer World Cup

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Now that the FIFA World Cup contenders have finished battling it out, another international soccer competition is just getting started in Brazil — only this time, the players aren’t human.

Five Bowdoin students are on their way to Logan Airport this morning for a flight to João Pessoa, Brazil, for RoboCup 2014 — an annual competition between teams of autonomous, knee-high robots whose soccer-playing prowess reflects the skill and hard work of their programmers.

“Everything the robots do on the field is the result of a program written by students,” said Professor of Computer Science Eric Chown, coach and faculty advisor to the team, noting that the technology has made remarkable advances in the past decade. “We make progress every year, and over the years that’s a lot of progress.”

Read more about the exploits of Bowdoin’s robotic soccer team.

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Coastal Studies Symposium Previews Summer Research, Marine Lab Expansion

Lobster (Illustration credit: Abby McBride)Summer may be a break from classes, but right now things are busier than ever at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center: students and faculty have launched into scientific research projects investigating green crabs, blue mussels, lobsters, sea stars, eelgrass, fish, clams, and more. This week they converged to share their research with each other and with visiting audience members during the Coastal Studies Summer 2014 Research Symposium.

Fifteen students and seven faculty members from several departments and programs presented their research, ranging from studies that use marine organisms as models for understanding fundamental biological processes – locomotion in sea stars, for instance, or cardiac neural control in lobsters – to investigations of how coastal organisms and ecosystems are responding to environmental shifts such as rising ocean temperature and acidity.

In his introductory remarks, Coastal Studies Center director and Associate Professor of Biology David Carlon described not only the ecological changes that are taking place in the Gulf of Maine but also the changes in store for the Center and its on-site Marine Lab. Read more about it.

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Collecting Oral Histories of Maine Fishermen

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Audrey Phillips ’16 on Bowdoin’s campus

As part of its mission to preserve Maine’s fishing communities and help rebuild the Gulf of Maine’s fish stocks, a Brunswick-based advocacy group has been collecting oral histories from fishermen.

Sitting on a trove of these stories, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association this summer hired Audrey Phillips ’16 to put together videos based on the recordings. Phillips selects segments from the taped narratives and overlays them with photographs. To fund her summertime work, she has a Psi Upsilon Environmental fellowship through the Environmental Studies Program. This grant is part of the Community Matters in Maine Program, which is administered jointly by the McKeen Center and Environmental Studies.

The Fishermen’s Association will use the videos to help educate the public about Maine’s fishermen and the changing fishing industry. “We want to build interest in the general community about why we need to protect our fishing communities, our fishermen and our fisheries resource,” Ben Martens ’06, the association’s executive director, said. Read the full story.

Bowdoin and INBRE Collaborators Receive $18.4 Million Grant

Bowdoin is one of 13 participating institutions in a program that just received an $18.4 million grant to strengthen biomedical research and workforce training in Maine. The National Institute of Health awarded the five-year grant to the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), a coalition of Maine colleges, universities, and research institutions.

Danielle Dube (third from left) is one of two Bowdoin faculty members selected as individual investigators to be funded by Maine’s INBRE program. Van Tra ’13 (second from right) held a postbaccalaureate research position at Bowdoin through INBRE.

Danielle Dube (third from left) is one of two Bowdoin faculty members selected as individual investigators to be funded by Maine’s INBRE program. Van Tra ’13 (second from right) held a postbaccalaureate research position at Bowdoin through INBRE.

MDI Biological Laboratory, the coalition’s lead organization, noted in its recent announcement that this funding ensures the continuation of the INBRE program, which since 2001 “has brought more than $93 million in federal funds into Maine, improved the state’s research infrastructure, and trained more than 2,000 Maine students in biomedical research techniques.” At Bowdoin, INBRE funds a variety of biomedical research opportunities for both students and faculty each year, in addition to helping the College acquire equipment, supplies, and electronic journals to enhance research.

Continue reading about the Bowdoin research activities that will be funded by the new award.

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Summer Researchers Discover Kent Island (And Blog About It)

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Every summer, Bowdoin students join professors and researchers from other colleges and universities at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, a small Canadian island in the Bay of Fundy. This year’s student researchers are working on a wide variety of projects, from electronic music created using island sounds to a study of sea squirts and sponges — and from what we can see on their blogs, it looks like they’re thriving on the joys and trials of island life. Get a peek into their experiences.

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Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

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For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world. With this submitted data — which includes geographic locations, photos and quirky anecdotes, among other tidbits of info — Nina Underman ’15 is creating an interactive map, one she will continue updating throughout the summer.

The first summertime job map, also managed by Underman last summer, contained information provided by 202 students. Underman hopes to increase that number this time around. “My main goal is to get submissions,” she said. Students can fill out an online submission form.

Read the full story.

Bowdoin Rowing Wins Reading Amateur Regatta

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From left: Mary Bryan Barksdale ’15, Courtney Payne ’15, Sophie Berubé ’16, Emily Martin ’15, and Katie Ross ’14 took home gold at the Reading Amateur Regatta this weekend.

Bowdoin Rowing’s Varsity 1 Women’s boat won the Women’s Elite 4+ at the Reading Amateur Regatta Saturday, claiming Bowdoin’s first ever victory in an international regatta and continuing their undefeated streak for the year. Katie Ross ’14, Emily Martin ’15, Courtney Payne ’15, Mary Bryan Barksdale ’15 and coxswain Sophie Berubé ’16 took home the Jane Snow Trophy and made an indelible impression on the British rowing community. They beat out the British powerhouse Thames RC, one of London’s oldest and most prestigious rowing clubs, in the semifinals, then bested Boston’s Riverside Boat Club — who was favored to win the Henley — a mere two hours later in the finals.

In the Women’s Intermediate 4+ category, Bowdoin’s Varsity 2 women — Nora Hefner ’16, Erica Hummel ’16, Amy Spens ’15, Audrey DeFusco ’16, and coxswain Maddie Livingston ’16 — were defeated by only 2 boat lengths to a crew that went on to compete in the event’s final round. In the Women’s Intermediate Single Sculls, Liza Tarbell ’17 chased after a rower from Thames RC who went on to win the event.

The Henley Women’s Regatta opens Friday, June 20, 2014, and will include crews from Britain who were not at Reading, but head coach Gil Birney says Bowdoin goes into the HWR with a huge win under its belt. Row U Bears!

A Bowdoin Father’s Day


A Bowdoin Father’s Day from Bowdoin College (Video by Catherine Yochum ’15)

One of Bowdoin’s most celebrated dads visited campus this week with his daughter, just in time for Father’s Day.

Wil Smith ’00 enrolled at Bowdoin at age 27 with four-year-old Olivia in tow, and spent his college career juggling the roles of single parent, student, athlete, and member of the Navy Reserves. He went on to get a law degree and served for a decade as Associate Dean of Multicultural Students at Bowdoin, before becoming Dean of Community and Multicultural Affairs at the Berkshire School. Today, Olivia is getting ready to start her own college career at Howard University.

“He’s always putting other people before himself,” Olivia said, and “he never gives up.”

Listen to a recent NPR interview with Wil and Olivia, and read more about their incredible story.

Why Bowdoin Professors Love What They Do

What’s the best part about teaching at Bowdoin? Just ask these twelve professors of government, film studies, Africana studies, biology, art history, Romance languages, Asian studies, chemistry, biochemistry, and history. (And preferably, ask them while they’re decked out in academic regalia for Bowdoin College Commencement 2014.)


Why Bowdoin Professors Love What They Do from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.