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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.

Townies: Students Work for Brunswick, Topsham

Libby Szuflita ’15 and Violet Ranson ’16 are mapping parts of Topsham and Brunswick this summer to help local administrators make land-use decisions that will improve town life and reconcile the sometimes conflicting needs of residents, businesses and wildlife.<

The students — who are both majoring in environmental studies and sociology — are working in the towns’ planning departments this summer. (Ranson is working for Brunswick; Szuflita for Topsham.) Both have Psi Upsilon Sustainability/Environmental Justice Fellowships from Bowdoin’s Environmental Studies program to fund their summertime jobs. The competitive grants are awarded every summer to students who intern at Maine environmental organizations, including town planning offices. Because these fellowships often require competence with GPS and GIS, Environmental Studies Program Manager Eileen Johnson offers a two-day course in mapmaking in early June. Read the full story.

Video: A Bowdoin Summer

A Bowdoin Summer from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Each summer, students on campus take a break from their busy schedules of work, studies, and recreation to gather at a cookout hosted by President Mills. We asked them to tell us about what they’re up to – and what they enjoy most about a Bowdoin summer.

Video by Catherine Yochum ’15 (who’s spending her summer as a multimedia reporter in Bowdoin’s Office of Communications).

To learn more about what students are doing at Bowdoin and all over the world this summer, check out this interactive map by Nina Underman ’15.

Bowdoin Blogger’s Summer Goal: Visiting Every Town in Rhode Island


This summer, Michael Colbert ’16 is on a mission to travel to every town in his home state of Rhode Island.

The rising junior was inspired to take on this challenge after reading a Boston Globe article about a couple who visited all 351 towns in Massachusetts in two weeks. Their effort appealed to Colbert’s enthusiasm for exploring — and for checking things off lists. “Anybody who knows me well knows that I’m obsessed with lists: to-do lists, bucket lists, travel lists,” he writes on his travel blog, Misadventures with Michael. “He dubbed his project RI39, for the 39 municipalities in the state.

 Read the full story.

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

Soccerball with flags in net

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


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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