Scott Mitchell ’15 Receives $10,000 Davis Grant

scott mitchellWhen Scott Mitchell ’15 was studying engineering at Dartmouth his junior year, he designed an inexpensive stander for children who have cerebral palsy and cannot stand on their own. Because conventional standers, which help these children develop strength and good health, are prohibitively expensive, many who need them do not have them.

Last summer, Mitchell received a Thomas Andrew McKinley ’06 Entrepreneur Grant Fund from Bowdoin to help him found Stand With Me, a nonprofit that could make and distribute the low-cost pediatric standers. Now Mitchell has gotten the news that he has received a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace Grant to continue building his organization. Read more.

Phui Yi Kong ’15 Wins Watson Travel Grant

Phui Yi Kong '15

Phui Yi Kong ’15

Phui Yi Kong ’15 will travel to Japan, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Italy next year to study martial arts and physical theater, and how these practices can nurture civic action. In Japan, she will study aikido; in Sri Lanka, angampora; in Brazil, capoiera; and in Italy, physical theater practices.

Kong is one of 50 graduating seniors to receive a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The 50 recipients, who were selected from a pool of 700 applicants, will receive a one-year traveling grant of $30,000 to pursue a range of subjects. Read more.

Math Class Dances Its Way to Computational Statistics

These days, you can’t teach statistics without also teaching students how to use computers to access and analyze data. But many students taking introductory statistics don’t have a computer science background. They aren’t familiar with writing the codes they’ll need to rely on to solve complex statistical problems.

Jack O’Brien, assistant professor of mathematics, teaches an introductory biostatistics class at Bowdoin in which he covers data analysis, the planning and design of experiments, probability and statistical inference. Read more.

At Friday Latin Teas, Students Dive Into Erudite, and Sometimes Funny, Texts

Each Friday afternoon, at 3 p.m. in the Peucinian Room, Classics Lecturer Michael Nerdahl meets with several dedicated Latin students for a tradition he calls “Latin Tea,” (though Nerdahl points out the Romans didn’t drink tea). Read more.