Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium


Sarah Elgin

As the keynote speaker for Bowdoin’s 2014 President’s Science Symposium, biologist Sarah Elgin presented a speech rife with lessons learned throughout her illustrious career in the sciences. She set an inspiring example for the dozens of Bowdoin research students in the audience, who later that afternoon presented the fruits of their own summer research labors.

Elgin – who is the Viktor Hamburger Professor of Arts & Sciences in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis – began making discoveries as an Oregonian high schooler, collecting rainwater after the test explosions of atomic bombs. Read the full story and see a slideshow of the symposium.

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Professionals, Look: Career Planning’s ‘Dos and Don’ts’ Fashion Show

fashion showThis year’s annual Dos and Don’ts Fashion Show featured students, faculty, staff and one outgoing college president modeling the right and the very wrong sorts of attire students should wear to job interviews and their first jobs after college.

Organized by Career Planning and produced by Emma Wheeler ’15 and Shannon Dominguez ’15, the fashion show featured 21 students, one professor, one coach and five staff members. See the slideshow.

Flick It Good: Wading Into a Fly Fishing Experience — On the Quad

Andrew Haeger ’16 organized a beginners’ fly fishing workshop on the quad Thursday afternoon after the rains finally let up. He enlisted the help of Maine fly fishing guru Macauley Lord ’77, and biology lab instructor Kate Farnham. Together, they showed a few students who had little experience with the sport how to flick their wrists and cast their lines gracefully into the grass. Indre Altman ’18 admitted that the Robert Redford film A River Runs Through It was the inspiration behind her wanting to pick up the skill.
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An Experience for All Senses: The Examination of a Whale

Bowdoin students necropsy a humpback whale that washed ashore on the Kent Island archipelago.On a recent weekend this fall, while one group of Bowdoin Coastal Studies students was deploying research gear from an 88-foot schooner, another group was having an equally unusual field trip experience in the far reaches of the Gulf of Maine: necropsying a humpback whale.

The carcass washed ashore last year on the Kent Island archipelago, home to the Bowdoin Scientific Station. Click here for a closer look at the massive (and smelly) undertaking.