Interdisciplinary panel: Cameron Adams ’14, Government professor Allen Springer and State Marine Geologist Peter Slovinsky
Communities around the world are grappling with their shared future: Sea levels are rising and they must figure out how to protect themselves against the onslaught of water.
At an interdisciplinary panel held on campus recently, Associate Government and Legal Studies Professor Allen Springer, Marine Geologist Peter Slovinsky and earth and oceonographic major Cameron Adams ’14 came together to explore the global and local impacts and responses to sea level rise.
Springer focused on the question of adaptation versus mitigation in combating sea level rise. “It has been a real political issue that small island states have been focusing on mitigating the problem and resisting putting more emphasis on adaptation,” he said. “Bottom line is that the international community is 20 or so years late in the adaptation method and that is a potential problem going forward.” Read the full story.
Bowdoin’s first “Pop-Up Museum” popped up in Hubbard Hall for a couple of hours on the evening of Nov. 12, sponsored by the Arctic Museum and Museum of Art. Community members were invited to bring favorite items from home and tell the stories behind their objects.
Video by Ali Ragan ’16
When art student Fabiola Navarrete ’14 looked at the dull industrial wall fronting downtown Brunswick’s former textile mill, Fort Andross, she imagined the factory workers who once toiled behind its facade. In her proposed mural for the wall, two seamstresses are sewing a flowing, colorful tapestry, one by hand and one by machine. “The mural denotes their role in helping shape the material world around us,” Navarrete explained.
In Mik Cooper ’14′s proposed mural for the same blank wall, a colorful scene depicts both a factory laborer and the Androscoggin River’s swinging bridge, over which the mill’s workers once walked to work. “…This wall aims to bring the history of the mill forward in a vibrant and energetic way,” Cooper said.
These are two of the 18 suggested projects for the old mill by students in Professor of Art Mark Wethli’s Public Art course. Wethli’s students recently gathered at Fort Andross to present their ideas to the Brunswick Public Art committee, setting up posters in an art gallery and handing out pamphlets to committee members. Read the full story and see photographs of the student proposals.
On Thursday, former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen ’62 became the third Bowdoin alumnus to be honored with a Freedom Award from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society (George J. Mitchell ’54 and Ken Burns H’91 are the others). Cohen, who represented Maine in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for two-dozen years, used the ceremony as an opportunity to warn members of Congress in attendance that the American people are fed up with “paralysis and dysfunction” in government.
Mark Swann ’84
Preble Street, a Portland agency serving homeless people, has received a $400,000 federal grant to establish services for sex trafficking victims in Maine.
“We started hearing from our clients, mostly young women and girls, about horrific events in their lives, stories of being lured and coerced into prostitution, having no choice, being forced to trade their bodies for drugs and money,” said Mark Swann ’84, founder and executive director of Preble Street.
Many people don’t think sex trafficking is happening here, according to Daniella Cameron, supervisor of Preble Street Teen Service. The victims, many of them young homeless girls coerced into prostitution by men, often don’t talk about their experiences unless they are asked the “right questions in the right way,” she said.
Preble Street will use the first $200,000 installment of the two-year Department of Justice grant partly to develop a statewide network of housing and shelter options for victims. The money will also be used to pay for legal assistance and health and mental health programs for victims, according to the paper.
So far this year, female students who have never surfed, whitewater rafted, backpacked or rock climbed have balanced on surfboards in pounding waves, paddled rapids, summitted the highest peak in Maine and scaled Bowdoin’s indoor climbing wall.
For the fourth year, the Bowdoin Women’s Resource Center has teamed up with the Outing Club to offer Wild Women Adventures, a popular series of women-only expeditions. These adventures often attract students who would not otherwise join an outing club trip, according to Melissa Quinby, director of the Women’s Resource Center. Quinby organizes the series with Becca Austin ’10, assistant director of the Outing Club.
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This year Columbus Day fell on a glorious autumnal Monday here — the kind where the air feels as crisp and sweet as a fresh Braeburn apple. A few students took advantage of their time off from classes to go apple picking at Orchard Hill Farm in Cumberland.
Seven members of the student groups Bowdoin Food Co-op and the Green Bowdoin Alliance ended up picking seven bushels of apples. After returning to campus, three students spent the afternoon baking the green apples into pies.
At 5 p.m., the students dropped off 11 pies at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, which runs a soup kitchen and food pantry in Brunswick. MCHPP Director Karen Parker said she had never received a gift of so many fresh apple pies. “In the three years I’ve been here, it’s a first,” she noted. The pies were served at lunch the following day.
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Bowdoin College Museum of Art co-directors Frank Goodyear and Anne Goodyear.
The Boston Globe recently asked museum directors across New England — including Anne and Frank Goodyear at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art — to share a favorite artwork in their institution’s collections. Here’s what the directors said.
Illustration credit: Raleigh McElvery ’16
What’s the big deal about scallops? According to Dr. Meredith White of Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, who presented her research at Bowdoin on Oct. 10, these shelled invertebrates are more than just a gourmet delicacy.
Scallops also improve water quality, play a crucial part in the food chain, and provide fisherman with a source of income. But these bivalves are under threat as rising CO2 emissions contribute to ocean acidification.
It’s a simple equation: carbon dioxide plus water equals carbonic acid, which lowers the ocean’s concentration of carbonate ions — leaving too few of these particles available for building shells. Here’s where White’s research comes in. She performed a series of experiments subjecting scallops of different ages to varying amounts of CO2, to identify the developmental stage in which CO2 exposure had the greatest impact on bay scallop larvae.
The bad news? Heightened CO2 levels before shell-building resulted in mysterious indentations in the bivalves’ shells, and CO2 exposure during initial shell-building stunted shell growth.“The good news is that exposure to high CO2 after the first day does not negatively impact the larval size,” White said. One implication is that hatcheries could save resources by reducing monitoring after that period.
White’s presentation was part of a weekly series sponsored by the Bowdoin College Biology Department.
By Raleigh McElvery ’16