Several students this summer have a unique opportunity from Bowdoin to find creative technical answers to academic questions. They are part of the Gibbons Summer Research Program, established by John Gibbons ’64, which enables students to work one-on-one with professors to apply technology to aspects of faculty research or work.
This year’s Gibbons crew includes 10 students working in the fields of sociology, neuroscience, history, the arts, Arctic studies and math.
For example, Helen Wieffering ’16 is working with a neuroscience professor to map information flows in the brain regions associated with memory. Laura Griffee ’17 is creating virtual 3-D galleries of an art professor’s sculptural installations. Wildon Kaplan ’17 is creating a digital map based on a long-lost one used by the captain of a shipwrecked Arctic vessel. Caroline Montag ’17 is doing quantitative historical research on the first 15 years of co-education at Bowdoin, from 1971 to 1986.
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Wildon Kaplan is working with the Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum, which recently uncovered a map that once belonged to Robert Bartlett, captain of the Karluk ship. The vessel, in 1913, became trapped in Arctic ice and sank a few months later. Kaplan is creating an updated digital map based on the original to discern how sea ice has changed between 1913 and today. “The disaster would not have happened today because sea ice coverage is so different now,” he said. Kaplan, who is majoring in government and legal studies and Eurasian studies, and minoring in economics, said the project is a welcome opportunity to learn new skills. “It’s given me natural science and computer science experience,” he said.