Academic Life

Bowdoin Physics Prof Runs ‘Deflategate’ Experiment (WCSH, Chronicle of Higher Education)

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In response to the National Football League’s “Ballghazi” or “Deflategate” scandal, Professor of Physics Dale Syphers demonstrated for a local TV reporter how footballs can change pressure over the course of a game.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Fort Popham


When asked for an interpretation of the human shore in history — inspired by John Gillis’s new book The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History — Christina Sours ‘16 teamed up with Tim Hanley ‘15 and Lucy Green ‘15 to produce this short documentary about Fort Popham.

Charting Disaster: Arctic Museum Discovers Century-Old Record of Ship’s Sinking


The curatorial staff has determined that a chart donated to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is the one marked up by Robert A. Bartlett during the disastrous 1914 Arctic expedition of the Karluk ship.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Seashell Headphones

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Alex Sutula ’13 offers a very creative riff on a simple question we explored in class, “what do we really hear inside a sea shell?”

Brain Waves, Phobias, and Bacterial Sugars: Bowdoin Research in Human Health

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Professors and students at Bowdoin are probing an array of topics with implications for human health, from understanding Alzheimer’s and treating anxiety to developing therapeutics that combat dangerous bacteria.

A Bowdoin Reading List


Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.

Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map


This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants


Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

Chemistry, German Professors Appointed to Endowed Chairs


Two faculty members have been newly appointed to endowed chairs at Bowdoin: chemistry professor Elizabeth Stemmler and German associate professor Jill Smith.

A Semester of Art at Edwards Center Open House


The Visual Arts Open House, held earlier in December in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance, was filled with the sculptures, paintings, sketches, books and videos created by art students this fall.

Bowdoin, Tuck Collaborate on Financial Accounting Course (EducationDive)

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Bowdoin’s new collaboration with Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School is featured as one of “7 ways higher ed institutions are increasingly joining forces” on EducationDive.

First-Year Students Complete an Action-Packed First Semester

Weapons of the Weak: First-Year Seminar taught by Barbara Elias (Photo: Bob Handelman)

First-year students are about to home for the holidays with their first college semester under their belts. What have they been learning, exactly? We took a look back at four of this fall’s first-year seminars: Weapons of the Weak, Film Noir, How to Read a Million Books, and Personal Genomes.

Three Professors Say Their Goodbyes to the Classroom


Three longtime Bowdoin professors taught their last classes this week: Nancy Jennings (Education), Barbara Held (Psychology), and Paul Schaffner (Psychology).

Dancing into December: The Annual Dance Concert

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Beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers performed in the annual December Dance Concert last weekend.

Strong Words for Novel by Bowdoin’s Clarke (New York Times)


In a tongue-in-cheek New York Times book review, Professor of English Brock Clarke was remonstrated for the deft originality of his novel.

Bowdoin Faculty Honors President Mills with Endowed Scholarship

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The Bowdoin College faculty is honoring outgoing President Barry Mills and Karen Mills, and their priorities for the College, with a gift that will help students gain access to the opportunities that a Bowdoin education provides.

Underwater Filmmaker Reveals His Production Secrets

Underwater filming at Bowdoin Marine Lab with Nick Caloyianis (photo by the students of Seashore Digital Diaries)

Oscar-winning photographer Nick Caloyianis came to the Bowdoin Marine Lab to give students hands-on training in underwater filming.

Kolster’s Rivers Series Expands Westward (KCET)


This time, photography professor Michael Kolster’s Guggenheim Fellowship project “Take Me to the River” has taken him (and his portable dark room) to Los Angeles.

Linda Kinstler ’13 Wins Marshall Scholarship

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Linda Kinstler ’13, a managing editor at The New Republic, has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study at the graduate level in the United Kingdom.

Ying Quartet Teaches Compelling Lessons to Student Writers


Visiting Writer In Residence Russ Rymer describes the Ying Quartet’s visit to his class, Creative Nonfiction Through Photography.