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Origin of a Poison

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As part of German Week at Bowdoin, Harvard history professor Alison Frank Johnson explained how cocaine’s slide into infamy was a global process that illustrates the complicated relationship between the German and Austrian Empires.

The Mystery of Dark Matter

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Dark matter: we know you’re out there. Blas Cabrera, a leader of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search collaboration, presented a Kibbe Lecture at Bowdoin to explain current efforts to find and identify this elusive quarry.

Kolster Takes Camera to the Savannah River

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Guggenheim fellow Michael Kolster spent a month this spring photographing the Savannah River in the southeastern U.S., where his old-fashioned camera setup caught the eye of an editor at The Augusta Chronicle.

Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

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Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.

A Walk Through New York’s Past

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In this spring’s Santagata Lecture, anthropologist Hugh Raffles presented a reflection on the human and natural history of Manhattan neighborhoods like Marble Hill.

Amernet Quartet, Calloway to Premiere Work by Bowdoin’s Shende

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Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway and the Amernet String Quartet will premiere Bowdoin composer Vineet Shende’s new song cycle ‘Thin Bits of Evidence’ in Studzinski Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th, in a program that includes works by Janacek, Grieg, and Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz.

Finding the Role of Culture in ‘Nature vs. Nurture’

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Compared to an American childhood, does a Danish upbringing make for a happier kid? Temperament has traditionally been considered an innate trait, but Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Putnam and Ariye Krassner ’14 think there’s more to the story.

Filming the Sea: David Conover Comes to Bowdoin

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Documentary filmmaker David Conover ’83, who will be joining the Bowdoin faculty as Coastal Studies Scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year, presents an April 2 lecture in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, at 7-9 p.m.

Creative Energy: Acclaimed Writers on Campus

Visiting writers 2013-2014: Russ Rymer, Susan Faludi, Sarah Braunstein, and Jaed Coffin

Right now Bowdoin is a writing powerhouse. No fewer than four illustrious writers – Susan Faludi, Russ Rymer, Jaed Coffin, and Sarah Braunstein – are on campus as visiting faculty members.

Nyhus Grants Open Up World to History Students

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Since the Nyhus grant program was founded in 2006, the department has disbursed $33,450 to students working on a wide range of independent studies and honors projects.

The Downside of Positivity

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Is there a negative side to positivity? In a recent lecture at Bowdoin, psychology researcher Cynthia Stifter explored that question in “exuberant” children.

Major Grants Awarded to Bowdoin Faculty and Programs

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Bowdoin continues to be a magnet for illustrious awards, with several major grants totaling more than $1.6 million awarded to faculty and programs at the College in recent months.

Bowdoin Wins NHPRC Grant to Digitize Howard Collection

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Bowdoin received a grant award of $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the college’s Oliver Otis Howard Papers.

Bateman Wins NSF CAREER Grant for Genetics Research and Education

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Assistant Professor of Biology Jack Bateman has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award in the amount of $797,395 for his project “Mechanisms of cis-/trans-promoter competition in Drosophila.”

Bowdoin Wins Beckman Scholars Award for Scientific Research

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Bowdoin was one of only 12 colleges nationwide to win the coveted Beckman Scholars Program award, receiving $35,400 to support four student-mentor pairs over the next three years in fields related to chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine.

Bowdoin Receives Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Award

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Bowdoin has received $500,000 to support another four years of participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, along with $116,000 for continued support of a summer exchange program with the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.