Academic Life

Chronicle of Higher Education: Bowdoin a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars and Students

Two faculty members and eleven students were awarded Fulbright fellowships in 2016, making Bowdoin one of the top Fulbright producing institutions of the year.

New Augmented Reality Sandbox Mesmerizes…and Demonstrates Hydrology in Action

The tool is Bowdoin’s new augmented sandbox, which mesmerizes while it demonstrates hydrological and geological concepts, such as how water moves through land, both during floods and in droughts.

For Black History Month, Professor Foster Discusses Afro-Pessimism

Associate Professor of English Guy Mark Foster recently spoke at Ladd House about a theory called Afro-Pessimism, which looks at blackness as a “social death” rather than something to be celebrated as a cultural identity. Foster’s talk was part of a slate of events happening at Bowdoin throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

Five Professors Discuss Art Desecration by Religious Fanatics

The destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra by the Islamic State and the dynamiting of the giant Bamiyan buddhas by the Taliban shocked and horrified the world. Yet these acts of contemporary vandalism of artworks by today’s religious fantastic are only the latest episode in a millennia-long struggle to control images.

Tom Gawarkiewicz ’15 Co-Publishes Economics Paper on ASEAN

Thomas Gawarkiewicz, who graduated in 2015, has recently published a paper on “The Relationship between Political Tensions, Trade and Capital Flows in ASEAN,” with Associate Professor of Economics Yao Tang.

Bowdoin Course Explores How To Make Communities More Resilient

After collecting social and environmental data and using GIS to analyze their findings, students proposed ways to address a number of issues, from hunger prevention to sea level rise and invasive species management.

The Sacred and the Profane: Why Rome is the Ideal 21st Century Horror Movie Setting

Alison Cooper describes how Rome’s richly symbolic history makes it the perfect setting for a gory twenty-first-century horror movie.

Bowdoin Wins Beckman Scholars Award for Scientific Research

The grant will bring in $104,000 over the next three years to support four student-mentor pairs pursuing research in fields related to chemistry, biology, neuroscience, and biochemistry.

Bowdoin Economist Uses Pollution Satellite Data to Assess China’s GDP

Economist Stephen Morris and his research partner, Junjie Zhang of Duke Kunshan University, have sought out alternative methods to determine what’s actually happening on the ground in China. The puzzle has forced them to get creative — and to use tools from outside the usual economist’s toolbox.

To Be Seen: A Semester of Art at the Edwards Center

For the Visual Arts department’s end-of-semester open house on Dec. 9, the Edwards Center for Art and Dance was transformed into a temporary museum filled with riveting works.

Revisiting an Arctic Mystery

On a practical level there was an urgency about this archaeological trip to Greenland, brought about by the fact that the landscape is altering rapidly due to climate change.

Studio Tour: Art Professor Jackie Brown’s Biomorphic Sculptures

If the door to Jackie Brown’s studio happens to be open as you are walking down the Edward Center for the Arts second-floor hallway, and you happen to glance in, you’ll see a vision that looks as if it could have been lifted from the pages of a fantastical children’s book.

Bowdoin Historian Questions the ‘Wolves’ the Pilgrims Met

Strother Roberts is researching the role of domesticated dogs in pre-modern North America, questioning how wild or domesticated they were, and how they contributed to Native American civilization.

Economics Students Tackle Free Trade Questions, as Historic Agreements Hang in the Balance

Assistant Professor of Economics Gonca Senel asked her students to weigh in on some of the key issues relating to free trade that policymakers in the US and beyond are dealing with at the moment.

Author Junot Díaz to Launch Symposium Examining Plight of Haitians in Dominican Republic

“We are bringing to campus scholars who can help us make sense of this crisis, who will explain the long history that links these two neighboring countries together even as it rips their peoples apart.”

Visiting Artist, Filmmaker Lyès Salem Inspired by French-Algerian Roots

The Algerian-born filmmaker and visiting artist in Francophone studies is teaching a seminar class on creative writing and filmmaking in which he will help students produce one or two short movies, in French.

President’s Symposium Shines Light on Student Research

Approximately 150 students worked with faculty advisors this summer to answer difficult questions and uncover new knowledge in a range of disciplines, from computer science and chemistry to theater and English. Each summer, students who wish to do intensive research are supported by many different fellowships, a number of which are offered by Bowdoin. Most of the student […]

Video: Students Honored on Sarah and James Bowdoin Day

In this year’s ceremony, 236 students were named Sarah and James Bowdoin scholars, and twenty received of them received Book Awards.

Professor Ghodsee Speaks on the Re-emergence of Nationalism in Eastern Europe

The Institute for Advanced Study, where Albert Einstein lived and worked after he fled to the US, recently invited a Bowdoin professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies to speak on memory projects about World War II and the Cold War.

The Trial of Galileo: A First-Year History Seminar Re-enactment

In intense discussions, first-year students debated the appropriate punishment for a man who had been accused of heresy for his notions that the earth orbited the sun.