Academics

Sabbatical Seminars: Fitzgerald on How Welfare Affects Children

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This week’s faculty seminar series featured John Fitzgerald, Bowdoin’s William D. Shipman Professor of Economics, who gave a presentation titled “Does Public Assistance Improve Long-Run Outcomes for Children? Avoiding Spurious Correlations.”

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

“Investigation of UV Reflectance Patterns off the Scales of Carrasius auratus as an Important Factor for Female Mate Choice,” by Varun Wadia '15 and mentors Richmond Thompson and Madeleine Msall (photo by Catherine Yochum ’15)

As keynote speaker for the 2014 President’s Science Symposium, biologist Sarah Elgin offered an inspiring example for the 100-plus Bowdoin research students in the audience, who then presented the fruits of their own research labors through speeches and a poster session.

Creative Chemistry Students Honor the Mole

On Mole Day, Bowdoin chemistry students celebrated the famous chemical measuring unit by creating a legion of festive moles (photo: Raleigh McElvery ’16).

On Mole Day, Bowdoin chemistry students celebrated the famous chemical measuring unit by creating a legion of festive moles, which are now displayed in the trophy case of Cleaveland Hall.

Examination of a Whale

Students conduct a whale necropsy on the Kent Island archipelago (photo: Janet Gannon).

While one group of Coastal Studies students was deploying research gear from an 88-foot schooner, others were having their own unusual field trip experience in the far reaches of the Gulf of Maine: necropsying a humpback whale.

Bowdoin Sets Sail for Science

Bowdoin students aboard the Arctic schooner Bowdoin

Coastal Studies director David Carlon rekindled an old tradition this fall: he and a group of Bowdoin students set sail aboard the historic Arctic schooner “Bowdoin.”

Teach-In: Faculty Offer Background to Hong Kong Protests

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To broaden students’ understanding of Hong Kong’s current Umbrella Revolution, Bowdoin professors organized a “teach-in” last week.

Bowdoin Dedicates New Classroom to Ambassador Pickering ’53, H’84

This summer, with a gift from the Class of 1953 and a grant from the George I. Alden Trust, Bowdoin renovated the former reading room in Hubbard Hall to make it suitable for 21st pedagogy.

Coastal Studies Expansion Brings New Marine Science Semester to Bowdoin

New tank layout in the wet laboratory

Big changes are astir at the Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island, where Coastal Studies director David Carlon is leading an initiative to bring Bowdoin’s unique marine offerings to a whole new level by dramatically expanding facilities and programming.

Texts That Went Viral…in the 19th Century

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What do LOLcats and 19th-century literature have in common? They both have been impacted by so-called “virality,” said visiting speaker Ryan Cordell in a recent talk at Bowdoin.

Visiting Printmaker Creates Prints for the Taking

This semester’s visiting printmaker, hosted by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project, is known not just for her prints but also for her generous art installations.

Bowdoin Alumni Present – and Represent – at Ornithology Conference

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Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright encountered 11 former students at this fall’s annual meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union in Estes Park, Colo.

Rethinking China’s Engagement With Africa

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China’s involvement with African nations is wide and deep, and it is important for the United States to understand China’s complex investment in the continent, according to Deborah Brautigam, who recently spoke at Bowdoin.

Studying the Many-Sided Civil War

Civil War cluster students Michael Smith, Alexxa Leone, and Katie Randall (photo credit: Tess Chakkalakal)

In one sense, there were only two sides in the Civil War – but there are many sides to the story of this pivotal era in American history. Bowdoin’s Civil War course cluster is bringing together a whole array of disciplines, including the historical, the literary, the visual, and the digital.

Bowdoin Organic Garden Offers ‘Food for Thought’ Talks

On a recent Saturday morning, Bowdoin professors of chemistry, English, biology and sociology gathered at the newly renovated 52 Harpswell residence hall to give short talks on gardening and organic food.

Greek Drama Changes the Story About Athenian Women

Laura McClure

In high school, you might have learned that Athenian women were an oppressed and marginalized group. However, Laura McClure of the University of Wisconsin believes that Greek drama tells a different story, as she explained in a lecture sponsored by Bowdoin’s Studies in the Mediterranean course cluster.

Sabbatical Seminars: Casselberry on Black Pentecostal Women

Judith Casselberry presents "Harvesting Souls for Christ: Black Pentecostal Women's Labor at the Altar"

This week’s faculty seminar series featured Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry, who gave a presentation called “Harvesting Souls for Christ: Black Pentecostal Women’s Labor at the Altar.”

Timothy Kuhner ’98: The Corruption of American Democracy

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Timothy Kuhner ’98, associate professor of law at Georgia State University, recently visited Bowdoin to talk about his new book, Capitalism v. Democracy, and the way money is corrupting American democracy.

Bowdoin’s Kolster Opens Photography Exhibition at PhoPa Gallery

"River St. 2., Lewiston, ME" (Michael Kolster, 2010)

A photography exhibition by recent Guggenheim Fellow Michael Kolster is on view through October 25 in the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, Maine, with an opening reception on September 26 and an artist’s talk on October 5.

New Research Vessel Joins the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Fleet

Carlon pilots the R/V A.O.K. through Harpswell Sound.

With big expansions underway in Coastal Studies facilities and programming, Bowdoin has made a valuable acquisition: the R/V A.O.K., a 28-foot research vessel with a twin outboard hull.

The Power of Fruit Flies

Jack Bateman and Michele Markstein

Never underestimate the fruit fly. In a recent lecture sponsored by the biology department, visiting speaker Dr. Michele Markstein explained how Drosophila is revealing surprising insights into the biology and treatment of cancer.