Academics

Bowdoin’s Kolster Opens Photography Exhibition at PhoPa Gallery

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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 underweigh 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

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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.

Sabbatical Seminars: Zeeman on Tipping Points and Environmental Resilience

Mary Lou Zeeman presents the 2014 faculty lunch lecture "Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points and Resilience."

Mathematics professor Mary Lou Zeeman kicked off this year’s faculty seminar series with a talk titled “Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points and Resilience,” stressing the importance of bringing together the studies of math and the environment.

Teachable Moments: Professors on Favorite Classes

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We asked faculty members attending this year’s Academic Fair what classes they were looking forward to teaching this semester.

Bowdoin Opens Academic Year with 213th Convocation

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The College’s annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of the 213th academic year, was held Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Pickard Theater of Memorial Hall.

Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

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Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.

What I Did This Summer: French Professor Hanétha Vété-Congolo

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Associate Professor of Romance Languages Hanétha Vete-Congolo tell us about her summer researching gender and society in her native Martinique.

Investigating Religious Identity in Sri Lanka

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When is a religious identity also an ethnic identity, and how is that connection influenced by a history of colonization and conflicts? Omar Sohail ’15 has been exploring this question and others as he examines the Muslim concept of identity in Sri Lanka.

What I Did This Summer: Studying the Science of Red Tide

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Sasha Kramer ’16 tells a captivating story about doing research at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, where she has been uncovering the science behind red tide and paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Bowdoin Economist: New Football Playoff Lacks Suspense (Boston Globe)

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A Boston Globe columnist included Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone in a recent round-up of “surprising results from the social sciences.”

35 New Faculty Members Get Oriented at Bowdoin

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Bowdoin’s first-year students are busy getting oriented to their new home in coastal Maine – but what about new faculty members? They’ve got their own orienting to do.

Claudia Villar-Leeman ’15 Studies the Future of Forests

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Claudia Villar-Leeman lived in the woods for 11 weeks this summer to investigate the “chaotic” changes that a bug the size of a dot is wreaking on East Coast forests.

What I Did This Summer: Government Professor Laura Henry

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Laura Henry, associate professor of government at Bowdoin, tells us about her summer researching international politics in Russia.

Stalking the Invasive Green Crab in Harpswell Sound

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Aidan Short ’15 has been working on the water and in the lab to figure out just what green crabs are eating in different habitats of Harpswell Sound.

Lucy Knowlton ’15 Delves into Brunswick’s International Past

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This summer, Lucy Knowlton ’15 has been exploring the routes of the Brunswick shipping industry using ArcGIS maps and the resources available in Bowdoin’s Special Collections.

Off-Campus Scholars: Studying Cosmic Rays and Fisheries Bycatch

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Two off-campus researchers, Davis Unruh ’16 and Karl Reinhardt ’15, are, respectively, investigating the skies and the seas this summer.

Students Harness Tech Tools for History, Art, Literature, Education, Politics, and More

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Sixteen Bowdoin students have been harnessing digital technology in impressively original ways through this year’s Gibbons Summer Research Program.

Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

Bowdoin's Dube lab investigates disease-causing bacteria and develops therapeutics. From left: Sunnie Kuna ’14, Emily Clark ’15, Danielle Dube, Ian Kline ’15, Hallie Carol ’14, Van Tra ’13, and Jen Helble ’14

In the most recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine, “Bring on the Science” offers a taste of what it means to do science research at Bowdoin. Here, students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop.

Frogpocalypse: Bowdoin’s Wheelwright on Mysterious Frog Die-off (NBC News)

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Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, and chair of the Biology Department, documents what “was like a nuclear detonation” in his backyard pond when more than 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died within a day.