Academic Life

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Two Students Investigate Cultures Through the Lens of Food

Two Bowdoin students have academic grants from Bowdoin this summer to conduct research relating to food. While their topics are quite different — one is examining the possible impact of farm workers’ rights on small-scale farmers and the other is looking at an immigrant group’s assimilation — both are investigating areas in New York state.

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Mussels, Snails, Sea Stars: A Summer of Research at the Coastal Studies Center

This summer, scientists and students are conducting research at the Coastal Studies Center in its recently refurbished and expanded marine lab. They are looking into the life histories and adaptability of sea stars, mussels, sea urchins, mud snails and other organisms.

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A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. Others were honored for their work.

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Economist Deb DeGraff Studies Effects of Mexico’s Aging Population

Bowdoin Professor of Economics Deborah DeGraff is exploring a world of new data coming out of a groundbreaking study in Mexico that is following older people over many years.

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Kent Island Life: Student Muralists Create Low-tide Landscapes

This summer, Tracey Faber ’16 and Isaac Jaegerman ’16 are creating a life-size mural of the intertidal zone — the area that is under water during high tide and exposed during low tide — at the Grand Manan Museum on Grand Manan Island, neighbor to Kent Island.

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Students at Forefront of New Academic Initiative at Bowdoin

This summer, Sabina Hartnett ’18, Phoebe Bumsted ’17, Hannah Rafkin ’17, and Gabriella Papper ’18 are engaged in their own digital and computational research and helping Professor Hall develop a curriculum for her fall semester Introduction to Digital Humanities class.

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Earth Science Women’s Network Spotlights Bowdoin Professor

An organization that promotes the careers of women in the geosciences has profiled Michèle LaVigne, an assistant professor of earth and oceanographic science.

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Bowdoin’s Gibbons Fellows Get Technical

Several students this summer have a unique opportunity from Bowdoin to find creative technical answers to academic questions. They are part of the Gibbons Summer Research Program, established by John Gibbons ’64, which enables students to work one-on-one with professors to apply technology to aspects of faculty research or work..

Kent Island Life: Katie Craighill ’17 Creates Habitat Management Plan

Read how Katie Craighill ’17 is drawing up a management plan for the island to protect it for native species and researchers well into the future, as told by Emily Weyrauch ’17 in the latest installment of her series on Kent Island life.


Kent Island Life: Going With the Intertidal Flow

Rising sophomore Emma Greenberg is working at the island’s Bowdoin Scientific Station this summer on an experiment in the intertidal zone, the area that is under water during high tide and exposed during low tide. She is studying the population of soft-shelled clams and their predation by the invasive green crab species in the area.

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Kent Island Life: Investigating the Decline of Herring Gulls

Clare Schollaert ’16 is spending her summer at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island in New Brunswick, Canada, conducting field research on herring gulls and their foraging habits to try to understand why their population is declining.


2015 Honorand Jill Lepore: Historian, Educator, Writer

Honorary degree recipient Jill Lepore, a writer and historian, gave the keynote address at this year’s baccalaureate ceremony on May 22.


Dance, Film, Music: Creative Students Collaborate

This spring, students studying dance, music and film worked together to make four unique short films.

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Kylie Moore ’16 Wins Award for Essay on Advertising and Society

Kylie Moore’s essay on the cultural and economic implications of depicting women as “cute” in Japanese advertising has won an award from the American Educational Foundation.

Professors Celebrate President Mills’ 14 Years at Bowdoin

Following the regular Monday afternoon faculty meeting, Bowdoin professors gathered in Thorne Hall for a dinner to honor — and sometimes poke a bit of fun at — President Barry Mills and his wife, Karen.

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Museum Pieces 2015: A Farewell To President Mills

Museum Pieces, a Bowdoin tradition for more than 20 years, capped off this year’s Common Hour series. This year’s show featured a farewell dance for departing President Barry Mills and his wife, Karen.


Filmmaker Rickey Larke ’15 Turns His Lens on Bowdoin, the Ivies, Home

In the movie SurvIvies, a 45-miunute documentary Rickey Larke ’15 shot last year for an independent study at Bowdoin, the suspense mounts.

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McKeen Center Shines Light on Students Engaging with the Community

Each year, students majoring in subjects that span the curriculum incorporate community projects into their studies, partnering with local agencies from across the street to organizations in places as far away as Asia and Africa.

Academic Awards, Karofsky Prize Presented on 2015 Honors Day

Bowdoin College held its 19th annual Honors Day ceremony on May 6 in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, to recognize the academic accomplishments of Bowdoin students.


Prof. Sobak: Being a Gadfly in the Face of Authority

As part of Bowdoin’s TED-Talk-style Uncommon Hour series, Associate Professor of Classics Robert Sobak recently discussed authority, dissent, and how to be a “gadfly.” He spoke a full audience of students at Reed House.