Academics

Claudia Villar-Leeman ’15 Studies the Future of Forests

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Claudia Villari-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.

50 Years of Upward Bound at Bowdoin

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This year, Bowdoin’s Upward Bound program celebrates its 50th anniversary. Over the last half century, the federally funded program has helped thousands of low-income Maine students attend college.

Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

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Grab your lab coat and goggles. At Bowdoin, scientific research has a central place in the liberal arts.

Mellon Mays Undergraduates Present Wide-Ranging Research

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This year’s ten Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) researchers recently presented five weeks worth of research to professors, faculty advisors and fellow students at Bowdoin’s 2014 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Summer Research Colloquium.

A Bowdoin Summer

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Each summer, students on campus take a break from their busy schedules of work, studies, and recreation to gather at a cookout hosted by President Mills.

Bowdoin Team Heads to Brazil for Robot Soccer World Cup

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Now that the FIFA World Cup contenders have finished battling it out, another international soccer competition is just getting started in Brazil – only this time, the players aren’t human.

Coastal Studies Symposium Previews Summer Research, Marine Lab Expansion

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Summer may be a break from classes, but things are busier than ever at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center: as the Marine Laboratory undergoes renovations for expanded programming, students and faculty presented a symposium on their research projects investigating green crabs, blue mussels, lobsters, sea stars, eelgrass, fish, clams, and more.

Maggie Bryan ’15 Explores Cultural Crossover Behind French Impressionism

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During the early 19th century, Japanese artworks such as fans, silks, kimonos, and prints began trickling into France, where they inspired significant changes in French art – a topic on which Maggie Bryan ’15 is becoming something of an expert.

Coastal Studies: Fathoming the Science Behind Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning #tbt

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As students and faculty embark on another summer of research at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, here’s a throwback to last summer’s whirlwind of research activities: take a voyage through Harpswell Sound with Karl Reinhardt ’15 and Earth and Oceanographic Science Associate Professor Collin Roesler.

Bowdoin and INBRE Collaborators Receive $18.4 Million Grant

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

The National Institute of Health awarded an $18.4 million grant to the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), a coalition that includes Bowdoin and 12 other Maine institutions.

Summer Researchers Discover Kent Island (And Blog About It)

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This summer at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, students are doing everything from studying sea squirts and sponges to creating electronic music using island sounds.

Vogel Volunteers: Students and Faculty Get Involved at the Museum of Art

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Nine Bowdoin students donated their time, brainpower, and hard work to create the upcoming installation “It’s What You Do With What You View: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

15 Students Receive Nat’l Fellowships For Study, Research, Teaching, Humanitarian Work

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This year, 15 Bowdoin students received prestigious fellowships to dive into the research, regions, languages and community service projects that fascinate them.