Academic Life

ISLE Immerses Students in Sri Lanka (and Gives Them a Small Taste Here at Bowdoin)

Students interested in studying abroad with Bowdoin’s Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE) were recently treated to a bit of the country’s traditional food and tea.

Faculty profile: English Professor and Frank Sinatra Fan, Ann Kibbie

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We are launching a new series to highlight the careers and interests — from the scholarly to the offbeat — of Bowdoin faculty. This time, we profile Associate Professor of English Ann Kibbie.

Iris Levin ’05 on Swallows, Seabirds and Social Networks


Since graduating, Iris Levin ’05 has earned a PhD in ecology, evolution and systematics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Much of her research has focused on interactions in the wild.

Five Bowdoin Faculty Receive Tenure


Two biologists, an economist, an artist and a political scientist have earned tenure this year.

Need a New Hip? Bowdoin Economist Has Some Advice


Professor of Economics Jonathan Goldstein has analyzed the cost-effectiveness of different hip replacement techniques and found that the surgeon and the technique can make a big difference in cost.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Cundy’s Harbor Lobster Harvesters Rob and Karin Watson


Dana White ’15 created a four minute-long sequence of an interview her crew conducts in Cundy’s Harbor with lobster harvesters Rob and Karin Watson.

Three Profs Put a Digital Spin on Humanities Classes

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Three humanities professors recently spoke about how they used digital technology in their fall classes to enable students to ask and answer complex questions.

Bowdoin Physics Prof Runs ‘Deflategate’ Experiment (WCSH, Chronicle of Higher Education)

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In response to the National Football League’s “Ballghazi” or “Deflategate” scandal, Professor of Physics Dale Syphers demonstrated for a local TV reporter how footballs can change pressure over the course of a game.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Fort Popham


When asked for an interpretation of the human shore in history — inspired by John Gillis’s new book The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History — Christina Sours ‘16 teamed up with Tim Hanley ‘15 and Lucy Green ‘15 to produce this short documentary about Fort Popham.

Charting Disaster: Arctic Museum Discovers Century-Old Record of Ship’s Sinking


The curatorial staff has determined that a chart donated to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is the one marked up by Robert A. Bartlett during the disastrous 1914 Arctic expedition of the Karluk ship.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Seashell Headphones

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Alex Sutula ’13 offers a very creative riff on a simple question we explored in class, “what do we really hear inside a sea shell?”

Brain Waves, Phobias, and Bacterial Sugars: Bowdoin Research in Human Health

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Professors and students at Bowdoin are probing an array of topics with implications for human health, from understanding Alzheimer’s and treating anxiety to developing therapeutics that combat dangerous bacteria.

A Bowdoin Reading List


Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.

Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map


This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants


Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

Chemistry, German Professors Appointed to Endowed Chairs


Two faculty members have been newly appointed to endowed chairs at Bowdoin: chemistry professor Elizabeth Stemmler and German associate professor Jill Smith.

A Semester of Art at Edwards Center Open House


The Visual Arts Open House, held earlier in December in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance, was filled with the sculptures, paintings, sketches, books and videos created by art students this fall.

Bowdoin, Tuck Collaborate on Financial Accounting Course (EducationDive)

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Bowdoin’s new collaboration with Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School is featured as one of “7 ways higher ed institutions are increasingly joining forces” on EducationDive.

First-Year Students Complete an Action-Packed First Semester

Weapons of the Weak: First-Year Seminar taught by Barbara Elias (Photo: Bob Handelman)

First-year students are about to home for the holidays with their first college semester under their belts. What have they been learning, exactly? We took a look back at four of this fall’s first-year seminars: Weapons of the Weak, Film Noir, How to Read a Million Books, and Personal Genomes.

Three Professors Say Their Goodbyes to the Classroom


Three longtime Bowdoin professors taught their last classes this week: Nancy Jennings (Education), Barbara Held (Psychology), and Paul Schaffner (Psychology).