Academic Life

Students Dream Up New Uses for Old Navy Base

For Katie Morse-Gagne ’19 and Andrew Blunt ’19, the 260 acres of sandplain grassland, vernal pools and stream systems, oak-pine forest and pitch pine heath barren on the former Navy base represent a bounty of possibilities for Bowdoin and the town. Since last fall, when they were in Assistant Professor of Biology Vlad Douhovnikoff’s Forest Ecology class, the […]

National Economics Bureau Profiles Research by Bowdoin Professor Zorina Khan

The National Bureau of Economic Research has profiled the research of Zorina Khan, professor of economics at Bowdoin, who writes on law and economic history, including intellectual property rights, technological progress in Europe and the United States, antitrust, litigation and legal systems, and corporate governance.

New Zealand to Tahiti: Spiro ’18 and Wu ‘18 are Sailing Through the Semester. No, Really.

Math and physics major Carina Spiro ‘18 and Jacquelyn Wu ’18, a math major, are sailing the South Pacific Ocean in an effort to address and better understand some of the most pressing global questions related to the marine environment.

Daniel Castro Bonilla ’17 Wins Critical Language Scholarship

Senior Daniel Castro Bonilla has won a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese at the Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, this summer. Bonilla, an Asian studies major, began to study Chinese in his first year at Bowdoin.

12 Seniors Present at National Chemistry Conference

Twelve students are attending the American Chemical Society’s national meeting, in San Francisco, to present the research they’re doing at Bowdoin.

Network@1800: A Digital Humanities Perspective on European Cultural History

The sympomsium Network@1800: New Directions in German and European Cultural Studies brings together twenty-two scholars from across the US, Canada, and Germany to discuss new ways of looking at European cultural history in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It’s being held April 6-8, 2017, with an opening lecture April 5. With funding from Bowdoin, the Federal Republic of Germany through the German […]

Oliver Otis Howard Papers: Mass Digitization Project Complete

A mammoth digitization project designed to enable public access to the papers of one of Bowdoin’s most distinguished alumni is now complete. In 2014, the College received a $150,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the Oliver Otis Howard Papers.

Bowdoin’s Lavigne Named Frontiers of Science Fellow

“This kind of collaboration can shed different perspectives on scientific problems, which might lead to new ideas and approaches that wouldn’t necessarily have been thought of at a traditional conference.”

Bowdoin Students Present Research at Hawaii Ocean Conference

Three Bowdoin students have been in Hawaii this week presenting their honors and independent study research at an ocean sciences conference in Honolulu.

Bowdoin Environmental Scientists On Impact of Riverflow into the Gulf of Maine

Project studying the flow of carbon from rivers into the Gulf of Maine involves three Bowdoin faculty members.

New Public Health Course Meets Rising Student Demand

Responding to increasing interest in public health by students—who see it as a potential career, a way to practice the common good, and an interesting field of study—Bowdoin is offering a new course this semester called Public Health and the Liberal Arts.

NYC Affordable Housing Pioneer Addresses New Public Health Class

Ellen Baxter ’75, renowned for building innovative housing for low-income tenants in New York City, recently returned to campus to share her insights on the intersections between affordable housing and health.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Bowdoin a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars and Students

Two faculty members and eleven students were awarded Fulbright fellowships in 2016, making Bowdoin one of the top Fulbright producing institutions of the year.

New Augmented Reality Sandbox Mesmerizes…and Demonstrates Hydrology in Action

The tool is Bowdoin’s new augmented sandbox, which mesmerizes while it demonstrates hydrological and geological concepts, such as how water moves through land, both during floods and in droughts.

For Black History Month, Professor Foster Discusses Afro-Pessimism

Associate Professor of English Guy Mark Foster recently spoke at Ladd House about a theory called Afro-Pessimism, which looks at blackness as a “social death” rather than something to be celebrated as a cultural identity. Foster’s talk was part of a slate of events happening at Bowdoin throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

Five Professors Discuss Art Desecration by Religious Fanatics

The destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra by the Islamic State and the dynamiting of the giant Bamiyan buddhas by the Taliban shocked and horrified the world. Yet these acts of contemporary vandalism of artworks by today’s religious fantastic are only the latest episode in a millennia-long struggle to control images.

Tom Gawarkiewicz ’15 Co-Publishes Economics Paper on ASEAN

Thomas Gawarkiewicz, who graduated in 2015, has recently published a paper on “The Relationship between Political Tensions, Trade and Capital Flows in ASEAN,” with Associate Professor of Economics Yao Tang.

Bowdoin Course Explores How To Make Communities More Resilient

After collecting social and environmental data and using GIS to analyze their findings, students proposed ways to address a number of issues, from hunger prevention to sea level rise and invasive species management.

The Sacred and the Profane: Why Rome is the Ideal 21st Century Horror Movie Setting

Alison Cooper describes how Rome’s richly symbolic history makes it the perfect setting for a gory twenty-first-century horror movie.

Bowdoin Wins Beckman Scholars Award for Scientific Research

The grant will bring in $104,000 over the next three years to support four student-mentor pairs pursuing research in fields related to chemistry, biology, neuroscience, and biochemistry.