Academic Life


Bowdoin Student Tackles Dementia Care Using ‘Person-Centered’ Approach

The aim of person-centered care is to focus on the individual and not the disease, on what they’ve retained rather than what they have lost.


Off the Shelf: Professor of Anthropology Scott MacEachern

We’re visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. In this video, Anthropology professor Scott MacEachern talks about an unusual book translated into English and published in 1995.

From the Carthaginians to Don Corleone: Students Explore Sicily

As they traveled around Sicily for nine days in March, students didn’t just visit ancient sites and majestic ruins, they also spoke to shop owners about how they’re fending off the tyranny of the Mafia. They learned how to make marzipan, a traditional Arabic dessert made from almonds, and visited spots that have influenced contemporary Sicilian writers.

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Bowdoin Archaeologist Headed to Greenland to Investigate Ancient Arctic Mystery

“One of the holy grails of archaeology is to find out if the Dorset and Thule people were in contact, and that is a very difficult thing to prove,” Archaeologist Genevieve LeMoine said. “But this site seems to be one of the kinds of sites that would be able to do that, perhaps, if it in fact happened.”


Sample Size: A Quick Look at Bowdoin Scientists

 Wilder Nicholson ’16 has collaborated with the chair of the biology department, Nat Wheelwright, to create a series of brief videos to introduce some of the department’s scientists to prospective biology students and others.


Off the Shelf: Harrison King McCann Professor of English Marilyn Reizbaum

In this video, English professor Marilyn Reizbaum talks about a book she picks from one of her shelves of poetry books.


Analyzing African Pottery: Archaeology Meets Math in Groundbreaking Collaboration

“The key insight was realizing that you could treat pottery distributions the same way you could treat microbial distributions, which is the sort of cross-disciplinary perspective that a place like Bowdoin naturally encourages.”


Off the Shelf: Professor of History Dallas Denery

We have launched a new series in which we visit Bowdoin professors to ask them about a meaningful book or two they keep in their offices. Because there are many such books, we ask faculty to select one from a shelf we point to at random. In this video, Dallas Denery, who teaches history at Bowdoin, speaks about two books that made a difference for him.

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Bowdoin Sociologist Wins Fellowship to Write about Mexican Farmworker Movement

Marcos Lopez recently won a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship in support of his ethnographic research. He is writing articles and a book on how the farmworkers in Baja, despite facing racism, violence and powerful employers, successfully fought to improve their living and working conditions.


Economics Major Researches What Prompts People to Give to Charity

While his honors project is motivated by intellectual curiosity, it also matters to Jordan Richmond ’16 that his work could do some good in the world.


The Evolutionary Benefits of Cloning, According to Bowdoin Ecologist

Biology professor Vlad Douhovnikoff is researching the ecological benefits of cloning, as well as the evolutionary benefits. The latter might at first blush sound contradictory.


Off the Shelf: Lecturer in Russian Michael Klimov

We are visiting professors to ask them about a meaningful book or two they keep in their offices. In this video, Michael Klimov, who teaches Russian at Bowdoin, speaks about a book by a Russian author that made a difference for him.

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Prof. Allen Springer’s Book Examines Effectiveness of International Environmental Law

Prof. Allen Springer’s latest book examines the conflicts that sometimes erupt between individual countries and international environmental law.


Prof. Chong: The Math Behind iPhone Energy Harvesters, Wall Sound Filters and Origami

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Chong works on the kind of fantastic inventions you could imagine one day might be the mundane objects we all take for granted, such as walls that filter out traffic noise but let in the music of birdsongs, or gigantic underground coils that protect cities from earthquakes. Perhaps his most thrilling project is figuring out how people can charge their iPhones just by walking around with them.


Bowdoin to Celebrate 400 Years of Shakespeare

To honor the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, a theater professor and an English professor will present a lecture and demonstration on the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays.


Off the Shelf: Associate Professor of English Ann Kibbie

We’re visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. In this video, English professor Ann Kibbie talks about one of her favorite books.


Off the Shelf: Professor of Philosophy Matthew Stuart

We’re visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. First up, philosophy professor Matthew Stuart.

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Prof. Kohorn Wins NSF Grant to Investigate How Plant Cells Sense External Events

Over the years, Professor of Biology Bruce Kohorn and his lab team have been solving bit by bit the mystery of how plant cells enlarge and also protect themselves against invading fungi and bacteria.

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Video Art Students to Stage Public Show about Important Maine River

Students in a new art class at Bowdoin, Video Art: Site-Specifics, have created a series of videos that explore people’s past, present, and potential future relationships with the Androscoggin River.


Prof. Mark Wethli Show “(Un)conditional Color” Opens in NYC

Mark Wethli’s new curated show, (Un)conditional Color, opened Feb. 24 at The Curator Gallery, at 520 West 23rd Street in New York City. It runs through April 2nd.