Academic Life

Bowdoin’s Danahy Mentors Gold-Winning Chemistry Olympiad Team

A team of US high school students has won four gold medals at this year’s International Chemistry Olympiad in Europe. Senior lecturer Danahy is one of the team’s three mentors.

Bowdoin Alumni and Students Jump into the Future of Fishing

As the field continues to develop and grow, more Bowdoin students and alumni are getting involved, attracted both to the promise of innovative jobs or research, and to doing work that has tangible environmental and social benefits.

Mellon Mays Fellows at Bowdoin Begin Journey to Graduate School

Each summer, Bowdoin hosts an intensive research program for Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research fellows. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established its undergraduate fellowship program in 1989 to encourage minority faculty in higher education. Bowdoin set up its Mellon program three years later.

Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy

Everyone knows that computers didn’t come along until the second half of the last century, right? Well, maybe not, says professor Arielle Saiber. There were computers in Renaissance Italy, she informs us, but these computers were people!

Bowdoin Scientist Embarks on Major Ocean-Climate Study

For thirty-seven days this August and September, Bowdoin oceanographer Collin Roesler will live on a 238-foot research vessel in a remote patch of the Gulf of Alaska, 200 miles from shore. With a community of other scientists, she will study the ocean’s army of plankton and bacteria. Though they are tiny, even microscopic, these organisms […]

The History of the Breakfast Sandwich and the Politics of Hummus

Jane Brox, a visiting professor who taught the food writing course this spring, said her intention designing the class was to encourage students to develop their writing style by focusing on a subject they cared about. “I wanted the students to learn how to create a voice on the page that could both accommodate a personal narrative and research,” she said.

Illustration by Jonathan Calugi for Bowdoin Magazine

A New Line of Thinking

Technology is so integrated into our daily lives that many of us barely contemplate it. We don’t think about how our GPS determines when to tell us to turn left; we just know we don’t have to ask for directions as long as we have a street address. But technology is changing more than our daily routines—it is affecting industry and our economy, influencing our politics and our points of view, and changing medicine, transportation, and nearly any field you can think of

Bowdoin Students and Grads Reap National Awards

This year, thirty-four students — many of them graduating seniors — received awards or fellowships to support graduates or undergraduate studies, or travel abroad.