Digital and Computational Studies

The Difficulties of Predicting an Election

“One of the difficulties with polling nowadays is the huge decline in the number of people of who respond to polls. Going from a high in the 1970s of around 80 percent, we’re now down to single digits.”

Video: Symmetry Works! Where Math Meets Art

Symmetry is the buzz word on campus this week, as Santa Clara University mathematics professor Frank Farris showcases his unique style of digital art in a major, interdisciplinary, multi-event project called Symmetry Works!

Where Computer Science Meets Abstract Art

Two computer science students are spending the summer working on computer programs that can imitate the work of two twentieth-century masters of abstract art: Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky.

Seven Bowdoin Faculty Granted Tenure

At its recent meeting in Boston (February 4-6, 2016), the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees promoted seven faculty members to tenured positions.

Bowdoin’s Irfan Reacts to Mark Rothko Art Forgery Trial

“Once I learned that it duped the chairman of Sotheby’s, I was intrigued.”

Machine Learning: How Computers Predict The Future

“Everyone wants to own data mining now and machine learning”, she says. “It’s because of the amount of data that are out there today”, she adds, noting that how many of our everyday transactions are now electronically logged.

Students, Faculty Learn to Mine Twitter for Social Insights

Michael Kowal, Bowdoin’s fellow in Digital and Computational Studies, recently led an open Twitter data workshop on how to analyze big data. “Big data,” Kowal explained, are data sets that are too large for traditional analysis.

Bowdoin’s Newest Tenure-Track Faculty

Several tenure-track professors joined Bowdoin’s faculty this year to teach and do research in a number of fields — math, Romance languages, chemistry, digital and computational studies, theater and dance, Asian studies, history and sociology.

On Course: A Sampling of Bowdoin’s Newest Classes

This semester faculty members are offering many classes new to Bowdoin — 27 in all.

Irfan Shares Expertise on Careers and Coding on MPBN

Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies and Computer Science Mohammad Irfan was on MPBN’s Maine Calling program earlier this week talking about what he knows best: coding.

Students at Forefront of New Academic Initiative at Bowdoin

This summer, Sabina Hartnett ’18, Phoebe Bumsted ’17, Hannah Rafkin ’17, and Gabriella Papper ’18 are engaged in their own digital and computational research and helping Professor Hall develop a curriculum for her fall semester Introduction to Digital Humanities class.

New Course to Introduce Students to World of Digital Humanities

A Bowdoin computer science professor and a digital humanities expert are teaming up to teach a new digital and computational course next fall. The class will tackle two major projects: for the first, students will recreate what General Joshua Chamberlain saw from Little Round Top in 1865. For the second, they will explore the notion of identity in the age of social media.

#CarbonFeed Installation at H-L Library Reminds Us of Our Social Media Footprint

The #CarbonFeed project, designed by artists John Park and Jon Bellona, is designed to prompt viewers to consider their digital carbon footprint.

Barry Mills: The Way Forward

Holding true to the liberal arts, and with an eye on innovation, President Barry Mills writes of the digital and computational approach to preparing students to be thoughtful and productive leaders.

Professor Crystal Hall Receives Digital Fellowship

This summer and next, Crystal Hall, a visiting assistant professor of digital and computational studies, will attend a new institute in North Carolina that’s been designed to teach humanities scholars about cutting-edge digital tools that can broaden and deepen their research.

Bowdoin Art Historian and Co-Authors Win Award for Online Scholarship

A team of academics and technology experts — including Bowdoin’s Pamela Fletcher, professor of art history, and David Israel, senior producer for academic new media — has won the Association of Research Institutes in Art History’s 2015 ARIAH Prize for Online Publishing.

Scholars Explore Science Before the Scientific Revolution

In a recent Bowdoin symposium on early-modern science, scholars from Bowdoin and elsewhere gave talks on alchemy, astronomy, botany, and the global crosscurrents that transmitted Islamic learning to Europe.

Three Profs Put a Digital Spin on Humanities Classes

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

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.

First-Year Students Complete an Action-Packed First Semester

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.