Environmental Studies

Townies: Students Work for Brunswick, Topsham

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Libby Szuflita ’15 and Violet Ranson ’16 are mapping parts of Topsham and Brunswick this summer to help local administrators make land-use decisions that improve town life and reconcile the sometimes conflicting needs of residents, businesses and wildlife.

Coastal Studies Symposium Previews Summer Research, Marine Lab Expansion

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Summer may be a break from classes, but things are busier than ever at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center: as the Marine Laboratory undergoes renovations for expanded programming, students and faculty presented a symposium on their research projects investigating green crabs, blue mussels, lobsters, sea stars, eelgrass, fish, clams, and more.

For Profit For Good: Environmental Studies Students Explore Biz World

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Two students are approaching their ambition to help the environment by going directly to what is often blamed for environmental degradation — big business.

Collecting Oral Histories from Maine Fishermen

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Sitting on a trove of oral histories from fishermen, a Brunswick-based association this summer hired Audrey Phillips ’16 to put together videos based on these recordings.

Bowdoin Honors Three Retiring Faculty Members

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Three faculty members were granted emeritus status during the annual meeting of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees on May 9-11, 2014: DeWitt John, Jorunn Buckley, and Steve Cerf.

Students, Staff, Faculty Honored for Commitment to Common Good

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The McKeen Center has recognized the work of 11 people who are striving to end hunger, to bring art to the community, to help refugees and immigrants set up new lives in Maine, and to help preserve historic buildings.

A Campus Discussion on the Cars of Tomorrow

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Last week, junior Courtney Payne invited a panel of experts to campus to weigh in on the future of cars. This future, they all agreed, would have to be one in which not just oil but other types of fuels were available on the market.

Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

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Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.

A Walk Through New York’s Past

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In this spring’s Santagata Lecture, anthropologist Hugh Raffles presented a reflection on the human and natural history of Manhattan neighborhoods like Marble Hill.

Next Steps for Bowdoin’s Solar Energy Project

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Two SolarCity representatives, John Conley and Matt Gitt, were on campus Wednesday to talk about their company and its plans to build a solar power complex at Bowdoin.

Watson Fellow Teona Williams ’12 Returns Home from World Travels

In one year, Teona Williams ’12 got lost in a slum in New Delhi, visited a fake corporate city in Thailand, celebrated Christmas in Cape Town, lived with a big, friendly family in Brazil, hiked 20 miles to a secluded cove in Trinidad, and watched the sunrise from a mountaintop in Jamaica.

Porpoise Found by Bowdoin Students Gains TV Fame

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A group of Bowdoin students discovered a harbor porpoise trapped in a salt marsh back in 2012, and now the rehabilitated porpoise has gained television stardom.

How to Succeed in a Sustainability Career

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Eban Goodstein, director of sustainability at Bard College, gave a talk on what it means to become a sustainability professional.

Two Students Bring Environmental Justice Debate To Bowdoin

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For many months, Alithea MacFarlane ’14 and Courtney Payne ’15 have been planning a one-day program at Bowdoin to investigate social justice and diversity in the environmental movement.

Workshop Gives Faculty the Keys to a Digital World

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Bowdoin faculty members take a turn as students in a short course titled “Digital Humanities @Bowdoin,” taught by Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher and Professor of Computer Science Eric Chown.

Digital Humanities @ Bowdoin – Matthew Klingle

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On January 13-16 of 2014, nearly two dozen Bowdoin faculty members are taking a turn as students in a short course for faculty titled “Digital Humanities @ Bowdoin,” as part of the College’s new Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.

Student Films Premier in Campus Festival (Popcorn Included)

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Six student films, created as end-of-semester projects, had their public debut in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Student Filmmaker Captures a Summer at Bowdoin’s Kent Island Scientific Station

Emily Hochman ’15 spent two months last summer as Artist in Residence at Bowdoin’s Kent Island Scientific Station filming her documentary. Back at Bowdoin in the fall with hours of footage, Emily is working with her independent study project director, Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies Sarah Childress, to edit her film.

Bowdoin Panel: How Will Coastal Communities Deal With a Rising Sea?

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At an interdisciplinary panel held on campus recently, Associate Government and Legal Studies Professor Allen Springer, Marine Geologist Peter Slovinsky and earth and oceonographic major Cameron Adams ’14 came together to explore the global and local impacts and responses to sea level rise.

Green Clubs as a Corporate Environmental Solution

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Matthew Potoski of UC Santa Barbara presented a lecture at Bowdoin proposing a system of voluntary membership in “green clubs” for tackling environmental challenges in the corporate world – an approach inspired by the family dinners of his childhood.