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Bowdoin’s Funded Interns Plan Ambitious Summers

GlobeThirty-two students have won grants through Bowdoin’s Funded Internship program, administered by Career Planning. Donors have set up different funds — some aimed at students with specific career interests, others designed to be more general — to allow students to accept unpaid summer positions around the world. The program gives students the chance to explore potential career paths and to gain professional experience.  Read about the plans of the 2014 funded interns.

Generate Solar Power in the Dark (Atlantic)

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Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have figured out a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking. These molecules can store heat forever and be reused endlessly while emitting no greenhouse gases. Read more about this new phenomenon called photoswitching.

Trisha Bauman ’84: How Women Can Ascend the Ladder

Lunch-500x324In Trisha Bauman’s recent campus talk on women and leadership, she quickly got to the crux of the issue. “If you were to look at a trend line of the percentage of MBA graduates comprised by women from the seventies to today, you’d see about a 45-degree angle,” she said. “If you were to add the percentage of Fortune 500 CEOs comprised by women, you’d see roughly a flat line. So something’s not working.”

Bauman’s talk, organized by the student group Bowdoin Women in Business, was one of many workshops and classes she offered to students during a recent trip back to Bowdoin. “My presence on campus over these few days reflects the ways I’ve been active professionally since graduating,” she explained.

Earlier in Bauman’s career, she performed worldwide as an actor and dancer with several of France’s national contemporary dance and theater companies. During her recent visit to Bowdoin, she taught two classes, a composition class in dance and a theater class.

Bauman is also the founder and CEO of the leadership communications firm TJBauman, based in New York City. After teaching her theater and dance classes, she transitioned into her business consulting mode and met with a small group of students to discuss women’s leadership and workplace dynamics. Following this, she led a dinner discussion with members of the student group, Slam Poets Society, on how to create a winning TED Talk. Over the weekend, she also participated in the annual Women in Business panel with four other successful women: Karen Mills, Paula Volent, Lucy Orloski ’06 and Dani Chediak ’13. On her final day at Bowdoin, she conducted a workshop on Laban Movement Analysis, a form of nonverbal communications analysis, organized by Tim Sowa ’14 and sponsored by the Slam Poets Society and several College departments. Read the full story.

The Beats that Make Us Groove (Pacific Standard)

MusicThe twerk, the Bernie, the robot, the shopping cart: when it comes to signature dance moves, there’s a lot of variety. But regardless of which moves we choose, we all tend to groove to certain kinds of rhythms, researchers say.

Maria Witek at the University of Oxford has led a team researchers on a scholarly pursuit for the perfect rhythm on the dance floor, discovering the most danceable songs are somewhere on the rhythm spectrum of simplicity and complexity. Witeck writes in her study, “Entertainment feels good when there is some structural resistance against the regular pulse in the musical material.” Her study has just been published to the PLoS One.

Read more about these rhythms that “invite the body to synchronize with the meter” and make us dance our hearts out.

The Mystery of Dark Matter

dark matterDark matter, we know you’re out there. According to astrophysicists, all of the matter we can see in the universe amounts to only five percent of what actually exists. The unknown 95 percent is dark energy and dark matter, so called because we’re in the dark about its identity. Dark matter doesn’t emit or reflect light, or any other electromagnetic radiation, which is why it has never been detected … yet.

Blas Cabrera, a leader of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search collaboration, presented a Kibbe Lecture at Bowdoin to explain current efforts to pin down this elusive quarry. Read about Cabrera’s talk.

Expect Colder Winters (The Atlantic Cities)

With thanks to Coffee By Design, Portland, Maine; and WMTW.

With thanks to Coffee By Design, Portland, Maine; and WMTW.

With what was arguably the longest, coldest winter anyone cares to remember behind us, we hope we’re not jinxing anything by declaring that spring has sprung, but experts say we may be in for more of the same in years to come.

study released by a team of international experts analyzing the future of the jet streams expects colder winters as the jet stream continues to route Arctic air down to the east. Likewise, the American west can look for hotter weather, the type that currently creates droughts, high food prices, and a jacked-up risk of wildfires. Delightful all around.

Americans Judge Non-Believers as Immoral (Pacific Standard)

church angelTimes are hard for non-believers. Psychologist Will Gervaise at the University of Kentucky recently published a study that demonstrated how atheists are peceived negatively by Americans, in spite of the louder voices atheists have been offering in recent years. Even hard-core atheists were found to believe that immorality is more represented in people who don’t believe in God than other people.

The findings also suggest that by assuming moral behavior depends on believing in God leads people “to look at non-believers and reflexively assume the worse,” despite evidence to the contrary.

Read about Gervaise’s methodology and how he lured people into revealing their prejudices here. 

Russia Through the Lens of a Russian Photographer (NPR)

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Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm felt that when foreign photojournalists came to work in his country they arrived with the pictures they wanted to send back home already in their head. In reaction, Klamm began visiting small towns throughout Russia and photographing the simple life in these rural villages. In 2009, Klamm compiled his images on a website and asked his photographer friends to share their images as well. To date more than 60 Russian photographers have contributed to his site. Read more about his project and view some of the photos.

Joanie Wins Age Division at 2014 Boston Marathon (Bangor Daily News)

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The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was an emotional exercise on multiple fronts, as stories of strength and survival intertwined with those of sorrow and tribute.

Calling it “the race of a lifetime” for some, Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 said the day was full of promise. The Olympian would go on to win the women’s ages 55-59 division with a time of 2:52:11. Her son,  Anders Samuelson ’12, another among many runners with ties to Bowdoin, placed 13th among all Maine runners in 2:50:01.

Joanie, as she’s known the world over, was a senior at the College when, wearing a Bowdoin singlet and a Red Sox cap, she crossed the finish line, winning the 1979 Boston Marathon, in what was then a women’s course record. In 1983, she won again, with a time of 2:22:43, shaving 2:47 off the world record. The Bangor Daily News writes of how it was an emotional day for Mainers at the Marathon.

Bowdoin Eco-Reps Mark Earth Day

IMG_7126In honor of Earth Day today, Bowdoin’s student Eco-Reps slung capes on the College’s iconic statues and put up signs across campus explaining the steps Bowdoin has taken to be green.

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