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

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Julia Mehlman ’16

Psychology major Julia Mehlman became interested in the idea of “person-centered” dementia care while studying overseas in Scotland.

On her return to Bowdoin, with the help of a professor she set about devising her own curriculum, enabling her to specialize in the study of dementia care—a program that involved Mehlman’s gaining a lot of hands-on experience at a long-term care facility.

Maine’s Doorway to the Arctic (Cryopolitics)

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Mia Bennett

Maine is “only a hop, skip, and a jump away from the North Pole,” writes Mia Bennett, a PhD candidate in UCLA’s geography department, is researching the transportation infrastructure and natural resource development in the post-Cold War Arctic.

Bennett spoke on campus April 13 at the invitation of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. Bennett writes of her visit to Bowdoin—and of Maine’s links to the Arctic—in her blog, Cryopolitics.

Why ‘Just a Sip’ May Set Up Your Child for Serious Issues Down the Line (New York Times)

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Occasional sips of alcohol at an early age may increase the risk of more serious alcohol behavior later on in life, a new study in the journal Pediatrics found.

While it’s not uncommon for parents to allow their children to have a sip of wine during a religious holiday or family event, Dr. Monika Wadolowski, an epidemiologist and the lead author on the study, suggests that child sipping may be related to earlier initiation of more serious drinking, including binge drinking.

It’s So Clear Now: Shipwrecks Discovered at the Bottom of Lake Michigan (Smithsonian)

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Once the sheets of ice melted this spring, members of the US Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City, Michigan, experienced a rare sighting from the air.

Thanks in part to the clear water conditions at Lake Michigan, the Coast Guard spotted shipwrecks at the bottom of the lake. Read more about it, including why this discovery wasn’t made earlier.