Bowdoin Wins Beckman Scholars Award for Scientific Research


Beckman scholar Sara Spicer ’18

Students who wish to pursue high-level scientific research at Bowdoin have received a big boost.

Bowdoin College has once again won a Beckman Scholars Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The grant will bring in $104,000 over the next three years to support four student-faculty pairs doing research in the fields of chemistry, biology, neuroscience, and medicine. Bowdoin is one of only 11 colleges across the country to receive the award this year.

Bowdoin previously won Beckman Scholar Awards in 2005, 2010, and 2014. Read more.

The Open Letter from the US Press Corps to President-Elect Trump (Columbia Journalism Review)

Press media

With acknowledgments to the strained relationship the American press corps has with President-elect Donald Trump and to the “widespread distrust in the media across the political spectrum” that he has highlighted, Kyle Pope, editor in chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, posted an open letter to Trump from the press corps. Read it here.

Giving Credit Where Due: The Role of Privilege in Success (Vox)

Hand and money staircase isolated on whiteJason Ford, mentor with Backstage Capital, a fund investing in overachieving, underrepresented founders, as well as a board member and CTO at May Designs, reflects on how inherited privilege—but not simply financial privilege—led him to be a millionaire.

“While I may have some natural ability and put in my share of sweat and tears, the best pilot in the world cannot fly to the moon unless someone provides them with a rocket ship.”

Ford urges entrepreneurs to stop “taking credit for flying to the moon all by themselves,” as if their own support structures had nothing to do with their successes. Read more.


How Saffron, the World’s Most Expensive Spice, Could Help New England Farmers (PRI’s The World)


Saffron flowers growing, Bardeskan, Iran. File photo.

At around $1,500 per pound, saffron is considered the world’s most expensive spice. It’s typically grown in hot countries like Iran and Spain. But if a research project at the University of Vermont proves successful, small farmers in northern New England could be harvesting this lucrative and sought-after product within the next year. The story was reported on PRI’s The World.