Rudalevige: Bowdoin’s ‘Founding Principles’ Series Aims to Tackle ‘Constitutional Illiteracy’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige

Writing in his regular Monkey Cage blog in the Washington Post, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, expressed dismay over the level of public ignorance in the US over constitutional issues.

To try and tackle this “constitutional illiteracy,” Monkey Cage is publishing Rudalevige’s “Founding Principles” video series every Tuesday over the summer. The first of the fifteen episodes deals with what he describes as “the most basic of the Constitution’s principles: the separation of powers.”

Read Rudalevige’s latest Monkey Cage political science blog, which features the first of the “Founding Principles” series.

Tom Davidson ’94 Launches Baseball-Themed Summer Learning Platform

Tom Davidson ’94, photo credit: EverFi

Tom Davidson ’94—CEO of educational technology company EVERFI—aims to stop the so-called “summer slide” experienced by school kids at this time of year, according to Roger Groves in Forbes.com. EVERFI has teamed up with Major League Baseball to launch a new learning platform described by Groves as “carefully disguised teaching vehicles.”

The program, called “Summer Slugger,” features thirty six interactive baseball-themed computer games designed to boost math and literacy skills. According to Davidson, “each fall teachers spend an average of six weeks re-teaching their students old material that was lost during the summer months.”

Bowdoin’s Danahy Mentors US International Chemistry Olympiad Team

Michael Danahy

Michael Danahy

Bowdoin College chemistry lecturer Michael Danahy described the four high school students chosen to represent the US in this year’s International Chemistry Olympiad as “one of the strongest groups we have seen,” reports Chemical and Engineering News. Danahy is among the mentors for this year’s team, which heads to Thailand next month for the international academic competition. The four were chosen after an intensive two-week study camp sponsored by the American Chemical Society. “They came in really well prepared in all aspects of chemistry,” said Danahy.