Bowdoin Student Researchers Launch Pro-Science Blog

Danielle Haas Freeman ’17

Danielle Haas Freeman ’17 and other student researchers at Bowdoin have launched a new “informal” science blog about their research. With “Bowdoin Student Scientists: Science in Informal Language,” they aim to communicate the importance of science in a time when public policy appears to be veering from mainstream scientific findings, particularly on climate change.

Freeman explains in the blog that she is concerned that the outcome of the US presidential election reflects a distrust, among some parts of the public, for “both the scientific method and of the relevance of our research to globally significant debates over climate change, pollution, land use, and human health.”

In their posts, the student contributors describe their research in relatively non-technical language and straightforward descriptions. They also include some personal observations. Read more.

Hmm: The Global Spread of the ‘Hum’ (Good)

People all around the world are supposedly hearing a strange, persistent humming noise, referred to simply as “the hum.” Evidently, hundreds of residents in Bristol, England, in the 1970s first began hearing a “constant low-frequency sound that didn’t seem to originate from any particular point, but rather existed all around them.” Now one in fifty people around the globe report hearing a hum.

While some believe it’s just tinnitus, others are convinced the source of the droning noise has not yet been identified.  Read more.

Bowdoin Student Techies Go West for Spring Break

West Trek participants, and some alumni, at Google

Forty Bowdoin students — from across class years, majors, and backgrounds — trekked to California over spring break to explore career opportunities in technology. Now in its second year, the West Trek, a Bowdoin Career Planning program, was expanded this year to allow twice as many students to participate.

West Trek is designed to put students who would not otherwise be exposed to California’s tech culture in contact with graduates working for innovative companies, from Airbnb and Pinterest to Facebook and Google.

Read more.

Raisa Tolchinsky ’17: Writing in Italy

Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

Senior Raisa Tolchinsky received a small grant from Bowdoin to study in Italy this spring break. An English major and Italian minor, Tolchinsky is pursuing an independent study on mystics and the meaning of mysticism.

Read about her experiences and see her photos.