Conor Williams ’05: How New Federal Education Law Can Help English Learners (The 74)

Conor Williams ’05

Education policy pundit Conor Williams ’05 said the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act has the potential to better serve English language learners. Writing in The 74 (a nonprofit news site that specializes in educational matters), he described how ESSA, “which replaced the much-maligned No Child Left Behind,” gives states more flexibility in how they help those learners.

Williams singled out three states in particular for making “good use of their newfound flexibility.” Read more in The 74.

Recent Bowdoin Grad’s Paper on Deep Sea Coral ‘A Critical Finding,’ Says Supervisor

Meg Frenkel ’16

Megan Frenkel ’16 is making waves in the world of ocean science. Frenkel, who changed her name from Freiberger last year, is the lead author on a paper recently published in the journal Deep Sea Research I. Using radiocarbon dating techniques, She was able to make new discoveries about the growth rates of deep sea coral. Read more in Bowdoin News. 

Scientists Detect More Activity in Deep Space As Black Holes Collide

LIGO Observatory, in Hanford, WA. Visible are the two 4km arms containing vacuum chambers used to detect gravitational wave activity. (Courtesy: LIGO Laboratory)

There’s renewed excitement in the scientific world after advanced measuring equipment picked up signals indicating the collision of two black holes some three billion light years away. The discovery came from researchers at the Laser-Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO), who first detected such waves September 14, 2015. This marks the third time the laboratory has detected gravitational waves. Read more in Bowdoin News.