Alexa Staley ’11 Involved in LIGO’s Detection of Gravitational Waves

Alexa Staley '11

Alexa Staley ’11

Alexa Staley ’11 is among the scientists sending ripples across the world with news of the detection of gravitational waves.

Staley worked on the Laser-Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, or LIGO, as a grad student at Columbia and was part of the historic effort. Staley and Thomas Baumgarte, William R. Kenan Professor of Physics, share their insights on this scientific breakthrough.

Trustee Emeritus John Studzinski ’78 Urges Dialogue Between Faiths (New York Times)

John Studzinski '78

John Studzinski ’78

In a symbolic act of reconciliation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England, the Hampton Court Palace of King Henry VIII held its first Roman Catholic service in more than 450 years. According to Kimiko de Freytas Tamura of The New York Times, the schism between both churches began in 1534, when Henry VIII split from the Roman Catholic Church and declared himself the head of the Church of England.

Trustee emeritus John Studzinski ’78 was quoted in Times, saying that “dialogue between faiths is much needed and welcomed in these turbulent times.” Read the article.

Common Good, Alumni Council Awards to be Presented at Reunion Convocation June 4

(L. to r.) Steven Cerf, James MacAllen ’66, Dean Preston ’91, Leslie Preston ’88

(L. to r.) Steven Cerf, James MacAllen ’66, Dean Preston ’91, Leslie Preston ’88

Awards honoring outstanding leadership and service to the College will be presented during Reunion Convocation June 4, 2016.

The Common Good Award, selected by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees, recognizes a profound and sustained commitment to the common good. This year the award has two recipients — and they are siblings, no less: Leslie Preston ’88, who has dedicated her career to social justice and healthcare for underserved populations, and her brother Dean Preston ’91, a champion of tenants’ rights.

The Alumni Service Award and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, chosen by the Alumni Council, recognize members of the Bowdoin community for their exemplary achievement and dedication. The Alumni Service Award will be presented to Trustee James MacAllen ’66, and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff goes to Steven Cerf, Bowdoin’s George Lincoln Skolfield Jr. Professor of German Emeritus.

Registration for Reunion 2016 (June 2-5) begins in March.

Mindful Monday: A Harvard Professor’s Strategy to Help You Stop Worrying (Business Insider)


Mindfulness is not a new topic, but it’s one that has certainly come to the fore recently. Assistant Professor of Psychology Hannah Reese has helped launch the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program with Mid Coast Hospital, and Harvard Medical  School Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology Ronald Siegel, author of The Mindfulness Solution, explains how you can use mindfulness to stop worrying and to start being more present. Read the article in Business Insider.