You’re Here, Too? President Obama, Isaiah Bolden ’15 Chat about Environmental Research in French Polynesia

President Barack Obama (center) with University of Washington lab group in French Polynesia. (L. to r.) Dr. Nick Roden, postdoctoral fellow; Isaiah Bolden ’15, graduate student; Daniel Anderson, laboratory technician; and Dr. Alex Gagnon, principal investigator.

Isaiah Bolden ’15 recently returned from French Polynesia, where he was doing fieldwork for his Ph.D. in oceanography, with data — and a great story.

Bolden’s lab group was conducting research on Tetiaroa Atoll, a ring-shaped coral reef, when the vacationing President Barack Obama stopped by to chat.

“President Obama visited with the group as part of a tour of the multiple ongoing research projects on Tetiaroa,” said Bolden, who, having begun his research on corals with Assistant Professor Earth and Oceanographic Science Michèle LaVigne as part of a Mellon Mays Fellowship at Bowdoin, is now in the oceanography graduate program at the University of Washington. Read more about the encounter in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige Weighs In on Trump’s First 100 Days (Springfield News-Leader)

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, was part of a panel of national scholars convening at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, to discuss President Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Read the article and watch the accompanying video of the discussion.

Former Ambassador Christopher Hill ’74, H’14 Talks North Korea, Beating Belichick at Lacrosse (207)

Click image to watch the interview with Christopher Hill ’74, H’14 (Image: 207/WCSH)

Career diplomat Christopher Hill ’74, H’14 was on campus earlier this week speaking about America’s greatest foreign policy challenges. While he was here, he also sat down with Caroline Cornish, co-host of 207, the nightly newsmagazine of local NBC affiliate WCSH.

In the interview, Hills spoke of the tensions in North Korea, China’s role, and the need to examine what he describes as the space between peace and war. The segment kicks off on a far less serious note: Hill’s recollections of his lacrosse days at Bowdoin — and beating Wesleyan and the man who would go on to become head coach of the New England Patriots. Watch the segment.

11 Facts to Know About the Potential Government Shutdown (Forbes)

Forbes explains the potential for a government shutdown if Congress does not present a funding bill by April 29, 2017. Most likely, Congress will ask for an extension, though ideally it would pass an appropriations bill.

The fiscal year ends September 30, 2017, after which the government will run out of money. Read more in  Forbes.