Bowdoin Fellows Kick-off Summertime Community Work

Two dozen Bowdoin students have fellowships from Bowdoin this summer to intern for local organizations committed to helping Maine’s people and its environment.

The two fellowship programs, Maine Community Fellows and Maine Summer Fellows, are run by the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good and the Environmental Studies Program, respectively. Each year, students are selected for these programs through a competitive application process. Recipients are partnered with organizations that match the students’ interests and have a need for a summer intern. The students receive $5,000 to support them over the summer. Read about what some of the students are up to this summer in Bowdoin News.

Aidan Coyle ’17 Makes Green Crab Research Breakthrough

Small, nimble, and aggressive, European green crabs are ferocious invaders. Since they first arrived on the shores of the United States in the early 1800s, they have been wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems up and down the East Coast.

Scientists and conservationists have spent years trying to better understand how the crab adapts so well to new environments and continues to expand its territory. Now Aidan Coyle’s honors thesis is promising to add to that body of knowledge, contributing to an ongoing effort to solve a lingering crab mystery. The recently graduated senior spent his last year at Bowdoin looking for a link between the crab’s cold hardiness and its genes. Read more in Bowdoin News.

The Honorands: A Talk by Fatuma Hussein H’17

Fatuma Hussein, who received an honorary degree during Bowdoin’s 212th Commencement, is the founder and executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine (formerly the United Somali Women of Maine), an organization developed to help Somali immigrants settle in the state. She spoke at Bowdoin May 26, 2017.

Hussein is a leading voice against gender-based violence in the African immigrant community and in society at large. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, the oldest of thirteen children, Hussein lived in a Kenyan refugee camp after civil war broke out in Somalia in 1991. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1993, where she attended high school. Seeking relief from congestion and crime in urban Atlanta, she moved with her family to Maine, eventually settling in the Lewiston-Auburn area.