A Google Maps for The Human Body (The Atlantic)

dna strandAviv Regev, of the Broad Institute, has begun to lay the foundations for a Human Cell Atlas, a “complete portrait of our cells in their staggering diversity.” In order for geneticists to learn about genes and their influence on disease, they must know which cells—of the total 30 trillion—are using the gene in question.

With funding from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, both hardware and software are developing to study and catalog single cells—bringing scientists closer to fulfilling the promises of biomedicine. Read more.

The Digital War: How Social Media Empowers ISIS (The Atlantic)

Social media256The #AllEyesOnISIS Twitter campaign of 2014, announcing the invasion of northern Iraq, sparked ISIS’ viral marketing campaign via social media. According to The Atlantic, the Islamic State owes its existence to the rise of the Internet—relying on staged photos, filters, and applications to coordinate operations, gain followers, and spread panic.

Transmissions such as telegraphs and radios were vital in earlier international wars, yet ISIS is perhaps “the first terrorist group to hold both physical and digital territory.” Learn how communication tools have historically solved and shaped conflict.

Designer Ruthie Davis ’84 To Receive 2016 ‘Fashpreneur’ Award

Ruthie Davis '84

Ruthie Davis ’84

High fashion shoe designer Ruthie Davis ’84 has been chosen to receive the 2016 FashInvest NYC Fashpreneur Award, which honors fashion industry entrepreneurs who exemplify a passion for recognizing early stage, high-growth opportunities and who have made an impact on the fashion community.

The award will be presented, and Davis will participate in what’s billed as “a fireside chat,” December 15, 2016, during the FashInvest Fashion Tech  Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. More about Davis and the award here.

Davis was on campus last fall to be part of President Rose’s Inaugural Symposium The Power of the Liberal Arts, and was interviewed by the WCSH newsmagazine 207. “It comes back to Bowdoin,” she said. “They taught us to think big. They taught us to analyze, to dream; create something new.”

Sea Lions, Sting Rays, Whale Sharks: Students Get Close to Marine Life

Students in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester, an immersion experience based at the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center, just returned from a 10-day trip to Baja California in Mexico where they studied benthic ecology. Bowdoin biologist Sarah Kingston shared lots of photos and videos from the trip, including a night snorkel with Mobula rays and a swim with sea lions.