Raisa Tolchinsky ’17: Writing in Italy

Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

Senior Raisa Tolchinsky received a small grant from Bowdoin to study in Italy this spring break. An English major and Italian minor, Tolchinsky is pursuing an independent study on mystics and the meaning of mysticism.

Read about her experiences and see her photos.

Former Bowdoin Post-Doc Pushes for Inclusivity in Science (Scientific American)

In a recent co-authored article in Scientific American, Kristy Duran argues that those who are now mobilizing to defend science in the wake of the US presidential election must not forget to press for greater diversity in the sciences.  “Some of our biggest discoveries, like the Higgs boson and the human genome sequence, were possible because of the collective work of many scientists from different backgrounds,” she and her co-authors write.

That diversity includes women, who only make up 28 percent of researchers. To help support female scientists, Duran, an associate professor of biology at Adams State University in Colorado, is helping to lead the nonprofit 500 Women Scientists, which is dedicated to building an inclusive scientific community and training diverse “future leaders in in science.” In addition, the group says it will use science to bridge divides and enhance global diplomacy.

About a decade ago, Duran was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Bowdoin, working in Professor of Biology Barry Logan’s lab.

Seven Inspiring Real-Life ‘Rags to Riches’ Stories (History)

History shares notable “rags to riches” stories, specifically those of Charles Dickens, Catherine I, and Andrew Carnegie.

These figures rose from humble beginnings to wealth and influence. Read more in History.

With Neighboring Marine Labs, Bowdoin Commits to Longterm Gulf Project

Teaming up with marine research centers up and down the coast, Bowdoin College has embarked on a longterm study to better understand how the Gulf of Maine is responding to climate change.

Scientists report that the Gulf of Maine is heating up more rapidly than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, impacting natural systems and coastal communities in Maine.

Read the story about the new marine alliance.