Good Chemistry: Alex Peroff ’08 on Carbon Reduction and Careers in the Field

Alex Peroff ’08

A year after graduating from Bowdoin, Alex Peroff ’08 enrolled as a graduate student at Northwestern University, where he gained a PhD in chemistry. He now works for Pine Research Instrumentation, which supplies equipment to the scientific research community.

Peroff recently returned to campus to talk about his post-Bowdoin career, both academic and commercial. Read more in Bowdoin News.

True Story: Millennials Turning to Newspapers for Political Scoop (Pew Research Center)

Here’s a plot twist you may not have anticipated: Ever since the election, millennials have been turning to major newspapers for political news — and are doing so more than their elders.

The Pew Research Center finds that more adults under 50 — and at rates greater than their parents — report getting their news from the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Read all about it.

Navigating Difficult Conversations By Listening (Harvard Business Review)

The Harvard Business Review suggests three tips to avoiding communication breakdown during difficult conversations.

The ability to stay present in a meeting or conversation, without multitasking or turning to digital media, allows more productive discussion. Read more about this and the other tips here.

Billionaire Businessman Donates to ‘Free Income’ Fund to Help Poverty-Striken Kenyans (Money)

Pierre Omidyar

A billionaire businessman is donating to a project that aims to help those living in extreme poverty receive a so-called “universal basic income.” According to Money, Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay, plans to donate about $500,000 to the program, called GiveDirectly.

His money is expected to help “more than 26,000 people in 200 villages in Kenya,” where the typical adult income is only about $1.50 per day. Read more about it.