Archives for June 2012

Recent Alum Tries Out Lobstering Before Library School


Roberto Flores '12 lobstering

Lobstering on the 'Buckeye'

Although Roberto Flores ’12 aspires to be a librarian and plans on attending graduate school in library science next year, at the moment he’s spending his days hauling lobster traps, painting buoys, and preparing bait.

Flores is working as a sternman for Bruce King, a lobsterman from Vinalhaven, Maine. The alumnus started his job on King’s 30-foot boat, Buckeye, after graduating in May, and he plans to keep working for King through mid-December.
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Video: Polar Bear Casts a Fly with Mac Lord ’77

During Reunion Weekend 2012 the Polar Bear learned how to fly-cast from L.L. Bean fly-fishing guru Macauley Lord ’77.

Turning the Square Root of 2 into a Story, with New Media


Rachel Pollinger '15

Rachel Pollinger '15

Rachel Pollinger’s task this summer is to create math challenges for middle and high school students. But not typical math problems, such as finding the square root of 121 and dividing it by the square root of 25. Instead, the problems she’s inventing involve creativity, storytelling, and new media.

Funded by a grant from Bowdoin’s Gibbons Summer Research Program, Pollinger ’15 is working for a company based in Freeport, Maine called Meridian Stories. The organization, founded by a Sesame Street producer, is developing innovative curricula for students “that focus on 21st-century skills, combined with storytelling,” Pollinger said.
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Live Webcam: Puffin Loafing Ledge, Seal Island, Maine (

Puffin Loafing Ledge live webcam

Miss Maine’s rocky coast and wildlife? For today’s Vacationland fix, check out the live Audubon webcam perched on “Puffin Loafing Ledge” on The Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, home to Maine’s largest colony of puffins.