Archives for March 2013

More Patients Blogging About Illness and Death (NPR)

More and more medical patients are blogging about their treatment and battles with illness, particularly with the help of sites like CaringBridge and CarePages.  NPR’s Eliza Barclay explains why blogging about terminal illnesses can be both an empowering process for patients as well as a healthy way to open up the discussion about death with friends and family.

Mariely Garcia Finds Her Way From Harlem to Bowdoin (WNYC)

Photo by Yasmeen Khan

Researchers at Harvard and Stanford recently found that many talented low-income students don’t apply to the nation’s top colleges, largely because they don’t know about them. But as radio station WNYC in New York City reports, outreach efforts by selective colleges and organizations like Questbridge, the Opportunity Network, and others are working hard to address the problem. Take the case of Mariely Garcia of Harlem. Mariely—who will graduate from high school at the top of her class and with a nearly perfect grade point average—has not only heard of Bowdoin, she’s been admitted and plans to keep doing all she can to help raise the aspirations of her peers.

David Bruce ’13 Wins Watson to Study Climate Change in Threatened Cities

Samuel David Bruce ’13Samuel Bruce ’13, who goes by his middle name David, will travel the world next year to study the ways different coastal cities, from Europe to South America, are responding to the danger of rising sea levels and other disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis.

Bruce is one of 40 students around the country to receive a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which gives graduating seniors $25,000 and the mandate to pursue a subject or issue that fascinates them. Fellows are urged not to return to the United States for 12 months.

Read the full story here.

How TV is Turning Our Children into Cheaters and Liars (The Atlantic)


Forget about “rotting your brain” or turning your mind to mush. A recent study of 11,000 children in the UK reveals that kindergartners who watch more than three hours of telelvision are at an increased risk of fighting, lying and cheating, giving parents even more reason to reconsider the amount of screen time their little ones are absorbing.