Archives for March 2013

Infographic: The United States of the Environment (Mother Nature Network)

Which state has the top exercise rate? The most academic research funding? The cleanest teeth? Mother Nature Network offers two maps — “The United States of Awesome” and “The United States of Shame” — depicting where we excel and where we could use some improvement.

Bowdoin Student-Researchers Turn to the Community as Muse

community research social researchChelsea Gross ’13 is completing an honors thesis that analyzes 19th-century artifacts discovered two years ago during an archaeological dig at Joshua Chamberlain’s Brunswick house. Eliza Warren-Shriner ’13 is researching food hubs in Maine and Vermont to study the differences between the two systems. Tess Beem ’13 is creating a series of maps for a proposed walking and biking path between Brunswick and Bath.

Of the more than 100 honors projects and independent studies that Bowdoin seniors are pursuing this year — on topics spanning the globe and academic disciplines — a handful of projects like these are incorporating local research in Brunswick or in Maine. Several more involve hands-on research completed during study-away semesters.

Keep reading more about community-based research at Bowdoin and about the projects of Gross, Warren-Shriner, Beem and Tasha Sandoval ’13.

Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team Sweeps Tournament

The Bowdoin women’s frisbee team, Chaos Theory, drove to St. Simon’s, Ga. over spring break to face teams from all over the country, including Lehigh, University of Texas at Arlington, American University, Rochester, Syracuse and a few others. Over the three-day tournament, Chaos Theory won nine out of nine games, with its closest score coming in at 13-5.

Read the full story and see the slideshow.

One More Lesson We Should Learn From Einstein (Fast Company)


Albert Einstein was inescapably brilliant, but innovation consultant and author Jeffrey Phillips argues that we’re still neglecting one of Einstein’s most prominent innovations: the act of thinking. Phillips encourages business execs and busy Americans alike not to shortcut thinking in the problem-solving process, which he says can lead to an overemphasis on the more tangible steps of defining a solution and planning its implementation.