Archives for May 2013

Q&A: Kiersten King ’14 on her Beinecke Award and Future in Archaeology

Bowdoin junior Kiersten King, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has won a Beinecke scholarship to support her aspirations to become an archaeologist of the ancient Mediterranean world. The Beinecke Scholarship Program is designed “to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue…a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.” Each year, only 20 students from across the country with financial need and exceptional academic promise receive this award. King recently answered questions about her scholarship while in Rome, where she studied abroad this semester.

Read the full Q&A with King here.

Which 10 Brands Won’t Last Through 2014? (24/7 Wall St.)

Disappearing brands (Illustration credit: Abby McBride)


24/7 Wall St. names 10 big brands that will probably disappear in the next 18 months. Consumer electronics, cars and magazines number among the predicted casualties, which were identified based on criteria such as declining sales and rising costs.

Schooner Bowdoin Among Tall Ships Sailing in 2013 Windjammer Days Festival (Boothbay Register)

The schooner Bowdoin.

The schooner Bowdoin.


The schooner Bowdoin, a National Historic Landmark owned by the Maine Maritime Academy, is to be among 11 tall ships sailing in this year’s Windjammmer Days Festival in Boothbay Harbor  June 25-26.

The two-masted vessel was originally commissioned by Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan, Bowdoin Class of 1898, and named for his alma mater, to be sturdy enough for the icy seas of the north. The Bowdoin’s first voyage included over-wintering at Baffin Island in 1921-22. Because the ship proved so useful in the harsh climate, MacMillan ended up sailing the Bowdoin more than 300,000 miles over 26 voyages to aid his Arctic studies. After a stint in the Navy during WWII, the Bowdoin was sailed for the last time by MacMillan in 1954.

Introverts are More Immune Than Extroverts to the Hunt for Happiness (Psychology Today)

Psychology Today claims that introverts do not look for “big hits of positive emotional arousal” because they’d rather contemplate the meaning of things than seek bliss. This makes them “relatively immune to the search for happiness that permeates contemporary American culture,” Laura Helgoe writes in the magazine.

In a study by a Boston College psychologist, introverts, unlike extraverts, chose not to invoke “happy,” “up” or “enthusiastic” feelings when doing a task. Instead they preferred to maintain a neutral emotional state. “With a biological makeup that enables them to see positive emotional stimuli as a distraction when they are focused on another task, introverts are good at resisting all distraction,” Helgoe argues.