Archives for June 2013

Use Your Weekend to Supercharge Your Week (Forbes)

Don’t feel guilty about taking weekend down-time to socialize, exercise, and indulge in your favorite hobbies. Forbes says it can improve your motivation and productivity during the week. The magazine’s list of the 14 weekend habits of successful people suggests that taking the weekend to recharge and plan ahead rather than worry is the best way to add balance to a busy week at the office.

Tom Davidson ’94 Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Tom Davidson '94 accepts the 2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Tom Davidson '94 accepts the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

This week, Tom Davidson ’94, CEO of EverFi, was named the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Greater Washington, DC Award. Davidson was also recognized as a Top 100 Entrepreneur by Goldman Sachs last year.

Davidson was elected to the Maine State Legislature before he had even graduated from Bowdoin. During his three terms, he made it his mission to provide education technology to Maine students. He collaborated with Governor Angus King to successfully provide every seventh grader in the state with a laptop, among other initiatives.

Davidson co-founded EverFi in 2008 along with Jon Chapman ’96 and Ramon Martinez ’96. They aimed  to “mobilize the private sector” against deficiencies in Maine public schools, such as digital literacy and financial education. So far, they have raised over $21 million through funding from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, among others. EverFi teaches middle and high school children to use technology safely and effectively through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, and also provides financial and civic education and online substance abuse prevention programs. Learn more about EverFi on their website.

Bowdoin Men’s Rowing Takes On the Henley Royal Regatta

Bowdoin Men's Rowing in England at the Henley Alumni GatheringA Bowdoin boat will compete in the Henley Royal Regatta, the celebrated international rowing competition that has been held annually on the Thames since 1839. The Men’s First Varsity Four, whose boat “the Trigger” is affectionately named after its donor’s late Golden Retriever, have bypassed the Qualifying Races and will compete in their first round of Prince Albert Challenge Cup racing July 3. Cal Brooks ’15 (stroke), Tucker Colvin ’13 (3 seat), Mark Endrizzi ’15 (2 seat), Chris Breen ’15 (bow), coxswain Jen Helble ’14, and Trevor McDonald ’15, who is training alongside them as an alternate, left for England June 20 to train on the Thames and explore London. You can follow the team’s adventures on their blog: Bowdoin Rowing Henley 2013.

Is Obesity A Disease? (Time)

The American Medical Association (AMA) will now recognize obesity as a disease, in the hopes that this classification will change the way the medical community views and treats the complex condition. Ideally, the beneficial results would include de-stigmatization and insurance companies’ inclusion of treatment costs.

However, there may also be unintended consequences of considering obesity a disease. While it may encourage awareness and understanding, it could also foster a feeling of helplessness in patients, or convince doctors and patients alike that the only solution is costly professional help. Additionally, the over-simplified classification doesn’t take into account the various levels and causes of obesity. Time explores the current trend of medicalizing conditions, along with its benefits and its drawbacks.