Archives for July 2014

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Ever Greening the Beach to Beacon

Marathon matriarch and Trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is all about goals. With a track record that includes the gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, not one but two Boston Marathon wins, and one in the Chicago Marathon, it’s clear Joanie, as she’s known to friends and admirers the world over, is a force of nature.

Saturday, August 2, 2014, brings the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, which she founded, back to her hometown, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The race, attracting some 6,000 runners in its 17th year, becomes increasingly greener each year.

The greening of the B2B includes efforts ranging from composting and recycling (diverting an estimated 67% of the event’s waste from the landfill), to the elimination of all pre-race printed marketing materials, and a commitment to providing locally produced food and beverages to runners. “I believe that conservation is to environment what prevention is to health,” says Benoit Samuelson. “The two are really inextricably linked.”

The Search for Dark Matter Continues (Scientific American)

outer space, galaxy, universe, Dark matter: invisible and untouchable, yet a prominent gravitational force tugging on the Universe’s normal matter. With recent funding, three projects now move forward to attempt to identify the particles behind these gravitational forces. They differ in the types of detectors they will use to search for particles that currently only exist in theory (WIMPs and axions). These labs are confident that they will be able to either detect particles or reject their hypothesis within this next stage of research.

“In science the ruling out is as important as discovery,” says Stanford University physicist Blas Cabrera, “but of course discovery is always more fun.”

Cabrera, a spokesperson for the CDMS collaboration, also presented a Kibbe lecture at Bowdoin this past spring.

Summer Harvest: Bowdoin Garden Crew Brings New Plot to Life

The new garden on Harpswell Road is producing a bounty of vegetables and flowers this year under the direction of Bowdoin Organic Garden manager Sara Cawthon and her crew. Earlier in the summer, the radishes were the size of plums, and were so abundant that the dining hall chefs had to be inventive in how they used them.

In this video, garden interns Elina Zhang ’16 and Tara Palnitkar ’16 give a brief tour of the plot, showing off the basil, lettuce, watermelon and other crops that the carefully amended and tended soil is producing. The 1/3-acre garden joins the Bowdoin gardens out on Pleasant Street and South Street for a total of 1.5 acres.

People Who Like Instant Coffee Better Than the Good Kind (Time)

CoffeeDo not mess with a person’s coffee — especially before they’ve had their first morning cup. Coffee drinkers, a formidable lot, generally are creatures of habit, with biases about their brew. That said, would you believe that half the world prefers clumpy instant?

I mean, gag me with a coffee stirrer.

Time magazine looks at this phenomena in its aptly headlined article, “These Maps Show Why Half the World Prefers Kind of Gross Coffee.