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.