Archives for July 2014

Frogpocalypse: Bowdoin’s Wheelwright on How Mysterious Frog Die-Off Raises Warning (NBC News)

Mysterious Frog Die-Off Raises Warning from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, and chair of the Biology Department, documents what “was like a nuclear detonation” in his backyard pond when more than 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died within a day. As Wheelwright tells NBC News, and as he and his collaborators at the University of Tennessee reported in a study published by Herpetological Review, the culprit is likely an insidious type of virus.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Winners Present Their Research


The 2014 MMUF Fellows along with MMUF alumni Emily Coin ’14 and Tiffany Ebrahim

Last week in Druckenmiller Hall, this year’s ten Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) researchers presented five weeks worth of research to professors, faculty advisors, and fellow students at the 2014 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Summer Research Colloquium. The MMUF is named for Benjamin E. Mays, former president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. The Fellowship supports students from underrepresented minority groups in becoming scholars, with the aim of increasing the number of these students who pursue PhDs, as well as encouraging diversity in academia. This summer, the MMUF brought together students and faculty mentors from Bowdoin College and from the University of  the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Read more about the fellows.

America’s Favorite Place Is in Maine, Naturally (ABC News)

The North and South Bubble Mountains behind Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park

The North and South Bubble Mountains behind Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park













The results are in, and America’s favorite place is: Acadia National Park. Good Morning America‘s search for “your favorite place in America” brought in an “overwhelming” number of responses, which rated Acadia higher than places such as Lake Tahoe and the Chicago waterfront. The beauty of Mount Desert Island’s Cadillac Mountain, Bass Harbor Head lighthouse, and more attract — and apparently impress — hordes of visitors each year, no doubt contributing to Maine’s reputation as “Vacationland.”

10 Things to Change About Your Resume Right Now (Mashable)

Resume256If your email ends in and you’re not “applying for a job as a historian on 1999,” it’s time to upgrade, advises HubSpot chief marketing officer Mike Volpe ’97. As part of Mashable’s new business series, Volpe highlights ten mistakes that will guarantee you not to get a second look for a position in marketing — let alone an interview. More tips: take that selfie off your LinkedIn profile, and use one social media account well rather than using multiple accounts poorly.