Archives for April 2016

Tough Act to Follow: Apple Looks for Next Big Thing (Vox)

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Tuesday’s quarterly results for Apple suggest that the company may be struggling to increase the pace of its profitability as it enters a post-iPhone market. While Apple sold 51 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2016, the number looks disappointing among analysts because it marks the first year-over-year decline since the iPhone’s debut. Yet “the disappointing results don’t necessarily mean that Cook has made any major management blunders,” says Timothy Lee in Vox. It may just be that the iPhone is a difficult product for the company to follow up on. Read the article here.

How Writing Errors in Emails Affect Us Differently (The Conversation)

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Smartphones may have contributed to the rise of typos and grammatical mistakes in emails, but a series of research suggests that writing errors in emails affect people differently.

Cognitive psychologist Julie Boland and sociolinguist Robin Queen found, among other things, that personality traits can affect how bothered someone might be to a typo or grammatical error in an email. Keep the article here in mind before you shoot out your next email.

Mellow Music for Munchkins: Bowdoin Students Perform at Children’s Center

The Children’s Center at Bowdoin this winter sent out a request to college students, asking whether any musicians would volunteer to play soft music for an hour a week to its children. Three students who read the ad reached out to Eshoo—one ukelele player and two guitarists. Kai’olu DeFries ’19, Eleanora Niefield ’19, and Marina Henke ’19 now visit the center once a week on different days to quietly play songs in a corner. Eshoo said the teachers report that the environment is calmer and the children more relaxed when the Bowdoin musicians are playing.

Lunatics: Men, Women and the Moon in Early Modern France

moon imageThe intellectual debate that flourished in renaissance and early modern France is often described by scholars as a “battle of the sexes” — a battle in which women were often accused of being particularly susceptible to the lunar cycle.

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Katherine Dauge-Roth examined the issue in a recent faculty seminar lecture, presented as part of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies ‘Science Before Science’ colloquium.

Read / listen to an interview with Katherine Dauge-Roth