Archives for September 2016

Maine and the Arctic: International Experts Convene at Bowdoin to Discuss Challenges in the Arctic


The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center hosted an international gathering of scholars and policymakers who discussed the challenges of effective maritime governance during the two-day “Governing Across the Waves” workshop September 26-27, 2016.

The workshop welcomed official delegations from the coast guards of Argentina, Chile, Japan, and Indonesia, as well as representatives of the Russian Ministry of Transportation, and Arctic scholars from across the U.S., Canada and European Union.

They discussed best practices in maritime governance, with an overarching purpose of better preparing the U.S. and Russia to grapple with emerging challenges in the Bering Strait region. More about the workshop here.

Marketing Schools? Education Research by Bowdoin Professor Causes Stir

sjessenResearch by Sarah Butler Jessen, visiting assistant professor of education, has made people look hard at how educational privatization and school choice has led to schools spending more on marketing.

“Administrators of charter management organizations, in particular, depend heavily on online marketing as well as social media, direct mail campaigns, and branding initiatives to attract students to their schools,” Jessen and her co-researcher, Catherine DiMartino, write. “In turn, neighborhood public schools have had to reallocate resources to respond with publicity efforts of their own to attract and retain students. ”

Jessen’s research was noted by  former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, in her blog. She writes, “Jessen and DiMartino explain to EduShyster that aggressive charter schools flood their target zones with mailings in order to produce more applicants than there are openings. This helps to brand them as ‘popular’.”

Women’s Ice Hockey to Play Connecticut College at Frozen Fenway 2017

Frozen Fenway

The women’s ice hockey team will play outdoors at Fenway Park Thursday, January 12, against Connecticut College as part of the 2017 Capital One Frozen Fenway lineup announced Tuesday. More here.

Read These Books and ‘Improve Your General Knowledge of the World’ (Farnam Street)

Books stacked128

Farnam Street asked readers to suggest what books to read to increase one’s general knowledge of the world. The blog received more than 55,000 submissions and compiled them into a more succinct record.

Books range from didactic texts such as The Einstein Factor: A Proven New Method for Increasing Your Intelligence by Win Wenger, PhD, to classic novels including The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), and Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe). Plato and Aristotle also make the cut, along with 2011 best seller Thinking, Fast and Slow. The complete list here.