Archives for March 2017

Campus-wide Media Project Targets Red/Blue News Divide

Poster for the Purple Media Plunge

Whether it’s the sites we choose, the stories our friends post, or the news that algorithms use to populate our feed, more Americans are learning about current events through a particular partisan lens. An experimental project on campus, starting Saturday, is encouraging students to stray from their comfortable news sites — where they can reliably read articles with a liberal or conservative bent — and to try reading news from the other side.

The Polar Bear Purple Media Plunge launches April 1. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Oliver Otis Howard Papers: Mass Digitization Project Now Complete

Oliver Otis Howard, Class of 1850

A mammoth digitization project designed to enable public access to the papers of one of Bowdoin’s most distinguished alumni is now complete.

In 2014, the College received a $150,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the Oliver Otis Howard Papers.

The project also received funding from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and the College.

With the help of twenty-six student workers, more than sixty linear feet of archival materials—some 80,000 letters, photographs and diaries—were scanned and published online.

Read more in Bowdoin News.

Kibbe Lecturer Discusses the Latest on Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and Black Holes

More than hundred years ago, Einstein predicted that space time was dynamic, and that there were ripples in space time traveling at the speed of light, or gravitational waves. On September 14, 2015, the two Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Hanford, Wash., and Livingston, La., registered, for the first time, a loud gravitational wave signal traveling through Earth, created more than a billion years ago from the merger of two black holes. A few months later in December, another signal, also from black holes, was detected. These observations marked the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy.

Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez, an experimental physicist who has led the LIGO Scientific Collaboration for five years, describes the details of the observation, the status of gravitational wave detectors, and the gravity-bright future of the field. Her lecture was sponsored by the Kibbe Science Lecture Fund.

‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List Includes AmEx with Chenault ’73, H’96 at the Helm (Fortune)

Ken Chenault ’73, H’96

Fortune magazine is out with its annual list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For.”

The twentieth anniversary edition of the compilation includes, at #69, American Express, whose chairman and CEO Ken Chenault ’73, H’96 has been lauded for his leadership numerous times in the media, including by Advertising Age and Barron’s.