Archives for March 2017

NBC News Correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78, H’12 Declares Press is as Robust as Ever

Senior legal and investigative corespondent for NBC News. Cynthia McFadden spoke at Bowdoin on March 27, 2017. Seniors Marina Affo and Harriet Fisher moderated the discussion.

Journalist Cynthia McFadden ’78, an award-winning senior investigative correspondent at NBC News, spoke to students at Bowdoin Monday night, describing the current media and political environment in a lively discussion moderated by Harriet Fisher ’17 and Marina Affo ’17.

“Is the press still free?” was the first question posed by Fisher ’17. The answer, according to McFadden, “is a resounding yes.” Read more of McFadden’s remarks.

Trustee Jes Staley ’79, P’11 and Brother Peter Staley Honored for AIDS Activism (Bloomberg)

Brothers Jes Staley ’79, P’11 (left) and Peter Staley

The 35th anniversary benefit of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis honored AIDS activist Peter Staley and his brother Bowdoin College Trustee and Barclays CEO Jes Staley ’79, P’11 in New York March 23, 2017. Former President Bill Clinton, represented at the gala by his daughter Chelsea, was also honored for his work on AIDS through the Clinton Foundation.

GMHC is one of the world’s leading providers of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Read about the Staleys’ efforts in the Bloomberg article, “Barclays Boss Staley and His Brother Embrace Change at AIDS Gala.”

Earlier this month, the brothers Staley were honored at Yahoo in New York at an event sponsored by Bowdoin’s LGBTIQA Alumni Network. Read about it in Bowdoin News.

How Big Data Could Transform Your Therapy Session (Atlantic)

We’ve seen big data—huge data sets that may analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially with regard to human behavior and interactions—used in politics and sports.

The Atlantic examines what it could mean if psychotherapists applied the same type of metrics to their work. Read “What Your Therapist Doesn’t Know.”

Brain Scans Reveal Why Some People are Better at Learning Languages (Scientific American)

For those of us struggling to learn a foreign language, it is not heartening to learn that brain scans indicate that some people have an aptitude for picking up foreign tongues. Apparently, those with more spatially aligned fibers in their right brain hemispheres (which can speed up the transfer of information) are more successful at learning new languages.

But at least one researcher studying this topic has an optimistic take on these findings: by understanding this phenomenon, we might be able to help linguistically challenged people learn better. Read more.