Mark Anderson ’74 on Why Putting a Dollar Value on the Environment is a Bad Idea (Bangor Daily News)

Mark Anderson ’74

Former University of Maine instructor Mark Anderson ’74 argues that conventional economic theory is not appropriate when it comes to putting a value on nature.

In Anderson’s column “Pennies for Puffins,” published in the Bangor Daily News public policy blog Stirring the Pot, Anderson described the efforts of some economists to assign monetary value to environmental protection.

“Expressing the values of nature in dollar terms,” he wrote, “crowds out the more profoundly important aspects of nature to our lives.”

Joseph Gauld ’51 Reflects on Emerson’s Concept of Self-Reliance (Huffington Post)

Joseph Gauld ’51

Joseph Gauld ’51, founder of the Hyde School in Bath and a recognized expert and commentator on education and parenting, recently published a column in The Huffington Post, in which he reflects on the legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “arguably our greatest philosopher and greatest 19th- century writer.”

 

 

Summer Internship Gives Theo Richards ’19 a Taste of British Brewing

Theo Richards ’19

Rising junior Theo Richards is spending the summer in London, working in one of the world’s oldest industries—the making of beer. Thanks to a Robert S. Goodfriend Internship grant, overseen by Bowdoin Career Planning, Richards is spending his days at Southwark Brewing Company, a craft brewery tucked under a railway arch on the south bank of the Thames, near Tower Bridge. Read more in Bowdoin News.

 

Lonnie Hackett ’14 Heading to Oxford as Rotary Scholar

Lonnie Hackett ’14 with Zambian teachers trained by Healthy Kids/Brighter Future to be school health workers

College footballer-turned-child health activist Lonnie Hackett ’14 has received an international scholarship to study at Oxford University for a year, according to The Times Record. Hackett is getting $35,000 as a Rotary International Scholar to study for a master’s in public health at the prestigious UK institution.

Back in 2013 Hackett, with the help of a Thomas A. McKinley ’06 and Hannah Weil McKinley ’08 Summer Fellowship grant from Bowdoin, launched a nonprofit aimed at improving the health of schoolchildren in Zambia, where he had worked as a volunteer and where he now lives. Healthy Kids/Brighter Future employs the concept of using classroom teachers as “frontline health care workers,” and claims to have improved the health of more than 30,000 children in the southern African country.

Hackett said he hopes to use the skills gained studying at Oxford to help him expand the school health program to reach 100,000 children by the end of 2018.