Bowdoin’s Naculich Explains the Higgs Boson ‘God Particle’

Stephen Naculich

Stephen Naculich


The discovery of the Higgs boson, often referred to as “the God particle” — a name many particle physicists say they detest but for its ability to let people know what they’re talking about — brings these scientists closer to understanding mass and its origins. Bowdoin Professor of Physics Stephen Naculich helps bring the rest of us up to speed on what it all means.

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Emmy Nomination for Bowdoin-Informed ‘Desperate Alewives’


The MPBN documentary Desperate Alewives has been nominated for a New England Emmy in the category of Outstanding Environmental Program. The doc looks at how populations of alewife — also known as sawbelly, mooneye, gaspereau and big-eyed or spring herring — have plummeted, prompting research by a group whose members include Coastal Studies Scholar Ted Ames, professors Phil Camill, Guillermo Herrera, John Lichter and David Vail, and Environmental Studies Program Manager and geographic information systems analyst Eileen Johnson, many of whom are featured in the segment.

Watch Desperate Alewives on PBS. See more from Sustainable Maine.

The Bowdoin group is collaborating with faculty from Bates and the University of Southern Maine on the project “Maine Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Fisheries,” funded by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ESPCoR) through a grant to the University of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Read more about the project on a website created by Hunter Clark ’13. The 35th Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England, will be presented June 2, 2012, in Boston.

Bowdoin Computer Scientist Oliveira Receives NSF CAREER Award for Virtual Machine Research

Daniela Oliveira


Assistant Professor of Computer Science Daniela Oliveira has received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, a five-year, $404,000 grant that will support innovative research into operating systems’ defense against attacks using virtual machines with help from undergraduate students.

“This grant will allow the realization of the dream I had since I arrived in Bowdoin in the fall of 2010 — engaging liberal arts students in cutting-edge research in a Cyber Security lab,” says Oliveira.

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