Vineet Shende’s Solo Violin Work ‘A Dazzling Showpiece’ (Portland Press Herald)

Vineet Shende

Associate Professor of Music Vineet Shende’s latest piece for solo violin had its world premiere recently and is garnering high praise from at least one critic. Former New York Times music and culture writer Allan Kozinn described Prakash And Saoli — which in the Indian Marathi language means “Luminescence and Shadow” — as a “dazzling showpiece, that draws on just about anything a solo violinist can do.”

Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Kozinn said the work could be a “substantial addition to the repertory for unaccompanied violin.” Kozinn reviewed a July 20 performance of the piece at Portland’s Space Gallery, the day after it enjoyed its world premiere in Belfast, Maine. Both concerts were part of the Seal Bay Festival, in which the Cassatt String Quartet performed chamber works by contemporary American composers.

Bowdoin Professor Outlines Legal Risks of Local Climate Change Regulations

Assistant Professor of Government and Environmental Studies Shana Starobin

Shana Starobin, a newly appointed assistant professor of government and environmental studies who will teach Environmental Policy and Politics in the fall, has published new commentary on climate change regulation in Public Administration Review, a leading journal for scholars and practitioners of public administration.

Starobin’s writing is part of an online symposium reflecting on how the country’s current political environment will affect the policy landscape for future action on climate change.

In the article, Starobin and her co-author analyze efforts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to enforce more energy-efficient standards in building codes. “With the federal government’s receding role on climate change, subnational governments may offer the only meaningful hope for the United States to make significant policy progress,” they argue. “Although state and local affirmation of the Paris Agreement provides reason for optimism, a necessary condition for success of subnational regulation will be careful attention to larger legal constraints, a hard lesson Albuquerque officials learned nearly a decade ago.”

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.”

Bowdoin’s Lea Discusses Larsen C Ice Shelf

Scientists had been monitoring the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf for several years

An iceberg the size of Delaware recently broke away from western Antarctica and is now floating in the ocean. A big deal, to be sure, said Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science Peter Lea, but not unexpected.

“The crack in the Larsen C ice shelf had been growing for ten years, so it was a question of when, not if, the break-off, or ‘calving’ as it’s known, would happen.” Read more about it in Bowdoin News.