President Rose Shares ‘Full Power of the Common Good’ on Instagram

President Clayton Rose visited Broadway Housing Communities, spending time with founder Ellen Baxter ’75, H’05, company CFO Mary Ann Vilari ’75, and BHC board member Roman Jackson ’07 in New York Monday, commemorating his impressions with a post on his Instagram account.

Today was a day to witness the full power of the Common Good and to spend time with some amazing alums. I visited Broadway Housing Communities’ Sugar Hill project. BHC was founded and is run by Ellen Baxter ’75 H ’05 (center), a remarkable person who has dedicated herself to helping those individuals and families in New York who are in the most difficult economic situations, and what she has created works! Check out BHC and Sugar Hill at Mary Ann Villari ’75 (second from the left) is BHC’s CFO and has been working with Ellen for about 15 years. Both Ellen and Mary Ann have been awarded our Common Good Award. On the left is Roman Jackson ’07, who works for the philanthropic arm of JP Morgan Chase and sits on the board of BHC. There are a number of other Polar Bears who have been or are currently involved with BHC. Finally, on the right, is the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Story Telling artist-in-residence, Derek Fordjour. His art is amazing, as is his passion for engaging with the kids. #bowdoin

Climate Scientist Cameron Wobus ’95 Issues Ski Industry Warning

Cameron Wobus ’95, the lead author of a recent study looking at the future of skiing and snowmobiling in the United States, finds that within the century, no matter what climate change policy is enacted, the ski season across the country will be truncated.

While this could lead to the loss of billions of dollars for the industry, the extent of damage will vary depending on whether and by how much greenhouse gas emissions are controlled. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Greg Maslak ’17 Sheds Light on the Merits of Bank Mergers in Downturns

As an economics major at Bowdoin, senior Greg Maslak says he enjoys studying macroeconomics because of the interplay between what he learns in the classroom and current events. “In particular,” he said, “I think the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath is fascinating in the sense that unprecedented policies were developed with important economic as well as political implications.”

For his honors research project, he zeroed in on the 2008 financial crisis and the seeming dichotomy that resulted from policies implemented during the Great Recession. While big banks were blamed for causing the economic fall, preserving and protecting big banks also became part of the solution for it. Read the story in Bowdoin News.

Talking to Yourself Can Help You Learn (Harvard Business Review)

People who practice self-explaining, a learning strategy revolving around asking oneself explanatory questions out loud, learn three times as more than people who don’t. Talking to yourself slows down your thought process and prompts you to concentrate. The act of explaining and questioning encourages you to make less obvious connections. Read more in Harvard Business Review.