Bowdoin Instructor Takes on ‘Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’ Listener Limerick Challenge (NPR)

Shana Stewart Deeds

Shana Stewart Deeds, a laboratory instructor in biology and environmental studies, was a phone-in guest on NPR’s Wait, Wait.. Don’t Tell Me!

On the quiz show’s July 15, 2017, broadcast, hosted by Peter Sagal, Deeds took part in the Listener Limerick Challenge, in which she was asked to complete three rhymes dealing with some of the more unusual stories in the news recently.

Topics addressed include gluten-free communion wafers and snortable chocolate. Listen to Shana Deeds on Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell  Me!

Bowdoin Fellows Focus on Maine’s Food System

More Bowdoin students are expressing a desire to both better understand and support local food systems. Reflecting this interest, a relatively significant of students this year (at least seven) have summertime fellowships from Bowdoin to work in some way with Maine’s food economy. While their projects are diverse, and include both research projects and farming internships, all the students share an interest in improving our food system to decrease hunger or to help the environment. Check out the Storymap link to learn more.

Bowdoin Student Among Those ‘Stepping up to Volunteer’ (Portland Press Herald)

Zach Hebert ’18 at Fairwinds Farm.

Rising senior Zachary Hebert ’18 is mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about the rise in volunteerism across Maine this summer. Hebert is currently volunteering at Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham as part of a summer internship with the Merrymeeting Food Council. Hebert is the recipient of a Denning Summer Fellowship through the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good.

According to the article, nonprofits are noticing “an increase in volunteerism as Mainers become more concerned about the threats to the state’s treasured areas from factors like climate change and pollution.” One of the most popular volunteer activities is trash-collection. The Maine Island Trail Association said it already had waiting lists for its beach cleanups by early June.

Bowdoin and the Environment: Students Experience Iceland in the Making

Earth and Oceanographic Science professor Collin Roesler offers a glimpse of what she, three other Bowdoin faculty, and 20 Bowdoin students experienced on a recent scientific trip to Iceland.

“Iceland is an ideal location to study the causal relationships and the interactions between tectonics, volcanism, glaciation, ecology, and oceanography,” said Roesler, who led the trip. “Rather than being a show-and-tell tour, this field seminar is designed to foster collaboration, active learning, and discovery for students and staff,” she added.

Videographer Wilder Nicholson ’16 joined the students and Earth and Oceanographic Science Department faculty on their trip, capturing the group’s field research in some spectacular settings.

Stay tuned for more video and stories from Nicholson and writer/illustrator Abby McBride, who also traveled with the group.