George Isaacson ’70 to Argue Before US Supreme Court

George Isaacson '70

George Isaacson ’70

In a matter of weeks attorney George Isaacson ’70 will join the select group of lawyers who have argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

 Since leaving Bowdoin and earning has law degree at Penn, Isaacson has immersed himself in various aspects of law. He served as law clerk to former Maine Supreme Judicial Court Thomas E. Delahanty, chaired both the Maine Council of School Board Attorneys and the Maine Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules and Evidence, and was a member of the Federal Appellate Court Rules Committee. Amid private practice Isaacson has also taught at the University of Maine School of Law and has been an adjunct lecturer at the College.

 Isaacson took a short break from case prep to talk with the Bowdoin Daily Sun about the challenge before him.

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Zeeman on Tipping Points and Environmental Resilience

zeeman2Mathematics professor Mary Lou Zeeman kicked off this year’s faculty seminar series with a talk titled “Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points and Resilience,” stressing the importance of bringing together the studies of math and the environment. In each weekly lunch seminar, faculty from across Bowdoin’s curriculum gather for a presentation by one of their colleagues, who is typically returning from a sabbatical devoted to research or an artistic project.

Environmental sustainability depends on the integration of a whole array of disciplines, Zeeman said – policy, economics, environmental science, and more – and mathematicians have the capability of bridging all of them. “But that requires an incredible amount of interdisciplinary courage,” she said. “We’ve got to train our students to do this, and give them that courage.”

Read on to learn why it’s so important to quantify environmental resilience.