‘Maine’s Most Unique Geological Exhibit’ To Honor Professor Arthur M. Hussey

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum rock garden in Bethel formally opens August 18.

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel is dedicating a new rock garden to former Bowdoin geology professor Arthur M. Hussey. Described by the museum as “Maine’s most most unique geological exhibit,” the garden officially opens at 6 p.m., Friday August 18, 2017, and will feature twenty-two “truly amazing geological specimens from around the state (and one mammoth specimen from outer space!)”

Hussey taught at Bowdoin for thirty-nine years and died last year. He was 85. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Jeff Joseph ’19 Joins Harvard Cancer Research Project

Jeff Joseph ’19 at Harvard this summer

“A teen went from playing soccer in the streets of a third-world country to attending a research program at Harvard in a seven-year span,” Jeff Joseph wrote in his application last winter for one of Bowdoin’s summertime fellowships. It certainly helped that as a boy growing up in Haiti, Joseph nurtured a passion for mathematics along with a love of soccer.

Joseph moved from Haiti to Florida when he was 12 and kept up both interests, eventually landing at Bowdoin. In the spring, he received notice that he had won a funded internship grant — the Peter Buck Student Internship Fund — from Bowdoin Career Planning to do biostatistics and epidemiology research at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health this summer.

Read the full story in Bowdoin News.

Michael Mascia ’93 Named Board President of Global Conservation Group

Michael Mascia, the senior director of social science for the nonprofit Conservation International, has been named board president for the Society for Conservation Biology, the field’s pre-eminent professional society.

Mascia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and European studies from Bowdoin in 1993, and earned a Ph.D. from Duke University in environmental politics and policy in 2000.

In a recently published Q&A, Mascia noted, “We live on a human-dominated planet. People are defining what the future will look like, for better or for worse. Thus, conservation is an inherently social process with social implications. It’s not just what we conserve but how we conserve it that matters.” Read more in Bowdoin News.

CS Fellows Use Algorithms to Solve Today’s Problems

Seniors Tucker Williams, Corinne Alini and Phillip Wang

Several computer science majors have fellowships this summer through Bowdoin to devote themselves to finding solutions to real-world problems. They’re devising programs and algorithms to automatically detect archaeological looting, to make homes more energy efficient, or to better predict coastal flooding as the climate becomes more unstable.

Each summer, Bowdoin awards grants to more than 240 students to pursue academic, scientific or artistic projects, or internships, across the disciplines. Read about three computer science majors and their summer projects at Bowdoin News.