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.

Technology Fellows Target Old Mongolian Maps, Tourette’s, and Teacher Mentorships

2017 Gibbons Fellows

Each summer, Bowdoin faculty are invited to apply for funding from the college’s Gibbons Summer Research Program to hire students to help them with technological research. John A. Gibbons, Jr. ‘64 established this grant program to enable students and professors to explore interdisciplinary projects and to develop fresh approaches to the study of complex problems. This year, nine students received Gibbons funding to work on research projects in oceanography, politics, arctic studies, neurology, history, education, psychology, and Italian and German studies.

Read about one student’s work with a long-lost Mongolian manuscript, another’s attempt to improve student teacher mentors in the sciences, and a third’s work to develop online therapy for people with Tourette syndrome.

The Gibbons Program is administered by Bowdoin’s Academic Technology & Consulting group.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 Maps a Changing Portland Waterfront

The task of explaining how a city became what it is has traditionally fallen to historians, or perhaps novelists. But a Bowdoin student is spending her summer preparing to create a different sort of account of the Portland waterfront.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 has Phocas Family Fellowship from Bowdoin to start her capstone project for her self-designed major of urban studies.

In addition to writing a thesis paper, she will be creating an interactive website that combines journalism, sociology, art, and history to tell the story of a transforming Portland waterfront.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 Maps a Changing Portland Waterfront

Bowdoin Among Those Recognized for Valuable Undergraduate Research (Inside Higher Ed)

Elizabeth Stemmler

Some members of the scientific community are skeptical when it comes to the value of undergraduate research, according to Inside Higher Education. They often regard this type of research as only being beneficial for the student.

“Such biases could not be more misguided,” said the article, citing a recent study out of Trinity College documenting numerous cases of undergraduate institutions making real academic advances in the field of analytical chemistry. Among the examples mentioned is Elizabeth Stemmler, Bowdoin’s James Stacy Coles Professor of Natural Sciences.