On Campus Event: Envirolunch: Local Politics- Local Government (Tuesday 9/19 11:30-1:00)

EnviroLunch: Local Politics- Local Government
a lunchtime discussion with Sarah Elkind
Tuesday, September 19 Drop-in anytime between 11:30-1:00
Moulton Union- North/South Dining room

Enjoy some political cartoons, and an informal discussion about issues, Americans’ ideas about government, and about the imagery and iconography that Americans have used to represent power.

Professor Sarah Elkind teaches environmental, urban, political, and public history at San Diego State University. Her most recent book focuses on how local politics shaped federal policy in the Los Angeles area from 1920-1950.

There will be a sign-in sheet at the checker’s station for students without board, and for faculty and staff.

On Campus Event: Neural mechanisms of social behavior (Thursday 9/21 @ 4PM)

Visiting Assistant Professor Leah Wilson, Psychology and Neuroscience, Bowdoin College
Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Dr. Leah Wilson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Bowdoin College. Leah’s research explores the neural mechanisms of social behavior and the ways in which neural mechanisms generate individual and species differences in social behavior. In her talk, she will discuss the neuroendocrine systems that promote winter flocking in sparrows. Leah will also discuss her ongoing research at Bowdoin which investigates the neural regulation of social behavior in goldfish.

Leah earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, her MS from the College of William & Mary, and her PhD from Indiana University – Bloomington.

On Campus Event: Wicked Smart Fridays (9/22 Making it Stick: Active Learning)

Wicked Smart Fridays with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CLT)
Fridays 12:30-1:30 PM
Russwurm House 2nd Floor

Sept 15 How to Read Like a Professor

Sept 22 Making it Stick: Active Learning

Sept 29 Writing Papers in College: Beginning

Oct 13 Study Habits in STEM

Oct 20 Making Sense of Difficult Texts

Oct 27 Writing Papers in College: Middle

Nov 3 Making it Stick: Asking Questions to Deepen Learning

Nov 10 Study Habits in STEM

Nov 17 Writing Papers in College: Ending

Learn new approaches or reinforce effective study habits with CLT staff members, mentors, tutors and writing assistants. Snacks, information, and practice will be provided on working smarter, not harder to be a more effective learner. Each month will go deeper into building capacities with college reading, studying, and writing. We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these events. Every participant each week will be entered into a drawing to win a special surprise awarded at the last session on November 17.

Learn more: www.bowdoin.edu/center-learning-teaching

Off campus Event: Campus Sustainability Program (Free Event, Friday 9/21 at Manchester Community College)

Campus Sustainability Program
Friday September 22 9:30-3:30
Manchester Community College, Manchester, NH

This is a FREE event and there is space for folks who are interested in environmental education issues.  Dr. Tony Cortese is the keynote speaker and will be helping to facilitate some of the sessions. Tony was a founder of Second Nature, the organizer of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment and the current President of the Crane Institute for Sustainability.

We will kick off the day with a keynote presentation from Dr. Cortese.  He will discuss how higher education institutions can address sustainability challenges and cultivate change on their campuses and their local communities.

This event will also include interactive sessions on environmental service-learning, collaborating across disciplines, building community inside and outside the classroom and the role of education in climate change & water quality issues.


To register please click the link here.
For more information, see the webpage: http://mainecompact.org/

Off Campus Event: Common Ground Fair (9/22, 23 & 24 in Unity Maine)


If you’ve ever been to the Fair, you know – and if you haven’t been, anyone who has will tell you – it’s an event like no other, that brings together so many people from so many walks of life, all in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine.

Don’t miss it! Here are a few ways you might catch a  ride:
Bowdoin Outing Club is camping at the fair. If interested, contact Ellie Neifeld: eneifeld@bowdoin.edu

Bowdoin Organic Garden is also camping and volunteering, if interested, contact
Katherine Kirk: kkirk@bowdoin.edu

Jackie Ricca’ 19 is taking Bowdoin van Sunday 9/24 and has 4 seats remaining.
Departure: 7AM from the back Druck lot, Departure from the Fair: 4:30 PM

Tickets can be purchased in Brunswick at Gulf of Maine Books, and Morning Glory Natural Foods for $10, otherwise tickets are $15 at the Fair.
bring appropriate clothes for the weather as it is all outside, and money if you would like to purchase food, crafts, etc.

For more information, Contact Jackie: jricca@bowdoin.edu

To learn more about the fair, see the webpage:


Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: Seed Clam Restoration, Sunday 9/24

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.


Marko Melendy, email: mmelendy@bowdoin.edu
Bowdoin College Science Center

Office 207-725-3517

Cell 207-712-6176


Bowdoin Fellowship Opportunity: Bowdoin Public Service Internship Program (open to sophomores & rising seniors)

Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) Internship Program

BPS in Washington Program is designed to provide up to 10 current sophomores the opportunity to work on topics related to government and public policy in Washington, D.C.

Application materials available online: Friday Oct 6th
  Info Sessions: Thursday, Oct 12 7:30-8:30 PM, McKeen Center
Wed. Nov. 1st 12:30-1:30, McKeen Center

Drop in hours with Sarah Chingos: Oct 15-Nov. 15- Mondays 12-2, Thursdays 9-11 Bannister 201
Application deadline: Wed. Nov 8th at 12:00 noon
See the webpage, or email Sarah Chingos for more information

BPS Fellows Program will offer five rising seniors the opportunity to pursue a meaningful 10-week summer internship in the fields of government, public policy or public service. Internships will be based in Washington D.C.

Compensation: Fellows will be eligible to receive up to $5,000

Eligibility: All current juniors with a passion for government and public policy service, regardless of major are encouraged to apply.

Application materials available online: October 6
Information Sessions: Monday Sept 25 7:30-8:30 PM, Banister 106
Wednesday, Oct 18 7:30-8:30 PM, McKeen Center
Drop in hours with Sarah Chingos, Oct 15-Nov. 15 Mondays 12-2PM, Thursday, 9-11 AM
Application deadline: Wed. Nov. 15th at 12:00 noon
See the webpage, or email Sarah Chingos for more information

On campus Job Opportunity: Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship (Sustainability Office)


Bridger Tomlin ‘17 is serving as the AmeriCorp Energy Efficiency Coordinator in the Sustainable Bowdoin Office!

As part of his service, he is putting on energy education and outreach programs and events in the Bowdoin and Brunswick Communities.  He is looking for 4-5 Bowdoin students to serve AmeriCorp as well through working on these projects.

Bridger Tomlin, AmeriCorp Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Bowdoin College
Office: (207)-798-7067

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to: sally@mainecompact.org.

Questions/ Want Information: Contact Bowdoin’s AmeriCorp Energy Efficiency Coordinator

Bridger Tomlin ‘17: btomlin@bowdion.edu/ 207-798-7067

Off Campus Opportunity: Maine Food System Innovation Challenge- Join the Bowdoin Team!

Contact Eleanor Paasche (enpaasche@bowdoin.edu) if would like more information about joining the Bowdoin Team.

2017 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge
College Track
November 10-12, 2017
Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, ME

 College Challenge: How might we create products, services, apps or organizations that supports the expansion of production, distribution, processing and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood.

Consider products or services that address one or more of the following:
* Helping food producers become resilient in light of climate change.
* Applying big data to small-scale production.
* Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring efficiency to small producers and harvesters.
* Providing equal access and ability to purchase healthy food to all.
* Reducing or repurposing food waste.
* Making the food supply chain transparent to all.
* Reducing or conserving inputs – like water – in the production of healthy, sustainably produced food.
* Using drones to improve the efficiency of small, diversified farms.
* Integrating aquaponics, hydroponics or land based aquaculture into the food system.
The food system is vast and complex system and this is by no means a complete list. We are looking for innovative and sustainable idea stage enterprise that could become startup ventures.

Important Dates for College Teams
* Monday, May 1st: College Team Registration Opens. Team contact is required for your submission. You may submit additional team member names at any time. Register here.
* Monday, October 2 at midnight (or when the 8 team limit has been reached): College Team Registration Closes
* Friday-Sunday, November 10 – 12: College Challenge Weekend at Saint Joseph’s College

Eligibility – College Team
All entries must:

  • Be a new (pre-launch idea stage) initiative.
  • Present an innovative solution to the many challenges facing the New England Regional Food System.
  • Demonstrate a sustainable idea stage business model – profit or non – profit (both financial and ecological) offering a fair return to the farmer or fisherman with fair pay to the employees at a fair price to the buyer, while minimizing their carbon footprint.
  • College teams must have a minimum of 2 members and maximum of 5 members and members enrolled in a degree program.
  • Teams must be in attendance at the Challenge Weekend November 10-12 at Saint Joseph’s College.
  • Participants must register by October 2, 2017. We strongly suggest teams register ASAP as the registration will be cut off as soon as 8 qualified teams are selected.

Challenge Weekend Agenda and Logistics
The Challenge will run from Friday, November 10, 2017 at 4:00PM to Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4PM. Meals will be provided to teams on Friday through Sunday.  Several resource people will be available on Saturday to advise teams and there will be two short workshops on the Business Model Canvas and Creating a Pitch. Teams will have access to wireless Internet and a printer. Teams should bring their own laptops. Dress is casual.

  • Housing
    The Host Committee has arranged for a limited amount of overnight accommodations at no cost for teams traveling a long distance. Contact us at Challenge@theSLab.org if your team will require overnight accommodations.
  • Meals
    Meals will be provided Friday evening through lunch on Sunday.
  • Technical Advisors, Resource People & Mentors
    The Challenge will have several advisors available to teams during the day on Saturday. Advisors are professionals working in the field of food & agriculture, legal, finance, sustainability, food retailing and business systems. They will be available to meet with teams, advise, react and comment on team proposals.

Judging Criteria – College Track
Judges will use several criteria in evaluating submissions. The criteria have been carefully designed to be consistent with the nature of this Challenge: that is one that seeks initial concepts or proposals, not fully developed business plans. The five criteria are:

  • Clarity of the Value Proposition – 20%
  • Originality, Uniqueness or Appropriateness of the Proposed Innovation – 20%
  • Impact Potential – Local or Regional (replicable or scalable) – 20%
  • Sustainability – Financially & Ecologically -20%
  • Quality of Final Presentation – The Pitch – 20%

Cash Awards – College Track
Judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
First Place Award – TBA
Second Place Award – TBA
Third Place Award – TBA

Judges – College Track
There will be five Judges. Teams will make their Pitches to the Judges on Sunday afternoon with winners announced at 3:30. Judges to date:

Mike Sobol, Lead Judge
Co-founder, Venture Hall, Portland, ME

Terms & Conditions – College Track
In order to enter and compete in the Maine Food System Innovation Challenge, participants must agree to the following:

    • College Teams pay a registration fee of $150/per team.
    • Participate in the Challenge Weekend at Saint Joseph’s College, November 10 -12.
    • Agree to allow all submission materials to appear on the Challenge website.
    • Certify that you own, or have the owner’s permission to use/present; all intellectual property utilized in your entry materials, including any technology.
    • Agree to allow participant names, description of your entry, photos of your team and video footage of your presentation from the Challenge Weekend to be used on the Challenge website and in future publicity, including social media.

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaineInnovationChallenge for regular basis for updates and news about the Challenge.