On Campus Event: Employer Info Session- Venture for America (9/22 8:30 Moulton Union)

Employer Info Session: Venture for America

  • 9/22/2016 | 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge
  • Event Type: Meeting
  • Sponsor: Career Planning
  • Contact: Ivy Pelletier
  • – Student Event –

Venture for America is a nonprofit fellowship program empowering recent college graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs and revitalize American cities. VFA Fellows spend two years working for a startup in a U.S. city with an emerging startup ecosystem. They learn how to contribute to a high-growth business and gain access to mentorship, ongoing training, and the nationwide VFA community. Peter DeJoy ’17 presents on post-graduate fellowship and internship opportunities.

ES Student-Faculty Lunch: Friday 9/23 12-1:30

Hello All,

Join ES faculty and students for a brown bag lunch this Friday 9/23 in the ES Common Room.

As you may know, a group of students, faculty, and staff met last Monday night to brainstorm ideas on sustaining and increasing student involvement within the ES Program as well as the study of the environment more broadly at Bowdoin. Almost two hours of discussion yielded some fantastic ideas.

One key idea that emerged was to have regular lunches with faculty, students, and staff. So we’re launching the first of these lunches, which I’m temporarily calling the “No Free Lunch” lunch in honor of the late biologist and environmental leader, Barry Commoner.

The first lunch is this Friday, September 23, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm in the ES Commons, Adams Hall. Please bring your bag/Express lunch and drop in when you can.  This and future lunches are open to everyone.

One note: we couldn’t get a room this week at Thorne, but we hope to hold future lunches on different days of the week at Thorne (go through the line) or in the ES Commons (bring a bag meal).

For this first lunch, Steph Sun ’18 (ES/History), will help lead further discussion on the ideas stemming from last Monday’s meeting. But if the discussion drifts into current events, student or faculty research, or other topics, that’s fine as well. We look at these lunches as a way to converse, build community, share ideas, debate respectfully and have fun.

Very best wishes,
Matthew Klingle

P.S. For those who want to do the deep dive, here’s the inspiration for the initial lunch title: Barry Commoner’s “The Four Laws of Ecology,” from The Closing Circle: Man, Nature, and Technology (1971).

On Campus: Coastal Studies Center Shuttle- Every Friday

Spend the morning, the afternoon, or the whole day Friday at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center
Take the Coastal Studies Center Shuttle every Friday!

— 8:30 AM departing campus from the polar bear for the Coastal Studies Center
–11:30 AM depart Coastal Studies campus
–12:00 PM depart campus from the polar bear for the Coastal Studies Center
–4:30 depart Coastal Studies for campus

Questions? Contact Rosie: rarmstro@bowdoin.edu


On Campus Event: Antibiotics from ant symbionts Friday 9/23 @ 3PM)

Antibiotics from ant symbionts: New molecules with unusual genetic origins (Ethan van Arnam)
Friday, 9/23 3:00-4:00
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Most of our antibiotics in clinical use are derived from microbial sources, but we know surprisingly little about how these molecules function in nature. To better understand antibiotics in an ecological context and to assess the utility of ecologically-guided drug discovery, we have investigated the chemistry of microbial symbiosis in the fungus-growing ants. These ants harbor antibiotic-producing bacteria that defend their nests against fungal pathogens. This seminar will describe bacterial molecules that mediate this symbiosis, including a novel analog of the antitumor agent rebeccamycin and an unusual antifungal polyene named selvamicin. Whole genome sequencing has revealed the biosynthetic origins of these molecules and has provided a framework to rationalize the surprising chemical diversity from these bacteria.

Off Campus Event: Common Ground Country Fair (Sept 23, 24 &25)

 Always the third weekend after Labor Day – mark your calendars.
September 23, 24 & 25, 2016

Gates open at 9:00 am each day.
Vendors open until 6:00 on Friday and Saturday, 5:00 on Sunday.

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.


On Campus Event: Our Changing Arctic: Stewardship and Leadership for the Twenty-First Century (Monday 9/26 @7PM)

“Our Changing Arctic: Stewardship and Leadership for the Twenty-First Century” (Margaret Williams)
Monday 9/26 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Margaret Williams, Managing Director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Arctic Program, will discuss the challenges facing the Arctic region, including increased ship traffic, development projects, human-animal conflicts, and global warming – all taking place in an international arena. In her talk she will address some of these challenges, as well as the opportunities they present.

Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.

Off Campus: Harvest Surplus Produce to Feed People in Need! Volunteer Wed. or Friday AM

Harvest Surplus Produce to Feed People in Need
Reduce food waste and food insecurity by picking surplus food from local farms and donating it to food pantries, a process known as “gleaning.” Volunteer on Wednesday or Friday mornings every other week at Six River Farm in Bowdoinham. Sign up for one day or volunteer regularly. No experience or long-term commitment necessary. Learn more or contact Shannon McCabe at smccabe@bowdoin.edu for more details.

On Campus Event: Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors (Mon 9/26 4PM)

Book Launch and Reception: ‘Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors’kate-furbish
Monday, 9/26 4:00-5:15
Kresge Auditorium, VAC

From 1870 to 1908, artist and botanist Kate Furbish traveled Maine, collecting, classifying, and illustrating the native flora of her state. Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors, a new two-volume set produced by Bowdoin College Library and Rowman & Littlefield publishers and in collaboration with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, faithfully reproduces some 1,300 of Furbish’s drawings.

The team behind the book will discuss Furbish and the importance of bringing her work to a wider audience.

A reception and opening of the exhibition, Botanizing America, will immediately follow on the second floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

On Campus Event: Off Campus Study Fair- School of the Environment (OCS Fair- Wed. 9/28 3-5:30 Morrell Lounge)

I’ll be returning to Bowdoin this year for the study abroad fair, which will take place on Wednesday, September 28th, from 3-5:30 in the Morrell Lounge of Smith Union. I’d be happy to meet with any students who might be interested in the program and answer any questions.

At the School of the Environment, students spend six intensive weeks in Vermont, immersing themselves in the study of the relationship between humans and the environment. They may choose to study under an introductory track or a more advanced track (for those with previous Environmental Studies experience). In each, they take a core course, a practicum, and two elective courses for a total of 9 semester-hour credits. The video below helps to give a better sense of the student experience, and more about the curriculum and financial aid can be found on our website.

If you think there might be any interest in the program among your students, would you mind passing the message on once again?
Thank you so much,


University Relations Coordinator
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College