BatesNews Monthly Update: October 2011
For Bates alumni, parents and friends, here is a look some of the major Bates events and achievements of the past month, important upcoming events and a sampling of Bates people in the news.
In this issue:
A leadership symposium at Bates on Oct. 29 gathers experts to discuss vexing issues of cost, price and financial aid in U.S. higher education. Speakers will include Robert Archibald and David Feldman, authors of Why Does College Cost so Much?; economist Sandy Baum, a noted observer of higher education finance; Jane Bode Brown ’69, vice president for enrollment management at Northeastern; and James S. Miller, dean of admission at Brown. Moderator and honorary chair is Jamie Merisotis ’86, president of the Lumina Foundation. Alumni and parents who are professionals in these fields are invited to attend by registering online here by Oct. 25.
The campus showcase Open to the World: Bates Celebrates Unbounded Learning culminates with the dedication of renovated Hedge and Roger Williams halls on Oct. 27. Featuring Paul Marks ’83, chairman and CEO of the aerospace materials maker Argosy International Inc., the dedication will be streamed live on the Bates website at www.bates.edu/unbounded/live/. Afterward in the Bates Chapel, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell offers the week’s keynote address. Open to the World offers a range of public events that underscore the reach of a Bates education across national and interdisciplinary boundaries.
When Professor of History Michael Jones learned of his recent election as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London earlier this year, he did what anyone in his field would do: He put the good news into historical perspective. “Perhaps what triggered interest in my work is the society’s interest in pushing deeper into the story of Britain,” explains Jones.
On an October day that could have passed for August, Bates marked the 25th anniversary of its Olin Arts Center with a family arts festival. And while the attractions included a marching band, popcorn, balloon animals and juggling, the festivity was much more than just another day at the circus.
Certain atomic particles are subject to a kind of either-or variability, called “spin” by physicists, that could serve as the basis for a whole new approach to computing. Researchers including Assistant Professor of Physics Lilian Childress are developing a way to measure spin that avoids a vexing problem of measuring which spin state a particular particle is in.
During the first Translations poetry festival at Bates, organizer Claudia Aburto Guzmán had an encounter that seemed to crystallize the event for her. Working with Somali poet Omar Ahmed, “it struck me that I was involved in the true practice of communication,” says Aburto Guzmán, associate professor of Spanish. “He and I had to communicate through layers of cultural expectations.”
L/A Community Day on Oct. 22 welcomes local schoolchildren to campus for Bobcat athletic contests vs. Middlebury plus youth clinics, campus tours and other fun family activities. In addition, Bates hosts Lewiston youth football games prior to and at halftime of the football game on Garcelon Field. Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, the program is part of the NCAA’s “Take a Kid to the Game” initiative.
Photographs and video clips showcase an upbeat weekend for Bates families.
Professor of Economics Lynne Lewis’ collaborative work on Maine river rehabilitation is featured in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network documentary series Sustainable Maine. Artist Amy Keller ’87 talks to her local Patch about switching from one creative medium, photography, to another, encaustic painting. Recent chemistry grad Sarah Charley ’11 uses a joke and some apt similes to describe the Heisenberg uncertainty principle for NOVA.
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