Mary Pols

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Bates photography exclusively featured in special issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education

Monday, August 22, 2022 3:13 pm

The Chronicle of Higher Education, the preeminent U.S. higher ed publication, features Bates College photography exclusively for its 2022–23 Almanac issue.

Measuring pollen and fighting ticks: it’s been their full-time job this summer.For eight weeks, Henry Hardy’22 of Gloucester, Mass., and Sebastian Leon Fallas ’24 of Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica have studied the pollen environment in a meadow at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary under the supervision of Associate Professor of Biology Carla Essenberg.Leon Fallas is a STEM Scholar, and Hardy, a Bates Summer Research Fellow.Swipe left for a few scenes from their research this afternoon, July 22, 2021, that included applying bug spray and slipping into mesh shirts before heading out to take notes and measurements and gather samples.
‘It takes work’: Transforming how science is taught at Bates

Friday, June 17, 2022 9:07 am

Structural racism and a “survival of the fittest” mindset in STEM education won't be undone by waving an academic wand. It takes work — and listening to brave students. Here’s what Bates has been up to.

EXDS s15Z, Writing WarPaul Shinkman teaches his Short Term course in the Bonney Science Center.Manuel Machorro Gomez Pezeula ’24 of Mexico CityAshka Jhaveri, ‘22Bora Lugunda ‘25 of Kinshasa, CongoHe reviewed a mock press conference earlier in the day and then discussed student writing for a previous writing assignment in journalism.
Disorientingly different but exhilarating: Short Term courses taught by visiting practitioners

Friday, May 20, 2022 2:14 pm

Practitioners descend onto campus to teach courses, from marketing to national security reporting, that teach applied skills and give students a chance to expand their professional networks.

Bates Film Festival announces 2022 awards in six categories

Friday, May 13, 2022 1:01 pm

From more than 20 films screened at the 2022 Bates Film Festival, the Bates students who produced the festival have announced jury and audience awards in six categories.

Meet the artists of the 2022 Bates Senior Thesis Exhibition and themes of life-altering experiences of our times

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 8:51 am

Home is where — or what — the art is for many of these seniors participating in the studio art thesis exhibition

Bates Film Festival roars back to life

Thursday, April 7, 2022 2:51 pm

Delayed because of the pandemic, the 2022 Bates Film Festival festival featured special guests like actor, writer, directors John Turturro and John Shea ’70.

From Ed Muskie ’36 to Angus King, the desk of the senators from Maine remains the same 

Friday, April 1, 2022 1:16 pm

How the legacy of a piece of office furniture mirrors the responsibilities of representing Maine in Washington, DC. 

Ecorep Tamsin Stringer ’22 of Bloomington, Ind., poses at the new electric charger stations behind Underhill in the Merrill Gym parking lot.“Underhill Electric Vehicle Chargers Project “Bates has installed other EV chargers in the past. This project will be different for three primary reasons. First, we have already received a grant from CMP for the make-ready infrastructure portion of the project, which has historically been the bulk of the expenses for EV charger installations. Secondly, this project will include installing level 2 chargers for the first time at Bates, which will allow for monetary collections for charging, tiered charging for different kinds of customers, and incentivize to move one’s car once it's fully charged. Finally, this project allows for future EV charger installations in the same location for much lower cost, because the make-ready infrastructure for more EV chargers will be easily accessible.
Bates College announces plan to become climate positive by 2030

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 10:04 am

Meeting the goals of the Bates Sustainability Roadmap will "touch and enrich our lives here on campus," said President Clayton Spencer, while also furthering the college's stated mission of "to prepare leaders with a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world."

Quest to solve the mysteries of Marsden Hartley’s artwork receives $100K boost

Friday, February 18, 2022 12:05 pm

The enormous task of locating and documenting more than 1,600 works by Lewiston-born artist Marsden Hartley received a major gift from the Vilcek Foundation, a family foundation with a long history of collecting Hartley works.

Blown ashore on the Maine coast, Bates geology students were blown away by their magical visits with artist Ashley Bryan

Thursday, February 10, 2022 2:23 pm

Whike kayaking the Maine coast in May 2014, geology professor Dyk Eusden '80 and his students were blown off course — and into the welcoming an magical world of artist Ashley Bryan, who died last week at age 98.

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