Stories about "Academic Life"
Video: Works by Ashley Bryan, who ‘finds love and joy in what we live in,’ at Bates Museum of Art

Friday, October 23, 2020 11:46 am

Renowned poet Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni Jr. touched her heart with her...

Meet new faculty: Michael Boyd Roman and the divine beauty of Black men

Thursday, October 22, 2020 4:02 pm

A lecturer in art and visual culture, Roman uses drawing, installation, and digital media to “portray the ordinary grace of contemporary Black men.”

Bates in the News: Oct. 16, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020 11:34 am

Shoutout for the Bates online tour and two New York Times alumni profiles, of an international bagel guru and the personal assistant to fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

Brian Evans - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Dance (bevans@bates.edu) Teaching in person:Dance Repertory
Meet new faculty: Brian J. Evans and the meaning of dance

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 4:15 pm

We create meaning with more than our brains, says Evans, a new lecturer in dance. Through the embodied arts, we can literally "dance through life" — and gain the power "to be unabashedly human.”

2019 Commencement speaker Jennifer Doudna wins 2020 Nobel Prize

Friday, October 9, 2020 12:16 pm

Doudna, Bates' 2019 Commencement speaker, won the Nobel for co-discovering CRISPR-Cas9 technology, now in use in Bates classrooms.

Zoe Knauss '23 of Buffalo, N.Y., who will declare as an ES major, and ES major Sam Gilman '22 of Mendham, N.J., , dig for soil in a field.Prof of Environmental Studies and Christian A. Johnson Prof of Interdisc Studies Holly Ewing and Lecturer in Environmental Studies & Learning Associate in Environmental Studies Camille Parrish take students in the Soils/Lab course for a field trip to Pettengill Farm in Freeport, Maine. A nineteenth century salt-water farm on the estuary of the Harraseeket River, the farm is owned by Freeport Historical Society(FHS). It includes a saltbox house (ca. 1800) on 140 acres of fields, woods, antique apple orchards and salt marsh. Most interesting are the etchings (sgraffitti) found on the plaster walls in the upper chambers of ships, sea monsters, longboats and animals. The farmhouse remains without plumbing, central heat and electricity and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Mildred Pettengill was its last resident and lived in the house until 1970.The students are digging up soil and making observations (soil profiles) before putting it back where it came from.ENVR 310 - Soils/LabDepending on one's point of view, soils are geological units, ecosystems, the foundation of plant life, a place for microbes to live, building material, or just dirt. This course takes a scientific perspective and explores the genesis of soils, their distribution and characteristics, and their interaction with plants. Field studies emphasize description of soils, inferences about soil formation, and placement within a landscape context. Labs investigate the chemistry of soils and their role in forestry and agriculture.
Picture story: “Thankful to get off campus and my hands dirty”

Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:01 pm

Follow along as Bates environmental studies students go off campus and dig into the science of dirt at a stunning coastal Maine site.

Meet new faculty: Katie Adkison and what the Bard tells us about the power of voice

Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:51 am

In early modern English literature, the spoken voice becomes a sensation with considerable power, says Adkison, a new assistant professor of English. Shakespeare shows how.

Meet new faculty: Yunkyoung Garrison and the impact of racism and classism on mental health

Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:40 pm

Garrison studies the impacts of racism and classism on mental health, including how the social concept of meritocracy contributes to stress.

Bates biologist April Hill is part of first genome sequencing of a freshwater sponge

Friday, September 25, 2020 10:42 am

However lowly, or low in the water, freshwater sponges are "biomedically relevant,” says Bates biologist April Hill "They are important organisms for us to pay attention to.”

Meet new faculty: Lisa Gilson and political words that fit the need

Friday, September 25, 2020 9:18 am

A political theorist, Gilson explains why activists need to use language that is "adapted to their specific situation" — even if the language is off-putting to voters.

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