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My Maine Summer: Eric Stirling ’97 and a faraway getaway

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:22 pm

Eric Stirling and his family represent a longstanding vacation tradition virtually unique to Maine: the wilderness sporting camp. In 2003, Eric became the sixth generation of his family to operate West Branch Pond Camps,

“We are piloting the experiment for these students’ thesis experiments. They were piloting Hannah’s experiment. She’s interested in looking at the extent to which visual masking actually inhibits perception. So when you take a visual mask, you take an image followed by another image, you’re impaired at understanding the first image. The question is why. So what we’re going to do is take the neural activity that we’re measuring. And the nice thing about EEG is that it measures millisecond by millisecond electrical potentials that are generated in the brain , we measure them from the scalp. And we can see over time what the brain is processing and we use machine learning, we put these signals into a computer system tha t reads out the extent to which there is information about what the picture is. We’re wondering, does that information persist when you change the image? Does that persist over time? Hannah’s made the experiment, and we are going to try it out to make sure everything’s ready for participants.”? Michelle Greene, assistant professor of neuroscience, says of three thesis students in neuroscience: “They’re all terrific, I might add.”Hanna De Bruyn ‘18, Old Lyme, Conn. (black striped sweater with glasses)Katherine “Katie” Hartnett ’18 of St. Paul, Minn. (wearing EEG cap with Bates sweatshirt)Julie Self ’18 of Redwood City, Calif. (blue plaid shirt)Email from Hanna: Katie Harnett and I will be testing out our computational neuroscience theses and will be hooking each other up to the EEG tomorrow, Friday, at 12:45-2:30ish in the Bates Computational Vision Lab (Hathorn 108). 
Bates announces $3.97 million National Science Foundation grant for visual database project

Friday, August 16, 2019 11:02 am

The largest-ever federal grant awarded to Bates, the award will fuel creation of a vast video gallery to support research in various fields, including artificial intelligence.

A price subsidy for organic fruits: Good economics, or not?

Friday, August 16, 2019 10:24 am

Bates economist Nathan Tefft and his colleagues wondered: Would a price subsidy on organic fruits benefit wealthy households at the expense of poorer ones?

Bates in the News: Aug. 16, 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019 9:14 am

Two alumni speak out on immigration, and faculty write op-eds on the Democratic debates, purposeful work, and the outrage machine.

My Maine Summer: Steve Kingston ’88, the Clam Shack, and Maine’s best lobster roll

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:35 pm

For tourists who trek to Maine on a quest for lobster, Steve Kingston '88 of the Clam Shack is their deliverer.

Ryan Mahoney ’20 Virginia Tech, Environmental Resources Management, working with Maine Coast Heritage Trust which placed me with KELT (Kennebec Estuary Land Trust), posses for a portrait using his photne to lit himself while watching the cosmos from on top of "The Rock" overlooking Meetinghouse Pond at The Coastal Center at Shortridge on July 29, 2019. He states:"As for my little biography, I was born and raised in Reston, Virginia and have lived there my whole life. Now I am going into my senior year at Virginia Tech majoring in 'Environmental Resources Management' and getting minors in 'Forestry' and Watershed Management'. This Summer, I got the opportunity to work with Maine Coast Heritage Trust which placed me with KELT (Kennebec Estuary Land Trsust). I wanted this internship because I knew it would give me experiences in the field of environmental conservation that I otherwise would not have been able to have. Staying at Shortridge this Summer has been an absolute blessing and I will forever cherish my time here forever.""Growing up, I always loved to look at the night sky and stars. When there was a meteor shower or celestial event, my parents would wake me up in the middle of the night and drive me and my siblings out to a field where we could see the sky with the least amount of light pollution possible. Last night at Shortridge was my first time seeing a truly clear night sky with no light pollution and it was absolutely breathtaking. Words cannot do justice for what I saw last night. Looking up, I could see the whole Milky Way, more stars than imaginable, and even space stations or satellites floating in the endless wonder. Standing up on that rock and looking at the intricacies of the universe flushed me with feelings of wonder, astonishment, and excitement. Those moments are the moments I chase in life and I hope to see a sky like that again sometime soon."
Video: What can you see in the starry Maine sky on a summer night?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:41 am

This time-lapse video, filmed at the college’s Coastal Center at Shortridge, kicks off with sun barreling toward the western horizon. Then the show begins.

NESCAC Heat Poll for July 20–21: Jumbos flip the script

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:32 pm

On the hottest two days of the hottest July on record, which NESCAC college were the toastiest?

Professor of Geology Beverly Johnson uses a sediment elevation table to measure the height of the Sprague River Salt Marsh, part of the Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area..These data are used to measure the response of the marsh to rising sea level and storm activity, Johnson says. Four years ago, she and her Short Term geology students traveled to the Sprague, where they placed rods deep in the marsh as benchmarks to measure future changes.Show with Laura Sewall (in garnet baseball cap), Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Director of Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area, and Vanessa Paolella '21 of Dingmen's Ferry, Pa., who has been working with Johnson on geology research over the summer.Also present: Clailre Enterline (in green shirt and blue baseball cap), Research Coordinator with the Maine Coastal Program. And (not in selects but wearing a blue baseball cap and blue shirt) Ellen Bartow-Gieelie, Coastal Fellow with the Maine Coastal Program.
Q&A: Laura Sewall on 11 years as Bates–Morse Mountain director

Friday, July 19, 2019 10:30 am

Sewall shares takeaways from the conservation area, including the role of "blue carbon," the toll of climate change, and the value in letting nature take its course.

The Bates Forest is a story of bad luck, high taxes, and the Great Depression

Friday, July 12, 2019 10:12 am

A century ago, Bates' solid plan to own a southern Maine forest and run a forestry program became a "hopeless undertaking."

Whidden, Gwendolyn R. "Gwen"ë19212-810-6606 (cell)gwhidden@bates.eduHome: 20 W 76th Street, Apt. 3B, New York, NY, 10023Campus: OFFCAM 2 1498 Bates College
$10,000 grant to help Gwendolyn Whidden ’19 create debate program in Rwanda

Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:06 am

Whidden, who spent time at a rural high school in Rwanda in 2017, will return to the school to promote critical thinking and open dialogue.

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