Stories about "Maine/world"
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.

Ariel Abonizio ’20 creates virtual-reality tours for Museum L-A

Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:13 pm

With a Purposeful Work internship available to graduating seniors this year, Abonizio worked with high-end multimedia gear to create VR tours of two major exhibitions, one on the history of child labor in Maine, the other about the Androscoggin River.

Slideshow: See how students’ internships become life-guiding forces

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:30 pm

From studying the diets of sea urchins to working with Lewiston's immigrant communities, Bates students forged their way into the world this summer with Bates-funded internships.

Slideshow: This Summer at Bates

Monday, August 10, 2020 12:52 pm

Under the pall of COVID-19, summer at Bates was quieter (and warmer) than usual. Still, the sun continued to rise and set each day of June, July, and August.

Truman Scholar Essie Martin ’21 looks to create sustainable fishing and communities

Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:01 pm

Good policy, Martin says, stems from good science — and giving everyone a seat at the table.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Adriana Salerno teaching her first-year seminar FYS446 "The Communication Equation: A Mathematical Media Tour" in Pettengill 127.Mathematics is everywhere in the news these days, from basic statistics to more sophisticated uses to describe economics, science, and mathematical breakthroughs. Too often we accept numbers and data as the truth, without giving them a second thought. It is therefore important to develop critical reading skills. As creators of information, it also is important to learn to use mathematics and data to support arguments and undertake true scientific reporting. In this course students read breaking news articles and longer features to learn effective uses of mathematics in journalism. They put these best practices to use by writing articles, blogs, and radio pieces. Additional topics may include mathematics in other media such as fiction writing, television, movies, and art. The students discussed "Arcadia," a 1993 play by Tom Stoppard concerning the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty."
‘Very professional, very prepared, very bright’: Bates math students take on real-world projects

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:15 am

Local schools and a regional mental health agency benefited from student work in a new math course created by Adriana Salerno.

Bates in the News: April 24, 2020

Friday, April 24, 2020 10:13 am

It's good Bates in the News: On April 17, Jack Allard ’16 left a Philadelphia hospital after a highly publicized weeks-long battle with COVID-19.

‘We’ve always dealt with these issues’: How COVID-19 affects rural schools

Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:34 pm

As schools scramble to provide meals and technology in the pandemic, a Bates scholar looks to the future — and a student school board member makes decisions in the present.

‘Great work!’ Two seniors meet the honors thesis deadline

Friday, April 3, 2020 12:23 pm

"Hannah Johnson and Emma Wheeler have been great to work with — always positive, always thinking,” says thesis adviser Mike Retelle. ⁣

A brief history of Bates and bugs, from smallpox to swine flu, ‘and the best preventive that we have’

Friday, April 3, 2020 10:35 am

People worldwide have, for eons, confronted infectious diseases and overcome them as communities working together — and so too has the Bates community.

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