Stories about "Purposeful Work"
Bates-funded Purposeful Work INBRE (The Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) intern Rebecca Anderson '24 at MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her research presentation is titled "Generation of a gene orthology map between axolotl and key model organisms." She works under the supervision of Joel H. Graber, Ph.D., senior staff scientist, director of computational biology and bioinformatics core, at MDIBL. (Read more about what he does here: https://mdibl.org/faculty/joel-h-graber-ph-d/)Rebecca appears with another student who is working on a separate research project under Dr. Graber’s supervision: Aiden Pike ’23 of Belfast, Maine (wearing baseball cap) a student at UMaine-Orono. They are photographed in Meyers Pavillion, where they along with other members of the MDIBL community listened to a weekly Chalk Talk. This one was presented by Dartmouth professor Bruce Stanton, Ph.D, who covered his life’s work including topics on arsenic poisoning of well water and cystic fibrosis.She is also shown in Maren Auditorium preparing for an Aug. 5 presentation to be made by each of the MDIBL summer research fellows. And in the Morris Research Building where she and Aiden stop by to check in with Dr. Graber. She appears with her computer on the balcony of the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation, overlooking the ocean, and on a dock by the ocean with Dr. Graber and Aiden.Our iconic campus is a gathering place for preeminent scientists, motivated students and engaged citizens where new ideas are sparked, new knowledge is discovered, critically discussed and disseminated to the world. Nestled in the heart of Acadia National Park, our idyllic location serves as constant inspiration, fosters collaboration, and grounds us in an inherent appreciation for the beauty and complexity of nature. 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the Laboratory’s move to Mount Desert Island at the invitation of George Dorr, renowned preservationist and “
Slideshow: Bates summer internships and ‘what I want my future to look like’

Friday, September 23, 2022 11:54 am

Nine students whose summer jobs had Bates funding, including Purposeful Work internships, told us about what they did (and smelled) — and what they learned about their emerging sense of purpose.

Amanda Taylor
In a league of her own: Amanda Taylor’s summer on the Cape with the country’s best amateur baseball league

Thursday, September 15, 2022 11:23 am

Armed with a Purposeful Work internship,Taylor was a liaison between major league baseball scouts and a Cape Cod League team. “Amanda is a leader," said a coach. "The players have a lot of respect for her."

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.

Bitter experience? A student intern tests Lewiston craft beers in a Bates lab

Thursday, August 12, 2021 10:56 am

When a Lewiston craft brewery wanted a partner to research the bitterness of their beers, they turned to Bates and Purposeful Work intern Emily Tamkin '23.

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.

‘Hang in there’: 2009 graduates offer words of wisdom for new alumni

Friday, June 12, 2020 9:42 am

The Class of 2020 isn't the only one to graduate into a recession. Here's what the Class of 2009 has to say.

‘To give an edge’: Purposeful Work internships go remote — and include graduating seniors

Friday, May 29, 2020 9:07 am

In a newly tight job market, the Center for Purposeful Work has helped employers design remote internships.

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 Purposeful Work expert: Sense of purpose offers a path forward during COVID-19

Friday, April 10, 2020 11:22 am

“These are extremely hard times. They are also extremely purposeful times, as a result,” says Bates psychologist and Purposeful Work expert Rebecca Fraser-Thill

Purposeful Work: Spotlight on Environmental Careers6-7 p.m. Environmental Career Panel Discussion in Commons 2217:10 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Session I There was a second breakout session and networking reception that I didn't photograph.Philip Dube '16, second-year graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.Emma Conover '16, Ceres's water program, where she works to mobilize food and beverage companies to address water risks in their agricultural supply chain.Mike Lydon ;04, a Principal of Street Plans, an international award-winning planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco.Lucy (Brennan) Perkins '14, joined the City of South Portland's sustainability office to assist in the developments of campaigns and outreach materials that educate the community about sustainability initiatives and garner new support for policies and programs.Hannah Broadley '10, biologist, ecologist, and entomologist, with a Ph.D., whose area of focus is the management of invasive forest insects. She is currently a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts and works with a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.Jeffrey Porter '85, considered one of the top environmental lawyers in the country.
To succeed in an environmental career, pick a problem and become an expert, say Bates alumni

Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:35 pm

Dive deep into your chosen field by getting involved both locally and internationally, and by keeping tabs on a rapidly changing world.

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