Mid-Coast School Notebook: Aug. 26

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Bowdoin prof receives National Endowment for the Humanities award

Bowdoin College Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Matthew Klingle has been selected to receive a 2016-17 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award to publish research findings in the book “Sweet Blood: Diabetes and the Nature of Health in America.”

In a departure from his academic specialization of environmental history and the American northwest, Klingle set out to immerse himself in the world of public health and chronic disease.

The book explores how today’s crisis grows from our changing relationship with nature and asks:

•  Who or what is to blame for the diabetes outbreak: human behavior, genetics and evolution, or an altered environment?

•  Why has diabetes afflicted Americans unevenly, and should society address these inequities?

•   What connections between human nature and physical nature might promote and sustain health?

The project examines the environmental, cultural, political and scientific history of diabetes in the United States from the Gilded Age to the present. Klingle is one of 30 grantees in the Public Scholar program; his is among 290 humanities projects and program across the U.S. awarded $79 million in grants during the NEH’s 50th anniversary year.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.

Patten Free Library hosts Common Application workshop

Registration opened this week for the fourth annual Pizza Pity Party set for Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Patten Free Library to learn about the Common Application for college admission. The event is for high school seniors and will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room. Several local college counselors will be on hand to help students learn the basics about the Common Application website and to get a jump-start in developing a strong personal profile. The event is free and open to any high school senior; parents are also welcome. Pre-registration is required by email to rjordan@patten.lib.me.us, or by phone at 443-5141, ext. 25.

University College Offers Osher Scholarships

The University of Maine System is offering Osher New Beginnings Scholarships to encourage more Maine people of all ages to give college a try.

The Osher New Beginnings Scholarship was established for those who are first-time college students or have not attended college in at least three years and have completed 30 or fewer credit hours. An Osher Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for one course. Students do not need to be accepted to a degree program to be eligible.

“Several New Beginnings Scholarships are available at the Bath/Brunswick Center,” said Dennis Unger, director of University College at Bath/Brunswick. “It is important that students apply now for the fall semester. To help reduce barriers for first-time and returning adult students, the application process is quick and easy.” 

Scholarship recipients benefit from the personalized support of experienced advisers and are encouraged to make use of tutoring services, as well as a variety of skill-development workshops.

For more information about Osher New Beginnings Scholarships, contact University College at Bath/Brunswick at 442-7736 or visit learn.maine.edu/bath.


Nichols College

Raymond-Oliver Alvarez, of Bath

Tufts University

Mitchell Black, of Brunswick, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering magna cum laude

Dean’s lists

St. Joseph’s College

Julia Champagne and Hannah Hebert, both of Brunswick

Anne McIntire of Harpswell

Nathaniel Santeramo of Orr’s Island

St. Lawrence University

Eliott B. Wellenbach, of West Bath

Madison D. Andrews, Laurel A. Hurd, Claire O. Mendesand Oliver E. Smith, all of Brunswick


Mitchell Black, of Brunswick

Virginia Hinchman, of West Bath

University of New Hampshire

Kassandra Coulombe, of Brunswick, earned Honors

Matthew Kasabian, of Brunswick, earned Highest Honors

Rebecca Bailey, of Brunswick, earned High Honors

President’s List

Champlain College

Emma Katz, of Brunswick

Tyler Killer, of Bath