Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.92
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Bowdoin College
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.35 / 12.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
17

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
189

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
15

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
32

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

1. Shaun Golding Sociology
2. Margaret E. Boyle Romance Languages.
3. Mary Lou Zeeman Mathematics.
4. Allen Springer Government
5. Laura Henry Government
6. Erik Nelson Economics
7. Guillermo Herrera Economics
8. Michele Lavigne Earth and Ocean Sciences
9. Barry A. Logan Biology
10. Vladimir Douhovnikoff Biology
11. Nathaniel Wheelwright Biology
12. Dharni Vasudevan Environmental Studies/Chemistry
13. Lawrence Simon Environmental Studies/Philosophy
14. John Lichter Environmental Studies/Biology
15. Matthew W. Klingle Environmental Studies/History
16. Connie Chiang Environmental Studies/History
17. Damon Gannon Biology


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

For this submission of STARS Bowdoin used a similar methodology as was employed for Bowdoin's 2013 STARS report. During the fall semester 2015, The Dean of Student Affairs office worked with the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee to formalize a definition for sustainability in the curriculum. Once established, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs sent an e-mail to a selected group of faculty that the Environmental Studies Department and Sustainability Office had narrowed down as potential courses to include. The Dean's e-mail asked the faculty to self-identify if they believed any of their courses fell under the categories of sustainability related or sustainability focused. They also asked faculty to self-identify if they thought their scholarly research projects or grants met the criterion for sustainability research. The list of faculty that had included their scholarly research projects or grants during the 2013 inventory were also reviewed and if still relevant, included on this list, along with new faculty members who identified their work as sustainability research during the Fall 2015 inquiry.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
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The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:
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