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AI Ethics Board weighs the uses and misuses of ChatGPT

In November, the San Francisco-based research firm OpenAI launched ChatGPT, an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) interface capable of generating essays and creating computer code, which is now open to the public. ChatGPT’s popularity has spread to academia, prompting charged discussions amongst administrators and faculty in higher education, including Professor of Digital and Computational Studies Eric Chown and Professor of Government Michael Franz, both members of the National Initiative on AI Ethics board at the College.

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Dr. Isaiah Bolden ’15 explores ancient chemical “clues” to inspire modern coral conservation techniques

Oceanographer, biochemist and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Isaiah Bolden ’15 studies ancient coral reefs to understand the effects of climate change on modern reef ecosystems. In his research, he uses a unique approach to coral conservation which he calls “forensic biogeochemistry” to track the health of coral reefs and predict trends using clues from fossilized coral caves, which he focused on in his talk on Monday.

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IT department debuts drop-in hours

This week, Bowdoin Information Technology (IT) launched new drop-in hours as a way to facilitate open communication with students and faculty. The drop-in hours started on Tuesday behind the desk in Smith Union with Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michael Cato.

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GHC inspires underrepresented genders in tech

From September 20 to 23, faculty and students from Bowdoin Women in Computer Science (BWiCS) attended the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Orlando, Fla.. GHC is an annual conference celebrating women and non-binary individuals in technology with a specific focus on early career support and exploration for college students from around the world.

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Students excited to return to Kent Island, New Brunswick, Canada after COVID-19 Hiatus

Cancelled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-awaited field excursion to Bowdoin’s field station on Kent Island in New Brunswick, Canada, finally took place last weekend. Since the recent readmission of American citizens across the Canadian border on August 9, 2021, 16 Bowdoin students taking Ecology and Biology of Marine Organisms this semester were able to cross the border and participate in the Kent Island trip, led by Ian Kyle, assistant director of the Bowdoin College Scientific Station on Kent Island, and Patricia Jones, assistant professor of Biology and director of the Bowdoin College Scientific Station on Kent Island.

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Giltner ’23 worked to bring historic rocket launch

For James Giltner ’23, what started out as a search for how to fill his semester away from Bowdoin turned into a groundbreaking learning experience—one that culminated in a historic rocket launch. Last fall, Giltner worked full-time at bluShift, a Brunswick-based company that launched a rocket from the Loring Commerce Center in Limestone, Maine, on January 31.

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