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Media Multitasking Disrupts Memory, Even in Young Adults

The bulky, modern human brain evolved hundreds of thousands of years ago and, for the most part, has remained largely unchanged. That is, it is innately tuned to analog information—to focus on the hunt at hand or perhaps the forage for wild plants. Yet we now pummel our ancient thinking organ with a daily deluge of digital information that many scientists believe may have enduring and worrisome effects.

“This is an impressive study,” comments Daphne Bavelier, a professor of psychology at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, who was not involved in the new research. “The work is important as it identifies a source of interindividual variability when one is cued to remember information”—the differences in attention among the study participants. “These findings are novel and tell us something important about the relationship between attention and memory, and their link to everyday behavior ..., [something] we did not know before,” adds Harvard University psychologist Daniel L. Schacter (SHS 1970), who was also not involved in the study.

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Aaron Sorkin Explains Why 'The Newsroom' Felt Like a "Pebble in the Sho

Aaron Sorkin (SHS 1979) was never able to get The Newsroom to where he wanted it to go, which happened for a number of reasons.

In a recent video interview with Vanity Fair in which he discussed his entire career, the Oscar-winning screenwriter dove into the issues he faced with the HBO series.

"I was never able to get it quite right," Sorkin began. "I always felt like I had a pebble in my shoe. I felt like I could write a good scene. I could put a couple of good scenes together." Sorkin compared the situation to a football team that can put together two good quarters of play, but not a full game's worth.


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Visiting Fellow Tom Ricks’s Book Examines How Founding Fathers Were Influenced by Classical Thinkers

Acclaimed military historian and journalist Tom Ricks came to Bowdoin in 2018 as a visiting fellow in history to research his next book. That project has now come to fruition and his new book, First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country, is to be published next month by HarperCollins.

The book takes a new look at the Founding Fathers, examining how their educations were influenced in particular by the work of Greek and Roman philosophers. Ricks, who, as a prize-winning journalist, wrote about military affairs for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, then shows how those influences shaped the ideals of the newly found United States.

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Chegg Reports Strong Q3 2020 Financial Results and Raises Full Year 2020 Guidance

Chegg, Inc. (NYSE:CHGG), a Smarter Way to Student®, today reported financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

"We have always said that the future of education was inevitable; to become increasingly online, on demand, and more affordable," said Dan Rosensweig (SHS 1979), CEO & President of Chegg, Inc., "The trends we are seeing in the industry and the momentum we are experiencing globally give us the confidence to raise our guidance again for 2020 and provide our initial outlook for 2021."

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Sneak Peek of Montclair Film Festival ‘In Conversation with Aaron Sorkin’ (VIDEO)

Academy-Award winning writer and renowned playwright Aaron Sorkin(SHS 1979) sits down with Stephen Colbert to talk about The Trial of the Chicago 7, Sorkin’s latest project which he wrote and directed.

Colbert, at the beginning of a wide-ranging conversation, says of Sorkin’s gift for dialogue: “You give the people who need to say the right thing, the right thing to say. And I wish you wrote my life sometimes.”

Sorkin made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with A FEW GOOD MEN. He followed this success with screenplays for MALICE, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, and STEVE JOBS, which garnered him a Golden Globe Award for “Best Screenplay.”

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What's in my bag? — Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff (SHS1979) is the author of Team HumanPresent ShockThrowing Rocks at the Google Bus, and a bunch of other books on media and society. He's host of the Team Human podcast, and currently adapting some of his novels to TV.

I got that backpack for around $10 on sale at the Vans store when I was getting my daughter some sneakers. She picked it out. I figured it would break pretty fast at that price, but it's lasted 5 years and been around the world. It works because it's super light, has lots of easy-to-find compartments, and the zippers haven't failed.

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Nicole Eisenman (1983), Martin Puryear, and 100 Other Artists and Intellectuals Call on Museums to Reinstate the Postponed Philip Guston Retrospective

Nearly 100 artists, writers, and scholars, including Adrian Piper, Martin Puryear, Matthew Barney, Coco Fusco, Benjamin Buchloh, and Zoe Leonard, have signed an open later admonishing four art museums for postponing a major retrospective of Philip Guston until 2024.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Tate Modern in London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston announced their joint plan to move the show, “Philip Guston Now,” citing the artist’s depiction of hooded Ku Klux Klan figures

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DESERT ONE'S Barbara Kopple, RBG's Julie Cohen & BUOYANCY'S Rodd Rathjen Up Next On Tom Needham's SOUNDS OF FILM

Two-Time Academy Award Winning Director Barbara Kopple (SHS 1964), Producers Eric Forman & David Cassidy, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard "Taco" Sanchez and John Limbert, Diplomat and one of the Iran Hostages are Tom Needham's guests on THE SOUNDS OF FILM. They will be speaking about Kopple's amazing new documentary DESERT ONE. Also on the program are RBG director, Julie Cohen, and BUOYANCY director, Rodd Rathjen.

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Chegg Inc (CHGG) PRESIDENT, CEO & CO-CHAIRMAN Daniel Rosensweig Sold $1.9 million of Shares

PRESIDENT, CEO & CO-CHAIRMAN of Chegg Inc (30-Year FinancialInsider TradesDaniel Rosensweig (SHS 1979) (insider trades) sold 28,000 shares of CHGG on 09/22/2020 at an average price of $66.26 a share. The total sale was $1.9 million.

Chegg Inc is a student-first connected learning platform empowering students to take control of their education to save time and money. It offers its products and services under Chegg services and required materials categories. Chegg Inc has a market cap of $8.73 billion; its shares were traded at around $67.94 with and P/S ratio of 16.82. GuruFocus has detected 2 severe warning signs with Chegg Inc. .

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Mara Liasson (SHS 1973): Trump Camp Went After Joe Lockhart for ‘Reckless’ Health Speculation While Trump Himself Speculated About Biden’s Health

You may remember that last week, there was some speculation about President Donald Trump’s health over his November 2019 trip to Walter Reed. Some details surrounding the visit were reported on in a new book, and the president ended up publicly blasting rumors that he suffered from “mini-strokes.”

Hours later the Trump campaign apparently pointed to a tweet that set Trump off — from CNN political analyst and former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart — and demanded that Lockhart be fired for recklessly speculating about the president’s health, asking if Trump had a stroke

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