- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Robert Blanchette on "Tombs, sunken ships and historic huts: studying ancient wood reveals secrets from the past"
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
Professor Boyer and two biology students co-author DNA barcoding research.
Biology professor Sarah Boyer, along with co-authors Alex Howe ’09 and Nathan Juergens ’11, recently published an article in the Journal of the North American Benthological Society on research that involves identifying species by sequencing the DNA, long bits of four-letter genetic code.
"Seeing the project from its initial design through to its publication takes you a step further than the classroom can."
Using DNA sequences rather than morphology (form and structure) to describe species is called DNA barcoding. Boyer’s research used DNA barcoding to identify juvenile freshwater mussels recovered from naturally infested fishes. The North American Benthological Society’s publication promotes the further understanding of aquatic ecosystems.
Howe and Juergens co-authored the article after spending recent summers as part of the research team. Juergens worked with Boyer for two summers, first with funding from Macalester’s Three Rivers Center and later with help from a Student-Faculty Summer Research Fellowship. Howe joined the project in 2008 and was supported for the summer by the Three Rivers Center.
“Seeing the project from its initial design through to its publication takes you a step further than the classroom can, and it married my previous experience with genetics lab work to my interest in ecology and environmental studies,” says Howe, who completed conservation internships for the Bureau of Land Management after graduation.
“One of the greatest benefits to attending a small school like Macalester is the more personalized opportunities for students. I’m thankful I went through the whole research trajectory as an undergrad because it will make the thesis process feel that much more familiar when I pursue a graduate degree.”