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Mac students work alongside faculty in the lab and in the field—and publish the results.
At major universities, doing research and writing articles with faculty members are opportunities confined to graduate students—but not at Macalester.
Here, motivated undergraduates regularly work alongside professors researching topics as varied as freshwater mussels and Filipino migration. After the research is done, many of these students also become co-authors on papers published in academic journals—an opportunity their peers at larger institutions can only dream of.
The students relish these opportunities and their professor co-authors enjoy it, too. Says Geology Department chair and assistant professor Kelly MacGregor, “It’s amazing to usher students through the process of discovery, to watch them take hold of a project as their own, and to move those discoveries toward a peer-reviewed publication.” Adds her colleague, assistant professor Kristi Curry Rogers, “Working through the process of publishing a paper really lets students experience what it’s like to be a scientist. Getting this experience at the undergraduate level is a great opportunity to learn the language and method early on in a career.”
Following is a partial list of papers Mac students have co-authored in the last few years. While the list is by no means exhaustive, it provides an indication of the breadth of scholarship being done by
faculty and students. Not every title may be immediately understandable to the layperson, but the effort and accomplishment behind them? That should be crystal clear.
S. L. Boyer and C. N. Reuter ’10, “New species of mite harvestmen from Australia’s Wet Tropics, with commentary on historical biogeography of the genus Austropurcellia (Opiliones, Cyphophthalmi, Pettalidae).” In press, Journal of Arachnology
S.C. Szumowski ’09, S. L. Boyer, D. J. Hornbach, and M. C .Hove, “Genetic diversity of two common freshwater mussels (Bivalvia, Unionidae) in a large federally protected waterway (St. Croix River, Minnesota/Wisconsin, USA).” In press, American Malacological Bulletin
S.L. Boyer, A. A. Howe ’09, N. W. Juergens ’11, and M. C. Hove. 2011, “A DNA-barcoding approach to identifying juvenile freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) recovered from naturally infested fishes,” Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30(1), 2011.
D.C. Allen ’03, M.C. Hove, B.E. Sietman, Mike Davis, D.E. Kelner, Jennifer E. Kurth, Jeffrey L. Weiss, and D.J. Hornbach, “Aspects of reproductive biology and conservation status of Venustaconcha ellipsiformis (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in Minnesota.” American Midland Naturalist 157(2007)
D.J. Hornbach, M.C. Hove, B. Dickinson ’07, K. MacGregor, and J.R. Medland, “Estimating population size and habitat associations of two federally endangered mussels in the St. Croix River, Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA,” Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20 (2010)
D.J. Hornbach, V.J. Kurth ’99, and M.C. Hove, “Variation in freshwater mussel shell sculpture and shape along a river gradient,” American Midland Naturalist 164 (2010)
Paul Fischer, Michelle Neary ’10, Aaron Heerboth ’08, and Kevin Sullivan ’12, “Allylnickel(II) and Allylpalladium(II) Derivatives of [(2-(Diphenylphosphino)ethyl)cyclopentadienyl]-tricarbonyl metallates: Reactions with Free Radicals,” Organometallics (2010)
Rebecca Hoye, Gretchen Anderson ’05, Susan Brown ’07, and Erica Schultz ’08, “Total Synthesis of Clathculins A and B,” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2010
Keith Kuwata, Matthew Hermes ’09, Matthew Carlson ’10, and Cheryl Zogg ’11, “Computational Studies of the Isomerization and Hydration Reactions of Acetaldehyde Oxide and Methyl Vinyl Carbonyl Oxide,” Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2010
Thomas Varberg, Elissa Butler ’10, Benjamin Knurr ’09, Kara Manke ’07, and Tyson Vervoort ’07, “Excited electronic states of AuF,” Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2010.
James Mayer ’11, “Mythological History, Identity Formation, and the Many Faces of Alexander the Great,” Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, 2011.
Larson ’06, J. and W.G. Moseley. 2012. “Reaching the limits: A geographic approach for understanding food insecurity and household hunger mitigation strategies in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, USA,” Geojournal. (pre-published on-line, DOI 10.1007/s10708-010-9371-9).
Moseley, W.G. and Teske ’09, D. 2011. “Geographers in the Public Square: A Comparative Analysis of Op-Ed Productivity,” Applied Geography. 31(1): 232-236.
K.R. MacGregor, C.A. Riihimaki, A., Myrbo, M.D. Shapley, K. Jankowski ’07, “Geomorphic and climatic change over the past 12,900 years at Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana,” Quaternary Research, 75 (2011)
Raymond R. Rogers, Henry C. Fricke, Vittorio Addona, Robin R. Canavan ’08, Christopher N. Dwyer ’05, Cara L. Harwood ’06, Alan E. Koenig, Rachel Murray ’09, Jeffrey T. Thole, and Josephine Williams, “Using Laser Ablation-inductively Coupled Plasma-mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to Explore Geochemical Taphonomy of Vertebrate Fossils in the Upper Cretaceous Two Medicine and Judith River Formations of Montana,” Palaios, 2010, v.25
Raymond R. Rogers, Kristina Curry Rogers, Darlington Minyikwa, Rebecca C. Terry ’01, Bradley S. Singer, “Sedimentology and Taphonomy of the Upper Karoo-equivalent Mpandi Formation in the Tuli Basin of Zimbabwe, with a new Ar/Ar age for the Tuli Basalts,” Journal of African Earth Sciences 40 (2004)
B. Z. Foreman ’09, R. R. Rogers, A. L. Deino, K. R. Wirth, J.T. Thole, “Geochemical Characterization of Bentonite Beds in the Two Medicine Formation (Campanian, Montana), including a New Ar/Ar Age,” Cretaceous Research 29 (2008)
Henry C. Fricke, Raymond R. Rogers, Robert Backlund, Christopher N. Dwyer ’05, and Susan Echt, “Preservation of Primary Stable Isotope Signals in Dinosaur Remains, and Environmental Gradients of the Late Cretaceous of Montana and Alberta,” Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Palaeoecology 266 (2008)
Raymond R. Rogers and Mara E. Brady ’05, “Origins of Microfossil Bonebeds: Insights from the Upper Cretaceous Judith River Formation of North-Central Montana,” Paleobiology 36 (1), 2010
David W. Krause, Joseph J.W. Sertich, Raymond R. Rogers, Sophia C. Kast ’08, Armand H. Rasoamiaramanana, Gregory A. Buckley, “Overview of the Discovery, Distribution, and Geological Context of the Simosuchus clarki (Crocodyliformes: Notosuchia) From the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar,” Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30:6 (2010)
J. P. Craddock and A.W. McKiernan ’02, “Tectonic Implications of Finite Strain Gradient in Baraboo-interval Quartzites (ca. 1700 Ma), Mazatzal orogen, Wisconsin and Minnesota, USA,” Precambrian Research 156 (2007)
J.P. Craddock, J. Anziano ’02, K.R. Wirth, J.D. Vervoort, B. Singer ’03, and X. Zhang, “Structure Geochemistry, and Geochronology of a Lamprophyre Dike Swarm, Archean Wawa Terrane, Michigan, USA,” Precambrian Research 157 (2007)
J. P. Craddock, A. McKiernan ’02, and M. DeWit, “Calcite Twin Analyais in Synorogenic Calccite, Cape Fold Belt: Implications for Fold Rotation and Cleavage Formation,” Journal of Structural Geology, 27 (2007)
J. P. Craddock, B. Kennedy ’00, M.S. Pawlisch ’97, A. L. Cook ’01, S.T. Johnston, and M. Jackson, “Anhysteric Magnetic Susceptibility Dike Studies in Three Tectonic Settings: Mid-Ocean Ridge, Accreted Terrane, and Archean-Proterozoic Crust,” Tectonophysics 448 (2008)
J. P. Craddock, D.H. Malone, A.L. Cook ’01, M.E. Rieser ’03, and J.R. Doyle, “Dynamics of Emplacement of the heart Mountain Allochthon at White Mountain: Constraints from Calcite Twinning Strains, Anisotrophy of Magnetic Susceptibility, and Thermodynamic Calculations,” Geological Society of America Bulletin, volume 121 (2009)
Louise C. Dickson ’11, “Revival of the Civic Spirit: Contradiction in Somali-American Citizenship,” Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies (Fall 2011).
Hanna Zimnitskaya ’12 and James von Geldern, “Is the Caspian Sea a Sea; and Why Does it Matter?” Journal of Eurasian Studies (2010)
Victor Addona, Grace Goetzke ’10, and Chad Topaz, “Tuberculosis Screening for International Students at a Midwestern Liberal Arts College,” Journal of American College Health (2008)
Daniel Flath, Katherine Herbig ’06, and Tom Halverson, “The Planar Rook Algebra and Pascal’s Triangle,” L’Enseignement Mathématique (2008)
Dale Beihoffer, Jemimah Hendry ’03, Albert Nijenhuis, and Stan Wagon, “Faster Algorithms for Frobenius Numbers,” Electronic Journal of Combinatorics (2005)
“The Dynamics of Falling Dominoes,” Stan Wagon with William Briggs, Stephen Becker, and Adrianne Pontarelli ’04, UMAP Journal, 26:1 (Spring 2005)
Physics and astronomy
Cannon, J.M., O’Leary ’13, E.M., Weisz, D.R., Skillman, E.D., Dolphin, A.E., Bigiel, F., Cole, A.A., de Blok, W.J.G., & Walter, F. ,“On The Origin of the Supergiant HI Shell and Putative Companion in NGC 6822,” 2012, TThe Astrophysical Journal, 2012, 747, 122.
Cannon, J.M., Giovanelli, R., Haynes, M.P., Janowiecki, S., Parker, A., Salzer, J.J., Adams, E.A.K., Engstrom ’11, E., Huang, S., McQuinn, K.B.W., Ott, J., Saintonge, A., Skillman, E.D., Allan ’11, J., Erny ’12, G., Fliss , P., & Smith ’13, A., “The Survey of HI in Extremely Low-mass Dwarfs (SHIELD),”
2011, The Astrophysical Journal Letters (EVLA Special Edition), 739, L22
Cannon, J.M., Most ’10, H.P., Skillman, E.D., Weisz, D.R., Cook, D., Dolphin, A.E., Kennicutt, R.C., Lee, J., Seth, A., Walter, F., & Warren, S., “The M81 Group Dwarf Irregular Galaxy DDO 165. II. Connecting Recent Star Formation with ISM Structures and Kinematics,” 2011, The Astrophysical Journal, 735, 36
Cannon, J.M., Most ’10, H.P., Skillman, E.D., Weisz, D.R., Cook, D., Dolphin, A.E., Kennicutt, R.C., Lee, J., Seth, A., Walter, F., & Warren, S., “The M81 Group Dwarf Irregular Galaxy DDO 165. I. High Velocity Neutral Gas in a Post-Starburst System,” 2011, The Astrophysical Journal, 735, 35
Haynes ’09, K., Cannon, J.M., Skillman, E.D., Jackson, D.C., & Gehrz, R., “Spatially Resolved PAH Emission Features in Nearby, Low Metallicity, Star-Forming Galaxies,” 2010, The Astrophysical Journal, 724, 215
Cannon, J.M., Haynes ’09, K., Most ’10, H., Salzer, J.J., Haugland ’08, K., Scudder ’09, J., Sugden, A., & Weindling ’10, J., “The Stellar and Gaseous Contents of the Orion Dwarf Galaxy,” 2010, The Astronomical Journal, 139, 2170
K. M. Pollock ’07, T. Kaufman-Osborn ’07, J. Hiltrop ’08, and J. R. Doyle, “The effects oftemperature and near-substrate plasma density on the structural and electrical properties of dcsputtered germanium thin films,” Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A29, 051301(2011).
T. Kaufman-Osborn ’07, K. M. Pollock ’07, J. Hiltrop ’08, K. Braam ’08, S. Fazzio’07, and J.R. Doyle, “Effect of near-substrate plasma density in the reactive magnetron sputter depositionof hydrogenated amorphous germanium,” Thin Solid Films (in press 2012).
J. N. Heyman, Nelson Coates ’04, Sheila Nabanja ’06, Tobin Kaufman-Osborn ’07 and FedirKyrychenko, “Resonant hole polarons in GaAs and InP, ” Physical Review B 78, (2008) 125207.
L. Bell ’07, J. Rogers ’07, J. Zimmerman, A.C. Gossard and J. N. Heyman, “THz Emission byQuantum Beating in a Modulation Doped Parabolic Quantum Well,” Applied Physics Letters 92,142108, (2008).
J. N. Heyman, D. Bell ’06, T. Khumalo ’06, “Terahertz Photo-Hall Measurements of CarrierMobility in GaAs and InP,” Applied Physics Letters 88, 162104 (2006).
Michael Manansala ’12, Commentary: “Filipino migration in challenging times,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 2011.
Alexander Horn ’11, “The Developmental State and Economics Growth: The Case of Singapore,” Journal of Undergraduate International Studies, Spring 2011
Caroline Ettinger ’09 and Patrick Schmidt, “Drug Courts,” Encyclopedia of American Law and Criminal Justice, David Schultz, ed., (Facts on File, Inc., 2011)
S. Ambwani ’03 & J. Strauss, “Love thyself before loving others? A qualitative and quantitative analysis of gender differences in body image and romantic love.” Sex Roles, 56 (1-2), 13-21 (2007)
R.B. Lea, D.N. Rapp, A. Elfenbein, A.D. Mitchel ’05, & R.S. Romine ’01, “Sweet silent thought: Alliteration and resonance in poetry comprehension.” Psychological Science, 19, 709-716 (2008)
J.M. Ostrove, J. M., G. Oliva, & A. Katowitz ’07, “Reflections on the K-12 years in public schools: Relations with hearing teachers and peers from the perspective of deaf and hard-of-hearing adults.” Disability Studies Quarterly, 29(3)(2009)
J.M. Ostrove & S.M. Long ’01, “Social class and belonging: Implications for college adjustment,” The Review of Higher Education, 30, 363-389 (2007)
J.M. Ostrove & D. Crawford ’00, “ ‘One lady was so busy staring at me she walked into a wall:’ Interability relations from the perspective of women with disabilities,” Disability Studies Quarterly, 26 (3)(2006)
Kyle Anne Piasecki ’11, “Desire with Restraint: The Hybridization of Female Sexual Identities in Tunis,” Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, 2011
Thomas Poulos ’11, “Gay Men’s Motivations for Having Children: Gay Fathers and the Reconceptualization of Fatherhood and Homosexuality,” Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research, 2011