- 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
“Our research has implications for increasing yields while reducing hazardous byproducts.”
A chemistry lab is not where I thought I’d end up; I was set on majoring in biology. But a few weeks into Professor Keith Kuwata’s General Chemistry first-year course I became enamored with the subject.
In Professor Kuwata’s lab, we conduct research in computational chemistry. This involves performing calculations that predict the behavior of the electrons that link atoms and brings the complex rules of quantum mechanics into the lab.
Our lab utilizes a high-performance computer cluster, made possible by Macalester’s access to a 96-node cluster shared with other Midwestern liberal arts colleges and funded by the National Science Foundation.
The reaction we’re studying ultimately cuts bonds between two atoms and is commonly employed to make compounds such as acetone, an industrial solvent. Our research has implications for increasing yields of the product while reducing hazardous byproducts, which is quite valuable for the possible environmental advantages.
Mastering the process of designing an experiment, collecting data, and interpreting and presenting results will help prepare me for medical school. Because most postgraduate science programs today prefer that that applicants have sound research experience, the opportunity for doing such independent research was among the things that drew me to Macalester.
By the end of my junior year I will have presented our research at the Universities of Minnesota, Michigan, and Chicago as well as at Washington University in St. Louis.