- 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
“The interdisciplinary collaboration between departments allows students like me to find new fields of study to explore.”
As a computer science major, for a long time I couldn’t imagine doing biology research. But I am pursuing minors in biology and chemistry, and all my Macalester courses have fostered the critical thinking and inquiry skills so valuable in research. Therefore, over the summer I ended up working on two biology projects alongside six other researchers and two professors. Our work was supported by the Young Researchers program, which is funded by a Science Education Program Award to Macalester College from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The first project, done with Professor Lin Aanonsen, focused on chronic pain and the role of the molecule PSA-NCAM in the transmission of pain at the spinal cord level. Thanks to previous studies done by our lab, we know that the formation of this molecule facilitates long-term changes in the spinal cord, as a result of persistent pain. The results of our study may help us improve therapies to treat and manage chronic pain.
The second project, done with Professor Paul Overvoorde, dealt with the role of the hormone Auxin in root formation of the Arabidopsis plant. Our research helps us understand the growth process of plants and may add considerably to our ability to enhance plant applications and uses.
It has been phenomenal to work on these two science projects. Through the experience I have gained a true appreciation for research. I am really surprised by the interdisciplinary collaborations among departments at Macalester. It allows students like me to bridge multiple disciplines and find new, interesting fields of study to explore.