Willem Laursen '11 seeks to understand what causes pain and how to treat it better. He continues his work at the National Institutes of Health.
Anthropology professor Scott Legge takes us on a tour of his office while explaining his field of study, biological anthropology.
Inventions for Mayo Clinic
Undergraduate science and economics students analyze projects submitted by Mayo physician-scientists.
A Private Life
Retired Macalester Religious Studies Prof. Cal Roetzel translated Civil War letters and learned a new perspective on an old war. more
Reconciliation and Iraq
Daugherty received a full scholarship to study Arabic for six weeks this summer in Muscat, Oman.
Three Amazing Jobs
After travelling the world, Sarah Louise Galbraith ’03 landed a great job at Discovery Networks, home of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC.
Momchil Jelev has achieved an international career at Johnson & Johnson by building on strong academics and internships. more
Learning the Legislature
Most of the week Margo Worman ’13 (Moorhead, Minn.) is a typical political science student at Macalester College. But for 11 hours each week, she becomes a valued staff member for Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL), assistant minority leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Despite having majored in geology, Becky Roberts ’09 never expected to find herself wriggling on her belly through karst caves deep in an Alaskan island. But she did that and much more during her summer as a GeoCorps worker in the Tongass National Forest.
During their January break, a group of students traveled to Egypt and Rome for a 2-credit course.
Philosophy professor, Martin Gunderson, discusses international standards for informed consent in relation to studies conducted on human subjects.
Finding Art in Liberal Arts
Pei-Hsuan Wang '10 talks about how the liberal arts has informed her work as an artist.
Professor Boyer and two biology students co-author DNA barcoding research.
Why I Like Teaching
Macalester professors talk about what makes teaching students at Macalester rewarding.
Go-go Dancers, Arabic, and YouTube
Three Mac sociology seniors win top prizes for their academic papers.
Studying South Africa
It’s clear that Victor Parker ’11 (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is determined to become a world citizen
The Great Liberal Arts
Hannah Glaser attends the University of Birmingham's (England) master's program in acting more
Podcast: Contemporary Slavery
History professor James Stewart talks about contemporary slavery in this country and trafficking worldwide and why these issues are nearly invisible. Stewart established Historians Against Slavery to develop "abolitionism on our campuses and in our community."
Interview with Author Charles Baxter '69
Author Charles Baxter ’69 talks here about his most recent book, Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (Pantheon, 2011), which is the common reading for Macalester Reunion 2011. Baxter, who also wrote the National Book Award-nominated novel Feast of Love, is the Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit charlesbaxter.com.
Seven Macalester students spent a week in New Orleans under the direction of Professor Molly Olsen for a seminar on cultural survival. See the trip through their eyes, as documented by Catherine Reagan '11. more
Taking on Teeth
With work in the Macalester biochemistry lab on his resume, Xu Han ’10 is attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. more
Macalester Sociology Majors Sweep Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions
Senior sociology majors Evelyn Daugherty, Jenny Evgenia Grinblo, and Morgen Chang have won the top three prizes awarded in the Forty-eighth Annual Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition. Daugherty and Grinblo were co-awarded first prize and Chang received third prize.
What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis
"What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis" is the topic keynote speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore will address at the Twelfth Annual American Studies Conference, 6 p.m., Thursday, February 10, in Alexander G. Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Podcast: Electric Cars
Economics professor Sarah West talks about the latest developments in electric cars. West has studied how gas prices and fuel economy affect consumer purchasing decisions.
Will temperature and CO2 continue to share the same pattern in the future that they have shared for the last 600,000 years? Professor Louisa Bradtmiller is hunting down the answer. more
When Disaster Strikes
Ethan Forsgren '11 helped design disaster scenarios with the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Emergency Preparedness. more
Thinking About Theater
Did you know that the Twin Cities have more theater seats per capita than anywhere but New York? I’ve occupied at least six of those seats in one semester, and I’m not even a theater major.
"Between us we held eight mosquito nets and a safety box. In front of Kader sat an old cardboard box full of syringes, vitamin A supplements, and children’s vaccination records," writes Elissa Butler about her study abroad experience and research on polio.
In Memory of Richard Holbrooke
Richard Holbrooke Remembered
Shelle Shimizu ’11 wins the Truman Scholarship.
We're No. 1
Per Capita, Macalester Faculty #1 Among Peers for National Science Foundation Grants. more
My 300-Acre Lab
My summer research on buckthorn capped off a great academic experience with the Macalester Biology Department.
What’s the connection between an upstate New York dairy farm and a $3 million study of sustainable development in the Serengeti? Mac economics professor Amy Damon. more
About the Pilgrims
Was there really a first Thanksgiving or is that holiday actually the fictional construct of a certain patriotic 19th century woman?
Battle of the Brains
At Macalester, 11 teams of three students from nearby liberal arts schools competed: Macalester, Luther College, Gustavus, St. Olaf, Carleton, and St. John’s University. more
Fierce and Fast
With Her First Novel, Nightshade, History Professor Andrea Cremer introduces a New Fantasy Female.
Delving into Space
Building on his Macalester research, senior John Allan probed galaxies with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy—ASTRON.
Brave New World of English
Those who imagine English classes as solely composed of readings of novels would be startled by some of the exciting outings and guest speakers enjoyed by Macalester English classes this fall. more
Statistics on the Cutting Edge
Sophomore Sasha Indarte’s flair for statistics research took her to Texas, Mexico, then California, where she presented her prize-winning research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference. more
Inside Sarah Boyer's Office
Mite Harvestmen, Gummy Tape Worms, Crabs - They're All in Sarah Boyer's Office
In Professor James Heyman's lab they study graphene, the strongest material ever. Only one atom thick, graphene has exceptional electronic properties. more
Professor Karl Wirth, geology, took his class Field Methods in Geology to Thomson, Minnesota, for a field mapping project in early October.
3M and Macalester
In any economy, nothing beats a personal introduction to a highly desirable company. Just ask Krasi Tomov ’10, who held an internship at 3M and now works at the company. more
Harry Elam Delivers El-Kati Lecture
A talk by Stanford University Professor Harry J. Elam, Jr. "Struggling with Racial Legacies: Adrienne Kennedy and the Power of African American Theatre." Harry J. Elam, Jr., is author of Taking it to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka, and the Erroll Hill Prize winning book The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson.
For three weeks in July, Seong Kyul Park ’12—along with 20 other American and Rwandese participants—studied genocide and reconstruction in Kigali, Rwanda, through a summer program offered by the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC).
Discovering New Molecules
Chemistry professor Paul Fischer draws nearly half a million dollars in research and equipment grants to Mac this year.
An Interview With Kao Kalia Yang
Kao Kalia Yang's book The Latehomecomer was chosen as Macalester's common reading. Students and parents were encouraged to read the book over the summer and come ready to discuss the book with one another. Yang then visited campus to talk about her work. Here, she sits down with student Collin Calvert '13.
Vampires, Nazis, and Destruction: What do these three scary topics have in common? They’re all subjects of first-year courses offered by Macalester College.
Young Women Faculty Receive $1.6 Million in Research Support more
Podcast: Alex Lemon
Macalester alumnus Alex Lemon '00 read from his book, Happy.