When Macalester Biology Professor Mark Davis expounds publicly on exotic species—creatures from dandelions to carp that come from somewhere else—he eventually mentions LLT, his shorthand for Learn to Love Them. Exotic species are here to stay, he says. No way to get rid of them. No way to prevent more from showing up in our forests, lakes, and farmland. So get used to it. And relax. With important exceptions, most aren’t as bad as people think.
Million Dollar Men
PROFESSORS DAN HORNBACH AND TOM VARBERG HAVE RECEIVED GRANTS EXCEEDING $2.5 MILLION, ALL BENEFITTING STUDENTS.
Social Media Research
Isaac Sparling works with Professor Shilad Sen on Poliwiki, a web site that allows for social interactions about politics.
A New Vision for the Fine Arts
Unlike many students who double major, anthropology and music graduate Morgan Roe '09 found that studying two disciplines actually reduced her stress.
Art professor Chris Willcox slows down for her oil painting and teaches her students to do the same
The Artist's Lens
Student Bimbola Akinbola '11 helped her art professor create an art history textbook.
In the Lab of Professor Chatterjea
Professor Chatterjea is preparing students to make tomorrow's breakthrough discoveries.
Charles Vang '10 Future Doctor
Charles Vang '10 wants to become a family doctor in his hometown neighborhood in Minneapolis.
Student Brad Andres says, "Dinosaurs are my passion, plain and simple." He set up Macalester's histology lab and finds that studying fossils gives us insight into modern animals.
Civil Rights Radio Hour
The popular NPR show This American Life served as the model for a semester-long radio project created by the students in Professor Patrick Schmidt’s political science class “U.S. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.”
Macalester Professor Awarded $250K NSF Grant to Study Biological Swarming
Dr. Chad Topaz, associate professor in the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department at Macalester College, has been awarded a three-year, $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study biological swarming and chemical pattern formation. The project will provide research experience to 12 Macalester undergraduates who will collaborate with Topaz and with each other.
Macalester Professor Awarded $1.2M NSF Grant to Study Tags
Dr. Shilad Sen, assistant professor in the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department at Macalester College, has been awarded a four-year, $1.2M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study tags, or words that people use to describe videos, photographs and web pages online. The grant will lay the groundwork for research collaboration between Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s portion of the grant is about $250,000.
Andrew Ver Steegh '09 has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to Egypt
Andrew Ver Steegh ’09 of Mahtomedi, Minn., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Egypt. Ver Steegh also received a critical language enhancement award to study Arabic.
Sharmila Raghunandan ’10 found rising suicide rates correlated with rising unemployment rates in one Minnesota county.
South African Odyssey
Child malnutrition, emergency rural medicine, and adolescents with HIV were the research focuses of three students who recently explored community health in South Africa.
Podcast: Israel's Mizrahim
Frank Adler, Political Science, has researched the role of Israel's Mizrahim, Jews who for millennia were deeply rooted in the region, but were summarily expelled from Arab states after the state of Israel was founded in 1948. Professor Adler examines the "orientalist" discrimination that Mizrahim suffered in Israel, but also raises the possibility that both as Jews and Arabs, the Mizrahim might serve as a bridge to regional reconciliation.
Podcast: Who Should Live and Who Should Die
With the national debate over health care reform at a crossroads, Macalester held an open forum about the issue. Panel Participants included: Jeffrey Kahn, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, Michael Zis, Political Science, Macalester College, Earl Schwartz, Director of the Social Justice Program and Professor of Religion, Hamline University
Podcast: Life Expectancy and Crime
If you thought you wouldn't live very long, what would you do? Senior Jeremy Roth wondered if it would make people more likely to commit a crime. His paper on the subject earned him first place at the Minnesota Economic Association. In this episode he talks about how he came about his conclusion and how it can be applied.
Podcast: Shilad Sen
Professor Shilad Sen knows his way around computer code and the notes of a musical score. This summer he's working on something he calls a poliwiki and in his spare time, playing the saxophone in three jazz bands.
Podcast: What is an XMAC Laboratory
Professor Chad Topaz talks about what happens in the lab, patterns found in nature and how this Harvard scholar came to a liberal arts college.
Water and Power
Roopali Phadke, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, talks about her class Water and Power, the effects of water management on our global environment and where she hopes our society will be in 20 years in that area.
Podcast: State of the Union
Adrienne Christiansen, political science professor and director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, gives us her take on President Obama's State of the Union address.
Can You Hear the Difference?
If you live in New York, you probably pronounce the words caught and cot quite differently. If you live in California, they most likely come out sounding the same. What Kaitlyn Arctander ’11 (Seacliff, New York) wanted to find out was if Midwesterners, too, were beginning to “merge” these vowel sounds.
That the World May Know
English Professor James Dawes shares his experience about interviewing the confessions of Japanese war criminals, who were responsible for some of the greatest atrocities of the 21st century.
John Cage's Sonatas, Interludes and Accumulations
The Macalester Theatre & Dance and Music Departments collaborated on a significant choreographed performance of John Cage’s landmark 1948 piece, “Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano.”
One of the New Music Series concerts featured jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Uri Caine performing solo piano works as well as with a combo, which included Macalester studio instructors Dave Jensen, trumpet, and Kathy Jensen, saxophone. The MacJazz big band, directed by Joan Griffith, performed several works by Caine.
From Mac To Yale
Rebecca Delventhal pursues a PhD at Yale University in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.