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.
First Year Course
Professor Dan Hornbach took students from his first year class Lakes, Streams and Rivers on 3 hour research cruise on Lake Superior on Sept. 18. The boat is run by the University of Wisconsin - Superior. They learned about invasive species, climate change effects on Lakes Superior, and the importance of the Duluth harbor as a "working" harbor.
This summer two students worked in the lab of Professor Chad Topaz. Swarms can have ecological, environmental and even economic impacts. more
Glacier Park Research
Camping and Research with Professor Kelly MacGregor
Field Station Research
Five students, including environmental studies major Liz Foster '11, talk about their summer research projects at Macalester's Ordway Field Station. more
Students Talk About Professors
STUDENTS TALK ABOUT PROFESSORS
Professors Talk About Students
PROFESSORS TALK ABOUT STUDENTS
Prepared Piano Performance
PREPARED PIANO PERFORMANCE
Christina Fitzsimmons '11 in the lab more
Summer in Omrit, Israel
Summer 2010 in Omrit, Israel
Astronomy Professor John Cannon
Astronomy Professor John Cannon
Senior Art Show 2010
Senior Art Show 2010
Some harm attributed to non-native species has been exaggerated, according to Professor Mark Davis, who questions the scientific basis of some of these claims. more
Million Dollar Men
Professors Dan Hornbach and Tom Varberg have received grants exceeding $2.5 million, all benefitting students.
Jillian Scudder '09
Graduate program: Astronomy, University of Victoria, British Columbia
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
Our music building will be renovated beginning in January 2011.
In this techno-wired, fast-paced world, oil painting is a bit of an anachronism. But that’s one of the reasons it’s so important for students, says art professor Chris Willcox, who teaches painting at Macalester.
The Artist's Lens
Student Bimbola Akinbola '11 helped her art professor create an art history textbook.
Charles Vang '10 Future Doctor
Charles Vang '10 wants to become a family doctor in his hometown neighborhood in Minneapolis.
In the Lab of Professor Chatterjea
Professor Chatterjea is preparing students to make tomorrow's breakthrough discoveries. more
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.
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.
Podcast: Goldman Sachs
Economics professor Gary Krueger on Goldman Sachs
Statistics at UCLA
Amelia McNamara '10 is pursuing a PhD in statistics at UCLA.
History at Columbia University
Westenley Alcenat '11 is now at Columbia University but while at Macalester, he was awarded our Global Citzenship Award and raised money for victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010. more
Sharmila Raghunandan ’10 found rising suicide rates correlated with rising unemployment rates in one Minnesota county. more
Podcast: Better Factories in Cambodia
Raymond Robertson on better factories in Cambodia
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. more