Hidden Human Computers
Segregated in a remote building, Black women mathematicians known as “computers” provided calculations essential to NASA and the space race.
Real-World Health Experiences
Macalester’s metro location offers many public health internships and research experiences.
Seeing Mental Illness
A popular sociology class examines our country’s incarceration culture.
Can Robots Be Human?
Meet Marvin and Armstrong, two of the robots that roam Olin-Rice Science Center, and two of their human operators.
This year, three Macalester students were represented at the ACTC film competition.
The new atomic force microscope in Olin-Rice Science Center provides researchers with amazing images at near-atomic scale.
In his summer research, Evan Weiler ’16 trained robots to navigate around a building and through the air.
Death and Dying
Learning to face life’s end is a key part of this unique anthropology course.
Mac Students at ABRCMS
With support of the Macalester-HHMI Science Education Award, four students recently attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, two as presenters.
News of 2014
Macalester faculty and students explore some of the year’s top stories.
HHMI Young Researchers
From pain to tiny arachnids, Nicole Mathews applied concepts from her science courses as she pursued answers to real-world questions in the lab.
Tiny Australian Arachnids
Collecting specimens in Australia and identifying them in the lab taught Michelle Coblens a lot about the power of original research.
Health Policy Pursuits
Jyothi Dhanwada researches pain and has interned on a U.S. Senate committee in Washington to learn firsthand about the intersection of science and health policy.
Rivers of Electricity
Noah Lupu-Gladstein explored cutting-edge thermoelectrics research in Professor James Heyman’s physics lab.
Clues from Antarctica
As part of a Keck Consortium research project, Hali Englert studied rocks from Antarctica for what they can tell us about climate change.
Reef Diving in Belize
Ilian DeCorte made daily scuba dives in Belize to learn why otherwise endangered coral were thriving there.
A Database of Brains
Bioinformatics at Harvard–MIT’s Health Sciences and Technology Program allowed Issa Ali to combine his research interests in computer science, biology and chemistry.
Rocks Tell the Story
In Glacier National Park, Emily Diener and Eric Stephens took core samples that illuminate the geological history of the landscape.
Geology in Glacier Park
At Glacier National Park, Emily Diener used core samples from lakes to investigate their geological history.
Trees and Climate Change
Trees store carbon, which helps mitigate climate change. Eli Liebman investigated this process in northern Michigan.
In Marcos Ortega’s lab, Djoser Ramsey investigated how to interrupt the reproduction of viruses, such as one that causes lymphoma.
From the Farm to the Lab
Economics major Cody Dail is using the many resources at his disposal to prepare himself for medical school.
Science is Discovery
With the support of a Beckmann grant, Charles Benck ’15 is conducting research aimed at new ways to combat pain.
Mac Chemistry #1
The Chemistry Department is #1 per capita in National Science Foundation grants for undergraduate research among its 40 peer colleges.
Worth 1000 Words
In Professor Eric Carroll’s photography class, students looked with new eyes at Macalester past and present.
A new course brings together climate science and economics to determine efficient ways to address climate change.
Allies across (Dis)ability
Maddie Kornfeld and Marium Ibrahim went to the experts to discover what it takes to build alliances between people with and without disabilities.
New Faculty Faces
Civility and Its Discontents
A U of Minnesota program provides research experience, graduate school support for Mariah Geiger ’15.
Original research is the gold standard experience for undergraduate science students and there’s no better place to conduct it than Macalester.
Chemistry major Brian Carr enjoyed both the individual attention at Macalester and the experience of a research university lab.
Biology major Antsa Randriamihaja was awarded two fellowships, which supported her lab research and an independent project in Madagascar.
Research at 15,000 Feet
Alia Payne ’15 studied the effects of climate change on glaciers high in the Peruvian Andes.
Suicide Prevention Study
At the Minnesota Dept. of Health, Alese Halvorson ’15 contributed her statistical expertise to save lives.
O-Chem Research, Two Views
Sometimes the most demanding subjects are the ones you can’t let go of.
New Mac students learn about a subject while learning about college.
Mac Chemistry #1
The Chemistry Department is #1 per capita in NSF grants for undergraduate research among its 40 peer colleges.
Each summer Mac students land fellowships, locally and around the world.
Focus on Research
Following Stolen Art
Students in classics professor Vanessa Rousseau’s course made their own contributions to fight the underground market for stolen art.
Profs’ Summer Reading
Jane Berdysheva ’14 comes alive when conversing in one of her seven languages.
Alumni Anthro Authors
Many contributors to an important cultural anthropology reader are graduates of the Macalester department.
Turn and Face the Strange*
Visualizing Swarm Theory
Karina Li '14 worked with Prof. Chad Topaz to create art that is a visual expression of swarm theory.
Professor Vélez bridges eras and continents to stretch the minds of Mac students.