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.
Are Women Empowered by New Urbanism?
A new study by Charlotte Fagan '12 and Geography Prof. Dan Trudeau focuses on the lived experience of women.
A semester abroad in Tanzania inspired Michelle Einstein ’14 to explore the global used-clothing industry.
An International Studies course exploring photography gives Mac students new insights into an old medium.
Who the Enemy Is
The research of Mellon Mays scholar Christine Ohenewah ’15 explores tensions between Africans and African Americans.
Into the Archives
Creative learning approach leads to Mellon Foundation grant.
Rethinking the World Cup
A soccer fan takes a serious look at the World Cup.
Talking with Farmers
Book by EcoHouse residents raises awareness about small-scale growers.
Alumni Win Science Grants
Six recent Macalester grads win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to support explorations into subjects ranging from stars to monkeys.
Public Health Prize
Macalester’s team won a top prize in their first appearance at Public Health Scholar Bowl.
Justin Sims '14 did research on Major League Baseball drafts.
New Galaxy Discovered
Erik Alfvin ’15 has discovered a new galaxy as revealed in a recently published paper co-authored with Macalester astronomy professor John Cannon and others.
Q & Artist
Samantha Leopold-Sullivan talks about her artwork.
Every year seniors do capstone projects that requires intense work. Some sociology majors share their projects.
End of life care in the U.S.
Anna Schmitz '14 delves into this sensitive issue for her capstone.
Student Science Grant
Students share their joy at seeing the new building open its doors.
Learning from Farms
Reality meets theory when an Mac students connect with Common Harvest Farm.
Complexities of Conflict
A popular political science class has students taking on real-life roles in mock negotiations and war games.
Gary Krueger: 25 Years of Comparative Economics
Video of Gary Krueger's inaugural lecture as recipient of the college's Cargill Professorship in International Economics, "25 Years of Comparative Economics: The Questions Don't Change, but the Answers Do," given on Feb. 18, 2014 in the John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College.
Publish and Prosper
Mac students work alongside faculty in the lab and in the field—and publish the results.
In Contagion, a first-year course, students explored the human factor in the spread of infectious diseases.
Macalester’s proximity to the Mayo Clinic and top biomedical companies provides some great opportunities, including the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.
The Elegant C. Elegans
Nicole Miller '14 worked on the regulation of genes through RNAi in Professor Mary Montgomery's lab.
Meaning of Mixed Race
Macalester sponsors conference on the identities and culture of mixed race America.
By exploring literature, film, and folklore, one first-year class found out there’s much more to vampires than Twilight.
Mac's First Online Course
Our Four First-Years Grow Up
On finding a fit: During the fall of her junior year Kiah, who was already majoring in American studies, took—and loved—two education classes, that led her to add Educational studies as a second major.
Astrophysics in Belgium
While studying abroad, Ned Molter kept his eyes on the sky for star explosions.
Revitalizing Historic Sites
A Mac history class drew Natalie Heneghan ’15 (Cedarburg, Wis.) to a HistoriCorps summer preservation project in Wyoming.
Copper in Our Bodies
Richard Liang’s study of copper may increase understanding of Alzheimer’s.
Investigating Sickle-Cell Anemia
Dinesh Rathakrishnan believes research will make him a better doctor
Better Living through [Plant] Chemistry
From campus research to the Mayo Clinic, Julie Sun ’14 is using science to make a difference.
Captivated by Chemistry
Much to his surprise, Andrew Olinger ’15 found his intellectual passion in chemistry.
Investigating Iron in Cancer Cells
Burton Masem ’14 studied the effects of iron overload on ovarian cancer cells.
Tweeting from Libya
Ellen Noble ’13 analyzed tweets (over 7,000 of them) to explore the ways in which social media was used by Libyans to challenge the dominant hero-victim narrative of humanitarian crises.
Math and the Real World
Sara Staszak used math to address the detection of structural defects.
Becoming a Scientist
Alyssa Ashbaugh ’14 did research at the Mayo Clinic, a large research university, and a campus lab.
Passions and Requiems
A course cross-listed in Music and Religious Studies teaches unforgettable lessons of power and prayer.
When Majors Collide
Issa Ali ’15 found his computer science skills were highly applicable to biology research.
Death, Devastation & Math
Three years after taking an applied math class, two Mac students have their research published in a peer-reviewed journal.