Momchil Jelev works for Johnson & Johnson and credits much of his success now to the experiences he had at Macalester.
Learning the Legislature
This is the kind of class that just cannot be offered at small-town colleges, says Professor Julie Dolan.
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.
Philosophy professor, Martin Gunderson, discusses international standards for informed consent in relation to studies conducted on human subjects.
Finding Art in Liberal Arts
Pei-Hsaun Wang talks about how the liberal arts has informed her work as an artist.
Go-go Dancers, Arabic, and YouTube
Three Mac sociology seniors win top prizes for their academic papers.
Studying South Africa
With a double major in political science and international studies, it’s clear that Victor Parker ’11 (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is determined to become a world citizen. But add in his French minor, study of Afrikaans, and two internships in South Africa and his global curiosity becomes even more apparent.
The Great Liberal Arts
Hannah Glaser attends the University of Birmingham's (England) master's program in acting
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.
The week-long January seminar, led by Professor Molly Olsen, Department of Hispanic Studies and Paul Schadewald of the Civic Engagement Center, explored the challenges and cultural strategies of resistance in New Orleans neighborhoods in the wake of disaster and in the midst of economic adversity. Participants toured the city and met with a number of community partners, scholars and activists.
Taking on Teeth
With three summers of National Science Foundation research programs and a semester in a Macalester biochemistry lab on his resume, Xu Han ’10 is attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
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.
The question is this: Will temperature and CO2 continue to share the same pattern in the future that they have shared for the last 600,000 years? If so, it's going to warm up very quickly, given how much higher the atmospheric CO2 concentration is now.
When Disaster Strikes
If an F3 tornado touches down in southwestern Minnesota striking the region’s major hospital, are there enough beds in secondary facilities to handle the patients? Or will mobile medical units need to be dispatched? Who is responsible for such determinations? Who delegates and coordinates efforts in a disaster?
"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.
My 300-Acre Lab
My summer research on buckthorn capped off a great academic experience with the Macalester Biology Department, says Sam Wershow.
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
Macalester hosted a site of the Associated Computing Machinery’s North Central North America (NCNA) regional programming contest this past Saturday, November 6, otherwise known as "Battle of the Brains."
Fierce and Fast
With Her First Novel, Nightshade, History Professor Andrea Cremer introduces a New Fantasy Female.
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 English classes this fall.
Delving into Space
Building on his Macalester research, senior John Allan probed galaxies with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy—ASTRON.
Inside Sarah Boyer's Office
Mite Harvestmen, Gummy Tape Worms, Crabs - They're All in Sarah Boyer's Office
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.
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).
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.
Discovering New Molecules
Chemistry professor Paul Fischer draws nearly half a million dollars in research and equipment grants to Mac this year.
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.
Five female professors have brought in over $1.6 million in grants to support collaborative research with students, providing a wealth of academic opportunity.
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.