Becoming a Scientist
Elena Tonc discovers the many paths to becoming a scientist.
Nathan Scheiner ’13 investigates persistent pain, seeking to prevent suffering.
First-Year Dinners 2012
Mira Hager studied tissue samples from HIV-positive patients to better understand the immune response to HIV.
Exploring Pathways in Medicine
Mariah Belgen explored the effects of iron deficiency and the possibility of pairing an MD with research.
We don’t know of another place where we could work with such an important collection of one-of-a-kind dinosaur bones or have ready access to such technology.
Kids Cancer Research
Studying pediatric skin cancers was transformative for pre-med student Beatrice Brumley ’13.
Eco Field Research
Yuris Martinez ’13 and her classmates give a tour of the Ordway Field Station to explain the research being conducted.
This summer, Diane Rubin ’13 (Amherst, Mass.) and Jenny Liu ’13 (Hsinchu City, Taiwan) saw firsthand that exploring biology isn’t limited to textbooks in a classroom. Some days it takes waders and wetsuits, too.
Biology professor Sarah Boyer took three students to the Australian rainforest to research some unique fauna of Australia on their own turf. more
Jay Schwartz is fascinated by the complex interactions of primates, so he jumped at the chance to join Minnesota Zoo researchers in an observational research project involving macaques.
Biology Professor Mark Davis took his class to the Crosby Farm Park to birdwatch.
Three standout students were finalists for Mac’s 2012 Global Citizenship Student Award.
Of TB and Tropical Disease
Three students investigate tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases with Professor Christy Hanson, dean of Mac's Institute of Global Citizenship and former USAID infectious disease chief.
Pursuing Lung Cancer
Jaye Gardiner ’11 conducted research in the lab of Mac alumna Dr. Lisa Peterson ’81 before going on to a PhD program in cancer biology.
Macalester senior Derek Ochi named AMGEN Fellow
Biology major Derek Ochi will work as a 2012 Teach For America Corps member and will receive a $3,000 grant to teach math and science.
First-year course brings together biological, historical, and social components of infectious diseases, along with some real-world service work.
Dinosaur bone is largest osteoderm ever found
What more can we learn about long-necked dinosaurs that we don’t already know? A Macalester professor and her colleagues have found that Madagascar dinosaurs carried giant, hollow bones in their skin that may have helped them survive the harsh environments they inhabited. This discovery has shed new light on the anatomy and function of these bones in the biggest animals to ever walk on land.
Breaking Through to Kids
There aren’t many 13-year-olds who ask for more homework, but then most 13-year-olds aren’t as determined to succeed as those taught by two Macalester students.
Mind and Matter
“Mind and Matter”—is it a cell biology class or a creative writing workshop? Students place their feet flat on the floor, and are reminded to “Clear your head, clear your heart,” then listen to a poem. When everyone is focused, the discussion launches into—neurobiology.
Preparing for Public Health
In his quest to make a difference, Kai Cowger '13 balances many passions, from tutoring to interning at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Leonards establish endowed professorship in math and science
Mark G. Leonard ’65 and Candace Hewitt Leonard ’67 of Los Altos, Calif., have established a $2 million endowed professorship at Macalester College. It will be named the Mark G. Leonard and Candace Hewitt Leonard Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences.
Skis, MTV, Pensions, and Jellyfish: What We Did Over Summer
Body of Knowledge
Macalester students are working with faculty on science research that is both original and aims to make a difference in how people understand the world.
The Award Goes To...
The alumni recipients, all biology majors, are Alese Colehour ’09, Ben Freeman ’06, and Suzy Szumowski ’09 received NSF grants.
Karen Jackson '11 spent a summer at Macalester's Ordway Field Station researching the dam's role in sedimentation for her senior honors thesis. more
Willem Laursen '11 seeks to understand what causes pain and how to treat it better. He continues his work at the National Institutes of Health.
Professor Hornbach Wins Thomas Jefferson Award
Dan Hornbach, the DeWitt Wallace Professor in Biology, has been awarded the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Hornbach was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.
Professor Boyer and two biology students co-author DNA barcoding research.
We're No. 1
Per Capita, Macalester Faculty #1 Among Peers for National Science Foundation Grants. more
My 300-Acre Lab
My summer research on buckthorn capped off a great academic experience with the Macalester Biology Department.
Inside Sarah Boyer's Office
Mite Harvestmen, Gummy Tape Worms, Crabs - They're All in Sarah Boyer's Office
Young Women Faculty Receive $1.6 Million in Research Support more
Mentored at Medtronic
Working at Medtronic was an experience and a half—conducting research with state of the art equipment, and interacting with scientists. more
Professors Moe and Aanonsen Named to Endowed Chairs
President Brian Rosenberg and Provost Kathleen Murray are pleased to announce that Professor Karine Moe will hold the F.R. Bigelow Endowed Chair in Economics and Professor Lin Aanonsen will hold the O.T. Walter Endowed Professorship in Biology.
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
In the Lab of Professor Chatterjea
Professor Chatterjea is preparing students to make tomorrow's breakthrough discoveries. more
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.
Podcast: Sara Boyer on Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Long Legs: Sara Boyer, Biology, talks about what the daddy long legs can tell us about geological history.
From Mac To Yale
Rebecca Delventhal pursues a PhD at Yale University in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.