Macalester biology major 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.
Three standout students were finalists for Mac’s 2012 Global Citizenship Student Award.
Macalester senior Derek Ochi named AMGEN Fellow
Macalester Senior Derek Ochi has been named one of 100 Amgen Fellows selected from incoming Teach For America corps members with undergraduate degrees in Math and Science. Ochi has been accepted as a 2012 Teach For America corps member and the San Diego native will begin teaching in Los Angeles next fall.
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.
Preparing for Public Health
You can tell from the way Kai Cowger ’13 spent his summer that he balances a lot of passions in life. Along with volunteering as a tutor and training for a marathon, he sought out an experience that would combine his interests in public health and lab research. He found just that in a summer internship at Ohio State University’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.
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.
Inside Sarah Boyer's Office
Mite Harvestmen, Gummy Tape Worms, Crabs - They're All in Sarah Boyer's Office
Five female professors have brought in over $1.6 million in grants to support collaborative research with students, providing a wealth of academic opportunity.
When Macalester Biology Professor Mark Davis expounds publicly on exotic species—creatures from dandelions to carp that come from somewhere else—he eventually mentions LLT, his shorthand for Learn to Love Them. Exotic species are here to stay, he says. No way to get rid of them. No way to prevent more from showing up in our forests, lakes, and farmland. So get used to it. And relax. With important exceptions, most aren’t as bad as people think.
In the Lab of Professor Chatterjea
Professor Chatterjea is preparing students to make tomorrow's breakthrough discoveries.
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.