Notes from South Africa
Lucy Kane '15 writes about her experience so far on Macalester's study abroad program in South Africa.
Interning with the MPCA
Michael Galgay ’14 studied urban forests while interning with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Helping Global Farmers
Compatible Technology Institute intern Brianna Besch ’13 learns how innovative tools—like the bicycle-powered potato slicer—help poor farmers get enough to eat.
Global citizenship on two wheels
This year’s Live It grants take students into neighborhoods ranging from the Twin Cities to Ghana, all in the name of putting global citizenship into action.
Macalester grants tenure status to seven faculty members
Macalester College has granted tenure status to Vittorio Addona, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Darcy Burgund, Psychology; Liang Ding, Economics; Laura Smith and Dan Trudeau, Geography; Christopher Wells, Environmental Studies and Chuen-Fung Wong, Music.
Students and Sustainability
Students at Macalester are making it possible for the campus to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Macalester Professor Discovers CO2 Stored in Deep Pacific During Ice Age
Paleoclimatologists have long wondered why atmospheric CO2 was so much lower during the last glacial period. Where did the carbon go? Macalester Environmental Studies Professor Louisa Bradtmiller demonstrates, in a new paper, that the deep Pacific Ocean (below 2000 meters) likely stored more carbon during the last glacial period than the Holocene (the last 10,000 years of the Earth's history -- the time since the end of the last major glacial epoch, or "ice age.").
Taking on the Gulf Oil Disaster
John Simkins ’08 Galesburg, Illinois; now living in Manhattan Environmental Studies, concentration in Economics On the scene: Cleanup of the Gulf oil disaster that resulted from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. Simkins worked for EMR, Incorporated, an environmental company based in Lawrence, Kansas.
Allison Jacobel in New Zealand
Returning to New Zealand had been a dream of mine since I first fell in love with the country when I visited with my family in 1997. So when the opportunity presented itself for me to study abroad, the country was an obvious first choice. As a geology major with a minor in environmental studies, I knew New Zealand’s diverse landscapes would provide the perfect setting in which to continue my studies and indulge in my love of backpacking (or tramping as it’s called in NZ).
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.
Water and Power
Roopali Phadke, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, talks about her class Water and Power, the effects of water management on our global environment and where she hopes our society will be in 20 years in that area.
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