Lecturing three times a week may not be the best way to teach, math professor Chad Topaz has realized. more
Allison Einolf ’13 set sail this summer into a changing climate.
Data Mining in Budapest
Jacob Stein '13, computer science and physics major, didn't think he'd have time to study abroad; then he learned about the AIT-Budapest program.
May it Please the Court
Hanna Chakoian ’12 uses mathematical modeling to help the Minnesota Court of Appeals predict upcoming hearings.
Strength in Numbers
Four math majors and soon-to-be graduate students discuss where they find the beauty in mathematics.
Student Standouts at Econ Conference
Wanyi Li ’12 and Qianyi Yang ’12 present their honors theses research at Georgetown University’s prestigious Carroll Round economics conference.
Macalester Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship
Andrew Bendelsmith ’13, a junior from West St. Paul, Minn., has received a Goldwater Scholarship which is awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
Mike Coleman '11 found his double major in Physics and Computer Science opened the door at Thomson Reuters.
Using computer science, a Mac alum has made pedaling around the Twin Cities that much easier.
The Power of Mac Connections
David Suchy '12 found that the power of Macalester connections allowed him to launch his career.
Immersed in Mathematics
Elise delMas ’12 on the satisfaction of joining Mac faculty and fellow students for an annual math meeting in Boston.
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.
Professor Susan Fox includes students on research in Artificial Intelligence for mobile robots.
From Macalester to Citigroup
Taking advantage of Macalester’s urban location, Jingjiao Zhang ’12 interned with 3M. Now she has a New York job offer.
At Brookings Institution
At the Brookings Institution, Thomas Lindman ’12 found a way to bridge the gap between his applied math and geography majors, working with their Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington, D.C.
Computer science students successfully networked 44 computers to create a single, extraordinarily powerful, virtual cluster computer.
The MSCS department hosted the the third annual C*SM*S Scavenger Hunt. Students solved a series of eight puzzles whose answers led students to the hidden location of the next puzzle on the Macalester campus.
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
Davis Peace Project
Winner of one of this year's Davis Projects for Peace grants, Rayanatou Laouali ’12, discusses her project to bring economic agency and sustainability to impoverished female peanut oil laborers in Niger.
As Katie Agnew ’11 can tell you, sometimes extracurricular activities can really pay off. Agnew, a math major from Princeton, Minn., spent most of her free time at Macalester working on the Student Activities Program Board, serving as its chair for the last two years.
Two Macalester Students Win Goldwater Scholarships
Madeline Marshall '12, a junior from Hayward, Wis., and Colin Jarvis ‘13, a sophomore from St. Paul, Minn., have received Goldwater Scholarships which are awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
Davis Projects for Peace - Student project aims to expand women's enterprise in Niger
A Macalester student from Niger has received a $10,000 grant to return this summer to her childhood home to help women there expand their peanut-processing business, allowing them to better provide for and educate their children.
Making it at Microsoft
Less than a year after donning his cap and gown, David Klock ’10 is putting in 12-hour days at Microsoft. And loving it.
We're No. 1
Per Capita, Macalester Faculty #1 Among Peers for National Science Foundation Grants. more
Battle of the Brains
At Macalester, 11 teams of three students from nearby liberal arts schools competed: Macalester, Luther College, Gustavus, St. Olaf, Carleton, and St. John’s University. more
Statistics on the Cutting Edge
Sophomore Sasha Indarte’s flair for statistics research took her to Texas, Mexico, then California, where she presented her prize-winning research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference. more
This summer two students worked in the lab of Professor Chad Topaz. Swarms can have ecological, environmental and even economic impacts. more
Social Media Research
Isaac Sparling works with Professor Shilad Sen on Poliwiki, a web site that allows for social interactions about politics.
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.
Macalester Professor Awarded $1.2M NSF Grant to Study Tags
Dr. Shilad Sen, assistant professor in the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department at Macalester College, has been awarded a four-year, $1.2M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study tags, or words that people use to describe videos, photographs and web pages online. The grant will lay the groundwork for research collaboration between Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s portion of the grant is about $250,000.
Podcast: Shilad Sen
Professor Shilad Sen knows his way around computer code and the notes of a musical score. This summer he's working on something he calls a poliwiki and in his spare time, playing the saxophone in three jazz bands.
Podcast: What is an XMAC Laboratory
Professor Chad Topaz talks about what happens in the lab, patterns found in nature and how this Harvard scholar came to a liberal arts college.