November, 2016

Macalester professor named 2016 Fellow in AAAS

Eric P. Wiertelak, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Studies, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Life in the State Department

From South Korea to Pakistan, Isabelle Chan ’06 works to make the world a safer, more equitable place.

Marlon James Named Macalester's First Writer-in-Residence

Marlon James, Macalester English professor and winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, has been named Macalester’s first ever writer-in-residence. His appointment begins January 1, 2017.

Speculating About the Future

African American Lit professor andré carrington ’03 looks to science fiction, fantasy and related genres for clues to the cultural politics of the future.

After Mac: Class of 2016

Six months after the Class of 2016 graduated from Macalester, we asked a few of the new alumni what life looks like now.

Colorful Mexico

When Adrianna Jereb '18 studied in Mexico, she experienced the quiet mornings and rowdy nights of her temporary home.

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Bodies in the Balance, the 2016 Fall Dance Concert

Performances are December 2 at 7:30 pm and December 3 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater

Senior Leadership

Guided by vibrant peer leadership in their first year at Mac, the women's cross country seniors are making their own mark this fall.

A Fascination with Chemistry

A Beltmann Research Grant enabled Hoang Anh Phan to dig deep into the world of chemistry.

Returning Musicians

Three members of the Class of 2013 come back to campus for a residency and concert.

All Rise

The inspirational life and career of Judge Michael Davis '69.

New Muslim Chaplain

Macalester hired a halftime Muslim chaplain who began work this fall.

Making Mac Trans-Friendly

Every building on campus now includes at least one single stall or all-gender restroom

Opening Convo

Professor Marlon James spoke at Macalester's opening convocation for the fall semester.

Track Triumph

Sarah Jonathan '16 competed in the MIAC conference outdoor track and field championships.

Her Day in Court

Amy Hagstrom Miller '89 was the lead plaintiff in this generation's most critical abortion rights decision.

Joyful Innovator

With three jobs and plenty more to accomplish in medicine and business, Collin Mothupi ’00 is an energetic idea generator.

Why Macalester Matters

President Rosenberg explores why Macalester is necessary.

Summer Start-Ups

Seven fledgling businesses spread their wings in a remarkable entrepreneurial incubator.

Gallery for the People

Art meets community in Tricia Heuring's Northeast Minneapolis space.

October, 2016

Supporting Immigrant Girls

Jasmine Nguyen ’17 developed a program to help immigrant and refugee parents support their daughters through the college process.


Demons, witches, devils. Evil incarnate features prominently in English literature of the 1500–1700s.

The Art of Voting

A Macalester art course is using design to get out the vote.

All-Night Art

Alya Ansari ’19 helped build an award-winning new media installation for an all-night Twin Cities arts festival.

An Insider's Election Guide

Mac alumni and professors weigh in on how campaigns have changed—and how to make sense of it all.

Human Rights Career

From his London desk, Ezequiel Jimenez '13 supports Amnesty International offices around the world.

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Urinetown: The Musical

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, November 4 - 5, Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 10 – 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 6.

A Lineage of Chemistry Excellence

Students of professors Dennis Cao and Leah Witus are the academic descendants of a Nobel Laureate in chemistry.

Taking on a Devastating Virus

Kemal Kirchmeier learned to use a variety of tools to investigate the most common congenitally transmitted disease in the U.S.

Stem Cells and Congenital Heart Disease

Surprised by all the tools available at Macalester, Rosemary Cobb used stem cell research to investigate heart disease.

To Improve Modern Medicine

Malik Mays came to Macalester with the goal of jumping into research—and succeeded.

Being a Scientist, Being Yourself

Miranda Harris investigated the molecular side of viruses in a rigorous lab where science meets culture.

Math in Mexico

The Mexican government and national press take notice when a student from Guadalajara starts a math program for kids in his hometown.

September, 2016

Three Macalester alumni become Trustees

Maps for Good

Ross Donihue ’11 builds on cartography skills learned at Macalester to promote conservation of critical landscapes.

Studying Zika

This summer Kendra Komoto ’15 was part of a research effort that changed how we understand the Zika virus.

Job Accelerator

Meet Mindy Deardurff, the energetic new dean of the Career Development Center.

Resurrection in the Heart of New Orleans

Historic St. Paul's Church in New Orleans was in danger of fading away, but Andrew Greenhaw '06 thought the church still had a lot to give.

Mac alumnus receives Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States

Diego Melo, from Bogotá, Colombia, has received a four-year Fulbright Foreign Student Program award to pursue graduate study.

From Neuroscience to Microbiology

Ethan Carpenter gained valuable experience in microbiology doing summer research in Arizona.

Cardiology Research at Johns Hopkins

Amin Sabet gained valuable experience working in the Johns Hopkins cardiology research lab of Mac alumnus Dr. Mark Anderson.

Seeking Better Solar Cells

Yifei Sun explored a new, more environmentally desirable solar cell material.

Eye-opening Vision Research

Knowledge and skills gained at Macalester prepared Ionatan Kuperwajs for research at an internationally recognized neuroimaging lab.

Two Macalester rising seniors receive scholarships from the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust

Political Science major Emilie McGuire '17 from Park Ridge, Ill., and Economics major Forest Redlin '17, of Tempe, Ariz., have received $25,000 scholarships.

Mac Startups

Seven fledgling businesses spread their wings in a remarkable entrepreneurial incubator.

Cancer Immunology Research

Her first-year course at Mac introduced Jaclyn Kline to immunology. Her curiosity led her to a summer of research at Mass. General and Harvard.

Geometries of Molecules

Marla DeVault is researching atmospheric chemistry, supported by a Beckman Scholarship.

2016 Macalester alumna receives undergraduate essay award from the Association of Africanist Anthropology and an Honorable Mention for the Sylvia Forman Prize

Anthropology major Nana C E Adubea (Dubie) Toa-Kwapong '16 received awards

Sylvia Forman Prize Awarded to Recent Macalester Graduate

Katherine Brown ‘16 has been awarded the Sylvia Forman Prize from the Association for Feminist Anthropology

Advice for First-Years

We asked Mac students to share their wisdom about starting college.