Undergrad Actors - Two Macalester juniors star in a Minnesota Fringe Festival production
Each August the Minnesota Fringe Festival brings almost 200 shows—drama, comedy, music, and dance—to over a dozen Twin Cities venues. This summer Macalester juniors Rob Gelberg (North Caldwell, N.J.) and Alana Horton (Northampton, Mass.) will co-star in one of those Fringe Festival dramas, a two-person play written by Gelberg called To and From on the Earth. Their production will be staged at the HUGE Improv Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, from Aug. 2 through 11. For more information, see http://www.fringefestival.org/2012/show/?id=2400
Building on her campus research with astronomy professor John Cannon, Clara Thomann ’13 was selected for a prestigious research program in Chile.
Stone's Throw Urban Farm
Alex Liebman ’12 and Emily Hanson ’11, with four partners, have turned 15 vacant city lots into Stone’s Throw Urban Farm, where they are growing an abundance of fresh, delicious vegetables.
Macalester permanently protects open space along the Mississippi River
In partnership with Dakota County, the city of Inver Grove Heights and the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), Macalester College has permanently protected 150 acres of the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (Ordway Field Station) along the Mississippi River in Inver Grove Heights.
Just out of college, Lara Avery ’10 will launch her writing career this fall with the publication of her first novel.
Beyond the Auto
Mac experts predict that bikes, buses, and your own two feet are the transit options that will reign supreme in the cities of tomorrow.
White Bread and Dreams of Perfect Food
Reflecting back on 150 years of battles over America’s bread habits, five dreams come up repeatedly.
Chicago's Mr. Chips
At a Jesuit inner-city school for boys, Chris Dwyer ’05 does everything from coach basketball to raise chickens.
A Mac senior takes on the challenge of uncovering—and filming a documentary about—the hidden world of Chinese video games.
Every fall, Mac geography students take their GIS software skills into the real world.
In a London study abroad program, Graham Brown ’12 got an eye-opening look at how medicine works in the United Kingdom.
Macalester receives grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study aging
Macalester College, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, and the University of Minnesota have received a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study aging. The grant, totaling about $200,000, will allow the researchers, over a period of three years, to study survival analysis as it relates to aging.
Conducting research for a psychology capstone project, student Ethan Cline '13 found that Twitter users believe they are outgoing.
Muñoz receives Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship
Alicia Muñoz, an assistant professor in Hispanic Studies, has received the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for junior faculty.
Annual Fund closes fiscal year by surpassing $3 million
The final results are still being tallied, but all signs point to another successful fiscal year for Macalester’s Annual Fund, thanks to loyal support from the college’s donor community. By late May, the Annual Fund had raised more than $3 million, and a push led by staff and volunteers generated more online gifts in the last two days of May than in any other two-day window in Macalester’s history. Alumni, parents and friends helped ongoing fundraising initiatives flourish and also rallied several classes to new participation records.
Three Macalester faculty to participate in ACM-Mellon SAIL Seminar
Andrew Billing, French and Francophone Studies, Scott Legge, Anthropology, and Eric Wiertelak, Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Studies, will participate as a team representing the humanities, social and natural sciences at an ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) in July titled “Considering Animals.”
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.
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.
Rhodes Wins Radcliffe Fellowship
Jane Rhodes, American studies professor and Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, has been awarded a coveted year-long fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.
Macalester receives $1.3M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Macalester has received a $1.3M, four-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in support of undergraduate science education. Macalester, one of 47 small colleges and universities in the United States to receive a HHMI award, will use the funding to promote curricular innovation and to provide local and global research experiences for students. Macalester’s application was considered along with 181 other submissions in this national competition.
Eight to be honored at Annual Macalester Reunion in June
Former NY/NJ Port Authority executive and national expert on abuse are Two of eight to be honored at Annual Macalester Reunion in June. They are a former NY/NJ Port Authority executive director, a national expert on abuse, a football coach, an actor and mentor, and an advocate at the Special Court in Sierra Leone. But one thing they all have in common is that they are all Macalester alumni who will be honored in June during reunion weekend.
Macalester and Carleton receive grant from MHS to study Minnesota’s environmental history – Joint conference in June
Chris Wells, associate professor of environmental studies at Macalester, and George Vrtis, assistant professor of environmental studies and history at Carleton College, have received a grant of $102,522 from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) to advance research focused on the environmental history of Minnesota.
Macalester alum Charles Baxter wins prestigious Rea Award for the Short Story
Charles Baxter, a 1969 Macalester graduate and fiction writer, has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, a lifetime achievement honor.
Macalester students receive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships
Salman Haji ’14 from Albuquerque, N.M., and Patrick Snyder ’13 from Versailles, Ky., have been awarded U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical languages this summer. Both will study Arabic.
Exploring Energy Efficiency
Rosie Mate ’12 focused on physics, French, environmental studies, and economics at Macalester. It makes sense that she approaches studying energy efficiency from different perspectives, too.
A semester doing post-genocide studies in Rwanda was a life-changing experience for April DeJarlais ’12.
In this collaborative class, American studies students put together their own on-line academic journal.
May it Please the Court
Macalester mathematics major Hanna Chakoian uses mathematical modeling to help the Minnesota Court of Appeals predict the number and timing of upcoming hearings.
Herself a Russian immigrant, Marina Test ’10 now helps first-generation college students with financial literacy.
Geology Professor Ray Rogers Wins the Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award
Geology Prof. Ray Rogers has been awarded the 2012 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award which recognizes “a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of Macalester College.”
Strength in Numbers
Four math majors and soon-to-be graduate students discuss where they find the beauty in mathematics.