March, 2013

February, 2013

“International Law as Smart Power” 32nd Annual Mitau Lecture with Yale’s Harold Hongju Koh

International Law as Smart Power

Armed and not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem, Arnold Lowe Lectureship with Yale’s Dale B. Martin

“Armed and not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem,” is the title of Dale B. Martin’s talk for the Arnold Lowe Lecture, 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. It’s free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-696-6141.

The Oleg Jardetzky Lecture on Science, Culture, and Ethics With Emory’s Frans de Waal

"The Bonobo and the Atheist: Morality, Religion, and Prosocial, Primates," is the title of Frans B. M. de Waal’s talk for the annual Oleg Jardetzky Lecture on Science, Culture, and Ethics in Honor of Jim and Mary Engel and Robert Morgan, 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6141 for more information.

Winning Words

Shasta Webb '13 was awarded a William S. Pollitzer Student Travel award to attend the annual conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, Tenn. this April for her award-winning essay.

Macalester Connect+ Leadership Conference with Keynoter Fred Swaniker ’99

This weekend, February 23-24, Macalester is hosting a conference designed to bring together a diverse group of student leaders from colleges throughout the United States to serve as a launching pad for their individual projects. The conference is inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the United World College movement. For more information, go to Connect+ Schedule.

A Recital of New Music by Randy Bauer March 1 at Macalester

The concert is free and open to the public.

Students to Silicon Valley

In January, 10 students went to Silicon Valley to practice networking—and get a sneak peek at life after Mac.

Art Major Taylor Champoux

Mac Weekly writer Anna van Voorhis profiled studio art major Taylor Champoux.

Allison Charney, soprano, and Mark Mazullo, piano in recital March 3

Recital Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m., Mairs Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mathematics students win four prizes at national meeting

Hossein Alidaee, Mike Reeks, and Maxray Savage developed their mathematics research last summer, mentored by Macalester math professors Andrew Beveridge, Dan Flath and Tom Halverson.

Theater Coaches

Using their college-honed skills, two Mac theater majors help St. Paul high school drama students find their voice.

Macalester to host 14th annual American Studies Conference “Alternatives in a changing food world”

“Alternatives in a changing food world” is the topic University of Maryland Prof. Psyche Williams-Forson will discuss as the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual American Studies Conference at Macalester College, Feb.21-22. The conference also features a film screening of Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies, a conversation with the filmmaker, and a food drive.

Head for Math

Maxray Savage ’13 took part in an interdisciplinary math research program and found it socreative that he plans to pursue a PhD in math.

Exploring Pathways in Medicine

Mariah Belgen explored the effects of iron deficiency and the possibility of pairing an MD with research.

Macalester holds first-ever 24-hour Macathon

Macalester is holding its first-ever 24-hour Macathon, the college's first-ever "hackathon," beginning 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, ending at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Online: macathon

Climate-change expert Bill McKibben coming to St. Thomas and Macalester

Bill McKibben, one of the nation’s best-known environmental journalists and an expert on global warming, will visit the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College Feb. 20 and 21 for a series of lectures and programs titled “Celebrating and Preserving Winter: Responding to Climate Change in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

Macalester earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

For the eighth year in a row, Macalester College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 15 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 18 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 350 Macalester graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

Girl Power

Biotech and Society

“EVERYTHING IN THIS COURSE has shady areas that can be ethically and morally debated. I love this since I can argue for a long time,” says Guillermo Vera ’16.

Saving New Mexican Skies

Macalester Tomorrow

The Winding Road to Wildfire

Sociology major wins second place in MSS Paper Competition

The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) has awarded IndiAna Gowland ’13, of Mill Valley, Calif., second place in its 49th Annual Student Paper Competition.

January, 2013

Exhibition: "Ornament and Crime: Parastou Forouhar" in Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery

Iranian-born, internationally known artist, Parastou Forouhar, presented a solo exhibition at Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery.

One Night at Macalester

Art, Amplified

Extragalactic Wizardry

At the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, only five undergraduates received prestigious Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards; two are Macalester students.

Not-So-Risky Business

School Starter

Why Big Data is a Big Deal

Entry Level at eBay

What began as an elevator conversation turned into an internship and then a job offer for Michael Costigan. This summer he’ll be working full time at eBay as a business analyst.

ESPN Uses Student Research

ESPN magazine quoted NBA player research done by Kwame Fynn ’13 and Morgan Sonnenschein ’12.

Theatre and Dance Department Presents Hip Hop Hopes

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Hip Hop Hopes: What’s Going On? in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups. There are two performances at 7 and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, February 15, 16, 22, & 23. Single performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21. Please make reservations as there is limited seating. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Career Advice

Jisoo Hong '12 gives advice on how to find a job.

Leland and Kathleen Hansen Establish Geography Research Endowed Fund

Leland and Kathleen Hansen of St. Paul have established a $100,000 research endowed fund at Macalester College. It will be named the Leland and Kathleen Hansen Geography Research Endowed Fund and support student research in urban geography.

MN State Arts Board grants awarded to 10 Macalester people

The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded grants to eight Macalester alumni and two Art and Art History faculty members for 2013.

Pursuing the Ultrafast

Maggie Molter’s graphene research allowed her to work directly with her Mac professor and as part of a university research group.

Arabic Abroad

Salman Haji’s dedication to his goal—fluency in Arabic—earned him a coveted Critical Language Scholarship from the State Dept. for study in Jordan.

Museum Aficionado

Through recent museum internships, Elizabeth Allen ’13 has blended her interests in history and art and found a new passion for public history.

Grand Opening Jan. 30 featuring discounts, prizes and refreshments

Highlander, the official store for Macalester College, will host a Grand Opening celebration on Wednesday, January 30. Officially opening in its new location at 32 S. Snelling late last year, Highlander now offers longer hours and expanded product assortments – including robust selections of clothing, gifts, supplies, course materials, and more.

Becoming a Scientist

Elena Tonc discovers the many paths to becoming a scientist.

Preventing Pain

Nathan Scheiner ’13 investigates persistent pain, seeking to prevent suffering.