My 300-Acre Lab
My summer research on buckthorn capped off a great academic experience with the Macalester Biology Department, says Sam Wershow.
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.").
Macalester College Presents Dance Concert "Beyond Control"
Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department showcases the work of nine student and faculty choreographers, and guest choreographer Vanessa Voskuil in “Beyond Control” at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theatre, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., December 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m., December 12. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.
Composer Randall Bauer's Classical and Jazz Works Featured at Macalester Concert
A concert featuring noted classical composer, jazz pianist, and Macalester Professor Randall Bauer will be performed at Macalester College on Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.
Fierce and Fast
With Her First Novel, Nightshade, History Professor Andrea Cremer introduces a New Fantasy Female.
Delving into Space
Building on his Macalester research, senior John Allan probed galaxies with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy—ASTRON.
Brave New World of English
Those who imagine English classes as solely composed of readings of novels would be startled by some of the exciting outings and guest speakers enjoyed by English classes this fall.
Media Alert - Closing the Achievement Gap - Panel Discussion
What are the most important things to be done to close performance gaps linked to race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, while still promoting overall progress? Panelists include: Carlos Mariani, Valeria Silva, Mary Cathryn Ricker and Bill Wilson. 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 3, Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom.
The Kids are All Right: Few Negative Associations With Moms' Return to Work Soon After Having Children
Children whose mothers return to work before their offspring turn 3 are no more likely to have academic or behavioral problems than kids whose mothers stay at home, according to a review of 50 years of research.
Media Alert - Macalester alum Alex Lemon to read from his best-selling book, Happy: A Memoir
Alex Lemon will read from his best-selling book, Happy: A Memoir at 7 p.m., Monday, October 25, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel.
Mark Mazullo to Present Lecture-Recital on Dmitri Shostakovich
A lecture–recital about Dmitri Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues, Opus 87 will be presented by Macalester music professor Mark Mazullo at Macalester College on Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.
Macalester College Theatre and Dance and Music Departments Present "Cabaret" November 5-6 and November 11-13
The exciting 1960s musical “Cabaret” will be performed Nov. 5–6 and Nov. 11–13 by Macalester College’s Theatre and Dance and Music Departments in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
3M and Macalester
In any economy, nothing beats a personal introduction to a highly desirable company. Just ask Krasi Tomov ’10, who held an internship at 3M and now works at the company.
Marshall Griffith to Headline Macalester Jazz Concert
A jazz concert featuring noted pianist Marshall Griffith will be performed at Macalester College on Monday, October 18 at 8 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.
Macalester Names Mansco Perry III Chief Investment Officer
Mansco Perry III will become Macalester's Chief Investment Officer, effective November 1. As CIO, Perry will oversee the college’s $587 million endowment, which ranks 14th among U.S. liberal arts colleges. The endowment supports financial aid for students, and academic and co-curricular programs, among other college priorities.
Discovering New Molecules
Chemistry professor Paul Fischer draws nearly half a million dollars in research and equipment grants to Mac this year.
Macalester Moves Forward on $33.8 Million Arts Center Expansion and Renovation
Macalester College has secured funding and board approval to move forward with the first phase of a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The project will begin in January 2011.
Carleton Macy Music Retrospective Concert To Be Held
A retrospective of music composed by Professor Emeritus Carleton Macy will be performed at Macalester College on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Macy will play tenor recorder at the concert. Other performers are John Jensen, pianist; Zeitgeist (Heather Barringer, Patti Cudd, Pat O’Keefe, Shannon Wettstein); Emma Lynn, soprano; and Rose Rinder, flute.
Vampires, Nazis, and Destruction: What do these three scary topics have in common? They’re all subjects of first-year courses offered by Macalester College.
Five female professors have brought in over $1.6 million in grants to support collaborative research with students, providing a wealth of academic opportunity.
Lowe Lecture with Martha Nussbaum
Prof. Martha Nussbaum’s talk, "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach," will investigate a new theoretical approach: the "capabilities" or "human development" method, discussing reasons for preferring it to standard approaches and looking at debates it has engendered about cultural pluralism and universality. The Lowe Lectureship at at Macalester College was established in honor of Arnold H. Lowe, former pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis former President of the Macalester Board of Trustees.
Professors Moe and Aanonsen Named to Endowed Chairs
President Brian Rosenberg and Provost Kathleen Murray are pleased to announce that Professor Karine Moe will hold the F.R. Bigelow Endowed Chair in Economics and Professor Lin Aanonsen will hold the O.T. Walter Endowed Professorship in Biology.
Macalester's 17th Annual International Roundtable
Macalester College presents its 17th annual International Roundtable titled, “My Sister's and Brother's Keeper? Human Rights in the Era of Globalization,” Thu. - Sat., Oct. 7 - 9, 2010, in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
Macalester College Presents So Percussion on October 8
Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, So Percussion, has been creating music that explores all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility. They will perform Friday, October 8 at 8 p.m. in Macalester College’s Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies Presents a Talk by Harry J. Elam, Jr
The El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies presents a talk by Stanford University’s Harry J. Elam, Jr. The lectureship, established by Macalester alumni Dr. Stanley M. Berry ’75 and Bertram M. Days ’74 along with Ava B. Days, honors Macalester Prof. Mahmoud El-Kati’s career (1970-2003) as a lecturer, writer and commentator on the African American experience.
Sylvia Forman Prize Awarded to Recent Macalester Graduate
Eau Claire, Wis., resident MaryBeth Grewe ’10, has been awarded the Sylvia Forman Prize from the Association for Feminist Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association, for the best undergraduate paper in feminist anthropology.
Dr. Paul Farmer to Receive Honorary Degree from Macalester College
Physician and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer will receive an honorary degree from Macalester College on Tue., Sept. 14, 2010. He is also speaking to the campus community at opening convocation that day.
Reducing the Achievement Gap
Macalester College’s Center for School Change is one of the key partners in a new, five-year, $3 million federally-funded project designed to help produce significant improvements in several St. Paul district and charter public schools.
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.
Banking on Experience
Investment banking in New York—capital markets, leveraged buyouts, mathematical modeling. Course concepts quickly become the realities of daily life when, like three Mac seniors, you are investment banking summer interns in New York.
In the Philippines
Two months ago, I completed my study abroad in Nanjing, China. Since then, I have spent time in the Philippines working on an island where the most important industry is sugarcane and sugar. I have been volunteering on a small farm.
This summer two students worked in the lab of Professor Chad Topaz. Amelia McNamara '10 studied pattern formation in chemical systems, which could help predict how fire will react in grass lands to how stripes are formed on the tigers. Elise Delmas '12 studied locust swarms.
Major Metro Perks
I’m not really sure how I ended up in Minnesota, it all happened so fast. One minute I was stressing out over college applications, and the next I had signed up for a four-year excursion in a part of the country that I knew next to nothing about. The Twin Cities were pretty much a mystery to me, but coming from New York, I figured that any city would be better than going to school in the middle of nowhere.
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.
Soham Banerji '10
Soham Banerji '10 was one of 50 student micro-finance leaders chosen from around the world to attend the Africa-Middle East Regional Micro-Credit Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
Despite the precarious state of mainstream media, Peter Wright ’11 is pursuing a journalism career through multiple internships.
Theater in the Cities
I came to Macalester never having been to Minnesota. When I arrived, I was surprised by an orientation experience called “Into the Streets,” in which members of each first-year course go into the Twin Cities community to see how their course topic connects to the Cities. My class, “Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities,” visited a handful of the numerous theaters here. We met the owners—and often the directors and actors— of these places and learned about volunteer and internship opportunities.
Million Dollar Men
PROFESSORS DAN HORNBACH AND TOM VARBERG HAVE RECEIVED GRANTS EXCEEDING $2.5 MILLION, ALL BENEFITTING STUDENTS.
Social Media Research
Isaac Sparling works with Professor Shilad Sen on Poliwiki, a web site that allows for social interactions about politics.
A New Vision for the Fine Arts
Unlike many students who double major, anthropology and music graduate Morgan Roe '09 found that studying two disciplines actually reduced her stress.