The question is this: Will temperature and CO2 continue to share the same pattern in the future that they have shared for the last 600,000 years? If so, it's going to warm up very quickly, given how much higher the atmospheric CO2 concentration is now.
When Disaster Strikes
If an F3 tornado touches down in southwestern Minnesota striking the region’s major hospital, are there enough beds in secondary facilities to handle the patients? Or will mobile medical units need to be dispatched? Who is responsible for such determinations? Who delegates and coordinates efforts in a disaster?
"Between us we held eight mosquito nets and a safety box. In front of Kader sat an old cardboard box full of syringes, vitamin A supplements, and children’s vaccination records," writes Elissa Butler about her study abroad experience and research on polio.
My 300-Acre Lab
My summer research on buckthorn capped off a great academic experience with the Macalester Biology Department, says Sam Wershow.
About the Pilgrims
Was there really a first Thanksgiving or is that holiday actually the fictional construct of a certain patriotic 19th century woman?
Battle of the Brains
Macalester hosted a site of the Associated Computing Machinery’s North Central North America (NCNA) regional programming contest this past Saturday, November 6, otherwise known as "Battle of the Brains."
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.
Inside Sarah Boyer's Office
Mite Harvestmen, Gummy Tape Worms, Crabs - They're All in Sarah Boyer's Office
Professor Karl Wirth, geology, took his class Field Methods in Geology to Thomson, Minnesota, for a field mapping project in early October.
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.
Harry Elam Delivers El-Kati Lecture
A talk by Stanford University Professor Harry J. Elam, Jr. "Struggling with Racial Legacies: Adrienne Kennedy and the Power of African American Theatre." Harry J. Elam, Jr., is author of Taking it to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka, and the Erroll Hill Prize winning book The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson.
For three weeks in July, Seong Kyul Park ’12—along with 20 other American and Rwandese participants—studied genocide and reconstruction in Kigali, Rwanda, through a summer program offered by the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC).
Discovering New Molecules
Chemistry professor Paul Fischer draws nearly half a million dollars in research and equipment grants to Mac this year.
An Interview With Kao Kalia Yang
Kao Kalia Yang's book The Latehomecomer was chosen as Macalester's common reading. Students and parents were encouraged to read the book over the summer and come ready to discuss the book with one another. Yang then visited campus to talk about her work. Here, she sits down with student Collin Calvert '13.
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.
First Year Course
Professor Dan Hornbach took students from his first year class Lakes, Streams and Rivers on 3 hour research cruise on Lake Superior on Sept. 18. The boat is run by the University of Wisconsin - Superior. They learned about invasive species, climate change effects on Lakes Superior, and the importance of the Duluth harbor as a "working" harbor.
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.
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.
Art professor Chris Willcox slows down for her oil painting and teaches her students to do the same
The Artist's Lens
Student Bimbola Akinbola '11 helped her art professor create an art history textbook.
Charles Vang '10 Future Doctor
Charles Vang '10 wants to become a family doctor in his hometown neighborhood in Minneapolis.
In the Lab of Professor Chatterjea
Professor Chatterjea is preparing students to make tomorrow's breakthrough discoveries.
Student Brad Andres says, "Dinosaurs are my passion, plain and simple." He set up Macalester's histology lab and finds that studying fossils gives us insight into modern animals.
Civil Rights Radio Hour
The popular NPR show This American Life served as the model for a semester-long radio project created by the students in Professor Patrick Schmidt’s political science class “U.S. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.”
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.