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.
Young Women Faculty Receive $1.6 Million in Research Support more
Podcast: Alex Lemon
Macalester alumnus Alex Lemon '00 read from his book, Happy.
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.
This summer two students worked in the lab of Professor Chad Topaz. Swarms can have ecological, environmental and even economic impacts. more
Glacier Park Research
Camping and Research with Professor Kelly MacGregor
Field Station Research
Five students, including environmental studies major Liz Foster '11, talk about their summer research projects at Macalester's Ordway Field Station. more
Students Talk About Professors
STUDENTS TALK ABOUT PROFESSORS
Professors Talk About Students
PROFESSORS TALK ABOUT STUDENTS
Prepared Piano Performance
PREPARED PIANO PERFORMANCE
Christina Fitzsimmons '11 in the lab more
Summer in Omrit, Israel
Summer 2010 in Omrit, Israel
Astronomy Professor John Cannon
Astronomy Professor John Cannon
Senior Art Show 2010
Senior Art Show 2010
Some harm attributed to non-native species has been exaggerated, according to Professor Mark Davis, who questions the scientific basis of some of these claims. more
Million Dollar Men
Professors Dan Hornbach and Tom Varberg have received grants exceeding $2.5 million, all benefitting students.
Jillian Scudder '09
Graduate program: Astronomy, University of Victoria, British Columbia
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
Our music building will be renovated beginning in January 2011.
In this techno-wired, fast-paced world, oil painting is a bit of an anachronism. But that’s one of the reasons it’s so important for students, says art professor Chris Willcox, who teaches painting at Macalester.
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. more
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.
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.
Macalester Professor Awarded $1.2M NSF Grant to Study Tags
Dr. Shilad Sen, assistant professor in the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department at Macalester College, has been awarded a four-year, $1.2M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study tags, or words that people use to describe videos, photographs and web pages online. The grant will lay the groundwork for research collaboration between Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s portion of the grant is about $250,000.
Andrew Ver Steegh '09 has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to Egypt
Andrew Ver Steegh ’09 of Mahtomedi, Minn., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Egypt. Ver Steegh also received a critical language enhancement award to study Arabic.
Podcast: Goldman Sachs
Economics professor Gary Krueger on Goldman Sachs
Statistics at UCLA
Amelia McNamara '10 is pursuing a PhD in statistics at UCLA.
History at Columbia University
Westenley Alcenat '11 is now at Columbia University but while at Macalester, he was awarded our Global Citzenship Award and raised money for victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010. more
Sharmila Raghunandan ’10 found rising suicide rates correlated with rising unemployment rates in one Minnesota county. more
Podcast: Better Factories in Cambodia
Raymond Robertson on better factories in Cambodia
South African Odyssey
Child malnutrition, emergency rural medicine, and adolescents with HIV were the research focuses of three students who recently explored community health in South Africa. more
Podcast: Israel's Mizrahim
Frank Adler, Political Science, has researched the role of Israel's Mizrahim, Jews who for millennia were deeply rooted in the region, but were summarily expelled from Arab states after the state of Israel was founded in 1948. Professor Adler examines the "orientalist" discrimination that Mizrahim suffered in Israel, but also raises the possibility that both as Jews and Arabs, the Mizrahim might serve as a bridge to regional reconciliation.
Podcast: Who Should Live and Who Should Die
With the national debate over health care reform at a crossroads, Macalester held an open forum about the issue. Panel Participants included: Jeffrey Kahn, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, Michael Zis, Political Science, Macalester College, Earl Schwartz, Director of the Social Justice Program and Professor of Religion, Hamline University
Podcast: Life Expectancy and Crime
If you thought you wouldn't live very long, what would you do? Senior Jeremy Roth wondered if it would make people more likely to commit a crime. His paper on the subject earned him first place at the Minnesota Economic Association. In this episode he talks about how he came about his conclusion and how it can be applied.
Podcast: Shilad Sen
Professor Shilad Sen knows his way around computer code and the notes of a musical score. This summer he's working on something he calls a poliwiki and in his spare time, playing the saxophone in three jazz bands.
Podcast: What is an XMAC Laboratory
Professor Chad Topaz talks about what happens in the lab, patterns found in nature and how this Harvard scholar came to a liberal arts college.
Water and Power
Roopali Phadke, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, talks about her class Water and Power, the effects of water management on our global environment and where she hopes our society will be in 20 years in that area.
Podcast: State of the Union
Adrienne Christiansen, political science professor and director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, gives us her take on President Obama's State of the Union address.
Podcast: Sara Boyer on Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Long Legs: Sara Boyer, Biology, talks about what the daddy long legs can tell us about geological history.
Can You Hear the Difference?
If you live in New York, you probably pronounce the words caught and cot quite differently. If you live in California, they most likely come out sounding the same. What Kaitlyn Arctander ’11 (Seacliff, New York) wanted to find out was if Midwesterners, too, were beginning to “merge” these vowel sounds.
Podcast: Our Health Care System
Political Science Professor Michael Zis talks about how politics, the economy, and the simple act of change all play a role in reforming the country's health care system.
2009 Commencement Speaker
Andy Van der Steegh delivers the 2009 senior commencement address.
Let There Be Light
Blogger Zach McDade '09 writes about his journeys in Nicaragua, bringing solar LEDs to poor, rural families in hopes of encouraging children to attend school. more