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.
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.
Field Station Research
In this video five students talk about their research at Macalester's Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (KONHSA).
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