Dance performance explores society's need for healing | MPR | September 13, 2016 When the world is filled with violence — both physical and psychological — how do you take care of yourself? "Horidraa: Golden Healing," a new piece by Ananya Dance Theatre, celebrates the healing power of indigenous wisdom and the love of community. Alessandra Williams '07 and Julia Gay '16, are both involved with Ananya Dance Theatre. Williams was quoted in this article.
NASA's Human Computers | MPR News | September 27, 2016 Keegan-Michael Key narrates this radio/podcast interview with American Studies professor Duchess Harris and her mother about Miriam Daniel Mann. Mann, Harris’s grandmother, was one of dozens of African American women who worked for NASA as expert mathematicians from the 1940s to the 1960s. Segregated within NASA facilities in Hampton, Va., well-educated Black women used slide rules and pencils to do the calculations for flights by astronauts John Glenn and Alan Shepherd. There's an updated interview at the end of the podcast with Harris and MPR's Tom Weber.
How World War II opened the door for one of the first black women at NASA | Washington Post | September 19, 2016 Have you ever seen a computer in a skirt? Duchess Harris has. In a photo submitted to Historically Black, a project by "The Washington Post," Miriam Daniel Mann walks with purpose down a Hampton, Va., street in 1943, clutching a thick, hardcover book. She sports heels, a fashionable turban and a coat with two large buttons, the hemline of her plaid skirt peering out underneath. Mann, Harris’s grandmother, was one of the first Black female computers employed by NASA’s predecessor,the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).
Giant Coral Reef in Protected Area Shows New Signs of Life | New York Times | August 15, 2016 William Feeney '18 was part of the SEA Semester voyage that discovered good news regarding coral health in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) last month, a discovery that was featured in the New York Times. He was a member of a larger group that gathered data on the health of the islands’ coral reef ecosystem in order to recommend policy implementations to the PIPA management office in Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean, all while sailing as an active crewmember aboard the tall ship research vessel.
Macalester fellow brings new ideas to open farms | Open Arms of Minnesota | July 26, 2016 As Open Farms expands to two brand new plots this year, there’s a greater need to introduce the organic farming project to neighbors near the new sites in Phillips and North Minneapolis. That’s where Laura Abril comes in. Laura is a rising senior studying economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, and she comes to Open Arms through a unique program: the Chuck Green Fellowship.
Small blue galaxy could reveal clues to the Big Bang | CBS News | May 13, 2016 A small blue galaxy far, far away might shed light on the origins of our universe. A research team from Indiana University, and Astronomy Prof. John Cannon and student Alex Gordon ’18 who were also authors on this paper, report that the galaxy, dubbed Leoncino, or "little lion," holds the lowest level of metals or heavy chemical elements ever seen in any gravitationally-bound system of stars. The astronomers say this galaxy, located about 30 million light-years from Earth in the Leo Minor constellation, could reveal details about the Big Bang itself. The study was just published in the Astrophysical Journal.