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.
New Associate Director Named at Macalester’s Center for School Change
Sonal Desai-Redd, an expert at working with students, faculty and families, has been selected as the new Associate Director of the Center for School Change (CSC) at Macalester College. Joe Nathan, CSC director announced the selection after a search that drew several dozen applications from eight states and two countries.
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.
Nause tries to qualify for men’s senior open
Martha Nause, Macalester College's men's and women's golf coach, tried to make history yesterday by becoming the first woman to qualify for the Men's U.S. Senior Open.
World Cup Soccer Camp
Live It Fund recipient Danny Calderon '11 envisioned a program that would reach out to young people and teach them about the wider world they are a part of through the global sport of soccer.
Kent, Ohio, Resident Receives Fulbright Award to Germany
Colin Williams '10 of Kent, Ohio, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Germany. Williams graduated at Macalester College’s 121st commencement on May 15, 2010. He is the son of James and Barbara Williams of Tallmadge, Ohio and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
“It’s great that Macalester is located within an urban area that provides such opportunities for extracurricular learning, and that the school is able to integrate itself into the community this way.” How do yu get fragile 2,000-year-old text fragments from Israel to Minnesota safely, and keep them that way? As members of a Macalester class on the Dead Sea Scrolls found out, you ship them a few at a time on the laps of first-class passengers, and then every half hour you monitor—from Israel—the humidity of their display cases.
Sharmila Raghunandan ’10 found rising suicide rates correlated with rising unemployment rates in one Minnesota county.
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.
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.
Let There Be Light
Follow student blogger Zach McDade in his journeys in Nicaragua, bringing solar LEDs to poor, rural families in hopes of encouraging children to attend school.
Meet Tinbete Erymas
Tinbete Erymas works at the Higher Education Public Policy, Greenlining Institute, Berkeley, California
From Mac To Yale
Rebecca Delventhal pursues a PhD at Yale University in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.