January, 2014

Beyond 3D

For Minh Nguyen ’14, theoretical physics makes for absorbing detective work.

Copper in Our Bodies

Richard Liang’s study of copper may increase understanding of Alzheimer’s.

Investigating Sickle-Cell Anemia

Dinesh Rathakrishnan believes research will make him a better doctor

Learning from Lungs

Undecided between a clinical or research job, Katie Cicolello ’14 chose both.

Liberal Science

Classics major studies stem-cell therapy.

Better Living through [Plant] Chemistry

From campus research to the Mayo Clinic, Julie Sun ’14 is using science to make a difference.

Captivated by Chemistry

Much to his surprise, Andrew Olinger ’15 found his intellectual passion in chemistry.

Investigating Iron in Cancer Cells

Burton Masem ’14 studied the effects of iron overload on ovarian cancer cells.

President Rosenberg one of two appointed to Teagle Foundation Board

The Teagle Foundation has appointed Brian Rosenberg and Elizabeth Boylan to its Board of Directors. They join 14 other directors on a board chaired by Walter C. Teagle, III.

Minnesota State Arts Board Awards Grant to Art and Art History Professor for 2014

The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded a grant to Art and Art History Professor Chris Willcox for 2014.

Three Macalester alums’ video about N.D. oil boom featured on New York Times website

An excerpt of a documentary by three Macalester alumni is being featured on the New York Times website.

Tweeting from Libya

Ellen Noble ’13 analyzed tweets (over 7,000 of them) to explore the ways in which social media was used by Libyans to challenge the dominant hero-victim narrative of humanitarian crises.

Road work

Dan Knickelbein ’14 spent the summer in D.C. learning about transportation policy.

Math and the Real World

Sara Staszak used math to address the detection of structural defects.

Becoming a Scientist

Alyssa Ashbaugh ’14 did research at the Mayo Clinic, a large research university, and a campus lab.

Passions and Requiems

A course cross-listed in Music and Religious Studies teaches unforgettable lessons of power and prayer.

When Majors Collide

Issa Ali ’15 found his computer science skills were highly applicable to biology research.

Financial Literacy and Growth

John Sankara ’15 partnered with community organizations that help minority-owned businesses grow and promote financial literacy.

Adventures in Interning

Mac students take advantage of their mid-metro location through working at schools, museums, and more.

Death, Devastation & Math

Three years after taking an applied math class, two Mac students have their research published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The Year That Was

Macalester professors share perspectives on some of the top news stories of 2013.

Macalester Completes $20.5M Studio Art Phase of JWFAC Expansion and Renovation

Macalester College has completed construction on a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Studio Art building, part of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center.

December, 2013

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet to speak at Macalester

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will speak to the Macalester College community on Sunday, March 2, 2014. His talk is titled, “The Nature of Happiness, Fulfillment, and Embodiment.” Seating for the event will be limited and tickets will not be available to the general public. The event will be free for the campus community but tickets will be required. More information will be shared with the campus community when tickets are available.

The Ovenbird Mystery

Karina Li did research at Macalester's Ordway Field Station to understand why Ovenbirds, a ground-nesting species, were largely absent from the property.

People Over Postings

Mac Career Center staff showed Jamila Humphrie ’11 that when searching for jobs, personal connections trump online ads.

Choral Director McGaghie selected as an ACDA ICEP Conducting Fellow

Macalester Music Professor and Director of Choral Activities Michael McGaghie has been selected for the 2014 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP). He is one of seven conductors chosen from a competitive nationwide application pool to spend two weeks in China conducting choirs in that country this summer.

Two Seniors Receive Minnesota High Tech Association STEM scholarships

Two Macalester seniors, Eric Biggers from Verona, Wis., and Nathan Leech of Mound, Minn., have received the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) Foundation annual scholarships awarded to undergraduate students who excel in programs geared toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Only 15 students across the state of Minnesota received the award.

Governor Dayton Appoints Mac Professor to Council on MLK Jr. Holiday

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Macalester Professor Duchess Harris to the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Harris’ term is effective immediately and will extend through March 1, 2014. She replaces Cheryl Chatman.

Biannual "Dog Days" at Macalester Dec. 7

Biannual "Dog Days" at Macalester Dec. 7

Closing the Math Gender Gap

After Amy Janett ’14 attended the selective Summer Program for Women in Mathematics in Washington, D.C., she returned eager to pursue a math career.

Ethics and the Internet

A Mac philosophy class tackles the ethics of dataveillance, social networking, and intellectual property.

Soccer Success

Under the stadium lights with the season's first snow falling, the Macalester women's soccer team won its final home game of the year Nov. 5—an undeniable highlight of a successful season.

Chispa Grant in Action II

Supported by a Latin American Studies Chispa Grant in November 2013, Elsa Goossen ’15 traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia for the annual vigil and protest against the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC).

Knights and Jihad

Political Science Professor Andrew Latham is a teacher, academic, collaborator—and now a novelist.

Partial to Baby Animals

Does this photo make you more sympathetic to climate change? For most, the answer is yes, according to Rowena Foo '16 and Professor Christie Manning.

The Future of Computing

Computer science students in summer research group help create community around parallel computing.

November, 2013

Four Faculty Members Recommended for Tenure

Pending Board of Trustees approval, Macalester has recommended tenure status for four faculty members: Cynthia Kauffeld - Hispanic Studies; Scott Legge – Anthropology; Shilad Sen - Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; and Xin Yang - Asian Languages.

Macalester Implements Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Macalester College has installed an electric vehicle charging station on campus, just north of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The Coulumb CT2021 bollard-style model station has two charging ports and is for use by staff, faculty, and members of the community.

Colorful Chemistry

Mentored by her professor, an inexperienced student was soon synthesizing colorful molecules.

Forest Fieldwork

Hannah Wiesner ’14 spent the summer doing research in the Harvard Forest.

Health Explorers

Uganda, India, Argentina—Mac’s public health students traverse the globe for their research.

The Network Works

Knowledge. Experience. Networking. Of these valuable components of a Macalester education, networking may be the most nebulous. Here’s an example.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents Stillness in Motion

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Stillness in Motion, the 2013 Fall dance concert, with new works choreographed by students, faculty and guest choreographer Marciano Silva dos Santos. Performances are at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23. There will be a post show discussion on Nov. 22. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359 or visit macalester.edu/boxoffice.

Virginity from Mary to Miley

Kicking off with Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” this course explored sexual renunciation from early Christianity to today.

Steroid stats

ESPN The Magazine cited Jeremy Roth’s groundbreaking research on steroids in baseball.

Why Minnesota?

Emma Pulido '14 explains why someone would chose a college in Minnesota.

October, 2013