December, 2013

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

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

Buddhism in India

Two Mac seniors spent the summer in Dharamsala—and met the Dalai Lama.

Joining Team Chatterjea

Once this biology student saw what was happening in immunology lab, she signed up on the spot.

Exhibition by Macalester Art Professor

Macalester Art Prof. Gary Erickson will exhibit his work titled “Experiencing China: Jingdezhen Porcelain Spirals,” November 21 – December 18, 2013, at the H. Williams Teaching Gallery, Concordia University, 1301 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, Minn. There will be two public receptions: one, from 5-7 p.m., on Thursday November 21, and the other from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. All events are free and open to the public.

The Literary Bible

A new English Department course explores the King James version of the scriptures along with the works of other 17th century authors.

Macalester Geography Professor Wins Book Prize

Eric Carter's book, "Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina," published by the University of Alabama Press, has received the 2013 Elinor Melville Prize for the best book on Latin American environmental history, awarded by the Conference on Latin American History.

Macalester professor to talk about Egypt, his home country

Classics Prof. Wessam Elmeligi, a native of Alexandria, Egypt, will discuss Egypt’s recent turmoil in a talk at 12 p.m., Thursday, October 31, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel.

Art Supplier

All the Right Moves

Jon Chen ’11 first learned to dance at Macalester. Now he’s showing his ballroom skills on the national stage.

Keeping Secrets

Amazon tracks your purchases. Google sifts your email. And Uncle Sam may be monitoring your international calls. Is privacy even possible in the age of the Internet?

The Anxious, Empathic Writer

Wiffle Ball Hero

President Wilson

Kai Wilson ’14 (West Hartford, Conn.) never took part in student government in high school, but he’s now the president of the Macalester College Student Government (MCSG).

Ten Years

A Gazelle and Flesh-Eating Beetles

9 Professors 4 Answers

The Beez Kneez

An environmental studies degree led Erin Rupp '04 to a carerr producing honey and educating kids about the importance of bees.

Archaeology Students' Posters Presented at MN Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

United Nations Intern

After sending an email to a Macalester alumnus she’d never met, Jolena Zabel ’16 spent the summer in Washington, D.C., interning with the United Nations Population Fund.

Absolute Time

Sam Eklund ’14 helps philosophy professor take a new look at 17th century thinkers.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents “The Government Inspector” November 7-9

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents The Government Inspector, by Nikolai Gogol, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nov. 7, 8, and 9, and Saturday Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. The Government Inspector is directed by Robert Rosen, guest artist in the Theatre and Dance Department. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Macalester Renames Humanities Building after Founder and First President

Macalester College has renamed its Humanities Building Neill Hall after the Rev. Edward Duffield Neill (1823 -1893), founder and first president of the college. The Board of Trustees voted last weekend to make the change.

Macalester alumnus establishes scholarship at college

Macalester alumnus Duane Burnham, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abbott Laboratories, has established the Burnham Scholarship at Macalester College which will support five students in each incoming class.

South Africa Sojourn

A semester in Cape Town led Stephen Peyton ’13 to important research—and his life’s work.

We're No. 1 Again

Per Capita, Macalester Faculty #1 Among Peers for National Science Foundation Grants

Improving Solar Cells

John Graham ’14 worked on cutting edge thin film research for solar cells with physics professor Jim Doyle.

Why Global Health Matters

Christy Hanson, dean for the Institute of Global Citizenship, explains why global health matters.

Spiritual Meets Medical

An interest in Islam led Marni Schreiber ’14 to a project helping hospitals meet the needs of diverse populations.

Inaugural Ostermeier Human Rights Lecture Oct. 17

The Inaugural Ostermeier Human Rights Lecture with PEN American Center’s Suzanne Nossel is Thu., Oct. 17, 4:45 p.m., in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Nossel’s talk is titled “The New Free Speech.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 651-696-6290.

September, 2013