January, 2014

Liberal Science

Classics major studies stem-cell therapy.

Investigating Iron in Cancer Cells

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

Captivated by Chemistry

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

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.

Death, Devastation & Math

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

Adventures in Interning

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

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

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?