Macalester College Hosts International Roundtable on Globalization, Food, and Agriculture
Macalester College’s annual International Roundtable will this year feature the topic “Feeding the World: Globalization, Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century.” It will be held Thursday, Oct. 11 and Friday, Oct. 12 in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Presentations start at 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 11 and workshops at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 12. A full schedule can be found at macalester.edu/internationalroundtable.
50th Anniversary of United World Colleges—and its Relationship with Macalester—Celebrated
Macalester Completes $33.8M first phase of Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Expansion and Renovation
Macalester College has completed the first phase of a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, ushering in a new era for the arts at Macalester. Construction began in January 2011 and was completed in July 2012.
Harriet Bart Exhibition “Between Echo and Silence” first in Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery
Harriet Bart, a well-established conceptual artist who works in a wide-range of media, will present the first solo exhibition at Macalester College’s Law Warschaw Gallery in the newly renovated and expanded Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The exhibition, “Between Echo and Silence,” opens Sun., Oct. 7 and is curated by Joanna Inglot, chair and associate professor of Macalester’s Art and Art History department.
Macalester moves merchandise and textbooks to renovated space
Macalester is combining its college store and textbook operations and moving them to the newly renovated street level space in the Lampert Building, located at 32 Snelling Ave., So., St. Paul, Minn.
Professor Receives Fulbright to Lecture in China
Macalester Media and Cultural Studies professor Clay Steinman has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Southwest University in Beibei, Chongqing, China during the 2012-2013 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.
Math Professor to Speak at Prestigious Science Symposium
Macalester Mathematics Prof. Chad Higdon-Topaz has been asked to speak at the 15th Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium next month. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, is the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists.
Chuck Green Fellows 2012
For 12 Macalester sophomores and juniors every spring, the final exams and papers at semester’s end mark simply the halfway point for one of their classes.
Excelling at Xcel
Simbarashe Musasa’s internship with a Fortune 500 company came about in part due to an Econometrics class paper.
Anatomy of a Crime
Within the first 30 minutes of this class, 16 students have already viewed clips from "Psycho," “The Godfather,” and “Silence of the Lambs” to compare the cinematography. They're researching everything from criminal justice to media portrayals of serial killers.
Mathematics professor Chad Topaz is pioneering new methods of teaching in his Applied Calculus and Differential Equations courses.
Five Tenure-Track Professors Join Macalester
Five new tenure-track faculty members have joined Macalester this fall. They are Eric D. Carter (Geography, holder of the Edens Professorship in Global Health), Lesley Lavery (Political Science), Mark Mandarano (Music, Director of Instrumental Activities), Michael McGaghie (Music) and Kari Shepherdson-Scott (Art and Art History).
Undergrad Actors - Two Macalester juniors star in a Minnesota Fringe Festival production
Each August the Minnesota Fringe Festival brings almost 200 shows—drama, comedy, music, and dance—to over a dozen Twin Cities venues. This summer Macalester juniors Rob Gelberg (North Caldwell, N.J.) and Alana Horton (Northampton, Mass.) will co-star in one of those Fringe Festival dramas, a two-person play written by Gelberg called To and From on the Earth. Their production will be staged at the HUGE Improv Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, from Aug. 2 through 11. For more information, see http://www.fringefestival.org/2012/show/?id=2400
Building on her campus research with astronomy professor John Cannon, Clara Thomann ’13 was selected for a prestigious research program in Chile.
Stone's Throw Urban Farm
Alex Liebman ’12 and Emily Hanson ’11, with four partners, have turned 15 vacant city lots into Stone’s Throw Urban Farm, where they are growing an abundance of fresh, delicious vegetables.
Macalester permanently protects open space along the Mississippi River
In partnership with Dakota County, the city of Inver Grove Heights and the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), Macalester College has permanently protected 150 acres of the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (Ordway Field Station) along the Mississippi River in Inver Grove Heights.
Just out of college, Lara Avery ’10 will launch her writing career this fall with the publication of her first novel.
Beyond the Auto
Mac experts predict that bikes, buses, and your own two feet are the transit options that will reign supreme in the cities of tomorrow.
White Bread and Dreams of Perfect Food
Reflecting back on 150 years of battles over America’s bread habits, five dreams come up repeatedly.
Chicago's Mr. Chips
At a Jesuit inner-city school for boys, Chris Dwyer ’05 does everything from coach basketball to raise chickens.
A Mac senior takes on the challenge of uncovering—and filming a documentary about—the hidden world of Chinese video games.
Every fall, Mac geography students take their GIS software skills into the real world.
In a London study abroad program, Graham Brown ’12 got an eye-opening look at how medicine works in the United Kingdom.
Macalester receives grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study aging
Macalester College, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, and the University of Minnesota have received a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study aging. The grant, totaling about $200,000, will allow the researchers, over a period of three years, to study survival analysis as it relates to aging.
Conducting research for a psychology capstone project, student Ethan Cline '13 found that Twitter users believe they are outgoing.
Muñoz receives Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship
Alicia Muñoz, an assistant professor in Hispanic Studies, has received the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for junior faculty.
Annual Fund closes fiscal year by surpassing $3 million
The final results are still being tallied, but all signs point to another successful fiscal year for Macalester’s Annual Fund, thanks to loyal support from the college’s donor community. By late May, the Annual Fund had raised more than $3 million, and a push led by staff and volunteers generated more online gifts in the last two days of May than in any other two-day window in Macalester’s history. Alumni, parents and friends helped ongoing fundraising initiatives flourish and also rallied several classes to new participation records.
Three Macalester faculty to participate in ACM-Mellon SAIL Seminar
Andrew Billing, French and Francophone Studies, Scott Legge, Anthropology, and Eric Wiertelak, Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Studies, will participate as a team representing the humanities, social and natural sciences at an ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) in July titled “Considering Animals.”
Macalester biology major Jay Schwartz is fascinated by the complex interactions of primates, so he jumped at the chance to join Minnesota Zoo researchers in an observational research project involving macaques.