October, 2012

Exchange Students

Polar Monitor

Educating Minnesota

Macalester Alumnus wins 2012 Hugo Award for comic “Digger”

Ursula Vernon '98, author of the popular children’s book series “Dragonbreath,” received her first nomination for a Hugo award for her comic “Digger.”

Macalester astrophysicist receives grant to study mysterious galaxies

In the world of astrophysics, the evolution of galaxies remains one of the great, unsolved mysteries. Macalester Professor John Cannon has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for over $295,000 to try to discover how a certain curious type of galaxy changes over time.

Macalester Receives $354,500 Mellon Grant for Student Fellowships

Macalester College has received a $354,500 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York to continue its Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program through the 2014-2015 academic year. Now in its twelfth year at Macalester, MMUF aims to reduce the serious underrepresentation of minorities in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning by encouraging minority students to earn PhDs.

Banned Book Reading Fall 2012

State Department Summer

Anne Huber ’14 landed an internship at the U.S. embassy in Lisbon.

Macalester College opposes Minnesota marriage amendment

Macalester College opposes Minnesota marriage amendment

Macalester’s Board of Trustees approves plans, timeline for studio art renovation and expansion

Macalester’s Board of Trustees approves plans, timeline for studio art renovation and expansion

Kids Cancer Research

Studying pediatric skin cancers was transformative for pre-med student Beatrice Brumley ’13.

Space Through the Hubble

At Kitt Peak National Observatory, Erin O’Leary used Hubble Space Telescope images to analyze galaxies. Soon she’ll present her findings to the American Astronomical Society.

Exploring Health Professions

Taylor Fellowships give students a taste of their own kind of medicine.

Theatre and Dance Department Presents "Sing Protest, Sing Peace"

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Sing Protest, Sing Peace in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Admission is free. Performances are at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday October 12th and 13th, and Sunday, October 14th at 2 p.m. Sing Protest, Sing Peace is directed by guest director Isabel Nelson, ’04. For reservations call the box office at 651-696-6359.

Pianist Anton Kuerti Plays Beethoven in Macalester’s new Mairs Concert Hall

The Macalester Music Department and the Pulliam Endowment present pianist Anton Kuerti performing an all-Beethoven concert, 3 p.m., Sun., Oct. 14, in Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul. The concert is free and open to the public.

Global Food

A focus on feeding the world and a more informal format means many more students will be involved in this year’s International Roundtable.

Arab Summer

Working for Human Rights Watch, Omar El Zoheiry ’13 dealt with the fallout from the Egyptian revolution.

September, 2012

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.

Global Friends

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.

Campus-wide reflection Sept. 10 at noon to honor Cleo Thiberge

Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) has planned a campus-wide reflection and moment of silence for Cleo Thiberge Monday, Sept. 10 at noon on Bateman Plaza.

August, 2012

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.

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 resulted from an econometrics 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.

Power Pedagogy

Lecturing three times a week may not be the best way to teach, math professor Chad Topaz has realized. more

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).

Polar Exploration

Allison Einolf ’13 set sail this summer into a changing climate.

28 Telescopes

Elijah Bernstein-Cooper’s observational astronomy course conducted research at the magnificent Jansky observatory in New Mexico. Astronomical Journal is publishing the results, with all nine students as co-authors.

Chemistry Connections

When you’re a chemistry major at Macalester, the connections extend well beyond the day you receive your diploma. Three alumni of Professor Becky Hoye’s lab are now her colleagues, extending her commitment to research, teaching, and mentoring to the University of California–Berkeley and Princeton.

July, 2012

Bleeding Kansas

For her honors project, one history major took a closer look at a Civil War-era conflict she’d studied as a child, paving her way to grad school.

Undergrad Actors - Two Macalester juniors star in a Minnesota Fringe Festival production

This summer, Macalester juniors Rob Gelberg '14 (English/Creative Writing major, North Caldwell, N.J.) and Alana Horton '14 (Theatre and Dance major, Northampton, Mass.) co-starred in a Fringe Festival drama.

Stellar Research

By the time I graduate from Macalester, I will have participated in three fascinating astronomy research projects, and I will be a co-author of one—or maybe more­—published journal articles. more

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.

Grandstand - Reborn

Farm Fright

Adventures in Organic Farming

"Shake the hands that feeds you."

Chapbook Press

A student-run publishing company called Cloud City started last spring at Macalester. This chapbook press was led by Ollie St. John ’12 (Washington, D.C.) and Luke Marcott ’12 (St. Paul), advised by English professors Wang Ping, Peter Bognanni, and James Cihlar, and aided by a team of student editors including Angus McLinn ’12 (Middleton, Wis.) and Nick Arciero ’12 (Mounds View, Minn.).

Chinese House

Ten years ago, Macalester didn’t even teach Chinese. Now interest in the language has grown so much that this fall the college will open a Chinese language residence.

Junior Politician

Back in march, Andrew Ojeda ’13 (Fresno, Calif.) called his mother with an unusual request for a college student: It was caucus day in Minnesota, he wanted to run for office, and he was wondering if she would support his decision.

Being Clever, Being Kind

President Brian Rosenberg delivered the following remarks at Macalester’s 123rd Commencement, held May 12, 2012.

Young Author

Just out of college, Lara Avery ’10 will launch her writing career this fall with the publication of her first novel.

Feelin' Surly

Omar Ansari ’92 brings craft beer to the people.

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.

The Perfect Meal

Rethinking foodie fundamentalism in service of feeding the whole world.