January, 2011

December, 2010

In the Write

Two recent geography alumni have published papers based on research they did with Geography Professor William Moseley while they were at Macalester.

Ending Polio

"Between us we held eight mosquito nets and a safety box. In front of Kader sat an old cardboard box full of syringes, vitamin A supplements, and children’s vaccination records," writes Elissa Butler about her study abroad experience and research on polio.

Truman Scholar

Shelle Shimizu ’11 wins the Truman Scholarship.

Macalester Board Elects Two New Trustees

The Macalester College Board of Trustees has elected two new trustees: Mark Leonard '65 and Paul L. H. Olson ‘72.

Media Alert - Photo Op: Macalester Students Hug a Dog to Beat Finals' Stress

Who: Macalester students, dogs, alumni, dogs, faculty, dogs, staff and dogs; What: Macalester’s “Dog Day Afternoon” is an opportunity for students to relieve stress and receive some doggie social therapy before final exams; When: Saturday, December 11, ~ 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: Bateman Plaza, in front of the Ruth Stricker Campus Center

We're No. 1

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

Old Main to Wall Street

Although the common stereotype is that all liberal arts graduates are social workers or environmental activists, there are plenty of businesspeople among our alumni.

Internships: Bridge to Success

Federico Burlon held a number of internships in the Twin Cities.

Journalism 24/7

Student journalist Tatiana Craine has covered author Neil Gaiman (Coraline), directors Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) and Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air)—even London Fashion Week. more

My 300-Acre Lab

My summer research on buckthorn capped off a great academic experience with the Macalester Biology Department.

Serengeti Grant

What’s the connection between an upstate New York dairy farm and a $3 million study of sustainable development in the Serengeti? Mac economics professor Amy Damon. more

November, 2010

Macalester Professor Discovers CO2 Stored in Deep Pacific During Ice Age

Paleoclimatologists have long wondered why atmospheric CO2 was so much lower during the last glacial period. Where did the carbon go? Macalester Environmental Studies Professor Louisa Bradtmiller demonstrates, in a new paper, that the deep Pacific Ocean (below 2000 meters) likely stored more carbon during the last glacial period than the Holocene (the last 10,000 years of the Earth's history -- the time since the end of the last major glacial epoch, or "ice age.").

Macalester College Presents Dance Concert "Beyond Control"

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department showcases the work of nine student and faculty choreographers, and guest choreographer Vanessa Voskuil in “Beyond Control” at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theatre, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., December 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m., December 12. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Composer Randall Bauer's Classical and Jazz Works Featured at Macalester Concert

A concert featuring noted classical composer, jazz pianist, and Macalester Professor Randall Bauer will be performed at Macalester College on Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Fierce and Fast

With Her First Novel, Nightshade, History Professor Andrea Cremer introduces a New Fantasy Female.

Delving into Space

Building on his Macalester research, senior John Allan probed galaxies with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy—ASTRON.

Brave New World of English

Those who imagine English classes as solely composed of readings of novels would be startled by some of the exciting outings and guest speakers enjoyed by Macalester English classes this fall. more

Statistics on the Cutting Edge

Sophomore Sasha Indarte’s flair for statistics research took her to Texas, Mexico, then California, where she presented her prize-winning research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference. more

October, 2010

Media Alert - Closing the Achievement Gap - Panel Discussion

What are the most important things to be done to close performance gaps linked to race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, while still promoting overall progress? Panelists include: Carlos Mariani, Valeria Silva, Mary Cathryn Ricker and Bill Wilson. 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 3, Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom.

The Kids are All Right: Few Negative Associations With Moms' Return to Work Soon After Having Children

Children whose mothers return to work before their offspring turn 3 are no more likely to have academic or behavioral problems than kids whose mothers stay at home, according to a review of 50 years of research.

Media Alert - Macalester alum Alex Lemon to read from his best-selling book, Happy: A Memoir

Alex Lemon will read from his best-selling book, Happy: A Memoir at 7 p.m., Monday, October 25, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel.

Mark Mazullo to Present Lecture-Recital on Dmitri Shostakovich

A lecture–recital about Dmitri Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues, Opus 87 will be presented by Macalester music professor Mark Mazullo at Macalester College on Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance and Music Departments Present "Cabaret" November 5-6 and November 11-13

The exciting 1960s musical “Cabaret” will be performed Nov. 5–6 and Nov. 11–13 by Macalester College’s Theatre and Dance and Music Departments in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

3M and Macalester

In any economy, nothing beats a personal introduction to a highly desirable company. Just ask Krasi Tomov ’10, who held an internship at 3M and now works at the company. more

Marshall Griffith to Headline Macalester Jazz Concert

A jazz concert featuring noted pianist Marshall Griffith will be performed at Macalester College on Monday, October 18 at 8 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Macalester Names Mansco Perry III Chief Investment Officer

Mansco Perry III will become Macalester's Chief Investment Officer, effective November 1. As CIO, Perry will oversee the college’s $587 million endowment, which ranks 14th among U.S. liberal arts colleges. The endowment supports financial aid for students, and academic and co-curricular programs, among other college priorities.

Discovering New Molecules

Chemistry professor Paul Fischer draws nearly half a million dollars in research and equipment grants to Mac this year.

Macalester Moves Forward on $33.8 Million Arts Center Expansion and Renovation

Macalester College has secured funding and board approval to move forward with the first phase of a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The project will begin in January 2011.

Carleton Macy Music Retrospective Concert To Be Held

A retrospective of music composed by Professor Emeritus Carleton Macy will be performed at Macalester College on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Macy will play tenor recorder at the concert. Other performers are John Jensen, pianist; Zeitgeist (Heather Barringer, Patti Cudd, Pat O’Keefe, Shannon Wettstein); Emma Lynn, soprano; and Rose Rinder, flute.

First-Year Courses

Vampires, Nazis, and Destruction: What do these three scary topics have in common? They’re all subjects of first-year courses offered by Macalester College.


Young Women Faculty Receive $1.6 Million in Research Support more

Mentored at Medtronic

Working at Medtronic was an experience and a half—conducting research with state of the art equipment, and interacting with scientists. more

September, 2010

Lowe Lecture with Martha Nussbaum

Prof. Martha Nussbaum’s talk, "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach," will investigate a new theoretical approach: the "capabilities" or "human development" method, discussing reasons for preferring it to standard approaches and looking at debates it has engendered about cultural pluralism and universality. The Lowe Lectureship at at Macalester College was established in honor of Arnold H. Lowe, former pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis former President of the Macalester Board of Trustees.

Professors Moe and Aanonsen Named to Endowed Chairs

President Brian Rosenberg and Provost Kathleen Murray are pleased to announce that Professor Karine Moe will hold the F.R. Bigelow Endowed Chair in Economics and Professor Lin Aanonsen will hold the O.T. Walter Endowed Professorship in Biology.

Macalester's 17th Annual International Roundtable

Macalester College presents its 17th annual International Roundtable titled, “My Sister's and Brother's Keeper? Human Rights in the Era of Globalization,” Thu. - Sat., Oct. 7 - 9, 2010, in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

Macalester College Presents So Percussion on October 8

Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, So Percussion, has been creating music that explores all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility. They will perform Friday, October 8 at 8 p.m. in Macalester College’s Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies Presents a Talk by Harry J. Elam, Jr

The El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies presents a talk by Stanford University’s Harry J. Elam, Jr. The lectureship, established by Macalester alumni Dr. Stanley M. Berry ’75 and Bertram M. Days ’74 along with Ava B. Days, honors Macalester Prof. Mahmoud El-Kati’s career (1970-2003) as a lecturer, writer and commentator on the African American experience.

Sylvia Forman Prize Awarded to Recent Macalester Graduate

MaryBeth Grewe ’10 received this award for a paper that was inspired by her study abroad experience and developed during the Anthropology Senior Capstone Seminar, taught by Anthropology Professor Dianna Shandy. more

Dr. Paul Farmer to Receive Honorary Degree from Macalester College

Physician and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer will receive an honorary degree from Macalester College on Tue., Sept. 14, 2010. He is also speaking to the campus community at opening convocation that day.

Reducing the Achievement Gap

Macalester College’s Center for School Change is one of the key partners in a new, five-year, $3 million federally-funded project designed to help produce significant improvements in several St. Paul district and charter public schools.

Taking on the Gulf Oil Disaster

John Simkins ’08 Galesburg, Illinois; now living in Manhattan Environmental Studies, concentration in Economics On the scene: Cleanup of the Gulf oil disaster that resulted from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. Simkins worked for EMR, Incorporated, an environmental company based in Lawrence, Kansas.

Banking on Experience

Course concepts quickly become the realities of daily life when, like three Mac seniors, you are investment banking interns in New York. more

In the Philippines

Two months ago, I completed my study abroad in Nanjing, China. Since then, I have spent time in the Philippines working on an island where the most important industry is sugarcane and sugar. I have been volunteering on a small farm.

Swarming Locusts

This summer two students worked in the lab of Professor Chad Topaz. Swarms can have ecological, environmental and even economic impacts. more

Major Metro Perks

I’m not really sure how I ended up in Minnesota, it all happened so fast. One minute I was stressing out over college applications, and the next I had signed up for a four-year excursion in a part of the country that I knew next to nothing about. The Twin Cities were pretty much a mystery to me, but coming from New York, I figured that any city would be better than going to school in the middle of nowhere.

August, 2010