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  • Raka Mitra, Associate Professor of Biology
    August 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Mitra Receives NSF Funding

    Raka Mitra, Assistant Professor of Biology, has been awarded $450,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Biology Division of Integrative Organismal Systems for her three-year project, “RUI: The Role of ralstonia solanacearum Effector Protein RSP1281 in Bacterial Wilt Disease.”

    This RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) grant enables Mitra to investigate a root-invading bacterial wilt pathogen to better determine plant defense pathways employed in roots, gaining insights useful for developing wilt resistant crops. The project supports the PI’s research, an undergraduate researcher in each summer, a technician year round; and it gives opportunity for students in Carleton’s Cell Biology Laboratory and Molecular Biology classes to gain important research lab experiences.

  • Chérif Keïta
    August 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Keïta's 13-Year Research Celebrated in South Africa

    Chérif Keïta, Professor of French, had his 13-year research into the life of two pioneer South African intellectuals and their previously unnoticed connections to Northfield, celebrated in a couple of articles published in the Witness during his recent trip to South Africa, to lecture at the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), of Zululand, of Witwatersrand and to screen his latest films at various events organized around the country by the Department of Arts and Culture and the African National Congress in memory of their forgotten heroine, Nokutela Dube.  The Department of Arts and Culture of KwaZulu-Natal has published a booklet co-authored by Chérif Keïta and Heather Hughes, titled Nokutela: The Story of a Forgotten Woman Leader.

  • August 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Team-Record Nine Knights Earn ITA Academic Awards

    The Carleton College 2012-13 men’s tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic Team for the second straight year, making this the 10th time since 2002 that the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) cited the Knights for academic excellence. Additionally, a team-record nine players picked up individual recognition.

  • Scott Carpenter
    July 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Professor and author Scott Dominic Carpenter's new release, "Theory of Remainders," continues to garner praise

    Professor and author Scott Dominic Carpenter's new release, "Theory of Remainders, continues to garner praise. The debut novel from the acclaimed writer was recently reviewed by Twin Cities literary critic Amy Goetzman in MinnPost, calling "Theory of Remainders" "eminently readable" and saying "Carpenter does a masterful job of conjuring a complicated psychological and cultural landscape." The novel has also been named a "Bound to Please" title in Reach magazine, the alumni magazine of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

  • July 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Knights Earn Academic All-Conference

    The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Winter/Spring 2012-13 Academic All-Conference honorees today, with Carleton student-athletes earning distinction 24 times. To qualify for recognition, student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior, or senior, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • June 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Erik Klontz is Carleton's Latest Academic All-American

    Carleton College swimmer Erik Klontz was recognized for excellence in the classroom and in competition as he was a first-team selection to the 2013 Academic All-America® Division III At-Large Team, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

  • May 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    McCammon '13, Kieffer '13 Win Fulbright Fellowships for Work in Turkey

    Carleton students Muira McCammon ’13 (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Daria Kieffer ’13 (Iowa City, Iowa) have both been awarded highly competitive Fulbright Fellowships to pursue graduate work abroad in Turkey as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs). McCammon is a French and Francophone studies and political science/international relations double major with concentrations in cross-cultural studies, European studies, and women's and gender studies. Kieffer is a sociology/anthropology major and with a concentration in educational studies.

  • Scott Carpenter
    May 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Carpenter Releases Latest Novel, "Theory of Remainders"

    Scott Carpenter, professor of French, has published a debut novel titled Theory of Remainders. A suspenseful literary novel set in the lush backgrounds of Normandy, Theory of Remainders tells the story of a father seeking the truth about a traumatic past and explores the secret ties between love, trauma, and language. Kirkus Reviews has called it "a stellar achievement," and it was recently selected as a Midwest Connections "Pick" by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. 

  • Steven Schier
    May 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Schier Co-Edits 'The American Elections of 2012'

    Steven Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, has published a new book, The American Elections of 2012, out this month from Routledge publishers. The book assembles leading political scientists and political journalists to explain the 2012 election results and their implications for America’s future. In addition to assessing election results, the book examines the consequences of the large ambitions of the Obama presidency and the political and policy risks entailed in the pursuit of those ambitions. Schier coedited the book with Janet Box-Steffensmeier of Ohio State University, as well as co-authoring a chapter in the book on the 2012 general election campaign.

  • May 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Carleton Vocalists Celebrate Popular American Music

    Carleton College will celebrate some of the best in popular American music in a special choral concert on Friday, May 24 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. “It’s Showtime, Folks!” will feature the vocal talents of the Carleton Singers (performing American jazz standards) and the Carleton Choir (performing semi-staged choruses from classic Broadway musicals). This event is free and open to the public. 

  • Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf
    May 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Carleton Art Professors’ Work Featured in 25th Anniversary Celebration of Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

    In a new installation celebrating 25 years of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the work of Carleton College art professors David Lefkowitz and Stephen Mohring is featured in “Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf.” The Walker Art Center invites the public to play two eight-hole courses, featuring individual holes created by various architects, artists, engineers, machinists, and mini-golf aficionados. The new interactive installation features everything from garden gnomes masquerading as foosball players to a scale model of a French chateau, along with mazes, gopher holes, and contours mapped from the course of the legendary Augusta National Golf Club. The result is a delight for both serious golf purists and lovers of outdoor kitsch.