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  • A placard image for media work Carleton Connects: Professor Cindy Blaha
    Created 13 December 2012; Published 13 December 2012
    Carleton Connects: Professor Cindy Blaha

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    Have you ever wondered how astronomers take such beautiful pictures of the night sky?  Are you interested in the mechanics of how those pictures are taken? Do you ever wonder just what you are seeing as you stare up into the cosmos?  Join Carleton Connects for Professor Cindy Blaha's presentation, "Visual Astronomy: There's More Than Meets The Eye".  Professor Blaha will take us on a tour through the December skies using images taken at Carleton in Goodsell Obesrvatory and beyond. She will also discuss how astronomers create images of the moon and other cosmic entities as well as the science behind it. 

    Professor Cindy Blaha teaches in the Department of Physics and Astronomy where she is the Marjorie Crabb Grabisch Professor of the Liberal Arts.  She is an astrophysicist interested in the optical and radio properties of star formation and evolution in the disks and nuclei of spiral galaxies.

  • A placard image for media work Carleton Connects: Vice President and Treasurer Fred Rogers '72
    Created 15 November 2012; Published 19 November 2012
    Carleton Connects: Vice President and Treasurer Fred Rogers '72

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    The cost of higher education and concern about student debt levels have featured prominently in the media this year. A recent national tuition and student aid survey offers brighter news: in 2012-13, tuition and fees at private colleges and universities increased an average of 3.9 percent – the lowest rate in at least 40 years – while institutional student aid increased 6.2 percent. While the financial challenges facing students and their families are still very real, this is encouraging news. Keeping institutional costs down and ensuring affordability for students from all backgrounds, while providing a world-class education is a key priority for Carleton and at the heart of our strategic plan. Join Carleton Connects as Carleton’s Vice President and Treasurer, Fred Rogers '72 discusses how the College is addressing these challenges and offer insights about Carleton’s future.

  • John Harris '85
    Created 24 October 2012; Published 24 October 2012
    Carleton Connects: John Harris '85, Prof. Steven Schier, Alex Burns

    With two weeks to go before the November election, John Harris '85 offered a scoop on the year's big issues during the panel presentation "The 2012 Presidential Election: What's Happening and Why." Politico cofounder and editor-in-chief John Harris '85, Alex Burns, national correspondent for Politico, and professor Steven Schier, our resident presidential expert and the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science engaged in a lively discussion with Carleton alumni.  


  • Professor Susan Jaret McKinstry
    Created 18 September 2012; Published 1 October 2012
    Carleton Connects: Professor Susan Jaret McKinstry

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    The Bald Spot.  The Libe.  Scrunching.  Carleton is full of words that make sense to those who walk its grounds, but have you heard about one of our latest terms: VIZ?  Join Carleton Connects as Professor Susan Jaret McKinstry presents “What is VIZ? Visualizing the Liberal Arts (VIZ) at Carleton."  She will explore how this three year initiative has transformed teaching and learning across the college, and describe the interdisciplinary conference that Viz is hosting September 28-30, 2012 in the Weitz Center for Creativity. 

    Susan Jaret McKinstry is the Helen F. Lewis Professor of English at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she studied the history of the novel, women writers, and literary theory. She is co-director of an interdisciplinary campus initiative on visual teaching and learning, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2009-12).

    This call took place Tuesday, September 18 from 11-12pm CT.

    For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at

  • David Welna, Class of 1980
    Created 20 April 2012; Published 26 April 2012
    Convocation: David Welna '80

    David Welna '80 has been the congressional correspondent for National Public Radio since the final days of the Clinton administration. He has covered a wide range of historic events and national issues, including the 2000 presidential election and the post-election vote count battle in Florida, the September 11, 2001 attacks, the wars that followed, and the economic downturn and recession. Prior to his current assignment, Welna spent 15 years reporting for NPR from overseas. The recipient of several prestigious awards, Welna has also reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Financial Times, and The Times of London. In addition, his photography has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, Paris Review, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The title of his presentation was "From Carleton to Covering Congress… An Odyssey on Deadline."

  • Professor David Liben-Nowell
    Created 18 April 2012; Published 26 April 2012
    Carleton Connects: Professor David Liben-Nowell

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    As more and more of our day-to-day activities have moved online, we have begun to leave digital traces of decisions and preferences -- moods, friendships, preferences among potential dates -- that had previously been all but invisible.   Join Professor David Liben-Nowell as he presents: "Tie game: Making connections with social networks".  He will describe a few highlights of the emerging research area of computational social science and talk briefly about how current students are exploring this topic in the Carleton curriculum.  At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions.

  • Barbara Fredrickson '86
    Created 6 April 2012; Published 10 April 2012
    Convocation: Barbara Fredrickson '86

    Most scientists who study emotions focus on negative states: depression, anxiety, and fear. Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson '86 has spent more than twenty years investigating the relatively uncharted terrain of positive emotions, which she says can make us healthier and happier if we take time to cultivate them. Fredrickson’s findings are the subject of her book, Positivity. Though its title might make it sound like a self-help bestseller, the book doesn’t belong in the pop-psychology section, and Fredrickson is no Pollyanna telling us to put on a smile before leaving the house each morning. Negative emotions, she says, are necessary for us to flourish, and positive emotions are by nature subtle and fleeting; the secret is not to deny their transience but to find ways to increase their quantity. Rather than trying to eliminate negativity, she recommends we balance negative feelings with positive ones. Below a certain ratio of positive to negative, Fredrickson says, people get pulled into downward spirals, their behavior becomes rigid and predictable, and they begin to feel burdened and lifeless.

    Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the director of the university's Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab. A leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology, she and has received more than 10 consecutive years of research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, and her research and teaching have been recognized with numerous honors. Her scientific contributions have influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from education to business and beyond. The title of her presentation was "What Good Is It to Feel Good?"

  • Courtyard
    Created 13 October 2011; Published 13 October 2011
    Carleton Connects: The Weitz Center for Creativity

    Missed the Carleton Connects: The Weitz Center for Creativity Webinar?  You can experience it here! Director of the Arts Steve Richardson, Professor Greg Marfleet, and Professor Ruth Weiner discuss their plans and reactions to the newly opened Weitz Center for Creativity.

    Steve Richardson's Visuals (PDF)  •  Ruth Weiner's Visuals (PDF)
    Greg Marfleet's Prezi
      •  Greg Marfleet's Prezi in PDF format

  • Eric Hillemann, Faculty Leader
    Created 16 May 2011; Published 19 October 2011
    Carleton Connects: Eric Hillemann on College Traditions

    Missed Eric Hillemann's conference lecture?  You can listen to it here!   Eric Hillemann, College Archivist, presents presents "Carleton Traditions"

    Step back into the classroom with us, and check out this interactive lecture,  part of the new Carleton Connects lecture series.

  • Michael Hemesath
    Created 6 April 2011; Published 8 April 2011
    Carleton Connects: Michael Hemesath on Budget Challenges

    Missed Professor Hemesath's conference lecture?  You can listen to it here!   Professor Hemesath, Professor of Economics and current President of the Faculty, presents presents "European Budget Challenges: America's Future?"

    Step back into the classroom with us, and check out this interactive lecture,  part of the new Carleton Connects lecture series.

    Recorded: Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

  • Created 17 February 2011; Published 24 February 2011
    Carleton Connects: Professor Roy Grow

    Missed Professor Grow's conference lecture?  You can listen to it here!   Professor Grow, the Frank B. Kellogg Professor of International Relations, presents "When (If) China Rules the World...What China's rise means for both the American economy and American foreign policy."  He discusses China's current rise and the implications this has on the American economy and foreign policy. 

    Step back into the classroom with us, and check out this interactive lecture,  part of the new Carleton Connects lecture series.

    Download Lecture Visuals (PDF)Download Lecture Visuals (Word)

  • Professor Seth Greenberg
    Published 16 May 2012
    Carleton Connects: Professor Seth Greenberg

    Carleton Connects: Professor Seth Greenberg

    Cognitive psychologists understand that our recognition of patterns (perceptions) in the world in which we live are a function not only of the information available in the external world, but processes, biases, goals and the stored information that already occupies our minds. Recognition of faces is one important example of how processing a visual pattern is subject to internal goals, biases, and expectations. Join Carleton Connects as we join Professor Seth Greenberg, Psychology to present "Let's Face It: Not all Faces Are Treated Equally".  He will examine research that looks at what influences face recognition and consider practical implications of these discoveries.


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