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  • November 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Carleton College Awarded Mellon Grant in Support of Global Initiative

    Carleton College has been awarded an $800,000 grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the College’s global engagement initiative (GEI). The grant allows the College to integrate global learning across the curriculum. The support funds a three-year project emphasizing faculty development; integration of on- and off-campus study; experimentation with new curricular structures for team-based projects; improved utilization of foreign language resources; and multiple opportunities for collaboration, domestically and internationally. The program will be led by co-directors Scott Carpenter, professor of French and Francophone studies, and Kathleen Ryor, professor of art history and director of Asian studies.

  • October 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

    American Chemical Society awards PRF grant to Hofmeister

    Gretchen HofmeisterGretchen Hofmeister, Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) grant of $65,000 for her project “Transition State Analogues as Mechanistic Probes for Asymmetric Desymmetrization by Cinchona Alkaloid-Based Catalysts.” Professor Hofmeister’s research aims to evaluate reactions and test computational models, enabling rational design of improved catalysts. Funding supports a total of eight undergraduate researchers over three summers and involves collaboration with Professors David Alberg and Daniela Kohen at Carleton, and Professor Keith Kuwata of Macalester College.

  • Dave Musicant, Professor of Computer Science
    October 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Musicant Receives NSF Grant

    David Musicant, Professor of Computer Science, has been selected to receive a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an innovative pilot project: Educational Media to Advance Computer Science (EMACS), in conjunction with the Twin Cities Public Television and Dr. Siddika “Selcen” Guzey, Research Associate at STEM Education Center at the University of Minnesota.

    The project will create innovative videos and classroom activities to help teach computer science to high school students. By exploring how computer systems affect community infrastructure, the project aims to increase students’ awareness and understanding of real-world applications of computer science, and emphasizes the importance of computational thinking in everyday life. Working with traffic engineers at the City of Minneapolis’ Traffic Management Center and their newly-installed, state-of-the-art computerized system, the researchers will involve local youth in hands-on activities that model and simulate how traffic is managed in communities.

  • Historian and author, Kate Brown
    October 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Carleton‘s Annual Herbert P. Lefler Lecture to Discuss the Impact of Plutonium Production

    Renowned historian Kate Brown will present the Carleton College Herbert P. Lefler Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Leighton Hall room 305.  Her presentation, entitled “Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters,” is free and open to the public.

  • Mary Savina
    October 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Savina Honored With Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

    Mary Savina, the Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology at Carleton College, has been awarded the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the Geosciences division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). The awardee is an individual who serves as a role model for productive and transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships and for maintaining a sustained and innovative approach to the enterprise of undergraduate research. The award will be formally presented at the Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver, Colo., in October.

  • Jeffrey Zeigler Cello Performance
    October 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Photo Feature: Speakers and Performances

    The first half of fall term has not yet come to a close and Carleton has already seen a number of visiting speakers, dancers, musicians, and performers that share their knowledge and skills for the student body and campus community as a whole. Far from exhaustive, these photos give a taste of the diverse range of guests the college sees every week. Stay tuned for upcoming events in the coming weeks of fall term.


  • David Lefkowitz
    October 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium to Feature Lefkowitz

    David Lefkowitz, Associate Professor of Art, will speak about his work "NRTHFLD" at the sixty-third meeting of the New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium on October 7. The symposium will be held at the Parsons The New School in New York City.

    Lefkowitz’s work in painting, installation, and mixed media addresses everyday paradoxes of perception, and larger questions that arise from them. Much of the work explores the blurry boundary between the human-built environment and the natural world.

    NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium is a weekly series for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work.

  • Award-winning British author, Sir Salman Rushdie
    October 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Award-winning Author Salman Rushdie to Present Carleton College 2013 Lucas Lecture

    As part an ongoing series on censorship, blasphemy and free speech, Carleton College is very pleased to announce the public appearance of award-winning British author Salman Rushdie on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Rushdie will present the 2013 Lucas Lecture, entitled “Censorship and The Satanic Verses: 25 Years Later.” This event is free and open to the public but reservations are encouraged; please register online at

  • David Tompkins
    September 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Tompkins Publishes New Book

    David Tompkins, Assistant Professor of History, published his book Composing the Party Line: Music and Politics in Early Cold War Poland and East Germany with Purdue University Press this month. He also had two articles from a new project appear: “The East is Red? Images of China in East Germany and Poland through the Sino-Soviet Split” in Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 62/3 (2013), and “Israel as Friend and Foe: Shaping Society through Freund- and Feindbilder in East Germany” in Becoming East Germans: Socialist Structures and Sensibilities after Hitler, Mary Fulbrook and Andrew I. Port, eds. (New York: Berghahn Books, 2013).

  • Tim Raylor
    September 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Raylor Awarded Albert W. Fields Award by SCRC

    Timothy Raylor, Professor of English, has been awarded the 2011 Albert W. Fields Award by the South-Central Renaissance Conference, for his article "Fertility, Mortality, and Anxiety in Waller's 'To my Young Lady Lucy Sidney' and Marvell's 'The Picture of Little T. C. in a Prospect of Flowers.'" The award is given to the article "judged the most distinguished" in each issue, in honor of Albert W. Fields, editor of Explorations in Renaissance Culture from 1984 to 1994.  

  • Joel Weisberg
    September 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    NSF RUI awarded to Joel Weisberg

    Joel Weisberg, Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Natural Sciences, has received $329,474 from the National Science Foundation Division of Astronomical Sciences in support of his four-year project “RUI: Relativistic Gravitation, Pulsar Beams and Birth Processes, and the Interstellar Medium.” This is Weisberg’s eighth NSF grant for his student-faculty team’s astrophysical research centered at Carleton. The team will use the grant to support radioastronomical and theoretical studies of pulsars at Carleton and at radiotelescopes in Puerto Rico and Australia.

    This RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) grant funds the PI’s and student’s research at Carleton, their travel to meetings and observatories, and two month-long residencies at the Australia Telescope National Facility (click below on "Read more..." for pictures of research team members by the radiotelescope dish and for pulsar explanation).

  • 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.