- November 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm
Megan Meyer '07 was recently featured in The Huffington Post for her work as executive director of A Hand in Health, a Minnesota-based nonprofit focused on providing medical assistance. Meyer participated in the "African Book Walk: A Hike Across The Gambia to End Their Book Famine," an event created by Books for Africa to raise awareness of the lack of education in The Gambia. A year into the project, organizers have shipped more than 198,000 books to the students of The Gambia. That is 20 percent towards the one million book goal. The books range from elementary and secondary school science books to university-level books to law books supplied by Thomson Reuters.
- November 5, 2012 at 11:23 am
Ohio and Virginia will be the key states to tell how the Presidential election will fall, according to Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science,in his quotes to Reuters. "I wouldn't expect Ohio or Virginia to be called early, but if it starts to look clear one way or another that would be an early harbinger," he said. The story was picked up my msnbc.com, among other national media outlets.
- October 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm
The Oct. 19 edition of the Star Tribune's "On Campus" section covered Carleton's Charles Dickens marathon, where student, staff and faculty read "David Copperfield" over a two-day period. Higher education beat reporter Jenna Ross noted that the event had "75 people reading 871 pages, mostly in 30-minute chunks, over 37 hours." Arnab Chakladar, an assistant professor of English, who organized the reading, said "I was there from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., and it was hopping."
- October 1, 2012 at 10:49 am
Claire Yanjing Du '08 is quoted in an Oct. 1 piece in Time Magazine about the rise in popularity of the liberal-arts experience in China. The article covered the fact that liberal arts institutions are starting in that country and how top tier schools like Carleton are recruiting the country heavily, thanks in part to Du organizing a tour of the country for schools like Carleton, Williams and Amherst, exposing students there to the type of experience she had as a Carl. "Chinese students are dying for a nonconventional, more liberal approach to education," she says.The article is available to paid subscribers only.
- September 29, 2012 at 10:14 am
Julie Neiworth, professor of psychology and director of Carleton's neuroscience program, was featured on the USA Today website on Sept. 29 for her work in replicating the studies of noted former Harvard researcher Marc Hauser. The piece, titled "Scientists revisit a monkey study gone wrong," talks about how Neiworth was conflicted about using Hauser's research in her classroom after his findings came under fire and he eventually was charged with research misconduct. "I stopped teaching his articles, but there was a more fundamental problem," she said in the piece. "I needed to know if I believed (Hauser's) results, or not. And my lab was about the only one in the country that could find out if they were right or wrong." Neiworth secured National Institute of Health funding in support of the project. Her overall research has included nearly 100 undergraduate collaborators and resulted in more than a dozen publications and presentations.
- September 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm
Bruce Dalgaard, the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics, was interviewed by bankrate.com about the bleak future of the old-fashioned checkbook in the United States. "Recent visits to Germany and Norway revealed how most Europeans have a point-of-sale card. Some are the equivalent of our debit cards, and some are loaded with cash," he said. "Merchants like these because the transaction fee is lower. I get funny looks when I use a credit card." The piece was also picked up by Yahoo! Finance.
- September 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm
Brent Nystrom '92, interim director of the career center, is quoted in the Sept. 21 edition of the Chicago Tribune on a story on how college students need to learn better networking skills to find employment. He tells the Tribune about Carleton's "Engagement Wanted" program and how it helps Carls, since college students in general aren't the best at networking."It just multiplied the number of people who would see a little bit about (the students) quickly," Nystrom said. In addition, "it's on the alum to make the very first contact," which takes the pressure off students to start the conversation.
- September 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm
Steven Schier, the Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, was quoted in the Sept. 12 edition of the Christian Science Monitor about how California's ultra-competitive political landscape may be a national trend. “Competitiveness gives voters a real choice in elections," says Schier. "It is an essential element for popular control of government.”
- September 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm
David Liben-Nowell, associate professor of computer science at Carleton, was interviewed on "Facebook Stories," a podcast produced by Facebook about the social media platform's impact on our lives.The podcast explores the history and science behind the "six degrees of separation" theory and asks "Who came up with the idea? Is six even the right number?" The show is hosted by Nicholas Arioli.
- September 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm
KSTP-TV, the ABC affliate in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, ran a short piece on its morning news show regarding Carleton's inclusion on a new college and university ranking, Alumni Factor. Minnesota schools making the list include Carleton, St. Olaf College, Macalester College, and the University of Minnesota.
- September 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Carleton's green initiatives are highlighted in a recent public radio broadcast of the series "Humankind." Documentary producer David Freudberg's edition of "Humankind: The Diet-Climate Connection" features the College's efforts to introduce and support 'sustainable food' choices to the campus community. The two half-hour audio segments focus on "how the foods we eat affect the planet we inhabit" and can be heard in their entirety here.
- September 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Today's edition of the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune features one of Carleton's many cherished annual traditions, the New Student Week Frisbee Toss. Higher education reporter Jenna Ross notes, "Carleton students excel at the art of Ultimate Frisbee. The small liberal-arts college claims more than two Frisbees on campus for every student." The column features a photo of Carleton President Steven Poskanzer and Dean of Students Hudlin Wagner, as they kick-off the new academic year with a celebratory frisbee toss -- "Mostly, we do this because it's fun," says President Poskanzer. And, as he readied his backhand he announced to the incoming Class of 2016, "We wish for you all that your dreams and your opportunities at Carleton may soar as high as these Frisbees." A link to the complete article can be found here.