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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded St. Olaf College student Corey Ruder ’16 a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship that will support her work in aquatic biogeochemistry at Washington State University Vancouver.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships support the most promising graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Fellows are expected to become experts in their field who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.
Past recipients of the award include numerous Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin, and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt.
Ruder, an environmental studies major at St. Olaf, is one of 2,000 students selected to receive the 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship from more than 17,000 applicants.
She will enroll in the environmental and natural resource sciences Ph.D. program at WSU Vancouver this fall, studying the interactions between physical mixing of water and nitrogen processing in lakes and reservoirs, with special emphasis on the factors regulating the production of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. She plans to take the following year to conduct research in Japan before returning to WSU Vancouver to finish her doctoral work.
As a Beckman Scholar at St. Olaf, Ruder independently designed an 18-month research project assessing the utility of Chironomidae (Diptera) as indicators of nitrogen loading in lakes under the guidance of Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Charles Umbanhowar Jr.
She also studied abroad in Australia for a semester with Associate Professor of Biology Steve Freedberg, where she was involved in several smaller research projects, and has spent two Interims in Japan — one with Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak and the other with Associate Professor of Chemistry Paul Jackson ’92. As part of the Directed Undergraduate Research (DUR) Interim course led by Jackson, Ruder designed and completed a project that examines cesium transport through forest soils.
She is currently in another DUR course led by Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies John Schade, where she is continuing a project investigating nitrous oxide production in lake sediments that she began the previous semester when she was a teaching assistant in Schade’s biogeochemistry course.
Ruder will also be traveling with Schade to Siberia this summer as part of the Polaris Project, which investigates the impacts of global climate change in the Arctic ecosystem.
In addition to her research projects, Ruder received the Finstad Entrepreneurial Grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career during her first year on campus and co-founded the Ole Thrift Shop LLC with Lyla Amini ’14 and Sudip Bhandari ’14.
The student-run small business combats campus waste by collecting donations of clothes, books, and miscellaneous belongings in the spring, then selling the secondhand items during the first week of the following school year. Ruder’s team has grown in size to 11 students, who are now in the process of transitioning the business to nonprofit status and establishing a grant to fund environmentally minded student projects with the revenue that is generated.
The Carleton College softball team returned to action on Wednesday with a road doubleheader against the College of Saint Benedict. An early lead and late rally by the Knights fell just short in game one as they lost 4-3. In game two, an eight-run third inning propelled the Blazers to a 10-2 (6 inn.) triumph in the nightcap.
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and four Knights made the list. The Carleton seniors that received this honor are fullback Greg Erlandson, defensive end Mitch Heflin, tight end Matt Mensinger, and defensive lineman Omar Reyes.
Eight members of the Carleton College track and field teams are slated to participate at the 107th Drake Relays from April 27-30. Amelia Campbell, Emma Grisanzio, Kayla McKinsey, Tonya Piergies, Elsa Sandeno, and Ruth Steinke will represent the women’s program, while sophomore Jerry Cook-Gallardo and senior Hart Hornor will race for the men’s team.
The Carleton College baseball team dropped both ends of its doubleheader at Saint Mary’s University on Tuesday, falling 2-0 in a pitchers' duel to start the day before dropping a 13-9 result as both offense finally awoke late in game two.
Former St. Olaf College President Melvin D. George died April 25 at the age of 80.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Holden Lutheran Church in rural Kenyon, Minnesota. Visitation will be Monday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield, Minnesota, and one hour prior to the service in the church.
George assumed the presidency at St. Olaf in March 1985, becoming only the eighth president in the college’s history and the first who was not a member of the clergy.
During his tenure, George led the college’s highly successful VISION campaign, which raised nearly $73 million for the endowment and several major construction projects, including doubling the size of the library and adding a new athletic field house.
During George’s presidency, the college also implemented a new curricular structure and significantly increased the diversity of the student body.
A native of Washington, D.C., George was a graduate of Northwestern University and earned a doctorate in mathematics from Princeton University. He held a joint appointment in mathematics at St. Olaf.
George came to St. Olaf from the University of Missouri, where he was vice president for academic affairs for 10 years. During his final year there, he served as interim president. He also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska for five years and as a faculty member in mathematics at the University of Missouri for 10 years.
While serving as St. Olaf’s president, George was active in state, regional, and national education organizations. He wrote a number of articles on mathematics, mathematical economics, and higher education, and served as a consultant-evaluator for the North Central Association Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. He was knighted by King Harald V of Norway, receiving the Knight’s Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in honor of his efforts to strengthen and maintain the close relationship between the United States and Norway.
In 1989 the Minnesota Legislature asked George to head the Regent Candidate Advisory Council to review and recommend candidates for the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. He became the only private college president chairing a group that helped select the governing board for a state’s major public university.
Shortly after retiring from St. Olaf in 1994, George was asked to serve as the University of Minnesota’s vice president for institutional relations — a role he took on full-time after first leading a National Science Foundation study of the status of undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education in the United States. He held his post at the University of Minnesota for two years before returning to Missouri in 1996 to serve a second time as interim president of the University of Missouri.
George led several St. Olaf Study Travel programs in his retirement, including a Santa Fe Opera program in 1999 and an exploration of King Arthur’s England in 2002.
He resided in Columbia, Missouri, and is survived by his wife, Meta, and two daughters.
Four of the five Knights in the lineup turned in their best rounds of the year, while the other, senior Brian Herlihy, posted the second-best 54-hole score of his career as the Carleton College men’s golf team took part in the two-day, 54-hole Saint John’s Spring Invitational.
Ziyi Wang rolled in three birdies, firing a two-over par 74 to lead Carleton to its third win of the season at the BU Royal Match. Grace Gilmore added a 75 and Geraldine Tellbuescher a 76 as the Knights ended at 306, matching a season low team score.
The Carleton College and Gustavus Adolphus College men’s tennis teams entered Saturday as the lone unbeaten teams in the MIAC standings. When the dust settled, the No. 18-ranked Gusties had handed the Knights their first conference loss of the campaign.
Anna Lauko and Molly Steinberg paced the offense with three hits on the day, and Keelin Davis tossed a five-hit shutout in game two to help the Carleton College softball earn a split with crosstown rival St. Olaf College. The visitors took the opener, 7-3, before the Knights rode Davis’ gem for a 5-0 victory.
After dropping game one to national No. 10 University of St. Thomas, 6-1, the bats for the Carleton College baseball team came alive in game two , and the Knights’ late-inning rally proved too much for the hosts to handle. Carleton handed St. Thomas its first MIAC loss of the season, 12-5. Willie Freimuth was one of the many offensive stars in game two, and paced the Knights with five hits on the day, including his fourth career home run.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. – On a blustery, sunny Saturday at Laird Stadium, the Carleton College women’s track and field team hosted and took on 13 other teams from around the North Star State in the Carleton Relays.
Hart Hornor and Ben Withbroe both won individual events as the Carleton College men’s track and field team hosted the Carleton Relays at Laird Stadium.
The Carleton College women’s tennis team got back in the win column on Saturday, posting a 9-0 result in a road match against Macalester College. The Knights did not look back after grabbing the early lead by sweeping the three doubles matches each by the score of 8-0.
After falling behind in doubles, the Carleton College women’s tennis team dug out of that hole but eventually dropped a 5-4 decision to the University of St. Thomas. This was the Knights’ first conference loss of the season.
Carleton College sophomore Jerry Cook-Gallardo continued his impressive outdoor track season by finishing fifth in the 1500 meter run at the Phil Esten Challenge hosted by UW-La Crosse.
The Carleton College baseball team dropped a pair of contests against Concordia College-Moorhead on Friday afternoon by scores of 4-2 and 14-11. Senior southpaw Jack Violetta collected a career-high 10 strikeouts in a complete-game effort in game one but would absorb his fourth loss of the season. After falling behind early in the second game, the Knights put together a huge 8-run rally in the eighth inning to pull within one run but came up just short at the Cobbers held on to take the nightcap.
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Each year the Spring Concert draws a large crowd, with students eager to see the artist that the Music Entertainment Committee (MEC) brings to campus. Rapper Vic Mensa performed on Saturday, April 8,
A subcommittee of the Faculty Governance Committee (FGC) is currently discussing the situation of non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty at St. Olaf – an issue that has bounced back and forth between the FGC