Crash survivor charged with misdemeanor

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00am

Will Sparks ‘16, whose SUV was struck by a semi truck last winter killing three of his passengers, was charged with reckless driving April 10 in Dakota County District Court.

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So what are the kids declaring these days?

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00am

The most common major for the class of 2017 is Computer Science, followed closely by Biology. Computer Science was first offered as a major to the class of 1991 through the Math Department, and since then has risen steadily in popularity. See the chart for information on which majors were most chosen by the class of 2017. 

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Hitting the trail, not the books

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00am

This summer, several Carleton professors and staff intend to rejuvenate their spirits with strenuous physical activity, including cross-country bike rides and a 200-mile relay run.

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BWCA bikers peddle canoe in dissent

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00am

Anyone in Sayles on Friday April 10th could not help but notice the giant canoe in the corner, accompanied by enthusiastic bikers with a petition, a prize wheel and a lot of passion.

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Carleton CompSci pioneers gender equality in tech world

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00am

Those in Carleton’s computer science community are taking new strides to combat stereotypes and advocate for inclusiveness in the tech world.

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David Brings Homer home: "An Illiad" Review

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00am

For his theater COMPS, Josh Davids tackles “An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, a one-man retelling of The Iliad.

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Professors venture into virtual classrooms

Carletonian - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00am

Carleton professors are increasingly using a variety of online resources to enhance their courses.

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Cassie Clarke Sets Home Run Mark, but No. 12 Tommies Too Tough for Knights

Carleton Sports - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:39pm

Sophomore Cassie Clarke smacked two doubles and added her sixth home run of the season—the most by a Knight in more than a decade and the highest recorded home run total in Carleton College softball history—but it was not enough as the Knights dropped both ends of a doubleheader at No. 12 University St. Thomas, 8-0 and 8-1.

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Knights Stay Perfect in MIAC Action, Beat St. Olaf, 7-2

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:12pm

The Carleton College men’s tennis team resumed the conference schedule with a 7-2 victory over cross-town rival St. Olaf College. Andrew Hwang, Ezra Frankel, and Kevin Mei picked up wins in both singles and doubles.

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Knights Knock Off Norse, 8-1

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:13pm

The Carleton College women’s team opened a three-match homestand with an 8-1 triumph over visiting Luther College in a non-conference contest. After winning two of the three doubles matches, the Knights (12-2 overall) swept the singles competition.

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Knights' Bats Get Hot Early in Home Sweep of Gusties

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:45pm

A three-run homer by sophomore Willie Freimuth in the bottom of the third marked the start of what would prove to be a productive day on offense for the Knights, as the Carleton College baseball team swept its home doubleheader against Gustavus Adolphus College, 7-1 and 6-0.

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Erik Johnson Earns Third Straight Athlete-of-the-Week Award for the Knights

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:27pm

Junior Erik Johnson earned his second MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week award of the season after capturing a win in both No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles to guide Carleton to an 8-1 win over Luther College. This is the third straight week that a Knight has earned this conference honor. 

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Knights Fall Short in Doubleheader Loss to Wildcats

Carleton Sports - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:16pm

The Carleton College softball team was unable to sustain early lead in game one and fell by a final score of 4-2 before dropping a 7-2 decision in game two against St. Catherine University on Tuesday afternoon at Ele Hansen Field.

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St. Olaf senior awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

St. Olaf College - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 1:45pm

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded St. Olaf College student Serina Robinson ’15 a prestigious three-year Graduate Research Fellowship that will support her work in microbiology and immunology.

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.

“I’m very proud of how well our students are prepared for graduate school,” says St. Olaf Associate Dean for the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Mary Walczak. “The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are very competitive, and to have one of our students recognized in this way is a testament to how our programs are viewed nationally. Serina Robinson has demonstrated her exceptional talent and dedication here on campus, and it is wonderful that she is also being recognized with this fellowship.”

Robinson was also named a Fulbright fellow to Norway for 2015–16. She will work in a lab at the Arctic University in Tromsø, where she will study the Arctic bacterium Methylobacter tundripaludum. The bacterium is capable of converting methane into carbon dioxide at very low temperatures. This conversion process is of interest to scientists who wish to understand how rising temperatures in the Arctic will impact the bacterium’s metabolism.

After her year in Norway, Robinson will return to Minnesota to pursue her Ph.D. through the MICaB (microbiology, immunology, and cancer biology) program at the University of Minnesota. She hopes to join a lab that focuses on using computational approaches to study the human microbiome and its connection to disease.

As a Beckman Scholar at St. Olaf, Robinson received funding for research spanning two summers and an academic year. She spent the summer of 2013 in Denali National Park, where she performed research under the guidance of Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies John Schade. Last summer, Robinson investigated the effects of a chemical pollutant (MBT) on retinal pigmentation and development.

Robinson also received a prestigious two-year research fellowship from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which she used to examine methods of reusing valuable nutrients found in agricultural runoff. The fellowship is part of the EPA’s Greater Research Opportunities for Undergraduates program.

A chemistry and Norwegian major, Robinson studied abroad in January 2014 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. There she “used genome-scale metabolic modeling to identify drug targets in the tuberculosis pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis,” she says.

Robinson currently works in the lab of St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Biology Lisa Bowers, where she studies the genetics of outer membrane transporters in the bacteria Caulobacter crescentus. She has also worked with Associate Professor of Computer Science Olaf Hall-Holt on the development of the St. Olaf course Computer Science for Scientists and Mathematicians, and in March they presented at the 2014 Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education conference in Kansas City. Robinson hopes to become a university professor and research advisor.

Three St. Olaf alumni — John Erich Christian ‘14, Hannah Marti ‘14, and Christine Nervig ‘14 — also received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year.

Christian is pursuing a Ph.D. in glaciology at the University of Washington. In his project he will analyze the relative contributions of human-driven climate change and natural climate variability in forcing glacial changes. This work involves examining records of recent glacial changes, as well as analyzing “sources of uncertainty in predictions for how glaciers will respond to continued climate change.”

Nervig is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Utah. In her research she utilizes a variety of physical organic techniques to examine reaction mechanisms. Based on her results, she predicts how reaction efficiency and selectivity can be increased during methodology development. Nervig is especially interested in how catalysts can be derived to enhance reaction conditions.

Marti studies the evolution of social organization in ant colonies. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and behavior at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Knights Finish 10th at Spring Fling

Carleton Sports - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:33am

The Carleton College women’s golf team stumbled for the first time this season, finishing 10th out of 19 teams at the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling. The Knights won their first six competitions of the 2014-15 campaign but finished the weekend with a total of 651 strokes, their worst 36-hole score since September 2013.

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Veterans Lead the Way as Knights Top Luther, 8-1

Carleton Sports - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:51pm

After sustaining its first—and only—loss of the season earlier this month, the Carleton College men’s tennis team got back into the win column with an 8-1 victory over regionally-ranked Luther College. Seniors Mauricio Gonzalez and Andrew Hwang and junior Erik Johnson led the way with victories in both singles and doubles.

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Knights Third in Match-Play Event at Saint Mary's Cup

Carleton Sports - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 1:19am

In a match-play format, the Carleton College men’s golf team fell to Bethany Lutheran College and host Saint Mary's University. The tournament format was set up as nine holes of scramble, nine holes of alternate shot, while the final nine holes of best ball was cancelled due to darkness.

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Knights Win Twice, Break School Record at Hamline Invitational

Carleton Sports - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:48am

The Carleton College women’s track and field team began the traditional outdoor season at the Hamline Invitational. Juniors  Ruth Steinke and Amelia Campbell won individual events to lead the Knights.

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Knights Start Outdoor Season in Style

Carleton Sports - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 11:53pm

The Carleton College men’s track and field team took part in its first full-squad meet of the outdoor season, and under sunny skies the Knights turned in several spectacular results. Hart Hornor, Jerry Cook-Gallardo and Colby Seyferth won individual events for the Knights.

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Knights Absorb First MIAC Loss, Fall 5-4 to St. Thomas

Carleton Sports - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:49pm

The Carleton College women’s tennis team slipped out of first place in the MIAC standings after dropping a tightly-contested match against University of St. Thomas by a 5-4 margin.

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