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Geraldine Tellbuescher rode a hot putter to a three-over par 75 and Shannon Holden added a five-over par 77 as No. 21 Carleton posted a 318 first-round score at the Washington University (St. Louis) Spring Invitational. The total, the seventh-best in school history, leaves the Knights in fifth in a field with eight other nationally-ranked teams. It was Tellbuescher’s career-low and leaves her in a tie for fourth individually, three shots behind the leaders.
OWATONNA, Minn. - St. Olaf won five of the six singles matches in a 7-2 MIAC men's tennis victory over Saint John's University on Saturday night at Owatonna Tennis Club.
OWATONNA, Minn. - The St. Olaf women's tennis team topped Saint Benedict 5-4 on Saturday at Owatonna Tennis Club.
The latest round of precipitation that has pounded the nation’s mid-section has forced the rescheduling of some Carleton College athletic events. Here is the latest information on all the Knight teams slated for action this weekend.
Carleton got a bit of a fun shout-out on NBC's popular award-winning comedy program, "Parks and Recreation." In season 6, episode 17, entitled "Prom Planning," character Ben Wyatt (actor Adam Scott) proudly recalls his days as "the king of swing" when he hosted a radio show at Carleton College called "Zoot Suit Wyatt."
Mother Nature extended her win streak against the Carleton College baseball team by forcing the postponement of Saturday’s doubleheader at Macalester College. No makeup date has been announced yet.
Earlier this year, Dan Lilly ’15 traveled to Kenya to work on a solar-powered irrigation project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
One month of the work wasn’t enough, however, and this summer he’ll return — with several other St. Olaf College students by his side.
Lilly spent this Interim helping his dad, Brian Lilly, an engineering professor at the University of Illinois, build solar-powered irrigation pumps out of car parts that are given to subsistence farmers in Africa.
At the same time, the St. Olaf junior was interning for Living Positive Kenya, an organization that works to provide aid to women with HIV.
The two projects began to intertwine, as the father and son team learned that they could provide food security for the women in Living Positive by setting up farms for them to operate.
“It ended up being a better fit than we could have ever expected,” says Dan, a pre-med student majoring in biology and chemistry at St. Olaf. “Proper nutrition, which is not easy to obtain in the areas we are working in, is a key component to successfully living with HIV. The primary issue the farms face is irrigation, which is currently done by hand and can take many hours a day.”
Dan spent much of his time doing both the day-to-day work at Living Positive, which included checking on the mental and physical health of the women in the program, and traveling throughout Kenya to search for sites that could serve as demos for the pumps. Dan also wrote a blog detailing his activities throughout the month, which spread awareness on the project while functioning as a status report for the Gates Foundation.
Now that they have returned home, both Dan and Brian are busy working toward their next trip to Kenya. They plan on returning in the summer with a group of students to install the pumps on the selected locations.
Accompanying Dan will be Nick Hopkins ’15 and John Koehl ’15, as well as Eric Fritzsche, an engineering student from the University of Illinois. The team will remain in Kenya for the entire summer, supported by a grant from the Gates Foundation as well as funding from the University of Illinois and Professor of Engineering Andrew Singer, where they will monitor the sites and engineer solutions to any problems that may arise.
They plan on teaching the women involved in Living Positive how to assemble and use the pumps, and to collect information on both the reception of the pumps and how they hold up under continuous usage.
“The grand vision is that the women in the HIV rehabilitation program can assemble and distribute the pumps as a way to generate income for themselves,” says Dan. “Hopefully we can demonstrate this summer that the pump more than pays for itself via the increase in crop yields compared to less efficient irrigation methods.”
If all goes well this summer, Dan plans on taking a gap year between college and medical school in order to return to Kenya to expand the project throughout the country and help set up the necessary distribution networks.
“This project has really opened my eyes to the social good that engineering can achieve,” says Dan.
The Knights would like to be a part of your college search kick off! Please join us on Saturday, April 26 for our next Junior Visit Day.
FUSIONS features an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Jewish music, performed by some of the world’s most respected artists
Carleton College proudly presents FUSIONS, an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Jewish music, at the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. FUSIONS will be presented by world-renowned musicians Taiseer Elias on the oud, Uri Vardi on cello, and Menachem Wiesenberg on piano. A discussion with the three virtuoso artists will follow the performance. This event is free and open to the public.
St. Olaf College Associate Professor of Sociology Bruce Nordstrom-Loeb will use the spring Mellby Lecture to share his research on evangelical megachurches.
His April 7 lecture, titled “Dilemmas of Faith and Family among Megachurch Evangelicals,” will be streamed live and archived online.
Nordstrom-Loeb spent a year studying 16 conservative Protestant megachurches in Minnesota, looking at their concerns about marriage and family in general and same-sex marriage in particular.
“The study was during the same year that Minnesotans voted on whether to ban same-sex marriage and the legislature later made same-sex marriage legal in the state, so it was a time when marriage and families were much on people’s minds,” he says.
Only a third of the megachurches Nordstrom-Loeb studied were actively involved in the conversation about same-sex marriage, but nearly all had extensive programming to encourage marriage and family life in general.
“My sense was that they are worried about the decline of the traditional family in the U.S. and that their efforts are much more often put into supporting traditional heterosexual marriage than working against same-sex marriage,” he says.
He hopes that his lecture will give audience members a clearer idea of what evangelical megachurches are like; how worries about same-sex marriage have been important in recent decades in the political arena; the social trends that are making it more difficult for people to have a more or less traditional marriage; and some prospects for the ways conservatives and liberals who are concerned about families might work together.
Nordstrom-Loeb earned his baccalaureate degree from the University of Michigan and spent a summer with a Quaker-based civil rights project in Alabama before earning his master’s degree from Harvard University in 1968. He went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the St. Olaf faculty in 1982.
The Mellby Lectures
The annual Mellby Lectures are named in remembrance of St. Olaf faculty member Carl A. Mellby and were established in 1983 to give professors the opportunity to share their research with the public. Mellby, known as “the father of social sciences” at St. Olaf, started the first courses in economics, sociology, political science, and art history at the college. He was professor and administrator from 1901 to 1949, taught Greek, German, French, religion, and philosophy, and is credited with creating the college’s honor system.
Cecilia Cornejo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant from SEMAC (Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council). Funds will enable Professor Cornejo to complete “With the Skateboarders,” an experimental documentary project filmed entirely in Northfield. Additionally, the grant will allow her to stage a premiere in Northfield, and make the film available for wider viewing.
Cameron Davidson, Professor of Geology and Director of Carleton's Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative, has secured additional support from the Keck Geology Consortium for his project, “South-Central Alaska - Tectonic evolution of the Chugach-Prince William terrane, south central Alaska.” The subaward, co-funded by the Consortium and the National Science Foundation, supports travel expenses for 2014 summer field research in Alaska and fellowships for six student researchers. The award is the latest in a series of grants from the Keck consortium and directly from the NSF to support Davidson's project, in which he is collaborating closely with a colleague at Union College (Schenectady, NY).
Carleton dropped one spot to 21st in the most recent Golf World/Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division III coaches poll. The Knights, fresh off setting an 18-hole school record in the UC-Santa Cruz Invitational’s final round, is one of three MIAC schools in the rankings. University of St. Thomas sits 15th while Gustavus Adolphus College is 20th.
Lori Pearson, Carleton College professor of religion, has been awarded a New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for her project “Gender, Religion, and Social Theory: Marianne Weber and the Origins of Religious Studies.” This substantial fellowship, in the amount of $241,700, will enable her to address legal, cultural, and societal debates about women’s rights that shaped theories of religion in Germany around 1900. The funding primarily supports summer and sabbatical leave time, along with graduate coursework.
The Carleton College softball team will have to wait a bit longer to play its MIAC opener as the Knights had two doubleheaders postponed on Wednesday. The Knights were scheduled to play at Saint Mary’s University today, but those games have been pushed back due to poor field conditions. Additionally, the team announced that Saturday’s home doubleheader against Concordia College has also been postponed.
St. Olaf College junior Jorden Johnson recently presented her research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Johnson’s presentation, titled “Novel Synthesis of Lipoic Acid Derivatives for Biosynthetic Pathways” was based on summer research she conducted as part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Johnson worked in the organic chemistry lab under the direction of Professor of Chemistry Patrick Dussault and a graduate student mentor.
Johnson and her lab team were interested in lipoic and dihydropoic acids, which may be beneficial in lowering high blood lipid levels, a leading cause for cardiovascular disease. Johnson was responsible for synthesizing two new specific chemical derivatives of lipoic and dihydropoic acids, which required a large amount of time spent researching chemical literatures and exploring procedures and synthesis pathways.
At the end of the summer, Johnson presented her research at REU’s departmental chemistry symposium and was awarded a travel grant. She submitted an abstract of her research to the American Chemical Society conference and was accepted to present a poster at the undergraduate research poster session.
“Having the chance to attend and be a poster presenter was a great experience,” says Johnson. “The meeting allowed me to network with other chemists, attend talks about up and coming research in different divisions of chemistry, and learn about nontraditional careers you can have with a chemistry major.”
Tom Rassieur, the John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, will present an art history lecture entitled “Rembrandt’s Interest in Books on Art” on Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m. in Boliou Hall, Room 104.
Private landowners and others interested in using fire as a grassland management tool are invited to attend a Prescribed Burn Workshop on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum in Northfield. Sponsored by Carleton with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there is a $20 fee per person to participate. Class size is limited to 24 participants ages 18 years of age or older. Pre-registration is required by April 7. The $20 fee includes materials and coffee breaks, but participants should bring their own lunch or plan to purchase lunch in town. Register at the Carleton College website: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/arb/programs/workshops/fire_workshop.
The Carleton College baseball team won three of its four games last week, with senior catcher Jeff Dsida supremely setting the table from the leadoff spot. In the four games, Dsida batted .636 (7-for-11) with a 1.091 slugging percentage, six runs scored, three doubles, a triple, two RBI and no strikeouts. He hit safely in each game to extend his hitting streak to eight games. For his performance, Dsida was named the MIAC Baseball Player-of-the-Week.
Carleton College continues its weekly International Film Forum with screenings beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Featuring films from all around the world, these screenings are free and open to the public. The International Film Forum is a group dedicated to the viewing and studying of foreign films, developed thought a partnership between the Carleton departments of arts, cinema and media studies, and languages. The screenings are often preceded by a presentation by the director of the film a Carleton professor, or a knowledgeable guest—and then followed by a short discussion session.