St. Olaf News

Some of the many excellent student-faculty research projects have engendered articles on the results of their work. To read the articles follow the links below.

Student brings mathematical modeling into the ceramics studio – This semester, Taisha Kushner ’14 is putting her nose to the grindstone — or in this case, the pottery wheel — to develop predictive mathematical formulas for ceramic glazes through a very unique independent research course. (October 31, 2013)

St. Olaf receives Mellon Foundation grant for digital humanities project - A four-year, $700,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation will provide St. Olaf faculty with digital tools to explore new ways of teaching and new lines of inquiry for their research. The “Digital Humanities on the Hill” project also enables students to learn digital research methodologies relevant to careers in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. (October 22, 2013)

Professor wins NIH grant to conduct research in organometallic chemistry – St. Olaf College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dipannita Kalyani will use a $280,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research in organometallic chemistry. (October 21, 2013)

Two students win prestigious EPA fellowship – “St. Olaf College students Will Lutterman ’15 and Serina Robinson ‘15 each received a prestigious two-year research fellowship from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).” (October 1, 2013)

Students use new technology to document big archaeological find - “A group of St. Olaf College students working on an archaeological dig in Turkey became some of the first researchers in the world to use a new technology that could change how scholars study artifacts.” (September 24, 2013)

Medical Internship program makes room for researchers - “This summer, Adam Hadro ’14 is working with Hennepin County Medical Center researcher Marco Pravetoni to examine how vaccines might help prevent drug addiction.” (July 31, 2013)

Researchers look for clues in mutant bacteria – “When researchers at St. Olaf College deleted a single gene from a common type of bacteria, they dramatically altered the cell cycle of the organism. In the process, they created a mutant that had never been studied before.” (July 12, 2013)

Student researchers present at geology conference – “Each year, the Geological Society of America (GSA) hosts a meeting that features some of the best, brightest, and most innovative scientists in the field. And this year the society’s annual meeting included a research presentation by three St. Olaf students.” (October 19, 2011)

Art, collaboration, conversation – “Anders Nienstaedt ’12 and James Wilson ’12 lived any aspiring artist’s dream this summer: they were paid to work full-time on pieces for an established artist’s show.” (September 12, 2011)

The proof is in the fiber – “Suppose that fibers from a white T-shirt are found at a crime scene. When tested against fibers from a shirt strewn in the prime suspect’s closet, they are found to be a perfect match. Case closed? Not exactly. But such a match would certainly be a key piece of circumstantial evidence.” (September 1, 2011)

The science behind excess fat – “It’s a simple concept: each cell in the human body has the ability to store excess fat in a compartment known as the lipid droplet. This compartment plays an important role in protecting cells from toxic overloads of fat and is key to understanding obesity-related disorders like heart disease and diabetes.” (August 12, 2010)

VIDEO NEWS: Tale of a trout stream - “Each summer St. Olaf science students and faculty engage in a wide range of research for 10 weeks. One of this year’s projects involved students looking at how links between water and land influence the “food web” of the Rice Creek ecosystem. In other words, they took a close look at who is eating what in the ecosystem’s food chain in order to help improve management of the area.” (October 8, 2010)

Student research turns pond scum into energy – “You’d think it would take another Einstein to make a scientific breakthrough as far-fetched as making a car run off of pond scum. But a young scientist has recently proven that just such a thing is possible. And he doesn’t go by Einstein. He goes by Ben.” (October 5, 2010)

Research experience leads to pursuit of grad school – “When Kosaizee Yang ’11 arrived at St. Olaf nearly four years ago, she was not only the first member of her family to attend college, but the first to have left high school with a diploma in hand.As more articles appear we can post them as well.” (November 24, 2010)

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