About Magnus the Good Collaborative Fellowships

The “Magnus the Good” endowed fund, established by friends of the former Paracollege, supports a series of awards to encourage student-faculty collaborations in undergraduate research, or in exploration of innovative applications of learning.

Established in 2003, the fund honors several important values of the college, including (1) that faculty and students learn well when they collaborate in one-on-one partnerships for research and/or reflection, and (2) that students learn well through having opportunities to apply and extend classroom learning.

Thus, the fund supports projects that provide opportunities for collaborative work between students and faculty, and that situate the proposed project in the context of the student’s interests and work, and also in the context of the faculty member’s interests and work.

The 2019-2020 Magnus the Good Collaborative Fellowships

Tim Howe (History), Leah Ramsey '21
A Further Archaeological Approach: Exploring Daily Life and Worship at Antiochia ad Cragum

Since 2012, St. Olaf students have accompanied Professor Tim Howe to Antiochia ad Cragum near Gazipa​ş​a (ancient Selinous), Turkey for a month-long ongoing excavation of the acropolis, the site of one of the earliest Christian churches and baptistries ever discovered. Historically, teams of researchers and students from Turkish universities and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have excavated other classical components of Antiochia including a temple, tombs, and baths. While these sites have proven rich in historical significance and cultural material, areas concerning everyday living such as the agora (main marketplace) and houses have remained largely untouched. Last year, Leah participated in St. Olaf’s research internship on the acropolis, learned more about Antiochia and the vast nature of the site still unexcavated, and decided she had to return to Gazipa​ş​a to pursue archaeology.

This project will go beyond St. Olaf’s current exploration of the acropolis by extending down the hillside and focusing on excavation of the houses in this area. While these structures most likely contain little in artistic value, the discoveries will go beyond the current research on elite spaces and into the mundane and everyday. Through this, the project aims to provide insight into how the people of Antiochia lived in antiquity, thus deepening understanding of everyday narratives and Antiochia as a whole. Although the proximity of the homes to the acropolis are most likely unrelated to religiosity, this project seeks to make connections between the two sites. How integrated were worshiping practices with everyday life? Is there evidence of Christianity’s burgeoning relevance—as witnessed on the acropolis—within the homes? How do the cultural materials or the integrity of the structures differ between the two sites? By exploring these questions, this research project will shed light on how worshipping practices throughout the early centuries AD evolved on a personal level.

Rodrigo Sanchez-Gonzalez (Chemistry), Emma Daggett '20
Implementation of a Temperature Measurement Strategy in a High-Speed Wind Tunnel

Part of the research program of Professor Sanchez-Gonzalez involves the development of diagnostic tools to study rapidly evolving fluid flows, particularly those that involve complex phenomena such as strong gradients, non-equilibrium conditions, and chemical reactions. These diagnostic tools involve the use of laser-based measurements that can provide measurements of flow velocities and scalar quantities, such as species densities, pressures, and temperatures. Specifically, the use of Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) methods are based on the homogeneous excitation of an area of interest

using a pulsed high-power laser shaped into a sheet, followed by imaging of the resulting fluorescence using a camera. This approach permits obtaining 2-D measurements instead of a measurement at a single point in space. The development of techniques that allow these measurements with high time and space resolution is imperative to understand flows characterized by complex behavior. The group of Prof. Sanchez-Gonzalez has recently published a feasibility demonstration of a temperature measurement approach that integrates PLIF with an imaging technique called structured illumination.1 This approach results in a simplified experimental setup compared to a conventional PLIF temperature measurement and has the potential of providing measurements with superior time resolution, in the order of tens of nanoseconds. This previous experimental work to obtain of a temperature measurement using PLIF and structured illumination was developed as a proof-of-principle demonstration, but implementation under realistic high-speed wind tunnel conditions would require of further studies that provide insight into the specific variables that ultimately define the applicability of the technique. The interest in the exploration of flow behavior under realistic wind tunnel conditions of a St. Olaf student will meet the interest of a St. Olaf faculty member in the fundamental understanding of laser-based diagnostic tools. A student has presented a challenge to a faculty member to prove the viability of a measurement technique while a faculty member will challenge a student to find the limitations of the technique in order to understand the opportunities and limitations that such techniques offer in a realistic flow.