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- The holidays are here at last.
While some live their lives according to the shopping calendar (9 shopping days left before Christmas!), my life has been ruled by the academic calendar for as long as I can remember. Just a few minutes ago 60 students in my organic chemistry class were sitting in a room down ...more
- We are taught to take notes in class, but note taking has changed dramatically over the past decade. Nowadays we see a variety of classroom note taking cultures----some faculty encourage students to bring laptops to class and use it as a note taking tool, some worry about what’s behind the screen and introducing unnecessary distractions to ...more
- A new article in the American Political Science Review by four graduate students at Harvard University uses a creative field experiment to show that local election officials are less likely to respond to informational inquiries from individuals with "putatively Latino names."
In the article, titled "What Do I Need to Vote? Bureaucratic Discretion and Discrimination by Local ...more
Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy
Volume: 13, Number: 4, December 2014
View this Issue ...more
The LSA is delighted to announce the opening of the fellowship competition for their 2015 Linguistic Institute, which will be held at the University of Chicago from July 6-31.
Ordinary fellowships provide full tuition for the Institute, and a small number of "named fellowships" provide additional funds. All student members of the LSA (apart from previous fellowship ...more
- Sitting in silence, my world is far from silent.
Ears hum. Stomach gurgles.
Joints - my knees? the chapel? - creak.
Bird calls, the wind in the trees,
The rattling of the rain,
Cars sweeping past,
The warning horn of a distant train.
Tell me to remember ... we are here.
As you are in us.
The thoughts that I sat down with
The 2015 season of the Field School Program in Peru is now open for registration. This program provides students with the opportunity to carry out field work activities across the Andes, the coast and the rainforest of Peru in the framework of research projects led by some of their most prestigious faculties and scholars.
This season the program ...more
- Update: A half-dozen students joined me for a whirlwind hour of data analysis using Stata on Wednesday. Through hands-on exercises, we worked through some basic analyses and some common errors and other roadblocks. If you missed the workshop, the materials are linked below.
This was the fourth workshop in the Data @ Reed Fall Workshop Series; join ...more
- I am in the process of building a series of tutorials on the Data@Reed website. The current set of tutorials address among the most common tasks in R, such as reading in data, creating variables, and creating plots as well as more complicated tasks like creating html tables and interactive graphs.
All of the tutorials are ...more
- This October, my colleague Rich and I went to the National Numeracy Network annual meeting in Northfield, MN (more on that here). During a session on teaching quantitative reasoning led by the brilliant Kate Folliette, folks shared their favorite brain teasers.
A subset of my favorites are below, and are also currently posted outside of my office ...more
- Clickers are a common piece of educational technology across college campuses, used for in-class quizzes or to allow many voices to "speak" in a class discussion. At Reed, clickers are most commonly used in the first two years of Chemistry courses, which are some of our larger classes (75 students per section in Chem 101) and ...more
- Since my original post on choropleth maps a little over a month ago I have been thinking about ways to display all of the data in Table 1 (i.e. Reed College enrollment by state from 2007-2013) in a single choropleth map. Yesterday, I read about a relatively new R package called rMaps. According to the ...more
- Using tones to distinguish lexical and grammatical meaning is not always an easy task for native speakers of non-tonal languages. When I taught Chinese many years ago, the tones were the biggest headache for my students. As adults, my students were good at learning vocabulary and grammar (adults learn these differently from children who acquire ...more
- I recently gave a presentation on Reed’s use of Apple Configurator to manage iPads that we check out through the Reed library system. Since iPads are designed to be personal devices, the biggest challenge when making iPads available in this way is keeping the user experience as close as possible to the iPad’s intended use ...more
- I will be leading a workshop on Data Visualization tomorrow from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in ETC 205.
The workshop is designed to be useful for users with all levels of data analysis and visualization experience. The workshop will focus primarily on using Google Sheets and Google Charts to make interactive data visualizations.
You can access the ...more
- The capacity to create interactive data visualizations in R has been rapidly increasing. Using Shiny, R users can now create dynamic and interactive web-based graphics entirely in RStudio. For example, I am currently working on an interactive map that displays the location of every four-year not-for-profit college in America. Clicking on any college will display ...more
- Earlier this month, Rich and I traveled to Carleton College to join people from 23 institutions of higher education for the annual conference of the National Numeracy Network (NNN). The NNN focuses on building quantitative literacy for all citizens, with education being central to that work. The majority of attendees were from smaller liberal arts colleges - predominantly staff, with ...more
- What is the relevancy of iPads in our (if we choose) technologically augmented lives? I believe more and more that mobile devices may be the go-to device of choice very shortly.
When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks, because that’s what you needed on the farm but as vehicles started to be used in ...more
- Why do I get angry? What am I paying attention to? Where did I leave my car keys?
Mental phenomena like these pass through my mind a hundred, a thousand, times every hour. I usually find them so intoxicating that I rarely see the need to answer the question as being separate from the thought that ...more
- Current Reed students who would like to move on-campus for the spring semester may fill out this form in order to indicate their interest as well as their preferences regarding housing. Typically we are able to offer a room to every student who requests spring housing, however vacancies will not be determined until the end ...more
- The Department of Linguistics offers M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs in General Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, and African Linguistics. We encourage students with an interest both in descriptive and theoretical linguistics to apply. For admission in Fall 2015, we particularly encourage and will give priority to
applications from students with an interest in working on: (i) the ...more
- Ursula K. Le Guin is one of Portland's greatest enduring gifts to the world of letters. I keep three of her so-called "young adult" books in my nightstand and I have obtained several copies of her rendering of the Tao Te Ching over the years, partly out of forgetfulness, but mostly out of enthusiasm for ...more
- *This post was written by Jim Kahan '64.
Alumni College 2015
Diversity v. Divergence in Contemporary America: Access to Full Citizenship
Wednesday June 10 to Friday June 12
Alumni College provides a yearly opportunity for Reed alumni to convene, hear expert opinions on critical issues of the day, and discuss these issues in a conference setting. This year’s Alumni ...more
- A story in the San Jose Mercury News has the seemingly odd title: "Snail Mail the solution to slow Silicon Valley vote totals?"
And it is an odd story--the reporter is trying to get at a point but has botched it pretty badly under some inaccurate quotes and incomplete understanding about the technology of processing mail ...more
- Before I knew this trick, I always felt I had to be the Youtube police for my class. Ideally I would play only the videos I intended to play, and turn down all the other requests from students (well, at least most times)-----the recommended/related videos that Youtube shows on the right side bar (and also at ...more
- Courtesy of LA Sec'y of State Tom Schedler
Sec'y of State Tom Schedler encourages voters to cast an early ballot: http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/louisiana/2014/11/21/know-early-voting-starts-saturday/19353791/
State Rep. Marcus Hunter claims that the early voting period needs to be extended because of Thanksgiving. http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/politics/2014/11/21/early-voting-runoff-election-begins-saturday/19350131/
Landrieu marching in an early voting rally: http://www.ksla.com/story/27459110/landrieu-kicks-off-early-voting-period-by-marching-with-voters
Another rally in Monroe, ...more
- Electionline has a great story on "vote shaming" and how some are reacting to the tactic. Christopher Mann, Assistant Professor of Communication and Political Science at LSU is prominently quoted in the story and does a good job explaining the academic research the underlies the ...more
- Self promotion alert.
Here is a story profiling my distinguished chaired visiting professorship at Appalachian State ...more
- A set of companion bills (HB111, SB84) have been introduced in the Texas legislature that would allow for same-day registration during the period of early voting (SB84 looks like it is an attempt to institute same day registration for early and election day voting).
This has always struck me as an easy lift. At a recent conference, ...more
Below is the Arabic language class calendar for 2014-2015. For more information about the Jordan Language Academy and their courses click ...more
- The Reed Language and Gender project is hiring a research assistant for the spring semester. This project is a sociophonetic investigation of the use of creaky voice in American English. Last summer we collected a wonderful corpus of interviews, and are now ready to begin analysis of creak and its social variation in our sample.
Now entering its ninth year, the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored summer research in MIT laboratories. This intensive nine-week program focuses on cultivating and supporting partnerships between MIT faculty and undergraduates in the areas of science and biotechnology. Students indicating a strong desire to engage in research collaborations within these areas ...more
- Scholz III went apple picking in early October at Sauvie Island farms!
It was a gorgeous day. There were children everywhere, running and screaming, evading their parents, and riding shetland ponies.
We wandered through the corn maze, tasted assorted honey sticks, and picked our very own apples from an orchard near the St. John's area in ...more
- A number of changes in California law should result in more ballots being counted because voters have a few more days to return the ballots, and election officials have a few more days to resolve any outstanding issues with signatures.
But this will surely slow the count in California as officials process vote by mail ...more
- Move over G.N. Lewis. Forget electron sharing, bonding orbitals, and ionic attraction. xkcd has finally deduced the secret of chemical bonding. (And guess what? I see some unexpected connections between C and U ...more
- Over fall break the residents of Mac III went apple picking! Hold onto this image of bright, sunny Portland in the coming months and remember we'll see it again one day. ...more
- A new article by William D. Hicks, Seth C. McKee, Mitchell D. Sellers and Daniel A. Smith is available on FirstLook for the Political Research Quarterly. From the abstract:
We undertake a comprehensive examination of restrictive voter ID legislation in the American states from 2001 through 2012. With a dataset containing approximately one thousand introduced and nearly one ...more
- Especially when Davis Rogan ’90 is headlining the musical acts.
Yes, Davis Rogan ’90, legendary New Orleans blues and jazz musician who both consulted for and inspired a character on HBO’s New Orleans-centered series Treme. Davis will be taking the Kaul Auditorium stage on Friday for a lecture and performance, and will be performing a three-hour ...more
- In the days of ancient Greece, you could head down to the market of Athens and purchase papyrus imported from Egypt, salt fish from Scythia, as well as the olive oil, figs, and wine that were ample throughout the city-states. Reed’s own Marketplace (formerly Gastronomy Northwest) will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on ...more
- It's showtime! Reunions ’14: Reedfayre will be June 4–8. Join the audience of alumni as the curtain goes up on campus in its finest seasonal form: summer! We're putting all of the acts together at a fayre for all Reedies, no matter your affinity year.
Online registration is now available, and dorm lodging is free when you sign up before February ...more
- We know that you still own your leg warmers and long to put your hair in a side ponytail. We know that sometimes all you want to do is paint your face and put on spandex and turn your amp up to 11. We know that you realize every rose has its thorn, just like ...more
- This year, we’re honoring the legacy of Reed’s classic 1960s strategy game “Empire” by opening a collection of board games for play every night of Reunions '14: Reedfayre, June 4-8!
Courtesy of Reed’s own ARG (Association of Reed Gamers), we’ll have a smattering of modern strategy games (Euro-style and otherwise) that can all be played in ...more
- From petals to paddles, we’ve got you covered for playful ways to enjoy Reunions '14: Reedfayre, June 4-8!
Kaul Auditorium will be converted into the “Ping-Pong Palace” on the Saturday night of Reunions. We've procured no fewer than 12 ping-pong tables, plus Air Hockey, Jenga, and Skee Ball for good measure. And did we mention there ...more
- No, it’s not! Because if you register for Reunions ’14: Reedfayre, June 4-8, by May 15, you’ll get a hand-lettered nametag waiting for you when you arrive. Time is running out, so make sure you register today!
Speaking of Reed traditions, on Friday, June 6 at 1 p.m., President John R. Kroger will give his second ...more
- We'll be celebrating cooking, brewing, and crafting at Reedfayre! On Saturday, June 7, 2–4 p.m., no fewer than 18 different Reed artisans will descend on the Performing Arts Building to sample and sell their wares for “Marketplace.” The most recent addition to the lineup is Tom Burkleaux ’92, who will be bringing spirits from his ...more
- Start off the weekend of Reunions '14: Reedfayre with a special drink, a toast, and some tunes. We hope that Cerf Amphitheatre will be filled with well-wishers as we honor an impressive group of retiring faculty and staff members along with this year’s recipients of the Jean L Babson Award.
Yoram Bauman '95 will serve ...more
- photo by Leah Nash
Foodies of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your waistline!
Everyone knows that Portland has grown into nationally recognized hub of food activity, from its top-rated restaurants, food trucks, and bakeries to nearby vineyards and breweries. What's less known is the role that Reed graduates have played in the ...more
- Sing along, dance along, or sit back and enjoy. Whatever your preference, Reunions '14: Reedfayre, June 4-8, offers a enticing panoply of wonderful music.
Rob Fishel '03 on show-tunes piano:
If you like to sing aloud to show tunes and popular standards, then Thursday night is for you. Rob Fishel '03 will be at the piano and ...more
- Hagan / Tillis votes in Watauga County, NC
Jacob Canter and I are working on a longer post summarizing the various and sundry details of the college voting controversy that roiled the Appalachian State University campus, Boone, and Watauga County NC.
A quick map, courtesy of the NY Times, captures the partisan nature of the controversy ...more
- Yesterday's Oregonian reported that the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network had selected Luke Kanies '96 as the winner of its individual Entrepreneurial Achievement Award. The Network announced its selections for the 21st annual Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards at its awards banquet on Wednesday night.
Readers of this blog will recall that Luke is the founder and CEO of ...more
Today's the big day! Though less flashy than presidential election years, midterm elections are equally high stakes and determine congressional representation for a given district, the status of local initiatives, and more. Oregonlive has a voter guide which breaks down the candidates and initiatives to be voted on in today's midterm elections.
You can vote in ...more
- Since at least last Monday, the Oregon Secretary of State's website has published turnout numbers for the upcoming midterm. For whatever reason, however, they did not publish any data over the weekend, leaving me (and potentially many campaign managers) frustrated by the lack of information. Turnout is, probably, the most important issue in midterm elections, ...more
- Image courtesy of ballot.hackoregon.org
A great new site with an unfortunate name, "HackOregon" (message to 20 somethings, not all end users view "hacking" as a positive), provides assorted visualizations of campaign spending in Oregon, using information available from Orestar.
The most revealing thing to me is the fact that ALL the initiative and referendum campaigns rely ...more
- I recently returned from a week of workshops, presentations, networking, and general nerdery with an incredible group of people: open source geospatial developers, users, and other spatially-focused folk from across the globe.
FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial), the annual conference of OSGeo, changes locations every year – one year in Europe, one year in ...more
- Last Saturday I gave a presentation at the National Association for College Admission Counseling Conference titled “Matching the Under-Matched Student: Small Colleges and Big Data Offer Strategies for Success.” The presentation used a statistical analysis and case studies from two small liberal arts colleges to identify ways in which colleges may respond to the finding ...more
- Last year, Reed re-examined its smoking policy, which touched off some fairly spirited debates around campus. The revised policy is now in place, and you can see structures around campus to provide simultaneous shelter from the rain and access to ashtrays. (Catch up on what you missed here, thanks to the Reed Quest.)
One of the interesting ...more
- While proud families and supportive friends watched the Reed College Class of 2014 officially transition to alumni, I headed to Pasadena for the 2014 UCGIS* conference. As folks chatted at pre-conference workshops** and the opening reception, I slowly realized that Reed was the lone liberal arts college in attendance. The conference was the big schools, ...more
- On Wednesday, the NYTimes wrote about the democratic party's most recent attempt to get out the black vote this midterm. In North Carolina, the party has pushed an aggressive and racially charged ad campaign to remind their constituents why voting this election matters so much. While some may view this as a risky move, the NC democrats may need it. The ...more
- This story was apparently prompted by an earlier post I made at earlyvoting.net and a FB discussion on the political science interest group, but also news about the Alaska flyer listing voting histories.
The question she asks is whether "shaming" will increase turnout (political scientists know the answer) but even if it does, is this something ...more
- One way or another, meditation can help you, but I can't tell you exactly how. So here are four possibilities based on stories that friends and family have sent me in the past week:
Get a grip on heart disease. Researchers at Brown U. have found an association between mindfulness and cardio health. Read more at https://news.brown.edu/articles/2014/10/mindful
Tonight: Ralph Lemon, lecture and demonstration at 7:30pm in the Massee Performance Lab. Ralph Lemon is a choreographer/visual artist/conceptualist whose work spans three decades (to envision what a conceptualist might be check out some of Lemon's work.) For more information, check out the event page.
Later this upcoming month: an evening with Junot Diaz, Monday, November ...more
- There has been a lot of ink spilled over a recent article in the Monkey Cage that suggested that "Non Citizens Could Decide the The November Election." At last count, the post had generated 3305 comments, the most by far in the history of the Monkey Cage.
The blog posting was based on a forthcoming article ...more
- Oregon ballots are being returned in droves. As the Oregonian reported earlier today, one in five voters have already returned their ballots. The piece briefly mentions that return raters are higher in smaller counties, but doesn't go any further. So, I quickly rank ordered the counties with respect to return rates for democrats, republicans, and ...more
- Join the Reed community in planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasives and rebuilding sections of damaged trail. The event is free and open to anyone. Tools, training, food and fun will be provided. The event will be held on Saturday, October 4th 9am 'til 3pm. Meet your friends in the canyon near the Reed ...more
- Thursday, November 6 | 6-7:30 p.m. | GCC-BCD
Join the Center for Life Beyond Reed and SEEDS as we welcome panelists from organizations serving international communities in Portland and beyond. Together we will learn about topics pertaining to international service and learn how we can get involved locally and internationally to serve the global community.
Panelists include ...more
- There were two structural--as opposed to political--reasons to worry about Senator Kay Hagan's (D.) chances of winning reelection this midterm. The first? It's a midterm election! This means lower turnout due to less educated voters foregoing the election. The quasi-technical term "less educated voters" usually means young voters and minority voters--the people who just so happen to vote for democrats.
The second? New election legislation ...more
- Thomas Leeper, in a recent blog posting, makes what strikes me as a very problematic claim to try to justify the Montana field experiment.
Leeper asserts that non-partisan elections "do not obtain the democratic benefits that their advocates hope for," and that "judicial elections are not necessarily a democratic good."
I defer to Prof. Leeper for the ...more
- A provocatively titled posting at the Monkey Cage suggests that Non Citizens Voting Could Decide the 2014 Election.
I discussed the Electoral Studies article that the Monkey Cage posting is based on at Early Voting.net, and expressed concerns then that the article made a number of very heroic assumptions to be able to claim that non-citizens ...more
- Early voting in North Carolina began on Thursday (October 23rd), and continues until Saturday, November 1st. One of this year’s most competitive Senate elections, between Senator Kay Hagan (D) and her opponent Thom Tillis, may come down to the state’s early returns (early voting in NC being incredibly popular). On top of that, the legality ...more
- Powerful blog posting by Michelle Michelson about the controversial political science field experiment that sent voter information cards to Montana voters. She makes some extremely effective points that anyone interested in conducting field experiments should pay attention ...more
- I just generated some comparative statistics on party registration in Oregon that may be pertinent to voters thinking about Measure 90, the Top Two Primary.
The numbers are pretty amazing. Registration in the state is about even with 2012--itself an important metric of a growing state.
You can compare county by county to see where population growth ...more
- Paul Gronke is interviewed by Pam Fessler in this ...more
Ballot Bungles: Lessons from the Australian Senate
Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy, Fast Track Articles
Abstract | Full Text HTML | Full Text PDF (200 KB) | Full Text PDF with Links (201 ...more
- In North Carolina, voters must decide whether to replace democratic senator Kay Hagan with her republican opponent, Thom Tillis. Hagan, who was elected in 2008 with 53% of the vote, once again faces a difficult challenge. Per an October 11th SurveyUSA poll, Hagan leads by just three points, and 538 reports that only one poll ...more
Thank you to Reed Magazine and Randall S. Barton for this wonderful article about our new Lab of Linguistics! The original article can be found here.
Linguistics Professor Sameer Khan demonstrates acoustical software at the Lab of Linguistics open house.
Say the following sentence out loud: “The cops caught the robber as he was sleeping on a ...more
"One direction we might look, though, is toward the gendering of third person pronouns, which is what led me to write this post about pronouns on Facebook. Yes, Facebook. The social media giant may not be your first thought when it comes to feminist language activism, but this year’s shift in the way Facebook categorizes ...more
- "... it is a similarly strange experience when something you have practiced for many years and highly value, but that used to be very much a minority interest, emerges into mainstream culture and begins to "go viral". It almost seems as if everyone is doing it, apparently including Bill Clinton, Russell Brand, Google employees, and ...more
- Commons is open 11:30am-5pm Monday through Friday, with dinner service this upcoming Sunday. Normal hours resume Monday (10/27).
The Paradox is open 10am-4pm throughout fall break in the olde shop (aka the SU location) only. Normal hours resume for both the Paradox and Paradox Lost on Monday.
The library is open 8am-8pm Monday through Friday, and 10am-8pm ...more
- If you're staying in Portland over fall break and you're not planning on setting up camp in the Hauser Fundome like some thesising seniors (certainly not this thesising senior) you may want to try to "make the most" of our weeklong vacation from classes. Whatever that means.
Here are a few suggestions for killing time that ...more
- Our beloved stockroom manager of many years, Randie Dalziel, is retiring this fall. It's hard to imagine this building without him whistling around the hallways, and we want to send him off in style! Randie will give a "seminar" (his favorite demos) on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 4:15 pm in Vollum Lecture Hall, and we'll ...more
- Robin sent me a link to a lovely article: The Simplest Secret to Happiness You'll Ever Find by Eric Barker. What is Barker's secret? Stopping to notice (savor) happiness when it comes your way. Happiness is often right there for the taking so why not enjoy it? You can always take the photo (and tweet ...more
- I came across "The American Mosaic" data exploration tool that draws on tracking poll data from Reuters/IPSOS.
This is a really well-implemented tool, and I encourage everyone to look at it.
I'm not quite sure what to conclude from the early voting numbers, plotted here and available by clicking this link (bloggers who want to grab a permalink ...more
- A standard line in my opening lecture to new students of political science is some variant of this:
Studying politics can be exciting and can be frustrating because political actors are also strategic actors. They make the rules, the break the rules, and then they rewrite the rules. While you may be able to generalize about ...more
- Collapsing the data from individual to date
A hat tip for today's posting goes to Charles Stewart of MIT, whose "Political Science Laboratory" course inspired me to engage my introductory statistics students in data management using real data sources.
Regular readers of this blog may have seen graphics plotting the daily ballot returns from North Carolina. ...more
- Keep in mind that Democrats and African Americans are far heavier users of early in person voting. We cannot gain access to the absentee ballot files. That being said, here are results for the first three ...more
- And early voting there looks to shatter past records. ...more
- I fielded inquiries about early voting and Hurricane Sandy, as did my colleague Doug Chapin and my friends at the NCSL.
Short summary: every year throughout the last dozen years, one or two states have looked at emergency provisions for elections, and at least half have done something during that period. The most recent states, for instance, are DE ...more
- A number of reporters have asked me how early voting may have changed campaigns. I describe a longer period of voter mobilization. I describe get out the early vote rallies, such as Obama is holding in Illinois this week. And I talk about how Election Day has been changed from a day where half or ...more
- There are 720,694 early in-person ballots processed by the State Board of Elections in NC as of this morning. We finally have enough leverage--and enough days--to compare the turnout rates and trajectory to previous elections.
Signs of a rising Democratic tide, at least in this one state, appear to be accurate. The gap between the 2008 ...more
- (This post is co-authored with Jacob Canter, Reed sophomore junior and EVIC research assistant)
The early ballots are beginning to pile up in North Carolina, and we can finally start to discern some patterns of turnout by partisanship and by race.
As Michael McDonald has pointed out on Friday, it's important in this state (as in many ...more
- In Kitsap County, WA, heavy stock used to produce the ballot means that two stamps will be needed to return it by mail.
Dirty not very well-kept secret: USPS will deliver it anyway, and the county office had pledged to make up the ...more
- And now a quick look at party returns. Keep in mind that early in-person ("one stop absentee") has only just begun in North Carolina. These first days should reveal a surge of African-American turnout for Obama, if patterns from 2008 hold. In four or five more days, we will finally have enough data to start ...more
- The one-stop absentee voting option has begun in North Carolina, and in-person votes are going to quickly swamp the no-excuse absentee by-mail ballots.
As of the close of balloting last night, the absentee ballot file includes 337,609 records. The breakdown of these by type of ballot is as follows:
However, as anyone who is familiar with by-mail ...more
- Image from www.pb.com
I just got off of a series of phone calls with reporters who are asking about absentee ballots and how they are treated by elections officials.
While the administrative rules and procedures vary by state (as with almost everything in American elections), there are some consistent patterns that reporters need to understand.
Absentee ballots ...more
- Charles Stewart has been updating the Florida early voting returns on a daily basis, so I'm not going to reproduce his work here. Readers will have to be satisfied with a lame bar chart.
Getting to the Florida files proves to be a lot more complicated than North Carolina. Florida is probably the second-easiest state to ...more
- I have stopped analyzing North Carolina because this site does it a heck of a lot better than I can!
Wonderful website and a useful tool. I wish there were something like this for every state.
Hat Tip to Vas Srivastava, Reed junior political science ...more
- Just got this email:
Dear Prof. Gronke,
I, and my colleagues, have been unable to satisfactorily answer this question, "If by law voting shall be held on the "first Tuesday after the first Monday in November" how is it that we have 'early voting?'" My state of Michigan does not have early voting so I/we don't have any ...more
- If the election was held today, President Barack Obama would lose the state of Wisconsin because where his base is, we have not turned out the vote early," Mayor Michael Hancock told a Democratic rally. "The suburbs and rural parts of Wisconsin – the Republican base – are voting. President Obama’s base has yet to ...more
- I've always been proud of the description bestowed upon me by John Lindback, previously the director of elections for the State of Oregon and now a senior officer in the Elections Initiatives at the Pew Center on the States.
John once introduced me by saying: "Paul Gronke, who is frustratingly even handed with respect to vote ...more
- Nice posting by Peter Hamby of ...more
- The new clerk-recorder in Riverside County, CA, Kari Verjil, has apparently avoided the pothole that ended the career of her predecessor Barbara Dumore.
Riverside has the 10th fastest count among California counties, according to information just released by the Secretary of State's office.
Verjil attributes the improvement to a dedicated effort by her office to encourage citizens to ...more
- Nice commentary by Doug Chapin of the Election Academy on Rick Pildes's Election Law guest post on early voting.
I completely agree with Rick's comparisons of absentee by-mail, early in-person, and Election Day voting. (In fact, I've long argued for those terms because they most precisely describe the mechanism by which the ballots are cast.)
I mildly ...more
- Josh pens a nice oped for Reuters. ...more
- Hat tip to Stateline. ...more
- As reported previously on this blog, Ohio this year undertook one of the most aggressive no-excuse absentee efforts ever: it mailed a no-excuse absentee ballot application to every registered voter in the state.
Nonetheless, Ohioans still experience early-in person and Election Day lines of two to four hours.
The lesson is clear: no excuse absentee voting by ...more
- Here's the link again. A lot fewer points because a lot fewer respondents. The Democratic advantage among respondents who say they have already voted is pretty ...more
- If I did this right using the Ipsos/Reuters "American Mosaic" site, the graphic below shows early voter preferences over the past week. I selected on "registered voters" and "voted in 2012" for the display.
This corresponds pretty well to te trends in support reported by Nate Silver, Real Clear Politics, and ...more
- My contribution along with some really smart ...more
- Dan Smith, my colleague at University of Florida, provides this useful ...more
- I am no fan of the Oregon law that allows third parties to collect and deliver ballots. But the law is the law, and apparently some election officials and members of law enforcement don't understand the law.
Fact is, however, this remains legal in Oregon, and the state legislature refuses to change the law because politicians want ...more
- This in from a local blogger. The Gerber/Green reference is to this article about "shaming" and vote ...more
- Courtesy of Jacob Canter, Reed junior and late night Stata learner ...
The map was produced using the spmap add-on to Stata.
Democratic Early Voting in ...more
- I have been asked to weigh in by a number of my colleagues after Dan Meek alerted the widely read Election Law listserv of communications between Steve Trout, the Director of Elections in Oregon, and the Postmaster General regarding Oregon ballots with insufficient postage.
What I told the emailers, and Rick when he was in town ...more
- These data are "fresh" as of end of day Friday, and downloaded from the Secretary of State's website.
Data from the Ohio Secretary of State as of ...more
- Really superb new piece by Ansolabehere and Hersh in the forthcoming Political Analysis. While the underlying technology is pretty fierce, Steve and Eitan do an excellent job, I think, in making the material accessible. Anyone who has been skeptical about survey self-reports should read the paper--it provides optimism and pessimism on both sides.
From the abstract:
Social scientists ...more
- This should answer a few reporters' questions. Courtesy of Michael McDonald's website. Blank states do not mean no early voting--it means there is no data or insufficient data that I felt comfortable plotting the ...more
- A decade of reform since HAVA has led to many positive changes in American elections, not the least of which is that there are solid empirical data available to provide guidance to legislators and election officials who want to improve performance and conduct more efficient elections.
This is one of the goals of Doug Chapin and ...more
- (This posting is a guest posting from Chelsea Brossard, research associate at the Early Voting Information Center.)
Two proposed bills in the North Carolina legislature. Senate Bill 428 seeks to shorten the early voting period from two weeks to one week, and House Bill 451 aims to outlaw voting on Sundays.
Our analysis demonstrates the impact these ...more
- I tried to be nice the first time to True the Vote, but as Fairvote pointed out to me on Twitter, their revised report (linked here: http://www.truethevote.org/news/true-the-vote-report-proves-widespread-claims-of-voter-suppression-false) only makes things worse.
All the evidence on turnout (debunked first by me then more devastatingly by FairVote on the Election Law listerv) have been removed, yet the claims ...more
- True the Vote provides a nice report with information on voter ID laws and the politics surrounding these laws. They do a service by aggregating the number of voter suppression reports by states and county.
That's the good news. The bad news is that their conclusions about the relationship between voter ID and turnout are wrong, ...more
- Hat tip to Rick Hasen for this story, Rep. Candice Miller, chair of Government Operations, who says the Federal government has no role in fixing problems with our voting system: ...more
- Nice piece by Scott Adler and John Wilkerson, showing how the "reversion point" (sequestration) may be the preferred outcome for both congressional parties at this ...more
- Jeff Mapes, the dean of political reporters in Oregon (Jeff--"dean" in this context refers to your influence not your age!), has an interesting column on how ending Saturday mail delivery could impact Oregon's vote by mail system.
Director of State Election Steve Trout rightly notes that Oregonians are not supposed to try to mail their ballots ...more
- Image courtesy of Channel 13 News, Orlando FL
This report came across my news feed, courtesy of Channel 13 news in Orlando. I have looked but cannot find the referenced report at the Division of Elections.
One point of interest in the report is the longstanding concern of many political scientists with the way turnout is ...more
- Congratulations to Zach Markovits, Charles Stewart, and the Pew team that has been working on the Election Performance Index for a number of years. It's been a long road, and there will inevitably be complaints from states who think they are ranked unfairly, and from advocates who think the rankings are insufficiently detailed or use ...more
- A slideshow from Slate (hat tip to Rick Hasen).
Another source for sample ballots (albeit not as attractively presented as Slate) is the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network. The cool thing about the ACE archive is that it contains materials from the past 20 years and from many countries.
Andrew Reynolds at UNC has a nice selection of ...more
- I stumbled across this cool map that displays election law changes in the United States since 2006, put together as part of a class project by Professor Carol Nackenoff at Swarthmore.
I think it relies a bit too heavily on commentary from Brennan Center reports to describe election law changes (scroll over Tennessee for instance), and ...more
- I appeared along with a number of poll workers, local election officials, advocates, and academics at a full day post-election meeting organized by the Election Assistance Commission.
You can watch the full day webcast here. Each segment is 90 minutes long and it's pretty easy to pick and choose according to your ...more
- (Crossposted from electionupdates.caltech.edu)
Chiming in on Michael's post, credit for sparking the idea in my head was a comment by a poll worker. I apologize for not writing down his name, but it was either Clyde David (Prince George's County MD) or Stephen Graham (District of Columbia).
He discussed the need for ongoing poll worker training, which got me ...more
- Crist calls Florida elections a "late night TV joke" (Miami Herald)
Ned Foley and Rick Hasen say GOP in Florida disenfranchised voters. (AP)
Gov. Rick Scott agrees that Florida laws need to be reconsidered (Tampa Bay Times) and called for a bipartisan solution. (Sarasota ...more
- From the Miami Herald:
Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, sponsored the law that included the provisional ballot changes. Despite the national criticism he’s received for supporting it, Baxley said the changes were needed.
Baxley said he pushed to have the out-of-county requirement after talking with a friend, Alachua County GOP chairman Stafford Jones. ...
Jones said he has no ...more
- I am in DC at the Voting in America Summit. Here is the very active twitter ...more
- The secret word for my testimony tomorrow at the Presidential Commission on Election Administration is diversity. (Alternative secret words may be complexity or heterogeneity.)
The rise of early voting has added a new layers of diversity to an already incredibly diverse election system. As the NCSL's early and absentee voting law page shows, states have chosen different paths ...more
- Image courtesy of the Pew Elections Initiative
Pew's Election Snapshot of California (see also here for a PDF) links to a nice graphic showing the dramatic rise in absentee voting in ...more
- Image courtesy of Heavy.com
Early voting (no-excuse absentee and early in-person) is under consideration in New Hampshire as Gov. Maggie Hansen signed HB521, which establishes a "committee to study New Hampshire election laws and procedures."
(These are not the only pieces of legislation concerning early voting that was considered this session:
HB248, which authorizes the creation of ...more
- Important new paper by Alan Gerber, Gregory Huber, and Seth Hill estimates the effects of moving to an all vote-by-mail system in the State of Washington.
The overall estimated impact of the change to VBM is 2.6% in presidential years, 3.3% in midterm years, and 3.8% in odd years, very close to estimates I've provided before ...more
- Glad to see my friend Doug Chapin back at the keyboard after a well-deserved hiatus.
Image courtesy of Metropolitan Knowledge Network
Doug's postings about domicile may seem tongue in cheek, but the issue of "domicile" versus "residence" was a heated issue in the most recent Portland mayor's race.
As anyone from this part of the country knows, Oregon ...more
- A very interesting panel coming up at the APSA meetings in Chicago is shown below. My only worry is that Rick Hasen has already posted his paper on SSRN. Doesn't Rick realize that APSA papers are not supposed to be written prior to a week before the conference?
Looks like a great panel, and I'll definitely ...more
- Michael McDonald has a new column reporting early voting rates in 2012, compared to previous years, using the Current Population Survey's Voting and Registration Supplement. The trends in early voting have been picked up by Rick Hasen and Doug Chapin, but Doug rightly highlights this caveat from Mike's column:
t is instructive to keep in mind that ...more
- The bill text is contained here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/HB0521.html
Hat tip to the Sunlight Foundation's "Scout" system that I have signed up for and alerted me to this ...more
On May 21st, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida signed into law CS/HB 7103. The bill includes changes to absentee voting laws, to requirements for the quality of voting technology, to the word limits of constitutional amendments, and to many other areas of election administration that are both visible and invisible to the voting public.
At EVIC, ...more
- The text of a bill being shopped for co-sponsorship by Rep. Jeff Stone is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mLjnrnzcwYTxmG5gREKaFLD0sazb58DwZ4UgJjypIAk/edit
It's not clear to me what the impact will be of the proposed changes to early voting. It appears that Madison and Milwaukee kept their early voting locations open longer hours and on holidays, while other counties did not. I'm ...more
- A recently released GAO report titled "Voters with Disabilities: Challenges to Voter Accessibility" should be of interest to the election community and to the new Presidential commission.
While challenges remain, there is no way to read this report in my opinion other than as good news. HAVA and state and local responses to polling place problems ...more
- Following Doug Chapin's lead, re-disseminating Gary Bartlett's wonderful parting comments in electionline weekly after his replacement after 20 years as Director of the North Carolina Board of Elections.
Gary has accomplished many things in two decades, but for scholars, NC has long been known as among the best states in terms of data availability and dissemination. ...more
- Paul Gronke and Charles Stewart presented their paper on early voting in Florida at the Midwest Political Science Association conference the other week in Chicago. The paper highlights the effects restrictions to early voting had on voters in Florida in 2012.
In 2011, the State of Florida proposed a series of changes in how it conducts ...more
- I can't resist giving this claim out of North Carolina special prominence. It has to be a contender for the phony baloney vote fraud claim of the year.
Among the changes being proposed in NC is an end to same-day registration during "one-stop" in-person absentee voting.
State Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger is quoted in the Greensboro ...more
- Courtesy of Pennsylvania DMV
I'm often asked, particularly by junior faculty, about how social scientists get involved in litigation. A good way to learn how statistical reasoning gets used in legal cases is to review cases. The "All About Redistricting" website maintained by Justin Levitt at Loyola Law School, and the "litigation page" at the ...more
- Jeff Mapes of the Oregonian writes about a watershed political moment in Oregon: more than 30% of Oregonians now do not affiliate with one of the two major parties on the voter registration ...more
- Courtesy of Oxford University Press
Michael Hanmer, Antoine Banks, and Ismail White have a new paper in Political Analysis that returns to a longstanding problem in voting and survey research: overreporting bias among survey respondents.
From the abstract:
Voting is a fundamental part of any democratic society. But survey-based measures of voting are problematic because a substantial ...more
- Just kidding.
Doug Chapin at the Election Academy highlights a report out of Ohio showing that, of the 210 cases described, 40 (all from Franklin County" were "referred for more investigation" and only 2 resulted in any prosecution, one for a man who voted for President in another state but for local initiatives in Ohio, ...more
- Links are courtesy of the Public Policy Institute of California, an active policy research shop in Sacramento. PPIC has a broad portfolio that includes high quality work on elections, election administration, and voter turnout.
January 23: California's Future: Voter Turnout.
January 23, 2014
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (registration 11:45 a.m.)
CSAC Conference Center
1020 11th Street, second floor
Brief video summarizing ...more
- This looks like a nice effort by Susan, Claire, and others at US Votes and the Overseas Vote ...more
- The Current Population Survey's Voting and Registration Supplement is the gold standard to understand voter turnout in the United States. The study is the largest ongoing survey of voting participation in the United States, and is used not only by political scientists, election lawyers and civil rights advocates, but is also cited by Supreme Court ...more
- I just received an interesting set of proposals for improving election administration in California, courtesy of California Forward (I have no affiliation with this organization, but the leadership appears to be non-partisan).
Among the ideas they support:
California Forward Action Fund (CFAF) supported Assemblymember Mullin’s AB 1135 which expands tools that are used to verify signatures on vote-by-mail ...more
- Figure 3 from Bentele and O'Brien
An interesting new article by Keith Bentele and Erin O'Brien at the University of Massachusetts, Boston came out in the December 2013 Perspectives on Politics. Titled "Jim Crow 2.0? Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Access Policies." It should be of interest to everyone in the political science, law, ...more
- Another job at TurboVote / DemocracyWorks came across the transom: Data lead on the Voting Information Project. This looks like an exciting opportunity for the right person who wants to take the jump into big data and election administration. ...more
- Phil Keisling, Oregon's Secretary of State from 1991-1999 and currently director of the Center for Public Service at the Hatfield School of Portland State University, wants mayors to be elected in non-partisan elections, held at the same time as general elections. He is worried about low turnout in partisan primaries held in odd year elections ...more
- Some exciting news out of TurboVote--they are partnering with the Pew Center on the States's Elections Initiatives.
And more exciting for some--TurbeVote is hiring! Read all the news ...more
- The Carter Center has announced a new elections standards portal: http://electionstandards.cartercenter.org/
According to their announcement:
"The site provides an overview of our work and role in building consensus on an obligations-based approach to election observation and support that is rooted in international human rights law. It also gives direct access to our expanding set of tools, statements and ...more
- Jeff Mapes reports in the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2013/10/secretary_of_state_kate_brown_1.html
Still left untold is the story behind Steve Trout's ...more
- It's good when friends help friends! I have been swamped this academic year, as my slow pace of blogging shows.
But this post by Doug Chapin, courtesy of Brian Newby, says in one post what I've been trying to tell folks for years. Placing early voting locations is not as easy as creating a pop ...more
- Wilson, D. C., & Brewer, P. R. (2013). The Foundations of Public Opinion on Voter ID Laws: Political Predispositions, Racial Resentment, and Information Effects. Public Opinion Quarterly.
Abstract: Voter ID laws require individuals to show government-endorsed identification when casting their ballots on Election Day. Whereas some see these laws as necessary to prevent voting fraud, others ...more
- So says a new academic study by the team at the University of Wisconsin.
The study is blogged about in detail at the Fact Tank at the Pew Center on the States and will undoubtedly spark some reaction. The takeaway point for anyone interested in elections and turnout is that a simple minded rational choice model of ...more
- Paul Gronke interviewed on early voting and the 2014 GOP get out the vote ...more
- Recent legal decisions in Wisconsin, Maryland, Ohio, Alaska, and other states have left election administrators scrambling as election deadlines approach--or are already well past due!
More in this week's electionline ...more
The latest issue of Election Law Journal marks the debut of Policy Central, a new section that recognizes the need for smart and rigorous analysis of election practices and procedures at every level. We invite brief policy-focused submissions from election officials, legal scholars, political scientists, and others working in the field. For submission guidelines, please ...more
- The short summary of the Federal Appeals Court hearing on voter ID in Wisconsin had two interesting statements from the judges.
Adelman found some 300,000 people in Wisconsin do not have IDs and determined requiring people to show IDs at the polls would discount far more legitimate votes than fraudulent ones. He concluded voter impersonation — ...more
- If you follow EVIC you already know that early and absentee voting laws and policies are complex and vary widely across the fifty states. That's why EVIC publishes an early and absentee voting calendar and spreadsheet for every general election.
This year, we've updated our products and hope the additional information encourages further dialogue about how these ...more
- Rick Hasen reports on his blog. Follow to find links to the decision and other ...more
- The Voting Information Project just released a new app that should make life easier for voters in all states. New technology already helps voters, poll workers, election administrators deal with the mayhem of elections, and it seems inevitable that the role of handheld devices will only increase in the coming years.
The app works only on Apple ...more
- My comments about my time spent as an election observer in Ukraine are featured in this week'd electionline.org newsletter:
‘Don’t go, just don’t go.’
‘You realize you just spent a week’s wages on that souvenir?’
By Paul Gronke
Those two quotations — the first from a concerned coworker before I left and the second from my translator at the ...more
... more importantly, the “postmark” rule elevates the individual interest in having their ballot count above the collective interest in determining the outcome of an election fairly and efficiently.
The individual franchise is important because it helps to assure that political leaders are responsive to the public and lends legitimacy to the actions of political leaders.
- Hat tip to Doug Chapin:
NCSL Election Administration Research Database will be an invaluable tool for scholars, advocates, and others interested in studying and improving election administration. Here's hoping this kicks the field ...more
- My good friend Tova Wang sent me this headline from the Columbus Post Dispatch:
Early Voting Hasn't Boosted Ohio Turnout
In support of this headline, reporter compares turnout in only three elections, only statewide, and only in presidential contests. This is analysis is as unrevealing--and potentially misleading--as imaginable.
The key to understanding a complex process like voter turnout is ...more
- Apropos of Doug Chapin's recent posting on the proposed change to a "postmark" deadline in California, this study by the Washington Policy Center may be apropos.
The Center looked at the five largest counties in Washington and Oregon, both of which have full vote by mail with drop boxes, but Washington allows ballots to arrive if ...more
- Doug Chapin notes that postmarks are not consistently applied. Shocking!
I think the policy solution here is pretty simple:i f you have an election day deadline for all ballots, then the postmark is not ...more
- It has been a peaceful morning of balloting in Kherson, Ukraine. I am here monitoring elections as part of an international mission. I've met hundreds of other observers from the United States, Canada, Germany, and many other countries. All are hard working and dedicated individuals who are interested in helping to cement democratic development in ...more
- A piece of legislation in the state of Louisiana came across the transom, courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation's Scout service, that "provides for a "study of voting technology, processes, and procedures."
It's fairly standard stuff, but what I found interesting is this part of the list of proposed committee members:
(11) One member appointed by the governor ...more
- Nice new article by Emily Beaulieu, "From Voter ID to Party ID: How Political Parties Affect Perceptions of Election Fraud in the U.S."
in Electoral Studies (currently available in early access but this may be gated for some).
Here's the abstract
This paper uses a survey experiment to assess what individuals understand about election fraud and under what circumstances ...more
- Courtesy of California Civic Education Project (regionalchange.ucdavis.edu)
Courtesy of Los Angeles County Clerk/Recorder Dean Logan's twitter feed, researchers at the University of California, Davis's California Civic Engagement Project has released a fascinating analysis of vote by mail usage in the Golden State.
Some of the patterns are not surprising to anyone who has followed vote by ...more
- The MonkeyCage features a nice by Pippa Norris, Richard Frank, and Ferran Martinez I Coma on new research coming out of the Electoral Integrity Project. The post reports on a recent international survey of election experts ranking 66 countries on a variety of measures of election conduct and administration.
Unfortunately, someone made an ill-advised choice to ...more
- Nice posting by Nate Persily on Monkey ...more
- The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, also known as the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission, has issued its final report. Rick Hasen, waking and working before all of us, has already provided a great summary of findings and recommendations. I'm particularly excited to see the Election Toolkit produced by the Voting Information Project.
I testified before the Commission in ...more
- The NC legal case continues, even as the election approaches. The legal wrangling has to stop and the voting has to start at some ...more
- I have gotten onto the email distribution list of Election Oregon, a group that appears to be a spin off of True the Vote.
The more citizens that learn about the election process in this state the better, but I can't imagine a more tedious election observation activity than watching a drop box in Oregon (follow ...more
- The text of the NC decision is here:
Link obtained via the "Scout" system of the Sunlight ...more
- Partisan breakdown of the non-citizen vote, from Richman, Chattha, and Earnest (2014), courtesy of Elsevier Publications
A new paper by Jesse Richman, Gulsham Chattha, and David Earnest, available on first release in Electoral Studies, makes the controversial claim that:
We find that there is reason to believe non-citizen voting changed one state’s Electoral College votes in 2008, delivering ...more
- Great article by Rick Hasen in Slate: The Voting Wars Heat Up.
Rick does a wonderful job highlighting how law and politics intersect in this arena
For a nice illustration of the conflict, see these articles by two dear friends, Ned Foley and Dan Tokaji. Ned and Dan are right down the hall from one another. Both ...more
This event will explore the influence of the Moors in Spain through linguistics, music, poetry, dance, and food. Come hear about how Arabic influenced Spanish, listen to poetry written during the Moors' rule and music that arose from their influence.
5:00-Arabic tea and cookies
6:00- Andalusian Food
7:00 Music/dance from Al-Andalus, Portland-based ...more
- Reed College lost a cherished colleague and great friend when Maggie Geselbracht passed away Thursday, Sept. 11 after a long and hard-fought struggle against lymphoma.
Maggie joined the Reed community in January 1993, delaying her transfer from Wisconsin to Reed by one semester so that she could both extend her post-doc there and stay close to ...more
- The web is loaded with videos explaining optical activity and demonstrating polarimeters of various types (see Sorrell, Fig. 4.3, p. 114). Here are two SHORT clever videos from David Whyte (and his cheeky daughter?):
Home made polarimeter. Modern computer displays rely on liquid crystals and the light emitted by an LCD is polarized. David displays a ...more
- "Attention deficit treated with meditation," "meditation relieves depression, pain," "meditation reduces chocolate cravings" - these are just some of the medical claims for the benefits of meditation that I have written about in this blog. And these are just a small sample of the kinds of claims that have been made for meditation in the ...more
- In this post I would like to introduce you to the PARC's computers and the software that runs on them. The software on our computers is performing arts focused. We do have some standard programs, like Microsoft Office and Express Scribe, but after that we're different then most labs on campus. The software in our lab primarily ...more
- The Portland State University Lecture Series in Hispanic Linguistics is free and open to the public. Join them Friday afternoons at ...more
- I will be leading a workshop on R tomorrow from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in ETC 205.
The workshop is designed to be useful for users with all levels of experience. The workshop will include a basic overview of R and RStudio, but will primarily focus on showing students how to make interactive graphs and ...more
- We hope you've enjoyed hearing from current Reed students over the years here on Voices from Reed. We've moved our musings, insights, and photography over to two other sites.
Follow us on Tumblr and Instagram to see, hear, and experience life at Reed and in Portland
We'll see you over ...more
- Watch Oregon Field Guide that highlights Crystal Springs and the Reed Canyon (starts around the 20:25 ...more
- The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) will hold its next Annual Meeting at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower from January 8-11, 2015. We are seeking local volunteers to help provide information on the Annual Meeting website to help visitors to Portland take advantage of local transportation, dining and cultural opportunities and more.
Interested parties should ...more
- It's official: we have an all-new Lab of Linguistics (LoL)! To celebrate, we'll be having an official LoL Open House on Friday 3 October from noon to 2pm in Eliot 101D. We'll be displaying some of our phonetic equipment, giving mini-tours of our brand-new sound-proof recording booth, demonstrating how to use an electroglottograph (EGG) to monitor the vocal folds, ...more
- The models you need can be downloaded ...more
- 69 students took Quiz #1 in-class last week and 59 students turned in take-home quizzes. Here are some statistics on how the class performed:
40-50 points. 13 students scored in this range on the in-class quiz. After considering take-home results, this number rose to 23 students.
30-39.5 points. 33 students scored in this range on the in-class ...more
- The Department of Anthropology at the University of California invites applications for a tenure-track position in linguistic anthropology beginning July 1, 2015. We seek applications from linguistic anthropologists whose anthropological research is broadly concerned with the study of language within the context of cultural and social life as it articulates with the intersections of class, race, ...more
- I have a tradition (or at least the beginnings of a tradition) with a good friend of mine here at Reed: at some point during the semester we remove ourselves from our daily schedules and go visit the Cooley Art Gallery.
Luckily for us the Cooley Art Gallery is pretty convenient; it's literally inside the Reed ...more
- Summer has come and gone, and while it left some of the heat behind, the school year is now in full swing. I now have a thesis advisor, and a thesis topic, and a lot of books with no place to put them (which may change by the time you read this. Thesis desks are assigned ...more
- Does your thesis require research involving humans?
The Institutional Review Board is holding an open house meeting to answer any questions you have about its review process.What: Open HouseWhen: Tuesday, September 23, 2014Where: Psy 105Time: 4:00-5:00 ...more
- We are excited to announce that the first annual Tri-College Undergraduate Linguistics Conference will take place at Haverford College, on Friday, February 13, 2015. This conference will bring together undergraduate students from around the United States to present both papers and posters. We invite any undergraduate students (and recent graduates who have not yet enrolled in ...more
- As you prepare for our quiz later this week, keep two things in mind:
There are lots of resources to help you: sample quiz (with answers) from 2013, practice problems online and in your book, online supplements that I have written, me, helpers in the DoJo.
In order to benefit from these resources, you have to allow ...more
- Expected start date: July 1, 2015
The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, has been authorized to make an appointment in semantics and pragmatics. This position will be at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (tenured). Salary will be commensurate with experience. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate advising and teaching ...more
- Reed's new Lab of Linguistics (LoL) has seen a lot in its first year of life! In our temporary spot on Eliot's 4th floor, we've already created a space where faculty and students have been working on a wealth of projects across the many areas of linguistics. In fact, we've been so busy that almost immediately ...more
For those of you who haven't heard yet, the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) annual conference will be held here in Portland this coming January 8-11, at the Hilton hotel downtown. If you're planning to be in Portland over winter break, I would strongly encourage you to attend! This is the largest linguistics conference in ...more
- Last Friday, after Language House residents wiped the sweat off their brows from Activities Fair, we all wandered into the International Plaza for an International Dessert Night. The Russian, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese Houses, along with the Arabic Theme Dorm, baked and brought desserts from their accompanying cultures. As residents ate and mingled, an international ...more
- Last spring, my chum Emily, who was a freshman at the time, was discussing summer plans with her advisor, Paul Currie in the Psychology department. At the end of their meeting, Emily became a new member of Professor Currie’s research team.
Over the summer, Emily and seven other Reedies explored how, in simple terms, peptide makes ...more
- A Tricycle magazine article caught my eye today. The article, "The Gift of Gratitude," is by Ajahn Sumedho, a Buddhist monk. He has this to say about the connection between gratitude and joy:
A life without gratitude is a joyless life. If life is just a continuous complaint about the injustices and unfairness we have received ...more
- I received this message from Kristin Bott in CUS. She's been gathering data about your clickers and she NEEDS YOUR HELP. Read on,
Good afternoon, Chem 201!
A high-five to the 30 of you who have currently registered your clickers. For the remaining near-40 of you, please do so soon! I need to do some data manipulation with ...more
- At Reed, there are a number of strange artifacts that have no name and no one, no matter whom I ask, seems to remember how they got there. So, I decided to share them with you:
A stone, installation place. Someone suggested it was a former thesis project. Origins remain unknown
I have no idea ...more
- Early this summer Portland saw the Portland Pug Crawl costume parade, and continued the tradition recently with a second silly dog related event. Sponsored by our local cool newspaper the Portland Mercury and Lucky Labrador Brewing, the Wiener Takes All dachshund race welcomed all dogs under 10 inches tall and at least 16 inches long to prove their ...more
Back in the 1960′s, a Trappist monk named Thomas Merton wrote,
… The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. …
He went on,
To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to ...more
- Welcome back to Reed.
The attached file contains information about the first week of Chem 201. Lab (p. 1) and lecture (p. 2). Please read this file right away.
Note: lab will meet beginning tomorrow, Tu, Sept 2, but lecture will not.
201 is a complicated course that includes multiple sections, books, clickers, online homework, safety and chemical ...more
- Welcome to the Language Lab—one of the best places on campus to study! We are located in the lower level of the Hauser Memorial Library, next to the Instructional Multimedia Center (IMC). The primary function of the Language Lab is to serve as an aid to the foreign language classrooms, as well as for any independent ...more
- This year I will be a member of an Orientation Week panel regarding the Honor Principle. The Honor Principle is a loosely defined concept that governs our community. While we do not have any established definitions, my personal interpretation is that only actions which do not cause harm to the community are acceptable. The goal of ...more
- I know I have mentioned this before, but Portland is fortunate enough to have a huge, WORKING, weather machine in the center of Downtown Portland, that smokes, sings, and predicts the weather every day at noon. (Feel free to check out the Wikipedia page on it, I find it very fascinating).
Ever since learning about the ...more
- As a result of continued demand for our products and services, Translations.com, Corvallis Oregon is looking to for a bright, self-motivated Project Coordinator for our global clients. Your work will directly impact live websites of our worldwide client base with new clients being added every week.
Translations.com is a world leader in website localization, software localization, ...more
- I came across the phrase “sleepwalking through life” in a recent magazine article by Ezra Bayda (Tricycle, Fall 2014). It spoke to me right away. First, the image it conjured up (no doubt enhanced by a zombie fad that just won’t go away) of vast populations shuffling along, lost in thought, moving in a dream ...more
- APPLY NOW>>> Application Deadline: November 1, 2014
Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 30 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in ...more
- Welcome to campus, new Reedies!! We're so excited to meet you. You'll soon become acquainted with your dormies, HA, and RD. But in the mean time, here are some helpful links:
Map of campus
Maintenance Requests--facilities has been working hard to prepare the campus for the academic year, but if anything is amiss an online maintenance ...more
- People always ask me how long I have been studying English. That’s a good question. Since my father is a professor of English in China, I was exposed to the English language when I was a baby. My parents have pictures of me “reading” the English dictionary not long after I learned how to sit. ...more
- I want to start my first contribution of this blog by saying thank you for visiting this site. You will find some information about this blog to the left, under about this blog; under contact ITS staff you can find my contact information. Please feel free to get in touch with me to share your comments, suggestions, or ...more
- Meetup is one of the websites that connect you with your neighbors. I have heard many students commenting on how they think having conversation partners or communities would help with their language acquisition, but they struggle to find people they could talk to using the target languages. Meetup is great in this sense, as "meetups ...more
- Here are a variety of online resources that may help you learn Russian.
If you enjoy comics, you can learn Russian with comics: К О М И К С. Р У
КОМИКСЫ ДЛЯ ДЕТЕЙ И НЕ ТОЛЬКО...
If you enjoy theatre, check out the Journal of Russian Cinema.
If you are interested in reading, here is an Encyclopedia in Russian. Since this ...more
- All about Chinese is unique. It is so special that I found myself scrolling through the pages, looking at the pictures and the words as if it had taken me back to my own college days. It has its innocence, simplicity, quietness, romance, cuteness, sweetness, and beauty. If you are also interested in painting and photography, ...more
- French Grammar Central is developed by Robert D. Peckham from University of Tennessee Martin. It is one of the most complete grammar study guides I have ever encountered.
French Grammar Central claims "nearly 580 links," and "is ample material for course on an advance college level, and would be particularly good for those studying for exit ...more
- It appears to me that people make different choices when it comes to how they spend their time waiting for things. In the waiting area at a doctor's office, you might see people reading magazines, chatting in person, staring at the ceiling or their toes, watching the door that the nurses come out to call ...more
- The Russian Language Mentor has a great collection of resources spanning 14 categories:
Developing Language Proficiency Reading
Developing Language Proficiency Listening
Developing Russian Cultural Literacy (in English)
Cultural Literacy Interactive Research Index
Grammar Review and Mailbadg
Crossword Challenge: Building Vocabulary
Fundamentals of Case Grammar
Internet Resources (Link to SEELRC Webliographies)
Developing Scientific and Technical Literacy
Intermediate Russian Grammar Exercises
Country Study eProtfolio
The Irregardless Gallery at the Boris ...more
- When I worked at a different institution, I sometimes heard people say that we should not keep students from multitasking, because that's how students today learn. The current generation of students grew up in a world surrounded by technology, and using technology has become part of their lives as much as eating and sleeping. In class, students may ...more
- Knowmia has a collection of over 8,000 videos. It is designed mostly for high school teaching and learning, but I do find the Chinese language collection to be beneficial to our students. The reason I recommend the Chinese class collection to our students but not necessarily the French and Spanish collections, is that the lessons ...more
- Webcast in Russian: VOVOSTI NEDELI is a project of the National Capital Language Recourse Center. The NCLRC offers webcasts in three languages: Arabic, Chinese and Russian, among which the Russian webcasts appear to be the most developed ones with exercises associatedwith each webcast.
When you come to the home page, you will find a description of the ...more
- Microblogs came into China in 2009 and this social platform has grown tremendously in the past several years. With most Microblog users being young people (defined as under 30), and of this generation (born in the 80’s and 90’s), microblogs have shown great influence in China in both social and political aspects.
Yang Lan (Wikipedia), a famous ...more
- I learned about Duolingo at the CALICO conference in May 2012. James Paul Gee mentioned Duolingo briefly in his keynote speech. In the summer, one of our French students mentioned that he had enjoyed studying with Duolingo. Duolingo provides excellent exercises for language learners although students might find learning a little challenging if they start to ...more
- “Spanish Proficiency Exercises is a compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks.” This project is developed by University of Texas at Austin. (link to project) You can access this great resource for free without registering for an account.
The exercises are ...more
- Aichinese.com is a resource that Chinese instructors and students should not miss. This is a great resource for listening and speaking exercises, and it also provides excellent content learning information. With a free account, you will be surprised how many materials are provided. Even as a native speaker, it will take me quite some time to go ...more
- Jack Burston, a senior lecturer in French at Monash University in Australia, and also as of this writing the Software Review Editor of the CALICO (The Computer Assisted Language Insruction Consortium) Journal, has written a detailed, in-depth review of the French grammar/spell checker software Antidote. Since Antidote is also what we use in our language lab at ...more
- Before I discovered Jing, for over 10 years I had been using a different program to capture images on PCs. As stubborn as I could be, I had no doubt that I needed to say goodbye to my old friend and to adopt Jing to do the capturing work, especially for video capturing. The image capturing ...more
- When I found Arcade, a game/quiz/flashcard generator, I was very excited. Arcade is educational, simple, and it brings you and your students a lot of fun. You might feel like you are playing video games, but it is definitely more than just playing—Arcade provides great exercises for language learning while brings different "flavors" to your classroom.
- The more I work with all-things-spatial, the more I want to infuse this sort of work across campus -- maps as data visualizations, spatial context as framing for questions and answers, spatial patterns as answers and questions.
Paideia seemed an excellent opportunity to test-drive some ideas and spread the Gospel of Spatial Framing (or was that ...more
- As part of our spring Quantitative Research Skills Workshop Series, I held an introduction workshop for MATLAB this afternoon. The presentation was aimed at a completely näive audience -- we covered some background of the program and its applications, walked through the interface, did some basic calculations, and heard from a Psychology faculty member who uses ...more
- This afternoon I presented some basics of LaTeX (what is it, why would I not/want to use it, how do I use it) to Physics 200 students who were tasked with writing their lab reports using LaTeX.
We started with the requisite slides and spent most of the hour-long session working through a template modeled on ...more
- Hello. I’d like to introduce myself. I'm Joe Janiga, the Instructional Technologist for Performing Arts at Reed. In my first post I would like to introduce you to specialized rooms and the hardware within them at the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC) in the Performing Arts Building (PAB), located on the west end of campus.
- Recommended Resource: LangMedia
Most language learners are familiar with the term “language proficiency.” Four components -- listening, speaking, reading and writing -- are measured when a learner’s language proficiency is being assessed. The measurement of world languages proficiency follows the guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
For all components of proficiency, “distinguished” ...more
- Prepping for Paideia this year, I approached visiting professor Albert Kim about providing a quick one-hour introduction to R. R is the chosen platform for our introductory statistics course and is used by folks across all the sciences (social, physical, natural) across campus. Speaking with faculty and students over the past two years, I regularly ...more
- My introduction to Paideia teaching was a grey Thursday in January 2013 -- blessed be that first batch of students, for they were patient with the initial out-of-the-gates lecture, which I've since refined considerably.
For this year's Paideia runs (two classes of ~10 people each) I restructured my approach a bit, added the OKCupid data that ...more
- Like many students from California, I have my car with me most of the time that I am in Portland. This has proven quite useful through most of my time here, but it definitely isn't a necessity. In some cases, I even choose to use public transit to get around town.
Recently, a friend from high school was ...more
- At 620 feet, Multnomah Falls, in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is the second-highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Luckily for me, it’s also only thirty miles from Portland.
Multnomah Falls is on pretty much every must-see list for Portland. So, during a visit from my significant other’s parents, we all trekked out ...more
- Weekly meditation is being offered this summer in the Eliot chapel during the noon hour.
The main change is that we are meeting on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. Otherwise, each session follows the same schedule used during the school year with the first bells rung at 12:10 and the last bells rung at 12:40 (see Meditation ...more
- The Reed campus is loaded with caregivers. Teachers, staff, roommates, all looking after one another day after day. I think it is fair to say that care giving is one of the most rewarding experiences a human can have, and is one of the things that makes campus life so satisfying.
It seems a little paradoxical, ...more
- Several decades ago I dated a smart, hardworking environmental biologist who had been driven away from the field by the gender biases that existed then. Time has fogged over my memory of most of her stories, but one memory still remains. She and her undergraduate classmates were sent on a field trip to make measurements ...more
- One of the things that I really love about the Reed community is that individuals help support each other all the time in various ways. I think this orientation to help others in the community is really fostered because of Reed's Honor Principle.
Musings aside, sometimes this allows really fun opportunities to land in your lap! ...more
- One thing about transitioning to adulthood that they never tell you: you gotta cook all your own food. I'm beginning to build that skill now, as I've moved off campus and into a house with a kitchen-- and often, I miss the dining hall. So if any applicants (or incoming freshmen!) out there are nervous ...more
- School starts again in a few weeks. For me that usually means going into overdrive wrapping up summer projects and putting together materials for the new year. If I haven't found vacation time yet, it probably isn't going to happen. At least that's my usual pattern, but a recent NY Times op-ed by Daniel J. ...more
- This past year, I had a little tradition that I keep with myself.
Almost every Sunday, I would head off campus to a neighborhood coffee shop to eat pastries and do work (but mostly eat pastries).
While living in the dorms, I got off campus a fair amount, to go vintage shopping in the Hawthorne neighborhood or ...more
- NEW FALL LINGUISTICS COURSE:
LING 348 Algonquian Morphosyntax (a.k.a “Languages of the Americas”).
The course will meet Tues evenings in the 6:10 to 9:00 PM slot. The syllabus is being updated—but will resemble the one here.
Languages of the Algonquian family (Native North America) are spoken from the Atlantic Coast to the Rocky Mountains—with one diasporic outlier in Mexico and remote historical connections ...more
- A couple of weeks ago, I finally had the pleasure of going to the Oregon Coast. Packed into a small five-seater car, some friends and I made the two hour journey to Cannon Beach. I'd only been to the Oregon coast once before, and that was during a very stormy fall break- not ideal beach weather.
This time, the ...more
- Below is an announcement from Claire Bowern at Yale University:
I will be holding a summer 'grammar boot camp' from June 1 to June 26, 2015. The idea is to have up to four advanced undergraduate students work intensively on existing high-quality archival field notes and recordings with the aim of producing a publishable sketch grammar. ...more
- I walk into Eliot Circle at exactly 2:28pm for my 2:30 appointment. I sit down on the stairs to Eliot Hall, and wait to be greeted and brought upstairs to where I will participate in a linguistics research study, transforming my life experiences, my charming personality, and my fantastic wit into what will eventually become a ...more
- #ThrowbackThursday! I wrote this blog post eons ago, but in case any readers are wondering what lectures on an average Wednesday are like, quench your curiosity:
Exceptional professors aren't so exceptional at Reed (we seem to be chock full of them for some weird reason…), but the Chemistry faculty have surprised me, as a student who ...more
- The June 30 issue of C&E News published this obituary of Chet Schink '41:
Chester A. (Chet) Schink, 93, a retired Tektronix chemist, died on Nov. 22, 2013, in Portland, Ore.
Born in Portland, Schink earned a bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland in 1941 and a master’s degree in biochemistry from Oregon State College (now ...more
- What happens when we sit in mindful meditation? Life happens. It is always happening, but we rarely pay attention to it. When we sit in mindful meditation, we sweep away all of the little activities that normally occupy our attention and leave just one thing before us: the activity of life.
A research investigation published in ...more
- The President's Summer Fellowship (PSF) was established two years ago to do something special: offer current students a chance "to think big and tackle a summer project that combines intellectual pursuit, imagination, adventure, personal transformation, and service to the greater good." (Learn more about the PSF and other "Life Beyond Reed" opportunities here.) This summer ...more
- Moving off campus, students generally have three options: 1) Renting a room somewhere near campus, 2) getting an apartment, 3) moving into a house with some friends. But at Reed there is also the option of moving into a Reed House. These houses have been occupied by Reed students for several generations, often carrying a ...more
- One of the best parts about living in Portland is the incredible nature that surrounds (and sometimes inhabits) the city. One perfect example of this is the Columbia River Gorge, the conservation area around it, and the historic highway that runs alongside it. Beginning a mere 20 minutes away from Portland, the area includes waterfalls (such ...more
- Reed is in many ways, a school of tradition (Doyle Owl, Renn Fayre, Hum Play...) and that extends even to where Reedies live. In the neighborhood around the campus, there is many a “Reed House;” homes that have been passed from one group of students to another for years and years (via landlords, leases, and ...more
- They're out! We had originally planned to send out housing assignments during the first week of August, but when assignments were finalized ahead of schedule we couldn't think of a good reason to keep you waiting.
So, first year and transfer students, check your Reed ...more
- Would you say your feelings towards leaving home and heading to college look something like the picture below?
This is a good characterization of how I felt leading up to my freshman orientation.
Don't worry, I felt that way too. The day before I left for college I was so spaced out I almost got hit by ...more
Pictured: Me, Kai, enjoying the sun on the front lawn at Reed
Summers in Portland are infamous. The myth of the warm weather and the ability to actually see the sun is one of the most alluring mysteries of the summer season. Those who stay on campus over the summer come to Fall semester full of ...more
- "Just before I walked into my qualifying exam, the committee convinced me that I was going to fail ... Later, when I interviewed for postdoc positions, committee members had nothing positive to say ... It was a continuous barrage of criticism aimed at undermining my self-confidence." - Dr. Fanuel Muindi, Science (18 July 2014, p. ...more
- Today, I had my lunch outside in the sun.
While the drizzle and damp of the late fall and early spring is ever-so-conducive to studying and paper-writing, all of that dissipates in the summer. Portland is blessed with warm, sunshiney summers, and Reed College’s wide open greens really shine this time of year.
Many Reedies spend their ...more
- Recently, while cleaning out the office, a large number of old (we're talking a decade -- as far back as 2004) publications were found. This came at an auspicious moment, as our bowl of buttons had been running low for a while.
Fun fact: A later incarnation of this mailer is what first put Reed on ...more
- Kate Hilts is a campus guide in the Office of Admission. Today, she is guest posting about the joys of exam week at Reed.
In the weirdest way, I almost look forward to finals at Reed. The week before exam week is reading week, a week for studying with no other commitments. I build my own ...more
- This past week, I came down with a notorious flu that’s been insidiously making its rounds all over campus.
With a high fever and a store throat, I reluctantly dragged myself over to our Health and Counseling Center for a proper diagnosis. The sympathetic nurses I saw confirmed my fears of the flu, gave me a ...more
- Just a short while ago, Reed hosted Reunions-- it's a little unlike a reunion at any other college, if only because any and every Reedie is invited. Alumni from classes ranging from the 2010's to the 1960's came to campus for a weekend to celebrate the Reed community. Even current students were invited-- so myself ...more
- Parts of Weinhold's Natural Population Analysis (NAO, NBO, but not NHO, NRT, perturbation calculations, etc.) have been part of Spartan from the very beginning, but the instructions for accessing this analysis keeps changing. Here is my understanding of what parts you can access in Spartan'14 and how to get them:
Natural atomic charges - By default, ...more
- Last week was an excellent one for the many cooks in the summer housing kitchens. On Tuesday, Cristobal and I made some delicious (and experimental) dishes. And on Wednesday… well, I’ll let you see for yourselves!
First up, Alyssa made a staple, her own baked vegetable dish that she cooks fairly frequently. When you work all ...more
- This week Woodbridge got together and had a big dinner of pasta and tomato sauce and watched Francis Ford Coppola's classic, "The Godfather, Part II."
Our resident Cheesemaster does one of the things he does best.
Ingredients prepped and ready to go. We didn’t have a lid big enough for the pot we borrowed from commons, ...more
- For years I have issued this advice to Chem 201 students before each exam, "Don't stay up too late studying," I say. "It doesn't help. You need to get good sleep in order to make good long-term memories." I have repeated this message over and over again not because I'm a "Mommy" who hates to ...more
- The Paradox is a student run coffee shop on campus, and this is the first time in several years that it is open all summer. During the school year, the Paradox can be pretty crowded, but the summer crowd is sparse, making it a great time to get acquainted with the Paradox.
The Paradox is a pretty cool ...more
- Portland is in the middle of its first blast of summer. A good time to cool off with some news from last December's issue of the Reed magazine. The magazine's focus was on the beautiful new PAB (Performing Arts Building) and the talented students and faculty who have been exploring its riches, but a bit ...more
- I snapped this photo when the parade passed by the Portland Oregon sign right by the Burnside Bridge.
June is Pride month, and this was the first year in recent memory that Reed had a contingency at the parade. We had a pretty good turn out, roughly 40 students and staff members showed up, as ...more
- NY Times, March 23, 2014: "In an industry in which grueling schedules are embraced as a badge of honor, efforts to promote work-life balance reflect a significant change in corporate culture." http://nyti.ms/1dDWpfA
A close friend, a NY Times subscriber, periodically sends me 'teasers' about articles in the paper. When this one arrived in late March, I ...more
- One of the most pervasive experiences in a college community is fear. Coming to campus in the fall, first-years ask, Will this be ok for me? Starting a new semester I ask, Will this work out ok for me? Faced with an important performance (a test question, an unanswered thought hanging over a conference discussion, ...more
- As a student in summer housing, it’s a huge change to go from eating all my meals at Commons to suddenly cooking for myself.
While the kitchens in the residence halls are great for occasional snack preparation, it’s difficult to see how each one could be the full-time primary prep site for about 15 hungry people. ...more
- The cover story for this week's C&E News (June 23, 2014) is called Triclosan Under the Microscope. Triclosan is mainly used as an anti-bacterial additive. According to the article, small amounts of triclosan are routinely added to "soaps, bodywashes, deodorants, toothpaste, shaving gel, and cosmetics, as well as products such as dishwashing liquids, laundry detergents, ...more
- National Public Radio's weekly science news show, Science Friday, came to Portland recently and spoke with Ilana Novakoski '16 about Reed's research reactor. Ilana was interviewed onstage by the show's host, Ira Flatow, and also conducted an audio tour of reactor operations, the swimming pool, and the famous "blue glow" for Science Friday. The 12 ...more
- The solstice is upon us and summer has officially arrived. The long days provide lots of time for reading and catching up with the September 2013 issue of the Reed magazine ...
Pink Shoes, Blue Glow (p. 5) profiled Melinda Krahenbuhl, the director of Reed's research reactor. Melinda, who arrived at Reed in 2011, has become ...more
- The tents have been built. The class banners have been hung. Alumni are walking around campus. ReedFayre '14 is less than 12 hours away. Let's see what the June 2013 issue of the Reed magazine was telling us about Reed chemists one year ago ...
Striking Keys in Africa (p. 6) looked forward to the Watson-funded ...more
- Monkey puzzle tree on the front lawn
Reed College, like much of Portland, is filled with evergreen trees. But one tree in particular stands out among the firs: The Monkey Puzzle tree! These trees, native to the central and southern Andean regions of Chile and Argentina, are an ancient species of tree and considered a ...more
- This Tuesday, I had the pleasure of visiting the International Rose Test Garden here in Portland. Located in Washington Park, just a bit West of downtown, the Rose Garden was a spectacle that I was delighted to visit. The Rose Garden was established in 1917, and covers 4.5 acres with over 600 different Rose varieties.
- Since I have the pleasure of staying in Portland this summer break, I've decided to take advantage of all the city has to offer (and my extended availability, now that I don't have any classes to go to or homework to finish). I'm hoping to explore the city, and get to do all the fun ...more
- So, I'm gonna go ahead and jump on the bandwagon here: This is my summer to-do list. All of it is stuff I have not done before, and my ultimate goal is to check it all off by the time fall classes start.
(N.B.: More than half of the items listed are food.)
Bamboo Sushi. Noteable for its ...more
- In the summer, I like to sleep. A lot. But after about a week of marathoning both Netflix and sleeping, I begin to feel a little bit ancy and a lotta-bit bored. That's why I always try and make a summer bucket list, much like Kai did. I wanted to share part of my list ...more
- The weekend after finals ended, I trekked across town to the Portland Pug Crawl sponsored by the Oregon Humane Society. The event to see was the costume parade. The theme for the costume parade was "Pug City Comic Con," as many pugs were dressed up in a variety of fandom costumes.
Here are some of my ...more
- "In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them."
At the beginning of each summer, when the school year is over and I begin to transition from one type of weekly tempo to ...more
- In preparation for my move off-campus for the summer, I was faced with one omnipresent question which demanded an answer: now that Commons is closed, what sort of food will I cook for myself? With utmost fervor, I set myself to Pinterest, Tumblr, and whatever DIY blog I could find on the internet so that ...more
- Reed is going to Portland’s Pride Parade on Sunday, June 15! We are setting up in Spot 61, Section 11—just off of NW Flanders and 8th. See maps below. Pride wants you to arrive by 10 a.m. under threat of not being able to enter the set-up area (the parade itself starts at 11 a.m., ...more
- Eric Mazur is well known in science teaching circles for the innovative teaching approaches that he has popularized. He pays close attention to student behavior and data on student performance, and he also thinks deeply about what is going on in our classrooms. Most importantly, he isn't afraid to try new things and advocate for ...more
- Graduation is well behind us. Everyone is trying to figure out how to accomplish all those special things that we couldn't do during the school year and can only attempt during summer break. At the risk of loading you down with more than you can possibly handle, here's a suggestion for one more thing to ...more
- Today's Dilbert is both reassuring and unsettling ...more
- The role of contemplation in human affairs is gradually working its way into higher education. The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education has been a gathering spot for educators who see "the life of the mind" as something larger than a purely intellectual pursuit. And just recently, Brown University has announced a new academic ...more
- Last weekend, Sequoia ventured East to explore the Painted Hills!
After a close encounter with private property rights, we finally arrived at the John Day beds. The Painted Hills are named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain. Different layers allude to vegetative ...more
- With a bit more brainstorming, I've come up with a few more fun things to do before starting up my senior year here at Reed.
Visit the Oregon Zoo- I had planned to go to the Zoo early on in my Reed career, but for some reason it never quite happened. (this last semester, the Gray ...more
Hey all! My name is Nick Fiore and I am a rising junior Math-Econ major.
Looking for new adventures outside of the Sonoran Desert, I trekked from Arizona to Oregon to make the ever verdant, eclectic Portland my new home. When I am not in class, learning about GDP growth or the Mandelbrot Set, I like ...more
Hi y'all! My name is Kai; I'm a (rising) senior Economics major here at Reed, and one of
the current summer interns in the Admission office. My hometown is Port Townsend, Washington but my family now resides in Phoenix, AZ. Below you will find a lovely photo of me, in my full admissions get-up (namely, my name-tag)
Hi there, my name is Dwayne. I am a senior art history major from the Los Angeles area. In addition to working in the Admission Office, I am a student senator and an intern at the Multicultural Resource Center, where I have worked since my freshman year. I was also a mentor in the Peer ...more
- The Quest ran a terrific piece on the findings by all strategic-planning work groups; the students involved in each group submitted the following summaries, and we are pleased to share them with you. If reading the full reports is a daunting task, enjoy these cogent recaps!
Strategic Planning Working Group Report Summaries
April 25, 2014 (originally ...more
- Reed College announced today that its efforts to mitigate carbon emissions have actually been part of an elaborate hoax. Prof. Terra Bakey, dean of the College's division of mathematics and natural sciences had this to say, "We have known for a long time that this whole human-caused global warming 'phenomenon' was cooked up by atmospheric ...more
- One of our regular meditators, Breesa, tipped me off to an interesting connection between meditation and pop music: Rick Rubin: Rick produces pop music of all varieties. His "clients" have included the Beastie Boys, Dixie Chicks, Metallica, LL Cool J, Eminem, Aerosmith, and Johnny Cash. So many of his productions have "gone platinum" and won ...more
- A colleague shared a yellowed, crumpled page from a book, "A Half Century in Chemistry at UCLA, 1932-1982" by Francis Blacet (Acad. Pub. Services, 1987). On this piece of paper was a short biography of Prof. Thomas Conger Morgan (1874-1940), Reed College's first chemistry professor. It reads,
Prof. Thomas C. Morgan "WILLIAM CONGER MORGAN was ...more
- Anam C.ara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'Donohue (1956-2008) opens with:
It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you. No one else can bring you news of this inner world.
- There's a tall stack of magazines on the table in my front hallway. It grows and grows from August until May, and only then does it lose some height. I recently rescued "Pathogenius," the March 2013 issue of the Reed magazine, from the stack and found all kinds of chemists between its covers...
Prof. Silas Cook ...more
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- That's the title of the shadow puppet show I saw a few weekends ago on campus. Reed's theater department recently added courses in shadow puppetry, and their final show this year was a five-act adaptation of the epic of Gilgamesh.
It was a mix between paper puppetry and live action with shadow-making headpieces. Though the pieces ...more
- Reed's plans to divest all fossil fuel holdings from its endowment were announced today by commencement speaker, Igor Vamos '93. In the midst of his speech, which focused largely on the challenges of climate change, he told today's graduates that their job is to "do what they must" to address these challenges rather than just ...more
- Congratulations to all of the Reed seniors who graduated last Monday. And a special shout-out to the three chemists from the Class of 2014 who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa: Rachel Yahn (BMB), Talya Levitz (BMB), Trevor Lohrey ...more
- The Dalai Lama Environmental Summit was held in Portland in May 2013. Many thousands attended. Maitripa College, the first Tibetan Buddhist college in the Pacific NW, has released a free 11 minute video highlighting some of the speakers, ideas, and feelings from that day. I hope some of this continues to echo one year later.
- The President's Summer Fellowship program was inaugurated in 2012 by President John Kroger with a generous gift from trustee Dan Greenberg ’62 and Susan Steinhauser. The program, which is only open to Reed students, is highly competitive. Among the eight winners: Johnny Mendoza '15 for "Green Chemistry and Green Chemistry Labs." Johnny will work on ...more
- Earlier this week, I laid down on the rugby field with a friend and watched the sun fall peacefully beneath the hills of Portland.
Reflecting on my life choices which have brought me to this very specific point in time and space, I feel nothing but joy and gratitude. As the end of the year marches ...more
- The other day, I was dispatched to make a banner congratulating two staff members on their 50-mile run (seriously, 50 miles). So I took a jog over to the haven of on-campus communal craft supplies, the Student Activities Office.
The Student Activities Office doesn’t get talked about enough (except by me, on tours, because it’s also ...more
- Graduation is behind us and college life has started moving to a different rhythm. One sign of this will be a change in meditation day from Wednesday to Thursday. Our summer (May 22 - August 21) meditation schedule will be:
Thursdays, Eliot chapel, 12-1 PM (first bells at 12:10)
See our Meditation Schedule page for more information ...more
- Thirty years is a long time in Professor Years.
When Ron McClard joined the Reed faculty in 1984 chemistry was being taught in the old chemistry building, a leaky, cold structure with broken plumbing, inadequate office space, and poorly equipped labs.* But Ron seized the opportunity he was given and began doing and publishing research with ...more
- Every morning, this is my view as I walk to class:
That’s the canyon. As I walk across the bridge, over it, at 8 a.m. every day, I hear birds chattering and see the occasional squirrel. I can also hear the creek, pictured below.
I’m super excited to move off campus in a few weeks (!!), but ...more
- In early September, The Class of 2014, gathered in the Library Lobby to acquire a Thesis Desk.
A write of passage, if you will.
Every Senior gets their own workspace on campus where they compose their theses for the year. Art majors have studio spaces, science folk pipette in their very own offices.
My chum, Chris Munoz, defended ...more
- It's becoming a cliche to say we live in the Age of Distraction.
But 'distraction' doesn't mean the same thing for everyone. What if your brain is unusually inclined to distraction? What if it interferes with your ability to focus? There are drugs for treating ADHD, yet some of the newest research ("Exercising the Mind to ...more
- In a few days I'll sit under the big white tent and watch a few hundred Reed seniors walk across the platform and accept their diplomas. It will be a proud, happy moment for the graduate, their family, and all of us at Reed. Then, hours later they will drive away from campus, heading off ...more
- Humanities 110 (fondly referred to simply as "Hum" by much of the student body) is simultaneously Reed's only required class and one of our most well-loved traditions. All non-transfer students (and some transfer students who opt in!) spend their first two semesters at Reed working their way through texts of the ancient Mediterranean world, and learning ...more
- Dear Students,
Kara, Sameer, and Lal will be hiring a summer research assistant. If you are interested in the positions, please email your letter of interest to Kara at email@example.com.
Classification: Student Assistant III
Description: Research Assistant in Sociophonetics. To assist in transcribing the content of interviews and performing auditory coding of creaky voice.
Qualifications: Previous coursework in Sociolinguistics and/or Phonetics is ...more
- Classes are over. Renn Fayre is past. Maybe you've caught up some on your sleep, or maybe you've been too worried? Did I turn in that late lab report? What room is my final exam being held in? Did I call about the storage company about getting my stuff packed away? My dorm room is ...more
- It is Orals week on the Reed campus. Day after day, hour after hour, senior after senior sits down in a room with three or four faculty to answer questions about their senior projects. Sometimes answers leap to a senior's lips. Other times there is only stunned silence and puzzlement. Whatever the senior's response, there ...more
- Front desk worker Carly got the lowdown on Resident Director Nick, the newest member of our Residence Life staff.
Nick at Angel's Rest just outside of Portland, near Multnomah Falls.
Carly: What is the weirdest thing you've ever googled?
Nick: One of the weirdest things I've googled is "human being". The first thing that pops up is ...more
- This past weekend was our yearly celebration of the seniors' academic achievement: Renn Fayre. The theme was "Close Encounters," and there were approximately 2.5 million fun alien-related things happening on campus, from free food to art projects to live music.
That's thesis parade, the kick-off to the weekend in which seniors burn their thesis drafts and ...more
- Health fads die hard.
For example, while I enjoy eating all kinds of things (chocolate, yum), I can't help giving myself little pats on the back for leaning towards foods with fiber and nutrients and steering clear of saturated fat and sugar. So you can imagine my disappointment when I read, "An Apple a Day, and ...more
- The German and French Language Houses collaborated on the Spring Bal-Folk Event which took place on April 19th in the Quad.
We provided some authentic German cuisine in the form of Otto's Sausages, bayerischer Kartoffelsalat (Bavarian Potato Salad), a selection of Artisan Mustards, and a strawberry cream cake to top it all off. We started with ...more
This semester, residents of Sullivan 2 have become strangely aware of the goings-on inside and outside of the Reed Bubble.
As it turns out, Reedies tend to forget that there's anything but the dorm, the library, and Commons. To remedy this, news stories everywhere from the dorm to deep space have begun popping up weekly.
We've been ...more
- Fun for all ages.
Reed '16 shares his school's name and ingenious intellect. The following are pictures are from his Milton Bradley two-player guessing game spin-off, Guess Who?
Popular questions include, but are not limited to, 1) "Would you want to survive the Zombie Apocalypse with this person?" 2)"Does this person take orderly lecture notes?" and 3) ...more
- One of the most wonderful aspects of Reed is the agency the students have to create new organizations and events, to act upon ideas and turn them into reality. This comes in many forms. For example, one of my close friends had an idea to create her own theme dorm her freshman year (Random House: ...more
- I’m going to miss my dorm room.
At the end of last year, I got a great housing lottery number, and so got to hand-pick my room before most other students. After much trepidation (an Old Dorm Block room with a fireplace? an Anna Man room with a sunset view?) I chose this one:
It's in Sitka, ...more
- The summer housing application can be accessed through the housing portal. Students will be informed of their application status via email by May 2nd, and if accepted into summer housing must confirm their acceptance with our office by May 9th. Please visit the summer housing section of our website for further information.
We're looking forward to ...more
- An NMR spectrum provides important data on what's in the NMR sample. Students are taught to look for certain contaminants - TMS, CHCl3, H2O - as a matter of routine. As many know, however, removing the last traces of chromatography solvent, unreacted starting material, and so on, can be a difficult chore so some Japanese ...more
- It's that time of year. The end of spring semester, when all of a sudden you realize that there are two weeks left of classes and ten-weeks' worth of things to do. Since nothing makes sense, there's only one thing we can do: Stop Making Sense.
The original concert poster
For those who don't know about ...more
Time period: July / 4 weeks
The Summer Department of Linguistics at PUCP combines an intensive course program that approaches the documenting process of a little-known language from different perspectives during a fieldwork season in the Peruvian Amazon. In said fieldwork season, the iskonawa language will be studied. It only has six speakers in Peru, and it will ...more
- This week's C&E News (April 14, p. 34) carried news of the death of Prof. Andre S. on December 24. He was 94 years old, and his long career had taken him from academia (B.S. and M.S. Columbia, Ph.D. U. Michigan) to industry (Hoffmann-La Roche) and back again, and from Switzerland to the ...more
- A zen friend shared this wonderful Ballard Street cartoon from earlier in the week (April 15).
Kind of says it all, doesn't it? When we let our guard down and open up? WOW!
Ballard Street is filled with quirky characters from the wildly creative mind and pen of Jerry van ...more
- Sharing a meditation space with others helps me as a meditator. It actually encourages me to sit, to sit more mindfully. I also feel that it helps soften many of the mental barriers my mind habitually erects between "I" and "Other."
Of course, meditating together isn't always possible. Everyone has a different schedule. So here are ...more
- I passed!!!!! I officially:
have senior status
can enroll in Thesis 470
feel like a total baller ("Qual-er?")
The news came with this wonderful, fancy letter:
My Qual letter! You can't see it here, but it came with a fancy Reed letterhead and everything.
And an ambush of texts and Snapchats such as this one from my incandescent best friend:
- Reed Admit Days (RAD) was over the weekend, and last night I hosted a little event in my dorm kitchen. And I got to bake my favorite cookies:
They're vegan snickerdoodles. And they were a hit. Even with Crockett, the Admission counselor, who came!
I met a super cool prospie, Savannah, from California. We talked about dorms, ...more
- Alaïa and I, both HAs in Old Dorm Blocks, brought our dormies on a day trip to the Pearl district downtown. After a quick drive across the river, our first stop was the Museum of Contemporary Craft. On display was This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, a feature presented by different ...more
- The Fifth Summer School in Cognitive Sciences : Web Science and the Mind. Organized by the UQAM Cognitive Science Institute in Montréal (Canada), from July 7th to 18th. Theme of the Summer Institute: Web Science and the Mind. This summer school will present a comprehensive overview of the interactions between the web and cognitive sciences, ...more
- The next few weeks could be one of the most emotionally intense periods that some Reedies will have ever experienced. If you are having a hard time, don't hesitate to check in with Health & Counseling Services, Student Services, or Community Safety. They are standing by and ready to help.
If you are looking for some ...more
- Barbara Ehrenreich has been engaged in a life-long search for the truth. Starting Reed College as a chemist, she completed her thesis under the direction of physicist Prof. Jean DeLord (thesis title: Electrochemical oscillations of the silicon anode). Starting graduate school as a physicist, she completed her PhD in biology. Her search for the truth ...more
- This week's Oregonian featured a multi-part series, Mindfulness in policing, on a mindfulness-based resiliency training (MBRT) program that the Hillsboro Police Department has been operating for its officers. As Hillsboro Police Lt. Richard Goerling put it, "being a cop kills you." So he worked with fellow officers and local meditation experts to develop a program ...more
- Full-time Lab Manager position in the NYU Neurolinguistics Laboratory (PI: Liina Pylkkänen). Initial appointment for one year, with possibility of renewal. BA/BS or MA/MS in a cognitive science-related
discipline (psychology, linguistics, etc.) or computer science is required.
The lab manager will be involved in all stages of execution and analysis of
MEG experiments on language ...more
Jordan Language Academy has the pleasure to renew its invitation to Reed College students to join our Intensive Programs in Arabic language and culture for SUMMER 2014 (click here), semester I, semester II and our winter intensive programs (click here for details).
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us. To view our 2014/2015 Academic CALENDAR, ...more
The Linguistic Society of America is seeking applications for the position of student intern at its national office for the summer 2014 semester (May - August). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of linguistics, the professional needs of LSA members, and the LSA's broader agenda to advance the scientific study ...more
- I will begin by saying that a lot of these hacks are ridiculously simple. BUT I think they also show how you can get ~*~*creative*~*~ at Commons without spending too much time trying to get your concoction together.
So here it is.
Sometimes you feel like eating something greasy and absolutely stomach-turning and you, unfortunately, do not ...more
- My Freshman House Advisor was the first upperclass(wo)man I met last year. HAs promote Reed College student resources, help students in need of personal, academic, health, or mental health support, organize dorm outings throughout the school year, and make residential life at Reed superb.
In the second floor of Bidwell, where I abide, Angelynn is the ...more
- sit down 'round our table, student
and listen to my tale
a tale of sound and fury--
a scholarly portrayal
our prof is called by name, her first
my peers are on alert
collecting data, explaining texts
a motley type consort
we strive for knowledge, for laurel leaves
we're reading all the day
when we speak, we orate true
let voices lead our way
oh, Goddess, Muse, ...more
- This week I feel simultaneously grown up and triumphant. The reason for this is that Monday night I submitted my Junior Qualifying Exam. The "Qual" varies by major, but is something that all Reed students have to do during their junior year to demonstrate they are qualified to write a senior thesis in their major.
- Where do we sit when we meditate? By this I don't mean, do we sit on a cushion or on a chair? I don't even mean, do we sit in our bedroom or under a tree?
What I am asking is simply this: where do our minds sit? Are the thoughts that 'run round our heads' ...more
- Hi, junior Reedies! We've heard that some of you are anxious about your chances of getting a room on campus for next academic year, so we wanted to try to help dispel a few of the myths that seem to be circulating and help you feel better informed about the room selection process. Here's the ...more
- I can imagine after sacking the sacred citadel of Troy, and a ten-year voyage home, Odysseus was a little peckish.
At 6pm sharp, the Reed College Bookstore turns into Homer's Hut, a wonderland of nourishment and personal care items. Until 3am, Reedies can purchase from a hodgepodge of nibbles- salubrious and sweet.
Meet Annam, who's name coincidentally ...more
- Many of my peers spent their spring break sleeping in, sampling food carts, and lying out on the front lawn (it's 70 and sunny as I write this). Me? I took advantage of Portland's close proximity to Oregonian natural wonders, like this hot spring:
Natural mineral-water geothermal spring near Detroit, OR.
That's where I soaked one ...more
- On Thursday night before Spring Break, Sullivan 1 and 3 Northside shared pizza and a discussion on the concept of privilege.
We set the language so that everyone could foster a safe, non-judgmental, and open environment during the discussion. It successfully was so. We mostly talked about interacting with others with different privileges. Most people shared ...more
- I admit it, when a sentence begins with "studies show ..." I get hooked every time. I read right to the end. What did the study show? Do I believe the results? Hey, who am I to judge? Why do I even care? Hmmm.
Here are links to two recent studies on the effects of meditation, ...more
- When: March 25, 2014
Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location: Eliot 314
Details: WHAT it is, HOW to prepare, HOW to get the score you need!
Presenter: Michael Schocket LLP
Remember preparing for the SAT? Well, preparing for the LSAT will be nothing like that if you do it right.
Michael Schocket is a Georgetown University Law Center graduate, who ...more
- It's officially spring and flowers are blooming everywhere!
Check out these blooms growing around campus...
leaning on Anna Mann
covering the Grove
snuggling up to ODB
hiding in the Canyon
popping up outside of Eliot Hall
spilling all over the ...more
- The Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Coordinator of Research Programs to conduct and facilitate research activities in the Conversation Lab, which is directed by Sarah Brown-Schmidt. The Coordinator will be involved in every aspect of the research including recruiting participants, conducting psycholinguistics experiments, coding and analyzing data, supervising ...more
- The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to four full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers.
Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2014. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a ...more
- Spring always begins for me with Reed Arts Week, or RAW, and this year's theme was "Daemon." There are a couple ways to experience RAW, and I'm not the kind that prints out a schedule and checks off each exhibit in turn. Mostly, I wander the campus and happen upon installations naturally. Faves from this ...more
- Images of Corinne's show, taken by Amanda Carnegie '15
Because senior theses represent the accumulation of four years of study, they can easily fly over the heads of underclassmen and those in disparate disciplines. Seniors in the theater department, however, create (or otherwise produce, direct, design, and/or perform) theses that their peers, both in their own and ...more
- Today we were regaled by Hanno, Agorastacles and Milphio in Plautus' Poenulus in the grand theater in Taormina, Roman Tauromenium. The weather was glorious, the tourists few and we got to experiment with the acoustics, consider who exactly was foreign in this building and enjoy the full vista of both a snow-capped Etna and the ...more
- No field trip this week -- as it is Thanksgiving Break. Many students have gone traveling -- Athens, Rome, Turkey, Sicel sites in Italy -- depending on taste! Next week ...more
Today we visited Eurialo, the
great fort outside of Syracuse, probably built initially by Dionysius I as part
of his strategy to enclose the whole ridge with a wall in order to prevent an
attacker occupying the ridge and investing the city (as Athens tried to do in
414-3). That fort probably had little in common with the present ...more
- On Friday 14th we went to Morgantina, a Sicel settlement in inland Sicily -- we had moved the day forward about 2 weeks to avoid bad weather, but in the event, it was another glorious day. More pictures of the site are to the right, but the mosaics were looking fine. The fillet mosaic in ...more
On Sunday those who wanted to took a trip to Catania's Serie
A team. Their opponents were Cagliari, Sardinia, who lay 3 points behind them
in the table. Catania had started well, but had recently begun its familiar
slide towards the relegation zone... a victory, as the program noted, was "a
must." Cagliari featured the oddly named Acquafresca, who ...more
On Friday, as part of a larger examination of the politics
of theater in both Athens and Syracuse, we visited the impressive theater in
Syracuse. Most of the visible remains date from the renovations of Hieron II in
the third century BCE:
Inscriptions naming wedges as belonging to Hieron's family
can still be seen:
This one names the wedge as " ...more
- On Sunday, we were all lucky enough to be invited to the house of the excellent parents of our excellent Italian instructor, Rocco. The house was just outside Lentini, the site of the early Chalcidian colony of Leontini -- not far from Catania, the second settlement -- after Naxos -- of Naxos' founder Theocles, and ...more
- All returned safely from our long field trip to western Sicily and Tunisia -- incredible sites, fine weather, and not too rough a crossing to Africa (though getting through passport control was another matter)...Acragas:Selinunte (where we finally mastered double-angle contraction):Segesta:Dougga, with tortoise:Palermo:And Piazza Armerina:More pictures of the sites on the pages to the right...And I ...more
- Today we had a temple day visiting the two Doric temples in Ortygia. Here we are outside the Temple of Apollo, just inside the city gateAnd with our trusty driverFor the temple of Athena, and the spring of Arethusa, which we also visited, see the pages to your ...more
- Or Catina, as it was known. Last week students also spent a day piecing together the bits of Roman Catania -- for pictures see the page for Catina in the photos section to the right of the page.Megara Hyblaia, one of the first Greek colonies/settlements on the island, and a well preserved site, is our ...more
- Just to the North of Catania, you can find a small, but very pleasant town called Acireale. Its highlight is a fine Norman castle, on an island for around the first century of its life, but then connected to the mainland by a lava flow:The rock you can see in the distance to the right ...more
- Pictures from the opening week orientation trip to Mt Etna: students, faculty, faculty families, our resident director and our vulcanologist ...more
- Welcome to this site! My goal with my blog this year (2008-09) is primarily to use this space to disseminate information about the new ICCS (Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies) program in Catania, Sicily. This program is beginning life this September -- my colleague, Matt Panciera of Gustavus Adolphus college in MN, myself and the ...more
- Well, it is the end of the semester and everyone has either left now or is in the process of leaving; we had our final dinner on Wednesday after the final final -- the interpretation of two works in Catania's Museo Civico.
The weather is glorious, but it is a little melancholy -- the end of ...more
- This was our final week of classes. On Friday we visited the 4th century villa at Piazza Armerina, famous for its many beautiful mosaics:
For more pictures, follow this link. On Saturday we were lucky to be able to go to a performance of the Medea in the theater in Syracuse originally constructed for Hieron I, ...more
- This week we spent Thursday at the opera in Catania, and Friday and Saturday at two of the more up-market resorts in the area, first, Taormina, with its wonderful Hellenistic/Roman theater, and then on Saturday, as part of an excursion, the island of Lipari, supposed home of Aeolus and his bag of winds.The opera was ...more
- Last week we visited the beautifully kept Sicel city of Morgantina -- the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman site that is the main part, the rather more off-the-beaten track archaic citadel destroyed by the Sicel leader Ducetius, and the excellent museum in near-by Aidone. The houses on the east hill offer fine examples of wealthy Hellenistic ...more
- A busy weekend: on Saturday many of us went up Etna with our local geologist Alessandro to illuminate the craters, lavatubes, rifts and other varied volcanic phenomena. We reached the snow, and even briefly had some hail and snow fall on us:There was plenty of ash.On Sunday, as part of Catania's "Week of Culture," the ...more
- Today we returned from our long trip to Tunisia and western Sicily: four days in Tunisia, two in Sicily. We visited eleven sites, including Bulla Regia, Chemtou, Carthage and Dougga in North Africa, and Motya, Segesta, Solunto and Himera in Sicily, with the focus on the complexity of these settlements -- the processes of Romanization, ...more
- Back to field trips after our midterm break (with trips ranging from Salzburg to Barcelona -- thanks to all for showing slides yesterday) we went to Syracuse for the second time, this time to the outskirts, the Euryalus fortress and the archaeological park, which contains the theater (used as early as the 470s for Hieron's performance of ...more
This week we took a two-day trip to the southwest side of
the island, to the most spectacular sites in Sicily, Agrigento (ancient
Acragas) and Selinunte (ancient Selinus).
The weather was glorious both days. Agrigento boasts the temples of Heracles...
...and of Hera, with its altar...
...and a wonderful museum with the famous Agrigento ephebe in the
At Selinunte, the temples ...more
- On Friday, we took the longish drive to the south coast of Sicily primarily to see the wonderful coin and vase collections of the Museum in Gela. The city itself is less than scenic, fronted, like two other Greek colonies by an oil refinery, but the museum is fantastic. Outside you can also see the ...more
- Today was the Greek colony of Naxos, agreed by the Greek sources to be the first of the Greek colonies in Sicily -- but a bit of an odd one. Not much land, no columns in the temples, Sicels very close by -- but famed for its vines, which it stuck on its coins, and ...more
- Warm sun greeted our first trip to Syracuse, where we were able to compare Cleomenes' Temple of Apollo (c.600) to Gelon's Temple of Athena (c.480), as well as spend some time exploring the island of Ortygia with its beautiful spring of Arethusa. Both temples were converted to various uses, but now the Temple of Apollo ...more
- Today was the first field trip of the Mediterranean cultures class, to Megara Hyblaea, a relatively pristine archaeological site, nestled between two large oil refineries. Rain threatened, but held off until the afternoon, though it was a little cold.For more pictures of the site, click ...more
- We had our first non-academic field trip yesterday to the wetlands of the Vendicari nature reserve on the southeastern corner of the island. The wetlands represent one of the main crossing points for migrating birds to and from Africa, though its volume of birds is dwarfed by those crossing at Gibraltar and the east end ...more
- The new semester has begun, with 20 ICCS students making their own Sicilian expedition:On Athens' Sicilian expedition, try this strange musical link that I was recently ...more
- Stesichorus, the greatest native Sicilian poet until Theocritus, is claimed by many west Greek cities. Himera on the north coast, claims to be his birthplace, but so does Matauria in Italy, and even Pallantium in Arcadia (according to the Suda). All seem agreed that he spent sometime in Catania, however, and that he in fact ...more
- For new students wondering where they will be later this month, you might watch Coldplay's video for Violet Hill -- it was filmed not only on Mt Etna, but also in the palazzo where the study center is located. View it ...more
- Today, we visited our final two major Greek colonies, and our luck with the weather finally ran out. Fortunately, both sites are primarily museums, but that did not stop some venturing out into the Camarina agora, a rather gothic scene, with the waves crashing in the background (the first real Roman fleet was destroyed just ...more
- Today we had an extra-curricular field trip to the ancient cities of Messene and Rhegium, to see their modern museums. The Messene one is famous for its paintings, especially those of Antonella of Messina (and his various nephews) and Caravaggio:From Messene, we crossed the strait on a ferry to reach the wonderful Museum at Reggio, ...more
- Outhaus (Naito I) residents ventured outside the bubble, to discuss current, real-world news.
It can be easy at Reed to lose track of current world events. To provide a forum for exposure to and discussion of supra-Reed happenings, for one evening the Outhaus common room was stocked with current events articles, tea, and cookies.
The articles featured ...more
- "Sew what," you ask?
When you visit the Admission Office, be sure to pick up a button or two. The annular accessories are the brain child of our very own Jenny Gadda, the smiling face behind the desk who greets each of our visitors. Each one of these buttons is made with love and care, these ...more
- Last week, Reed held an open discussion forum to look at sustainability at the college. Focused primarily on the possibility of divesting the school's endowment from companies that engage in fossil fuel extraction, the forum gave students an opportunity to analyze our dear school's impact on the environment. If you were to listen to the audio of the ...more
- HOORAY! It's official; my favorite time of year is here. It's cherry blossom time!
This would be reason two-million-something that I love my life as a Reed student: for about one week and one week only, Eliot circle is graced with an explosion of white blossoms on our cherry trees. Then in the course of a ...more
- Despite what you may have heard, I am here to tell you once and for all that there are sports at Reed.
Yes, we do not have varsity teams. And yes, some of us here are the types of kids who spent most of high school getting pegged with dodgeballs (myself included).
However, there are some truly ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
Last Saturday I visited Ramallah (رام الله), and subsequently it has become one of my favorite places that I have visited while studying abroad. It is one of the biggest and most built-up cities in the West Bank, and as it is a ...more
- James Joyce’s Ulysses has been hailed as one of the most difficult books ever written.
The first sentence of Book 14 literally reads, “Hoopsa, boyaboy hoopsa! Hoopsa!” And it just continues.
My classmates and I in Irish Literature were utterly flummoxed.
Our Professor, Maureen, told us that she has read Ulysses five times, and she is still confused ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
Critical thinking, writing prowess, and the ability to articulate points are the skills most often brought up when discussing what is garnered from a liberal arts education. However, I believe one more skill should be added to that list: the ability to work ...more
- The Pacific Northwest is climatically a temperate rainforest. Meaning, among other things, that Portland has a dry season (summer) and a wet season (the rest of the year). As the school year begins again, so too does the rain. While this reality is often treated as something to be begrudgingly accepted, I see it as ...more
Reed College has been ranked #1 in “Best Classroom Experience” in the 2013 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges.
Other notable rankings include #2 in “Professors with the Highest Marks,” #4 in “Students who Study the Most,” and #19 in “Greatest Financial Aid” as well as “Most Accessible Professors.”
I’d personally rank Reed College #2 in “Bounciest ...more
- I find myself fascinated by a rotating schema of verbal constructs. At the moment, I'm wrapped up in "labyrinthine." It's the perfect descriptor. I can define a space, a text, a thought, or virtually anything else as labyrinthine. I can wax poetic for far too long on Ariadne-esque wanderings and the strings of constancy that ...more
- The Admission Office
When you visit Reed, your home base will be the Admission Office. Here's a mini-tour explaining what you'll find here…
The Admissions Office is your home base during your visit. This is where you'll come to sign in for your tour and information sessions. Here, you can chat with interns, pick up publications, and ...more
- "This is a very active ride.” the sign read as my friend and I darted to the entrance of the Looping Thunder Roller Coaster. We jumped over the chains following two potbellied six-year-olds who scrambled under them in front of us. Dashing up the stairs our eyes fell on a rusty, twelve person train waiting ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
Of late I have been feeling very acutely that life in Jerusalem is a strange mix of the completely foreign and the completely normal. Here are some examples:
Normal: I am writing this post in my school's library, which feels just like home. There are ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
One personality trait that characterizes almost every Reed student is the love of the coffee shop. Portland is full of them, each with its own charm, serving the coffee the Pacific Northwest is known for, and Reedies find these shops the perfect place ...more
- Hey, readers! Did you know Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer Inc., went to UCLA?
But if you saw the new Steve Jobs biopic, called JOBS, then you may have noticed that they filmed the beginning of the movie not here at Reed but at UCLA. Jobs did actually attend Reed for 1 semester, and ...more
- If you have visited Reed's admission office, you may have noticed our little collection of Reed-themed buttons.
Created for you, dear visitor/reader, by the student workers of the office, these buttons gave me an unexpected opportunity to delve into some documentation of "Olde Reed."
Using images and bits of text from older promotional pamphlets and editions of ...more
- As fall semester drew to a close, Reed's student senate made the (mostly symbolic) choice to rename the student body endowment the “Endowment for Student Body Autonomy.” Although autonomy is a lofty, and perhaps unachievable, goal, striving to actualize student agency is arguably worthwhile. The definition of student body autonomy at Reed is fraught both on conceptual and ...more
As Paideia (Reed's version of J-term) continues, current students and alumnae/i alike make the pilgrimage back to the Mecca that is Portland. Paideia is one of Reed's most beloved traditions, and as such draws people not only from the US, but the globe. This blogger knows alums coming to Portland from Morocco and Japan so ...more
- Just as Reed dances and Renn Fayres have themes, so do Reed weekends. When my mom visited for Parents’ Weekend, elephants materialized almost everywhere we went, giving our outings an elephantine theme.
My mom and I went to the Oregon Zoo, which is about twenty minutes away from Reed. We saw Lily the elephant, who was ...more
"If you're a genuine intellectual, live the life of the mind, and want to learn for the sake of learning, the place most likely to best empower you is . . . the most intellectual college in the country—Reed in Portland, Oregon . . . Reed is a precious asset of American democracy. It develops ...more
Don DeLillo's 1983 novel White Noise is about a whole lot of Really Important Things, like technology and consumerism and spectacle and family life and death, but one of my favorite parts of the book is its academic satire. This is not surprising given that I'm a student at an academic institution where we're encouraged ...more
- As a community dedicated to higher learning and honor, Reed is also actively pursuing goals of sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Sustainability committee (an association of students, faculty, and staff) is actively seeking to address sustainability concerns of the student body and the wider Reed community, to fix unsustainable practices, and to establish a more robust discourse ...more
- I know, I know. This post is super late. But I just became a blogger, and while the fever is mostly over, I wanted to write about this!
Anyway: NFL mania might be the last thing you think of when Reed college comes to mind. So you might be surprised to know that my friends and ...more
In 1992, Betty Gray donated $2 million to “assure that Reed College will have stimulating cultural, social, and recreational programs of excellent quality on a regular and planned basis, which will interest students, faculty, and staff.”
The Gray Fund hosts a variety of events, all free of cost, on and off campus. Past Gray Funds have ...more
- Well, as stress-free as finals can be.
When finals week hits campus (and it has), with it comes a bunch of ways to blow off steam and relax. Think activities like a midnight breakfast in Commons, restorative yoga practices, drop-in acupuncture sessions, study skills workshops, all-you-can-eat doughnuts...And that's just the beginning.
Each semester also has a "Semester Surprise," ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
Not being at home during the holidays is always strange, but I have found that it has been especially true while living in Israel. For example, there is a noticeable lack of any Christmas decorations in this country, which, despite the fact that I ...more
- For those who enjoy installations, alumni have created special spaces that participants can enjoy at their leisure during the week of Centennial Reunions, June 6-12; as these may be habit forming, repeat offenders are welcome...GHOTIImagine an interactive installation where you engage with words and ideas and build an experience for fellow alumni along the way. ...more
- This year's Alumni College during Reunions, June 6-12, 2011, offers flexible and affordable programming for those who wish to enjoy the entire week or simply a specific day. Alumni inspired and alumni led, the programs each celebrate an aspect of the Reed educational experience: letters, arts, sciences, social sciences, and governance.Whether you are drawn by ...more
- Although I was a bio major, one of the most important parts of my Reed experience was dance; it kept me sane and gave me a creative outlet. So I approached other dancing alumni (Lisa Gillette '79, Brynna Hurwitz '81, Carla Mann '81, Brian Graham-Jones '81) and current and emeritus dance faculty about doing some ...more
- Do you have the Doyle Owl? We are offering a full scholarship to Centennial Reunions in exchange for his appearance during the week of June 6-12, 2011. Oh yeah, and the rest of you get free dorm stays if you register online before March 1.* Check out this animated video of an alumna who thinks ...more
- "This one goes to 11!"
--This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
The much-heralded 2011 year is finally here, and so is our terrific new Reunions '11 website!
This is not just any old class reunion: Reed College is turning 100! Accordingly, we're cooking up a once-in-a-century celebration stocked not only with the fun, informal activities, but a host ...more
- Updated 1/6/2011:We could have done this announcement in semaphore or Morse Code, but we wanted to be sure as many as possible got the word: registration is now available!Reed is looking for many, many bold alumni to take the plunge, register online and formalize your intent to participate in the biggest, most spectacular Reunions ever!For those of ...more
- Have you heard the Reed myth about a group of people dressed in black druidic robes, marching in a hallowed procession that includes a cappella singing, torches, and a boar's head on a pallet? Or perhaps you've witnessed it yourself on a frosty winter's night? This curious scene isn't just lore; it remains a beloved ...more
- Imagine an event that is curious combination of:-Grandpa's turning 100!-It's our parents' golden anniversary-A fun family reunion-Burning Man-Oregon Country Fair-Renn Fayre (but ever so slightly more restrained) Well, it is that sort of eclectic inspiration that is merging to create Reed's Centennial Reunions. From June 6 to 12 of next summer, we are pulling out ...more
- You've likely noticed by now that Centennial Reunions is going to be a very big deal. More than 1,500 Reedies are expected to converge back on campus to help celebrate Reed's 100th birthday at Centennial Reunions, June 6-12, 2011. Though the lure of Reed is undeniable (Dr. Demento has said, "After 48 years Reed still ...more
- For those having in mind to come to the so-called "March of the Moderates" being organized by Jon Stewart in Washington, DC on October 30, aka the "Rally to Restore Sanity," or to participate in Steven Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive," members of the alumni chapter in DC have offered to arrange housing for ...more
- Does replacing old windows with new make sense if we are concerned about making a difference in climate change? What about buying a Prius? Can the regional planners play a role in reducing our collective carbon footprint?
You get the idea...quixotic, perhaps, but Reedies and their friends presumably love a rich, thoughtful discussion. On Wednesday, October 20, interested Reedies ...more
- Gary Snyder '51, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet (and keynote speaker for Centennial Reunions '11!), is profiled in a new film, "The Practice of the Wild." The documentary, which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, "revolves around a life-long conversation between Snyder and his fellow poet and novelist Jim Harrison." (San Simeon Films) "Together, the ...more
- It's hard to believe, but after 57 years, the venerable Reed institution known as the Lutz Tavern is serving its final round. By objective standards, the Lutz may not look particularly remarkable. Just a working-class watering-hole with a juke box and a pool table and a clutch of grizzled regulars. But to those of us ...more
- Peter S. Goodman '89, The New York Times' national economics correspondent, has been lured away from The Gray Lady to join Internet newspaper The Huffington Post as its business editor. It has been observed that growing numbers of prominent journalists are decamping print publications for web forums in a movement "from traditional media to new media ...more
- Stephanie Snyder '91, the John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed, has received rave reviews for her latest exhibition, "Abstract." The Oregonian recently called her "one of the most ambitious curators at work in Portland and one of the few who makes it a point ...more
- Butter up your popcorn, mute your cell phones, and check out this promotional video for a very special upcoming event, Centennial Reunions 2011, June 6-12. We had fun creating this and look forward to sharing other moving images with you over the coming months. Please distribute widely. Happy ...more
- Summer may be waning, but autumn brings the annual migration of alumni to the Oregon Coast, October 15-17! For the uninitiated, Camp Westwind is a family-friendly, three-day extravaganza of food, friends, and scenery at the mouth of the Salmon River just north of Lincoln City. The camp includes many rustic--yet heated--cabins, hot showers, a beautiful main ...more
- By Travis Greenwood '01Sated by the luxe, campuswide feast on the Friday night of Centennial Reunions, an overflow audience settled into Vollum Lounge at 9 p.m. to hear Barry Hansen '63, aka Dr. Demento, speak about the musical and cultural legacy of the late Frank Zappa and his prolific troupe of art-rock jesters, The Mothers ...more
- Our colleagues over at Sallyportal, the blog of Reed magazine, threw themselves into the deep waters of Centennial Reunions to cover several of the most distinctive events; check out the collected highlights there (you can leave comments too!). Of course we couldn't cover all of the more than 230 activities that were going on, and it ...more
- The recent New York Times article on the continuing influence of riot grrrl ("the 1990s feminist indie-rock movement is being reexamined by academics") got me thinking back to some of the Reed connections to this music and message. Johanna Fateman '96, of the electro-pop band Le Tigre, is one of the tribe (and was a ...more
- There are filmmakers, film geeks, and other fans of the silver screen amongst us here at Centennial Reunions! All showings are in the psychology auditorium.Dirt: The Movie with executive producer Laurie Benenson '71Join Los Angelino writer and film producer Laurie Benenson '71 and author William Byrant Logan for a screening of the Sundance film Dirt: ...more
- Sweep the mindcleanlike a field of dry stubblewhen the constellationsof daisies have been mown--Mary BarnardMary Barnard '32 is arguably Reed's most prominent creative artist. Her original poetry and translations of classic poetry influenced generations, including the Beat poets who followed her by one generation. Her 100th birthday was celebrated in 2009, so it is appropriate ...more
- Centennial Reunions is upon us, and trying to take advantage of all the splendid offerings is like making selections from an extravagant smorgasbord! If I were footloose and fancy free to attend the festivities as a layperson, here's what my schedule highlights would be. Hopefully I'll make it to a few of these events, hopefully ...more
- ...for time (imagine proper accent here, i.e., the Greek word for honor), if you register this week for Centennial Reunions!We already have more than 1,700 people scheduled to attend one or more of the 230+ events occurring as part of the grand celebration, June 6-12, 2011.You know Reunions will be a great convergence of many ...more
- A couple of months ago, we told you about Travis Greenwood '01 and his growing gallery of Reed-related t-shirts ("Atheism, Communism, and Tee Love," April 2011). We are happy to report that this archive is now thriving online.Travis reports that he'll be adding 100 additional images to the gallery over the next week as we ...more
- Reed's 97th annual commencement ceremony took place Monday, May 23, and the class of 2011 jubilantly joined the ranks of alumni. If the above cartoon by the multi-talented Mateo Burtch '82 makes you nostalgic, consider coming back to campus for Centennial Reunions, June 6-12, 2011, to celebrate Reed's 100th birthday and conduct your own ceremonial ...more
- Join renowned mountaineer and environmental chemist/activist Arlene Blum '66, Columbia Gorge naturalist and environmental activist Barbara Robinson '68, Professor Dell Rhodes, and wildflower nut Will Bloch for a guided hike near Mt. Hood on Thursday, June 9 of Centennial Reunions. Meet at Eliot Circle at 8:15 a.m. for prompt departure on Eco Shuttle bus by ...more
- THE LADD AND REED LEGACY: Building Portland 1851-2011Tuesday, June 7, from 8 a.m. through 12:45 p.m.The Ladd and Reed Legacy talk and tour during Centennial Reunions, organized by Richard Ross '69 MAT, explores and celebrates the lasting impacts of two remarkable Oregon pioneer families on Portland's development over a century and a half. William S. Ladd ...more
Most people, when they go swimming, think it's all about
them. But it's actually all about
the water. Take the Reed pool for
example. What's going on with the
water there? Nothing much. It just
lies there. There's a good physics
reason for that. And when you go
swimming, the water still doesn't do anything exciting. It keeps you afloat, and you ...more
- Stephanie Snyder '91, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery Director, has shared this amazing scope of shows and tributes, including exhibitions celebrating Lloyd Reynolds, images of dance, Native American basketry, art from the collection of Leslie Scalapino '66, archival photography of Reed's beginnings, and Mary Barnard '32. Read about them all...LLOYD REYNOLDS, A LIFE OF FORMS ...more
- Here's the Student Union in 1943, blended with the "vintage" couches of today... Now imagine the SU filled with all manner of bands and other tuneful entertainment! We're kicking off a year of centennial celebrations with an all-class reunion for the ages, and to make sure that joyous sounds fill the air each and every ...more
- Here are some alternatives for lodging during Centennial Reunions, including guesthouses in our SE neighborhood and hotels offering Reed rates. Reserve soon, as Portland's Rose Festival is that same week!The Bluebird Guesthousehttp://www.bluebirdguesthouse.com/The Evermore Househttp://www.evermoreguesthouse.com/The 1907 Taylor Guesthousehttp://www.vrbo.com/179496Brooklyn Center Suiteshttp://brooklyncentersuites.com/Also, Reed has some discounted rates in place at hotels listed here:http://www.reed.edu/apply/accommodations.htmlIf all else fails, you could post ...more
- I recently caught up with Travis Greenwood '01, kitschy shirt connoisseur, to get the scoop on his efforts to collect and document Olde Reed t-shirts.Please give us your vision for this project? This project mixes personal and professional interests. I've always had collector tendencies, progressing from comic books to records and then, later, bicycles. These days, ...more
- cartoon by Mateo Burtch '82Centennial Reunions in June was a remarkable event, but Reed's 100th-birthday festivities are not over! Keep the party going and join in a wide range of fun on Saturday, September 24, at the college's centennial community-day celebration.It all begins with the inaugural Reed College 5K Odyssey run/walk to benefit neighborhood elementary ...more
- The exhibition "Margaret Zundel Shirley '55, A Retrospective" has been extended through Saturday, September 24 so as to coincide with Reed's centennial celebration. Geraldine Ondrizek, professor of art, will be at the gallery most of the day on the 24th leading tours of the art building.Also, Margaret will give an artist talk on Friday, September ...more
- by Lea ShapiroHelen A. Stafford, emerita professor of plant physiology (1954-1987), died recently at the age of 88. Her friends and family invite you for an informal gathering at her house, not far from Reed College. What was Dr. Stafford like as a teacher? Do you ever wonder what happened to her after she retired? How ...more
- "It was Reed's version of Woodstock without the rain. A pivotal moment."--John Sheehy '82Centennial Reunions 2011 was a momentous occasion. Some of you were there, some of you have just heard the tall tales and viewed the photos. Everyone can live vicariously via this terrific video montage (video compiled by Jinyoung Park '11, with music ...more
- by John Sheehy '82This fall, Oregon State University Press will publish a book drawn from the Reed Oral History Project entitled Comrades of the Quest: An Oral History of Reed College. The following excerpt from the book features the voices of students and academics who found their way to Reed in the 1920s and 1930s. ...more
- Contribute words and images in celebration of Reed's centennial year! This is a call to send Sarah Dougher '90 your reflections about reading Homer at Reed in 15 words or fewer. Your words and images will be incorporated into a performance at the celebration of the centennial on September 23, 2011. Please take a picture of ...more
- Thanks to inspiration and coordination from Adam Riggs '95, Reed will hold its first ever "Working Weekend" on campus, February 3-5, 2011. This is a career-focused and entrepreneurship-focused event to help students and alumni, and it is open to everyone.Alumni representing any interest or interest group--whether entrepreneurship in the for-profit or non-profit world, other career ...more
- We're pleased to report that the beloved Lutz Tavern is holding a grand reopening tonight, Friday, November 11! When the venerable neighborhood hang-out closed last fall after 57 years, we reported here that the "working-class watering hole with a juke box and a pool table and a clutch of grizzled regulars" would be much missed ...more
- Jamie Isenstein '98 doesn't hesitate to inhabit her art, literally. She'll pose as an arm chair or a headless lady and lie under a wolf in sheep's clothing covered by a taxidermy bearskin for hours on end. Last Thursday evening she returned to Reed, in conjunction with the Cooley Gallery's Museion exhibition, to speak about this ...more
- "Here's to... the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently..."Enjoy an unaired version of Apple's 1997 "Think Different" commercial that was narrated by Steve Jobs (via ...more
- As noted on our sister blog, Sallyportal ('Think Different"), the death of Steve Jobs (an "almost" alumnus) has occasioned many tributes to his "archetypal Reedie" persona. He was unconventional, driven, and a bit subversive. Reed coursework influenced him deeply, whether or not he was officially enrolled, especially his study of calligraphy at the hand of ...more
- New Reedies with alumni parents (or other relatives) qualify as members of a prestigious organization fondly referred to as O.R.G.Y (Offspring of Reed Generations of Yesteryear). They, along with family members, were invited to join other Reed legacies for a group photo on Wednesday, August 24. Gorgeous weather graced this photo shoot on the chapel ...more
- Deepak Sarma '91, associate professor of religious studies at Case Western Reserve University, will be on campus presenting two talks that are open to the public. Thursday, September 22, he will give a lecture entitled "Natural Born Killers: Karma and Predestination in one Hindu tradition" at 4:30 p.m. in Eliot 207. On Monday, September 26, ...more
- The Reed alumni office and Russian department are happy to announce our next Russia tour, scheduled for January 7-22, 2012. This year, in addition to our usual thorough coverage of Russia's extraordinary museums, performance halls, and historical sites, we will give special attention to its rich literary legacy, visiting Yasnaya Polyana, Tolstoy's estate south of ...more
A "Comrades of the Quest" t-shirt could be yours by signing up for a dorm stay during Reunions 12: Reedfayre! Stay on campus and a t-shirt comes with the deal. Pick it up at Reedfayre Central in Kaul foyer when you check in.
Wear your alma mater proudly. Wear it in the parade at Reedfayre, and ...more
"Get the stories before they're gone."
--Gary Snyder '51
Dear Reed Comrade:
A love of stories is what initially drew me, and hundreds of others, to the Reed Oral History Project. College stories of course can be clichés in themselves--the student's ...more
Yes, New York Times, Portland prides itself on "all things independent and artisan," but we knew that before a certain IFC series that starts with a "P" catapulted our fair city into the national spotlight. Even if you eschew the fawning praise of this "36 Hours in Portland" feature, please consider that your college town ...more
As you’ve likely heard, Rex the King requests your presence at an event befitting the end of a glorious centennial year, Reunions ’12: Reedfayre, May 30-June 3! Have you heard the one about the prank on these humorous, impish figures that resulted in his identification with Reed President Norman F. Coleman?
An excerpt from the archives:
- Reed Centennial event in IsraelFriday, April 20Weizmann Institute in RehovotTime: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a brief tour followed by lunchThe 13 alumni living in Israel include classes from each decade since the 1950s. For most, it will be the first time that they have met each other. Don Green '54, has organized the event along ...more
- Recognizing that many alumni and their families travel a fair distance to get here for Reunions '12: Reedfayre, May 30-June 3, we are pleased to offer half-price lodging in the dorms (for any/all nights that week). It is not Club Med, but the price is right: $25 per bed for the duration, if you register ...more
- The Reedfayre Play Setting: The year is 2012, and Reed College is concluding its centennial year of celebrations. The noble king Rex is desirous of a memorable finale and an auspicious beginning of a new century for his college kingdom.Rex: Serve me up an event befitting the end of a glorious centennial year!Humble (Alumni Relations) servants: ...more
- "Now, Reed might not be the first place you think of when it comes to startup activity, but fact of the matter is that that small liberal arts college has had a huge impact on the Portland startup scene. Just off the top of my head, Urban Airship, Puppet Labs, AppFog, LuckySort, Stayhound, and Rogue ...more
- Jon Rowley '69 rousted ten dozen Totten Inlet oysters out of bed in Olympia to bring to Reed's "Working Weekend," February 3-5. This "pop-up oyster bar" appeared in the library lobby late afternoon on Saturday and was met with much enthusiasm. Jon is a marketing consultant for Taylor Shellfish Farms, and while on campus he met ...more
- Any Arizona alumni out there?Time to show your "school spirit" and get the Reed Alumni Ultimate Frisbee team prepped for its big tournament in Phoenix over the weekend of January 27-29, and we are kicking things off with our version of a pep rally on Friday, January 27.The team (pictured above in 2011) will be ...more
- As Reed is still basking in the glow of its centennial year, we have incorporated essential elements of last year's festivities to stage a remarkable reprise. Reunions '12, May 30-June 3, has been ceremoniously renamed as "Reedfayre," and we are pleased to herald online registration at:http://reedfayre.reed.edu/Please be good vassals of Rex and populate the who's ...more
- The schedule for Paideia 2012, January 14-22, is now available at paideia_2012_schedule.pdf. All events are open to the public. Free admission with Reed ID or alumni ID, $5 admission fee without.Many alumni are sharing their time and talents; here is a sampling of such sessions (see schedule for times and locations).Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org Hands BuddhaMark Magee '87A ...more
- A message from Larry Abramson '80:As a member of Reed's alumni board, I have been working with several of my colleagues in planning for Reedfayre '12 (Reunions), which will take place from Wednesday, May 30 through Sunday, June 3. Following on the successful reformatting of Alumni College (AC) inaugurated at Centennial Reunions last year, our ...more
- More rapid than owls, his coursers they came.?And he whistled and shouted, and called them by name;?Now Diver! Now Doyle! Now Chittick and Ladd!?On Foster! On Scholz! On Quincy in plaid!?So up to the holiday party they flew for dinner with friends and dancing too.(with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)Alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends reveled ...more
- Don't forget to register for Reunions: Reedfayre '12, May 30-June 3, so that your classmates see your name on the who's coming list! See the full list of those in our class below.--Barb Hansen '62Class of '62:H. Abbott '62Max Agoston '62Polly Widermann Bakunin '62Geoffrey Baldwin '62John Belmont '62Madeleine Kertesz Berke '62Garry Bernhardt '62Irene Heller Bettinger ...more
- Centennial Reunions 2011 rocked. Can we repeat the vibe? Definitely.We have taken the essential elements that made last year's celebration so memorable and set the wheels in motion for a remarkable reprise. We are calling it Reedfayre, and it is a big alumni celebration of music, food, and ideas. Sprinkle in some spectacle and you ...more
- Own a piece of Reed's history and celebrate the centennial through the voices of Reedies themselves. Now through April: buy both Comrades of the Quest and Thinking Reed and receive a discount! Visit the Reed bookstore to purchase these and other commemorative centennial items.Comrades of the Quest: An Oral History of Reed College by John ...more
- A word from Reed's Paideia czars:We are students coordinating Paideia, and we are interested in offering a greater variety of classes this year. We would like to invite alumni to apply to teach a Paideia class on any subject you think students, faculty, and staff alike would find informative, interesting, or fun. It would be ...more
- "Mateo Burtch '82 has mapped out Reed's dominance of a corner in Eastmoreland since 1950." (John Sheehy '82)Enjoy viewing this history of the Reed College campus 1950-present, as told through maps. The maps from 1950 to 1996 were collected and combined by Mateo from the college catalogues sent out to prospective students during that period.(It ...more
Whatever your reunion numeral may be, follow Athena's yarn back to Reed and revel in the company of fellow alumni. The goddess of wisdom invites you to indulge your playful side, apply your intellect in Alumni College (one during and one after Reunions!), and/or just catch up with classmates on the front lawn at Reunions '13: Reedfayre, June ...more
- The biology department would like to share this virtual toast with all friends of Steve:
"As you know, Steve Arch passed away unexpectedly on Sunday while vacationing with friends in Colorado. He made a huge impact on our lives and there is now a gaping hole.
We enclose a photo of the famous clock to prompt an ...more
- Greg Eibel is retiring from his work as the machinist in the physics department at Reed College after 38 years. As the second longest serving staff member at the college, he's had the opportunity to work with, befriend, inspire, and support many of us over the years. Check out this profile of Greg that ran in ...more
- Join Jay Dickson, professor of English & humanities, along with Robin Tovey '97, assistant director of alumni & parent relations, as they plunge headlong into the world of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, October 9-17, 2013.
Using the cities of London and Brighton as our exploratory bases, we will travel for eight days in October ...more
- The tour has begun. More than sixty alumni, parents, and friends who attended the Reed on the Road: Campaign Edition event in Seattle welcomed President John R. Kroger last night. After a brief introduction, John accepted clarifying questions and words of advice. For a summary from Randall Barton, roving reporter, including comments by the alumnae ...more
The Path to Power: LBJ and the Texas Hill Country
Join Paul Gronke, professor of political science, and Mike Teskey, director of alumni relations, in an examination of the Texas Hill Country that President Johnson called home. Using volume one of Robert Caro's biography as the main subject text (along with some other suggested readings), ...more
- Three chances to see Barry Hansen '63, aka Dr. Demento, back on campus this weekend!
Paideia Concert: Dr. Demento
“Grandpa’s Pornograph: soft-core and hard-core porn on phonograph records, from the 1890s to the 1950s”
Friday, January 25, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall
Tickets, at the door: $5; free to students, faculty, staff, and alumni with current Reed/alumni ID. Must ...more
- Russia and its Riches: 10th-anniversary tour, May 25-June 9
The Reed College alumni office and Russian department have collaborated on many a trip, and we are pleased to embark on another. We will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg with their extraordinary museums, concert halls, and historical sites, and make overnight trips to the medieval towns of ...more
- Reed on the Road: Campaign Edition
Though our centennial campaign is over, Reed's commitment to its historic principles and goals continues. The impact of the $200 million that alumni, parents, and friends contributed to help strengthen the academic program and to provide support for a community of scholars is multifaceted.
Celebrate this milestone at these convivial events ...more
- For Reedfayre 2013, June 12-16, we are continuing the tradition of featuring Reed-related food and drink with our annual Gastronomy Northwest showcase on Saturday afternoon, June 15, which offers samplings from chefs, bakers, growers, harvesters, vintners, brewers, distillers, and others in the Reed community who grace the food industry. If you are involved in the ...more
Follow the music and join the dance at a fayre for all Reedies, not just those celebrating reunion years! Mark your calendar for Reedfayre '13, June 12-16.
Online registration will be available in early January. While we put the finishing touches on the Reedfayre '13 website, please check out its presence on Facebook.
(original artwork by Lucy Bellwood ...more
Students, we'd like to introduce you to the spectacle of the boar as part of Reed’s alumni holiday party. On Saturday night, December 8, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college will continue a tradition that has been going on since the 1920s. The elements really are quite simple: guests get all gussied up ...more
- New Reedies with alumni parents (or other relatives) qualify as members of a prestigious organization fondly referred to as O.R.G.Y (Offspring of Reed Generations of Yesteryear). They, along with family members, were invited to join other Reed legacies for a group photo on Wednesday, August 22. Gorgeous weather graced this photo shoot on the chapel ...more
In the tradition of...
and Moby Dick
comes the epic (and engaging) story of the unusual (and noble) community:
Comrades of the Quest: The Oral History of Reed College
Join us for an evening with author John Sheehy '82, whose newly released Comrades of the Quest chronicles the colorful cultural and social history of a band of young ...more
The Reed Switchboard is a volunteer effort aimed at fostering contact between current students and alumni. We've partnered with artist Lucy Bellwood '12 to bring you the Switchboard Hearts 2012 project. During Reunions '12: Reedfayre, Lucy will be on campus taking photos of Reedies and their passions on Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., outside between ...more
I have always wanted to write one of these letters, and they're finally letting me! And yes, it has been censored so you will have to use your decoders to get the real message. Reedfayre '12 (the event formally known as Reunions) is upon us, and there is a special treat for all: the ...more
- Amidst the connecting and reconnecting of once and future Reed friends, a new element is taking hold at Reunions ’12: Reedfayre: career and job-related programming. We are pleased to offer a full panoply of programs for those interested in helping or being helped in the job hunt.
•Advice from Don Asher '83
•Birds of a Feather
- With Reed students' propensity for recombinant construction and conveyance, it is no surprise that the college entered a float in Portland's Rose Festival Parade as early as 1936. While the details are murky, we have this one photo, as well as this plaque commemorating Reed's third-place "prize" position.
Fast forward to 2012, the close of our ...more
W-w-wind up your Reunions! Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen '63) here, calling all Reedies to join us at Reunions ’12: Reedfayre! It's like Renn Fayre, but with better wine and less mayhem. You'll greet old friends, meet new ones, and say farewell to President Colin Diver after ten sweet years.
We'll have great music made by your ...more
A word from Mateo Burtch '82:
I've been emceeing the talent show at Reunions practically since the days when Reed College was still the Chutney Institute of Biblical Errata, originally located in Freetown, Sierra Leone. I come back year after year for a simple reason: because I enjoy it so much, even if one year I ...more
- Leadership Summit Focus Group Report: Supporting Student Transitions/Life Beyond Reed
In order to provide feedback to the ad hoc committee on strategic planning, a series of topical focus groups were conducted with alumni and parents who participated in the Leadership Summit Weekend. Approximately 80 individuals dedicated the morning on Saturday, September 21 to learning about the overall ...more
- Leadership Summit Focus Group Report: Supporting Student Success
In order to provide feedback to the ad hoc committee on strategic planning, a series of topical focus groups were conducted with alumni and parents who participated in the Leadership Summit Weekend. Approximately 80 individuals dedicated the morning on Saturday, September 21 to learning about the overall goals of ...more
- Leadership Summit Focus Group Report: Financial Aid
In order to provide feedback to the ad hoc committee on strategic planning, a series of topical focus groups were conducted with alumni and parents who participated in the Leadership Summit Weekend. Approximately 80 individuals dedicated the morning on Saturday, September 21 to learning about the overall goals of the ...more
Calligraphy Scriptorium: a hands-on exploration of letters & letterforms
“Welcome to the Scriptorium.”
With these words, Professor Lloyd J. Reynolds opened each episode of his 1976 Oregon Public Broadcasting television program Italic Calligraphy and Handwriting with Lloyd Reynolds. (See this program and other calligraphy videos on our YouTube channel.)
As an outgrowth of the Reed’s centennial exhibition Lloyd Reynolds: ...more
- “What do we want the college to be in 20 years?” In this thoughtful spirit, Reed is looking toward the future and working on a strategic plan for its trajectory. Staff, faculty, trustees, alumni, students, parents, and friends are working collectively to formulate the answers, with the goal of identifying priorities by summer 2014 and ...more
- We (your friends in the library and the alumni office) are thrilled to sponsor alumni access for JSTOR, a digital archive that offers a wide range of academic content. Whether you are a longtime devotée of this tool (like Dan Toffey '07, see his tattoo at right) or you’ve never heard of it, prepare to ...more
- Our travel-study program exists to provide opportunities for alumni, parents, and friends of the college to explore ideas via small-group travel to domestic and international destinations and to encounter people, places, and issues that serve as an extension of the Reed curriculum. The overall program strives to achieve a balance in the range of sponsored ...more
From Professor Jay Dickson:
I wish to invite you to join me this October 9-17 for “Woolf at Your Door: A Tour through Virginia Woolf’s England.” This is a rare opportunity to see the England that informed and shaped its most important and influential twentieth-century novelist.
In London, Greenwich, Kent, and Sussex, we will see the places ...more
- From, Claire Michie, our correspondent in the field, er on the patio:
Intrepid knitters gathered on the porch of Commons on Thursday and Friday of Reunions '13: Reedfayre to join Theressa Silver ’93, Sally Neal Williams ’93, and Rachel Wolcott ’93 for Knitfayre 2013. Sally was spinning hand-dyed wool from her sheep (beautiful bright colors from Blackberry, ...more
- The Takeaway with John Hockenberry on WYNC featured Leo and Soren Westrey, twin gourmands who got their start in food appreciation at home with parents Amy Wesselman '91 and David Autrey '89 (seen here with Amy at Reunions '07). Their parents will be pouring Westrey wine at Gastronomy Northwest on Saturday afternoon (3-5 p.m. in ...more
- Reunions '13: Reedfayre has begun, and all the pieces are in place for a festive convergence. So if you're in Portland and making plans for the coming weekend, stay close to home and join the party at Reed, now through Sunday. There is live music, feasting, fireworks, and, of course, Stop Making Sense on the ...more
- Artemis beseeches you to bring your knee pads to Reed’s Rockin’ Roller Rink and your best groove to the dance floor at Reunions '13: Reedfayre, June 12-16!
More than 900 of your fellow alumni have already signed up to attend. Dorms are still available, and $50 gets you a bed for the duration. Register online.
- The classic Reed seal . . . corrupted, of course!
Come for the free lore, stay for the canyonism at Reunions '13: Reedfayre, June 12-16.
Peruse the newest offerings of music, feasting, and fun on the full schedule.
Artwork by Mateo Burtch ...more
- Apollo calls you out to play your own tune, or revel in those of others, amidst all of the talent that will be showcased at Reunions '13: Reedfayre, June 12-16. More than 600 people are already signed up to attend. Dorms are still available, and $50 gets you a bed for the duration. Register online.
- Only 90 minutes from the mainland lies Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. Among the oldest of the world’s colonies, it is a place where the best of two cultures coexist. But beyond the renowned beaches, isolated and almost forgotten in the central west mountains of the island, is “coffee country.” Dating back more than ...more
- We are so excited that many alumni are coming back to Reed for Working Weekend and related events. Between the board of trustees, strategic planning partners, and Working Weekend participants, the campus will be alive with activity. In addition to planning for all of these gatherings, we now have to keep an eye on the ...more
- Because of the recent turmoil in Ukraine and the likelihood that the situation there will remain unsettled at least for the next several months, we have decided to reschedule our annual Eastern Europe tour for August 30 – September 14, 2014, and to include Russia only.
Accordingly, this time we will visit the great cities of ...more
- This season of fresh starts and affectionate missives is the perfect time to announce our exciting new partnership with Reed Switchboard—an online forum for Reedies to connect with one another about jobs, housing, and other goods and services. Like Craigslist (but especially for Reedies), on Switchboard you can ask for what you need and offer what ...more
- What do Richard Danzig '65, Barbara Ehrenreich '63, and Gary Snyder '51 have in common (other than being Reed College alumni)? They are the first three honorees of the college's Thomas Lamb Eliot award (Danzig was the first recipient in 2011). Who will be the fourth? Help us grow the pool of potential recipients by ...more
- As you may recall, the college embarked on a comprehensive strategic-planning effort last fall. Those living nearby or who traveled to campus had opportunities to participate in strategic-planning discussions at Reunions ’13 and Leadership Summit in September 2013 in addition to the public forums on campus held by the working groups. Recordings of those working ...more
- “Sit up straight. Face your work. Keep that 45 degree angle on your pen.” --Greg MacNaughton '89 channeling Lloyd Reynolds
Participants for whom calligraphy was an old friend, or who were experiencing it for the first time, heard these instructions and more in our Reed on the Road program for fall 2013, as we took the ...more
- Art, Music, and Writing in the High Sierras
For those who want to both get away to a spectacularly beautiful setting and to have a hands-on experience honing your skills in areas of art, music, or writing, this is a weekend that will fit the bill. Work on your memoir in Steinbeck's cabin. Sketch the ...more
- Alumni College
Religion in Contemporary America: It’s Not Just About God
In a pluralistic society, where there is no religious profession held by a majority of the people (much less an official state religion), the role of religion is larger than belief and comprehends social forces as well. In this course, we will look at three ...more
- Flavors of Northern Italy
Amarone-infused Risotto amidst Valpolicella vineyards. Behind the scenes with a tortellini maker from Valeggio sul Mincio. A simple gelato in beautiful Borghetto. Reed has once again partnered with Orbridge Travel for this exclusive opportunity. This program offers intimate experiences with celebrated Italian makers, producers, and chefs, showcasing age-old methods and ingredients ...more
- Oaxaca Culinary & Cultural Adventure
September 12 – 21
Organized by Jewel Murphy ‘82, this will be an intimate experience for those who value travel and learning experiences that touch all the senses. Oaxaca is a world heritage site that is unlike any other Mexican city. Sitting in the south-central part of the country at an elevation ...more
- DC Treasures: Rare Books & Manuscripts in three Classic Collections
A first-edition Linnaeus, the first books from Darwin’s voyage, and so much more awaits the bibliophiles and lovers of ideas who partake in this experience. Through their special connections arrangements, Gay Walker ’69, Reed’s special collections librarian and Leslie Overstreet ’71, rare-book librarian at the ...more
- The Danube by River Ship (Prague/Nuremberg to Budapest)
Join Professor of Music Virginia Hancock ’62 in this exclusive exploration of the music, architecture, and culture of European cities from Prague to Budapest. Orbridge Travel has organized this tour and is offering exclusive slots to Reed for a limited period.
• Spend two days in Prague ...more
- The Path to Power: LBJ and the Texas Hill Country
This long weekend is back by popular demand (we had a great trip in 2013!). Join in this examination of the part of the Texas Hill Country that LBJ called home. Using selected reading from Robert Caro's impressive biography as the main subject text (along ...more
- Raymond Chandler’s LA: a Noir Weekend of Sights, Sounds, and Intrigue
Bungalows. Crime. Hollywood. Blondes. Vets. Smog. Death. We'll spend an entertaining, eclectic weekend designed to accommodate locals and visitors alike. Bring a friend along as we examine and explore the Los Angeles of the 1930s and 40s including the genre of detective fiction, film ...more
- This trip has been postponed; please see new dates and info.
The Reed Russian department and the alumni office are pleased to announce our 11th-annual East European tour, scheduled for April 26-May 11, 2014. This year we will include both Russia and Ukraine in our investigation, visiting the three great capitals of Kiev, Moscow, and St. ...more
- Regrettably, this event has been canceled. Alumni are welcome to attend Don's earlier program, "Cracking the Hidden Job Market," at 10 a.m. in Psy 102.
We are pleased to offer an exclusive opportunity to Portland area alumni: a free one-hour session with Don Asher ’83, on Saturday, November 23, 4:30-6 p.m. in Psy 108.
20s Looking at ...more
- We'd be batty if we didn't do this...
As an add on to the LBJ weekend trip last year, a few alumni joined me on a trek to Bracken Cave outside of New Braunfels, Texas to witness an astonishing sight: millions upon millions of Mexican Freetail bats emerging from their roosts and flying hundreds of miles to ...more
- Time flies when you’re incubating a fabulous idea! You may recall that last summer Reed Switchboard, the networking site created to share Reed love, was given a boost by Wieden & Kennedy as part of the ad firm’s Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). The brainchild of Mara Zepeda ’02 and Sean Lerner ’10, Switchboard was one ...more
- Testimonial by Toni DeVito '77:
Reed College's own Mike Teskey, along with Esotouric, has arranged an absolute-must, don’t-miss weekend, March 7-9, for we who are inquisitive about the social and urban history of this unique place that we call home: Los Angeles.
Esotouric changed my life. Its tours are museums on wheels. Kim and Richard engage in ...more
- This is the new Reed Canyon Weblog! This site is still very much in the
testing phase. Your comments and suggestions are very welcome.
If anyone would care to donate some money to this effort, we can
get rid of that banner ad at the top of the screen. Just $15/year would
give us an ad-free site.
- Here's a great photo that was taken by Orin Bassoff, a Reed student:
- posted by ...more
- Joshua Kemper and Nadia Fay dropped us a note on July 1 to say they
spotted 5 western screech owls on the east end of the art building at
the edge of the canyon at about 10:30pm. A breeding pair was hunting
and feeding three young, small owls, only 6-8 inches tall.
Joshua says the owls were "VERY easy ...more
- The young owls may have left their nest by the art building and moved a
little downstream. A gardener at the Reed community gardens saw a young
owl in a tree by the rugby field just after sunset last week. She
didn't see any older owls around.
- posted by ...more
- If you're going by the Chemistry building this week, take a moment to
climb the main stairwell and look out the big window at Reed's only
castor aralia (Kalopanax pictus). The tree was given to Reed as
a gift from Harvard's Arnold Arboretum in 1972. Biology professor Bert
Brehm planted the tree on the edge of the canyon and ...more
- This tuesday, as the thunderstorms rolled in, I saw what looked like a
seagull. As it flew closer, and began circling over the Anna Mann lawn,
I could the see how much larger the wing span was and that the bird's
colorations were that of an Osprey. What a treat! We have often seen
this bird or one of ...more
- Check out this great picture of an American Bittern sitting in a Doug fir: The
photo was taken by Mac McKinlay '67 in the lower canyon in late July.
Has anyone else seen this bird? It doesn't show up on any of our bird
lists for the canyon.
- posted by ...more
- New to the canyon? Curious about what's going on down there? As part of
new student orientation, Zac Perry will be leading a tour of the canyon
on Wednesday, August 27th. The one-hour walk will start at the fish
ladder at 1:30 p.m. and highlight some of the restoration work taking
place around the lake. The tour is really ...more
- Zac tells me that the tree with the sweet-smelling flowers on the north side of the canyon near the pipe is a glorybower (Clerodendrum
sp.). I don't know if we've got a species ID yet. Some glorybowers are
listed as invasive plants in places like Hawaii and Florida, but it
doesn't seem to be a problem here.
Also, the ...more
- All of the water that flows out of taps here in Portland comes from the
Bull Run watershed up on Mt. Hood, where a series of reservoirs capture
and store the runoff from melting snow. To protect water quality, the
watershed is ordinarily off-limits to the public, so few of us ever get
to see the source of our ...more
- If you have an interest in the invasive species we're fighting here at Reed, you might want to visit the Invasive Species Weblog
to learn more about the subject. Blog owner Jennifer Forman posts
almost-daily updates about the various battles against plant and animal
invaders around the globe. She's got news reports, current research,
and info about upcoming conferences ...more
- As I was walking along the gravel path by the rugby field today, I noticed that we have a tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) growing on the edge of the canyon. Ailanthus
was considered an exotic Asian beauty when it was first imported to the
U.S. in 1784. These days it's more commonly considered a nasty,
invasive weed. The ...more
- Residents of the RCAs are walking to school through fields of blooming
chicory at this time of year. You can see the bright blue flowers in
all of the waste areas around the community gardens and there's just a
bit of it near the fishladder. Chicory (Cichorium intybus) isn't
a native but I haven't listed it on our invasive ...more
- I saw a green-backed heron again today, under the cross-canyon bridge.
It seems to be a very skittish bird. Great blue herons don't like human
company, but they're sly enough to stand still and disappear into the
scenery when humans pass by. Green-backed herons don't seem to have the
same self-control and they launch into the air at the ...more
- I just got a note from Lee Hallagan, class of '03, this afternoon. Lee wrote his Reed thesis on the reintroduction of the Pacific treefrog (Hyla regilla) into the canyon. As part of that thesis, Lee did a habitat analysis and then released 2,638 Hyla regilla larvae on campus after first collecting them from a ...more
- For all you readers bored with notes about chicory, here's canyon news
of a livelier sort: We may have a river otter in the lake! Zac Perry
tells me he saw a river otter near the fishladder entrance the other
day. Apparently, our otter may be living in a burrow on the edge of the
lake near the amphitheater.
- Another interesting bit about river otters, taken from Cascade-Olympic Natural History by Daniel Mathews:
Fishermen here see otters regularly. Look on riverbanks and
lakeshores for otters' easily recognized slides, tracks or "spraints."
The latter are fecal scent-markers placed just out of the water on
rocks, mud banks or floating logs, and usually showing fish bones,
scales, or crayfish shell bits ...more
- Here's a news release from Corvallis that drifted across my desk a few weeks ago:
A new guide to the Pacific Northwest's most dominant or potentially invasive weeds has been published by the Oregon State University Extension Service. "Invasive Weed Identification and Management (Pacific Northwest's Least Wanted List)" is a 44-page guide, written ...more
- Last spring's Canyon Day brought out a bluegrass band, a flock of volunteers, and a camera crew from Oregon Public Broadcasting. The crew was here to get the story on the canyon restoration for "Oregon Field Guide," a tv show that focuses on Oregon's natural areas. While we planted a ...more
- The Johnson Creek Watershed Council will be holding its Springwater Festival this Saturday, September 27th, from noon to 3pm in Gresham Main City Park.
The theme of this year's festival is "Celebrating Johnson Creek." The council invites you to come celebrate the many accomplishments of the year, including the release of the Comprehensive ...more
- Most mornings this fall there's been a hawk hanging out in the
community garden on the northwest side of the canyon. We've had a bad
mouse infestation this year and that makes the garden a good habitat
for predators. The hawk sits on a trellis each morning, waiting for
mice to move around, and then it swoops down to ...more
- More people continue to report seeing the juvenile sharp-shinned hawk
in the community garden. Youth is all about discovery, and our bird is
in the process of discovering that even predators have their limits.
Yesterday evening, the ten-inch-long hawk apparently decided that a
nearby hummingbird might make a tasty meal and accordingly launched
into the air for an attack. Witnesses ...more
- The arrival of the fall rains means that mushroom season has begun here in the Pacific northwest. With lots of moisture and plenty of decaying wood, our own canyon is a perfect place to find a variety of Oregon 'shrooms, so keep your eyes open as you wander around. If you spot ...more
- I stopped by the canyon with a digital camera today and got some more mushroom pictures. You can see them on the fungi page. It looks like I got there just a little too late. Most of the new growth that appeared after the rains last week was already starting to ...more
- From the back page of this week's Quest:
90th Annual Canyon Day!!!
Showcase your talent. Create a design that celebrates canyon pride at Reed.
(Design should mention the 90th anniversary)
Submit a design to Box 484 at Reed by 10/27.
- posted by ...more
- I've been browsing through the pages of the Botany and Plant Pathology department at Purdue, and it looks like they're doing some really interesting work on weed science. Here's one thing I noticed on the page of Dr. Carole Lembi: "One of her most current interests is the study of the 'bale ...more
- I went for a walk in the canyon the other evening. Saw the great blue
heron, two nutria, and a pair of buffleheads with two chicks. And I
heard the frog.
The frog seems to hang out somewhere upstream of the pipe, near the
island. There was only one - not a chorus - but it went on for ...more
- From the pages of this week's Quest:
Reed Canyon--how safe is the water?
This year's Bio 101 class performed tests to determine whether the
canyon water would be classified as safe to drink or recreate in under
EPA criteria. The normal criteria is that no more than 126 coliforms
should be found in 100 milliliters of water in order ...more
- If you skipped town for Winter Break, you missed one of Portland's rare
winter storms. Snow fell, temperatures dropped below freezing, and the
"City that Works" shut down for three days.
Down in the canyon, the water froze over and a few branches broke
under the weight of the snow, but the most noticeable effect was the
sprinkler that appeared ...more
- On Saturday, February 28th, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council will be holding their annual "Watershed Wide Event." Volunteers will be meeting up at sites around southeast Portland and Gresham to help improve habitat for salmon and other wildlife. Activities include removing invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs, and mulching the ...more
- We have noticed an injured Cormorant, close to the amphitheater. The
bird appears to have something attached to its neck. The Audubon
Society has received a few calls, and has suggested watching it until
it can be caught.
Caution should be used as the beak is quite large, and a blanket
and cardboard box will be needed to catch it. ...more
- Here's a nice note we recently received from some visitors who came by to see what's being done to the canyon:
"We brought our Tuesday morning hiking group to Reed Canyon
today. The thirteen hikers came from all around the Portland metro
area. It was the first time there for all of us. We did the loop trail
- Canyon fans will have plenty of ways to keep themselves busy this Saturday, as Portland kicks off the start of summer with a slew of outdoor events. First on the list is the annual Mother's Day Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale just across the street from Reed at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden ...more
- Some of the most common birds you'll see flying around in the canyon at
this time of year are the barn swallows. For most of the daylight
hours, they seem to be constantly in motion, circling above the lake
and the fishladder catching flying insects to take home to their young.
You can recognize them by their forked tails, ...more
- Here's a few recent pictures taken by Heather Whipple on February 1.Also, mark your calendars - Canyon Day is coming around the corner! ...more
- The canyon pipe is no more! It was officially removed from the canyon Thursday, June 9, 2005. ...more
- Here's several new images from Zac Perry, the canyon zen master! ...more
- Zac took these pictures 12.8.05 of a pair of pileated woodpeckers that have been around the canyon: ...more
- Another recent shot of the canyon by Zac: ...more
- A few new pics from when the weather was a wee bit colder, taken by Zac. ...more
- Here's some wonderful pictures of a canyon friend, taken Saturday March 25, 2006 by Beth Keegan. ...more
- This email came in from Larry Gooding:
On May 29, 2006, I saw an anglewing butterfly, likely the Satyr Anglewing, Polygonia satyrus, near the first boardwalk in from the SE 37th Ave entrance. It was visiting some low herbs.This is a butterfly I have seen only once in 16 years at my place only a mile to the east, it is ...more
- more snow pics, courtesy of Shannon ...more
- a few different filters applied to these photos . ...more
- earlier this week the lake had been more covered in snow; this weekend should have another few inches ...more
- I've been meaning to get out and get some pictures of the canyon while the snow is still around; it's slowly melting off today, though another storm is expected tomorrow. ...more
- Two bald eagles stopped by to perch outside of Eliot Hall on Tuesday, December 9, 2008. Photos by Aimee Sisco and Raymond ...more
- What I originally thought was a beaver turned out to be an North American River Otter a nutria (thanks to Matt, our sharp-eyed worker in Reed College's mLab). ...more
Find out what's happening in the canyon with Zac Perry, canyon guru, as he brings you info about bees, canyon restoration, and more. View videos in iTunes U, or on the Reed canyon video ...more
- Here's a few night pics of the new pedestrian bridge that connects the sports center with the new grove residence ...more
- Here's some new canyon photos, courtesy of Beth Keegan, taken Saturday, August 20! ...more
- Welcome to the new Reed canyon blog home! We'll be moving old content from our old blog to this site over time, as well as adding new content, so keep on checking ...more
- There's an old saying amongst Portlander's that if you don't like the weather in the Spring, you only need to wait ten minutes. The first day of summer isn't until the 21st, so those of you Reedies who are spread across the continent and across the globe should be rest-assured that the City of Roses ...more
- More fishcam hightlights, for your viewing pleasure! ...more
- Spring 2011 Canyon Day pics have been posted! ...more
- April 9, 2011, 9a.m.-3 p.m. Meet in the orchard at the eastern end of the canyon off of SE Steele Street.
Join the Reed community for a day of celebration that is fun for all ages. Training, tools, fun, and food are provided. Dress for the weather and bring gloves, if you have them. Direct questions to Zac Perry, ...more
- This from Zac Perry, canyon guru:The monthly printing of Sustainable Life section of the Portland Tribune came out today featuring the fish camera and the ongoing restoration efforts here in Reed Canyon with mention of some proposed restoration projects downstream: http://www.portlandtribune.com/sustainable/story.php?story_id=129505288109061500Also, here's a video of the story (only available in flash): ...more
- Here's a link on a report on the evaluation of the Reed Canyon Restoration Project from 1999-2009, found on the canyon webpages:
Valuing the Benefits of Ecosystem Services Generated by the Reed Canyon Restoration Project: 1999-2009
... This report, a collaborative effort by students in the fall 2009 Natural Resource Economics class, evaluates and values the change in ...more
- View photos from this fall's canyon day on the canyon webpages, or watch videos below of this fall's canyon day, or footage of the dedication ...more
- A Special Fall Canyon Day, Dedication Ceremony, and Family Event
The canyon expansion project is almost complete! On Saturday, October 9, help celebrate the restoration efforts that have expanded the Reed canyon west of campus. Restoration efforts have created an ideal habitat for the wild salmon that have returned to Johnson Creek Watershed.
Restoration work party: Join the Reed community ...more
- Here's a really great video produced by Portland State University on Crystal Springs: ...more
- News coverage from KGW-8 (unfortunately only in flash video, sorry apple users!): ...more
- View more restoration photos on the canyon ...more
- Here's some info on the Crystal Springs Creek project this summer (excerpted from the At Reed newsletter); for additional info, read up on the project proposal posted on the canyon website:
This summer, the city of Portland and Reed College will begin a project to enhance Crystal Springs Creek and remove barriers to fish passage. This project is the ...more
- Spring Canyon Day is this Saturday, April 10, from 9a.m.-3p.m. Meetup at the east of the studio art building, below 38th and ...more
- A new wildlife camera, installed February 2010, will compliment ongoing canyon restoration efforts, and allow the college to accurately define the migration periods for individual species, their population numbers, and the duration of their stay in the canyon. View highlight footage from February and March, 2010, read more about the new underwater camera, or read about salmon ...more
- Apparently there have been some recent coyote sightings in the canyon. This info comes from the Portland Audobon Society:
Coyotes are generally shy, wary of humans, and non-aggressive. They are part of the natural landscape and are prevalent in wooded areas throughout the Portland area. The Audubon Society of Portland and Multnomah County do not recommend removal, but encourage education ...more
- Zac mentioned some mushrooms near the canyon residence halls that were sprouting. Quite nice ...more
- This in from Zac Perry, Canyon Day guru:Thanks to all of those that participated this last October celebrating Reed College's oldest tradition Canyon Day. There was food, music, and fun all day long as we tackled the eastern end of the canyon removing non-native vegetation, which then opened this section of canyon up for the ...more
I ran into Reed biology professor Steve Black on the canyon's blue bridge on a sunny fall day. Steve was out collecting spiders for his research while on sabbatical this year. Nice to be able to do research 5 minutes away from the ...more
- A nice summer lunch in the ...more
- Here's a shot of a heron in the lake by Reed employee Paige Balter, taken March 6. While she was watching the crane, it had a little afternoon lunch of something in the water (hopefully not any spawning fish!). ...more
- Another beautiful summer is winding down in the canyon- which for us means two things. The yellow jackets are extra nasty right now, and it's time to start diving deep into the inner questions of the canyon and set up our research stations for the Biology and Chemistry classes. This year undergraduates are going to ...more
- Consider this scene:The first thought that most people have upon coming to such a place is probably something along the lines of, How picturesque! I'd best plop down at this here picnic table and admire this splendid vista, this tranquil scene! A salmon attempting to swim upstream, however, is probably thinking more along the lines ...more
After almost thirteen years of managing the canyon and generally touching every aspect of earth in those woods a new predator has been seen on the loose....
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). A particularly aggressive critter- that can grow up to 9 feet tall. Infestations can result in a sharp decline in biological diversity- creating dense monocultures.
- A number of people were quite shocked to notice yesterday that there were two ships running the Jolly Roger in Reed Lake yesterday and, understandably, had some concerns. Pirates are not to be trifled with, after all. The explanation? Once a year, Canyon Crew takes some canoes out on the lake to do some work ...more
Olde Reed is ...more
- Be sure to Like the new Reed Canyon Facebook page! ...more
- Here's an article in The Bee about the "Riffle Award" presented by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council to Reed College for their sustainability ...more
- Our last Canyon Day in Spring 2011 featured extensive work in the Orchard - and what better way to enjoy the fruits of our labors than some delicious apple cider, featuring apples picked from our very own trees? That was the idea, anyway, but it took some time to get it going. Turning apples to ...more
- This week, we continued our construction of the trail that brushes the edge of the newly restored Farm property. The new trail is marked on this map with the red dots; older trails are in blue-black:We left off with a sketch of the trail to come, a narrow, ungraded footpath across crushed brush and bare ...more
- Fall Canyon Day 2010 featured a lot of restoration work down by the old Farmhouse - but there hasn't been a trail to access any of that restored area. Summer Canyon Crew 2011 is currently working on fixing that, constructing a trail that extends a spur that overlooks the Farm to just below Canyon House, ...more
- Well, a lot. This summer, Canyon Crew includes five full time students, as well as our Wise and Glorious Leader, Zac Perry, and we still don't have enough manpower to do everything that we want to do in the Canyon. Here's a snapshot of what we do on a day-to-day basis:Most of the time, we're... ...more
- We found this retro pull-tab beer can in the marshes a few weeks ago. Here's some interesting history:
The Blitz-Weinhard brewery operated from 1864 to 1999 in what is now the Pearl District, making it the oldest brewery on the west coast. The brewery changed ownership a few times from 1979 to 1999, when Miller closed ...more
- A few thursdays ago we discovered a dam blocking the stream from springs in the east canyon. The dam was so effective that water was threatening to flood the boardwalk over the stream. It was made mostly of reed canary grass along with large rocks, branches, candy wrappers, a soggy hat, and some spiffy sunglasses.
- A new crop of Reedies have joined the summer Canyon Crew- to restore, protect and forage on the gift that we call Reed ...more
- So, Canyon Day is here - the posters are up, the email's out. But... what exactly do you do during Canyon Day? Plenty of people, particularly new students, might be a bit in the dark on this front.Basically, Canyon Day is a time when the community can give back to the Canyon, particularly in areas ...more
- After a long spring and short summer it is time to get back in those woods we have all found salvation in- and give back.Come celebrate Reed's oldest active tradition Canyon Day!This bi-annual event is helps protect and restore the canyon's natural vegetation to improve the habitat for urban native wildlife. Join your community members ...more
- It's spider season in the canyon! There are dozens of beautiful spider webs at every turn. This web was one of 7 hanging over the waterfall just west of the land bridge. They really light up in the afternoon light. I recommend a walk around the canyon to check them out, especially on a day ...more
- On September 24th Reed College is hosting a Community Day-
It starts with a 5k Odyssey Run- around the college and a pancake feed.
Mid- morning there is a kid's festival in the Quad with carnival games, face painting, balloon artist, climbing wall, and a bouncy castle.
Starting at 11am there is a series of tours and events ...more
- Submitted by: Haleigh Ziebol, Class of 2015
Although I am a new member of Canyon Crew this Summer, I am not, by any means, a newcomer to Reed’s canyon. As I gazed over the Blue Bridge when I arrived as a young freshman back in August, the Canyon’s pristine waters amazed me. The burgeoning trees. The ...more
- In typical fashion spring in Oregon is well- predictably, unpredictable. We broke records for the longest stretch of dry weather for the month of May- only followed by wet windy weather which may send non-native residents running for their umbrellas. But all together the month has averaged out to be a 'typical' beautiful spring here ...more
- With the restoration of Reed Canyon, we've been accumulating a lot of native critters. Here's a selection of some recent sightings:
Otters are making increasingly regular appearances in the Canyon - look for them early morning, particularly by the outdoor amphitheatre
A video of the same otter frolicking away can be seen here:
Baby ducks are also making ...more
- So, another Canyon Day has come and gone - but not without leaving a pretty big impact on the Canyon. Here's a recap of what we did:
This spring, we decided to focus our efforts in the area just south of the Grove ("New") Dorms, in a bit of property sandwiched between the path to the ...more
- Hey all!
So, it's a fresh spring and Canyon Day is officially here. We have a lot on our laundry list for this time around, so we could really appreciate your help.
This year we will be focusing our efforts in the area below the Grove Dorms and above the Farm. For those unfamiliar with Reed's layout:
- Two weeks until the kick-off of spring in the Reed Canyon!
We are hoping you can make it to the spring Canyon Day event on March 31st. We will be in the lower canyon near the creek and behind the Canyon house.
If you're not sure where that is- follow the signs from the running tack westward and listen for ...more
- It's been pretty difficult at times to tell whether it's actually spring or not lately - one day Reedies will be frolicking on the lawn in all their newly sunburnt glory, the next a stern frost and some slushy snow will be giving us reaching for our mittens on the way to morning classes. Mixed ...more
- Spring brings many changes in the canyon- longer days, the smell of the skunk cabbage in the headwaters, the sounds of birds frolicking in the upper branches of the canopy. But most recently we see this change in seasons welcome a familiar guest, the river otter (Lontra Canadensis).
Although observed in the canyon before - this ...more
- Just a few winter logistical notes for this week's blog entry:
This time of year, where the proportion of rain-to-sun gets to SAD levels, we also find the trails in the Canyon getting a little muddy at times. Some people will take it on themselves to insert large sticks into the trails to give their feet ...more
- Winter in Portland is always a rather amorphous, vague season, one that sometimes feels more like a transition between fall and spring than anything unique in and of itself. The color palette, perhaps, is distinct, as the gray of the rain and green of the moss and evergreens are left isolated:It's also a good time ...more
- Every so often, a Reed biology senior is lured into the Canyon for an ecology thesis. Perhaps it is the desire to discover some secret Reed knowledge, or the appealing shimmer of stickleback fish in a minnow trap. Perhaps it is the convenient location. For me, it is the need to know ...more
- Beaver's are as busy as ever out here in the canyon. As the temperature drops - and the nights are long we find ourselves in the prime of beaver season. Historicly at this time of the year there is a lot more obvious chewing at the base of the surrounding canopy. It is suspected that at this time of ...more
As I am realizing that the holiday season is so quickly upon us - I find it so easy to look ahead and wish and want of those things that may have passed me by. So today instead I wanted to take a look back- and reflect on all the great things that have happened ...more
- Twice in the last week I have seen a mink (Mustela vison) frolicking close to the land bridge nearest the west-end of Reed Lake. Surprisingly, in all my years working to improve the native habitat within ReedCanyon - I have never seen this blackish brown-haired weasel which generally has a white chin. Seen first last ...more
- In case you've been spending a little too much time in the library the last few weeks, it's official - fall's here, the leaves are turning, and the color on the trees just seems to glow. We're going from scenes like this......to this.It's a beautiful time of year, and the weather has been suspiciously kind ...more
- It's easy to forget for those of us in the bubble, but it isn't just Reedies who use the Canyon. Birdwatchers, runners, people walking their dogs or taking their kids out on a quick hike, locals getting around in the neighborhood - just because this is private property doesn't mean that it's not open to ...more
- Canyon Day this year proved to be quite a success, with a steady trickle of people from 9AM to 3PM to man the front lines against invading invasives. Here's some pictures from the event.Zac started off the day with a little Invasives 101 for the early birds. Mostly, we were looking for anything viney or ...more
- Spring Canyon Day 2014 is coming!
Saturday April 5th
Join the Reed College community in restoring native plant habitat and enhancing water quality in the Reed canyon, the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek. This event is free and open to everyone.
Tools, training, food, and fun provided.
Dress for the weather and bring gloves if you have them.
Meet at ...more
- This fall Canyon Day was held on October 5th. A beautiful fall day surrounded the activities which included the removal of 6-cubic yards of invasive plant material, and the reintroduction of over 800 native understory shrubs and ground covers.
- The canyon fell into the trusting hands of the ‘crew’ this past summer. Their dedication to protecting this headwater forest and the cleanest water source in the City of Portland will leave a lasting impression on this campus.
Don’t let their smiles fool you- Canyon Crew is an assembly of trained killers (seen here performing their ...more
- Took a walk at lunchtime around the canyon, and there's plenty of ample signs of beaver work. Decided to take a closeup of what their dentures have been doing to one particular tree . . ...more
- Just a few colors blooming out there this ...more
- Well, the ground is hardened and the trails are little dusty out there- in the distance, you can see wide-eyed freshman descending on the campus.
It must be the beginning of school here at Reed again. The 2012 summer canyon crew has officially left their mark on the soils deep within. New benches were created in ...more
- It's Summer Time! And in our continued attempt to restore and protect this beautiful resource, Canyon Crew has been diligently removing invasive plant materials, and expanding their "toolbox" of tricks to insure safe travels in and around the canyon trail system. In addition to mastering the terrestrial aspects of the canyon restoration, Canyon Crew has ...more
- Finally, a dictionary of technical terms so that I won't get all those red squigglies in MS Word every time I type 'orbital' or 'toluene'. And its free!I first read about this in the digital briefs section of C&E News (Feb 2, 2009), but the info wandered around my desk for nearly a year before ...more
- Americans have a lifestyle that is the envy of the world, or so Americans like to think. A prominent feature of our lifestyle is that we throw away a lot of stuff. OK, some of us recycle, but before we pat ourselves on the back for our full-to-the-brim recycling bins, recall that recycling, while ranking ...more
- Following up on today's lunch discussion, it just so happens that I have a small trove of articles to recommend. These come from the May/June 2009 issue of Sierra magazine (publishes by the Sierra Club) and all are available online. I'll also throw my copy of the magazine in the office so that you can ...more
- Yesterday's discussion of Fe-TAML vs. Fe-porphyrin gave me an opportunity to spout off on some subjects that I know very little about. In an effort to provide some more reliable information, I'm going to post some info on Fe-porphyrin complexes. Here's the first installment.
(Note: most of the following links are to Wikipedia pages. I make ...more
- I'm on sabbatical from Aug 2011 ("today") until Aug 2012. So what does a prof do while he's on sabbatical? I've done a lot of things in the past, but this sabbatical is going to be devoted to teaching chemistry + molecular modeling. Project ideas are still taking shape, but here's a list that I'm ...more
- Science magazine (Nov 26, 2010) recently published a letter from Prof. Chamovitz of Tel Aviv University. He described how "the social fabric" in his lab during a recent year-long sabbatical "had deteriorated to a point where squabbling, backstabbing, and even screaming were common." Help was eventually obtained from an unlikely source: a trained family therapist.The ...more
- It may feel a little early to start thinking about that summer research project, especially since the thesis students are still hanging around the lab, but summer will be here before you know it so let me orient you towards our Fe-TAML work now.We have a loose collaboration with Prof. Terry Collins and the Institute ...more
- Here's the set up: I draw three chemical structures on the board, all of them unfamiliar. Then I ask you some questions: Which one has the strongest odor? Which one raises your body temperature the most? Which one is most effective at strengthening long-term memory? Which one is most effective at curing a case of ...more
- Spartan automatically examines models for symmetry. When it finds symmetry elements, it applies these in subsequent calculations. For example, if you build 'flat' NH3 (possible point groups: Cs, C3v, D3h, etc.) and calculate its equilibrium geometry, you will end up with a flat 'minimum'. In other words, your final model won't be a minimum at ...more
- This question is asked in a particularly interesting way by G.E. Höst et al in the December issue of J. Chem. Ed. ("Students' Use of Three Different Visual Representations to Interpret Whether Molecules are Polar or Nonpolar", DOI: 10.1021/ed2001895). They presented students with three types of pictures:
positive and negative isopotential surfaces rendered in blue and ...more
- This info has been knocking around my email inbox for a long time (rec'd from Wavefunction help on 9/15/2009), but while Spartan has moved on to Spartan'10 ('12 or '13 just around the corner), maybe the advice is still useful.
1. (Simplest way to raise resolution) Make your molecule as large as you can (to fit ...more
My 2011-12 sabbatical is entering its final weeks and I am already receiving emails about college business that supposedly only I can deal with. Sigh.
So whatever happened to that long list of possible sabbatical projects I outlined last August (Bond, Valence Bond)? Well, a lot actually.
Wavefunction and I submitted an SBIR grant proposal to NSF ...more
The total energy is obtained from a model in which the nuclei are frozen in place. Therefore, the total energy fails to include the kinetic energy of the nuclei and cannot be compared directly to the standard enthalpy, H, at 298 K, 1 atm. This post describes the procedure for obtaining the missing kinetic energy ...more
- The Setup: Calculations dialog in Spartan'10 does not contain a checkbox for pseudopotentials, but they are there (just hidden).I tried the following experiments with M(CO)4 and B3LYP. Each produced a slightly different result.Setup: M = Ni, 6-31G* (menu). Result: All-electron calculation with 6-31G* basis for Ni, C, O (149 fns, 29 on Ni, 15 on ...more
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Bits and pieces gathered from different parts of the Winter '09 issue of the Reed magazine:In December Ron Sato '68 coordinated
the Feeding Frenzy on campus, where alumni bring and served nourishment to exam-crazed
students on the Sunday night before finals."Breaking Depression's Icy Grip"
p. 37 described the upbringing ...more
- The graduation ceremony for the class of 2009 was held yesterday on the front lawn. It was, as always, a pleasure to share in the happiness of our graduates and their families and to offer our congratulations. Its also a joy to hear back from graduates like Ollie, who wrote to us in early April:I've ...more
- Another "news" story from 2007 that nearly got lost in the changeover from the old computer system to the current one was the transplant of our visiting professor Jodi O'Donnell to Siena College. She spent two lovely years with us, 2005-07, before moving east. Here's what she wrote shortly after arriving in Loudonville (Albany), NY:I ...more
- Kate Aubrecht, one of my very first thesis students, sent me some photos and news back in July 2007. Little did I know that our news blog would stop publication that same summer until a new computer system could be brought online. Here are her emails, almost two years later:As many of you know, I ...more
- 72 new members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Among them is Kevan Shokat, Reed '86, currently a professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UC San Francisco.Since this is the time of year when seniors are filing their finished theses, it is interesting to go back ...more
- The National Science Foundation has begun releasing the names of the 2009 winners of its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships in science. The first installment includes five Reedies, two of whom are Reed chemists: Justin Jasper '05 and Joe Kliegman '06.Justin's award will support environmental engineering studies at UC Berkeley, while Joe's award was made for ...more
- Prof. Maggie Geselbracht organized a symposium in the Division of Inorganic Chemistry at the 237th national meeting of the American Chemical Society held in Salt Lake City, March 22-26. The symposium was called "Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic
Chemistry" and featured three half-day sessions of oral presentations both by
faculty members and undergraduate students plus ...more
- Just before the news pages went into hibernation, I received notice of a paper published by Allison in the November 22, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Allison is a graduate student in the Tonge lab at SUNY-Stony Brook and was the lead author on the article, Ultrafast Structural Dynamics in ...more
- Randy Hicks, a longtime fixture in the Chem 101/102 labs, the Chem 102 end-of-year fireworks display, and one of two discoverers of the Periodic Table of the Cupcakes, wrote to me last summer (yikes!) from his (then) new location in the Chemistry department at Wheaton College with wonderful news. He and Jennifer had just "published" ...more
- Stefan and I have been exchanging emails this week in order to arrange the details concerning his upcoming Reed chemistry seminar (Oct 1 - title to be announced, but it concerns "isolating and characterizing metal-metal bonded complexes of the actinides") when he let a bit of personal news slip in: "I'm getting married August 22nd ...more
- Connie is spending her summer as a research assistant at the Hans-Knoll Institute in Jena, Germany where she is working in the lab of Prof. Christian Hertweck. The opportunity came about in an unusual way. Connie, motivated by some articles that she had read for her Structural Biochem (Chem 391) class decided to write to ...more
- "A Tortuous Parody," an article in the Spring 2009 issue of the Reed magazine explains how Barbara Ehrenreich '63 found her name entangled with Guantanamo prisoner, Binyam Mohamed. It turns out that one of her books ("How to Make Your Own H-Bomb") was on his reading list ...more
- The Class Notes section of the Reed magazine Spring 2009 reports on some Reed chemists:Arlene Blum '66 was one of six individuals selected for a Purpose Prize in 2008. The prize recognized the extraordinary contribution she has made during her "encore career" as an advocate for policies and regulations that protect human and environmental health, ...more
- The Spring 2009 issue of the Reed magazine contained an article about the launch of Reed's Centennial Campaign, "The Quest for the Future." A companion to the article, "Profiles in Generosity" (p. 15 print, p. 5 online), features Josh Kurzman '07. Among other things, he contrasts his Reed educational experience with an experience he once ...more
- I recently discovered a stack of Reed magazines in my office that go all the way back to Spring 2009. Even though they sport titles like, "How the Humanities Saved Reed," they also contain a wealth of information about Reed chemists, new and old. Upcoming posts will guide you to stories about these chemists (at ...more
- Reed College eschews rankings of undergraduate colleges, so logical consistency demands that we turn our backs on rankings of graduate schools, right? Not necessarily.The National Research Council has recently published statistical data on all of the major chemistry and chemical engineering graduate programs in the United States. The feelings of chemists, both good and bad, ...more
Chemistry Department is currently inviting
applications for a one-year visiting position in the field of
Environmental Chemistry for the 2011-2012 academic year. Review of completed applications will begin on February 1, 2011. To learn more, go here to see a description of this position or contact Prof. Juliane ...more
- I've been running into Casey again and again these last few months. First, there was the announcement card that I received last summer informing me that she had successfully defended her doctoral dissertation (her advisor was the noted Princeton organometallic chemist, Jeffrey Schwartz; Casey with the Schwartz group). Then, Casey herself popped right through my ...more
- About two years ago Kristen Grauer-Gray '07 journeyed to Tanzania to work as a Peace Corps volunteer. A few days ago she wrote to a large number of friends to inform them that she's counting the days until her return. In "Letters from Tanzania #12" (Aug 21), Kristen writes:"Habari zenu? As you'll see from this ...more
- Matt recently wrote to his thesis adviser, Pat McDougal:"I wanted to let you know that I recently became Chris Vanderwal's
first PhD at UC Irvine, and I am starting a new position at Pfizer, Groton
next week. I had a JACS communication about a year ago, and a full JOC
article is coming soon...".A little detective work turned ...more
- Jordan informs us that he has joined the chemistry faculty at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He will be an assistant professor in the chemistry department and will be working on raising his family and earning tenure.Jordan writes, "the town Denison is in is definitely a really great place to raise a family ... ...more
- We just received this happy news from Seth, "It is official, I have a 'life sentence' at Cal Poly. Thanks for the grounding and push in the right direction."It's nice to see hard work rewarded. Congratulations ...more
- I just got off the phone with Jeremy. His chemistry colleagues at USD had recommended tenure for him earlier in the year and the university's trustees gave their stamp of approval in May.Jeremy will be on sabbatical in 2010-11. He is planning on staying in San Diego in order to keep the family unit intact ...more
- Hassan has informed us that he will be leaving his position in the Portland office of Schrodinger, Inc., this summer to begin studying medicine at ...more
- Kitty popped into my office last week to say "hi". Her fiance was attending a conference somewhere in downtown Portland, and she couldn't pass up the chance to travel with him back to her old "stomping" grounds.Note: "stomp" refers to the fact that, as a student, Kitty was a determined (and graceful) pedestrian. I remember ...more
- Todd wrote to me earlier this week with some exciting news: he has chosen a graduate program to attend next fall. A few schools had placed themselves in the running, but the final winner is the neuroscience program at University of California - San Francisco. Excellent choice. (FYI - look for Todd at Renn Fayre ...more
- Last April we posted news of Justin's NSF graduate fellowship. What we neglected to post at that time was an email that Justin had sent from UC Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: "In general things are going good in my first year. Most of my time has
been taken up with classes, which I ...more
- Chantal wrote last fall, "Just a note to let you know about my new coordinates. This October I
joined the Structures and Materials division at NASA Glenn Research
Center in Cleveland, Ohio. My research focus in the immediate future
will be on superalloy disk materials and their development with the
division's Advanced Metallics Branch. Please update your address books
- The Chemistry department is anticipating several sabbatical leaves in the next two years (Fall,2010 - Spring, 2012) and is currently advertising for two two-year visitors. One position is in biochemistry and/or analytical chemistry. The second position is in organic chemistry.We hope to fill both positions sometime in February-March 2010. To learn more, follow these links ...more
- Cheyenne (Reed '02) has made the leap from chemistry graduate student to post-doc. She earned her degree from the Chemistry Department at Stanford University under Prof. Barry Trost, and plans, after a brief vacation in Hawaii, to head off to Harvard University to work with Prof. Eric ...more
- "How to stop doubting ..." was the banner headline topping the Opinion section of last Sunday's Oregonian newspaper (October 18, 2009). Prof. Julie Fry, the author of this commentary, crafted a two page argument intended to move the paper's readers past the stale non-debate over the existence and causes of global warming and towards the ...more
- After completing a PhD in 2003 at Harvard with Prof. Andrew Myers ("Synthesis of (-)-Tetracycline." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 8292-8293) and a postdoc from 2003-07 with Prof. Samuel Danishefsky at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center ("Total Synthesis of Garsubellin A." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 1048-1049), Dio has settled down at ...more
- This title introduced an op-ed piece in last Friday's Oregonian (Aug 7, 2009) by professors Arthur Glasfeld and Julie Fry. The two chemists explained in straightforward terms how the vast weight of scientific evidence and scientific opinion supports global warming and the significant role played by human-generated greenhouse gases. Score two points for Reed College ...more
- How do you turn middle-schoolers on to science? Project CRYSTAL believes you put them in a real research lab, give them real experiments to do, and provide mentoring from real scientists. That's where Becky Phillips '10 comes in. Working on her Reed thesis, "An investigation into the Manganese transporters MntH and MntA," with Prof. Glasfeld ...more
- Lauren and Sarah are currently working as lab techs at ReVolt Technology in Portland. ReVolt, which is pioneering the development of rechargeable batteries based on zinc-air electrodes, has two other offices in Germany and ...more
- It hasn't been easy watching our visiting professor Danielle Cass (bioanalytical chemistry) struggle up and down the stairs and hallways the last few weeks. Yesterday, after class, she told us, "I might just go home this afternoon." But go home she did, and it was the right decision because Lucia Aminda Cass, who entered the ...more
- Hurricane Irene and canceled plane flights notwithstanding, thousands of chemists were still willing and able to visit Denver, Colorado last week for the Fall 2011 national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Tucked into this group were quite a few Reedies, past and present. The group in the photograph (left to right: Prof. Alan Shusterman, ...more
- The 2011-12 school year hasn't even started, but the warm weather and this photo of Arthur Glasfeld and his dog Benni gets one thinking about Renn Fayre.This picture was taken during Renn Fayre 2009 shortly after a band of roving Picts had confronted the Chemistry softball squad on the north field. Benni's muzzle shows what ...more
- As 2010 rolled to a close, the December '10 issue of the Reed Magazine brought us some more news about the activities of Reed chemists ...p. 10-11. The Reed Canyon continues to inspire and prosper. Canyon Day 2010 saw the community celebrate work on the lower canyon, including the removal of a culvert that was ...more
- The Class Notes section of the June '10 Reed Magazine contained an entry from Julia Robinson '06. In that note, she described her post-PhD plans as "anything-but-chemistry". Apparently the tide has turned. In two recent emails, Julia passed this along:I just completed my Ph.D. at MIT, working on strange pericyclic reactions, and I've moved to ...more
- Kellie sent us an email about life, nursing, research, and Reed. Here's an abbreviated version of what she wrote:I can't believe it's already been 5 years since I graduated from Reed! I
just wanted to give you a little update as to what I have been up to.
After graduation I worked for Dr. Francis Valiyaveetil at ...more
- Last spring Prof. Maggie Geselbracht zoomed down to southern California to present a poster at the national ACS meeting and take in an extended 'sun break' (meanwhile her colleagues remained in Portland for a record-breaking 31 days of unrelenting gloom). Basking on the shores of Disneyland, she met up with her thesis student Stephen ...more
- We are slowing working our way through a pile of recent Reed magazines. The June '10 issue contains a number of tidbits featuring Reed chemists ...The inside cover is an ad for the Annual Fund. Ida Peric '10 is
quoted, "Now I can fully appreciate just how much this place has
strengthened my character and shaped my ...more
- Prof. Maggie Geselbracht's hearty band of inorganic chemistry teachers have been hard at work. First, they teamed up to form the IONiC organization. Second, they developed VIPEr, an online resource. An early installment of their work first appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education in 2009. You can find out what this band of "salty ...more
- Paul Covert '95 made a quick visit to campus about a month ago and told us how he was keeping busy in grad school. Now he and his wife Debby have some fresh news:"Mina Jane Covert finally arrived on 29 May. She's strong and healthy and doing in plenty all of the things that babies ...more
- Our news blog continues to delve into the Reed magazine for news on alumni.In "Marsh And The Periodic Table," Steve Fowkes '75 ponders the suggestion that the late Prof. Marsh Cronyn ('40) had once made to slide hydrogen across the periodic table so that it sat above carbon. Fowkes, in true Reed spirit, suggests we ...more
- Chemists continue to pop here and there in Reed Magazine. Items appearing in the September 2010 issue include:p. 7, Biochemistry/molecular biology major Stephen Eichhorn '10 was a co-winner of the Class of '21 Award along with classics major Sam Hotchkiss '10. The award recognizes "creative work of notable character, involving an unusual degree of initiative ...more
- The Class Notes section of the Reed magazine Autumn 2009 reports on some Reed chemists:Former Reed chemistry professor Fred Tabbutt popped up in a photo of Reed alums. Fred (far L in photo) had gathered with the others to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Richard Cellarius '58 and Doris Scheuchenplflug Cellarius '59.A wedding photo of ...more
- The American Chemical Society has just announced that Kevan is the winner of its 2011 Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry. Kevan's research at UC San Francisco is dedicated to finding methods for identifying kinase proteins and their substrates. As the award announcement describes it, he "first caught the kinase bug as a ...more
- The Class Notes section of the Reed magazine Summer 2009 reports on some Reed chemists:Over the past few years, Leo MacDonald '97 has undertaken a variety of life-changing events. In 2006, he married Joan Ramage, a professor of geology and remote sensing at Lehigh University. He started his own business, Independent Products LLC - a ...more
- A few summers after I arrived at Reed, I found myself hunting for a book in the chemistry section of the Hauser library (Old Reedies, i.e., anyone who arrived at Reed prior to me (1989), will be confused by this statement because the chemistry "library" had been kept in the chemistry building before then). I ...more
- Idea for a contest: name the 5 most peculiar facts about Reed. To qualify as a "peculiar" fact, this item would have to be known to nearly 100% of Reedies and nearly 0% of Portlanders. I'm sure that somewhere on the winning list would be the existence of Reed's nuclear reactor.The reactor has been a ...more
- The inside back cover of the Spring 2009 issue of the Reed magazine displayed a full-page request on behalf of the Reed Annual Fund. The centerpiece was a quote and photo of then-senior, Alex Perez '09: ...more
- Why do Reedies celebrate nitrogen every spring? Is it just an opportunity to sell Nitrogen Day tee-shirts to the sartorially sensitive set? Reed magazine reported on Nitrogen Day: Behind Reed's Enduring Affinity for the Seventh Element in the Spring 2009 issue of the Reed magazine.Apparently you have to go back more than 20 years to ...more
Alex stopped by last week. He has started graduate studies in chemistry at Stanford and is working in the lab of Prof. W.E. Moerner on single-molecule imaging of biological systems. And now that you know that, you probably know what a GUACAmole ...more
In 1990 the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust initiated its Partners in Science program as a way to enhance the research experience of high school science teachers. According to its web page, "The Program is designed to help high school science teachers work with a mentor doing cutting-edge research over the course of two summers. The ...more
Chemists know that Mole Day, the day set aside annually to celebrate Avogradro's number (or 6.02 x 10^23), actually occurs from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM on October 23. Publication schedules being what they are, Chemistry & Engineering News didn't go public with last year's Mole Day announcement until the next day, C&ENews Oct 24, ...more
What better way for Reed Magazine to celebrate Reed’s centennial than by printing a 100-year look back in the form of The New (OLDE) Reed Almanac. A compendium of the places where chemists reared their heads in the Reed Almanac follows, but first, these timeless words from President William T. Foster’s first convocation speech:
It lifts ...more
Spring break is over, classes are back in full swing, and a few Reedies are going to travel to San Diego for the ACS national meeting. Here are some ideas on how to find Reedies at the ACS meeting.
Prof. Maggie Geselbracht will attend Saturday through Tuesday. Look for her near these student posters on Sunday* ...more
- When visiting assistant professor Danielle Cass arrived at Reed with her family in Fall 2010, one of her first thoughts was how nice it was to be back in Oregon. Danielle had earned her PhD from UO in Eugene, but she had put her Oregon way of life (mountain camping, hiking, skiing) on hold for ...more
- Would I be overstating the facts if I said that papers published in Science magazine meet a higher standard for scientific importance and/or achievement? Probably not. And, as many scientists know, that's why it is so darn hard to get a paper published in Science. They only accept a few.It appears, though, that one strategy ...more
- At the beginning of this month I attended a lecture at the University of Portland that was given by Prof. Robert Bergman, U. California-Berkeley. His presentation was titled, "Selective Stoichiometric and Catalytic Reactions in Water-Soluble Host-Guest Supramolecular Systems".
Bergman pointed out that most of the research in this area is performed
in collaboration with scientists in other ...more
- Connie checked in by email from the Keatinge-Clay lab at the University of Texas-Austin graduate school today. She says, "I very much enjoy reading your news blog to see what my classmates are up to!"She also asked a question about "non-enzyme mediated pericyclic rearangements" that might be a little too technical for readers who haven't ...more
- After graduating from Reed two years ago, Jesse (formerly Look) has interned at the Washington State Patrol crime lab in Seattle and discovered an interest in explosives. Or, maybe the interest was already there when she arrived at Reed? The last time I attended a Chem 101 lecture, the profs were busy blowing up hydrogen-filled ...more
- Jessica has acquired some interesting experiences since her graduation from Reed. She has conducted laboratory research at OHSU, volunteered as a courtroom mentor-advocate for foster children in the Portland area and teamed up with US dentists in third-world clinics. Along with all this, she has also taken courses at PSU to support her application to ...more
- I just picked this news up from the Reed Magazine blog:Chem major Paul Whittredge '12 shattered a
longstanding Reed track record on Saturday, running two miles in 10:21.7
seconds, and demolishing the previous time, which had stood since 1956,
by almost 17 seconds. His training partner, Jack Flowers '15, also beat the old record, finishing just four seconds ...more
- The cover of the Reed Magazine's fall issue asked, What is a Reedie, Anyway? That's a tough one. Perhaps these news items from the magazine can help you figure out what a Reedie chemist might be.
Tucked into various features were items about chemistry/physics major
Collin Perkinson' 13 who had won a Goldwater scholarship (p. 6) ... ...more
- The summer issue of the Reed magazine illustrated once again why reading about Reedies is a never-ending source of fascination and entertainment. Featured articles described the (then) upcoming centennial and investigations of the paranormal alongside the traditional nod to ancient Greek philosophers. And on top of all that one learned some of the surprising ways ...more
- There have been a number of new faces in the Chemistry building this year and last. One of the first arrivals was visiting assistant professor, Luc Boisvert. Luc started at Reed in Fall 2010 as a two-year sabbatical replacement for Pat McDougal and Alan Shusterman. Prior to that, Luc had been a postdoctoral researcher in ...more
- The American Association for the Advancement of Science
world's largest general scientific society, recently announced the
election of 76 chemists to be Fellows of the Society. These fellows, who
are recognized by their peers for their "efforts on behalf of the
advancement of science or its applications" that "are scientifically or
socially distinguished," include University of Washington chemistry
professor, Dan ...more
- The Spring issue of Reed Magazine delivered all kinds of
chemical tidbits to its readers ...
p. 4. Terry Steinborn '68 wrote a letter challenging the
integrity of Reed's new geosciences-free environmental studies program. The
magazine's editor replied by pointing out that Reed has no geology
department, a situation that cannot be rectified without major new financial
support. The editor then ...more
- Most chemists look for a high-class lab to conduct experiments in, but not Julie Fry, Reed's roving environmental chemist. She takes a more DIY approach, setting up her camp (and a lab of sorts) wherever her research program takes her. This past summer that zest for measurement led her and her assistants, Danielle Draper '13 ...more
- The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is well known among chemists for its many years of generous support for chemistry education and research. The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards program, in particular, is designed to support "the research
and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences" by making an unrestricted research grant of $60,000 ...more
- The jury is still out on this question, but a new drug target has raised the hopes of malaria researchers that the disease can be treated more effectively in the future. The new compound, ELQ-300, was developed by a team of scientists at Portland's Veteran Affairs Medical Center led by Michael Riscoe that included Reed ...more
One year ago the Chemistry department found itself in a bind. Our visiting professor of organic chemistry, Luc Boisvert, was scheduled to begin teaching at the University of Puget Sound in the fall, and our regular professor of organic chemistry, Pat McDougal, had just agreed to extend his stay in the Dean of the Faculty ...more
- Many years ago my wife and I published an article together in J. Chemical Education. Little did I know that one of the nagging consequences of that article would be setting people straight when they incorrectly listed me as first author. Constance Bailey '10 and her spouse Johnathan Brantley may have successfully dodged this problem. ...more
- No doubt the Beatles wish they had written this memorable line, but it was destined to become the chemistry thesis title of Josh Vaughan '00.
After finishing his thesis with Prof. Dan Gerrity, Josh went off to MIT to earn a PhD in 2005. He is currently (since 2008) enjoying the fruits of a Burroughs Wellcome ...more
- Back in December, the Reed College News Center carried this post,
"Portland, OR (December 13, 2012)— Amgen, a California-based biotechnology company, has created a chair of chemical biology with a $3 million gift to Reed College. The Amgen-Perlmutter Chair honors Roger M. Perlmutter’s service as Amgen’s Executive Vice President of Research and Development. Perlmutter, a Reed ...more
- Just as I was leaving the building in mid-December with a stack of final exams to grade, an email rolled in from Kris McNeill '92 (Professor of Enviromental Chemistry, ETH):
"I am happy to announce that our son Bosco Sturla McNeill was born today (12/12/12) at 12:55 pm. 6.6 lbs, 19.5 inches (3000 g, 49.5 cm). ...more
- Philip Wilk, '95, sent us an email this morning in which he wrote: "I have some new digs. I took a new job with the Department of Energy in April 2011. I run the Heavy Element Chemistry research program for the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. I am focused primarily on the actinides. I am ...more
- Prof. Pat McDougal may have hoped that his 60th birthday would slip by quietly, but if that was his wish, he hadn't reckoned with the alert staff in the Dean of the Faculty office. Mid-day Monday rolled around, and with it, a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday and an enormous plate of assorted cupcakes ranging ...more
- The Reed College Chemistry department is currently collecting applications for a tenure-track position in organic chemistry. The successful candidate will begin teaching in Fall 2013. To learn more about this position, go here or visit the Job Openings ...more
- Those who shared a Chem 201/202 conference with Cheyenne back in 1999-2000 probably remember how she would often spend the last minutes of each session roving the room, looking for other students to talk chemistry with. Apparently that interest in teaching has persisted. Now that she has completed a PhD in organic chemistry at Stanford ...more
- Every Reed chemist must eventually ask herself, "What can I cook next? What can possibly compare with the awesome laboratory experiences of synthetic chemistry?"
If your inclinations run towards the production of great-tasting food then one answer might be to find some way of sharing your talents with Portland's eating public. At least, that's the answer ...more
- One problem facing malaria patients is "resistance," the ability of the malaria parasite to fend off traditional antimalarial drugs. Another problem is the limited availability/expense of newer, more potent antimalarials, like (+)-artemisinin, that can overpower resistant parasites.
An important step forward in the fight against malaria has just been taken by Prof. Silas Cook '99 ...more
- Prof. Maggie Geselbracht found a web site that shows the locations of the 10 scientific instruments on the Mars Rover. The instruments have some unusual names like CheMin (Chemistry & Mineralogy), but chemical analysis plays a prominent role in several devices. To learn more about these instruments go here (links to each instrument can be ...more
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education ("Yale and National U. of Singapore Hammer Out Details of New Curriculum", 25 June 2012), Yale University and the National University of Singapore have announced a new experiment in intercontinental academic collaboration: the creation of a liberal arts college to be called Yale-NUS College. The new college, which ...more
The 25 June 2012 issue of Chemistry and Engineering News (p. 48) contained the following announcement (paywall) about Dan Gamelin '90:
Daniel R. Gamelin, the Harry & Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle, is the winner of the 2012 Inorganic Nanoscience Award, presented by the ACS Division of Inorganic ...more
In the library, of course. But if you can't quite fit, hunkering down in the archway is second-best.
These photos were snapped on 3 June before the Gryphon received its coating of flower petals for Portland's Grand Floral Parade. To see photos from the parade itself, check out the photo collection from chemist Dan Schafer '92 ...more
The "Comrades of the Quest" issue was graced by an iconic cover photo from Reed's earliest days. Whenever I look at this photo, I imagine that I see President Foster up to his knees in dandelions while he grabs his head and thinks, "Oh dear. Oh dear. Where can I hide those stinky chemistry labs?" ...more
The 2011-2012 academic year was unprecedented in several ways, but for chemists, it will probably go down in history as the Year of the Visiting Faculty. Our visitors included two newcomers, Monica Villa (left) as department associate and Mellisa Galloway (not shown) as visiting assistant professor, and also two second-year faculty, Luc Boisvert (center) and ...more
Because it's graduation day and visiting assistant professor Luc Boisert will be wearing an important message concerning the organic chemistry of benzene for the Reed Class of 2012.
Luc's t-shirt, which was well hidden underneath his black ceremonial robes, was made for him by Cole Perkinson '13 and other students. The graphic was copied directly from ...more
Will and Norm from Tested.com paid a recent visit to the Reed nuclear reactor. The result is last week's 25 minute featured video. Check out the control room (6 buttons do most of the work, just SIX buttons), the blue glow from the reactor, gamma ray measurements, plus lots of face time with student reactor ...more
Anyone who ventured outside the Chemistry building in March/April discovered one of the coldest and wettest Portland springs on record. A much better idea was to stay inside and check out the chemistry stories in the Reed Magazine’s spring issue …
Two feature articles reported on alumni experiences in chemistry. The Marketplace of Ideas (p. 19) ...more
When I arrived at Reed, the chemistry majors told me that they refered to themselves as "squids". Perhaps that label went the same way as Old Reed, but a fresh group of squids, graduating seniors plus faculty, got together last Friday night in Kaul Auditorium after the Thesis Parade for the Senior Dinner. Commemorating the ...more
Two biochemistry/molecular biology seniors, Gabe Butterfield '12 and Michael Gonzalez '12, have received research funding from the Davis Projects for Peace. Their project will take place in Djibouti, Africa this summer and will involve testing samples for the presence and strain of two common dairrheal pathogens, shigella and salmonella. Different strains can cause different symptoms ...more
- About 4 years ago, well make that nearly 5, this blog published a Happy Birthday greeting to Reed Aleksander Hicks. He was celebrating his first birthday and also learning to deal with life on the move. Reed and his parents moved across the country (going east) and then moved across the country again (going west) ...more
In that ever-mutating comedy we call 'the internet', fact and fiction mix all topsy-turvy, giving birth to new categories of information that have no name. Factoid? Fictionelle?
Recently, I noticed the above photo gracing the banner of the Harvey Mudd College Chemistry department's web site. The site doesn't name the student, and the HMC image archive ...more
- Luke Kanies '96 was never far from his computer throughout his Reed career. In fact, he once explained to me how our financial aid policies supported his computer hobby (it had something to do aid policies for students who lived off campus). Since then Luke has also become well-known to the Portland software community as ...more
- Six decades ago, upset by noisy railroad trains and diesel fumes in the Brooklyn rail yard (that's SE Portland, not the 'other' Brooklyn), residents obtained a court injunction limiting the operations of the Southern Pacific Railroad (now Union Pacific). According to a story in today's Oregonian, "Pollution near Brooklyn rail yard monitored by Reed College, ...more
- Phenols, ArOH, are ubiquitous in nature, chemical testimony to the oxidizing power of the air we breathe. But chemists have always stumbled over the laboratory oxidation of arenes, ArH -> ArOH. The phenol products are easier to oxidize than the starting arenes so overoxidation rules the day.
Prof. Dionicio ("Dio") Siegel '97 and his collaborators have ...more
- Russ is a familiar name to the many generations of Reed students who relied on his help to get them through Chem 101/102. At 12:34 AM on July 29 he posted this message (head over there for more info and photos):
"Now we are 4. Around 16 years ago Connie and I met. Around 8 years ...more
- The American Chemical Society established the ACS Fellows program in December 2008 'to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society'. The 2013 Fellows add 96 illustrious chemists to this list (C&E News, July 29, 2013, p. 40), among them UC Berkeley chemistry professor Ken Raymond ...more
- If Reedies 'take the road less traveled', then Gabe was a true Reedie. He and I learned to Morris dance for Renn Fayre 1990. Two years later he headed off to Africa with the Peace Corps.
Gabe is joining the chemistry faculty at Franklin & Marshall College this summer as a biochemist with teaching responsibilities in ...more
- The last time I bumped into Kate Stoll '04, she was stepping off an escalator at the 2012 AAAS meeting in 2012 (see Bumping into Recent Grads, Feb 28, 2012). Apparently she and husband John Caldwell '96 have been preparing for a new family member (7/27/13 update: scroll to bottom for news about other family ...more
- The December 2012 issue of Reed Magazine, "Logophilia," turned its gaze on Reed's longstanding love affair with words. Words and books were looked at from several angles, but lovers of Olde Reede will especially appreciate two articles on calligraphy, "Rediscovering Lloyd Reynolds," and "Calligraphy Makes a Comeback."
Calligraphy's 'comeback' seems like an especially hopeful sign. The ...more
- Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $4.3 million in grants to 13 institutions to study and improve our understanding of how certain organic compounds form in the atmosphere. Prof. Juliane Fry is among the grantees and will receive $300,000 for research over the next three years.
Julie's research focuses on aerosols, solid ...more
- Oliver wrote to us in mid-May that he was about to receive his PhD in Epidemiology later that month from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. His PhD will share shelf space with MS and MBA degrees that Oliver had previously collected.
Oliver wrote, "My thesis was on the development of accurate methods to estimate ...more
- The Class of ’21 Award is a Reed alumni-endowed award that recognizes creative work involving an unusual degree of initiative and spontaneity. This year's winner is chemist Danielle Draper '13, "NO₂ effects on nighttime secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation" (adv. Prof. Juliane Fry). (You may recall Danielle and Julie from 'Thank You' to Our Supporters, ...more
- After serving 22 years as a Reed chemist, and the past two years as Acting Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Pat McDougal has decided to retire from Reed effective June 1, 2013. A retirement celebration will be held during Reedfayre 2013 on Friday, June 14, 2:15-4:15 PM, in Vollum Lounge.
Practically since his arrival at Reed ...more
- Emily just updated her 'Reed profile' with this email to Arthur, "It's been a crazy year. I'm finishing up my postdoc in a couple months and my husband and I are both starting faculty positions at Purdue University in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. We only applied to a handful of schools ...more
- Cole Perkinson, who will graduate Monday with an interdisciplinary degree in chemistry-physics, happens to a wonderfully talented musician with eclectic tastes. Many classmates still remember when he 'brought the house down' on the last day of intro chem with his rendition of Tom Lehrer's 'The Elements' and he has performed for several years in the ...more
- Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to start constructing that summer reading list. So why not start with some back issues of the Reed Magazine?
The September '12 issue featured a profile of new president, John Kroger. While John is not a chemist, another Reedie is a president. Chantal Sudbrack '97, ...more
- Where do science and engineering (S&E) Ph.D.'s come from? That's a question that the National Science Foundation has been asking for a long time and the answers may surprise you. Last month, the NSF published its most recent answer online in a free-to-the-public report, Baccalaureate Origins of U.S.-trained S&E Doctorate Recipients
The report summarizes the data ...more
- One wouldn't think that a story about scientific fraud would arouse a lot of passion among the reading public unless it had something to do with climate change or water fluoridation, but a NY Times story from this past weekend's magazine (The Mind of a Con Man, April 28, 2013) generated over 360 comments in ...more
- Reed's Centennial Campaign was launched in 2005 with lofty financial goals and even loftier ideas about how to spend the money. Two years later, the financial industry tanked, but the campaign plugged along. Eventually, an enthusiastic band of Reed supporters donated over $200,000,000 in new gifts to the college.
You can read more about the campaign ...more
- A couple years back we reported on Jeremy's involvement in the Yale-NUS College experiment ("Jeremy Kua ’96 Helps Launch Yale-NUS Startup", July 1, 2012). The novelty associated with two well-established universities pooling their resources to create a small liberal arts college in southeast Asia apparently still strikes a chord so the Chronicle of Higher ...more
- This just in from Ilsa, "I've decided to go to OHSU! I'm planning on joining the Physiology and Pharmacology department this summer, if everything works ...more
- Much of the international news coverage of Japan's earthquake/tsunami tragedy has shifted in recent days. Instead of telling us more about those who have lost their loved ones and homes, attention is being focused on the problems associated with the Fukushima nuclear power plants.While most people seem convinced that the unfolding Fukushima disaster proves conclusively ...more
- From "Quotables: The Fifth Precept", Tricycle, Fall 2010, p. 75'In the ´70s, when we wandered up the hill to Kopan Monastery in Nepal
in various states of drug- and alcohol-induced intoxication, we would
ask Lama Yeshe, "What do you think about drugs, alcohol, and meditation?
They make us more relaxed so it's easier to watch our ...more
- "I never put down my gadgets; I stay connected 24-7, and I preferably
enjoy responding to messages in public spaces, where people can see me
frenetically responding to people who need me. Collectively, all my
observations here confirm my self-importance, and that, after all, is
the importance of staying connected 24-7.Silence frightens me . .
. the monastics, the ...more
- The following text is taken from, "The King We Need," an article written by Charles R. Johnson and posted at Shambhala SunSpace on April 4, 2010. Click here to read the full entry.
"The great problem facing modern man is that the means by which we live have outdistanced the spiritual ends for which we live." ...more
- Prof. Allan Bard, a highly respected chemist, scientist, author, and teacher at the University of Texas, recently contributed an editorial titled "It's Not the Money, Stupid!" to the American Chemical Society's weekly magazine C&E News (Oct. 11, 2010). He begins with:
"The culture of academic research has shifted over
the past 50 years from research evaluation based ...more
- In 1995 Richard Holbrooke, a man that I had never heard of before, became one of my personal heroes. Why? Because he had played an instrumental role in achieving what everyone had said was impossible: negotiating the Dayton Peace Accords and bringing an end to the war in Bosnia.For over 3 years in the early ...more
- That's right. Yesterday's El Clasico was a game to remember. Real Madrid entered Camp Nou as the top team in La Liga. Not even one loss to blemish their record. They had the top goal scorer (Ronaldo) in their front line and The Special One (Mourinho) as their coach. 90 minutes later the Blaugrana had ...more
- Cambodia, home to some of SE Asia's poorest people, a history of warfare and mass graves, and undiscovered minefields, can now lay claim to one of the cheapest space projects of all time. The space-borne payload, named Preah Atet ("The Sun") by a local high school student, was a 20x30 cm Styrofoam box containing a ...more
- Pearls Before Swine, Nov 16, 2008 ...more
- I've been using this blog as my home page for 3 weeks and it works ok! A little clunky in places, but easy to update, and really easy to post some strange stuff.Share the moment with Rat & Goat (Pearls Before Swine Aug 16, ...more
- Summer still has several weeks to go unless you're a Reed prof whose job it is
to teach a large course like o-chem on Aug 31 and you've got to get
READY. Here are some items to help returning students (if you want to know what I did for MY summer vacation, skip to the next page):
- John Daido Loori was a chemist, photographer, and leader (roshi) of the Zen Mountain Monastery. Some of his photos and a remembrance. More ...more
- Last night, Emily, one of my Chem 201 students found this heartfelt commentary scratched into one of the old wooden chairs in Eliot 314:"If I had one hour to live, I would spend it here because it would last forever" ...more
- Fans of Pearls Before Swine are all too aware of "Zeeba's" sad story. By nature, a peaceful creature, vegetarian, and good neighbor, the zebra is endlessly pursued by Larry, the insanely ravenous (but dangerously stupid) crocodile next door. Larry makes one attempt on Zeeba Neighba's life after another, but all comes to naught because, on ...more
- As I prepped myself for work this morning, a mind-rattling story, "Campus Rape Victims: A Struggle For Justice" (NPR Morning Edition, Feb 24, 2010), came over the radio. (Note: this is the first installment in a longer series. I plan to listen to the remaining installments in the days ahead.)A story about campus rape and ...more
- The pundits keep telling us that traditional textbooks will be replaced any day now by online resources, but science textbooks seem like a particularly tough nut for online authors to crack. Students don't like modern textbook prices and they don't like lugging textbooks around in their overflowing backpacks, but they seem to like online books ...more
- One of my favorite Dilbert cartoons (Aug 16, 2000) deals with the dark consequences of PowerPoint:
According to a recent NY Times story, PowerPoint poisoning has begun cutting a deadly swath through the US military, leveling the top brass one bullet (point) at a time: "We Have Met the Enemy and He is PowerPoint" (April 26, ...more
- And so am I. Are you? Who are you rooting for in World Cup 2010?It all starts tomorrow. 3 ways to follow the actionESPNFIFANY TimesAdded 7/7/10: Joy. My favorite team, Barcelona, I mean Spain, beat Germany 1-0 today on a flying header from one of the most soccer savvy players to ever lace up his ...more
- My year-long sabbatical kicked off today and it feels great.* The sun is shining, I've got a long list of things to do, and I can devote my attention to them for almost an entire year before I have to return to the usual concerns of writing syllabi, prepping lectures, and grading papers. YAY - ...more
- The US women's soccer team appear to have Hollywood on the brain. Their World Cup victories over Brazil (quarterfinals) and France (today's semifinals) have followed almost identical Die Hard scripts. Each time they got a one goal lead early, they got outplayed and outscored for almost the rest of the game, and then, just when ...more
- A guest editorial in Science magazine (Jun 24, 2011) makes the telling point that "Education is Not a Race." The author, Deborah Stipek, is in a position to know. She's the current dean of Stanford University's School of Education and she writes persuasively about the importance of "joy in learning."It's impossible to read this otherwise ...more
- "She is from New York. She is Jewish. She is a woman." These were the reasons (see Newsmakers, Science, 10 June, 2011) offered by a top US university for denying Rosalyn Yalow (1921-2011) a place in their graduate program some 60 years ago. Overcoming cultural, religious, and gender bias, she would eventually go on to ...more
- I received some very sad news yesterday, Corwin Hansch, a retired chemistry professor at Pomona College, had passed away after a long bout with pneumonia. I was hired by Pomona in 1985 to "replace" Corwin, and because he was only going into semi-retirement*, I co-taught the organic chemistry laboratory with him for several years. Ultimately, ...more
- El Clasico, the titanic encounter between two of the world's greatest football clubs: Barcelona and Real Madrid. I adopted Barcelona as my favorite club several years ago so I was thrilled when they clobbered Real Madrid 5-0 in November. It was a totally unexpected outcome and I immediately began to wonder what the rematch, to ...more
- Wednesday I began what I hope will become a Reed tradition. I spent part of my lunch hour in silent meditation.
Make no mistake. I had a lot on my mind and a lot to do. It was barely three days into a new school year, the enrollment in my chemistry class is 30% larger than ...more
I just read Bill McKibben's article in Rolling Stone (2012 July 19): Global Warming's Terrifying New Math. According to Bill, fossil fuel companies have proven fuel reserves that would release 2795 gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere were it all to be burned. That's a huge problem because Bill also says that scientists estimate that ...more
España! España! España!
My favorite game. My favorite team (after FC Barcelona, but so many players from FCB make it to the national squad, it seems silly to split hairs). And champions of the 2012 European Cup. What more can a sports fan ask for?
I happened to be walking down Columbus in North Beach (San Francisco, ...more
"When fast and slow time meet, fast time wins. This is why one never gets the important things done because there is always something else one has to do first. Naturally, we will always tend to do the most urgent tasks first. In this way, the slow and long-term activities lose out. In an age ...more
- This is a test. Please write down your answer and keep in mind that all Reed exams are governed by the Honor Principle.
Now score your answer. Does it include any of these words or phrases? (Award 1 point for each word or phrase found in your answer.)
Life of the mind
Learning how to think
How to ...more
- Prof. Gilbert Stork of Columbia University has enjoyed a lengthy and amazingly productive career as a synthetic organic chemist. It was my good fortune to spend a few minutes with him in spring 1976 when I was considering Columbia as a possible graduate school. I remember him looking out one of the windows in his ...more
- A couple weeks ago I remarked on the steady climb in college tuition. An easy-to-use infographic, How Spending Has Changed, from Dr. Stephen J. Rose (The Atlantic, "The Money Report," April 2012) adds another perspective by comparing 2007 consumer spending to that of 1947 consumers.It turns out that certain necessities, like food and clothing, have ...more
- Reed's tuition for 2011-12 was only $42,540 (see Tuition, Fees, Room & Board History) so $100K tuition isn't going to be a feature of campus life anytime soon. However, a front page article ("Ron Wyden puts a number to the soaring cost of college - 439 percent") in yesterday's Oregonian pointed out that average college ...more
- As my colleagues, and most of my students, know, I have flipped back and forth between being an experimental chemist and a computational/theoretical chemist. Because I am currently on the computation/theory side of my orbit, I was hoping that this Experimental Error article about the miseries of the lab would enhance the reputation of my ...more
If you read Pearls Before Swine with any regularity, you know that Rat doles out punishment of all types to every character he encounters. He even writes books for children that are so mean-spirited, the little ones are certain to cry. Antagonizing the world is his job in life. Last Feb 5, the tables were ...more
- "Do not fear failure. Whatever happened in the past is past; do not worry about it happening again. Before you meet with success, failure is natural and necessary. As a baby learns to walk, it keeps falling down. Is this failure? Throughout our life we go through similar processes: going to school, pursuing a career, ...more
- "To understand the necessity of change, we must consider not only our short-term personal advantage but also the long-range impact our choices have on others we will never know or see: on people living in remote lands, on generations as yet unborn, and on the other species that share our planet.What is required of us ...more
- Students are attracted to science for many reasons: the thrill of discovery, the satisfaction that comes from making a unique contribution, the possibility of good, steady employment. The search for truth offers another potent draw. Students are repeatedly taught that truth can be found in scientific measurements and that scientists honor truth above all else.
So, given ...more
- Ainsworth et al. have asked the question, "Should science learners be challenged to draw more?" (Science, Education Forum, 26 Aug 2011, p. 1096). They point out that scientists "imagine new relations, test ideas, and elaborate knowledge through visual representations." Despite this, science learners are more likely to be taught the skills that are needed to ...more
- Some lectures are spoken. Some are read. I suppose there's something to be said for both. Here's an observation on lecturing from Sir Lawrence Bragg (quoted in Science, 5 July 1996, p. 76):"I feel so strongly about the wrongness of reading a lecture that my language may seem immoderate. ... The spoken word and the ...more
- Peter Atkins (Oxford) is legendary among chemists for his prolific writings (almost 60 books and still writing) and his gift for presenting difficult material in new, accessible, and highly readable ways. Reading his descriptions of an elementary topic can make me feel like I am understanding it for the first time. In his latest book, ...more
- My longtime Portland friend and Fulbright scholar, Geoff Hiller, has a talent for taking pictures. He has traveled the world, most recently in Asia, collecting scenes from temples, mosques, weddings, open air markets, art schools, you name it. Now he's turning to Kickstarter to launch a very special book: Burma in Transition.
This is something very ...more
- Today's issue of C&E News, the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society, is a special one. Celebrating 90 years of publication, the issue contains 9 down-to-earth articles describing How Chemistry Changed The World: 9 for 90. The lead-off article on G.N. Lewis and the chemical bond has to be my favorite, but right behind ...more
- Last week's C&ENews (Sept 2, 2013) reports on a new video/book project, "A Chemical Imbalance," sponsored by professor Polly L. Arnold at the University of Edinburgh. The project which profiles a history of discrimination in chemistry at the university can be viewed online. Prof. Arnold, who was awarded the Royal Society's Rosalind Franklin award in ...more
- It's back-to-school time again and that means it is time to check out the Sierra Club's annual list of green colleges ("Do Green Schools Matter?" and "Complete Rankings: America's Coolest Schools", Sierra, Sept/Oct 2013).
Sadly, the list doesn't include Reed, but some schools from the Pacific NW performed well, including Oregon State U (#11), U Washington ...more
- Neils Bohr Archive/Copenhagen
The 'Bohr atom', or more properly, Neils Bohr's model of the hydrogen atom, was announced to the world 100 years ago. A hydrogen atom contains only one proton and one electron, but its internal structure was a mystery to scientists. Why didn't the negatively charged electron 'fall into' the positively charge nucleus? ...more
- His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, visited Portland's Memorial Coliseum last month at the invitation of Maitripa College. So amazing ... either he has the ability to single-handedly raise the spirits of 11,000 strangers, or we project that ability on to him so strongly that when he appears, our spirits rise effortlessly.
I failed to pick ...more
- Is science something you learn or is it something you do?
Reed students seem to spend an unusual amount of time on both. They spend hundreds of hours curled up with books and assignments, and they also spend hundreds of hours doing science, especially in their senior year when they embark on a year-long thesis project.
- My buddy, Geoffrey Hiller, travels the world taking photos. He's currently on assignment in Islamabad, Pakistan. Take a look at his travel blog, Inside Pakistan, for an amazing view of another world.
A scene from a recent campaign ...more
- The Oregon Symphony had to cancel their NYC trip so they are offering some 'local' as a substitute: Classical Up Close!. Groups of musicians will be offering evening concerts at standard venues around Portland between May 6-12 (including Reed, May 6). They will also be performing 'blitz' concerts around the city during the day.
Just to ...more
- I don't have to tell Reedies about the magic of being underwater. After all, we invented underwater basket weaving. So here's another underwater adventure (courtesy of Tricycle magazine) that might interest Reed's aquatically inclined. (Note: it arrived in my Inbox yesterday, but I didn't have a chance to look at it until this morning.)
Tricycle Hosts ...more
- In order to reach maximum efficiency, windmills must be spaced far apart. This allows each rotor to capture 'clean' air moving across its blades. Unfortunately, arranging windmills for high efficiency means that wind farms must occupy a fairly large patch of land.
Professor John Dabiri, Center for Bioinspired Engineering, Caltech
Prof. John Dabiri, Center for Bioinspired ...more
- A great article, Chasing the Higgs Boson, in the NY Times (Science, Mar 5) paints an elegant portrait of the ups-and-downs experienced by physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider over the past few years. Two large teams of physicists - more like 'armies' really - toiled over separate particle detectors so that they could ...more
- A famous koan asks, What is this?
You can investigate this or just "be in the moment" every Thursday, 2:15-3:15, Reed Chapel. The Thursday silent meditation periods are being hosted by two Reed students, Molly Jackson-Nielsen and Rebecca Shafer.
Don't have an entire hour? Molly says that's OK. Join them for as long as you ...more
- Setting aside a few minutes to sit quietly, to meditate, to practice mindfulness, seems so at odds with our busy lives. Does anyone really have time to sit and do nothing? What could be the possible benefit?
Long-time teacher, Sharon Salzberg, describes some of the benefits of mindfulness meditation this way (Tricycle, Spring 2013):
"Mindfulness practice isn't ...more
- James DePreist died last Friday.
By the time I arrived in Portland in 1989, one could take it for granted that the Oregon Symphony was a professional ensemble with a national reputation, but DePreist was the engine that made it happen. He took over a small part-time group of musicians in 1980 and, in just a ...more
- I plan to return to the Chapel at noon tomorrow (Wed) for weekly silent meditation. All are welcome. There are no strong rules to follow: simply try to sustain an environment of silence and let the mental and physical chatter of your life do as it will. The first bell will be rung at 12:10 ...more
- Chem profs don't usually weigh in on tax policy, but it's the season for thoughtful giving and nothing says, "I care about you," like a thoughtful gift. That's why I'm suggesting the US adopt a carbon tax in the new year.
The rationale for such a gift is easily explained. We have been treating the sky ...more
- Maria Konnikova, writing in the NY Times (Dec 15, "The Power of Concentration") says, "Even in small doses, mindfulness can effect impressive changes in how we feel and think — and it does so at a basic neural ...more
- With Hurricane Sandy behind us (except if you live in those forgotten parts of America called New York or New Jersey), Americans are revving up their furnaces, cars, Xmas light displays, and hopping aboard airplanes to visit family. Lucky us.
Reuters (Despair after climate conference, Dec 9) reminds us, though, that not everyone is so lucky.
- We've been drifting in the economic doldrums for the past few years. Wondering how to get ahead, or just stay even, many wonder if there is anything to be grateful for this holiday season.
Everyone has to find their own answer, of course, but I recently came across a speech Bobby Kennedy gave in 1968 about ...more
- While I'm on the topic of science animations (see Animation Students take on Science), here's another one that certainly deserves a larger audience. (And maybe should have attracted a little more notice at last Sunday's Oscar ceremony?)
What is a Scientific Theory?
The video tackles the distinction between scientific theorizing and water-cooler speculation right from the start ...more
- The Commercial Animation students at Philadelphia's University of the Arts may have thought that their science days were over, but their professor, John Serpentelli, had other ideas. Last year he asked his class to create animated movies that would bring archival materials from the Chemical Heritage Foundation's collection back to life. Here are the results:
- Do you know what atrazine is? That's a shame because it is the "second most widely used herbicide in the U.S. where sales are estimated at about $300,000,000 a year." But the fact that atrazine is poured all over midwestern cornfields isn't the real story.
The real story is that an estimated 30,000,000 Americans are exposed ...more
- The Times reported today that Pete Seeger died in Manhattan yesterday. He was 94. That means he was already 70 when I arrived at Reed.
My older brother was the first one to share Seeger's name with me and it was also through him that I first heard Seeger's music: One summer, while my brother was ...more
- What: The 39th Annual Northwest Filmmakers' Festival
Who: Everyone, tickets available online (see more info below)
Where: Most showings are at the Portland Art Museum, but check the site for specifics
When: All week and through the weekend
Why: Come see films from filmakers all over the northwest! On Saturday, see Fresh Film Northwest, a showcase of works from filmmakers ages ...more
- At last Friday's inservice, some of our HAs decided to "rock the Olsen style". Button-downs, khakis, messenger bags, and tie clips for ...more
- Oregon had the 6th highest voter turnout in this year's ...more
- About 50 residents from Naito and Sullivan gathered on a rainy Saturday in October to celebrate all things autumnal! We drank cider! We carved pumpkins! We painted faces! And we ate entirely too many caramel apples and cheap candy. Good thing we had a foos-ball table to work it all off. Check out the ...more
- What: Clinton Street Theater weekly showing of the Walking Dead
Who: All ages (beer and wine available for purchase to those who are 21+) and FREEEEEE
Where: 2522 SE Clinton, 97202
When: Sundays Nov. 11 @ 9pm, Nov. 18 @ 10pm, and Nov. 25 @ 9pm
Why: Watch the famous survival drama on the big screen every week with ...more
- Take a look at these old photos of our residence halls and other Reed landmarks. All photos are courtesy of the Reed Library's digital collection, which if you haven't already seen, you should definitely check out.
Student studying in his Cross Canyon room in spring of 1979.
Anna Mann shortly after construction in 1930.
- What: the Portland Art Museum
Who: Anyone, but did you know that with your Reed ID you can get a $15 year-long museum membership? That means you can go whenever you want! (Aside from occasional special exhibit fees). Normally membership is $55.
Where: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 |
When: Mon: closed. Tue-Wed: 10am-5pm. Thu-Fri: 10am-8pm. Sat: 10am-5pm. Sun: 12pm-5pm
- There have been 27 Asian Elephants born in ...more
- Portland Saturday Market is the longest continuously running outdoor market in the ...more
- Julia is the new RD for FSM!
Where did you go to school? /What did you study?
I went to undergrad at University of the Pacific, in Stockton, CA. I originally wanted to major in Mathematics, in order to teach calculus, but ended loving my work with student affairs, so I ended up with B.A. in ...more
- Ladd and Abington (also know as Laddington) went for a night this November to the Reed College Ski Cabin. We had a luxurious night where we played board games, sat in a sauna, played foosball & ping pong, drew pictures of one another, and ate too much food. This trip brought our communities closer together.
So to kick off December as we're rolling into that AGHHH time of the semester, Doyle-Quincy-Eastport I got together and kicked back with our good friend Courage to work out those stressful knots.
Within minutes into the event, most of the homemade warm apple cider was gone. Filled couches and chairs angled to accommodate the space ...more
- Just make sure you go to Midnight Breakfast at 10pm in ...more
- 1) Make a study schedule. Make a list of the things you need to get done and plan out when to do them. This will help you keep on top of your work and not leave everything until the last minute. It will also help you visualize exactly how much you have to do.
2) Take breaks. Don't force ...more
- What: PIR Wonderland Light Display
Who: All ages, generally by car but with specific days to walk/bike. $16/car (cash only)
Where: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd.
When: Sunday - Thursday, 5 pm - 9 pm Friday & Saturday, 5 pm - 11 pm through Christmas.
Why: This is an absurd Portland tradition. The entire raceway gets lit up with ridiculous ...more
- There’s no better pick-me-up for a chilly, winter afternoon than focaccia and The Big Lebowski*, am I wrong?
Happy nOgians chopped olives and mixed dough by hand before settling down and watching Jeff Bridges’ stunning performance as ‘The Dude’.
The Bat Kitchen filled with the sound of 80’s dance hits while the rest of the hall filled ...more
- What: Santa Claws and Kitty Paws Cat Show!
Who: All ages, $4 admission
Where: Double Tree Inn at Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, 97232
When: December 1-2, 9am-4pm
Why: This show, hosted by the Lewis and Clark cat club, will include up to 225 cats. There will purebred kittens for sale, cat toys and supplies available, a vet around ...more
- "And I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy." – Jordan, The Great Gatsby
Winch/Capeheart was alive with jazz, laughter and dance on Saturday as flappers and their dapper dates flooded the starlit space. This past weekend Random House, Reed’s Literature Dorm, put on The Great Gatsby Shindig for the entire campus ...more
- What: ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo!
Who: All ages, $10 admission or $12.50 if you want to ride the train
Where: Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd. 97222
When: Friday, Nov. 23-Monday, Dec. 31st. Check website for specific hours (generally 5pm-8pm ish)
Why: EAch year the Oregon Zoo is decorated with over a millian LED lights all over exhibits ...more
- The week of Halloween, residents of the Grove got together for a Murder Mystery Night! The Grove was transformed into Shady Oaks, a small town where a new family family had just moved in and had invited everyone to a house warming party. Party attendees were asked to dress the part and play the roles ...more
- Since 2009, Portland has been home to both Women's and Men's roller derby ...more
- Below is a lovely photo of our beloved Head of Campus Security, GARY GRANGER!
He came into the Danger Room in McGriffley in early December and, dressed as a wizard, read to us from a few of his favorite children's books. Behind him our Definitely-Not-Christmas-Tree and Menorah light glowed and at his feet we cuddled on ...more
- Who: Everyone, $8 admission (free if you are under 3)
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232
When: Saturday, 4/9 10am-4pm and Sunday, 4/10 9am-3pm
Why: View thousands of artistic and ingenious marvels created by Adult LEGO enthusiasts and very talented young builders from around the world. Vendors will also be available for ...more
- Here's a nice solution an innovative Reed resident came up ...more
- Interested in living in a theme community next year? We have some awesome new and returning themes and living options!
New for 2013-2014:
Quiet Mind: This community is all about mindfulness, balance, and spiritual support. Though mostly experienced with Zen Buddhism, the coordinators hope for Quiet Mind to be a place for students of all spiritualities to ...more
- On Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in GCC-CD, Residence Life is hosting "Reedies Look Out for Reedies," a bystander intervention skills training for all Reed community members. The purpose of this workshop is to give Reedies the skills and confidence to help one another by effectively addressing concerning or potentially dangerous behaviors on-campus. This ...more
- Photo Guidelines and Entry
The contest is open to residents of Naito and Sullivan only. Include your name, email, and a title for each photo submitted.
Please indicate the category you want the photo to be judged in:
Only at Reed
Life of the Mind
A photo may only be entered in one category. Each resident may submit up ...more
Who: All ages, free admission or $25 for vip tickets in advance (possibly 21+)
Where: The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 97212
When: Sunday, Feb. 24 @ 4:30pm
Why: Come enjoy costume contests, pizza, good company, and a great atmosphere while you watch all 4 hours of Oscars coverage. Guests are encouraged to come in costume to ...more
- Tortillas are amazing. Here are 5 things to do with tortillas other than make delicious burritos:
1) Tortilla Strips
Spray a tortilla with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt or your favorite seasoning. Cut the tortilla into strips and back at 400 for 8 minutes, flipping them once. Hooray!
2) Chocolate Peanut Butter Roll
Spread a layer of peanut ...more
- Forgot to send a valentine to someone you wanted to send a valentine to? DON'T PANIC. I've got this. Here are 5 easy printable valentines. For extra points, glue the pages on some card stock, cut them out, and attach some candy.
1) Super Cute Zebras Because for real they're super cute.
2) Classic Love Cards In case you're valentine is ...more
- On February 2, the Cross Canyon residents attended an event dedicated to the appreciation of the many and varied applications of the word "jam". We ate jam-filled doughnuts, listening to some jams, and watched the movie "Space Jam"!
- Some people dance, some people eat chili cheese fries, some people strategize. We all bowl. We all win, but Molly Waggett was first among equals. Congratulations to her for winning the first annual Spanish House bowling league championship (aggregate). ...more
- If you're like me, you're both getting kind of tired of Commons by now and you have to eat like 5 (8) times a day. That means I get hungry pretty reliably at 11pm and also reliably remember Commons isn't open and get upset. Anyway, I resisted calling this series "Stuff I Eat" but realistically ...more
- Welcome back to classes everyone! We're excited to bring you another semester of Res Life events and ...more
- Season's greetings from Res Life! We hope you have a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing you in the new year! Check back in January for more ...more
- A few weeks ago we took my trusty Chevrolet Silverado out to Sauvie Island to see what we would find.
A one hundred and eleven pound pumpkin caught our eye, and it did not let go. We collectively tossed it into the back of the truck and almost took a group photo but I think someone ...more
- Who: 21+ $10 admission
Where: Guardian Games 303 SE 3rd, Portland, Oregon 97214
When: Thursday, 3/21 6pm-10pm
Why: Sorry about the 21+ post y'all but pizza and games? Come hang out at Guardian and play your favorite games with some super cool Portland geeks. Available games include Magic the Gathering, D&D, Pandemic, Settlers, Arkham Horror, Munchkin, Wii Sports, Counterstrike, and Blood ...more
- Who: Everyone, free
Where: St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 SE 15t 97202
When: Saturday, 3/6 parade @noon
Why: Come join the fun at the Sellwood-Moreland’s 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade at St. Agatha Catholic School. Watch the parade, attend the fair, get your dose of cheezy St. Patrick's Day cheer.
How: Take the Eastbound 19 and get ...more
- A few residents of McGriffley wandered up to the Ski Cabin two or three weeks into the semester this year, and created a most bodacious creation.
Step-by-step instructions were VERY CAREFULLY FOLLOWED.
Step 1. Work as a team! - to assemble materials.
2. Communicate and plan layout, as a team!3. Set up as a team!
- Hi interwebs,
My name is Ashley Brandt, and I'm your other Res Life blogger! Like Danielle, I'm an English major set to graduate in 2015. Currently, I live in the Spanish House, where I have also been accepted to live for the 2013-2014 academic year. As a resident in a language house, I get to practice ...more
- Hey y'all,
I am Danielle Juncal, an English Literature major and Class of 2015, and I will be one of the new voices on the Residence Life blog! Since I'm going to be around for a while, I want to introduce myself. I am a second-year Housing Advisor in the Residence Halls, and I will be ...more
- Swanked-out residents of Naito and Sullivan recently gathered in Naito Lounge for a Mini-foods and Mocktails extravaganza! HAs and their residents collaborated to make the cutest mini-kebabs (on toothpicks!) and cupcakes you've ever seen. A mocktail bar, courtesy of the Sub-Free folk, was tended with flair by HA Mark. We even had live music thanks ...more
The long-awaited event happened last weekend: Pizza-snackin' with Scooby-Doo and the Gang.
Around twenty of ODBees joined and made this happen. Snacks galore!
Also, sing-a-longs. That was a thing. Season 1, What's up, Scooby-Doo?
It was a great time for some de-stressing. Nostalgia for err'body. What a way to ...more
- With the stress of the end of the semester upon us, taking a break to bedazzle some condom cases and weave some friendship bracelets was the perfect study break. Between all the glue and scissors we talked about sex positivity and consent around Reed and the meaning behind the purple and turquoise thread colors (they ...more
- During the 2011-2012 school year, Reed spent $1,389,150 on energy alone, that’s $1,029 per student! Not only does this take money away from many of the wonderful programs we love at Reed, it is also harmful to our planet. Let’s do something about it.
In this competition, created to encourage sustainable living among students, the area ...more
This Canyon Day, nOg residents and other assorted Reed students got together to get their hands dirty and make seed bombs.
Seed bomb: a mixture of dirt, clay, and seed, melded together and allowed to dry before being slung at unsuspecting areas in need of greenery and blossoms.
The Canyon Crew generously provided us with seed harvested ...more
- Obviously you are all excited to go watch the Final Four games this week. I know it's you're #1 priority. So here's a list of places you can watch:
Fire on the Mountain
Grand Central Bowling
Buffalo Wild Wings
Spirit of 77 (21+)
- What better way to spend a partly-cloudy, Portland afternoon than in the heart of downtown, sipping chocolate and munching on food cart grub?
McGriffley and ODB took Portland by storm during a weekend excursion to Cacao and the Pioneer Park foot carts, and even took a dip into the ink&paper ocean known as ...more
- Love Easter but miss the days of egg hunting and bunny magic? Check out the WWeek egg hunt!
Where: All over Portland
When: Now until all are found!
Why: Because egg hunts are fun! The WWeek has hidden 12 plastic eggs inside 12 of their blue paper distribution boxes around the city. Open a box and reach ...more
- Hi, incoming Reedies!
We want to thank all of you who have been filling out your housing forms over the last few weeks and to apologize for the frustration that the roommate search process may be causing. We are using a new housing management system this year and have unfortunately been dealing with some technical difficulties. ...more
- Now, I'm not a science major, and the mere sight of a piece polysyllabic scientific jargon makes me confused and disoriented. However, this piece of Oregonian geological history really piques my interest and even boggles my literature-loving mind.
Portland sits atop a Plio-Pleistocene geological feature called the Boring Lava Field, named after the nearby city Boring, ...more
- Just because you're spending the summer at home, reading Gilgamesh and waiting for O-Week to start doesn't mean you can't start familiarizing yourself with the City of Roses now. For the eager soon-to-be Reedies, here's a list of books, movies, and TV shows set in Portland to tide you over.
Beezus and Ramona, by Beverly Cleary. Beverly ...more
- Whether you're an incoming student making a pre-Orientation trip up to PDX, or a current student exploring the city over the summer, there's always something to do in Portland on a student's budget.
Looking to maximize the value of your dollar at dinner? Look no further than Portland's innumerable food carts. They're quick, convenient, and often ...more
- Check out our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and make sure to follow ...more
- Many current Reedies and Reed alum grumble that "Olde Reed is dead." That is to say, they believe that the old culture and traditions of Reed have long since passed. Regardless of the presumed death of "Olde Reed" or the entrance of a Nü Reed generation, looking back at pictures of Reed during the previous ...more
- Whether you're an incoming student making a pre-Orientation trip up to PDX, or a current student exploring the city over the summer, there's always something to do in Portland on a student's budget.
The Moreland Theatre on Milwaukie Ave is located in Westmoreland, just a short drive (or a pleasant twenty minute walk) from campus. This ...more
- Yes, you should bring a raincoat, a pack of ramen, and a pair of clean socks, but you already know that. Here are a few key items that help make the transition to Reed a little easier:
Electric water heater: Tea and coffee are the lifeblood of Reed College, and a personal water heater allows you ...more
- By Tuesday of Finals week, the quality of snacks on the Stim Table in the library often begins to decline. You're a hard-working student, and your body needs some substance to balance the too-many cups of coffee you've consumed over the last 24 hours. Thankfully, Bon Appetit and Students Services are here to help!
Looking for ...more
- On Monday, May 6th, the residents of Chittick took a van up to Forest Park for a picnic. After great difficulty finding and parking in a space, we hiked into the park and found a nice patch of ground to sit back and enjoy a picnic. We ate sandwiches, some of which contained the strangest ...more
- In the interest of complete transparency, I have to tell you that this blog post doesn't contain any closely guarded secrets to academic success. Truthfully, I'm probably recycling a lot of common advice (and none of the interesting stuff about chewing a different flavor of gum to help you retain information for a test, or ...more
- "What is that?" a Reedie inquired to his classmate as they exited the library. "I don't know, but gosh it's so bright." The two students covered their eyes with their hands, and looked up through the shadows of the cherry blossom trees in Eliot circle. It was the sun, glowing in all of its summertime majesty and ...more
- Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream is an annual tradition in Mad Science, a theme community housed in the second and third levels of Foster. Each year, puzzled Reedies peer into their cabinets, wondering why the vanilla, the chai powder, and the cocoa mix are all marked with “N2”. They are rewarded for not using the ingredients ...more
- Last Friday evening started out inauspiciously--the Reed van I'd reserved wouldn't start. After several minutes of sweaty confusion, I finally figured out the problem and we were cruising across the Ross Island bridge up my favorite twisting tree-lined hill street to Chapman Elementary School. This historic building has a huge, cylindrical chimney in which thousands ...more
- In a longstanding Old Dorm Block tradition, upheld by recent HA graduates Lewis, Zach, and Ari in 2012, a herd of Reedies trekked to Sauvie Island on the first weekend of classes. Although the event was not advertised as a "CHILLFEST" as mentioned in years past, the trip to Portland's mini coastal experience still featured a ...more
- Know your enemy: the common cold microbe.
It's only the second week of classes and the Reed Plague is already sweeping campus. Students, faculty, and staff alike have been out of class and at the health center, citing the Plague as the cause of their maladies. Which begs the question, what do we mean by ...more
- Greetings freshmen, transfers, exchange students, and those otherwise unfamiliar with Portland's unique climate! Many of you may be wondering, or may find yourself wondering over the course of the next month, "what did I buy all of this rain gear for if it's going to be so sunny out?"
All in due time.
Your best bet ...more
- So now you’re all suited up and ready to get cooking but you have no idea what to do. You know that you want something that’s fulfilling and delicious for dinner but you don’t want to have to spend 4 hours making it. You also really don’t want to whip out your water heater to ...more
- Throughout the years, the physical landscape of the Reed campus has changed, but the rigorous academics and life of the mind have remained the same. Using photos from the Reed Centennial Archive, I want to investigate the architectural history of our 116-acre campus. This Olde Reed exploration focuses on the heart of the campus: the ...more
- Mythbusters: Reed College Edition is back with a vengeance to try to stomp out more myths. This time, we "dig deep" to uncover an automobile mystery, investigate Doyle Owl airborne appearances, and introduce an often-forgotten type of Reed student. Before we get started, I want to mention that all of the posts on the Res ...more
- Admittedly, the Reed College student body is filled with weirdos of all shapes and sizes. Postmodernist literature-reading hipsters, RPG and Dr. Who fanatics, science aficionados, and lovers of the just plain bizarre populate Reed's green campus in the heart of Southeast Portland. For those of you interested in attending Reed, we want to debunk a ...more
- When it comes to on campus living, most people don’t automatically seem to consider cooking as something that they’ll be doing a lot of. Which is understandable, given the vast amount of options that Commons provides every day of the week, the convenience of the board plan, and all of the great food that can ...more
- So you’re sitting at home, Spotify open, trying to make an awesome PDX playlist to dance around to (or depending on what you’re into, brood in your basement to) until Orientation. Problem is, you have no idea which artists call Portland home. You know that Seattle boasts grunge rock legends like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains and ...more
- Although summertime has just begun and students have plenty of time to relax, eager nü Reedies count the days until they can move into their new homes. Because new student move-in day is in 10 weeks, here is a list of 10 things to finish or accomplish before trekking to Portland in August. Okay, some ...more
- Whether you’re an incoming student making a pre-Orientation trip up to PDX or a current student exploring the city over the summer, there’s always something to do in Portland on a student’s budget.
Portland Art Museum
If you're looking for an excuse to spend the afternoon downtown, the Portland Art Museum may be just what you're ...more
- Whether you're an incoming student making a pre-Orientation trip up to PDX or a current student exploring the city over the summer, there's always something to do in Portland on a student's budget.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry--which Portlanders often refer to as "OMSI"--is a popular attraction for ...more
- On November 23rd, the Reed College Co-ops collectively made their campus debut with a party and feast!
The two houses (Garden and Farm) worked together to show off our culinary talents with a huge Thanksgiving meal (along with our dedicated satellites) that included turkey, pumpkin soup, vegan "turkey", salad, beet and goat cheese pies, roasted root ...more
On November 21, President Kroger graciously received 13 kindred book-loving souls (the residents of Random House, Reed’s literature theme dorm) for dinner at his home in Eastmoreland. Tacos and pie were on the menu, which the group enjoyed in the living room, seated in a half-circle around the fire.
The evening was spent chatting and sharing ...more
- This weekend (tomorrow, in fact) be sure to check out the Spanish House's "Extravagant Hispanic Gastronomic Fair"! Food will be served from various Spanish speaking countries, and there will be much music, dancing, and merriment to be had.
The event will be held in the Student Union and run approximately from 7:00-10:00pm. Be sure to come ...more
- Sullivan 3 Northside had the pleasure of getting to know their custodian, Rose. We shared introductions and stories over hot tea. Rose is from Vietnam and was sweet enough to teach us how to make Vietnamese spring rolls.
We soaked crunchy rice paper in water until it became elastic. Afterwards, we used the rice paper to ...more
- While perusing the internet for all things Portland, as one is wont to do, I recently came across an adorable little blog called Rainy Day Portland: Things to Do With Your Parents and Guests When It Rains. It's a problem we all inevitably run into, your guests have arrived and the weather is Not Having ...more
Saturday, November 16th at 6.30 p.m. at Winch => LA MAISON MACABRE - French semester event: Experience a showing of sinister paintings, eerie films, and readings of dark poetry. Food and drinks will be provided. Knowledge of French not ...more
- In honor of Halloween, the residents of Sullivan 2 gathered to celebrate with some pumpkin-themed fun! After filling up on pumpkin scones, pumpkin macaroons, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, we got our hands dirty carving three large and several small pumpkins to adorn the common room.Lured in by the smell of free food ...more
Join us in Winch on Sunday, November 3 from 1-3 p.m. for the "Grand Bazaar"! The event, presented by the Arabic Culture House and Fulbright Scholar Noha, will feature a number of specifically Arabic- and Middle Eastern-themed activities. Visitors will be greeted not only with enticing aromas and lively music, but also with a cup ...more
- The dorms are one of my favorite things about Reed, but there are still lots of things you can do to make them feel like home. We got together as a dorm to eat cookies and decorate the walls/celling of Naito 2 with blue tape art. It was a lot of fun, and went on ...more
- Over the weekend, Outhausers took a camping trip to Steens Mountain in Southeast Oregon. We rose before the sun to pack up and hit the road, letting Reed College quickly fade into the 4:30am darkness behind us.
We arrived at our destination and set up camp as tiny flurries of snow swirled in the frigid, clear ...more
- Anna Mannites gathered on Wednesday for an evening of hard-core stress relief during midterm week. One of our residents prepared and shared a selection of soothing teas which we enjoyed with pumpkin-flavored pastries. We then decorated the common room with an assortment of cinnamon-scented pine cones, ribbon and pumpkins.
We had a great time slowing down ...more
- With fall here and Halloween upon us, we are looking for more orange! So this previous Sunday, Bidwell and some friends ventured out to Sauvie Island's pumpkin patch to pick their own. Upon arrival, we were immediately charmed by Sauvie sheeps! After we resisted getting one of our own 'kommie' sheep, we moved straight for ...more
This past weekend, the Reed Community was invited into the Reed Canyon to get their hands dirty While the canyon receives constant attention from the project director Zac Perry and his crew of dedicated student workers, "Canyon Day" happens once each spring and fall to invite more students, faculty, staff, and campus neighbors to get ...more
- A photo from last year's Portland Juggling Festival.
This weekend the Portland Juggling Festival, an annual event that is considered to be the largest regional gathering of jugglers, will return to Reed! More specifically, the Sports Center.
Portland Jugglers describes the event as follows:
"The Portland Jugglers are a rich community of people from around the globe ...more
- If you're craving something that's not on the Commons menu and don't want to leave campus, or if your board points are stacking up like unread pages, you might want to create something new out of what's already available at Commons.
Look no further than this How-To Guide for making delicious creations out of Commons food.
- Hey all,
Next Wednesday (March 5), Reed Arts Week 2k14 opens with new exhibitions and performances. The annual, student-curated arts festival brings artists from the US and abroad to showcase their artistic talents for 5 days.
RAW's theme reveal poster from earlier this year
This year's theme is "Daemon."
The theme "Daemon," according to the RAW coordinators, is ...more
- Important reminder for all Reedies living on-campus next fall!
If you would like to live in a theme or language community, you must apply by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 26th. That is in TWO DAYS. Late applications will not be accepted!
Applications will be accepted via the Housing Lottery on IRIS.
For more information about theme and language housing, ...more
- Hi Reed,
My name is Sasha. I started working at ResLife this week and am excited to work with this crew of eclectic people. I’m a junior History-Russian Lit major who just returned from six months in St. Petersburg. Last year I lived in the Russian House, and it was one of the best living situations ...more
- It's that time of year again, folks...
...time to sign up for the 2014-2015 housing lottery! Sign in to IRIS and under the Resources section, you will find the Residence Life Portal.
It's a simple 6-step process and then you'll be ready to receive your cohort number for the lottery. See http://www.reed.edu/res_life/on_campus/housing_lottery.html for more detailed information and ...more
- Hello there!
My name is Ruth, and I am a freshman student living on-campus. As the newest addition to the Residence Life team, I am just learning the ropes around here, but I hope to be able to help you in any way possible. I would especially like to extend my hand to freshmen and incoming ...more
- A 21+ event with a bit of an academic twist: Doug Kenck-Crispin, historian for orhistory.com, will be hosting a walking tour of the Portland of yesteryear this Saturday. Before Portland was branded as "quirky" by the Independent Film Channel, it had a reputation as a center for danger and debauchery. The tour will highlight the notable ...more
- This Monday our dorms Ladd and Abington took some time out of our studying to break in our gorgeous common room fireplace and make some good old fashioned s'mores! It was great to catch up with people after their first week of classes, and just relax with a childhood past time. We feel so lucky ...more
- It's flurrying in Portland today, which means that all the Southern California transplants and Portland natives are in a state of awe and/or panic. If you're from the Northeast or the Midwest then you already know the drill, but since Reed has students from all over the US and the globe, it can't hurt to ...more
- Hello there, this is Carly Goldblatt, your newest blogger for Res Life. I've been working in the office since Fall 2012, my freshman year. I'm a little late to the game, but better late than never. I am studying Psychology with a Cognitive Science focus and I will graduate in spring, 2016.
I am from Los Angeles ...more
- Residents gathered round the projector and the fireplace for a night of classic movies and good times. First we socialized, ate fancy cheeses, enjoyed tea and digestives, and had a fantastic night in.
We watched The General (1926), a silent film and Buster Keaton Classic.
And of course Reedies took pictures together in their best dress and ...more
- Paideia drew to a close less than 48 hours ago with a group massage session in the SU, and now second semester classes are well underway (I can't be the only one already neck deep in reading assignments). That being said, here are a few dates to keep in mind as we look ahead to ...more
- As Spring semester beckons, we in Sequoia look back to the warm and wonderful days of September. Our House went to the Oregon Coast for some sun and ice cream right at the start of the year.
After a picnic lunch, we explored tide pools, sunned, played frisbee, and the bold dove into the brisk waves!
HA Jossef ...more
- As we enter the end of the semester, I wanted to make sure that Sullivan III Southside was prepared to emerge triumphantly from finals week! So, I decided to give them a few supplies in a handy goody bag to help them through all the work. Inside the bags were:
-A stress ball
-A highlighter for expert ...more
Last Friday the Music Appreciation Society (MAS) showed their musical talents with a common room show in Chittick. Five different bands played on the impromptu stage, in what proved to be a night of awesome music and rocking times!
The crowd of fifty odd people danced the night away, as the band members (most of which ...more
- To prepare and inspire my residents for this years finals I created a Relaxation-Station. It can be seen right outside my door and is fully equipped with
- 6 Steps to Coping with Finals
- 4 Productive ways to Relieve Stress
- 4 Fun ways to Relieve Stress
- 50 quotes from famous/ inspiring people
Relaxation Station contains a great ...more
- Tomorrow, a very Portland/very Reed event is happening that you all should know about.
RAW (Reed Arts Week) continues tomorrow with a couple of performances booked. We posted a bit about RAW last week. I personally am super excited to see Geneva Jacuzzi, who my friend Rachel turned me on to last week in anticipation of ...more
- Last night, Reed adopted a new smoking policy that will significantly change the walk to class.
The new policy will go into effect once four new smoking structures are built to accommodate for rain. In essence, the policy requires Reedies to avoid smoking on pathways (between 7AM and 7PM), bridges, and within ten feet of buildings.
- In "Portland Would" news, the fifth annual Rose City Yarn Crawl is underway this weekend! During the next four days fiber enthusiasts ("knitters, crocheters, spinners, and felters") will disperse throughout the city to check out eighteen separate yarn and craft stores in various parts of the Portland metropolitan area.
In addition to the thrill of new yarn, ...more
- With spring break just around the corner and fair weather theoretically in our future, it's time to start thinking about taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest's best natural features. Whether you're a senior taking your final spring break or a prospective student looking to explore the region, these are the must see attractions within a ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
I love snow. Like a lot. I am from New York, so I am a girl who fully expects four distinct seasons, including one in which it snows. It recently snowed at Reed, which just about killed me, as I have only been ...more
- Though Reedies are only just beginning the Spring semester, whispers of Renn Fayre, our pre-finals celebration, are already floating around campus.
After attending a Paideia class on how to plan and build Renn Fayre projects (art pieces, typically interactive, which embellish and transform campus for three days), my mind has been consumed by musings of Spring.
- Recently, much of the country has been feeling colder than normal temperatures thanks to an arctic blast. As apocalyptic as that sounds, it was nowhere near as bad as the 2010 disaster movie would have you think, but Portland was not spared from the wintry wind.
Don't let those daily highs fool you. It ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
In many ways it feels like I am living in a place that is as different from Reed as any place can be.
While at Reed I study Sociology and devote my mind to intellectual pursuits, in Jerusalem I study Hebrew and devote my ...more
- Halfway through Alaska Airlines Flight 562, direct from Los Angeles to Portland, I was gently tapped on my shoulder by a perplexed passenger who asked if anything was wrong. I assured her I was fine, and then I realized I had inadvertently alarmed this solicitous stranger with my Reed Airplane Mode, also known as RAM.
- Student Emmeline Hill and her dog Nisa experience the awesome-ness that is this RAW Project.
RAW, i.e. Reed Arts Week, is described by its creators as a 5 day long, student-curated arts festival presenting the work of both Reed students and contemporary artists from the United States and abroad. Each student experiences it differently, and this year ...more
"You have to purify yourself in ."
Reedies oh-wee-oh-wee-ohed like it's 1999 at the Prince Rogers Nelson dance party, Prince Ball, this past weekend.
At 12am, right around when doves cry, the 2014 Renn Fayre theme was revealed. This year's Renn Fayre will be "Close Encounters." As of now, I plan to dress up as Alf.
He always ...more
- Paideia is a Reed tradition that takes place every year the week before classes start second semester. Loosely translated Paideia (Παιδεία) is a Greek work that means "education," and Reed's Paideia consists of a week of student-run classes. Besides the opportunity to learn crazy awesome things from my peers, I see Paideia as a chance to ...more
- In the next few posts, you will meet our student bloggers for the fall semester. Each blogger works in the Office of Admission.
Howdy. My name is Grace. I am a prospective English major who was born and raised in small town called Los Angeles.
Until last Saturday, no one was aware that I hadn’t really ever brewed ...more
- Imagine this scene: it's Friday, you've just had one of your hardest weeks assignment-wise of the year so far, it's officially the weekend... And then the sun comes out.
This was life for me last Friday. For one glorious, vitamin-D drenched day it was 60 and sunny in the middle of February here at Reed. Students ...more
I landed back in Portland last Friday, picked up my car the next morning, and the first place I went was the Open Space Cafe. Up the street from Reed, Open Space Cafe and its $3 grilled cheese has been there with me for every step of my Reed experience. I came here the first ...more
- Reed's new Performing Arts Building (PAB) opened its doors for the first time this fall. The building is already making waves in the Reed community as well as Portland at large with the inaugural show, Our Town, directed by Kate Bredeson, Assistant Professor of Theatre.
Photo Credit: Stacia Torborg
Given the degree of reporting the show has already ...more
- Portland’s poetry slam captures much of the city’s spirit. With weekly competitions judged by the populist method of crowd approval, the slam’s idiosyncratic methods are indicative of the nonconformist spirit of the city. Similarly, Reed’s open mic night (every Wednesday in the Student Union!)—Filled as it is with experimental performance art, collaborative musical adventures, original poetry, ...more
- The rumors had been flying around for almost an entire semester. Keith Karoly dropped hints during Vascular Plant Diversity lecture of a near-sacred hike to the crystalline pools of the Willamette Valley. David Dalton painted pictures for his Plant Communities of the Pacific Northwest class of a deserted ghost town discovered during his motorcycling years ...more
- Commons celebrated the Year of the Horse by preparing a variety of dishes representing the four primary culinary regions of China. In addition to the flavorful Chinese dishes, there were prize drawings and lion dancing by NW Dragon & Lion Dancing ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying ...more
Guess what, readers?! The 2013 Princeton Review rankings are out, and Reed's got a lot to be proud of!
One of the rankings that I am personally most proud of is our ranking of #19 for Most Accessible Profs. It's well-deserved - our professors are exceptionally accessible. For one thing, all professors hold office hours each ...more
The new library computers just came in. Although I don't work with the new math programs they came with, it's really nice to have so much screen space for keeping a dictionary, an article, a word doc, etc. open at the same time:
- Get a gander at my scarf.
Since I'm a new constitchuent to the club, and my knitting is a little rusty, the garment is both wide and narrow, alternating between two contrasting dimensions. In other words, it's a curvy scarf, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Meetings are held on Mondays at 6pm in the Student ...more
- Reed has a magical finals week llama tradition. Every year that I have been at Reed Rojo the Llama, and sometimes an alpaca friend, has showed up to campus to soothe the souls of ever-so-busy Reedies.
I remember the first time I walked into the bottom floor of the Gray Campus Center and, much to my ...more
- The trees of Reed are puzzling
I know not all their names,
Yet every day I find new boughs
In which to play some games.
The campus curates with great care
The plants of our dear school--
Piles of leaves and mossy limbs
Do nearly make me drool.
Knotted trunks to climb up in
Lighten long, hard days.
Spending all my time in trees
Assists my dark ...more
- On a recent gorgeous fall afternoon, Reedies were invited to jump into an alluring pile of leaves. When their diving was done, the Honor Principle (left in the form of a small note) encouraged students to recreate the pile for others to ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
"Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns..."
That is the first line of Homer's Odyssey, which my entire class read the summer before we first came to Reed for Humanities 110 (Side note: First year students now read ...more
- In the next few posts, you will meet our student bloggers for the fall semester. Each blogger works in the Office of Admission.
Hello, future friends! My name is Elaine, and I’m a sophomore prospective environmental studies-political science major. In addition to my position in the admissions office, I also work on campus in the library ...more
- In the next few posts, you will meet our student bloggers for the fall semester. Each blogger works in the Office of Admission.
Hi everybody. My name is Michael, and I'm one of the new bloggers for Voices from Reed. You'll be hearing from me, so here are a few things to know!
I'm a junior religion ...more
- We did it! We are triumphant! We are gods the likes of which have not been seen since Zeus of old!
By "it" I mean us Reedies have officially completed the first week of Spring semester. This might seem trivial, but getting adjusted to a new schedule, new professors, and homework all over again is no ...more
- For my environmental literature class, we've been tasked with writing style parodies. We have to go into some natural spot and write about it, mimicking the style of one of the authors on our syllabus. With classes out for fall break a couple weeks ago, I figured it would be the perfect time to immerse ...more
- With fall in full swing, the leaves are changing from green to a spectrum of yellows, oranges and reds, and the morning fog is lingering just a little bit later each day. All of this can only mean one thing.
It's time for pumpkin spice flavored everything. While Starbucks may be the default with their #PSL ...more
- A 1945 Reed Formal.
This past weekend was "Prince Ball," a dance devoted to Prince's music and the place where this year's Renn Fayre (Reed's annual end-of-the-year festival) theme was revealed.
There are all kinds of dances at Reed, and they certainly do not only serve as a location for theme reveals. Stop Making Sense and ...more
- The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is located on the Library’s main floor. It was established in 1988 by Sue and Edward Cooley and John and Betty Gray to “support...the teaching of art history at Reed College, as part of an interdisciplinary educational experience that strengthens the art history component of Reed’s distinctive humanities ...more
- Reed's bike co-op has long been a cornerstone of our biking community. Located in the basement of Old Dorm Block (ODB), the student run co-op provides tools and know-how for students to fix or build their bikes. Though they provide an awesome, and rather essential, service to the Reed community, they do have limited hours ...more
- Reed's Feminist Student Union (FSU) holds events and provides resources to foster discourse and build the Reed community's awareness of gender theory and feminism. One of the coolest, and perhaps most under-utilized, resources of FSU is their zine library.
This collection of feminist writings, mostly composed by Reedies past and present, not only explores feminism generally, ...more
Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman born in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1951, when Lacks felt a "knot in her womb," she went to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Doctors discovered she had cervical cancer. During her visit to Hopkins, a doctor took a sample of her cells and later cultured them -- Without her knowledge or ...more
- In honor of my new English class on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the following blog post about the first week of the spring semester will be written in Middle English, to the best of my ability.
WHAN that Januaryy with his shoures soote
And bathed every veyne in syllabuses and office hour information
Of which vertue engendred is the ...more
Hash Tag: VPEE.
There is a Joe Biden cutout taking an odyssey in the Grove.
One morning, I had an unanticipated encounter with him in the Bidwell bathroom. Later that day, a freshman thanked me for screaming when I saw this former Senator from Delaware, because I woke her up in time for Hum ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
Before my official semester here began I had the opportunity to visit the ancient Nabataen city of Petra, located in Jordan. Not only was it one of the most incredible places I have ever been, but also it was the perfect transition into ...more
- Well hey there, internets. You might recognize me from a few guest posts, but from now on I’ll be blogging regularly for Voices from Reed. So, I figured an introduction might be appropriate. See below Fig. 1, me at a Reed College holiday party:
My given name is Katherine Cassidy Hilts, but don’t call me anything ...more
- Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
One aspect of Reed I did not anticipate was the prevalence of tea. I do not know why this did not occur to me; Portland is the type of place full of people who would enjoy a nice herbal tea, and I remember ...more
- "Hit the ground running."
While the idiom may have been disproved by the Mythbusters, the first week of classes this fall gave the feeling a resounding 'confirmed' in my mind. A nine-to-nine schedule on the first day is tough for anyone, even a seasoned upperclassman. Throw in reading assignments and a Latin quiz, and it can ...more
- This past Saturday night, much to the mirth and envy of my friends, I attended “The Dinner Detective,” a murder mystery dinner show, with a delicious three-course meal included. There was even a prize basket valued at $100 for whoever solved the mystery. How could a modest college student such as myself afford such extravagance, ...more
- Paradox manager Anna Baker is a bit of an anomaly herself. Her acute insight into female fury seems to be at odds with Baker’s calm elegance, finesse, and warmth.
Or is it?
We meet at the Admission Office, where she is an intern and represents Reed remarkably well. Baker beams from behind the desk, and greets me ...more
- At the outset of each semester, Reed's clubs and groups congregate in and around the student union (SU) to beseech their peers for support. With characteristic enthusiasm, student organizations come to the Activities Fair to recruit new membership and advertise their presence on campus.
Reed clubs are funded primarily by the student body, with appropriations determined ...more
- While a bunch of people take the long weekend we get for Thanksgiving to go home to their families, round-trip airfare during a holiday rush is a little out of my price range. This left me without any real plans aside from maybe eating a turkey sandwich in my dorm room...Until I was invited by one of ...more
- Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!
During the witching hour of October 31st, The Poetry Salon, Reed thespians, as well as a few ghosts, gave a passionate reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” in the Performing Arts Building. The Atrium’s “chilled concrete floors” grew ...more
Meet the monkey puzzle tree, Araucaria araucana! This one (below) is on Reed's own front lawn, but there are many of them scattered across Portland. Native to Chile and Argentina, monkey puzzles reached Portland by way of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. Seedlings were passed out at the worldwide exposition hosted in Portland in ...more
One of my favorite moments in the television show Cheers is when Sam Malone says to his mailman pal, Cliff Clavin, “Cliff, you look terrible. Was today Sears catalogue day?” (3.23 – The Bartender’s Tale).
You spry Prospies are probably too young to get the joke, so allow me to elucidate: The Sears Catalogue, which was ...more
- When people say that student-professor interactions at Reed are many and awesome, they aren't just spouting rehearsed rhetoric. For the two weeks before fall break, my American Pastoral Literature and Environmentalism class met at the home of our professor, the ever-wonderful Sarah Wagner-McCoy.
I happened to arrive at Sarah's house a few minutes early (because I'm ...more
- In the next few posts, you will meet our student bloggers for the fall semester. Each blogger works in the Office of Admission. Darci corresponds for this blog from Jerusalem, where she is currently studying abroad.
Hello! My name is Darci and I am a junior Sociology major here at Reed. However, this semester I am ...more
Community Safety Officers, also known as CSOs, keep Reed safe and secure 24/7.
These Segway champions now have their very own trading cards, which they distribute as they make their rounds.
But these cards aren’t always merely handed to you. To get one's mitts on these accolades of exchange, one must show their true mettle.
For instance, Portland ...more
- This site will be updated periodically during summer '09. You can still look at the entire site, including all of the posts from '08-09, but not much has changed yet. Major changes will get announced by adding to this post. If you have nothing better to do, check back every few days.
Pre-registration for fallYou ...more
- Piles of paper surround me. Wrapping paper for presents. Your exams and lab reports. (Not to worry, no one in the family received socks wrapped in a lab report.) And it's snowing. So what do I do?
What would anyone do?
Surf for distractions, of course.
A student emailed me this song from Science Groove: Hooray for NMR ...more
- If you recall, the winners of this contest were chosen by pulling cards out of a hat, an unusually large (size 7 3/4") black top hat. The questions asked by the winners* were:
Fluffy C. - Are the low reactivity of bromocyclohexane and bromocycloheptane towards NaI due to the way the rings fold?Ross Y. - What ...more
- The following images (click image for full-size view) show potential maps (0 --> +1500), ball-and-spoke formulas, and space-filling formulas of(CH3CH2CH2CH2)N+ (top left)PhCH2N(Et)3+ (top center)18-crown-6(K+) (right)Li+, Na+, K+ (bottom left) The potentials surrounding the organic cations are more moderate, but not always for the same reason:The positive charge in the quarternary ammonium ions is formally assigned ...more
- (first published Aug 20, 2008)
My first genuine taste of organic chemistry came in my sophomore year
of college (73-74). I studied from a large (1000 page) textbook not too
different from yours. There was a lot to remember, but I was doing
alright until the second quarter when a subtle and unannounced change
in the book quite threw me.This ...more
- Loudon mentions two van der Waals forces in Chapter 2, an attractive force and a repulsive force. This is confusing because, other than the fact that both forces have something to do with electrons, they are not related.
The attractive van der Waals force is described nicely in Figure 2.8. It appears when the distance between ...more
Today's lecture on conformational isomers and internal rotation omitted a rather slick use of hybrid orbitals. Pictured above are two views of CH3 (methyl) with its singly occupied sp3 hybrid orbital on C (side view on left, orbital axis view on right). Notice the cylindrical symmetry of the orbital about the orbital axis.
Now imagine CH3 ...more
- I have read all of the assignments that were turned in and I will be returning them in class on Monday. In addition to the comments that my graders and I have put on your assignments, there are two additional things that I want to bring to your attention:
To make grading go more quickly, my ...more
- Slides for today's lecture are located here.
Several of you came back with excellent questions after lecture today and I want to share some of this material with the rest of the class.One question asked for clarification of the roles of atomic orbitals, hybrid orbitals, and molecular orbitals. To answer this, I took ammonia, NH3, as ...more
- I've been inundated with questions and comments about homework assignment #1, and requests for changes in conference assignments, so I wanted to bring you up to date on these and other items of interest.The study guide for Chapter 2 has been posted online. We will start coverage of this chapter tomorrow.I will be working on ...more
- 40 of you responded to my Doodle poll and the results were really helpful. I am going to try out the following as office hours for this semester:Tues, 4-5:30* PM (look for me in the o chem lab as well as in my office)Wed, 10-12 AMFri, 2-4 PM*The Tuesday office hours will start in lab ...more
- Except for the computer troubles, I thought today's lecture went surprisingly well. Too bad that we didn't get through the entire set of slides, but I'll show them to you on Monday. Here is a copy of the slides from today's lecture.Your questions were especially helpful. I've added information and
adjusted colors on some of the ...more
- This has nothing to do with o chem, but watching 5000+ small birds fly
into a chimney (they sleep there) is one of the most fascinating and FREE displays of
urban wildlife you will ever see and it coincides with the start of the
school year. I try to catch it at least a few times every year ...more
- As you know, our morning lectures have moved to the Psych auditorium.
The Psych aud. is already committed to some other campus groups for Thursday evenings, so lab lectures will stay in Eliot 314, 6:10-7:00 Th.
There is a llab lecture tonite featuring Kathleen Fisher, the director of Environmental Health & Safety and important information about next ...more
- I posted the study guide for chapter 1 yesterday but forgot to tell anyone. Maybe you've seen it already? You can follow this link or the one on Study Guides ...more
- You can download all of the slides (in color) from today's lecture here.Judging from the in-class and post-class questions that I've received,
electron density surfaces and electrostatic potential maps probably
generated the most confusion. Let me refer you to two sets of ROCO
essays that can help.ROCO - Electron densityROCO - Electrostatic potentialIf you want to focus on ...more
- I think it's totally impossible to find some office hours that will work for everyone. But I'm going to try and make myself as available as possible.
Please tell me which of MY "free" hours are also YOUR "free" hours by using the Doodle poll link that I've emailed to each of you. (Note: I'm not ...more
- It was incredibly crowded in Eliot 314 this morning. So, even though I love the room (it's where I started teaching back in 1989), the sunlight, the traffic sounds from Eliot circle, the difficulty of seeing the white boards from certain locations, and I know you love it too ...
we will meet for lecture (a ...more
- (updated version of post from Aug 20, 2008)
An idiosyncratic assortment of suggestions and observations based on 23+ years of teaching.
Studying is a personal experience. Flexibility and patience are essential.It's all problem-solvingPractically every problem uses experimental observations as a point of departure. You will have to learn these observations.Get to know your book.Get to know me.You ...more
- The Registrar's Office has reassigned lab and/or conference sections for several students. Please check your class schedule this weekend to see whether it has been affected. If changes were made, they were made for a reason. You must attend your assigned section for now (note: labs do not meet this week), but there is a ...more
- (initial version published Aug 20, 2008)
Once you get used to them, you may find that the problems
in your textbook have a game-like quality. If you make the right mental
"moves", you will nearly always solve the problem. It's a nice way to
get started thinking about organic chemistry, but not terribly realistic.
Modern organic chemists spend most of ...more
- As reported in lecture this evening, the lab report for this experiment will be due at the "end" of Monday, Nov 16. FYI "end" means before I arrive on Tuesday morning.
I forgot one vital piece of information concerning the lab report: what information needs to be printed out in your NMR spectrum.First, I would like ...more
- I'm sure you are all familiar with the "placebo effect", the ability of an inactive substance to produce biological effects. The usual explanation is that the placebo substance activates the patient's "belief" that a treatment is being received and this belief, somehow, has restorative powers.
The placebo effect is too strong to ignore so when pharmaceutical ...more
- The slides for last Friday's lecture, which covered the last part of Chapter 7 - the stereochemistry of chemical reactions - can be viewed ...more
- Today's lecture discussed how to name these classes of compounds: RX, ROH, RSH, ROR, RSR. An important point: the complexity of naming/drawing problems will be limited to compounds containing a single principal group.
Slides for today's lecture are located ...more
- Those of you who check the online lab calendar have probably wondered what is an NMR workshop?
Simple. It's classroom time devoted to studying Loudon, Chapter 13, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy.
The students in each lab session this week will spend 2.5-3 hours working on ChemActivities dealing with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy. This will prepare you ...more
- I just came across this in the Editor's Choice section of Science magazine (Oct 2, 2009, p. 19):
Getting a Grip on NitrogenChirality is associated more with carbon than with nitrogen centers, as the latter atoms tend to invert their configurations fairly rapidly on account of their unbonded electron pair. Recently, relatively slow nitrogen inversion was ...more
- Exam #2 has been graded and is available for you to pick up in Kathy Kennedy's office.
Kathy will be out of the office on Th-F during Fall Break so please stop by early in the week if you want your exam back. If you would like to meet with me, I will be here the ...more
- This was forwarded to me today from the EHS office. Acrylonitrile's formula H2C=CH-CN. Nerd humor based on a CN triple bond.
"Acrylic" is a common textile material. It is favored for its wool-like
feel and commonly used in socks. "Acrylic' is really polyacrylonitrile.
Polyacrylonitrile is a nice way of saying polyvinyl cyanide. Do you
think anyone would buy socks ...more
- A great question came my way right after lecture: can resolving agents by achiral?
The short answer is no.To explain my "no" answer, imagine that "mint receptor protein" is achiral. In this case, R-M (the complex of R-carvone and mint receptor protein) would be the mirror image of S-M. The complexes would be enantiomers and they ...more
- I made two marks on each lab. Report indicates whether the written document was prepared properly. In-lab/Models indicates whether you followed directions reasonably well during the two lab periods.
A number of "unsatisfactory" Report grades were issued. Most of these were related to the graphs. Perhaps a graph was missing. Or perhaps the wrong data was ...more
- First, a confession ... I made a mistake on the answer sheet that I posted last Friday. The very first problem asks for the reaction product of HI + 1-butene in the presence of peroxides. The correct (?) answer is 1-iodobutane (the anti-Markovnikov product), but I drew 2-iodobutane (the Markovnikov product) on the answer sheet. ...more
- Salicylic acid experiment. You should go into lab on your own and perform the two activities needed to complete this experiment:weigh your productmeasure its melting "point"These operations may be performed on any week day (9 AM - 5 PM) between now and the due date for the lab report: Friday, Oct 18, 5 PM. Work ...more
- Slides for today's lecture are located here.
I'll be updating this page with information on the rotation barrier in HO-OH later today. Let me know if you would like links to information about conumption/manufacture of polymers, plastics, and ...more
- This assignment seems to have set a new "standard" for
stumping students and I found myself writing "please come see me this week"
messages on an unprecedented number of assignments.
First, let me talk about the "come see me" note.
The point of visiting me is quite simple - as your instructor ("study coach"),
I want to understand as much ...more
- All kinds of tidbits to share as we enter the first weekend in October:
Homework page has been updated with answers to #3 and problems for #4Several folks turned in lab notebooks with their lab reports. Yikes - I wasn't counting on that. I will try to get those notebooks returned to you during the weekend ...more
- The slides I showed in lecture today are available here.
I have three short comments to go with these:Check out the material on hyperconjugation in the Chapter 4 section of your Solutions Manual/Study Guide. I have only recently begun looking at this text and I'm impressed by the material inside it. I was going to lecture ...more
- I thought I was setting the record straight on energy yesterday, but upon reflection, I made an egregious mistake. Well, I probably made several, but there's only one that I'm currently aware of.
In drawing a distinction between free energy (G) and enthalpy (H), I unintentionally conflated enthalpy with potential energy. Fortunately, the situation is easily ...more
- On p. 146 Loudon asks "why an sp2-sp3 C-C bond is stronger than an sp3-sp3 C-C bond". It's a good question because it might help explain why more substituted alkenes are more stable than their less substituted isomers, a topic that was covered in today's lecture. Unfortunately, the explanation provided by Loudon strikes me as ...more
- Chapter 4 introduces so-called "road map" problems. Problem 4.51 & 4.52 are typical examples. A "road map" problem gives you some information about the composition of a molecule and its chemical behavior (what you can turn it into, how you can make it from other substances). Your job is to figure out the molecule's structure.A ...more
- Now that I'm finished reading lab notebooks, I want to share a couple of general observations. The first and most important one is this: the lab notebooks were generally good. Most of them were prepared well, used effectively in lab, and succeeded as records of scientific work. Keeping a good notebook may not seem like ...more
- Slides for today's lecture are located here. The table of common acidic functional groups and related properties are located here (note: you need to memorize the information in this table for next Friday's exam + future exams). The table will also be included with the study guide for chapter 3 whenever that gets posted (hoping ...more
- The standard way to think about steric repulsion is very simple. An atom requires space for its electrons. If another atom intrudes on that space, both atoms are unhappy and the energy rises. Steric repulsion.
Unfortunately, concept doesn't quite match reality here. It is so costly for atoms to "overlap" (unless they are bonded, of course) ...more
- The final exam was a 200 point exam. All kinds of scores were obtained, but they seemed to fall into three groups. Medium-low, medium, and high. Interesting.
After grading the exam and reflecting on the degree of difficulty, I decided to add 10 points to the "raw score" on each exam to arrive at a "final ...more
- I spent a good chunk of winter break buried in paperwork. The stack of final exams, lab reports, and late homework assignments was almost 10 inches thick, but I eventually got through it.
Now I want it to go away, all of it. Well, not just go away (I could have dumped it in the recycling ...more
- The answers to the final exam have been posted on the Exams page.
I haven't finished reading the exams yet (I've read page one of about
40 exams so far), but an interesting thought occurred to me this past
week that I wanted to share with you.It probably won't surprise you to learn that a number of students ...more
- I will try to keep you up-to-date by email, but here is where things stand:
HW #1-7 - everything that I have ever received has been read and returned. If you don't have your assignment, check the box outside my door. If it isn't there ...
HW #8 - I am currently reading these and adding them ...more
- Where: Rm. 301, ChemistryWhen: Sunday, Dec 13, 1:45-3:00
I decided to go with Rm. 301 because the number of students attending these Q&A sessions has fallen considerably. I hope there will be enough room. The Chem 101 people will want to use the room from 3-4 PM so please *ask* your questions during the allotted time. ...more
- Today's activity (ChemActivity 34R) used potential surfaces to assign charges to hydrogen atoms in ethylene and acetylene. The charge trend goes like this (I've added ethane for good measure):
(least +) H in ethane < H in ethylene < H in acetylene << H in water (most +)This trend can be rationalized by thinking about the ...more
- The web is a great place to waste, uh, invest one's spare time, assuming one has any time to spare. YouTube, Facebook, they all have their aficianados, but my cousin Arkee, a retired professor at Tel Aviv University, just alerted me to a totally cool, totally science geek-oriented web site: Trailblazing: Three and a half ...more
- with gratitude to PHD comics, the most inspired observers of the modern "scientific condition" ...
click on image for full ...more
- A few reflections on the material from Monday morning's lecture.
Epoxide ring-opening. First, epoxides can react with strong nucleophiles without adding acid. The strained ring makes the epoxide reactive. These reactions look like SN2 reactions.
Second, epoxides can react with much weaker nucleophiles by adding acid. Examples of weak nucleophiles include water, alcohols, carboxylic acids. The mechanisms ...more
- Instructions for completing the acetylferrocene lab were posted online in 2008 and they still look relevant to me, so let's try them again. The 2008 NMR printing instructions are posted here. I do not have a due date yet for the acetylferrocene lab, but it won't be due *this ...more
- I posted answer keys for Homework #7 and for Exam #3 over
the weekend. I have also finished grading Exam #3 and I tried to hand back as
many exams as I could during class today. If you didn't receive your exam, stop by
Kathy Kennedy's office (Rm. 303) to pick it up. I am still reading homework ...more
- Slides from today's lecture can be viewed here.
I didn't quite get through everything that I had promised and I'm not taking a straight path through the chapter. If you would like to know what is coming next, here's a list of the topics in the sequence that I will be talking about them:preparation of epoxides ...more
- Lab continues to meet this week as normally scheduled.
Lab lecture on Thursday night, Nov 19, is cancelled.
The only lab operations scheduled for the following week, M-W, Nov 23-25, are wrapping up the acetylferrocene experiment. If students are unable to finish this experiment this week, they can perform any and all operations -- run the reaction, ...more
- I will answer your questions on the material in chapters 1-9 on Tuesday, 6-7 PM, in Eliot 314.
By the way, I will be running for the door immediately afterwards to make it to an off-campus appointment at 7:30 so please don't wait until afterwards to ask special ...more
- I just noticed that the Registrar's Office has posted dates and times for final exams. The final exam in this class will start at 6 PM on Tuesday, Dec 15 in the Psych auditorium and adjoining rooms. You can download the complete final exam schedule ...more
- The images and data table for the three SN2 transition states shown in lecture today can be viewed ...more
- Since no strong objections were raised to the schedule changes that I had proposed, I have made the following changes for the upcoming exam, homework and classes (all of the appropriate online schedules have been updated to reflect these chanes):
Exam #3 - Thursday, Nov 19, in conference. Please attend conference at your normal time and ...more
- First, if you would like to see the MO pictures that I used in class today, check out last year's post on back side attack & HOMO-LUMO overlap (Oct 13, 2008).
There are also a couple of points that I want to add concerning reaction rates (kinetics):Carefully read section 9.3, Reaction Rates. I couldn't find a ...more
- I've been looking over Chapter #9 and the schedule for the next two weeks
and I'm kicking around two options in my mind.
Option #1Exam #3 would still be on Monday, November 16. However, if the exam were
to be held on this day, I would abbreviate the exam's coverage of
chapter 9 topics slightly (and these topics would ...more
- Pity (or envy) poor Alice. In one book she falls down a rabbit hole. When she gets to her feet, she finds bits of food that demand to be eaten ("Eat me!"). And in the next book she steps through a looking glass only to find everything reversed. What is a girl to do?
Well, one ...more
- Slides from today's lecture can be viewed here.
Correction: I was gently informed after lecture that I was wrong about the behavior of CH3CN (acetonitrile) and water. They do mix. I had said they don't. In fact, mixtures of these solvents are routinely used as a solvent mixture for HPLC, a form of chromatography that is ...more
- I didn't use PowerPoint on Wednesday, but I did show potential maps of several simple molecules that represent the functional groups covered in chapter 8. Slides of these potential maps can be viewed ...more
- Have you seen the movie trailer for Inception? If you have, you will be able to appreciate the movie trailer for Mechanism.
You could say that Mechanism is an organic chemistry student's worst nightmare, but if you did that, you just might have to face something even worse: ...more
- What happens if you cross Lady Gaga with an underpaid biology graduate student? The Hui Zheng lab at the Baylor College of Medicine has the answer and it turns out to be a tricky combination of dominant and recessive genotypes. ...more
- Can I get your attention for a sec? Just a sec. I know you're really here to do some o cheming, but just hang on to that thought for a moment and take a quick look at this:
Maybe worth a chuckle, but see my point? See how far you are from whatever brought you here? ...more
- In class today, I gave you a special name for 1,2-diols: glycols. Since a 1,2-diol requires a minimum of two carbon atoms, the simplest compound in this class is ethylene glycol, HOCH2CH2OH.
It turns out that one glycol has been in the news a lot recently. During lunch I skimmed through a recent article on hair ...more
- Homework assignment #6 contained an important announcement, but many students who worked on the homework either ignored the announcement or didn't fully understand it (and many students may not have even seen the announcement given the small number of completed assignments that were turned in).
Here's the announcement quoted in its entirety and verbatim:
Reagent Alert: I ...more
- We do not have any lab work scheduled for this week or beyond. The only
thing that needs to be accomplished by most students is printing the NMR
spectrum of acetylferrocene. This can be done during the lab periods
this week, but you can also do it on your own.
Instructions for printing the NMR spectrum have been ...more
- Procrastination is a problem. I have trouble dealing with it. Everyone that I know suffers from it. (Actually, "suffers" is the wrong word; "complains" would be more accurate. Procrastination can be a good thing, but if you find yourself complaining about not getting around to things, you have a problem.)
How do I procrastinate? Two ways. ...more
- I have just posted a new homework assignment: HW #6. You can download it from the homework page.
This assignment signals a switch from an emphasis on modeling to an emphasis on chemical transformations. It is essential at this point that you adjust your study techniques so that you learn about transformations from several angles:knowing what ...more
- Last Thursday night I started showing a video demonstrating the technique of thin-layer chromatography. I also pointed out where to find this link. Let me point you at it again:
Lab techniques (MIT videos): TLC (thin-layer chromatography) (16 min)(located in Off Campus section of our Links page)You might also like the video and animation provided by ...more
- I have posted all of the slides from today's lecture (see Syllabus or here). I did not finish my description of electron-donating groups (EDG), but I had saved the easiest material for last so I would like you to look over slides 15-18 on your own. The next exam covers all of the material through ...more
and working with molecular models are fundamentally different activities. It's
natural to feel some urgency w