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- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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, and we'll host a reception/party afterwards ...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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Everyone (should) know that sun exposure is both helpful (elevates mood, makes vitamin D) and harmful (causes skin damage and several types of skin cancer). Even in Portland it makes sense to protect oneself from too much sun exposure, but is sunscreen the answer all by itself? And what SPF should you buy? Here's a ...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
- 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
- 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
- Carbon dioxide, CO2, right? Maybe not. CO2 is a problem, but in the short-term, methane (CH4) may be a much worse problem. While current CO2 levels in the atmosphere are about 200 times greater than CH4 levels, the latter is rising quickly. Even worse, during the first 10 years that these gases spend in the ...more
- Healey founded Grassroots Policy Project (GPP) in 1994. GPP works with social movement organizations to develop strategic practice: how activist groups can incorporate concepts about power, ideaology, and social justice into their daily practice. The organization strives to translate these big ideas and theories into practical ...more
- In the summer of 2011, Lindebald-Fry worked for the Colville Confederated Tribes at the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) office, which aims to assist Native American families in becoming ...more
- In the summer of 2011, Srivastava interned at Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office in D.C. after working with Blumenthal on his campaign the previous ...more
- In the summer of 2011, Linehan worked at Project Vote Smart in Philipsburg, Montana, a volunteer-driven organization that compiles research about political candidates and policy in order to create a better informed ...more
- Anderson is a board member of the Women's Commission on Alcohol and Drugs Issues- Oregon, and in the past, has been actively involved with the Northwest Institute on Alcohol and Drug Issues and the Society of Addiction Psychologists (Division 50) of the American Psychological Association. Anderson presents her academic research on addiction to schools in the Portland area, both to educators ...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
- 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
- Today's Dilbert is both reassuring and unsettling ...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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Watch Oregon Field Guide that highlights Crystal Springs and the Reed Canyon (starts around the 20:25 ...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
- 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
- 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
- Hi there, just a reminder of this upcoming event sponsored by the Anthro dept that is highly relevant to recent debates vis-a-vis US history and contemporary pop culture (especially given the recent 150th anniversary Civil War memorials. A 'Secession ball' last week in S. Carolina provoked protests from the NAACP as party-goers dressed in their plantation best...)
Film screening: Sun. ...more
- Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance: Embodied Pleasures in History, Representation, and Queer CommunitiesUniversity of Michigan (Ann Arbor), February 16-18, 2012Selected panels will be podcast. Visit the Congress on Research in Dance's website for a full schedule and to view the podcasts: www.cordance.orgLink to full-sized posterHi all. I am on the program committee for ...more
- Internationally acclaimed performer Tim Miller presents "Glory Box" October 11 at 7:30 in the Reed College Mainstage Theatre. There are no reservations for this performance. Admission is open to the public and the Reed community on a first come first serve basis, with some ticketsreserved for the Reed community. The performance is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center and ...more
- "Frank Sinatra, Superstar: Celebrity, Masculinity, and the Rise of the Popular Artist"
Professor Keir Keightley, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Friday, October 28 at 4 pm is Psychology Auditorium
This talk explores the career of singer, actor, and businessman Frank Sinatra during his years at Capitol Records, 1953-62. Prior to this period, Sinatra ...more
- From Jackie Dirks:The deadline for submissions to the Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis and Clark is October 26th.The complete description is at http://college.lclark.edu/departments/gender_studies/symposium/
They take lots of papers from undergraduates, graduate students, and junior professors, and it's a great opportunity for our talented Reedies to get some public speaking experience. This year's theme is "Objection! Gender, ...more
- Johnson was not a natural speaker, and biographers report that he was always embarrassed by his Southern drawl, certain that he was not being taken seriously.
The years as vice president were especially difficult in this regard; how could a tall, gangly, drawling Southerner not fail to be overshadowed by an attractive, tanned, charismatic JFK.
However, Johnson's ...more
- I am leading a Reed alumni trip, along with Michael Teskey, to the Hill Country of Texas to look at wildflowers and try to understand one of the most fascinating and complex figures of America's 20th century, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Because our alumni do not have access to the Moodle system, this posting is a ...more
- Hat tip to Nathan Yau's Flowing Data blog, the map reimagines the 50 states with equal populations. It's a cool geographic systems application and a nice way to reflect upon the biases in our Electoral College ...more
- If you want a quick summary how the American political and economic system is so skewed toward the wealthy, contrast these two reports.
First, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy issued a report on the most regressive (Washington state!) and most progressive state tax systems, taking into account all state, local, excise, and property taxes ...more
- The NY Times continues its blanket coverage of the MOOC phenomenon with a story in today's business page: "California to give web courses a big trial."
The interesting subtext in the story is that use of the MOOCs by San Jose State University isn't an initiative intended to replace regular offerings, but is really an attempt ...more