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- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- The Portland State University Lecture Series in Hispanic Linguistics is free and open to the public. Join them Friday afternoons at ...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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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