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- "I have a problem with my sitting. When I sit, I get relaxed, but when I get relaxed, I fall asleep." "Then sleep!"
This exchange took place between me and my zen teacher a few years ago. Sleepiness and naps continue to be frequent companions during my sitting meditation. Sometimes this annoys me, but mostly I've ...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
- The Center for Spoken Language Understanding is in our 3rd year of a big 5-year NIH grant on spontaneous language features of children with autism spectrum disorder. We are looking for students or recent graduates to be interns.
The interns would, after a few weeks of training, be paid for help transcribing recordings of children with autism, ...more
This lecture at Lewis and Clark is free and open to the ...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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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:
- 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
- What is the source of happiness? What role can meditation play? How should a meditator practice in order to increase attentiveness, understanding, and happiness?
According to Thanissaro Bhikkhu, abbot of the (Theravadan) Metta Forest Monastery, outside of San Diego, California, we need to learn that in many ways, "less is more." For example, when practicing meditation, ...more
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- This week, two candidates for the two-year computer science position will be interviewing on campus. Below is their information. Linguistics Majors will most likely interact with this position and all are encouraged to attend the job talks for these two candidates.
Title: Derandomization and Polynomial Identity Testing
Wednesday, 4:10pm, Library 204
Matt Anderson (U. Cambridge)
Randomness is a powerful ...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
- Introductory materials
An accessible and clean Introduction to MATLAB (University of Utah/University of Colorado)
A more comprehensive, tutorial-like Introduction to MATLAB (edulap project)
The full (MathWorks) Monty: MATLAB Primer
Comprehensive and up-to-date, YAGTOML (Yet Another Guide TO MATLAB)
Plotting / Data Visualization
Basics of Plotting in MATLAB (Harvard)
Creating High-Quality Graphics in MATLAB for Papers and Presentations (David Gleich / Tamara Kolda)
MathWorks data visualization ...more
- There is an interesting aspect of meditating on sound that everyone should look into deeply: we cannot control sounds when we meditate. All we can do is attend to them as they come and go.
Gordon Hempton has been paying close attention to sounds for the past 30 years. He calls himself an 'auditory ecologist' (try ...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
- Interns will work closely with a faculty, postdoc, or grad student mentor on an original cognitive science research project. They will gain experience developing the project, collecting data, and analyzing the results. In addition to their individual projects, interns will attend a weekly seminar with such topics as reading a scientific paper, introduction to the ...more
- The UnderLings, the undergraduate linguistics association of Cornell University, requests abstract submissions for the 8th annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium.
The Colloquium will take place April 25th-27th, 2014. They encourage submissions at all levels in a variety of subfields of linguistics, including but not limited to phonetics, phonology, syntax, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition. ...more
- The following comes from an interview with Vietnamese Zen monk, peace worker, and author Thich Nhat Hanh. You can listen to the full interview at On Being (or read a transcript).
Mindfulness is a part of living. When you are mindful, you are fully alive, you are fully present. You can get in touch with the ...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
- 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
- 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
- The following appeared two days ago in the Bits section of the NY Times ("Disruptions: For a Restful Night, Make Your Smartphone Sleep on the Couch"):
We’ve all been there. You wake up in the middle of the night and grab your smartphone to check the time — it’s 3 a.m. — and see an alert. ...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
- 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
- Reed CIS help pages for TeX -- they are numerous, and they are full of information. Here are some places to start:
10 strange things to know about TeX
math in LaTeX and how to use it
graphics in LaTeX
lists and tables in LaTeX
Some resources, outside of Reed:
basics of LaTeX from wikibooks
xkcd on tech support
deTeXify (draw ...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
- 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.
- 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
ArcGIS Online: http://www.arcgis.com/features/maps/index.html
Esri Storymaps: http://storymaps.esri.com/home/
Mapbox gallery: https://www.mapbox.com/showcase/#dataviz
Tilemill gallery: https://www.mapbox.com/tilemill/gallery/
qGIS Flickr pool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/qgis/pool/
Esri Flickr pool (UC 2011): http://www.flickr.com/groups/esriuc-mapgallery/
Cartograms (takes a minute to load): http://maps.esri.com/sldemos/carto/default.html
City of Portland planning app: http://www.portlandbps.com/gis/cpmapp/
Reed / Environmental Studies DFS project: https://sge.lclark.edu/dfs/project/carbon-field-studies/
Wild Fish Conservancy watertyping: http://wildfishconservancy.org/maps
GIS at Reed: http://www.reed.edu/cis/help/software/gis
ArcGIS at Reed: http://www.reed.edu/cis/help/software/arcgis
Terminal Server page: http://www.reed.edu/cis/help/ReedTS.html
Alternatives to ArcGIS: http://www.reed.edu/cis/help/software/alt-to-arcgis
qGIS download page: http://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html
A Gentle Introduction to qGIS: http://www.qgis.org/en/docs/gentle_gis_introduction/index.html
Learning qGIS, a ...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 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
- Some of you may be planning a review of Chem 201 concepts before you take up the new challenges of Chem 202. Here are two short videos that review atomic structure and chemical bonding (note: this material is being taught by two very smart dogs).
The Atom (by Dogs Teaching Chemistry)
Chemical Bonds (by Dogs Teaching ...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
- Dec 31, 2013 Update. 20 students sent me their votes for the top Improvement and top Insight reflections.
Here are the results for the top Improvement:
familiarize ourselves with the material before class - 5 votes
don't skip the more difficult problems and study together outside of class - 3 votes
set up checkpoints and rotate responsibility for bringing ...more
- Two weeks ago I offered my perspectives on exam scores (Some data ..., Dec 1, 2013). Since then another exam has been completed and I can provide you with the latest results:
Exam 1 – 44 (80-100%), 17 (60-80%), 3 (below 60%), median = 42
Exam 2 – 40 (80-100%), 17 (60-80%), 7 (below 60%), median = ...more
- This will sound a bit odd, but we have barely reached the middle of the semester. Obviously, I'm not referring to the calendar -- the final exam is just over two weeks away -- but if you count exam points, you might see what I'm driving at. So far there have been four short exams ...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
- 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
- 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
- Reed chemistry alum and medical school student, Hassan Ghani '08, just sent me this story from yesterday's NY Times, "How to get an A- in Organic Chemistry" by Barbara Moran. Like so many others, Ms. Moran has decided a mid-life career change is in order, but her search for professional fulfillment has taken an unusual ...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
- 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
- Just a few colors blooming out there this ...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
- 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/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, "meetups are neighbors getting ...more
- Like comics? Learn Russian with comics!
К О М И К С. Р У
КОМИКСЫ ДЛЯ ДЕТЕЙ И НЕ ТОЛЬКО...
A theater fan? Check out the Journal of Russian cinema!
Interested in reading? Encyclopedia in Russian? Organized by categories and easy to find topics you are interested in.
Russian virtual library.
Bilingual Journal of Theoretical and ...more
- All about Chinese is unique. It is so special that I found myself scrolling through the pages, looking at those 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 ...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
- 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
- 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 has "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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- "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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Russian Language Mentor has a great collection of recourses. It contains 14 recourse categories, they are 1) Developing Language Proficiency Reading; 2) Developing Language Proficiency Listening; 3) Developing Russian Cultural Literacy (in English); 4) Cultural Literacy Interactive Research Index; 5) Grammar Review and Mailbad; 6) Crossword Challenge: Building Vocabulary; 7) Fundamentals of Case ...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
- 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
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