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- 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
- Rick Hasen reports on his blog. Follow to find links to the decision and other ...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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- "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
- 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
- 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
... 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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