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- It's that time of year. The end of spring semester, when all of a sudden you realize that there are two weeks left of classes and ten-weeks' worth of things to do. Since nothing makes sense, there's only one thing we can do: Stop Making Sense.
The original concert poster
For those who don't know about ...more
Time period: July / 4 weeks
The Summer Department of Linguistics at PUCP combines an intensive course program that approaches the documenting process of a little-known language from different perspectives during a fieldwork season in the Peruvian Amazon. In said fieldwork season, the iskonawa language will be studied. It only has six speakers in Peru, and it will ...more
- This week's C&E News (April 14, p. 34) carried news of the death of Prof. Andre S. on December 24. He was 94 years old, and his long career had taken him from academia (B.S. and M.S. Columbia, Ph.D. U. Michigan) to industry (Hoffmann-La Roche) and back again, and from Switzerland to the ...more
- A zen friend shared this wonderful Ballard Street cartoon from earlier in the week (April 15).
Kind of says it all, doesn't it? When we let our guard down and open up? WOW!
Ballard Street is filled with quirky characters from the wildly creative mind and pen of Jerry van ...more
- Sharing a meditation space with others helps me as a meditator. It actually encourages me to sit, to sit more mindfully. I also feel that it helps soften many of the mental barriers my mind habitually erects between "I" and "Other."
Of course, meditating together isn't always possible. Everyone has a different schedule. So here are ...more
- I passed!!!!! I officially:
have senior status
can enroll in Thesis 470
feel like a total baller ("Qual-er?")
The news came with this wonderful, fancy letter:
My Qual letter! You can't see it here, but it came with a fancy Reed letterhead and everything.
And an ambush of texts and Snapchats such as this one from my incandescent best friend:
- Reed Admit Days (RAD) was over the weekend, and last night I hosted a little event in my dorm kitchen. And I got to bake my favorite cookies:
They're vegan snickerdoodles. And they were a hit. Even with Crockett, the Admission counselor, who came!
I met a super cool prospie, Savannah, from California. We talked about dorms, ...more
- Alaïa and I, both HAs in Old Dorm Blocks, brought our dormies on a day trip to the Pearl district downtown. After a quick drive across the river, our first stop was the Museum of Contemporary Craft. On display was This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, a feature presented by different ...more
- The Fifth Summer School in Cognitive Sciences : Web Science and the Mind. Organized by the UQAM Cognitive Science Institute in Montréal (Canada), from July 7th to 18th. Theme of the Summer Institute: Web Science and the Mind. This summer school will present a comprehensive overview of the interactions between the web and cognitive sciences, ...more
- The next few weeks could be one of the most emotionally intense periods that some Reedies will have ever experienced. If you are having a hard time, don't hesitate to check in with Health & Counseling Services, Student Services, or Community Safety. They are standing by and ready to help.
If you are looking for some ...more
- Barbara Ehrenreich has been engaged in a life-long search for the truth. Starting Reed College as a chemist, she completed her thesis under the direction of physicist Prof. Jean DeLord (thesis title: Electrochemical oscillations of the silicon anode). Starting graduate school as a physicist, she completed her PhD in biology. Her search for the truth ...more
- Watch Oregon Field Guide that highlights Crystal Springs and the Reed Canyon (starts around the 20:25 ...more
- From petals to paddles, we’ve got you covered for playful ways to enjoy Reunions '14: Reedfayre, June 4-8!
Kaul Auditorium will be converted into the “Ping-Pong Palace” on the Saturday night of Reunions. We've procured no fewer than 12 ping-pong tables, plus Air Hockey, Jenga, and Skee Ball for good measure. And did we mention there ...more
- This week Woodbridge got together and had a big dinner of pasta and tomato sauce and watched Francis Ford Coppola's classic, "The Godfather, Part II."
Our resident Cheesemaster does one of the things he does best.
Ingredients prepped and ready to go. We didn’t have a lid big enough for the pot we borrowed from commons, ...more
- This week's Oregonian featured a multi-part series, Mindfulness in policing, on a mindfulness-based resiliency training (MBRT) program that the Hillsboro Police Department has been operating for its officers. As Hillsboro Police Lt. Richard Goerling put it, "being a cop kills you." So he worked with fellow officers and local meditation experts to develop a program ...more
- Full-time Lab Manager position in the NYU Neurolinguistics Laboratory (PI: Liina Pylkkänen). Initial appointment for one year, with possibility of renewal. BA/BS or MA/MS in a cognitive science-related
discipline (psychology, linguistics, etc.) or computer science is required.
The lab manager will be involved in all stages of execution and analysis of
MEG experiments on language ...more
Jordan Language Academy has the pleasure to renew its invitation to Reed College students to join our Intensive Programs in Arabic language and culture for SUMMER 2014 (click here), semester I, semester II and our winter intensive programs (click here for details).
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us. To view our 2014/2015 Academic CALENDAR, ...more
The Linguistic Society of America is seeking applications for the position of student intern at its national office for the summer 2014 semester (May - August). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of linguistics, the professional needs of LSA members, and the LSA's broader agenda to advance the scientific study ...more
- I will begin by saying that a lot of these hacks are ridiculously simple. BUT I think they also show how you can get ~*~*creative*~*~ at Commons without spending too much time trying to get your concoction together.
So here it is.
Sometimes you feel like eating something greasy and absolutely stomach-turning and you, unfortunately, do not ...more
- My Freshman House Advisor was the first upperclass(wo)man I met last year. HAs promote Reed College student resources, help students in need of personal, academic, health, or mental health support, organize dorm outings throughout the school year, and make residential life at Reed superb.
In the second floor of Bidwell, where I abide, Angelynn is the ...more
- sit down 'round our table, student
and listen to my tale
a tale of sound and fury--
a scholarly portrayal
our prof is called by name, her first
my peers are on alert
collecting data, explaining texts
a motley type consort
we strive for knowledge, for laurel leaves
we're reading all the day
when we speak, we orate true
let voices lead our way
oh, Goddess, Muse, ...more
- This week I feel simultaneously grown up and triumphant. The reason for this is that Monday night I submitted my Junior Qualifying Exam. The "Qual" varies by major, but is something that all Reed students have to do during their junior year to demonstrate they are qualified to write a senior thesis in their major.
- We know that you still own your leg warmers and long to put your hair in a side ponytail. We know that sometimes all you want to do is paint your face and put on spandex and turn your amp up to 11. We know that you realize every rose has its thorn, just like ...more
- This year, we’re honoring the legacy of Reed’s classic 1960s strategy game “Empire” by opening a collection of board games for play every night of Reunions '14: Reedfayre, June 4-8!
Courtesy of Reed’s own ARG (Association of Reed Gamers), we’ll have a smattering of modern strategy games (Euro-style and otherwise) that can all be played in ...more
- Where do we sit when we meditate? By this I don't mean, do we sit on a cushion or on a chair? I don't even mean, do we sit in our bedroom or under a tree?
What I am asking is simply this: where do our minds sit? Are the thoughts that 'run round our heads' ...more
- Hi, junior Reedies! We've heard that some of you are anxious about your chances of getting a room on campus for next academic year, so we wanted to try to help dispel a few of the myths that seem to be circulating and help you feel better informed about the room selection process. Here's the ...more
- Cao Shunli, Chinese human rights activist, 1961-2014
Word is spreading across the web about the death of Cao Shunli, a soft-spoken, gentle woman who was detained by Chinese authorities last September as she was about to go to Geneva to participate in an international human rights training program. After spending a month in prison, she ...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
- We'd be batty if we didn't do this...
As an add on to the LBJ weekend trip last year, a few alumni joined me on a trek to Bracken Cave outside of New Braunfels, Texas to witness an astonishing sight: millions upon millions of Mexican Freetail bats emerging from their roosts and flying hundreds of miles to ...more
- Time flies when you’re incubating a fabulous idea! You may recall that last summer Reed Switchboard, the networking site created to share Reed love, was given a boost by Wieden & Kennedy as part of the ad firm’s Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). The brainchild of Mara Zepeda ’02 and Sean Lerner ’10, Switchboard was one ...more
- 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
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
- About 4 years ago, well make that nearly 5, this blog published a Happy Birthday greeting to Reed Aleksander Hicks. He was celebrating his first birthday and also learning to deal with life on the move. Reed and his parents moved across the country (going east) and then moved across the country again (going west) ...more
In that ever-mutating comedy we call 'the internet', fact and fiction mix all topsy-turvy, giving birth to new categories of information that have no name. Factoid? Fictionelle?
Recently, I noticed the above photo gracing the banner of the Harvey Mudd College Chemistry department's web site. The site doesn't name the student, and the HMC image archive ...more
- A couple years back we reported on Jeremy's involvement in the Yale-NUS College experiment ("Jeremy Kua ’96 Helps Launch Yale-NUS Startup", July 1, 2012). The novelty associated with two well-established universities pooling their resources to create a small liberal arts college in southeast Asia apparently still strikes a chord so the Chronicle of Higher ...more
- This just in from Ilsa, "I've decided to go to OHSU! I'm planning on joining the Physiology and Pharmacology department this summer, if everything works ...more
- While I'm on the topic of science animations (see Animation Students take on Science), here's another one that certainly deserves a larger audience. (And maybe should have attracted a little more notice at last Sunday's Oscar ceremony?)
What is a Scientific Theory?
The video tackles the distinction between scientific theorizing and water-cooler speculation right from the start ...more
- The Commercial Animation students at Philadelphia's University of the Arts may have thought that their science days were over, but their professor, John Serpentelli, had other ideas. Last year he asked his class to create animated movies that would bring archival materials from the Chemical Heritage Foundation's collection back to life. Here are the results:
- Do you know what atrazine is? That's a shame because it is the "second most widely used herbicide in the U.S. where sales are estimated at about $300,000,000 a year." But the fact that atrazine is poured all over midwestern cornfields isn't the real story.
The real story is that an estimated 30,000,000 Americans are exposed ...more
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Courtesy of California Civic Education Project (regionalchange.ucdavis.edu)
Courtesy of Los Angeles County Clerk/Recorder Dean Logan's twitter feed, researchers at the University of California, Davis's California Civic Engagement Project has released a fascinating analysis of vote by mail usage in the Golden State.
Some of the patterns are not surprising to anyone who has followed vote by ...more
- The MonkeyCage features a nice by Pippa Norris, Richard Frank, and Ferran Martinez I Coma on new research coming out of the Electoral Integrity Project. The post reports on a recent international survey of election experts ranking 66 countries on a variety of measures of election conduct and administration.
Unfortunately, someone made an ill-advised choice to ...more
- Nice posting by Nate Persily on Monkey ...more
- The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, also known as the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission, has issued its final report. Rick Hasen, waking and working before all of us, has already provided a great summary of findings and recommendations. I'm particularly excited to see the Election Toolkit produced by the Voting Information Project.
I testified before the Commission in ...more
- 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