Join Seth Paskin ’90 as he interviews interdisciplinary Math/Physics graduate Nate MacFadden in Fall 2019 on his research into just how predictable quantum phenomena like spin chains really are. Don’t worry if that’s already got your head spinning, because this episode’s packed with a lot more than just math: from the hard and soft skills of thesising, to why your high school job might matter more than you think.
Frank interviewed a recent MALS grad, Libby O’Neil ’19, about her master’s thesis, “‘A Voice and Nothing More’: Technological Embodiment and the Artificial Female Voice.” Libby is a graduate of Reed’s only graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, often referred to as the MALS degree. Libby used Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant as a primary text for part of her thesis, and used Alexa, in part, to examine some ways we use technology in our daily lives.
Frank and Saga discuss Saga’s thesis, “Our Beds Are Islands: Creating Queer Intimacy Through Physical Theatre In The Age Of Streaming Media”, which included a theatre performance in the fall.
If you’d like to hear more from Saga, check out this TEDx event from January 2020 (referenced on the podcast).
Seth Paskin ’90 interviewed Mitzi Zitler ’19 back in fall of 2019 about her thesis work investigating the wholesale electricity market in Oregon, and some of its interactions with California markets. Mitzi’s thesis title: “Econometric analysis of real-time wholesale electricity prices at major west coast trading hubs”.
Frank and Duncan talk about his thesis, “Beyond the Photo Album: Families in Photography Books,” and Duncan explains why photo books are his favorite way to display photography. He also talks a bit about how the pandemic did, and didn’t, affect his thesis, along with how his current role working in the Reed Admission Office is informed by his experience in writing a thesis.