#18: Tiny Machines with Kate Stoll ’04, Biochem and Molecular Biology

Kate Stoll ’04 reflects on her thesis work on ScaR proteins with Arthur Glasfeld, Margret Geselbracht Professor of Chemistry, and her fascination with proteins, the “tiny machines that do all the work in your body.” This was Frank’s first interview for the podcast and took place in-person in January 2020. Kate’s thesis title: “The DNA and metal ion specificity of ScaR, the Streptococcal cell adhesion protein regulator of ‘S. gordonii.'”

#17: The Dizzying Math behind Spin Chains with Nate MacFadden ’19, Math/Physics

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.

#16: “Alexa, Who Are You?” with Libby O’Neil ’19, MALS

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.

Learn more about Reed’s MALS program.

Reed community members can read Libby’s thesis online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#15: Queer Intimacy in Media with Saga Darnell ’20, Theatre/Dance

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).

Reed community members can read Saga’s thesis online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#14: Wholesale Electricity Markets with Mitzi Zitler ’19, Economics

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”.