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Reed Magazine The official magazine of Reed College, showcasing a band of fierce intellectuals and the Great Pacific Northwest institution that nurtures them.

PUT IT TO THE TEST. Hot off the press! Latest issue of Reed Magazine is a smorgasbord of intellectual delights. Find out...
12/20/2021
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PUT IT TO THE TEST. Hot off the press! Latest issue of Reed Magazine is a smorgasbord of intellectual delights. Find out how colonies of plankton hold clues to the survival of species. Take a look at a new way of measuring the mass of blac holes. See how cells get their shape. Not to mention bacteria that eat plastic, inflammatory headlines, Spartan statues, and what the pandemic has taught us about teaching and learning.

Reed Magazine chronicles the people, ideas, discoveries, and inquiries that constitute Reed College. We cover new developments in science, technology, art, history, the humanities, and education. We profile the alumni, professors, and students who pursue these ideas—and who shape the world in whic...

Powerful commentary by Reed College Prof. Derek Applewhite on the urgent need for the scientific community to listen to ...
12/17/2021
Science and Systematic Racism

Powerful commentary by Reed College Prof. Derek Applewhite on the urgent need for the scientific community to listen to more Black voices.

A year since the murder of George Floyd, the scientific community still needs to listen to more Black voices.

It's baa-ack! The Reed College Dev Bio Image contest has returned with a vengeance. Check out the astounding images capt...
12/15/2021
RETURN OF THE DEV BIO IMAGE CONTEST!

It's baa-ack! The Reed College Dev Bio Image contest has returned with a vengeance. Check out the astounding images captured by students in Prof. Kara Cerveny's class on developmental biology. This image shows the growth of blood vessels (yellow) in a 3-day-old zebrafish embryo. H/T to Jiahe Yue ’23 and Frank Zhuang ’23 for this microscopic wizardry.

After a two-year hiatus, Developmental Biology (BIO 351L) at Reed College is back — in person and imaging lots of zebrafish embryos. This year’s image contest featured 9 entries from 7 …

We can’t heal the planet until we first learn how to take care of each other. Check out the amazing memoir by doctor, en...
12/13/2021
Guardians of the Trees

We can’t heal the planet until we first learn how to take care of each other. Check out the amazing memoir by doctor, environmentalist, human-rights activist and Reed College grad Kinari Webb ’95.

The fate of the planet is inextricably linked to human health, writes Kinari Webb ’95.

Stop and listen to this amazing poem by Prof. Samiya Bashir, read by her student Ben Read ’21. This will be the best two...
12/09/2021
Ben Read reads "At Harlem Hospital Across the Street from the Schomburg ..."

Stop and listen to this amazing poem by Prof. Samiya Bashir, read by her student Ben Read ’21. This will be the best two minutes of your day.

Ben Read lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works in research services at the Reed College Library and teaches at Catlin Gabel School. He received his BA

11/30/2021

Just in time for , all gifts to Reed will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $500—now through December 31. Make a gift today to support all the special people, places, and things that make Reed, Reed. Give now at reed.edu/givenow
Artwork by Mariza Ryce Aparicio-Tovar ’09

Great op-ed by Reed College grads Marty Mulvihill and Arlene Blum in The New York Times  about the growing challenge of ...
11/18/2021
Opinion | The Proliferation of Plastics and Toxic Chemicals Must End

Great op-ed by Reed College grads Marty Mulvihill and Arlene Blum in The New York Times about the growing challenge of plastic pollution and chemical toxicity—and how the two crises are linked.

As we confront climate change, focusing on a single metric, like greenhouse gas emissions, could leave other harmful practices unaddressed.

Check out fascinating new book on the insane backstory of the conservation movement. Beloved Beasts by Reed grad Michell...
11/10/2021
Beloved Beasts

Check out fascinating new book on the insane backstory of the conservation movement. Beloved Beasts by Reed grad Michelle Nijhuis, one of the top writers in science journalism today.

Science writer Michelle Nijhuis ’96 explores the fascinating history of the conservation movement.

Wandering wombs. Murdering mothers. Calculating queens. The lives of women in the ancient Mediterranean were far more co...
11/08/2021
Women in the Ancient World

Wandering wombs. Murdering mothers. Calculating queens. The lives of women in the ancient Mediterranean were far more complex, and more fluid, than is often portrayed. Check out Ancient Mediterranean Studies 377, led by Prof. Ellen Millender at Reed College.

ANME 377 with Prof. Ellen Millender explores gender, sexuality, and power in ancient societies.

Don't miss the amazing exhibition at the Cooley Gallery focused on the fractured terrain of the portrait. First Cooley s...
11/03/2021
No Face, No Case

Don't miss the amazing exhibition at the Cooley Gallery focused on the fractured terrain of the portrait. First Cooley show to be organized by student curators.

Students deconstruct portraiture at a new exhibition at the Cooley.

Check out the new exhibit in the Hauser Library on Continued Resistance: A Legacy of Activism in the Asian American and ...
11/01/2021

Check out the new exhibit in the Hauser Library on Continued Resistance: A Legacy of Activism in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Diaspora. Delve into material that shows how AAPI communities have come together, spoken out against injustice, and found resilience in the face of adversity. Reed College Library Reed College https://blogs.reed.edu/library-news/continued-resistance/

From the French Revolution to Vietnam, Beethoven to the Cold War, Prof. Ed Segel was the kind of historian who never sto...
10/21/2021
Historian of Big Questions

From the French Revolution to Vietnam, Beethoven to the Cold War, Prof. Ed Segel was the kind of historian who never stopped asking the Big Questions. Reed College and Reed Alumni are mourning the loss of this inspiring teacher.

Reed mourns the loss of Prof. Ed Segel, who taught history for 38 years.

October morning on the Bouncy Bridge at Reed College.
10/15/2021

October morning on the Bouncy Bridge at Reed College.

From the postulates of Euclid to the trials of Galileo, Prof. Tom Wieting was an inspiring guide to the domain of math, ...
09/16/2021
Brilliant Mathematician, Iconic Professor

From the postulates of Euclid to the trials of Galileo, Prof. Tom Wieting was an inspiring guide to the domain of math, physics, history, and even religion. Mourning the lost of this great teacher to generations of Reed Alumni at Reed College

Reed mourns loss of Prof. Thomas Wieting, who taught math for more than 50 years.

How does the immune system generate antibodies to COVID-19? This question, critical to vaccine design and to our underst...
09/14/2021
Prevalent, protective, and convergent IgG recognition of SARS-CoV-2 non-RBD spike epitopes

How does the immune system generate antibodies to COVID-19? This question, critical to vaccine design and to our understanding of the coronavirus, is the subject of a recent paper in Science bookended by two Reed College grads: Will Voss ’14 and Greg Ippolito ’89, both at UT-Austin. Congrats on this amazing research. Reed Alumni The Center for Life Beyond Reed - CLBR

Plasma immunoglobulin G responses to the SARS-CoV-2 spike contain shared, or “public,” antibodies against a site that is recurrently mutated in variants of concern.

Nice to see Reed College on the Princeton Review's "Best Professors" list. Give a shout out to a Reed prof who made a di...
09/09/2021

Nice to see Reed College on the Princeton Review's "Best Professors" list. Give a shout out to a Reed prof who made a difference to you!

Reed College offers some of the most intense and intellectually stimulating undergrad courses of any college in the nati...
09/08/2021
Water and the American West

Reed College offers some of the most intense and intellectually stimulating undergrad courses of any college in the nation. Here's another in our series of Courses We'd Love To Take.

History 310 with Prof. Josh Howe explores the turbulent controversies surrounding the resource that defines half a continent.

They're here! New students are arriving on the campus of Reed College for the intellectual adventure of a lifetime. It's...
08/25/2021
Reed Welcomes Class of ’25

They're here! New students are arriving on the campus of Reed College for the intellectual adventure of a lifetime. It's the biggest class in Reed's history—and one of the most diverse.

Incoming class is more than 500 strong, the biggest in the college’s history.

A giant has fallen. President Paul Bragdon helped Reed recover from financial crisis by staying true to its ideals.
08/11/2021
Paul Bragdon, Who Led Reed Through Crisis of the 70’s, Dies at 94

A giant has fallen. President Paul Bragdon helped Reed recover from financial crisis by staying true to its ideals.

With faith in Reed’s intellectual underpinnings, he stabilized the college’s finances and restored its place at the forefront of higher education.

GUIDING LIGHT. Sometimes people forget how much care and attention goes into making Reed such a unique place. Here maint...
07/22/2021

GUIDING LIGHT. Sometimes people forget how much care and attention goes into making Reed such a unique place. Here maintenance specialist Mike Gattuso uses a lift to fix one of the 250 lamp posts that make campus light up at night. Thanks for your hard work, Mike!

07/14/2021
It's live! Black At Reed, our cover package this issue, focuses on the experiences of Black alumni and the long struggle...
07/12/2021
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It's live! Black At Reed, our cover package this issue, focuses on the experiences of Black alumni and the long struggle to make Reed more inclusive and more just. H/T to guest editor Brandon Zero ’11 for a terrific set of stories. https://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/index.html

Reed Magazine chronicles the people, ideas, discoveries, and inquiries that constitute Reed College. We cover new developments in science, technology, art, history, the humanities, and education. We profile the alumni, professors, and students who pursue these ideas—and who shape the world in whic...

He's done it again. Journalist Malcolm Gladwell exposes the circular maze of privilege embedded in the US News college r...
07/10/2021
The Ominous Cracks in the US News College Ranking System

He's done it again. Journalist Malcolm Gladwell exposes the circular maze of privilege embedded in the US News college rankings, aided and abetted by a crack team of Reed College statisticians.

Journalist Malcolm Gladwell exposes the circular logic and the culture of privilege embedded in the ranking giant’s algorithm.

Cate Mingoya ’08 has studied how climate change is implicated in systemic racism, and she has ideas on how to fix that u...
06/03/2021
Race, Heat, and Redlining

Cate Mingoya ’08 has studied how climate change is implicated in systemic racism, and she has ideas on how to fix that using satellite technology to create interactive maps highlighting temperature, tree cover, and other factors. Learn more:

http://ow.ly/3TEL50F1ubG

Also, during Alumni College on Friday, Cate will teach us about the relationship between historical, race-based housing segregation and modern-day vulnerability to extreme heat and precipitation. See details at https://reunions.reed.edu/alumni-college/

Urban heat islands are often a legacy of racism. Cate Mingoya ’08 has ideas on how to fix that.

Another course we'd love to take. In BIO 308, Restoration Ecology with Prof. Julia Michaels, students use the Reed Colle...
05/07/2021
The Biggest Lab on Campus

Another course we'd love to take. In BIO 308, Restoration Ecology with Prof. Julia Michaels, students use the Reed College canyon as a living laboratory. They plant trees, fight invasive weeds, and even track coyotes. Wisdom of the Elders Johnson Creek Watershed Council Christopher J. Marshall

Bio students make exciting discoveries in the Reed canyon—and raise questions for its future.

Congrats to Patrick Park ’21 for winning a Goldwater Fellowship in nuclear physics. We are glowing with pride!
04/29/2021
Physics Junior Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Congrats to Patrick Park ’21 for winning a Goldwater Fellowship in nuclear physics. We are glowing with pride!

Patrick Park ’22 earns national recognition for exceptional promise in physics.

Seeds of Hope. Check out the incredible profusion of ideas for dealing with the climate crisis, brought to you by Reed a...
04/15/2021
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Seeds of Hope. Check out the incredible profusion of ideas for dealing with the climate crisis, brought to you by Reed and Reedies. Meet the microbes with an appetite for plastic pollution. See how racism fueled the phenomenon of urban heat islands. Radical batteries. Paper made from straw. Puncturing indifference. Green paint. And so much more!

Reed Magazine chronicles the people, ideas, discoveries, and inquiries that constitute Reed College. We cover new developments in science, technology, art, history, the humanities, and education. We profile the alumni, professors, and students who pursue these ideas—and who shape the world in whic...

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“It may be hard to feel hope under these circumstances, but in Webb’s work to preserve the ‘lungs of the earth’ through rejecting colonial patterns in favor of deep listening, it is possible to see where her hope comes from, tenuous though it may be.”

Check out the newest review of Kinari Webb’s book, , published in Reed Magazine!

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: Learn about the avant-garde adventures of artist and socialite Xenia Kashevaroff Cage ’35 in this Reed Magazine piece by John Sheehy ’82.

Xenia was photographed by Edward Weston in 1931. This portrait is now in the collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Have we ever had such a dry spring, you may be asking yourself? As Fast Company reported recently, "NOAA shared the latest new normal U.S. weather map, which it presented alongside the last 120 years of old normals. Our entire nation is a lot hotter than it used to be, even a few decades ago."

Cate Mingoya ’08 has studied how climate change is implicated in systemic racism, and she has ideas on how to fix that using satellite technology to create interactive maps highlighting temperature, tree cover, and other factors. Learn more in Reed Magazine about applications of these tools in cities grappling with race and redlining.

http://ow.ly/3TEL50F1ubG
The horrific events of Tulsa’s 1921 race massacre were purposefully obscured for decades. As Josh Cox ’18 shows in Reed Magazine, "The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice" by Scott Ellsworth ’76 is a testament to how easily history can be suppressed, altered, erased, or forgotten.

http://ow.ly/ZGxX50EWeRF

Scott's previous book, "Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921," was a landmark study that began as his senior thesis at Reed.
Climate change denialism has its roots in the phenomenon known to psychologists as "the blamelessness of unintentional action." Check out these strategies for dealing with it, written by social psychologist Cameron Brick ’04.

From the green issue of Reed Magazine. Happy Earth Day! 🌏

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Happy Earth Day! 🌍 The latest issue of Reed Magazine looks at the climate crisis through an interdisciplinary lens and how Reedies are helping the planet. Meet the microbes that eat plastic. Find out how to make paper from straw. See how racism fuels urban heat islands. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of our environmental-studies program.

Peruse the green issue: http://ow.ly/f1kv50EvnxK
Music Millennium shows hometown love for the historic 1956 recording of “Howl,” now on "Reed Red" vinyl thanks to Cheryl Pawelski and Omnivore Recordings!

Learn more about this restoration in Reed Magazine:
https://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/articles/2021/howl-recording-release.html
: In her time, she was ridiculed. She was snubbed. She was often the only woman in her science classes. But chemist Marilyn Olmstead ’65 defied the sexist obstacles strewn in her path and became a world leader in crystallography, delving into the bizarre, mind-bending geometry of fullerines—allotropes of carbon that display heart-stopping symmetries at the molecular level. Learn more in Reed Magazine:

http://ow.ly/IFh350EpBXV
We are so pleased that Dr. Ali Nouri ’97 will present the commencement address to the class of 2021! Nouri plays a key role in President Biden’s response to the global climate crisis in the department of energy as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Learn about his path from science to politics in Reed Magazine: http://ow.ly/YNIh50EoC5L
What does imperial history look like when it includes the experiences and perspectives of colonial subjects? In a spring installment of the Reed Magazine series "Courses We'd Love to Take," we look at History 315: Defining and Defying Difference: Race, Ethnicity, and Empire with Prof. Radhika Natarajan. Focusing on the interrelation of racism, capitalism, and gender and sexuality, this course explores the power dynamics between Britons and colonial subjects—and how imperial rule relied on creating and maintaining them.

Learn more and see selections from the syllabus:
http://ow.ly/hyfp50EmJWP
Here's your annual reminder that Larry Shaw ’61 created Pi Day! 🥧 Enjoy this evergreen feature by Reed Magazine celebrating how "the unknowable depth of pi is an apt metaphor for Larry Shaw, physicist, artist, educator, and inventor of Pi Day."

http://ow.ly/EnhR50DYBIh
On this, International Women's Day, we celebrate the college's founder Amanda Reed, who "dreamed of giving Portland . . . a beacon of art, culture, and learning."
—Reed Magazine, June 2012

Her last will and testament read: "It is my desire and intention that the institution so founded and established shall be a means of general enlightenment, intellectual and moral culture, the cultivation and development of fine arts, and manual training and education for the people. And I desire and direct that it forever be and remain free from sectarian influence, regulation, or control, permitting those who may seek its benefits to affiliate with such religious societies as their consciences may dictate."

Photos from Reed Special Collections & Archives via Instagram during the Dolly Parton Challenge of January 2020.
: We recently rediscovered this sweet letter from a senior thanking a donor who supported his education, and it provided a real pick-me-up. But don't take our word for it; read the words of Samuel T. Pléchot Binder ’18 in Reed Magazine about the heightened confidence and wisdom he gained over four years! 🥰

http://ow.ly/jSBP50DQvM8
: The weather forecast predicts snow in Portland later today, so let's revisit one of the great Reed capers of all time (hard to believe it happened seven years ago) in Reed Magazine!

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Hot off the press! The latest issue of Reed Magazine is a smorgasbord of winter delights. Prof. Kelly Chacón rocks out on heavy metal. Folksinger Mossy Kilcher ’66 has some regrets—but Reed isn’t one of them. Playwright Robert Chesley ’65 defied the censors. The mysteries of morphogenesis. Books! Film! Music! Babies! And so much more.

https://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/index.html
From her research on Te-drinking bacteria to her vocal advocacy for inclusion, Prof. Kelly Chacón goes hard in the lab, the classroom, and beyond. She is a proponent of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE)—an educational strategy that demands that students build everything from the ground up. This approach laid the groundwork for her winning a prestigious $650,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation recently.

Learn about her winding path to studying the chemical origins of life on earth in Reed Magazine.

http://ow.ly/PLfd50CNqjo
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