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Proud of the way the Reed community is rising to the challenge of the coronavirus...
03/27/2020
COVID-19: Reed College Rewires Itself

Proud of the way the Reed community is rising to the challenge of the coronavirus...

Professors, students, and staff find creative ways to adapt and retool in the era of social distancing.

Some colleges are just now getting around to setting up emergency funds for students. Fortunately Reed's  fund has been ...
03/20/2020
COVID-19: How You Can Help

Some colleges are just now getting around to setting up emergency funds for students. Fortunately Reed's fund has been around since 2006, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends.

Support Reed students through the coronavirus crisis with a gift to the Emergency Fund.

We will get through this. With the help of Reedies. Hang in there, everyone.
03/18/2020
Eight Reedies Helping Us All Get Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

We will get through this. With the help of Reedies. Hang in there, everyone.

Beyond Reed Eight Reedies Helping Us All Get Through the Coronavirus Pandemic By Chris Lydgate ’90 | March 18, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, the repercussions are being felt in every sphere of human activity. Patients are fighting for survival. Workers are losing their jo...

In light of new information, our plans for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic have changed. All classes will move onl...
03/16/2020
COVID-19: Classes Will Move Online for Rest of Semester

In light of new information, our plans for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic have changed. All classes will move online for the rest of the semester. Students should prepare to leave campus this week if possible. Details below.

Students should prepare to leave campus this week. Dorms close March 27.

Here's the latest on Reed and the coronavirus. We're working hard to keep everyone safe while honoring our educational m...
03/13/2020
COVID-19: Reed Stays Open But Will Hold All Classes Online

Here's the latest on Reed and the coronavirus. We're working hard to keep everyone safe while honoring our educational mission at the same time. As the situation in Oregon evolves, so will our response.

Spring break starts early. Dorms stay open. Big gatherings suspended. Social distancing is the watchword.

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03/04/2020

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03/04/2020

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Coronavirus. Global warming. Housing prices. Sometimes it feels like the world is on fire. Can an ancient philosophy hel...
03/02/2020
Going Stoic

Coronavirus. Global warming. Housing prices. Sometimes it feels like the world is on fire. Can an ancient philosophy help us regain a sense of control?

Can a philosophy that is more than 2,000 years old help you cope with your life right now?

Rooting for Laura Nix ’89 and her crew to win an Oscar on Sunday!
02/05/2020
Walk Run Cha-Cha All the Way

Rooting for Laura Nix ’89 and her crew to win an Oscar on Sunday!

Will Laura Nix ’89 win an Oscar for her documentary about immigration, transformation, and the power of love?

Excited to share the news about our incoming dean of the faculty -- leading social psychologist Prof. Kathy Oleson, who ...
01/29/2020
Social Psychologist To Be Dean of the Faculty

Excited to share the news about our incoming dean of the faculty -- leading social psychologist Prof. Kathy Oleson, who is an expert on classroom dynamics and unconscious bias.

Prof. Kathryn Oleson will serve as Reed’s chief academic officer starting in July.

Great piece on the true story of Reed's ironic unofficial motto. I love the way Reed students took an insult and turned ...
01/14/2020
Communism, Atheism, & Free Love

Great piece on the true story of Reed's ironic unofficial motto. I love the way Reed students took an insult and turned it into a tongue-in-cheek rallying cry. (And gotta do a shout-out here to Comrade #1, John Sheehy ’82!)

The real story behind Reed’s unofficial slogan.

The gloves are off. The chips are down. The long-simmering grudge match between two leading theories of consciousness is...
01/09/2020
Battle of the Brain Theories

The gloves are off. The chips are down. The long-simmering grudge match between two leading theories of consciousness is coming to a head. Refereeing the match? Prof. Michael Pitts and other leading neuroscientists.

Reed psych prof will act as referee in high-stakes showdown between two leading models of consciousness.

Biology professors David Dalton and Aaron Ramirez, Ariel Patterson ’20, postdoctoral researcher Hannah Prather, and Maha...
12/20/2019

Biology professors David Dalton and Aaron Ramirez, Ariel Patterson ’20, postdoctoral researcher Hannah Prather, and Mahalia Dryak ’20 stand in the charred forest of the Sycan Marsh Preserve in southern Oregon. Photo by Daniel Cronin.

Herding camels in Saudi Arabia. Diving for stinging sponges on the Great Barrier Reef. Looking for cow's eyes in Botswan...
12/19/2019
The Transformative Power of the Watson Fellowship

Herding camels in Saudi Arabia. Diving for stinging sponges on the Great Barrier Reef. Looking for cow's eyes in Botswana. Check out some of the amazing adventures of Reed's Watson Fellows.

Reed celebrates 50 years of partnership with the Watson Foundation propelling students around the globe to develop their potential.

Hot off the presses! Latest issue of Reed Magazine is a smorgasbord of intellectual delights. Read about the paradox of ...
12/10/2019
Reed Magazine | Home

Hot off the presses! Latest issue of Reed Magazine is a smorgasbord of intellectual delights. Read about the paradox of wildfire. Review Prof. Jan Mieszkowski’s new book on the secrets of the sentence. Meet the Reedie behind the explosive analysis of the 1967 riots that was suppressed for 50 years. Plus Lise Funderburg ’82 on understanding your parents; Duncan Ryuken Williams ’91 on faith and resilience among Japanese-Americans jailed during WWII; and tons more!

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12/06/2019

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12/06/2019
The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is usually remembered as a tale of injustice and discrimination. But it...
12/04/2019
Keeping the Faith

The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is usually remembered as a tale of injustice and discrimination. But it is also a story of faith and perseverance. Check out talk by author Duncan Ryuken Williams ’91, who is visiting campus today.

In his new book, Duncan Ryūken Williams ʾ91 uncovers the story of how Japanese-American Buddhist families survived mass incarceration and fought for religious freedom.

Freight trains, houseboats, tattoos, and hootenannies. After six decades, the colorful folk history behind this enigmati...
11/12/2019
Destitute Pray

Freight trains, houseboats, tattoos, and hootenannies. After six decades, the colorful folk history behind this enigmatic Reed artifact is finally revealed.

The true story of the enigmatic Reed artifact painted on a bathmat.

Haunting profile of innovative dancer José Brown ’71, whose life was tragically cut short by AIDS in 1996.
10/30/2019
José Brown '71

Haunting profile of innovative dancer José Brown ’71, whose life was tragically cut short by AIDS in 1996.

Innovative Dancer Defied Gravity

Reed biologists investigate the fascinating microorganisms responsible for half the planet's oxygen! Congrats to Prof. S...
10/16/2019
Phytoplankton in a Warming World

Reed biologists investigate the fascinating microorganisms responsible for half the planet's oxygen! Congrats to Prof. Sam Fey and Reed College Biology Department on winning this NSF grant!

Reed biologists plumb the secrets of the tiny organisms that produce half the planet’s oxygen.

Terrific obit of Steve Kahn ’66, who helped redefine photography as an abstract medium.
10/15/2019
Stephen Kahn '66

Terrific obit of Steve Kahn ’66, who helped redefine photography as an abstract medium.

Physicist Redefined Photography as Abstract Art Form.

Wow-- Reed is No. 1 in the nation in percentage of STEM grads who go on to earn PhDs. Great illustration of the strength...
09/27/2019
Reed Leads the Pack In STEM PhDs

Wow-- Reed is No. 1 in the nation in percentage of STEM grads who go on to earn PhDs. Great illustration of the strength of our science program.

New report ranks Reed No. 1 in the nation for STEM grads who go on to earn PhDs.

There was no script for Audrey Bilger's career. So she wrote her own. Check out this profile of Reed's new president.
09/16/2019
Scholar. Writer. Teacher. President.

There was no script for Audrey Bilger's career. So she wrote her own. Check out this profile of Reed's new president.

There was no script for Audrey Bilger’s career. So she wrote her own.

"What is a Reedie, Anyway?" Class of ’19 shows us in the September issue.
09/13/2019

"What is a Reedie, Anyway?" Class of ’19 shows us in the September issue.

September 2019 cover: Welcome, Pres. Audrey Bilger!
09/13/2019

September 2019 cover: Welcome, Pres. Audrey Bilger!

Wall Street. The very name conjures images of bulls and bears, angels and unicorns, fortunes, misfortunes, and ticker ta...
08/28/2019
Deconstructing Wall Street

Wall Street. The very name conjures images of bulls and bears, angels and unicorns, fortunes, misfortunes, and ticker tape. But how does it really work? Thanks to a generous gift, The Center for Life Beyond Reed - CLBR now offers 8 lucky students the chance to visit NYC and spend time with bankers, brokers, analysts, and reporters who inhabit the world of high finance.

The Financial Services Fellowship gives Reed students insight into the world of power and money.

Wow! Reed students figured out how to reverse-engineer the US News college rankings based on public data sources. Guess ...
07/25/2019
Students Find Glaring Discrepancy in US News Rankings

Wow! Reed students figured out how to reverse-engineer the US News college rankings based on public data sources. Guess what they learned about Reed's rank...

Study reveals the steep penalty that the rankings giant imposes on Reed.

Reed students are getting insight into the twisted world of power and money thanks to the Financial Services Fellowship.
07/25/2019
Deconstructing Wall Street

Reed students are getting insight into the twisted world of power and money thanks to the Financial Services Fellowship.

The Financial Services Fellowship gives Reed students insight into the world of power and money.

Catastrophic fish die-offs will become more common as summers get hotter, according to new paper in Nature Climate Chang...
07/12/2019
Hotter Summers Spell Catastrophe for Fish

Catastrophic fish die-offs will become more common as summers get hotter, according to new paper in Nature Climate Change based on research by Reed bio major Aaron Till ’18.

Biology thesis predicts that catastrophic fish die-offs will quadruple in Wisconsin lakes by 2100.

He spent his career unlocking the fantastic structure of the proteins that give rise to life. Now he's found a way to  w...
06/18/2019
The Molecule Bender

He spent his career unlocking the fantastic structure of the proteins that give rise to life. Now he's found a way to weld together art and science, even as he faces death.

Sculptor Byron Rubin ’65 traces the fateful symmetries that govern life—and death.

Hot off the press! The Frozen Ribbon. Why America Should Stay Open. Too Much Treatment. Deconstructing Wall Street. Luci...
06/07/2019
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Hot off the press! The Frozen Ribbon. Why America Should Stay Open. Too Much Treatment. Deconstructing Wall Street. Lucinda Parker's Force Fields. How To Be a Patient. Books. Class Notes. Obits. Don't miss it!

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06/06/2019

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What is consciousness? How can a bunch of neurons become self-aware? Researchers from Reed and Amherst won a grant for a...
06/01/2019
The Enigma of Consciousness

What is consciousness? How can a bunch of neurons become self-aware? Researchers from Reed and Amherst won a grant for an amazing project: to investigate the neural machinery of perceptual awareness. If they succeed, they will understand what happens when a neural system "awakens."

Neuroscience researchers win grant to investigate the machinery of awareness.

Tariffs, walls, and trade wars ultimately hurt the very workers they are supposed to protect, according to Prof Kimberly...
05/31/2019
Why America Should Stay Open

Tariffs, walls, and trade wars ultimately hurt the very workers they are supposed to protect, according to Prof Kimberly Clausing in her new book OPEN.

New book by Prof. Kim Clausing lays out the case for free trade.

Some things never change. Let's hear it for Akim Farrow ’19, a studio art major fighting the clock to get his thesis don...
05/08/2019
Centaur of Gravity

Some things never change. Let's hear it for Akim Farrow ’19, a studio art major fighting the clock to get his thesis done on time!

Art major races to install thesis project in Eliot Circle before deadline.

Big Data has insane potential to solve real-world problems--if only researchers could use it without compromising your p...
04/26/2019
The Privacy Puzzle

Big Data has insane potential to solve real-world problems--if only researchers could use it without compromising your privacy. These Reed students figured out a way.

Reedies win 1st place in national competition for innovative new privacy algorithm.

HEART OF DARKNESS. Congratulations to Shep Doeleman ’86 and his colleagues at the Event Horizon Telescope Project on the...
04/10/2019
First ever black hole image released

HEART OF DARKNESS. Congratulations to Shep Doeleman ’86 and his colleagues at the Event Horizon Telescope Project on their stunning scientific achievement—the first image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87.

Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy.

Hot off the presses! Latest edition of Reed Magazine is packed with amazing stories. What's Wrong With Bike Lanes? Medic...
04/01/2019
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Hot off the presses! Latest edition of Reed Magazine is packed with amazing stories. What's Wrong With Bike Lanes? Medicine From the Sky. 4 Billion Miles and Counting. Black Student, White City. Minimalist on Maximum Overdrive. Plus Mahalia Jackson, The Chunta, Giant Chalk, and 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...

03/28/2019
Is the world's largest piece of chalk in Portland?

Reed's Big Chalk hits the big time on KGW's Tonight With Cassidy. Great segment, Cassidy Quinn! #tonightwithcassidy #lovereed

Students at Reed College have created what might be officially the world's largest piece of chalk. The students who made it are confident it's the biggest ev...

Cool new initiative by our new archivist Maria Cunningham... check it out!
03/26/2019
Invasion of the Zines

Cool new initiative by our new archivist Maria Cunningham... check it out!

Hauser Library launches “Zine Library” to incorporate new voices into its special collections.

Question: How do you achieve propulsion in the vacuum of space, where there's nothing to push against? Answer: Hydrazine...
03/20/2019
Four Billion Miles And Counting

Question: How do you achieve propulsion in the vacuum of space, where there's nothing to push against? Answer: Hydrazine thrusters! And guess who knows more about them than anyone else on the planet... yes, a Reedie!

Olwen Morgan’s engines power NASA’s space fleet to the outer reaches of the solar system—and beyond.

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I'm currently in an art exhibition in Washington DC at the District of Columbia Arts Center which opened June 29 and closes on August 11, featuring a 3D digital media artwork entitled, "A Nuclear Free Zone". (Class of 78-For Class Notes)
I'm currently in an art exhibition in Washington DC at the District of Columbia Arts Center which opened June 29 and closes on August 11, featuring a 3D digital media artwork entitled, "A Nuclear Free Zone". James Douglass Haley, 78.
My latest editor's note is about the latest changes to the curriculum, in particular Hum 110-- and why it's not going to stop any time soon.