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Microsoft invests in the liberal arts and sciences

Microsoft Corporation has made a generous grant to Reed College in Portland, Oregon. The $500,000 grant demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as well as to the diverse skill set its graduates bring to the tech sector.

Kurt DelBene, executive vice president of corporate strategy at Microsoft and a Reed College trustee, states, “Tech companies like Microsoft need people with the kind of adaptable knowledge, ingenuity, and problem-solving skills that we find with graduates from liberal arts and sciences colleges like Reed.” DelBene, who has provided instrumental leadership in Reed’s fundraising efforts for computer science, came to national attention for his work on

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“Zero Project” turns art gallery into airplane hangar

It’s an airplane. It’s a puzzle. It’s a work of art.

The monumental Zero Project is currently on display in Reed’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Gallery, transforming the gallery into a surreal “hangar” and turning students into crewmembers who have taken a hands-on role in constructing the project, painstakingly stitching more than 25,000 individual photographs into a single gargantuan image.

Eschewing mimesis for collaborative assembly, Zero Project is the brainchild of artist Katsushige Nakahashi. As a boy, he played with a plastic scale model of the aircraft flown by Imperial Japanese Navy kamikaze pilots during WWII— the Mitsubishi A6M Zero warplane.

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Winter Fellows Circumnavigate the Globe

Nine intrepid Reed students will travel the globe this winter as part of Reed's Fellowship for Winter International Travel.

The nine fellows won $3,000 each to pursue a passion, develop a professional skill, or perform service for others over Winter Break. 

Chemistry major Joohee Bang ’16 will learn about carbon fiber in South Korea through a program offered by Korea Mirae Technology. "As a chemist who is pursuing academic career in materials science and engineering, I hope to gain further insights into new materials with industrial purposes and their applications," she writes.

Environmental science-political science major Kate Hilts ’16 will travel to Madagascar to photograph rare plants and animals that are threatened by climate change. She will visit the 14,000-acre Ambohitantely Reserve in the central part of the island, one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world.

Physics major Irene Globus-Harris ’18 will travel to the Netherlands to analyze data from the Westerbork Telescope run by ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, focusing on the lenticular galaxy in the Cygnus constellation, NGC 6798.

Find out more about the 2015 fellows and their global exploits.

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Reed in the News

Bernie Sanders’s claims about his $1 trillion infrastructure plan
Washington Post

Reed Economics Professor Kimberly Clausing helps to fact check Sanders's claims of tax evasion.

New Scrutiny on Vote Buying as Argentine Elections Near
New York Times

Professor of Political Science Mariela Szwarcberg on vote buying in Argentina

The Life And Music Of Billy Strayhorn
Oregon Public Radio

McGill Professor Lisa Barg spoke to OPB about Billy Strayhorn while at Reed's conference “Ellington and Strayhorn: A Celebration.”

Reed College bait bike sting uncovers hidden chop shop

Reed College initiated a creative way to combat bike theft on campus. They attached GPS trackers to bicycles, hoping it would lead them to whoever was responsible for the thefts. It worked!

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Microsoft invests in the liberal arts and sciences

Microsoft Corporation has made a generous grant to Reed College in Portland, Oregon. The $500,000 Read more...

Join Reed College for ROMP 2016: Brahms Revisited

Portland, Ore (January 14, 2016) – Reed College welcomes visiting distinguished scholars Read more...

Ellington and Strayhorn: A Celebration

Presented by Reed College and the International Duke Ellington Study Group Portland Ore (October Read more...

Chris Koski wins Goldschmidt, studies public involvement in policymaking

Portland, Ore (October 8, 2015) – Reed College associate professor of political science Read more...

Mariela Szwarcberg wins Goldschmidt Fellowship to study inequality in Latin America

Portland, Ore (October 8, 2015) -- Reed College assistant professor of political science Mariela Read more...

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Students Chart Careers at Working Weekend

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