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Reed students Lea Coon ’02, Clay Northouse ’03, and Mara Zepeda ’02 have been named Ducey summer interns for 2001. These competitive $3,000 awards are designed to cover the expenses of a 10-week internship with organizations involved in shaping public policy. Awarded on the basis of initiative, dedication, and innovation, the Ducey internships encourage students to gain an intimate understanding of the way public policy groups work.

Lea Coon, an international and comparative policy studies major from Hastings, Minnesota, is working with the Southern Africa Environment Project, a non-governmental organization that campaigns to protect ecologically sensitive sites near Port Elisabeth. Coon hopes to learn more about the way that the South African government is attempting to balance environmental concerns with the need to stimulate economic growth. "I would like to dedicate myself to preserving South Africa's beauty," Coon writes, "but it's also obvious that you cannot ignore the residual effects of the apartheid regime and the grinding poverty in doing so."

Clay Northouse, a philosophy major from Baltimore, Maryland, will work for the Computer Ethics Institute (CEI) in Washington, D.C. Created by the Brookings Institute to grapple with ethical problems of computing and the internet, the CEI holds an annual conference, engages in research, and shares its results with governmental and news organizations. Northouse will help organize CEI's next lecture series and conduct research on its proposed remedies to those ethical problems. Northouse writes that his work at the CEI will tie in to his philosophy studies because it will suggest ways "to bring philosophy away from its isolated quarters on college campuses and into practical application."

Mara Zepeda, a Russian major from Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be interning with the National Center for Children in Poverty, part of Columbia University's public health school. She will be tracking the effect of recent welfare reform acts on children and working with policymakers to improve early childhood education and healthcare. She is particularly interested in ascertaining the health and childcare needs of immigrant populations.

Elizabeth Ducey, once a Washington, D.C., staff assistant to Senator Richard Neuberger of Oregon, had a lifetime interest in socially progressive politics and social issues, as well as a longtime interest in Reed College. Ducey, who went to Smith College as a 1915 graduate of the Catlin Gabel School, lived for 25 years on a Sauvie Island farm. She was active as a conservationist and gave generous philanthropic support to many local organizations, including Reed's art and music associates, the Portland Art Association, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. In 1972 Ducey established the Ducey Fund at Reed College, beginning a tradition of enriching the college through the promotion of lectures and internships on national, local, and regional affairs.

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