Reed receives $600,000 grant for renovation of biology building

Reed has received a grant of $600,000 from the Collins Foundation in support of the renovation, enlargement, and updating of the biology building. The project, a continuation of the collegewide project to improve laboratory science facilities, is expected to cost $8 million.

Plans for the building, which was originally constructed in 1959, include expanded faculty and student research laboratories, reconfigured offices and laboratories, increased office space for both thesis students and faculty members, a 70-seat stair-stepped classroom that can accommodate lectures, and data lines to further integrate computers into research and teaching. The project will address shortcomings in the present building that include inadequate office and laboratory space, old labs that are not de-signed for the kinds of equipment used in the teaching of biology today, outdated mechanical and elec-trical systems, and obsolete support facilities.

"We owe the phenomenal success of Reed's biology program to the commitment of the students and the vision and determination of the faculty, the staff, and the funding agencies, both private and governmental, that have helped it grow," said Reed president Steven Koblik. "Reed is grateful to the Collins Foundation for being the first to fund the facility that will move biology at Reed into the 21st century."

The Collins Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Portland, Oregon, works to improve, enrich, and give greater expression to religious, educational, cultural, and scientific endeavors in the state of Oregon and to assist in improving the quality of life in the state.


Biologist Karoly receives NSF grant

Assistant professor of biology Keith Karoly and Jeffrey K. Conner of Michigan State University and Kellogg Biological Station have been awarded a grant of $270,00 from the National Science Foundation division of environmental biology, population biology program, for four years' support of their project "Understanding the roles of natural selection and evolutionary constraint in the maintenance of invariant floral traits." Karoly and Conner's research will involve academic year work at laboratories and greenhouses at both Reed and Michigan State University and summer field work in Michigan at Kellogg Biological Station. Work on this project began in 1995 in Karoly's vascular plant diversity class at Reed (see http://web.reed.edu/academic/departments/biology/courses/BIO332/).


Keith Karoly
Using a novel combination of artificial selection in the greenhouse and studies of natural selection in the field, Karoly and Conner will determine whether constraints or selection cause the low levels of variation found in two sets of floral traits in the flowers of wild radish, Raphanus raphanistrum. The basic understanding of constraints and selection generated by this research may be applicable to understanding a variety of applied evolutionary problems, such as whether crops and wild species can adapt rapidly to global climate change, conservation of endangered species (which often lack genetic variation), and the evolution of resistance to antibiotics, pesticides, and herbicides by pathogens and pests.



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