Faculty news

Samuel Danon, emeritus professor of French, edited and translated the 1774 Essay on Gardens—A Chapter in the French Picturesque by Claude-Henri Watelet—an eighteenth-century French painter, poet, playwright, and theoretician—on the shift in French taste from the classical model of the gardens at Versailles to the natural style of garden design. The book was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Danon, who was awarded the title of Chevalier by the French government in 1991, was promoted in June to the position of Officier dans l’Ordre National des Palmes Académiques.

Associate biology professor Keith Karoly has received $36,000 from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust for research on the genetic structure and mating system of a rare and endangered Northwestern larkspur, Delphinium leucophaeum. Karoly intends to determine if Washington populations of a white-flowered larkspur currently recognized as the same species as Oregon D. leucophaeum deserve recognition as a new and separate species.

RNA installation picture

RNA Installation
by Geraldine Ondrizek

Biology professor Jay Mellies has received $230,323 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study a virulent strain of E. coli bacteria known as EPEC. The award will assist Mellies in his research, determining how E. coli pathogens cause disease in humans. This grant will continue Mellies’s research and support six undergraduate students and a senior research associate as they develop the nematode C. elegans as a model infection system.

Geraldine Ondrizek, associate professor of art, spent a busy year on sabbatical and leave. She was a visiting artist and exhibited her work at the Knust Seminar in Germany and Gasworks in London. Her new body of work is based on the traditions of Semitic embroidery and current identity patterns such as DNA, RNA, and chromosome studies; key to her investigation is the realization that Semites, Jews and Palestinians, share a nearly identical DNA pattern. She has begun a limited edition artist book based on more than 2,000 embroidery patterns, many of which are used by both Arabs and Jews, and was recently awarded a UNESCO grant to continue the project.

Marc Schneiberg, associate professor of sociology, has been awarded more than $85,500 by the National Science Foundation for his study “Private, Public, or Cooperative? Organizational Form and Economic Diversity in the U.S. Electrical Utility Industry, 1900–1950.” Schneiberg’s research will provide information on policy options currently being debated in the utility industry, notably the use of public ownership and cooperatives to solve regulatory failures in electrical utility markets.

Helen Stafford, professor emerita of biology, was recognized by the American Society of Plant Biologists as one of the pioneering women in the plant biology community. She began working at Reed in 1954, when the biology department was being expanded and reorganized, and was one of the few women working in biology at the time. End of Article



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