Biology dedication celebrates facility and program

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On February 8 hundreds of well-wishers walked under an archway of DNA-fashioned balloons to celebrate Reed’s nationally acclaimed biology program and to tour the newly expanded and renovated L. E. Griffin Memorial Biology Building.

Bio Celebration LabGenerous supporters of the $10 million project included the George I. Alden Trust, the Collins Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Walter ’50 and Sandra E. Mintz, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Margaret D. Pickering, Helen A. Stafford, and Richard P. and Lee Wollenberg. In terms of equipment, design for effective teaching, and faculty-student interaction, the facility is now at the same level as the department’s spectacular teaching and research programs.

A highlight of the festivities was naming the laboratory wing the Lewis H. Kleinholz Laboratories of Biology after the legendary Reed professor who was a leading figure in establishing the overall excellence of the school’s biology department and, particularly, in developing the department’s distinctive, research-oriented approach to undergraduate education.

Bio Celebration DanceThe celebration began with a seminar by assistant professor of biology Keith Karoly. Later that evening, at a dinner with trustees and other invited guests, including senior biology majors and other students, professor of biology Robert Kaplan presided over an after-dinner program that included testimonials by Reed alumni. The celebration concluded with an all-community, fifties-style, rock ‘n’ roll dance in the student union. End of Article




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