POLICY WORKSHOP TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CRIME STUDYReed's public policy workshop has received a $250,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Stefan Kapsch, professor of political science, is the principal investigator for Portland's "Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative (STACS)." The other sites are New Haven, Connecticut; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Each city convenes a panel of criminal justice and community leaders to select a crime problem it considers especially troublesome: Portland has selected youth gun violence with special attention to alcohol involvement. The panel works with a research team to help understand the dynamics of the problem and devise strategies for interventions.
Reed assistant professor of psychology Kathryn Oleson is also working on the STACS project, as are Lyman Louis '99, Jamee Foster '99, and Brian Flock '00.
Kapsch has served in various consulting roles with the Oregon Corrections Division, the Oregon Jail Overcrowding Project, and the National Institute of Corrections.
David Schiff honored by ASCAP
ASCAP awards cash grants to writers of serious music "based upon the unique prestige value of each writers' catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works in areas not surveyed by the society." Schiff's work, which combines elements of classical, jazz, rock, and Jewish music, has been performed at New York's Lincoln Center, in Seattle, and in Portland. His most recent works include "Low Life" for bass trombone and jazz orchestra, which was commissioned by the Manhattan School of Music, and "After Hours" for flute and piano. He is currently working on a piano trio for Chamber Music Northwest.
Schiff is a frequent front-page contributor to the New York Times Sunday arts and leisure section; his most recent articles include "Schoenberg's Cool Eye For the Erotic" and "Bridging a Chasm In the Modern Canon." Schiff is also a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, the Wall Street Journal, and New Republic. His most recent book is Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Cambridge University Press, 1997).