Reed College welcomed the class of 2007 and their
families to campus in August with a full schedule of orientation activities. Maybe it was
the good weather, but the freshmen and their parents seemed to be embracing their new lives
with exceptionally good humor and calm acceptance—or maybe it was the exceptional
organizing job done this year by coordinators Teresa Keirns ’05 and Susie Shea ’05
and the student activities office.
Once again, many parents got a feeling for the humanities experience
after they read the
and discussed it in one of numerous conferences led by Reed professors. The
was also the subject of classics and humanities professor Nigel Nicholson’s convocation address, in which he spoke about athletics, aristocracy, and teaching in the epic.
Leroy Hood receives the Vollum Award from Reed president Colin Diver
This year’s winner of the Vollum Award for Distinguished Achievement
in Science and Technology was Leroy Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology, one
of the world’s leading scientists in molecular biotechnology and genomics, and one of
the early advocates and key players in the Human Genome project.
In addition to the Vollum Award, Hood, as well as trustee Stephen McCarthy ’66,
alumni association president Steven Falk ’83, and student body president Dan Denvir ’05,
were recipients of a more dubious honor (see Falk’s