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Anu Samarajiva ’09, an economics senior from Sri Lanka, is this year’s Gerald M. Meier Award winner. The award recognizes both academic achievement in economics and a deep commitment to the Reed and Portland communities. “Anu was the natural choice,” said Noelwah Netusil, Stanley H. Cohn Professor of Economics. “Anu was a tutor and grader and had fantastic volunteer experience in addition to being an excellent student.” Anu, who didn’t even tell her friends she had won the award, responded modestly. “I was completely surprised,” she said. “But I was also really grateful and touched that my professors had even considered me.” The award consists of $250 and major timê. In her thesis, Anu examined high match rates on savings for low-income people and assessed whether these programs actually encourage people to save more. Anu thought no and suggested better ways to encourage saving, such as subsidizing more employer-provided IRAs and 401(k) plans. And what did Anu do with her $250 award? “I’m supposed to spend it on economics books, but maybe I’ll go crazy and get a copy of Stata,” she said. “All I’ve done so far is put it in my savings account.”
—Catherine Hinchliff ’10
In September, the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery will feature The Language of the Nude: Four Centuries of Drawing the Human Body, an exhibition of almost 60 rarely seen drawings from the Crocker Art Museum, such as the image at left: Italian 16th-century artist, Male Nude after a Figure in Michelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican, black chalk on cream laid paper; and below: Giuseppe Cades, Rinaldo and Armida, red chalk on cream laid paper. The Cooley Gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday–Sunday, and is located on the main floor of the Hauser library.
Three seniors, James Meador ’09, Alexandra “Euphrates” Dahout ’09, and Juliet Robboy ’09, won the Class of ’21 Award, which acknowledges creative work of notable character, involving an unusual degree of initiative and spontaneity. James, a Russian/religion major, studied the life of Buddhist philosopher Bidiya Dandaron, who was imprisoned in the Soviet Gulag for nearly 20 years (see previous issue). Euphrates examined European Tanztheater in her dance/theater thesis, It Is a Truthful Soup: Tanztheater and Related Performance Forms. The method of Tanztheater as well as German Expressionism influenced her production of M’s Orphanage, written by Kate Tarker ’08, which included a secondary “text” of dance choreographed by Euphrates. Finally Juliet, a psychology major, explored the subject of child abuse in her thesis, Intergenerational Child Abuse, Revictimization, and Coping. “Juliet’s work in the area of child abuse exemplifies the best of what Reed students have to offer,” said Kristen Anderson, assistant professor of psychology. “Intellectual engagement, initiative, and creativity in pursuit of the greater good.” Congratulations to the Class of ’21 award winners.
—Catherine Hinchliff ’10
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