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Today is Monday, May 16, 2022 at 10:16 PM.

HHMI grant funds community outreach

Reed biology students teaching in public classrooms

More than 30 Reed biology students have spent several hours each week last semester teaching science as a process, with an emphasis on biology, to over 600 elementary and middle school students. A significant portion of the grant that the biology department received last year from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) was earmarked for public outreach, and the program has been meeting with great success.

Reed made arrangements with two regular Portland public schools--Mary Rieke Elementary School and Robert Gray Middle School--to provide training for about 10 teachers in units of study in the biological sciences. Reed students also participated in the training sessions, and they went into the classrooms to work with the teachers and third grade through seventh grade students. It's been a fulfilling experience for all involved: the teachers learn biology that they can then use in the classroom, Reed students learn about teaching and use their academic expertise to illuminate the topics for all and act as role models for the young students, and schools get the use of equipment that they otherwise couldn't afford (the elementary school was lucky to have one microscope for the whole school before). The Reed students also helped provide more individual instruction in these crowded classrooms of about 30 students. The school principals reported that enthusiasm is so high that the elementary and middle school students have been asking their parents for microscopes for their birthdays. (A story about the program appeared in the May 5 Oregonian.)

The first unit in biology last semester was based on material taught by Steve Black, Reed associate professor of biology, dealing with paramecia and digestion, and the second unit was taught to the Reed students and the school teachers by David Dalton, Reed associate professor of biology, with an emphasis on photosynthesis. Robert Kaplan, Reed professor of biology, has been administering the program together with Amy Jahns '96 and with the assistance of Nick Manoukis '96. The outreach program will continue next year.

Achievements continued

Conroy plans to attend Duke University and study modern European intellectual history. While at Reed, Conroy wrote her thesis on Le Sens du Gang: Youth, Generationalism, and the Equipe in Robert Brasillach's Writings: French Intellectuals and Fascist Political Engagement, 1919-1945.
McCarthy plans to attend Stanford University and pursue a Ph.D. in musicology. McCarthy recently completed her thesis examining the music of English Catholics after the Reformation during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, in Princeton, New Jersey, designs and operates a variety of programs to encourage excellence in American education.

Students and alumni win prestigious NSF fellowships
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship Program recently awarded nine fellowship awards for 1997-98 to Reed College graduating seniors and recent alumni. This is the second-highest number of NSF awards given to a highly selective college of the liberal arts and sciences, exceeded only by Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota, with 10. The number of awards given to graduates of Reed College is disproportionately large--in comparison to other colleges, technical institutes, and universities--given its small student body of 1,200.
"The remarkable success this year in winning NSF fellowships reaffirms Reed's historic strength in the sciences," said President Steven Koblik. "The NSF's continued support of exceptional young talent is critical for a vigorous future for science in America."
The NSF grants these fellowships to students who are at or near the beginning of their graduate study. The NSF seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. Continuing a long history of success, NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering. More information about the NSF and its Graduate Fellowship Program is available here.