Reed alumni rank high with peace corps

On a list released in January, Reed was among the top 25 smaller national colleges and universities (with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates) that have the most alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Thirteen Reed alumni are currently in the Peace Corps.

"This ranking reflects the high caliber of Reed College graduates and represents the outstanding contribution that they have made to the Peace Corps' legacy of service worldwide," wrote Peace Corps director Mark Gearan in his letter to Steven Koblik. "Over the years, the Peace Corps and Reed College have built a strong partnership."

Several other Northwest schools and colleges were in the top 25 lists, including Lewis & Clark College, Evergreen State College, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon.

It's time for Jeopardy!

Butch Malec, a first-year student, recently represented Reed in the Jeopardy! college championship. Malec said that he was "the second person in the 15-year history of the show to have the signaling buzzer fail to work." Malec was able to represent Reed by earning one of the 15 slots on the show in a highly competitive audition.

Kim Clausing receives Fulbright award for study in Belgium

Kim Clausing, assistant professor of economics, has been selected for a Fulbright scholar award. She will be doing research during the next academic year at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium. Clausing will study the determinants of trade among European Union countries, examining how such trade patterns are influenced by international economic policy. She will consider the effect of European Union tariff liberalizations on trade, then examine the effect of international taxation on trade patterns. This research complements her previous scholarly work, which has focused on empirical studies of the determinants of international trade from the perspective of the United States.

Clausing came to Reed in 1996. Her most recent research has examined the interactions between U.S. multinational firms' operations abroad and international trade. She has written papers in this area that are forthcoming in Economic Inquiry and in a University of Chicago Press book. Her previous research was on the economic effects of free trade areas and capital gains taxation. Clausing worked at the Council of Economic Advisers in 1994-95 as a staff economist specializing in international economic policy.

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