Grants Support Research in Biology and Economics

Biology professors Maryanne McClellan and Robert Kaplan have each received two-year M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grants.

McClellan’s project, “Mechanisms of Estrogen Receptor-Mediated Gene Repression in Breast Cancer Cells,” furthers her work on sex-steroid hormone action in the female reproductive system, which focuses on the role of estrogens and progestins. McClellan’s grant is for $41,000.

Kaplan’s project, “Development of Microsatellite Markers for the Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad, Bombina Orientalis,” will extend work he has been pursuing for the past 12 years in South Korea. “I am interested in how environmental and genetic factors influence a female’s reproduction to affect the quality of the offspring that she produces,” Kaplan explains on his website. His grant totals $39,250.

And Jeffrey Parker, Reed’s George Hay Professor of Economics, is the lead recipient of a $292,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation of New York. The project, “Assessing Classmate Peer Effects of Student Learning,” looks at university economics courses and will be conducted by Reed, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, and Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

The Teagle Foundation issued $2.5 million in grants this year for 14 projects, all of which are designed “to generate knowledge about how students learn,” as well as to evaluate “the potential of faculty-led value-added assessment.”