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Osher Foundation Gives $1 Million for Reentry

With a $1 million contribution to Reed, the Bernard Osher Foundation has endowed the Osher Reentry Scholarship. Reentry scholarships are awarded to talented students between the ages of 25 and 50 who are working to complete their first bachelor’s degree.

The Osher Foundation made successive $50,000 gifts, assisting six students in 2006–07 and eight in 2007–08. This year’s $1 million donation will endow the scholarship permanently and cut the amount of debt that students accrue on their way to a degree.

Scholarship recipients have been active on campus as peer mentors, in student government, and as tutors in the writing center. “Age and experience play an important role in creating a diverse community of learners,” said Lisa Moore, assistant dean of multicultural affairs. “As an institution, we believe the pursuit of Reed’s academic goals are advanced by ethnic, racial, and social diversity. This endowment will help us build on the advancements we have made in these areas in recent years.”

The scholarships are awarded by the admission staff based on academic performance and financial need, and have already helped several recipients obtain a degree. The scholarships replace existing student loans.

Reedies Nab Honors at OHSU Foundation

Stephen W. Arch, Reed’s Laurens N. Ruben Professor of biology, won the 2008 Mentor Award from Oregon Health & Science University Medical Research Foundation. Arch was chosen by his peers in Oregon’s scientific research community for his essential contributions to the next generation of scientists. In 36 years at Reed, Arch has acted as thesis advisor to more than 170 biology majors, nearly a third of whom have gone on to earn a doctorate or medical degree.

“Professor Arch has demonstrated rigorous scientific practice while directly mentoring research students and providing leadership in the biology department’s educational mission,” the foundation declared.

The other Reedie to be honored by the foundation is Rosalie C. Sears ’86, associate professor in the department of molecular and medical genetics at the School of Medicine at OHSU. Sears won the 2008 Richard T. Jones New Investigator award for her important contributions to cancer research.

Sears’ groundbreaking research has helped identify c-Myc’s potential as a therapeutic target by shedding light on the role it plays in human cancer. The c-Myc oncogene codes for a protein that binds to the DNA of other genes. When c-Myc is mutated, the protein doesn’t bind correctly and often causes cancer.

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Faculty Publications

How to Write Like Chekhov

Lena Lenček, Reed professor of Russian and humanities, has published her 12th book, How to Write Like Chekhov: Advice and Inspiration, Straight from His Own Letters and Work (Perseus, 2008), co-edited by Piero Brunello, professor of social history at the University of Venice in Italy. Lena spent a sabbatical year in Italy in 2006–07, translating and combining two separate Italian volumes, No Plot, No Ending and Good Shoes and a Notebook; as well as translating Chekhov’s plays, stories, letters, and a travel memoir, The Island of Sakhalin, which were excerpted for the publication. In her introduction, she writes: “How relevant is the advice of someone writing over one hundred years ago—and, to make matters worse, in a place with cultural traditions, reading habits, and conventions seriously different from our own? His sublime stories are the best proof that, up against roughly the same pressures, distractions, impediments, and insecurities that we face today, he had a few tricks up his sleeve.”

The History of Kings of Britain

Michael A. Faletra, assistant professor of English at Reed, has published his first full-length book, The History of the Kings of Britain (Broadview Editions, 2008). Michael’s translation of Historia Regum Britannie, by Geoffrey of Monmouth, is the first in over 40 years and the first to be based on the Bern Burgerbibliothek manuscript, a Norman source, considered the best single text of the work. “If the Middle Ages had a bestseller, surely Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain was it,” Michael notes. His research examined the relevance of the work in the Middle Ages and its ambiguity as a work of history and fiction. Appendices include historical sources employed by Geoffrey, early responses to his work, and medieval writings on King Arthur and Merlin.

Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts

Laura Arnold Leibman, associate professor of English and humanities, edited her first full-length book, Experience Mayhew’s Indian Converts: A Cultural Edition (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008). She has prepared a new scholarly version of Mayhew’s history of the Wampanoag Indians on Martha’s Vineyard, in New England, a work that has been out of print since the early 19th century. Puritan missionary Mayhew first published Indian Converts in 1727, as a compilation of 128 biographies documenting the lives and culture of four generations of Native Americans. Sources included text from his own association with the individuals, from transcriptions of oral testimony, and from his translations of Wampanoag texts.

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