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Science Savvy: From Green to All Grown Up

How does a cell decide what it’s going to be when it “grows up”? Just like when you choose your major or thesis topic, your cells make decisions that impact their futures. Each immature cell in a developing brain is full of unlimited possibilities. Over time, the cell hears particular signals and makes specific choices, all of which combine to influences its ultimate “career choice”.

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Transforming Russian Graves into Artists’ Books

Rose Lewis

“Samizdat,” a portmanteau literally meaning “self-published” that was applied to carbon-copies of censored materials that dissidents made and circulated in the Soviet-era.  Cemeteries spark a morbid curiosity in many people and move us to ponder the lives of the dead. Tombstones reveal limited information about the deceased, which leads us to wonder – how much […]

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The Sound Attendance: Ben Howard

Ben Howard plays a familiar type of folk that can seem mine dry and overworked or delicate and heartwarming depending on who you’re talking to.

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Rowan Hildebrand-Chupp

“Mental disorder” is a tricky diagnosis to give to any psychological difference, as it immediately implies a judgement that someone has something “wrong” with them. Until recently, for example, homosexuality was officially classified as a disorder, and once, escaped slaves were considered to be disordered. But despite its tricky implications, the diagnosis of “disorder” is […]

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Science Savvy: Experimental Hiccups

Science often appears to be a singular entity, united by a methodological paradigm and totally consistent in its depiction of reality. But science is an active process, full of hiccups.

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Survey Will Measure Campus Climate

By Kathy Oleson, Melissa Osborne, and Crystal Williams Dear Reed Community, In a couple of weeks, you’ll receive an invitation to participate in the Reed College Campus Climate Survey. You’ll see flyers posted around campus and you’ll hear your professors, colleagues, and friends talking about the survey. And, we hope, you will be among those […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Tristan Nieto

Tristan Nieto

Tristan Nieto ’12 is updating a tradition-heavy cult ritual. Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show are well acquainted with the film’s cult rituals. When fans get together to watch the 1975 B-movie, the screenshow is accompanied by a cast of actors in front of the the movie, who shadow the movements of the actors […]

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Science Savvy: Brain Origami

By Tess Myers and Uji Venkat “He was as tall and rugged as an alp. One huge eye glared out of the center of his forehead.”— Homer,The Odyssey  The Odyssey’s Polyphemus is a fictional one-eyed monster, but cyclopic individuals do exist. One-eyed ewes are born to sheep that eat corn lilies while pregnant, severely inbred […]

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The Sound Attendance: Kanye West

If you’re in need of a conversation starter this week, you’re in luck because a new Kanye West release just came out.

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Alan Montecillo

Alan Montecillo

Alan Montecillo ’13 looks past the smut to see the music. If you mention the 17th-century Chinese novel The Plum and the Golden Vase to most people in China, says Alan Montecillo ’13, “the first thing that comes to mind is pornography.” The impulse is understandable. The novel is filled with about 70 vividly described […]

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