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Chemistry Professor Lectures on India Assignment

(Posted November 5, 2001)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Ruth Reed, professor of chemistry at Juniata College, will talk about her experiences helping to run an overseas study program in India in the Bookend Seminar lecture "Junior Year Abroad in South India: Thoughts from a Faculty Member's Perspective" at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 7 in 202 Good Hall on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Bookend Seminar series features afternoon lectures each month by Juniata College faculty.

Reed served as interim director of the Brethren Colleges Abroad study site at the Cochin University of Science and Technology in the state of Kerala, in southern India. She will discuss her impressions of how Cochin University functions as a study site for undergraduates from the United States. She also will address opportunities to study a specific discipline overseas, using chemistry as an example.

Reed earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Winthrop College, South Carolina in 1968. She was awarded a Fulbright grant for study at the University at Göttingen, Germany in 1968 before earning a doctorate in biochemistry at from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1974.

Reed started her career in science by working as a National Institutes of Health fellow at Johns Hopkins University before coming to Juniata as an assistant professor in 1976. She was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and became full professor in 1988.

She received the 1993 Beachley Distinguished Professor Award for outstanding teaching. Her research interests include biochemistry and enzyme analysis. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, having served as secretary and president of the central Pennsylvania section.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.