Happy New Year from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We hope
2006 was a wonderful year for you and wish you the best for 2007.
As we begin this New Year we are heartened that Governor Kulongoski recognizes the importance of higher education funding for the future of our state.
Specifically, the college has requests supported by the
governor for the enhancement of Science Building 2 and for research on drug discovery and sustainability. Be sure to read about another milestone below—the dedication of our Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnology Institute research facility.
Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Exhibit Leaves Message of Peace
of hope, messages of peace, and memories too important to forget stayed
with those who attended the exhibition "Hiroshima-Nagasaki: An
International Exhibit with a Message of Peace," presented in November by PSU's
Center for Japanese Studies, under the direction of Professor Laurence Kominz.
The exhibition, which is traveling to 27 cities around the world, opened at PSU with a
warm welcome by Portland Mayor Tom Potter. The exhibition included photographs, objects that survived the attack, personal accounts, and other pieces of interest. In addition to the exhibition, visitors attended talks by professor, survivors, and Japanese dignitaries.
Learn more about the Center for Japanese Studies.
Premier High-Tech Research Center Opens
On October 13th, PSU dedicated its Center
for Electron Microscopy
and Nanofabrication (CEMN), a signature research facility of the Oregon Nanoscience
and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) .The Center, directed by Professor Jun Jiao and managed by Assistant Professor Chunfei Li, is a state-of-the-art facility for training students in advanced research techniques and for providing companies access to powerful nanotechnology tools.
The facility's dedication event, attended by local and state business representatives and dignitaries, marked a great step forward in recognition of PSU's growing reputation as an important research institution.
Learn more about the CEMN research facility.
Gala Celebrates Scholarships for
27 Chicano/Latino Students
More than 600 guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment and celebration at the 10th annual Chicano/Latino Scholarship Gala on November 4th. Twenty-seven outstanding students were awarded scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000.
The event featured celebrity guest speaker Willie Barcena, a stand-up veteran comedian of film and television.
The Gala recognizes the achievements of the Chicano/Latino community
and provides an opportunity for corporations, organizations and
individuals to invest in the education of the fastest-growing ethnic
population in Oregon and the United States.
See a list of this year's scholarship recipients.
New Judaic Studies Minor Approved
More than 200 people turned out the night of December 7th to honor Dr. Robert Liebman for his key role in the creation of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. At the event, Dr. Michael Weingrad was installed as the new director of Judaic Studies.
Together, Liebman and Weingrad were instrumental in the formation of a new minor in Judaic Studies.The 28-credit program will give
students a broad understanding of Jewish history,
religion, and culture in a variety of national and international
contexts. Courses counting toward the minor are offered through Judaic
Studies, History, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Sociology, and other
Read more about the evening and about the program.
Associate Dean Grant Farr Testifies on Afghanistan
In September, Dr. Grant Farr testified before the U.S. Congress, House International Relations Committee about his research
on U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan and the unintended
effect of alienating moderate Moslem leaders who were generally
disposed to be friendly to the United States. Farr suggested that these moderate Islamic leaders could offer an Islamic alternative to the more radical Islamic teachings and he recommended that the U.S. diplomatic mission in Afghanistan initiate contact with these leaders. It was an honor for PSU to have Dr. Farr called to provide his expertise.
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