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Volume 3, No.4 | January 2007

A Tremendous Year at PSU

Dean Marvin Kaiser

CLAS Dean Marvin Kaiser

CLAS Alumni & Friends,

As we begin the new year I want to give you the opportunity to consider the tremendous accomplishments at PSU and, specifically, in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2007. Our students and faculty are performing cutting-edge research, giving back to the community, and engaging in thousands of collaborations.

Over the past year you have read in this newsletter about some of these amazing individuals, including articles on: David Peyton, Itai Chipinda, The 10th Annual John Elliot Allen Teacher Awards, 2007 Kellogg Awards, PSU Professors Receive Fulbrights

Please click on any of the above articles or on the pictures to the left of this letter to read more about the ways in which CLAS engages with the community and provides excellent educational opportunities for our students.

I encourage you to make one additional click - by going to our donate now page you can help our students! You'll have the option of giving to the Dean's Fund for Excellence or to a specific department; either way you will be supporting scholarships, faculty research, and, of course, speakers and special projects that enhance the education of all our students.

Thank you for considering a donation today. Your support will further the excellence of our university and will have a huge impact on students.

Happy New Year,

Marvin A. Kaiser,


P.S. Our enrollment continues to grow dramatically. There has been a 41.5% increase in the past 5 years, with a strong interest in the sciences from students wishing to go into teaching, medical professions and hi-tech. While the state has stepped up funding, the biggest burden continues to fall directly on our students. Your help is key to providing students with diverse experiences. Please donate now.

Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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David Peyton's Malaria Research

David Peyton

David Peyton

The parasite that causes Malaria has developed resistance to the traditional chloroquine treatment of the disease. PSU Professor David Peyton has developed a family of chloroquine hybrids that seem to short-circuit the parasite's defenses, in mice, at least.

Dr. Peyton's research was featured in the August issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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Itai Chipinda's Thesis Published in Chem and Engineering News

Itai Chipinda

Itai Chipinda

Portland State University graduate student Itai Chipinda's doctoral thesis was profiled in the August edition of Chemical and Engineering News. The research concerns the allergic reaction to LATEX GLOVES which are widely used in laboratories. It turns out that certain small molecules used in latex manufacturing become, in the finished products, irritants that can cause allergic contact dermatitis (ACD).

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John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Award Ceremony

Scott Burns Bob Liebman Marvin Kaiser

Scott Burns Bob Liebman Marvin Kaiser

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes the outstanding teachers in each academic area with the John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Awards. The unique aspect of these awards is that outstanding teachers are selected by the students in each academic area. This year over 330 students participated in the selection process.

For the 2006-2007 academic year twenty three awards were given including awards to four faculty members who won for the third time. The three time winners were Kim Brown, Applied Linguistics, Claudine Fisher, Foreign Languages and Literature, Carl Wamser, Chemistry, and Alan Yeakly, Geology.

Professor Scott Burns, Geology, was recognized for his outstanding contribution of putting on the event.

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Kellogg Awards

The Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony is the PSU English Department's annual poetry and prose writing contest. The 2007 awards ceremony took place Tuesday June 5, Smith Memorial Ballroom. A reception followed at the Simon Benson House. Over $17,000 was awarded to the winners. The First Tom Bates Scholarship was awarded this year too. The finalists in each category attended and the winners were announced by the presenter reading from the winning work. Many of the finalists have received awards outside PSU and will be using their writing talents around the country.

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PSU Professors Receive Fulbrights

Gina Greco with students in Burkina Faso

Gina Greco

Faculty members Teresa Bulman, Gina Greco, Maude Hines, and Luis Ruedas were awarded grants for the 2006-2007 academic year by the U.S. Fulbright Scholars Program. Teresa Bulman, Geography, was awarded funding for a one-month geography education program in Botswana for 12 Oregon K-12 teachers. Gina Greco, Foreign Languages and Literatures, is lecturing on American literature at University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Maude Hines, English, is lecturing at University of Trier, Germany. Luis Ruedas, Biology, is at Katmandu University, Katmandu, Nepal.

Portland State also hosted several international Fulbright scholars during the 2006-2007 academic year: Anjan Ghosh from India and Gerd Hurm from Germany, Elelna Minkova, Russia, Marjaan Moosavi, Iran, Vaishali Punjani, India, AYbuke Filiz, Turkey, Hatem Mousa, Egypt.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

The faculty that have been awarded Fulbrights for 2007-2008 are: Kofi Agorsah, Black Studies , Steve Xue, Speech and Hearing, and Jennifer Ruth, English.

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PSU Telefund

In the coming weeks, a PSU student may call to ask for your support of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Please take a moment to speak with the student and participate in the fund drive. No gift is too small; every gift counts.

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