Volume 2, No. 3 | March 2007
The Sciences are Growing
CLAS Dean Marvin Kaiser
Although we are making significant strides in all parts of the College,
this month I'd like to focus on growth in the sciences. Enrollment has
shot up by 46% in the last 10 years, with most of that growth occurring
in the last 5 (notably in the pre-health professions). During that same
period, grant funding has grown by 390%, from slightly over $2 million in
1996-97 to nearly $11 million last year. With the quantitative changes
have come qualitative changes, among them a new PhD program in Biology
and another, in Chemistry, in the pipeline; development of the PSU Center
for Electron Microscopy into a world-class facility; drug discovery;
and nationally recognized work in sustainability. Recently our science
facilities have hosted tours by Congressman Wu and a delegation from the
state legislature. As we continue to grow these programs, we are also
working to upgrade the spaces they inhabit. Our goal is to equip our
scientists and science students with state-of-the-art teaching and research
laboratories. Our vision is for the Science Research and Technology Complex
not only to match the high quality of the work now taking place there, but
also to enable more and better teaching, learning, and research.
Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Newsletter Format Change
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The 24th Annual Intel Northwest Science Expo
The Intel Northwest Science Expo will be held March 16, 2007. Portland
State University, Vernier Software & Technology, and Edward and Rommell
Ackley Foundation will present this year's Science Expo.
The Northwest Science Expo System is a series of science fairs held in
Oregon for 5th-12th grade students in Oregon, Vancouver and some
neighboring California counties. The Intel Northwest Science Expo (NWSE)
is the state fair held at PSU following seven regional qualifying fairs.
The Center for Science Education at Portland State University is
organizing the NWSE Expo at PSU. The exhibits will be in the Stott
Center for the middle school students and the Smith Memorial Union
Ballroom for the high school students.
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English Faculty Receives Acclaim
Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney
Professor Debra Gwartney, Portland State University English faculty, had her
co-authored book, Home Ground, appear on three "best" lists: 2006 "best"
lists for National Public Radio, New York Times, and the Oregonian's Best
Books of 2006. Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by
Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney is a geographical dictionary in which poets
and writers from across the nation created more than 850 original definitions
for terms such terms as cutbank, birdfoot, delta, riprap and swale.
In January, Debra Gwartney also had articles published in two
major local publications. "Runaway Bus" was published in the January 2007
issue of Portland Monthly, and her review of, Web of Deceit, by Barry Lando
appeared in the January 14 issue of The Oregonian.
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State Board Approves Sociology and Social Inequality Ph.D.
The State Board of Higher Education has approved a new doctoral degree program in Sociology and Social Inequality
at Portland State University, effective fall 2007. This is the first Ph.D. of its kind
to be offered in the Pacific Northwest. "The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
is very pleased to have PSU take a vital leadership position in Sociology, with its
special emphasis on healthcare and on social inequality," said Dean Marvin Kaiser.
"The Sociology Department's scholarly and research profile has grown remarkably over the
last few years and we are well poised to move to the next tier," said Veronica Dujon,
Sociology professor and chair. "We have invested heavily in growing areas of national
importance and we anticipate making significant contributions at both the state and national levels."
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AAC&U National Report Highlights Portland State University
PSU has been recognized as one of the top colleges in preparing graduates
to navigate our complex and volatile world. The Association of American
Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released their report, College Learning
for the New Global Century, honoring Portland State University as an
institution that is putting a new set of principles of excellence into practice.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has also selected
Portland State University and 75 other U.S. colleges and universities for
its new Community Engagement Classification. Portland State was one of only
62 schools that was classified in two categories:
Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.
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PSU Offers Minor in Elementary Education
In January the Faculty Senate approved a new 54 credit minor in Elementary Education, offered through
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The 54 credit
requirement is almost twice the credits as most other minors, and almost
as many credits as some majors. The Teacher Education Committee spent one and a half years developing this
minor which gives students an opportunity to explore a career in education
at the undergraduate level. Currently, the School of Education only has graduate programs available.