Volume 3, No.5 | March 2008
A Vision for the Sciences
CLAS Dean Marvin Kaiser
CLAS Alumni & Friends,
These remain important days in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences at PSU. At the instigation of the Oregon University System,
we have been involved in developing an expanded vision for higher
education in Portland. We are pleased with the key role that PSU
plays in helping to spearhead the implementation of this vision.
While there are many identified needs and opportunities, three stand
out. The first is the opportunity to work in partnership with OHSU
and the other Oregon higher education institutions to significantly
grow the education, research and outreach of the life sciences in
Portland through a partnered expansion of our science facilities and
programs to the South Waterfront. The second part of the vision
includes the expansion of programs that ensure that every citizen in
our community has the opportunity to participate in some phase of
higher education. We believe that this opportunity is central to the
future growth of our individual citizens and of our community.
Finally, this vision confirmed our commitment to developing higher
education's potential to create a sustainable community and
I will expand on the leadership role of the College on these and other
initiatives in future newsletters. We are very pleased to have a key
role in these commitments to partnered science education, research and
outreach; to student access and success; and to sustainability. Each
of these is a vital link to Portland and the region's future. Each
also reaffirms the centrality of a vigorous and engaged higher
education presence to our community's future.
Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Business and the Environment Can Co-Exist
Professor Elise Granek participated in a study just published in
Science Daily regarding environmental changes in tidal mangroves in
coastal Thailand. Brian Silliman, a University of Florida assistant
professor of zoology, coauthored the study. Professor Granek said the
paper grew out of an NCEAS (The National Center for Ecological
Analysis and Synthesis) Working Group that began January 2007, where
Professor Granek is the lead Project Investigator.
Shrimp farmers in Thailand are destroying acres of mangroves to
create shrimp farms which is making the coastal regions more
vulnerable to flooding from storms and tsunamis. This study looked at
the preservation of the mangroves but with less density so their
protection from tsunamis and habitat for native fish can be preserved
along with the shrimp farming.
Read More >
Silvia Boero, New Italian Professor
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, with funding
support from the Circle of Friends of Italian Studies, has hired its
first tenure track professor of Italian. Professor Silvia Boero, a
native of Genoa, received her Ph.D. from the University of South
Carolina in 2006 and taught last year at Duke University. Besides
teaching Italian at PSU, she is also a scholar of 20th Century Italian
literature and specializes in women writers in Italy during the
1930s. She is now writing a book on Paola Masino, an Italian novelist
Professor Boero reports that she loves Portland and that with its
hills and urban parks Portland reminds her of Genoa. She loves to cook
and enjoys the many good Italian restaurants in Portland. In fact,
she confesses that her favorite job would be to be a chef.
Read More >
Nobel Laureate Douglas C. North at PSU
Douglas C North
Nobel Laureate Douglass C. North was the guest of the PSU Economics
Department's Second Annual Harold G. Vatter Lecture on Friday,
February 15th. Professor North spoke on "The Natural State or Why
Economic Development is so Difficult to Achieve." Dr. Harold Vattner,
for whom the lecture is named, was an eminent economic historian and
faculty member at Portland State University from 1965 until his death
at the age of 89 in 2000.
Professor North is well known as a pioneer in the "new economic
history," which uses economic theory and econometric statistical
techniques to investigate historical questions. Professor North has
also been a leader among economists, championing the recognition of
the key role of legal and social institutions in economic
Read More >
Ooligan Press Publishes Fort Clatsop: Rebuilding an Icon
Portland State University's Ooligan Press and the Daily Astorian have
collaborated to publish Fort Clatsop: Rebuilding an Icon.
This is a story that spans two centuries revealing the three phases of
the fort. The book is written in a journalistic style which brings to
life the original events of creating the fort as well as the recent
fire and the rebuilding of the historic landmark.
Tom Bennett and photographer Lori Assa contributed to the coverage of
the Fort Clatsop story along with Sue Cody who was the Deputy Managing
Editor of the project.
Read More >
Takohachi Taiko Drumming
Several PSU exchange students and their friends held an event in
February called "Japan Night". The evening consisted of; Taiko
drumming, a comedy act, marshal arts demonstration, hip hop dancing,
Japanese influenced rock music, and a Japanese fashion show. This
lively colorful event filled the hall to capacity.
The exchange students are coming to the end of their year long stay
and wanted to showcase some Japanese culture. They enlisted many of
their American friends to help them create the evening. They also
enlisted the services of Professor Larry Kominz as stand up comedian.
His wife, Ms. Toshimi Tanaka, helped with the delicate task of tying
the kimonos. Several of the key organizers were Shen Ma, Izumi
Nakashima, Aua Shibaskaki, Aya Shibasaki, Saori Oguri, and Raisa
Trifanov (soon going to Waseda University). Rachel Miller was the
Read More >
Douglas Osheroff Speaking on How Advances in Science are Made
Douglas Osheroff will speak on How Advances in Science are
Made, Friday, April 18th at 5pm in Hoffman Hall. The Gurevitch
Lecture Series is put on by the PSU Physics Department and is free and
open to the public.
Dr. Osheroff shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1996 for work he
did while he was a graduate student at Cornell University. He is
currently at Stanford University.
His discussion will address the complex issues of the benefits of
scienfific descovery to mankind. Dr. Osheroff has said that scientific
discovery is seldom done by one person, but rather by a community,
asking questions and developing new technologies.
Read More >
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.
Make your gift online anytime