Volume 4, No. 4 | May 2009
Art Conservation Gone Green
Dr. Clare in lab.
Photo by Charlie Fowlkes.
An exciting partnership is forming between Dr. Tami
Lasseter Clare, PSU Professor of Chemistry, and the Portland
Art Museum (PAM). Dr. Clare's research on sustainable art
conservation is the inspiration for the Regional Laboratory for
the Science of Art Conservation.
Through newly emerging
technologies in nano-materials chemistry, Dr. Clare is currently
working on restoring the museum's two-thousand-year-old Chinese
money tree. The focus of the Science of Art Conservation
to make these new, eco-friendly materials widely accepted and
available for use by art conservators worldwide.
about the collaboration between PSU and PAM in the recent
Portland Monthly Article
, Chemical Reaction
Sneak Preview: Guilty Except for Insanity
Interviewing the former Superintendent of Oregon State Hospital
Head to the Davis Street Tavern on Sunday, June 7th, from 6-9 pm to
catch a sneak preview of Dr. Jan Haaken's latest
documentary project Guilty Except for Insanity. The film
follows five people who enter the Oregon State Hospital under the
"guilty except for insanity" plea.
Dr. Haaken embarked
on this project after students in one of her undergraduate courses
sought to uncover the origins of the crisis that had overtaken the
Oregon State Hospital, and to unravel the mystery of why the jails had
become the primary portal of entry into the mental health system.
The screening will include food and drinks, live music, and an
art auction to raise completion funds. Tickets are $45 and you can
purchase them online at Box Office
Tickets. Learn more about the film online at GuiltyExcept.com.
PSU Faculty Named Guggenheim Fellow
Author Paul Collins
PSU English faculty member Paul Collins has been
awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation, one of 180 fellowships awarded nationwide this year from a
field of 3,000 applicants of artists, scientists, and scholars.
Specializing in science writing, antiquarian literature,
reviewing and memoir, Collins's fellowship is for general nonfiction
on crime reporting during the birth of "yellow journalism" in 1890s
The purpose of the award is to provide Fellows,
like Collins, with blocks of time in which they can work with as much
creative freedom as possible. Read more about
Collins's work here and this
prestigious award here.
CLAS Celebrates Scholarships
Support CLAS Scholars
On April 21st, CLAS scholarship donors and scholars enjoyed an
opportunity to meet and mingle at the annual PSU Scholarship
Current Ruben Sierra Scholarship recipient, Anne
Eldred, shared her experience with the attendees. Through the
assistance of the scholarship, this Chicano/Latino studies student has
had the opportunity to travel to Latin America to participate in
You can help provide other talented students
with opportunities like Anne, Support CLAS scholars by
CLAS Events & Announcements
Rachel Krauss, 2009 Young Historian
Rachel Krauss was named the 2009 Young Historian's
Conference winner. The St. Mary's Academy Challenge Program
student was honored for her presentation titled "William Harvey's
Circulatory System: The Process of Acceptance." With over 200
students in attendance and 38 who presented their papers, this year's
conference was a powerful experience for students of history young and
old. Learn more about the the event's co-sponsors, PSU's Challenge
Program and the History
Happy Hour with Shalom Aleichem Participants
The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic
Studies is proud to announce that it has helped to start a
new theater company in Portland, the Jewish Theater Collaborative
(JTC). It's latest collaboration was the "Happy Hour with Shalom
Aleichem" event where over 100 people jammed into the Food For
Thought Cafe for beer, wine and staged readings of Aleichem's
This summer JTC will again present Israel on Stage - a series
of three staged readings as part of the Schnitzer Program's summer
course offerings. The readings are open to the public. For
information on all of the summer courses being offered, please contact
Michael Weingrad, Director of the
Schnitzer Judaic Studies Program.
2009 Green Book Festival Winner
Lisa Weasel, Biology faculty, authored the book
Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified
Food, published by Amacom, 2009. Food Fray was selected
as the 2009 Green Book Festival winner in the scientific category. The
Green Book Festival is an annual competition "honoring books that
contribute to a greater understanding, respect for and positive action
on the changing worldwide environment."
Weasel's book is based on
a five-year international research project on ethics and equity issues
pertaining to agricultural biotechnology, which was funded by a
National Science Foundation Career Award. Read more about Weasel's
research and book on her website.
John Hall, Economics and International studies faculty,
presented the paper: The Illusion of Convergence to the Post
Graduate Seminar in International Political Economy at the
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro this month. Hall's research
focuses on the transitions of the economies of countries in Central
and Eastern Europe. His paper challenges the early 1990's convergence
hypotheses by illustrating the problem of overstating per
capita convergence. Read more about Professor Hall's work here.