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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 is to make these new, eco-friendly materials widely accepted and available for use by art conservators worldwide.

Read more about the collaboration between PSU and PAM in the recent Portland Monthly Article, Chemical Reaction.

Sneak Preview: Guilty Except for Insanity

Interview with Dr. Dean Brooks, former Superintendent of Oregon State Hospital

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

PSU Faculty Named Guggenheim Fellow

Author Paul Collins

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 Manhattan.

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 Reception.

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 election monitoring.

You can help provide other talented students with opportunities like Anne, Support CLAS scholars by donating online today!

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 Department.

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 stories.

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.

Professor Hall

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.

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