Volume 4, No. 5 | June 2009
All in All, a Great Year
Marvin A. Kaiser
Despite all the challenges brought about by the financial crisis,
it has been a great year in the College of Liberal Arts &
Growth burgeoned. We helped more
students toward their dreams than ever before. In fact our faculty
taught nearly 400,000 student credit hours. That's the equivalent of
teaching a course to 100,000 students. Faculty and students also
conducted $19.5 million in externally funded research, 30% more than
Creativity flourished. Foreign language
faculty secured a prestigious federal grant to launch an
Language Flagship program. English faculty launched a
in Creative Writing, as well as
the Portland Center
for the Public Humanities, which produced a highly-successful
national conference on sustainability. A new school is providing
focus to our teaching about the environment and Economics faculty
launched the Center for Economics and the
Excellence abounded. Our Speech and
Hearing Department and Applied Linguistics Department
won Jimmy and
Rosalynn Carter Partnership Awards for Campus-Community
Partnerships. Chemistry professor David Peyton's start-up company,
$2 million in venture capital to create new anti-malarial drugs.
Chemistry and Engineering Professor Jim Pankow won election to
Academy of Engineers. English professor Paul Collins was named
Fellow. Six faculty members were named Fulbright Scholars, while
students garnered Fulbright Fellowships and Teach for America awards.
To cap the year, students recognized more than two dozen faculty
members with John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Awards.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve wonderful students in a great
Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal
Arts & Sciences
Physics Society Bridges Generations
Physics Major Carol Weaver & Professor Rempfer
PSU's Physics Department
and Society of Physics
Students are bridging generations of women physicists, including
outstanding current graduate students and Professor Gertrude Rempfer,
a pioneer in electron microscopy and the country's most senior member
of Sigma Pi Sigma, a
national physics honor society. Professor Rempfer joined Sigma Pi
Sigma in 1933.
A self described outdoor girl who enjoyed math,
Professor Rempfer originally attended University of Washington in 1930
to study forestry. She was redirected to physics when it was
discovered that the required forestry summer logging camp did not have
facilities for women! Today, she shares more than 70 years of notable
expertise with PSU's Student Physics Society and has inspired the club
to focus on promoting the important, and increasingly more prominent,
role of women in physics.
According to graduate student Allison
Whited, "For a generation of young female scientists, she is the
embodiment of what we all strive to be: active, contributing
scientists, proud, strong mothers, and contributing members of our
Learn more about Whited and other PSP club
members' inspiration and experience in physics at PSU after the jump...
Pre-Dental Students Serve 2,200 Hondurans
Pre-Dental Students in Honduras
PSU pre-dental students traveled to Honduras in March, where they
joined doctors and local volunteers to provide free dental and medical
care for more than 2,200 rural villagers.
intense days of service, PSU students and volunteer dentists formed
"the Dental Brigade" to provide services including tooth extractions,
topical fluoride treatments, and oral hygiene instruction in Spanish.
Medical volunteers provided physical examinations, vitamins, family
health education and referrals to specialized clinics. Students
organized fundraising events and donation drives to procure the
necessary medications and supplies prior to departure.
chapter of Global Brigades is planning a return trip to Honduras in
the spring of 2010. If you would like to participate or donate
towards a brigade, please visit the Global Brigades
Professor Called to Advise Bhutan
Conference Attendees in Bhutan
History Professor Ken Ruoff was one of just five Westerners invited by
the king of Bhutan to advise that country on its transition from an
absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. Probably best known
for its "Gross National Happiness Index", Bhutan is a unique country
that highly values environmental sustainability and equitable economic
One of the world's foremost experts on Japan's
constitutional monarchy, during his visit Professor Ruoff met with the
Bhutanese prime minister and other officials. While advising
Bhutanese officials that governmental transparency is important, based
on his expertise on the historical role of Japan's emperor, Ruoff
urged the highly respected king to keep his political views private so
as not to sway public opinion. He also suggested the king use his
role's moral authority to distinguish between national traditions that
promote well-being from those that do not.
Read more about
Professor Ruoff's work at Portland State
CLAS Events & Announcements
Professor Priya Kapoor
Priya Kapoor, Graduate Program Director for the Department of
Communication and Associate Professor, is a recipient of the 2009
Civic Engagement Award. Professor Kapoor received the award in May for
her work in partnering community members and students in engaging
activities that serve the community.
Professor Matthew Carlson
According to Portland
Mathew Carlson, "It's the study that shouldn't be possible."
Designed to show what difference insurance makes, the study in
question is the Oregon Health Study (OHS). Read how this three-year,
$11 million dollar project is promising to pick up where the RAND
Corp. Health Insurance Experiment, or RAND, left off over 25 years ago
in the Oregonian
Before the Oregon Health Study.