Volume 5, No. 5 | June 2010
During this final week of spring term, we'd like to take this
opportunity to reflect and review the past year through the lens of
the CLAS eNewsletter. We have accomplished a lot and were happy to
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email. Have a great summer and we'll see you again in the fall.
From Liberal Arts to Law School
This Sunday, 2,000 students will cross the Rose Garden Arena stage to recieve their diploma and acknowledge their academic accomplishment. The countless hours spent taking notes in class, studying in the library, writing papers and presenting final projects culminates in that brief moment on stage.
That is unless you're one of the commencement speakers, like CLAS graduate Kimberley Mansfield...
Award Spurs Young Scientist's Research
Marilyn Rampersad Mackiewicz, Research Assistant Professor
Forty is the average age of a first time National Institute of
Health (NIH) grant recipient. The Medical Research Foundation of
Oregon (MRFO) aims to remove this barrier for young scientists with
its new Oregon Scientist Development Award.
Marilyn Rampersad Mackiewicz, Ph.D., a research assistant
professor of Chemistry, is the first to benefit. Mackiewicz, whose
work involves the use of nanomaterials for biomedical applications,
plans on using the funds for "getting her research off the
ground... and into fruition. Read more about her plans and the MRFO
the CLAS website.
Second Guggenheim Awarded in English Department
Tom Bissell, English Faculty
For the second year in a row, a Department of English faculty
member won a Guggenheim Fellowship.
This year's honor goes to Assistant Professor in Creative
Writing Tom Bissell. Bissell will use the funding to finish his
current project Bones That Shine Like Fire: Travels Among the Tombs
of the Twelve Apostles.
The author of five books is also an avid gamer. Bissel explores the
good, the bad and the violent in his new book Extra Lives: Why
Video Games Matter. Read an interview with the author on IFC's website.
CLAS Events & Announcements
Young Historians on Campus
High school students from across Oregon presented at Portland
State's 20th Annual Young Historians Conference.
Max Heninger from Lakeridge High School captured this year's top
award for his paper titled "Seeds of Destruction: Factors Triggering
the Watts Riots." You can read the winning paper on the Challenge Program's website.
Hosted by the Challenge Program and the History Department, the
event provides students with a powerful and authentic opportunity to
share their research while providing them a professional forum for
dialog and feedback.
Linda George, ESM Faculty
Environmental Sciences Professor Linda George's Cascade
to Coast GK-12 project received a $2.7 million grant, the largest
NIH grant in Portland State's history.
Over five years, fifty PhD Fellows will partner with science
educators to hone their teaching and public outreach skills while
developing curriculum to improve middle school students' understanding
of key scientific concepts.
From the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, Oregon's students
of all ages will greatly benefit from this hand's on learning
experience. Learn about other research projects and more on
the Environmental Science and
Management Program's website.
It turns out a couple's garden rock is actually a meteorite!
The Cascadia Meteorite
Laboratory helped to classify it as Oregon's fifth recognized
Read more about the meteorite's journey from garden to laboratory
in The Christian Science
The Northwest Film Center is hosting a special screening
of Guilty Except for
Insanity, directed by Psychology Professor Jan Haaken and
produced through Portland State University.
Showing Sunday, June 27th @ 7 pm in the Whitsell Auditorium
inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue).
All tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the door