Portland State University

Volume 7, No. 5 | June 2012

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Psychology Student Inspired to Make a Difference

Stephanie Sasse sees inspiration all around her. After graduating this June with a double major in Psychology and General Science, Stephanie will attend Harvard University's Mind, Brain, and Education graduate program to pursue her interest in using brain research to find compelling solutions to community issues surrounding health and education.

Before leaving PSU, she'll be recognized for her outstanding academic and service achievements with three prestigious awards, including the President's Award for Outstanding University Service.

Read more about Stephanie's inspiration, awards, and commitment to building healthier communities here.


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Hot Spring Yields New Hybrid Genome

A team of researchers, led by biology Professor Ken Stedman, discovered hybrid viruses that contained both RNA-derived genes and genes for DNA replication. Something never seen before.

Learn more about what Stedman calls a "mythological beast of a virus, [that] actually exists," and its scientific implications in Nature.com's newsblog.


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Building A Better Life

When Professor Yasmeen Hanoosh learned that nearly 2,000 Iraqi refugees have settled in the Portland-Salem area since 2009, she saw an opportunity for her Arabic language students at Portland State University.

Learn how one second-year Arabic student's interest in contemporary Middle East issues evolved into a new partnership with a local nonprofit, creating a business development program for Iraqis. Read more in this Inside PSU feature.


This eNewsletter is a publication of the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University.

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