College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
September 2005 Volume 1, Number 1

In This Issue:    

  • MESSAGE FROM DEAN MARVIN A. KAISER

  • PROFESSOR JUN JIAO HONORED WITH "PRESIDENTIAL EARLY CAREER" AWARD

  • THE WALK OF THE HEROINES

  • PROFESSOR KEN RUOFF WINS TOP JAPANESE PRIZE

  • AARON PEARLMAN NAMED OUTREACH DIRECTOR FOR JUDAIC STUDIES PROGRAM

  • RECENT GRADUATE TO ATTEND MIT

Message from
Dean Marvin Kaiser

Greetings from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We hope you enjoy receiving this e-newsletter. It is one way for us to have regular communication with our alumni and friends about current activities at the college. We also invite you to communicate with us. More

Professor Jun Jiao Honored with "Presidential Early Career" Award

Jun Jiao, associate professor of Physics and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University, was honored June 13th by President George W. Bush with the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

"This award is well deserved," said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). "Dr. Jiao is one of the great minds of nanotechnology research and development, and she will help lead this country into the future of that field. Her testimony and expertise were invaluable as I worked to pass legislation to fund America's nanotechnology efforts. My home state of Oregon is particularly fortunate to count her among our rising scientific stars." More

The Walk of the Heroines

Centered in the heart of the PSU campus, the Walk of the Heroines is soon to be one of Portland's most inspiring new destinations. A subtly changing landscape of lovely garden beds, a spirited fountain flowing into a meandering stream, sculptures, trees, benches, a performance stage and an education kiosk will make up a unique educational garden park designed to celebrate and honor the women who have illuminated our lives. More


 

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Professor Ken Ruoff Wins Top Japanese Prize

For the first time ever, the prestigious Jiro Osaragi Prize for Commentary-Japan's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize-was awarded to a foreigner, Kenneth J. Ruoff, director of Portland State University's Center for Japanese Studies and associate professor in the Department of History.

Professor Ruoff won for the Japanese translation of his book, The People's Emperor: Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy, 1945-1995 (Harvard University Press, 2002). He received the award at a ceremony at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, January 27, 2005.

Professor Ruoff, recognized as a leading expert on the contemporary Japanese monarchy, has written a landmark book that analyzes numerous issues. More

Aaron Pearlman Named Outreach Director for
Judaic Studies Program

Aaron Pearlman, recently named community outreach director for the Portland State University Judaic studies program, wants PSU's Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies to become "the primary place for (adult) Judaic programming in Portland." More

Recent Graduate to Attend MIT

This fall 2005 PSU graduate Joel Campos Alvis will attend MIT. Joel is one of only four students among hundreds of applicants who have received a full tuition waiver. According to Joel, PSU provided him a top-notch education within a caring and supportive environment. It is a proud time for Joel, his family and friends, and the PSU community. We all look forward to watching his further success. More

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