Volume 3, No. 1 | September 2007
State Funding for Higher Education
CLAS Dean Marvin Kaiser
We begin this academic year grateful for the significant increase in
state funding for all of higher education in Oregon. Not only did our
universities collectively receive an increase of $142 million for
operations over the next two years, construction funding increased by
This increase in operational funds comes at a critical juncture for
Portland State University. The dollars allocated to PSU will go
toward hiring additional faculty, improving faculty salaries, ensuring
student access to higher education and supporting programs that
advance student success.
An additional $45.3 million authorized for construction will be used
to finance deferred maintenance including much needed structural
upgrades to Science Building II, as well as remodeling, research and
teaching space. We do need to provide $9.5 million in gifts and other
income to fully fund that project.
This increase in state funding indicates a shift in the legislature's
commitment to higher education in Oregon. It is good news for
Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tucker Childs Receives Hans Rausing Endangered Language Programme Award
La Vieille de Caton &
Professor Tucker Childs is garnering an international reputation for his
work documenting and preserving endangered languages in Africa. Recently
he was awarded a Hans Rausing Endangered Language Programme Award for The
Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP). He also received a
complementary grant from the National Science Foundation. The ELDP is a
response to the rapid rate of extinction of human languages throughout
the world. They believe the extinction of languages is a loss of cultural
expression for the community involved as well as a loss of human knowledge
and diversity of traditions.
Dr. Childs has also been awarded a Fulbright grant for his travel to Africa
later this year where he will to continue his documentation and preservation
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Itai Chipinda's Thesis Published in Chem & Eng. News
Portland State University graduate student Itai Chipinda's doctoral
thesis was profiled in the August edition of Chemical and Engineering News.
The research concerns the allergic reaction to LATEX GLOVES which are widely
used in laboratories. It turns out that certain small molecules used in latex
manufacturing become, in the finished products, irritants that can cause
allergic contact dermatitis (ACD).
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Lorry Lokey Donates $1.5 Million
Lorry Lokey has donated $1.5 Million to establish the Lorry I. Lokey
Chair in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. Mr. Lokey is the
founder of Business Wire and is one of the nation's leading
philanthropists. The new position will support a scholar in the Harold
Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies with expertise in the
history and culture of modern European Jewry.
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Professor David Peyton's Malaria Research
The parasite that causes Malaria has developed resistance to the
traditional chloroquine treatment of the disease. PSU Professor David
Peyton has developed a family of chloroquine hybrids that seem
to short-circuit the parasite's defenses, in mice, at least.
Dr. Peyton's research was featured in the August issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.
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10th Annual John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher Awards
Scott Burns, Bob Liebman
and Dean Kaiser
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes the outstanding
teachers in each academic area with the John Eliot Allen Outstanding
Teaching Awards. The unique aspect of these awards is that
outstanding teachers are selected by the students in each academic
area. This year over 330 students participated in the selection
For the 2006-2007 academic year twenty three awards were given
including awards to four faculty members who won for the third time.
The three time winners were Kim Brown, Applied Linguistics, Claudine
Fisher, Foreign Languages and Literature, Carl Wamser, Chemistry, and
Alan Yeakly, Geology.
Professor Scott Burns, Geology, was recognized for his outstanding
contribution putting on the event.
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Chemistry PhD is Approved
The State Board of Higher Education has approved a Ph.D. in
Chemistry at Portland State. Professor Kevin Reynolds, chairman
of the chemistry department, said, "The students, faculty and
staff are extremely pleased that the program has now been
approved and are grateful to everyone at PSU who contributed over
the last year to the preparation and review of the proposal."
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In the coming weeks, a PSU student will call to ask for your support of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences. Please take a moment to speak with the student and
participate in the fund drive. No gift is too small; every gift counts.
Make your gift online anytime >