College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
October 2005 Volume 1, Number 2

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Greetings from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I know that many of you visited campus recently for our annual Alumni Weekend. CLAS faculty and alumni participated in every aspect of the yearly event. If it has been awhile since you were on campus, you undoubtedly noticed all the changes and new additions we've made as we try to better serve the growing number of students—over 25,000 this fall term. I hope you enjoy this new issue of the newsletter.
Robert Mercer
Assistant Dean, Senior Academic Advisor  

Internationally Recognized Chemist Joins CLAS

The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Kevin Reynolds, from Virginia Commonwealth University, has joined the faculty as Professor and Department Chair. Dr. Reynolds is an internationally recognized expert in the field of bacterial natural products and fatty acid biosynthesis. In addition, Dr. Reynolds is a current recipient of two research grants from the National Institutes of Health: $1.68 million for "Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acid and Polyketide Biosynthesis," and $1.5 million for "3-Ketoacyl ACP Synthase III: A Novel Antibiotic Target." The work by Reynolds and his team enhances our strong chemistry program. More

Psychology Professor Receives $1.4 Million Grant

Psychology Professor Leslie B. Hammer has been awarded a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to create a research center to study supervisor behaviors that support the health and safety of workers and their families, the first study of its kind in the nation. The center will be located in the Psychology Department. More

Women's Studies Professor Honored with Women of Achievement Award

Saturday, October 22, 2005, The Oregon Commission for Women honored Johanna Brenner, Sociology Professor and past Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at the 21st Annual Women of Achievement Awards Dinner. The dinner and ceremony took place at the DoubleTree Hotel at Lloyd Center in Portland. More


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Inaugural Gus & Libby Solomon Lecture

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies presents Professor Stephen Gillers, New York University School of Law. Professor Gillers has written widely on legal and judicial ethics. You are invited to his talk, Who's Afraid of Gerty and Molly? How "Ulysses" Made the Law Safe for Artistic Freedom (but it was a close call), Sunday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m., Columbia Falls Ballroom, University Place, 310 SW Lincoln Street. This lecture is the first in a series dedicated to exploring the American Jewish experience and the ideals of social justice promoted by the Solomons throughout their lifetimes. More

PSU Celebrates New Publication by Professor Craig Lesley

You are invited to a Publication Party, Reading and Book Signing for award-winning author and Writing Professor, Craig Lesley. Lesley’s new book, Burning Fence, received high praise from Publishers’ Weekly as a “magnificent memoir of growing up in the 1950s in a hardscrabble American family.” Please join us Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m., Room 238, Smith Memorial Student Union. Read a review

Kristin Kaye (’04) is the author of Iron Maidens: The Celebration of the Most Awesome Female Muscle in the World. Recently released from Thunder’s Mouth Press, Iron Maidens is a behind-the-scenes look at the 1992 Broadway performance Kaye wrote and directed. It also examines the subculture of women's bodybuilding. PSU will host a reading by Kaye on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m., Room 338, Smith Memorial Student Union. The public is invited.   More

photo by Basil Childers

Every year Intel recognizes teams and individuals for going the extra mile to produce creative solutions that help keep the environment clean and save Intel money. Nabil Mistkawi, a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry and Intel engineer, received Intel’s Gold Award for inventing an environmentally friendly chemical mixture that is used in the microprocessor etch process.

Alumni News

Christopher Howell (MA '71) has won the Washington State Book Award for his volume of poems, Light's Ladder, published by the University of Washington Press in April '04. He won the same award for his 1985 volume, Sea Change, and has been the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as receiving fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, and the Artist Trust. He is a full-time member of the faculty of Eastern Washington University's Inland NW Center for Writers. Light's Ladder is his eighth collection of poems.

Janine Oshiro (MA ’05) and Nico Alvarado Greenwood (BA ’05), have entered the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa. This prestigious creative writing program is a two-year intensive residency that culminates in a Master of Fine Arts degree. Some of the finest national and international writers have attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where it is considered that, “writing cannot be taught, but writers can be encouraged.” More

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