Volume 4, No. 1 | October 2008
Sustainability Throughout the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
CLAS Dean Marvin Kaiser
CLAS Alumni & Friends,
We have exciting news! The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
announced an investment in Portland State University with a $25
million challenge gift for the study and implementation of
sustainability processes. This special issue of our eNewsletter gives
you a glimpse of some of the exciting teaching and research happening
in Arts and Sciences that provide a foundation for this investment
and its future impact.
Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Addressing Global Warming
Research by atmospheric scientists Aslam Khalil and Andrew Rice is
pinpointing the sources and characteristics of global warming and
Dr. Khalil contributed to the Kyoto Protocol and received a Nobel
Citation for his contribution to the reports that earned the 2007
Nobel Peace Prize for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
which it shared with Al Gore.
Meanwhile, Dr. Andrew Fountain was
honored by having a glacier named after him for his work leading an
international team in tracking more than 100 years of changes in North
American glaciers as indicators of climate change.
Improving the Performance of Green Roofs
Dr. David Ervin
With colleagues across the university, Dr. David Ervin of the
Economics and Environmental Sciences departments is leading a study on
improving the energy output and economic performance of alternative
Balancing Economic, Environmental and Social Health
Dr. King & Dr. Dujon
Dr. Mary King and Dr. Veronica Dujon have put PSU at the cutting edge
of the frequently overlooked social aspect of sustainability. PSU is
one of the very few universities in the world with scholars addressing
the challenge of achieving social health and economic development
while reversing past environmental damage.
Protecting Waters, From Oregon's Coast to Waldo Lake
A unique relationship between PSU and the Smithsonian is fostering
research to discover and control invasive species in both fresh and
salt water bodies. One partnership, between the U.S. Coast Guard and
PSU's Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, is researching how to
protect against species entering U.S. waters from abroad.
Additionally, the Community Watershed Project, a student-run project
to protect aquatic species and promote restoration of Oregon's
streams, has helped to restore over 2 million sq. ft. of watershed
Energy from the Sun
Dr. Carl Wamser
Chemistry Professor Carl Wamser is testing a variety of solar cell
arrays for their effectiveness in producing energy. His reasearch also evaluates the
benefit of various ecoroof materials with the different arrays.
Dr. Raj Solanki's research in the Physics department focuses on the use of sunlight to produce
hydrogen. Some day our vehicles may be powered from hydrogen garnered
from the energy from the sun.
This is Just the Beginning!
These stories are representative of the work that dozens of other researchers are doing in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences surrounding sustainability. The gift from the Miller Foundation will only expand this strength. STAY TUNED for more updates.