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Volume 5, No. 1 | October 2009

Geography Student Wins Fulbright Scholarship

Fulbright Scholar Lindsay Skog

Masters candidate Lindsay Skog credits supportive faculty and individualized attention for her ability "to develop from an entering grad student with little to no experience in Geography to a Fulbright grantee with an admission to one of the best Geography PhD programs in the country."

With a 10-month application process, Lindsay advises those interested in winning a Fulbright to "start early and choose a topic you love!"

Continue reading about Lindsay's unlikely journey to Fulbright scholarship...

Distinguished Journals Publish Undergrad's Anti-cancer Research

Chris Hazzard

Chris Hazzard

Chemistry Undergraduate Chris Hazzard can now add published researcher to his resume. Working alongside seasoned researchers, like PSU's Dr. Kevin Reynolds and Professor Bradley S. Moore of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Chris led a cutting-edge research project exploring how a deep sea-dwelling bacterium produces promising anticancer agents.

This summer, the team's discoveries were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of American Chemical Society - and featured in the magazine Chemistry & Engineering News.

Chris, a Portland native, held a prestigious internship this summer at the National Institute for Health in Washington D.C. He will graduate this spring and plans to attend medical school. Read the research findings here.

Student's Research on Genetically Engineered Crops Wins Coveted Grant

Tanya Cheeke-Ikoz

Tanya Cheeke-Ikoz

Biology PhD candidate Tanya Cheeke-Ikoz has won one of just eight 2009 Lindbergh Foundation Grants for her research into the impacts of genetically engineered crops on the soil environment and finding a balance between the use of modified plants and the preservation of a healthy soil ecosystem.

In addition to performing as a microbiology teaching assistant and mentor, she recently organized a symposium for the 2009 Ecological Society of America.

Read more about Tanya's award here.

CLAS Awards & Announcements

Dr. Cornel Pewewardy

Director and Associate Professor of Native American Studies, Dr. Cornel Pewewardy, was named Teacher of the Year by the National Indian Education Association (NIEA). Dr. Pewewardy is Comanche and Kiowa and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.

Since 1977, NIEA has honored Native leaders who have changed and improved the lives of their schoolchildren and impacted dialog concerning Native education issues, both locally and nationally.

Read more about NIEA and his award here.

Dr. Amy Greenstadt

Associate Professor Amy Greenstadt's new book, Rape and the Rise of the Author: Gendering Intention in Early Modern England (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World) was recently published by Ashgate Publishing Group.

The Director of Literary Studies, Greenstadt writes and teaches about the cultural history of gender, sexuality, and other forms of human identity and difference.

Click here to read more about her new book.

Dr. Randy Bluffstone

Economic Professor Randy Bluffstone's Poverty, Risk Aversion and Path Dependence in Low Income Countries: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia, co-authored with Mahmud Yesuf of Addis Ababa University, was published electronically by the top peer-reviewed journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Interested in exploring the world of economics? Check out the Economic Department's Fall Seminar Series.

Dr. Carl Wamser

"After nearly three decades of researching solar energy, the clouds have parted for Carl Wamser, professor of Chemistry at Portland State University..."

Continue reading the new PSU profile on Dr. Carl Wamser here.

In the June 2009 eNewsletter (Vol.4, #5) "Pre-Dental Students Serve 2,200 Hondurans" article, the trip was comprised of both pre-dental and pre-medical students. We apologize for neglecting to recognize the important contribution of the pre-medical students during this volunteer service trip.

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