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Volume 6, No. 1 | October 2010

Intel Looks to PSU for Solutions

Nabil Mistkawi

In three days, Nabil Mistkawi developed a green, cost saving solution to Intel's microprocessor development problem, saving the company millions while earning himself a PhD in Chemistry.

Read more about Mistkawi's research and PSU's important relationship with Intel in the Oregonian article Engineer's quest illustrates tie between Intel & PSU.

New Program to Support Native American Students

Photo provided by the Native American Youth and Family Center

Less than 1% of Portland's K-12 teachers are Native American. With Portland home to the largest Native American population in Oregon, this low number of Native teachers poses a serious disadvantage to Native youth. The American Indian Urban Teacher Program (AIUTP) plans to change that.

Awarded by the Office of Indian Education's Professional Development program, AIUTP will prepare 18 new, fully licensed Native American teachers, creating a significant impact toward parity in the percentage of Native teachers across the state of Oregon.

Developed by PSU's Native American Studies and the Graduate School of Education in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, Grand Ronde, Umatilla and Siletz Indian Communities, AIUTP will be housed in the Graduate School of Education.

PSU Scientists Star in Green Science Oregon Series

Carl Wamser, Professor of Chemistry

Carl Wamser, Professor of Chemistry

Oregon is quickly becoming a mecca for sustainable technology development. A new series, Green Science Oregon, is educating viewers about the wonderful world of green science taking place in our own backyard.

Each 30-minute episode presents a unique green research project and shows how Oregon businesses and university researchers are collaborating to help transform research into products, services, and jobs that fuel Oregon's green economy.

The first episode features Chemistry Professor Carl Wamser and Biology Professor Todd Rosenstiel's innovative solar energy research. Watch the promo and check the schedule on Green Science Oregon's website.

Nicholas Kristof Featured at the 20th Annual PSU Weekend

Nicholas Kristof @ PSUWE

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will kick off the weekend's festivities as the key note speaker on Friday, October 22nd.

Learn more about PSU Weekend's engaging (and free!) lectures and alumni events on the PSU Alumni Association's website and makes sure to check out these CLAS events on Saturday, October 23rd:

  • 10:30am: The Young Volcanoes of the Portland Metropolitan Area by Martin Streck, Professor of Geology

  • 11:30am: Revitalizing the Numic Culture by Jeremy Spoon, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

  • 1:00pm: Environmental Science and Management Alumni Tour: Explore the newly remodeled Science Buiding II lab. Afterwards enjoy a virtual tour of faculty and grad students' current research projects. Reservations requested. Please contact Teri at to reserve your spot or for more information.

CLAS Events & Announcements

Palau & Gutterman

TONIGHT! The Religious Studies Program & Oregon Humanities presents Think & Drink on Religion and Civic Life with Kevin Palau, president of the Luis Palau Association, and Willamette University scholar David Gutterman.

Join the discussion on Wednesday, October 13th, @ 6:00pm at rontoms (600 E. Burnside, Portland). This event is free and open to the public; 21 and over.

Read more about PSU's new Religious Studies Program here.

Dr. Gavan McCormak

The Center for Japanese Studies brings the languages, literature, thoughts, and culture of Japan to students and the greater Portland community. This month, the Center presents "The US-Japan Alliance at 50 and the Question of Okinawa" by Dr. Gavan McCormak, of The Australian National University.

The lectures takes place on Thursday, October 14th @ 6:30pm, Room 238 in Smith Memorial Student Union.

Read more about the Center for Japanese Studies lecture series here.

Leslie Marmon Silko

Called the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation, Leslie Marmon Silko is the author of numerous books including Almanac of the Dead, Garden in the Dunes, Ceremony, and most recently, The Turquoise Ledge. She will be joined by award winning author Molly Gloss, a native Oregonian and one of Portland's literary icons, on stage at PSU's newly renovated Lincoln Performance Hall.

The MFA in Creative Writing Program sponsored event is on Monday, October 18th @ 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 & $20 and can be purchased online or by contacting PSU's Box Office.

Judy Norsigian

PSU's Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, OHSU Center for Women's Health and the Women's Resource Center presents Absolutely Safe, a documentary that takes on the controversay over breast implant safety. Meet Filmaker Carol Ciancutti-Leyva and Our Bodies Ourselves Co-founder Judy Norsigian, at the screening and community discussion about more effective women's health advocacy.

Join in on Monday, October 25th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm on campus in the Multicultural Center (Room 228) in SMSU.

Learn about this and other WGSS events and lectures here.

Dr. Kari Norgaard

Dr. Kari Norgaard, a sociologist at Whitman College, is interested in studying public attitudes towards climate science. The Portland Center for Public Humanities invites you to listen to Norgaard’s research in "Imagining the Real: Climate Change, Denial and Everyday Life" on Tuesday, November 2nd @ 7pm in Room 327 SMSU.

Visit PCPH online to learn more about this and other upcoming events.

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