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Volume 7, No. 1 | October 2011

Look Closer

Brighter Labs at the SRTC

The sciences at PSU are bursting at the seams. To meet the growing needs of our faculty and students, we have expanded and modernized Science Building 2 and renamed it the Science Research & Teaching Center (SRTC).

Labs are brighter, common areas are modernized, and thanks to a new hazardous materials facility and lab hoods, the building is much safer. With these improvements, PSU will continue to drive for excellence in science teaching and research.

Join us as we celebrate this milestone at the SRTC Grand Opening on Friday, October 21st.

Dual Enrollment Program Earns National Attention


College Credit in High School

U.S. News & World Report recognized the College's Challenge Program for its cost cutting benefits in its recent piece "Options That Trim the Tab".

Challenge provides students the opportunity to experience college in their high school classroom at a third of the cost!

Read more about this nationally recognized program in the online version of the article.

Summer Camp for Success

President Wiewel Celebrates SAIL@PSU

Portland State's inaugural Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) introduced 11 Portland Public School ninth graders to the college experience. The first session was led by a group of volunteer Economics faculty.

From lessons on data collection to scarce resources, students explored economic principals and theories through computer games, field trips, and outdoor activities. SAIL@PSU's aim is to increase the number of low-income students enrolling and succeeding in college, all while making learning fun.

Remembering a Physics Pioneer

Physics Pioneer Dr. Rempfer

Gertrude Rempfer, professor emerita of physics and environmental science, died Oct. 4. She was 99 years old. Dr. Rempfer, who retired in 1977, continued to conduct cutting-edge research in photoelectron microscopy in her PSU lab as recent as three weeks before her death.

An endowed chair in physics, the first such chair at PSU, was established in her name in 1997. The Gert Rempfer Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, November 29 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the Smith Ballroom. More details to follow.

October 13th: Two Perspectives on the U.S. Economy & Global Economic Crisis

October 20th & 21st: New Directions in Human Rights

The Portland Center for Public Humanities and Department of English, in conjunction with the Northwest Film Center's Human Rights Festival, presents a two-day symposium titled "New Directions in Human Rights".

The event begins on Thursday, October 20th at 2:00pm at The NW Film Center and features lectures by Joseph Slaughter, Greg Mullins, and features a screening of Ali Samadi Ahadi's documentary "The Green Wave".

On Friday, October 21st, the program takes place from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Portland State's Native American Center, and includes a lecture by Professor and Human Rights Scholar Karen Engle.

Find out more information at the PCPH website. The symposium is free and open to the public.

November 30th: The Late Ottoman Empire

The Office of International Affairs' Middle East Studies Center and the Department of History presents Dr. Vangelis Kechriotis of Bogazici University on "Post-Colonial Criticism & Muslim-Christian Relations in the Late Ottoman Empire".

The lecture, free and open to the public, begins at 7:00pm in the School of Business Administration, room 140.

Visit the MESC website for more event details.

With over two dozen departments and programs, there is always something interesting taking place at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences!

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