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Centers and Institutes

Aquatic Bioinvasion Research Policy Institute

The Aquatic Bioinvasion Research Policy Institute is a collaborative effort between Portland State University and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center dedicated to developing multi-disciplinary approaches to research, education and outreach in the area of biological invasions in marine and freshwater ecosystems. The Institute provides a forum for understanding and a vehicle for systematic research on solutions to the multi-disciplinary problems created by biological invasions. These problems and solutions, by their nature, have an impact on biology, environmental sciences, economics and engineering.

Center for Columbia River History

The Center for Columbia River History promotes the study of Columbia River Basin history. CCRH is dedicated to examining the hidden histories of the Basin and to helping people think about the historical record from different perspectives through creative public history products and direct engagement with Columbia River Basin communities.

Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication

The Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication (CEMN) at PSU is a major research resource for the Northwest that features a state-of-the-art FEI Technai transmission electron microscope, an FEI Sirion scanning electron microscope, a JEOL 2000FX scanning electron microscope, an FEI focused ion beam microscope, and a dual-beam FEI microscope for sample patterning and extraction. Full sample preparation facilities are available. Also available for nanofabrication facilities including a carbon nanotube and semiconductor nanowire deposition reactors, plasma etching, and lithography. A semiconductor analyzer and probe station are available for testing specimen electrical properties. The Center Director is Professor Jun Jiao and the Lab Manager is Dr. Chunfei Li (

Center for Emerging Technology

The Center for Emerging Technologies is a collaboration between CLAS, MCECS and SBA to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary research and advocate for improved infrastructure support for researchers. It is supported within the University by key faculty from each of the colleges, and a master list of faculty who have shown an interest in collaborative research. The CET is supported and informed by a small, but highly knowledgeable outside advisory committee.

Center for Japanese Studies

The Center for Japanese Studies supports research on Japan and the Japanese-American experience and provides a forum for related academic activities and the exchange of ideas. The Center is committed to preparing PSU students to become leaders in business, government, arts, and the academy by fostering cross-cultural understanding. It seeks to facilitate understanding of Japan as well as the Japanese-American experience among students, faculty, and the greater Portland community through a variety of curricular and outreach programs.

Center for Lakes and Reservoirs

The Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University was established by the legislature to address lake management and invasive aquatic species issues in Oregon. The Center is in the Environmental Sciences and Resources Department at Portland State University.

Center for Life in Extreme Environments

The Center for Life in Extreme Environments (CLEE) at Portland State University is a collaborative effort among faculty and students from several departments to explore the physical and chemical boundaries of life. These efforts involve graduate students, research associates, and postdoctoral fellows using state-of-the-art methods to see just how far life can go.

Center for Science Education

The Center for Science Education mission is to enhance science teaching and learning through innovative education, research and community outreach programs. The Center provides undergraduate general education courses in the sciences for all majors, a Master of Science Teaching program, and professional development opportunities for existing science educators. The Center aims to help students and teachers raise their capacity to participate in the community as informed citizens.

Institute for Asian Studies

The Institute for Asian Studies is the focal point on campus for acquiring and sharing knowledge of Asia. The IAS regularly mounts international conferences, seminars, and speaker series. Past programs reveals the depth and breadth of study sponsored by the institute as scholars foster student and community achievement by bringing together campus-based Asian expertise with community interest and involvement. The Institute for Asian Studies faculty prepares students for leadership roles in the world of Asia and the Pacific.

Institute for Economics and the Environment

The Institute for Economics and the Environment (IEE) serves as a locus for investigation, discussion and training where the economy and the environment meet. The IEE offers seminars and community outreach events that address some of the key environmental issues facing our city, the region and the world.

Museum of Vertebrate Biology

The Vertebrate Biology Museum is a both a teaching lab and a collection of vertebrate and invertebrate specimens. The Museum's current collection includes over 3500 mammal specimens, over 1400 bird specimens, and over 3300 amphibian/ reptile specimens. It also contains displays of over 70 articulations of bird and mammal skeletons, including rare Northwest whales and dolphins, seals, sea lions, black bears, small mammals such as raccoons and beavers and shrews, land and sea birds (plus over 40 full mounts of Oregon and Washington birds), as well as a variety of exotic species including, zebra, lion, sloth bear, brown bear, European black bear, antelopes, a complete series of large cats, tapir, and primates, including an orangutan.

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)

The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute is Oregon's first "Signature Research Center" for the purpose of growing research and commercialization to accelerate innovation-based economic development in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. It is also an unprecedented and powerful collaboration involving Oregon's three public research universities - Oregon State University, Portland State University, University of Oregon; the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA); the state of Oregon; selected researchers from the Oregon Graduate Institute and the Oregon Health and Sciences University; and the world-leading "Silicon Forest" high technology industry cluster of Oregon and southwest Washington.

Portland Center for Public Humanities

The Portland Center for Public Humanities (PCPH) promotes rigorous humanistic inquiry into the languages, histories, and ideas that shape our ways of life, as well as those that offer a means of positively transforming them. The center's program of lectures, roundtables, and events speaks to great questions of public interest, stimulates reflection on our core intellectual traditions, and explores the significance of modern life and culture.