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February 23, 2009

Expert to discuss how to save democracy

Larry Diamond, an international expert on democracy and democratization around the world will give a free talk Tuesday, March 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 294 Smith Union. Diamond’s talk, “Democracy in the World: Prospects and Perils,” is based on his new book, The Spirit of Democracy. The public is invited.

Diamond is a professor of political science and sociology at Stanford University and an adviser to the World Bank, the United Nations, and the U.S. State Department. During his presentation he will outline a strategy for the promotion of democracy that is sensitive to local conditions while promoting stable, efficient, and just rule. However, he will include evidence of a looming global "democratic recession."

New request for sustainability proposals

Faculty and staff are invited to submit requests for proposals (RFPs) for the second series of Portland State sustainability grants funded by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation’s $25 million, 10-year grant.

The RFPs must support activities during the 2009-2010 academic year that align with the University’s sustainability strategic plan with an emphasis on near-term and medium-term sustainability priorities. Guidelines and application forms are on the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices Web site. Abstracts are due 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Complete proposals are due 5 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Wiewel visits Capitol Hill

Wim Wiewel recently made his first visit to Washington, D.C., as president of Portland State. He talked about the University's priorities and sat down with the entire Oregon congressional delegation to advocate for the PSU Science Research and Teaching Complex, the Green Building Research Laboratory, ONAMI, the University’s sustainability program, and the Urban Serving University coalition agenda.

While there, Wiewel attended the Oregon State Society 150th Birthday Party for Oregon. The Portland State and Oregon State University alumni associations co-sponsored the event, which was attended by legislators, Hill staffers, OSU President Ed Ray, and alumni from both universities who live in the area. Pictured here are (left to right) Andy Clark, Ed Ray, Wim Wiewel, and Rep. Peter DeFazio.

Putting the economic crisis in perspective

The current economic crisis is confusing with its many proposed solutions—some at odds with one another—and their potential for unintended consequences. Finance professor John Settle will discuss “The Economy: Whence? Whither? Huh?” on Friday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 212 Education Building.

Settle will share his thoughts on the behaviors that led up to this crisis and lead a discussion of what might happen next. This free talk is part of the winter term Social Sustainability Colloquium.

Emeritus faculty pass away

Thomas Burgess, Counseling emeritus professor, died Jan. 29 at his Lake Oswego home. He was 88. Prof. Burgess joined the PSU Counseling Center in 1963 and retired in 1981. He helped students navigate through a time of heightened activism that included anti-war and civil rights protests and sit-ins. Students found him to be a willing listener, and colleagues respected his professionalism.

Mildred Bennett, Mathematical Sciences emerita professor, died Feb. 8. She was 87. Prof. Bennett joined the newly formed Portland State College Division of Science as a mathematics instructor in 1956. Her strength was working with students who had a phobia toward math. To that end she mentored hundreds of students from all disciplines each year and founded the Math Resource Lab. She continued to teach a class in elementary mathematics tutoring long after her retirement in 1992.

A memorial service for Prof. Bennett was held Feb. 15, and family and friends of Prof. Burgess gathered on Feb. 20.

Sustainability director candidates on campus

The campus community is invited to meet with Patrick Condon, a candidate for the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices director. A senior researcher at University of British Columbia, Condon will give a presentation Monday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in 236 Smith Union. An informal coffee is planned for Feb. 24 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in 329 Smith Union.

The final director candidate, Sim Van der Ryn, University of California - Berkeley professor emeritus, will give a presentation March 2 at 2 p.m. in 294 Smith Union. A coffee with Van der Ryn is scheduled for March 3 at 8 a.m. in 323 Smith Union. Candidate John Gordon, a Yale University professor emeritus, was on campus last week. Read more about the candidates >

Take this PSU Recycles! message home

Composting is often overlooked when thinking about recycling. In week six of RecycleMania, organizers want the campus community to consider composting leftover food and yard trimmings at home. It may not make a difference in the campus contest, but it benefits everyone.

Learn more about composting at a PSU Recycles! table between Smith Union and Neuberger Hall.>

For February 2009

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