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June 1, 2009

THIS IS THE LAST ISSUE of Currently for the 2008-2009 academic year. The newsletter will be published electronically once in midsummer and will resume weekly publication in the fall.


Budget meeting on Wednesday

President Wim Wiewel, Provost Roy Koch, and Vice President Linsay Desrochers will give an update on the budget June 3 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom, third floor.


Faculty to receive top honors at commencement

Layton Borkan, Kristen Kern, Carl Wamser, and Martin Zwick will receive the University's top awards for excellence at Spring Commencement June 13 at 10 a.m. in the Rose Garden Arena. Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author, will give the main address and receive an honorary degree. Read more >


Artist talk opens "Close from Distant Shores" exhibit

Faculty and student art from Portland State and from sister institution University of Ulsan in Korea is on display in two campus galleries June 4 to 24. The joint exhibit, Close from Distant Shores, opens with an artist talk that includes Ulsan faculty on Thursday, June 4, at noon in room 200, PSU Art Building, SW Fifth Ave.

For more than a decade, University of Ulsan and PSU have held biannual joint exhibitions alternately at each campus. The exhibit includes painting, sculpture, design, and installation. The faculty exhibition will be held at the Littman Gallery, 250 Smith Union, weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. The student exhibition is in the Autzen Gallery, 205 Neuberger Hall, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Faculty receive Sigma Xi awards

The Columbia Willamette chapter of Sigma Xi, International Scientific Research Society, awarded the following six PSU faculty members with its Fourth Annual Outstanding Science Researcher Awards on May 21 at the chapter's annual banquet in Smith Union. President Linda Mantel and Vice President Scott Burns made the awards of $500 each and an engraved plaque to:

Behavioral Sciences: Leslie Hammer, Psychology; Biological Sciences: Catherine de Rivera, Environmental Sciences and Management; Physical Sciences: Mingdi Yan, Chemistry; Earth Sciences: Alex Ruzicka, Geology; Mathematics: Bin Jiang, Mathematics and Statistics; and Engineering: Rob Daasch, Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Joining an elite academy

For an engineer, election to the National Academy of Engineering is a lot like earning a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. However, few actors advise the federal government on policy questions in science and technology. Professor James Pankow joins the academy for his lofty work on air pollution. Read more >


Annual Wine Terroir Tour on June 14

Taste wine and support geology student scholarships at the department's Seventh Annual Terroir Tour Sunday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Professor Scott Burns will lead the trip to three wineries on Chehalem Mountain: Anderson Family, Adelsheim, and Arborbrook.

Cost is $60/person or $110/couple and includes bus transportation, tasting fees, and support of the Marv Beeson Scholarship fund. Bring your own picnic lunch. To sign up, contact Nancy Eriksson at 5-3022 or e-mail her at


Relive PSU's history

With 300 photos and 180 pages in a big, 8-1/2" x 11" format, Portland State: A History in Pictures shows the history, people, and events that make the University unique. Brent Schauer is the book's photo editor and the late Richard Sanders ‘57 is the author.

Portland State: A History in Pictures is $34.95 and available at the PSU Bookstore or through the Retirement Association of Portland State by e-mailing or calling 503-725-3447.


Youth camps on campus this summer

Women's basketball coach Sherri Murrell is hosting two girls basketball camps: Position Camp for second through 12th grade girls, June 14, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; and Next Level Training Camp for sixth through 12th grade girls, June 24 and 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs are posted on the Web site.

The University is also hosting a Sustainability Youth Camp for ages 12 to 16 on June 20 to 24. The week begins with a canoe trip at the Columbia Slough. Cost is $350 and scholarships are available.


For June 2009

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