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- Research expenditures at PSU have more than doubled in the last 10 years, totaling over $52 million in 2008.
- PSU faculty members lead Oregon's Lab2Market Initiative, a National Science Foundation-funded program that facilitates the commercialization of novel technologies and the creation of high-wage jobs by forging networks between private-sector business expertise and world-class research at Oregon universities.
- The total economic impact of the University was $1.194 billion on it surrounding region in 2008, including its role as workforce developer, business accelerator, employer, purchaser and real estate developer.
- Two new technologies, developed by Portland State faculty researchers, were selected by Lab2Market for potential commercial application. Lab2Market networks between private-sector business expertise and Oregon's research universities to develop technologies with economic potential.
- A Tektronix donation funded PSU's new advanced video and image processing research facility. It includes a Motion Picture Expert Group (MPEG) portable analyzer, MPEG transport stream monitors, MPEG test systems, picture quality analysis systems, and a real-time spectrum analyzer.
- In October 2006, Portland State dedicated the Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication, a signature research facility of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), a collaboration between Oregon's research universities, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, and industry partners. The center provides researchers with state-of-the-art facilities for the characterization, measurement, and fabrication of nanoscale materials and devices. Researchers from participating institutions are able to access the center by visiting PSU, or through remote-access high speed Internet connections--enabling critical research to take place throughout Oregon.
- In October 2006, Portland State's Graduate School of Education received almost $2.4 million in federal grants for special education projects and scholarships for special education graduate students.
- Portland State University Chemistry Chair Kevin Reynolds is the principle investigator on a four-year, $1.6 million grant with the University of Michigan from the National Institutes of Health. The project researches polyketide synthases, which generate natural products with wide-ranging pharmaceutical and agricultural applications.
- Portland State University professors Margaret Neal and Leslie Hammer's landmark study identified the effects of maintaining multiple family caregiving and work roles in the book, Working Couples Caring for Children and Aging Parents: Effects on Work and Well-Being.
- The Regional Research Institute in Portland State University's Graduate School of Social Work collaborated with the polling firm Harris Interactive to produce two surveys that illustrate how stigma associated with mental illness can dissuade young people and their families from seeking help.
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