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PSU launches Comics Studies certificate for aspiring artists, writers and scholars

Portland State University has launched a new Comics Studies certificate for students who want to join the city’s robust comics scene as artists, writers and scholars.

PSU researchers uncover high levels of hidden formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapor

(Portland, Ore.) January 22, 2015 – In a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, Portland State University researchers reveal that e-cigarette vapor can contain hidden formaldehyde at levels five to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes. 

U.S. News names Portland State in top 50 best online MBAs

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Portland State University among the top 50 best online MBA programs in the country, released Jan. 7.

Portland State partnership awarded $1 million for math education leadership program

A partnership led by Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education has received a $1 million state grant to improve math instruction in two east Portland school districts.  

The East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project will focus on research-based instructional practices that support student mathematics learning while developing teacher leaders in two east Portland districts, David Douglas and Centennial. The Multnomah Education Service District is also a partner on the project.

Keck Foundation gives $300,000 to PSU to create architecture research lab

Architecture students at Portland State University will conduct research on the latest green building techniques in a new design lab starting next fall, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Daniel Connolly of the University of Denver to lead PSU’s School of Business Administration

Portland State University has hired Daniel Connolly, senior associate dean at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, as dean of the School of Business Administration.

Japan’s consul general commends PSU professor Ken Ruoff for strengthening bonds between Japan and U.S.

Portland State University history professor and Japan scholar Ken Ruoff has been awarded the Consul General of Japan’s Commendation for outstanding achievement in contributing to the promotion of friendship and understanding between Japan and other nations. 

Football leadership change at Portland State

Portland State University announced Wednesday that Head Football Coach Nigel Burton’s contract is being terminated. During Burton’s five years at PSU, the Vikings posted 21 wins to 36 losses, including a 3-9 record this season.

“We appreciate what Coach Burton has done for the program,” said Interim Athletic Director Valerie Cleary, “but we believe new leadership gives our talented players a chance to make a fresh start.”

Pizzicato Pizza creates first employee scholarship at Portland State University

Pizzicato Pizza, a local company celebrating 25 years next month, is supporting its employees in a new way — through scholarships at Portland State University. It is the first company to create a scholarship at PSU for current employees.

Portland State University raises millions for scholarships

Portland State University has raised over $44 million in just two years as part of its Creating Futures scholarship campaign. 

PSU Foundation President/CEO Françoise Aylmer announced the success at an annual reception on campus attended by nearly 400 scholarship donors and student recipients. 

“The response to our fundraising efforts has been overwhelming—and inspiring,” Aylmer said. “Donors have given in numbers never before seen at PSU. In the last six weeks alone, we had two generous donors step forward with gifts totaling $7 million.”