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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 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.

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.

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.