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November 10, 2008

November 10, 2008

See the world through student photo exhibit

Textures, patterns, and faces from the many countries visited by PSU study abroad students are on display in the White Gallery (near 236 Smith Union) through Nov. 28. The Travel the World student photo exhibit is sponsored by the PSU Education Abroad Office.

Study evaluates factors in healthy aging

If you plan to thrive when you are 65, you need to invest in your health decades earlier by making specific lifestyle choices. So says a new study by researchers at Portland State, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Health & Science University, and Statistics Canada. The study was published in the October issue of the Journals of Gerontology, Medical Sciences.

"Important predictors of thriving were the absence of chronic illness, higher income, having never smoked, and drinking alcohol in moderation," said Mark Kaplan, lead author and PSU professor of community health. "We also found that people who had a positive outlook and lower stress levels were more likely to thrive in old age," added Kaplan. Read more >

Prof to discuss race in Latin America

In Latin America, social class, gender, and demographics shape racial identity, according to Ethan Johnson, assistant professor of Black Studies. Johnson will discuss "Representation of Blackness in Esmeraldas, Ecuador" Thursday, Nov. 13, for the Faculty Favorite Lecture Series sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. The free lecture begins at 1 p.m. in the basement of the Montgomery Court building.

Johnson, who speaks fluent Spanish, wrote his 2005 doctoral dissertation on "The Unfulfilled Promise of Equality: Race, Identity and Schooling in an Afro-Ecuadorian Region." In 2007, he received a Ford Foundation grant to further his studies in Latin America. He is now co-editing a book on global black populations.

A native of Oakland, Calif., Johnson earned a Ph.D. in education from University of California, Berkeley, and a master's in education from Stanford. He joined the Portland State faculty in 2005.

New report released on regional food system

Sustainability trends in the growing, processing, and eating of food in Oregon and Washington is assessed in a new report from the PSU Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. Planting Prosperity and Harvesting Health: Trade-offs and Sustainability in the Oregon-Washington Regional Food System is available on the institute's Web site.

The report looks at six key food system resources: land, water, energy, labor and talent, capital, and consumer choice and spending power. IMS worked with stakeholders to develop nine outcome-driven goals for a sustainable food system. The assessment also provides stakeholder suggestions for developing an action plan in the region.

Funding opportunities announced

The PSU Office of Research and Sponsored Projects has announced three research funding opportunities for faculty and staff: a new Research Stimulus Program, the University Venture Development Fund, and the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentations Program. Deadlines vary from Nov. 24 through Dec. 8. For details, visit the ORSP Web site or call 5-3423.

Portland State in the news

Read the article "New PSU president wows the business community" that recently appeared in the Portland Business Journal. "Portland State is coming into its own" was a front page story in the Oregonian's Metro section.

For November 2008

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