Faculty discusses priorities for PSU's research, partnerships
Author: Christopher Broderick, University Communications
Posted: January 19, 2012

Portland State’s myriad research and partnership activities are being pulled together in a strategic effort to better identify successes and to develop nationally recognized strengths that will move the university forward, PSU administrators said Jan. 19. 

“We potentially can be the best urban-serving university in the country,” said Jonathan Fink, vice president for Research and Strategic Partnerships. He spoke to about 150 faculty and staff members who gathered to discuss 2012 priorities for PSU at the annual winter symposium on campus. 

President Wim Wiewel outlined broad research priorities for PSU: sustainability, education and life sciences. Those topics don’t exclude the wide array of research and scholarship activities by faculty members, Wiewel said, but they give faculty and the public a sharper sense of what drives the University’s urban mission.

Fink and associate vice presidents Erin Flynn and Mark Sytsma detailed some of the many research and partnership activities across campus and surveyed the audience to determine areas of interest. 

Flynn identified PSU’s key partnerships, which include Portland General Electric, Intel, the city of Portland, local school districts, Oregon Health & Science University, Multnomah County, health care providers and other businesses and non-profits. Because education is a top priority, for instance, the work in that area goes beyond the Graduate School of Education to include the School of Social Work in partnerships involving children and families and faculty in the sciences, mathematics and engineering working with schools to promote those fields of study.

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