New vaccine for cervical cancer now available

A new vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer is currently available and recommended for females ages nine to 26. The vaccine, called Gardasil, prevents cervical cancer, genital warts, and precancerous and dysplastic lesions that are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types six, 11, 16 and 18.

Pill to patch: all about birth control

Women these days have options. There are more contraceptive methods available to women today than ever, and technology has helped improve the effectiveness of those options. The first oral contraceptive, commonly known as “the pill,” was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1960, and is widely used today.

Faculty member publishes work in Oregon publications

In January, Debra Gwartney, assistant professor of English at Portland State, had articles appear in two major local publications. Her article “Runaway Bus” was published in the January 2007 issue of Portland Monthly, and a review for Web of Deceit, a new book by Barry Lando, a former investigative producer of 60 Minutes, ran in the Jan.

$225,000 spent on PSU rebranding

The President’s Task Force for Integrated Marketing has $25,000 left of the $250,000 it received in 2004 to revamp and rebrand Portland State. Part of the Office of University Development, the task force is made up of faculty from all departments in the university and was established in January 2005 to oversee the project of creating a cohesive identity for PSU.

Canvassing on campus

Josh Garner stood outside Smith Memorial Student Union on last Thursday, talking to people about efforts to conserve Mt. Hood wilderness. Working for the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG), an organization that promotes environmental protection and sustainability, Garner said people at PSU are more receptive than other places he has canvassed.

First openly gay rabbi visits PSU

Steven Greenberg, the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, lectured at Portland State Tuesday night about same-sex relationships in the context of Orthodox Jewish scripture and the way it is contemporarily interpreted. Much of what Greenberg spoke about in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom is featured in his new book, Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition.

Interim arts school dean hired back

When the position of dean for the School of Fine and Performing Arts was left open a year ago, Professor Barbara Sestak filled the role on an interim basis. Sestak served the position well enough to be offered the job on a full-time basis in the fall. “I was very happy with her performance during that period of time,” said Roy Koch, provost and vice president for academic affairs Koch said that rather than searching for someone to fill the position on a national scale, which is a typical approach, he decided to appoint Sestak.