Sustainability Seminar Series
Date: March 23, 2012
Location: Erikson Hall Kiva
Dr. Jonathan Fink, vice president for research and strategic partnerships, Portland State University, will present "Harnessing the hype: Building Pan-university Sustainability Initiatives" at 11 a.m., in Erickson Hall Kiva.
The events is open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies (CARRS)
About the speaker:
Jonathan Fink has been Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships at Portland State University (PSU) since September 2010. In this role he oversees administration of PSU’s grants and contracts, strategic planning for the university’s research agenda, and the strengthening of ties with private sector, government, non-profit, and academic partners. He also is actively engaged in research and policy on ways for cities to become more sustainable. Before coming to PSU, Dr. Fink was a long-time administrator and geology professor at Arizona State University, where he conducted research on volcanic eruptions on earth and other planets. During ten years as VP for Research, Fink oversaw the near tripling of ASU’s research funding, largely through the promotion and supervision of interdisciplinary centers and institutes dealing with biodesign, sustainability, religion and conflict, flexible displays, and technology-mediated decision support. Dr. Fink also served as Director of ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and as University Sustainability Officer. He is a member of Advisory Boards of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, KB Homes, and the Arizona Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, as well as the U.S. National Committee for Geosciences. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.