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This fourth issue of the Research and Strategic Partnerships (RSP) Quarterly Review highlights both the outward- and inward-facing aspects of PSU’s research enterprise. Ours is a university built on partnerships, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the just-opened Collaborative Life Sciences Building in South Waterfront, conceived, designed and executed in close coordination with OHSU and OSU. Some of the largest biomedical breakthroughs to come from the CLSB may be discovered at the smallest scales using electron microscopy techniques advanced by our Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanotechnology. PSU is a player in nanoscience in large part because Portland is home to companies like FEI and Intel that develop and use these futuristic devices. But PSU partners not only with high tech industry. Local nonprofits like the Portland Housing Center, which seeks to broaden access to homeownership, look to PSU faculty to help design creative solutions. And infusing enthusiastic energy into all of these partnerships are our students; a few of the dozens of research projects on display in this spring’s Student Research Symposium are summarized in this issue.

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Research & Strategic Partnerships: Quarterly Review, Volume 1, Issue 4