We engage the Portland, Oregon scientific and technical community to enhance the health of the scientific research enterprise, provide opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers, and promote the public's understanding of science and technology. We are comprised of faculty and students from several colleges and universities in the Portland area, as well as colleagues in local business, industry, federal and state agencies, and medical centers. We focus many of our programs on enhancing the experiences of students at all levels. Many of our members are retired scientists and engineers who have relocated to the Portland area and find a community of interests through the activities of the chapter.

AAAS Pacific Division + Sigma Xi SW/NW Regions meeting, at UC Riverside, 17-20 Jun 2014
Three Oregon students won awards for their research poster presentations at the meeting, and they are with chapter president Linda Mantel in the photo at left.

Alexandra Quackenbush, University of Portland, advised by Ami Ahern-Rindell
    Second place in Education division, also winner of  Rita W. Peterson Award in             Science Education Research

Timea Deakova, Portland State University, advised by Todd Rosenstiel
    Second place in Ecology and Environmental Science

Deirdre McAteer, Oregon State University, advised by Katharine Field
    Honorable mention in Organismic Biology and Evolution

With their awards, Alexandra and Timea will receive Associate membership in Sigma Xi for a year, with dues and initiation fee paid by Sigma Xi.

Tenth annual Student Research Symposium, 15 April 2014

Chapter Annual Meeting, Banquet, and Lecture: Thursday, 22 May 2014
Smith Memorial Union 327-329, Portland State University
6:00 pm: Annual Meeting and Reception
7:00 pm: Banquet, Initiation, and Awards
Initiation of new Sigma Xi members at the Annual Meeting (photo courtesy of Alison Stenger)

Andrew Mashburn receives an Outstanding Researcher Award
Amy and Jay Schauer receive Science Supporter and Science Teacher of the Year awards (photos courtesy of Peter Abrahams)

A Chemist’s Try at Overcoming a
     Very Clever Parasite’s Drug Resistance

David H. Peyton
Professor of Chemistry, Portland State University

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 8:00 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union 327-329
Portland State University

Parking free after 7 pm in Structures 1 and 2 | campus map
TriMet access via MAX Green and Yellow Lines and Portland Streetcar
The lecture is free and open to the public.

This lecture tells the story of how a new type of drug against malaria was discovered, and is being developed. These new drugs are hybrid molecules, made by combining the ‘business-end’ of the old antimalarial drug chloroquine (CQ), with other drugs that are known to inhibit the drug efflux that contributes to drug resistance in many diseases. The resulting ‘resistance-reversed’ drugs can have potencies that can exceed that of the original drug (chloroquine), and have properties that may make them favorable as partners for other drugs to be used in combination therapies. This 'technology platform’ may also be applied to other diseases.

David H. Peyton, Ph.D., is a Professor of Chemistry at Portland State University (at PSU since 1987) and Chief Scientific Officer at DesignMedix, Inc., Portland, OR (founded in 2007). He has worked on many areas of research, from Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) methods and analytical development, to medicinal chemistry. His work on malaria parasites began in about 1992, with a NMR-based studies of antimalarial drug action. He obtained his B.S. from Abilene Christian University and his Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara, and he did postdoctoral work at Cornell University Medical College and University of California at Davis. He has had the privilege of supervising 13 Ph.D. students, as well as 8 M.S. students, and currently has 4 Ph.D. and 2 M.S. students working in his laboratory. His current grant support includes a National Institutes of Health award to DesignMedix (with a subaward to PSU), to bring a resistance-reversed antimalarial drug against malaria to a Phase-1 clinical trial.

Scott Burns, the VP of this chapter and a recently retired professor of geology at Portland State University, was selected Outstanding Oregon Scientist for 2014 by the Oregon Academy of Science. 

Save these dates!

22 August 2014, Columbia Valley wine and geology tour, with Scott Burns; preference for chapter members and spouses.
Thursday, 16 April 2015, Sigma Xi C-W 11th annual Student Research Symposium, SMSU Ballroom, PSU
Friday, 29 April 2016, Sigma Xi C-W 12th annual Student Research Symposium, SMSU Ballroom, PSU