Feel as if you’ve traveled through time at one of Portland’s most prestigious attractions. Modeled after the breathtaking gardens of the Ming Dynasty, Lan Su Chinese Garden was created as a collaboration between Portland and Suzhou, its sister city in China’s Jiangsu province. Designed by Suzhou artisans, the garden reflects 2,000 year-old Chinese tradition by combining art, architecture, design, and nature. More than 500 tons of stone and rock were included, most notably the coveted Lake Tai stones from one of China's largest freshwater lakes, which appear as tall mountain peaks throughout the garden's landscape. Stroll back into ancient times as you experience the sounds of cascading water and fragrant jasmine, wintersweet, and Osmanthus blossoms. Wander along meandering pathways filled with poetry inscriptions throughout rocks, pavilions, and buildings; an essential element of Chinese gardens. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of traditional Chinese tea in the Teahouse in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections to take in the tranquility of the garden.
Step into the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute and breathe in the atmosphere of medical breakthrough, of collaborative, groundbreaking research, and experience the cutting edge in cancer treatment. Just opened in September 2018, the Knight Cancer Research Building (KCRB) is home to the international leader in personalized cancer research and treatment. It’s also the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center between Sacramento and Seattle. The buildings' unique design brings together people from different scientific disciplines with the goal of accelerating progress in cancer research. Key features include intellectual and social hubs, centralized, shared equipment and research facilities, and an open laboratory design, all with the intent to foster collaborative work. On this tour, ARCS Scholar Alumns will showcase labs conducting research in all areas of cancer care. Enjoy light refreshments followed by a presentation from Joe Gray, PhD, the director for the Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine, on developing therapeutic strategies to control advanced cancers. Afterwards, attend a presentation on overcoming resistance to cancer therapy by Zahi Mitri MD, MS, the assistant professor of medicine at OHSU School of Medicine.
If you are a history-lover, The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) offers the perfect attraction for you. Founded in 1898, the museum’s sole mission was to collect and preserve pieces of history vital to the state. This venue allows you to experience the interactive exhibits, digital platforms, lectures, and events that make up Oregon’s rich history. Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of OHS, will greet us as we embark on our journey through Oregon's captivating past. We will explore three floors of rare artifacts, photographs, films, manuscripts, books, and oral histories that tell the story of Oregon and America. Be sure to visit staple exhibits like "Experience Oregon" and new exhibits like "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!" Stop by the Museum Store for a copy of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, a public history journal published since 1900.
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Ever wondered what is involved in creating a new food product? At the Oregon State Food Innovation Center (FIC), you’ll see how culinary innovations are turned into best-selling products and what it takes to make them last on a retail shelf. David Stone, associate professor and director of the Center, will host us. Explore behind the scenes of research and testing, packaging design, marketing, and business plan development. Experience consumer sensory testing and see firsthand the center’s commitment to advancing food products in the Northwest.
In 1892, the Portland Art Museum was founded with one goal in mind: make a first-rate art museum that would be accessible to all citizens. Today that dream lives on in what has become the 7th oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. Join this docent-led, small group tour and experience the internationally recognized permanent collections and special exhibitions. Specifically, you will get to browse through the museum’s most distinguished art pieces from the Native American, English silver, and graphic arts collections.
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Escape the hustle and bustle of today’s world in one of Portland’s most peaceful attractions. Referred to as “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan,” the Portland Japanese Garden offers a glimpse into the traditional world of Japanese culture. With more than 12 acres and 8 gardens, you’ll enjoy classic Japanese elements like koi ponds, ornate stone features, scenic greenery, and meandering streams. Find your zen among the winding walkways and scenic views of Mt. Hood, as Japanese harp and flute sounds play throughout the gardens. There will also be time to visit the nearby Rose Garden. You will certainly want to bring home a memory from what is sure to be an unforgettable experience at the Portland Japanese Garden!
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Pollution. Overfishing. Climate change. You know these factors are wreaking havoc on the environment, but did you know they’re rapidly destroying coral reefs, the underwater ecosystem and home to 25 percent of all marine species? Stop next door to view Saving Atlantis, a film documentary that tackles ongoing destruction of our ocean’s coral reefs and the impact it has on the human populations that depend on them. You will take a deep dive into one of the most pressing issues facing today’s world, told in a most compelling way. The documentary was developed by Oregon State University and produced by a team of award-winning filmmakers and researchers. A speaker from Oregon State University will give commentary and conduct Q&A following the film.