Celebrating Oregon Scientists

Across Oregon, thousands are expected to turn out and March for Science on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

In anticipation and in celebration of the many women and men who help innovate solutions to protect Oregon’s air, water and climate, we are sharing snapshots of a few who help inform our work here at Oregon Environmental Council.

It’s our way of putting a human face on science – and highlighting the important science research happening right here in Oregon.


GREEN CHEMISTRY

Julie Haack, Green Chemistry Researcher & Instructor, University of Oregon
Designing products that innovate + minimize impact to the environment


CLIMATE CHANGE

Bill Peterson, Oceanographer, NOAA (based in Newport, OR)
The ocean can tell us a lot about climate change – if we know where to look


CLEAN STREAMS

Allison Aldous, Freshwater Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Streams & wetlands – managing our water from forest to faucet


CLEAN AIR

Linda George, Environmental Scientist, Portland State University
Oregon’s air—knowing more about what we’re breathing


TOXIC-FREE ENVIRONMENTS

Kim Anderson, Environmental Forensics, Oregon State University
Our daily exposure to chemicals and how it can affect our health


CLEAN WELL WATER 

Amy Patton, Hydrogeologist working in Southern Oregon
Oregon’s well water – keeping this natural resource clean for all


TOXIC-FREE ENVIRONMENTS

Joel Nigg, Neuroscientist, OHSU
Exposures to toxic substances and how they may interact with brain development


WANT TO MARCH FOR SCIENCE?

We’ve compiled a list of March for Science locations across Oregon so you can find one near you.

JUST FOR FUN

To celebrate science: Read the Science section of the New York Times for a month. Imagine what our society would be like if these scientists were not able to do produce the information they do!

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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Joel Nigg, Neuroscientist

“A good decision is very difficult if you are not asking the right question, if you are not looking at reality as accurately as you possibly can. Science is the best source we have for deciding what course of action is most likely to be correct.”
April 19, 2017, 11:28 pm
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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Kim Anderson, Environmental Forensics

“Wondering about our world can be the catalyst for innovative learning, and for creative minds to create the solutions for our times.” —Kim Anderson, PhD., Chemistry Director, Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State Unive
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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Linda George

“Politicians and citizens often face hard choices when it comes to complex problems. The scientific process helps decision-makers by providing information that is based on the best available science, reproducible and as objective as possible.” —Linda A. George, PhD., Environmental Sciences & Resources/Chemistry Professor
April 17, 2017, 11:45 pm
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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Allison Aldous, Freshwater Scientist

“People underestimate how dependent we are on healthy rivers and watersheds. Wetlands help to store and clean water. Rivers connected to their floodplains buffer downstream communities from flooding. Healthy rivers provide recreation opportunities and fishing for sport and food. Oregonians are very connected to rivers across the state. Science can help clarify the relationship we have with water.”—Allison Aldous, PhD, Sen
April 17, 2017, 11:38 pm
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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Amy Patton

“Clean water is a naturally renewable resource. However, once contaminated, it becomes very hard to get back to a usable state. Our clean water is so valuable, and protecting it must be a priority.”—Amy Patton, Hydrogeologist Patton EnvironmentalAmy Patton is a hydrogeologist working in various parts of Oregon. She studies ground
April 17, 2017, 11:23 pm
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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Bill Peterson

“As scientists, we need to share what we know in ways people can understand. Some of it’s complicated, such as how near-term climate variability will affect marine food chains and how long-term climate change makes the ocean more acidic, how ocean acidification impacts plankton, and how that, in turn, affects food for salmon. But if we tell this well, the public will speak up for climate action.”
April 17, 2017, 11:16 pm
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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Julie Haack, Green Chemistry

“Everything we buy and use has impacts on the environment. By using cutting-edge science, such as life-cycle analysis and green chemistry, we can identify where the biggest impacts are and discover and develop much safer alternatives.” – Julie Haack, PhD, Biology Green Chemistry Researcher &
April 17, 2017, 11:10 pm
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Three science mistakes that non-scientists make

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