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 of Environmental Sciences and Management, Portland State University

Dr. George’s research includes modeling and monitoring air pollutants and assessing exposure. She makes it possible to understand the pollution we can’t always see and how to best protect our health and environment. As a mentor and professor, Dr. George’s work with students grows Oregon’s capacity to pursue environmental science well into the future. Her mentorship isn’t limited to today’s scientists; she is also cultivating the next generation. Dr. George runs a “Cascades to Coast” program that places doctoral students in public schools, where they learn to communicate about science even as they teach 6-9th graders.


Politicians and citizens often face hard choices when it comes to complex problems facing society. It is important that the best possible information is available for the decision-making process. Scientific processes are designed to produce information that is based on the best available science, is reproducible and is as objective as possible.  Without science informing decision-making processes, decision makers are more reliant on opinions and political forces which can lead to public policy that is not in the public’s best interest.

Our work in the PSU Sustainable Atmospheres Research Lab is focused on understanding air quality issues in Oregon through monitoring and modeling. Our data is used to inform public policy to address issues of poor air quality and environmental injustice.

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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