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OAS annual meeting - key note speaker and awards


Keynote address

Dr. Jack Barth - Oregon State University, COAS

Severe Hypoxia in Oregon's Coastal Ocean: Mechanisms and Impacts

Dr. Jack Barth is a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Oregon State University College of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. He received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Colorado in 1982, and obtained his PhD in 1988 from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His research includes the study of marine bio-physical interactions, the California current, wind strength and upwelling, ocean bottom topography and various coastal studies. He has pioneered the use of undersea gliders to estimate ocean current velocity, measure chlorophyll concentrations, suspended particulates, temperature, salinity, and oxygen concentration to monitor oceanographic conditions including biological productivity.




2007 Outstanding Scientist

Dr. Richard Ellis - Willamette University

Richard Ellis has been a member of the Willamette University faculty since 1990. He moved to Oregon after receiving his B.A. in Politics from UC Santa Cruz, and his M.A. and Ph.D in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1989.  Dr. Ellis teaches in the area of American politics, including the presidency, political development, and the initiative process. He also teaches courses in liberalism, privacy, and patriotism.  A well written man, Dr. Ellis has published 12 books on the history of the American presidency and American political culture. His most recent book, To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance, won the 2005 Langum Prize in Legal History.



2007 Outstanding Teacher (Higher Education)

Dr. Tamina Toray - Western Oregon University

Dr. Toray’s associate and friend Dr. Eric Cooley has described Tamina as possessing “the highest teaching qualities that we can expect in higher education”. She is known for utilizing unique methods and commanding respect from her students as a teacher. She has worked as a therapist and instructor for the past 25 years, the last 15 of which she has been at Western Oregon University, where she has taught various developmental psychology and veterinary courses, including compassionate end-of-life care and lifespan development. Dr. Toray has published two book chapters and seven manuscripts, and currently has two in progress. She received the award for “Most Valuable Teacher” from Colorado State, and an award for Who’s Who in Death, Dying, Suicide, and Bereavement Community by King’s College, and has been nominated four times for Western’s Teacher of the Year Award. Her research focuses on the impact of loss and grief across the lifespan, adolescents and adults, bonds between humans and animals, stress and coping, and eating disordered behaviors in young adults. Dr. Toray received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University 1980, then went on to receive her M.A. in Counseling at Truman State University in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Family Studies at Oregon State University in 1992.



2007 Outstanding Teacher (K-12)

Mr. Daniel Jamsa - Grant Community Middle School

Dan Jamsa is an accomplished teacher of Middle School Science. He is passionate about environmental stewardship, and encourages his students to be environmentally conscious. His students have received the Discovery Channel Young Scientist award, the Bush Garden Award, and the Presidential Environmental Youth Award for their project on saving the endangered Blue Fender Butterfly. Mr. Jamsa has a deep investment in education techniques. He has been nominated twice for Oregon Teacher of the Year. His students submit 20-30 projects per year at the Oregon Junior Academy of Science; and his students have received three special awards and placed 2nd and 3rd numerous times in the Intel Science Expo. Other examples of his class’ projects to date include relating forest research to community needs, and activities associated with the Salem clean water festival. Mr. Jamsa is one of those special teachers who generate relevance and interest in his students, inspiring them and equipping them with the tools to better their environment.




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