Oregon Coast STEM Hub Happenings

In 2016 the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation helped an all girls team from Toledo who were winners in the Renewable Energy Challenge go to the finals in New Orleans.  If you have a chance go see what the kids did this year; they love to show you their projects.

Oregon Renewable Energy Challenge link
February 28: More than 230 3rd to 12th grade students from Clatspop, Tillamook and Lincoln Counties are bringing their wind, wave and solar energy devices to Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport to see which designs produce the most energy. Students will also present engineering posters to volunteer judges.

In 2015 the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation provided t-shirts for the GEMS camp participants.

GEMS: Girls in Engineering and Marine Science camplink
March 10 and 11: Oregon Coast 7th and 8th grade girls interested in STEM related careers will have the unique opportunity to spend two days working with researchers at Hatfield Marine Science Center in the labs and in the field. Participants will engage in hands-on activities, learn about STEM careers, get behind-the-scenes tours, and spend the night in the Shark Tunnel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Students must provide own transportation to and from HMSC in Newport, bring sleeping bags and change of clothing. All meals provided. Register * Download a flyer


Award will honor Depoe Bay woman

The Oregon Commission for Women (OCFW) recently announced its recipients of the 2016 Women of Achievement Awards, and one of those named is a Lincoln County resident.   Nancy Campbell Mead, of Depoe Bay, was selected for this honor because she “is a tireless champion for the rights of all woman and girls,” commission ocials said in a press release.  

After a distinguished career as a judge of the district and circuit courts for Washington County, working on domestic violence issues on behalf of vulnerable communities, Campbell Mead retired and moved to Depoe Bay, where she advocates full time for women’s equity on the local, state and national levels. After founding the highly successful Central Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) with community and educational services for women and girls, she joined the NOW national board with specific interests for promoting the national Equal Rights Amendment and ending mass incarceration. Her advocacy is inspired by her three granddaughters and her wish for an equitable future for them.  

The other woman selected for the award was Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura of Lake Oswego for her role as an advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees. A partner with Marandas Sinlapasai, P.C., she represents clients on general immigration law matters and focuses her practice on assisting children who are survivors of domestic violence, serious crime and human tracking.  

“Each of these women is a dynamic leader and role model with a strong record of service to the on the local, state and national levels. We are pleased to honor these extraordinary women,” said Dr. Barbara Ramírez Spencer, OCFW chair.  

The honorees will receive their awards in a ceremony to be held March 8.   Since 1985, the Oregon Commission for Women has presented the Woman of Achievement Award to women in Oregon for leadership and success in their area of expertise, promoting the status of women in society, refl ecting a commitment to equity and diversity, and serving as exemplary role models.  

The Oregon Commission for Women was legislatively established in 1983 to work for women’s equality. The commission does this by advocating for women in the community, providing information on women to the governor and state legislature, serving as a link for women to state agencies, and providing services to individual women in Oregon.

Newport News Times, February 24, 2017, B4

Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry – The Chronicle of Higher Education

This is IMPORTANT here in OREGON! Republican Sec. of State Richardson has a Task Force that is working on the way Oregon redistricts. There are several bills before the Oregon Legislature right now that deal with our method of redistricting. The League of Women Voters commented on it in their newsletter sent out this week.

Moon Duchin has helped create a program to train mathematicians to be expert witnesses in court cases over redrawn electoral districts. She explains why it’s “the right moment” to pursue this new approach.

Source: Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry – The Chronicle of Higher Education