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OGI School of Science and Engineering Faculty, Student, Staff Receive Prestigious Awards

   Portland, Ore.

The following people at Oregon Health & Science University's OGI School of Science & Engineering, based in Hillsboro, Ore., recently received awards, grants or scholarships:

James Pankow, Ph.D., and Rei Rasmussen, Ph.D., longtime professors of environmental and biomolecular systems, were recently named "Highly Cited Researchers" in the category of ecology/environment by the ISI (founded as the Institute for Scientific Information). ISI has indexed the world's scholarly literature and collected cited references from millions of articles for 45 years. Given that citation is a key measure of influence in science and technology, the individuals selected are highly regarded among their peers for significantly advancing their field. In the category of ecology/environment, ISI selected 247 scholars worldwide. Professor Pankow's research involves studying the chemistry of complex smokes, including the study of nicotine in tobacco smoke.


Professor Rasmussen studies methane's role in ozone depletion and global warming (his chief collaborator and former OGI professor Aslam Khalil, Ph.D., now at Portland State University, also was honored.) Four additional Oregon professors were cited in the ecology/environment category. Of the other categories indexed by ISI (neuroscience, space sciences, clinical medicine and immunology, only two Oregon professors were cited). For more information, go to

John Matthews, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has received four 19-inch, high-resolution LCD monitors from Planar, worth $3,900. Matthews' research into hardware and software verification significantly benefits from a multi-display desktop configuration. These displays make it easier to discern crucial relationships between the extremely large formulas and proofs that occur when formally verifying realistic computer systems.

Josh Flanders, a master's student in computer science and engineering, has received the Wes and Nancy Lematta Scholarship for the 2002-2003 academic year. The Lematta Scholarship was established in the late 1990s by Wes Lematta, the founder of Columbia Helicopters in Aurora, Ore. Within the Center for Human-Computer Communication at OGI, Flanders is studying ways to make computers more efficient for personal and professional use. He holds a bachelor's in psychology from the University of Illinois.

Jeffrey Schilling, multimedia producer, recently received a prestigious Telly Award in the public relations category for the video program "Merger." The video was prepared to celebrate the OGI School of Science & Engineering's merger with OHSU in July 2001.

The OGI School of Science & Engineering (formerly the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology) became one of four schools of the Oregon Health & Science University in 2001.

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