A retired high-technology executive and two graduate students received prestigious awards during a recent fund-raising event, "Picnic in the Park," held on behalf of Oregon Health & Science University's OGI School of Science & Engineering. Those receiving awards include:
James T. Nurmi, a doctoral student in environmental and biomolecular systems, received a 2003 Paul Clayton Student Achievement Award, presented annually to two doctoral students by faculty and peers in recognition of their excellent leadership, research, scholarship and service. Nurmi works with associate professor Paul Tratnyek, Ph.D., studying ways to chemically analyze and clean up environmental contaminants underground using nano-sized iron. Nurmi received his bachelor's in biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He has been an active leader and mentor through the Murdock Trust Partners-in-Science program and the Dreyfus Foundation Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Nurmi lives in Lake Oswego.
Jessica C. Ramella-Roman, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering, received a 2003 Paul Clayton Student Achievement Award, presented annually to two doctoral students by faculty and peers in recognition of their excellent leadership, research, scholarship and service. Ramella-Roman works with professor Steven L. Jacques, Ph.D., studying biomedical optics. Her main interest is in the development of optics-based methods to detect skin cancers. Ramella-Roman received her Laurea (master's equivalent) in electrical engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy. She is a volunteer for Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, a participant in the Special Olympics Bite of Portland and Walk for the Gold fund-raisers, and active in sports and fundraisers on the OGI campus. She lives in Portland.
The OGI School of Science & Engineering (formerly the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology) became one of four specialty schools of Oregon Health & Science University in 2001. The school has more than 100 full-time and adjunct faculty, and more than 300 full-time master's and doctoral students who take accredited courses in five academic departments. There are more than 300 part-time master's and doctoral students who take not-for-credit courses, and an additional 1,000 working professionals who take classes through the school's Center for Professional Development.