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Joe is a professor of Biology at Eastern Oregon University. He has a Ph.D in Microbiology with an emphasis in Virology and has taught biology at all levels for 16 years. His current research projects include a study of the diatoms at Hot Lake in Union County and DNA studies of relationships between Western Painted Turtle populations.
A Study of Macroinvertebrates and Microbes
The biology project will teach field techniques for collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates (worms, snails, insects, crustaceans, arachnids) and microscopic organisms (bacteria, diatoms, ciliates, rotifers, tardigrades) in the swift and slack waters of the John Day River. The John Day River is undammed along its entire length making it the third longest free-flowing river in the 48 contiguous states of the USA. It provides irrigation for people in the watershed and habitat for diverse species of wildlife.
James is currently a Senior Instructor II of English and Writing at Eastern Oregon University. He received a BA from Carleton College and MFA at Virginia Tech. He is an avid explorer and hiker, and centers much of his fiction, essays and poetry on the landscape of the American West.
Photography and Writing in the Wilderness
The visual storytelling project will introduce students to the landscape, ecosystems, history, culture and region of the John Day River through practical learning of photography and video instruction, the use of modern camera equipment, and learning how to generate multi-modal narratives. Students will have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork through story drafting, visual observation and collection as they embark on a variety of activities in the classroom and the outdoors.
Alan is a Career Technical Education teacher at Arlington High School with 30 years of experience teaching science and CTE courses. He has developed individual programs of study in CTE strands varying from Cosmetology to Natural Resources.
Engineering Solar Solutions
The energy project plans a solution to a real-world problem from start to finish using renewable energy technology to meet today’s needs. They design and build solutions to answer questions such as how to charge personal devices or collect data with electronics when you are off the grid. The project runs through the phases of design, fabrication, and marketing of the apparatus. Experience with building is appreciated but not required. Students will receive on-the-job training in all aspects of the project fabrication.
Julie came to northeast Oregon in 1999 after having grown up in the suburbs of west coast cities in California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. An opportunity during college allowed her to spend a summer taking a wilderness field studies course in Alaska and started her on a path that led first to a career in natural resources and later ignited a passion for applied learning and for understanding both the beauty and complexity of America’s rural and remote communities. Over time, her desire to support rural communities has brought her career into the realm of community development related to education, local food systems and workforce needs.
She earned a B.S. in Zoology from University of Idaho and a Masters in Education from Eastern Oregon University. Having lived, worked, and raised children in eastern Oregon for over 20 years, Julie is passionate about this place and all that the region provides to those who live here, those who pass through, and even those who never get the chance to see it.