Lane Community College
Dr. Paul Ruscher holds the BS degree in with Honors in Meteorology from State University of New York (minor in Mathematics) at Oneonta, and the MS and PhD from Oregon State University in Atmospheric Sciences (with minors in Math/Water Resources and College and University Teaching). Over a 30+ year professional career, his interdisciplinary work has included scientific and education research across the spectrum of Earth sciences including climatology and hydrology. He directed several research and education projects as professor at Florida State University, where he won both teaching and continuing education awards. His career of service, research, and teaching was recognized when he was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2010. His work across disciplines included collaborations and scholarly work in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Educational Psychology, Hydrology, Math and Science Education, Computer Science, and Ecology. He was also recognized by the Federal Highway Administration for his "conserve by transit" work in association with FSU's Urban and Regional Planning Program on application of a new approach to calculation of greenhouse gas offsets in carbon budgets. Students and postdocs from his FSU lab took positions across the spectrum of public, non-profit, and private sector work, from The Weather Channel to NOAA, NASA, FAA, USAF, and FEMA, and as math and science teachers, college and university professors, planners, and lawyers. After nearly 25 years at FSU, he returned to Oregon to begin teaching at Lane in the Earth and Environmental Sciences, and now serves as its Science Dean. His expertise in boundary layer meteorology and air quality led to consulting appointments with three state agencies in Florida (Emergency Management, Forestry, Environmental Protection) and he has also served as consultant and panel members for the Florida and Oregon Departments of Education. He has advised NOAA, NASA, and NSF on advisory panels as well, and worked with the US Department of State through international work in the GLOBE program. This effort includes starting a partnership for teacher training affiliated with the GLOBE program. He serves on the Oregon Department of Education Science Advisory Panel (2016-2019) and is a co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant to enhance undergraduate student research opportunities in 100-level science classes at Lane. He was also named a Scientist/Fellow in 2012 of the Translating Science/Telling Stories Program entitled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Climate Change” program run by the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. He has a long history of working with state and federal science and education entities and disaster preparedness and response. Paul joined the faculty of Lane Community College in fall 2012 as its lead Earth & Environmental Sciences instructor and program coordinator in Watershed Science, and began serving as its Science Dean in Summer 2015. He has given several public talks on public science education at Lane, available here: http://www.lanecc.edu/science/climate. Paul has always enjoyed working in the field with colleagues and students, and part of his story of becoming a geoscientist was highlighted in a biographical series published by The International Geoscience Education Organization. You can read his story here: http://www.igeoscied.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PaulRuscher-final.pdf.