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OMSI Science Director Jan Dabrowski is Named Science Department Chair at Marylhurst University

For Release: January 31, 2003

Jan Dabrowski, Science Director at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, has been named Chair of the Science and Mathematics Department at Marylhurst University. Dabrowski's science education experience includes 27 years teaching at higher education institutions, including 15 years at Marylhurst University, where he directed the university's Head Start Summer Science Institute from 1998 to 2001.

"My approach to science education is through hands-on, constructivist activities that let learners build their knowledge foundation," Dabrowski said. "I am committed to building partnerships in science education among industry, institutes of higher education and the general community."

Dabrowski recently directed the development of a NASA funded exhibition, "Eyes on Earth," that will visit science museums around the nation during the coming five years.

Dabrowski's last day at OMSI was January 31. In addition to his 12 years with OMSI in various positions including Kendall Planetarium Manager, Dabrowski has worked at numerous centers for science education and planetariums. As a concept developer and exhibit consultant, his projects include the El Dorado National Forest Visitor Center (Placerville, Calif.) and the Spirit of Ford Museum (Dearborn, Mich.). Dabrowski managed the development of wetland-related exhibits for the visitor center at the Jackson Bottom Wetland Education Center in Hillsboro.

Dabrowski earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a B.A. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Virginia.

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