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Department of Science & Mathematics at Marylhurst University

Jan Dabrowski, Ph.D.

Jan Dabrowski

Chair, Department of Science, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies
Flavia Hall


Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Astronomy and Physics, University of Virginia

Classes Taught

It's Everywhere: A Survey of Physics
Physics of Medical and Space Imaging
Modern Universe: Blackholes and Einstein and Quanta – Oh My!
Stellar Astronomy
Cosmic Real Estate: A Survey of Solar System Astronomy
Observational Astronomy
Science and Public Policy


Jan Dabrowski's career in science began at the age of five with a visit to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He has maintained an avid interest in astronomy, physics and other sciences ever since.

Areas of Expertise

Astronomy and physics

News and Projects

Consults on various exhibit projects with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and other science education organizations around the world.

Directed the development of a NASA funded exhibition, Eyes on Earth, that visited science museums around the nation. (2003 - 2008)

Professional Activities

Held various positions at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) including Science Director and Kendall Planetarium Manager. (1984 - 2003)

Directed the Head Start Summer Science Institute at Marylhurst University. (1998 - 2001)

Has taught college-level courses in astronomy and physics since 1976 at schools including Marylhurst University, Fayetteville State University (North Carolina) and Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania).

Developed exhibits for science museums in the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Trained evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Charging Up Your Students: Basics of Electrostatics. National Science Teachers Association Conference, Portland OR (2008)

Light Pollution and the Environment. Northwest Association of Marine Educators Conference, Astoria OR (2007)

Demonstrating Parallax and the Inverse Square Law. American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, Lane Community College, Eugene OR (2007)

Strategies for Incorporating Hands-on Learning Across the Curriculum. Teacher Workshop at Marysville Elementary School, Portland OR (2007)


Marylhurst University Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching Award (2007)

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