Regional fair changes: HDSE, SORSE and ASE

Welcome High Desert Science Expo
We welcome a new fair to the Northwest Science Expo System this year: the High Desert Science Expo to be held in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The new fair will serve high school students from the entire eastern half of the state, concentrating in Deschutes and surrounding counties. The new fair director for HDSE is Tom Stueve.

Tom holds a MS in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from OHSU. Currently teaching at Trinity Lutheran High School, he has been teaching science for 15 years, 11 of those years spent in Portland area high schools. Tom created the Senior Level Course Research in Medicine for the biotechnology magnet program at Jefferson High School. He also teaches laboratory methods using PCR, DNA electrophorisis, and protein purification.

Farewell SORSE
The Southwestern Oregon Regional Science Expo will no longer operate in the fair system. SORSE was the longest continuously running science fair in NWSES, heralded by Mary Omberg, then Southern Oregon Community College, and finally by Robyn Darbyshire. We'd love to keep the history of SORSE alive, so please send any SORSE memories, including stories, photos, newspaper clippings, and anything else, to Robyn plans to remain active in the NWSES as a mentor and advisor from her new home in Baker City, Oregon.

Counties that were previously served by SORSE have been divided among the new High Desert Science Expo, the Central Western Oregon Science Expo and the Gresham-Barlow Science Expo (At-large fair). If you aren't sure which fair to attend please check the System Map page or contact Stephanie Jones at

New Co-Director for ASE: Christopher Mader
Chris has been teaching middle and upper school science for 17 years. He is in his third year teaching sixth grade science and upper school Geology at Oregon Episcopal School. For fourteen years he taught Geology and MS science at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, NM as well as Natural Science for pre service elementary teachers at University of New Mexico and Geology at Clark College. Chris replaces Bill Lamb as ASE co-director with Tanja Horvat. Bill will remain active as a mentor and advisor for ASE during the year.

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